by Pastor Tim Burt
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!"
“I know what you are thinking!” Have you ever said that to someone or had someone say that to you? Renee and I have been married for almost 30 years. There are times where I could accurately guess what is going through her mind as she might also do with me. That is really only about familiarity. We sometimes know someone so well that we can guess what they're thinking about. That is not the same as knowing what they are thinking about because you have some mystical connection to their mind and thoughts. Although that kind of idea is often seen in movies and television, it’s not true and to the contrary – faith in it opens the door to demonic activity.
We may be familiar with how people usually think, but we can’t know what someone else is thinking. 1 Cor. 2:11 (NLT) says, “No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone…” Why is this important to know? Because the world sneaks ideas and concepts into your life without you even realizing it – ideas that are not true but that you could easily and naively believe and put faith in. When you do, it opens the door to demonic activity.
Spiritual and mystical ideas and concepts that come not from the Bible but from the minds of men, become the introduction and foothold of demonic activity and spiritual attacks upon our life. We must be aware of them, stop them if they have a place in our life, and avoid them. Satan uses them to attack our lives.
There are those that out of curiosity or the desire to be entertained, read horoscopes or visit fortune tellers trying to find out their future. Some listen to psychics or to those that say they can speak to the dead. People that have lost a loved one and so earnestly desire to "speak with them" are ripe for this form of deception. There are continuous waves of television shows about people seeing into the past and future and talking to the dead. Hollywood producers are ignorant of God’s Word and have no idea that they are pawns in Satan’s hand to push demonic influence.
It may be called just “entertainment” but this becomes the seed planted in people's minds that seduce them to believing that there just might be something to it. Just as Christians are used as God's vessels to bring the good news and love of Jesus, so people can unknowingly be used of Satan to bring deceptive and demonic practices and illusions which is false power that appears to be supernatural. Those that write horoscopes, tell fortunes, read Tera cards, read palms or crystal balls – those that call themselves psychics and those that communicate with the dead ARE being used of Satan. Run from them!
God instructed His people through Moses, "… do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations,,, Let no one be found among you … who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritists or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD… But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so."
Satan will work more and more of this deception in the earth as we get closer to Jesus' second coming. 1 Timothy 4:1 (NLT) says, "Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons."
You can’t and won’t be able to know the future – except for what God reveals in His Word. What you can know and put your faith in is the promises of God to love, care for, and guide us daily through life. Jeremiah 29:11 puts it like this: “For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Putting faith in demonically used fakes will open your life to demonic attacks. Putting faith in the promises of God's word opens your life to His blessing. God and His word (the Bible) alone are worthy of trusting and what God wants you to believe, trust Him in, and have faith in. It will be the source of supernatural peace and mental soundness.
Psalms 18:30 (NIV) "As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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