We live in a world that is both physical and spiritual. Though invisible to the natural eye, the spiritual world is just as real as the physical one. And what happens in the spiritual realm has influence on what happens in the natural.
The Bible depicts a world where spiritual conflict is always happening. There is a clash of two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. One of the major inroads that the kingdom of darkness gains in people’s lives is through the occult.
It is normal for people to have interest in spiritual things and to reach for something beyond themselves. We are not merely physical beings; we have a human spirit and are created with an innate hunger for spiritual things. We are created to know and worship God. But the enemy is always seeking to steal the worship that belongs to the only true God, and the occult is one of his many ploys to accomplish this goal.
There is only one safe way to enter into the supernatural realm: a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the only spirit that we should seek to interact with; anything else is spiritually dangerous.
The Occult is Not a Game
The occult has many branches and covers a broad spectrum of activities. One of the ways that people get lured into it is through playing occult games “just for fun.” Ouija boards are a primary example of how people tap into the demonic realm of the occult, all in the name of a “game.” Now there is a new game called the Charlie, Charlie Challenge that has many young people crossing over into the dangerous world of the kingdom of darkness.
The fact is, many in the West are ignorant of how spiritually dangerous the occult is. I once prayed over a young man who was delivered from several demons. For his tenth birthday he had received a book about Wicca, a form of witchcraft, and had become demonized through its influence.
Some people see fortune-tellers as a joke. Others come under demonic influence through role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. Books, movies, and games with occult influence abound, and most don’t even consider that they might have a true demonic attachment.
The fact is, the occult is not a game, and there is absolutely no safe way to dabble in it. The devil does not care if you are “just playing” or doing it “just for fun.” When you cross into his territory, you open yourself up to his dark influence.
The New Testament depicts what our attitude should be toward anything occultic:
“Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all” (Acts 19:19).
There was a complete renunciation, demonstrated through burning anything that had to do with the occult. If we have entered into the occult in any way, we must totally repent, renounce the activity, and receive God’s forgiveness and deliverance. (Check out this article for a guide to deliverance from the occult).
Let’s ask for great discernment to recognize and resist the deception of the occult in its many forms!
What ways do you see the occult making inroads into our culture?