I’m scheduled to do a post on hearing God, and to be quite blunt, I’d forgotten until now (6:30 pm EST). I have to say that when I thought of doing the post today, I was hoping it was to be on living for God because I had something I was thinking of that I wanted to write on. So, today is going to be a two topic post! I hope you don’t mind. We’ll start with hearing God.
It seems that a lot of people nowadays think that to hear God they have to have some sort of awesome experience, like at a Bible conference or camp or a prophetic word spoken over them. This isn’t true. God uses things in our everyday to speak to us. His Word is the Bible and so to hear God all we have to do is open up where He wrote down His words through His prophets. Then, He also directs us by our circumstances, the people who have authority over us (parents), and desires He puts in our hearts. If we are truly living for God, His desires will become our desires. If we seek God and His will everyday, He will lead us in His will.
What I mean? You don’t need a prophetic word to hear God. You don’t need some kind of great spiritual experience. Remember, the “still, small voice”.
I want to address magic. Strange topic? Not quite so strange as you might think. And please, if you disagree, feel free to say as much in the comments and give your reasons why. I’m giving my Biblical reason for why I think magic is wrong.
Now, in the Bible, (this is the New Testament), Paul lists witchcraft and sorcery along with these evils; Idolatry, hatred, seditions, heresies, adultery, fornication, murders, lasciviousness. That’s pretty serious stuff.
I realize a lot of people think, “yeah, well, this isn’t supposed to be of the devil magic it’s just awesome powers”. I understand what they are thinking, but I think their thinking needs to be changed and I think the Bible supports this idea. In 1Thessalonians 5:22 Paul wrote, “Abstain from all appearance of evil” he also said, “Whatever things are pure, good, lovely, true, meditate on these things”
There’s also another way to look at it. Jesus said, “Whoever is not for Me, is against Me”. And whatever is not of God is of the devil. Remember that? Okay, so, does magic and witchcraft come from God? I hope your answer is no. That’s the right answer. So, if it doesn’t come from God, according to the Bible, then where does it come from? Satan. Now if real witchcraft and magic is from Satan, then why do we entertain ourselves with things of the devil? It really distresses me the amount I see of “Christian fiction writers” who write magic. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a Christian fiction author who didn’t write magic and spells and stones that make things happen.
I’m totally fine with making a witch an evil character. I may not read the book just because I really do not like reading about evil demonic things, but I’m sure witches can serve the purpose of a demonic force in a book. What burns me up and I’m certain really disappoints God, is the way we have “white magic” and “good witches” (God told Israel to put witches to death) and then we have the spells and the magic stones and the only way to reverse the spell etc. Satan has woven it into our culture that witchcraft and magic are just “pretend”. It’s just a fairy story!
Satan doesn’t come knocking at the door in a red cloak, horns, a weird tail and a pitchfork and say, “Hey, blaspheme God!” He comes “disguised as an angel of light” and gives us some truth tossed in with some lies. “Witches, yeah, they can give evil spells and cause harm and disaster and they’re evil but, haven’t you ever heard of the white witch??? She’s a good guy (or lady rather)” It’s slowly been turned around from being the evil thing to being the good thing. The witch helps the prince, the witch helps the princess, the witch is good! No. Witches are never good. God said that. Either we agree with God, or we agree with Satan. Which is it?
I know I’ve come down hard on just about every American Christian. Everybody I know (other than family members) does witches, Harry Potter, magic, warlocks etc. But, if we are with the culture in that, then where do we differ? If we don’t differ from the culture in matters of darkness and Satan, then where? We need to draw a line of difference! We need to live differently from the world so they will understand that Christianity is different.
I hope this encouraged you!