There is something very heavy on my heart regarding the spiritual realm. I must first point out that God is a Spirit, and we must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Man is both spirit (soul) and material (body). I recently heard a pastor say it like this, "We are a spirit, with a soul that lives in a body." If we have a relationship with God, then the Holy Spirit dwells in us and we cannot be over taken or possessed by evil or unclean spirits.
I am currently reading a book called "The Rite" by Matt Baglio which is a true story about a priest who was also an exorcist. I'm only half way through the book and I plan to blog about it when I finish it. I plan to watch the movie too. But basically this priest talks about his very real experiences with demon possession, infestation, oppression and obsession and we should avoid opening the door to demonic activity.
Let me put it like this, "Whether you believe in demon's or not, it doesn't change the fact that they exist." Proof of demon's exist throughout the bible and demonic possession is not limited to biblical times. We should know and need to know that our adversary Satan and his minions roam about, seeking whomever they can devour. He is an intelligent being and deceiver is one of his many names. He will use whatever and whomever he can, including children and animal's. Demon's do not posess the capacity to love. They have a hate filled pleasure of doing evil acts.
Satan can create the appearance of a miracle since his powers surpass the limits of human abilities. This leads me to something that I cannot fail to mention: Fortune tellers, physics aka mediums, witches, etc......
10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spirits or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (New International Version 2011)
Let me let you know something right now, I don't care how harmless it may seem. Remember that we live in a fallen world and things of this world are accepted and watered down but they have no place in the kingdom of heaven. Sorcery, astrology, charmers/charming, clairvoyance, divination, enchantment, fortune telling, magic, occult science, soothsayer, false prophets, these are considered deeds of the flesh;
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 (New American Standard Bible)So for those of you that are into astrology, know that this is a a portal for evil spirits, no matter how subtle it appears to be. Consulting with the dead, that too. Ummm let's see oh yeah, readings. Anything that God wants to forewarn us about is in the scriptures. If you want the truth, then study the scriptures to show yourself approved. God's word is very specific, that way no one is confused. You see, confusion is not of the Spirit of God and He will see to it that all truth, knowledge and wisdom is revealed to us. All we have to do is ask in prayer, seek by reading the scriptures and apply His word and will to our daily life.
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. Galatians 5:17 (New American Standard Bible)Remember in the beginning I said that God is a Spirit? If the flesh is in opposition to the Spirit, what exactly does that mean? Flesh aka man is of things according to the world, which is also in opposition to God. Remember that we must worship God with our spirit because when it comes to our physical body, our flesh gets in our way and attempts to block our blessings by giving in to temptation and our desires to follow the ways of the world. No one is exempt, not even those of us that claim to be "walking with God". We are still weak humans who must remember to put on the full armor of God daily, so that we can crucify the flesh.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I encourage your feedback. Let me know if you have read The Rite or watched the movie. Also, if you need help understanding God's word and plan for your life I would love to hear from you. My life belongs to Him and everything that I have is for Him and to be used for His glory. Please do not be fooled by the wickedness that is present in the world. And if you practice any witchcraft, sorcery, readings etc.... ask yourself this one question. What does God's word say about it?