Daily Devotional

Blameless Before the Lord

by Simon Whitton

10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his 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 spiritist or who consults the dead.
12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.
13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 (NIV)

All sins affect our relationship with the Lord but some have greater consequences than others.  Those sins that could be described as witchcraft or occult practices are certainly considered among the most serious in the Bible.

In today's multicultural society, a list of these types of practices could be extremely long indeed.  But some examples of the occult would include: séances, Ouija boards, Tarot cards, horoscopes, fortune telling, palm reading, dowsing or water divining, hypnotism, new age practices or objects (crystals), talismans or charms, spiritualism, and the list could go on and on.

A general litmus test is this: If something defies the laws of physics or sound science, or if it is religious or spiritual in nature, or requires something of the supernatural, then either the Holy Spirit or an evil spirit (demon) is probably behind it.

The biblical consequences of interaction with evil spirits or other gods is always severe and can result in a stronghold of the enemy in our lives.  In other words, it's quite possible that serious personal problems, emotional or mental issues, or compulsions could be the consequence of a past sin of this nature.

16 They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols.
17 They sacrificed to demons, which are not God-- gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear.
18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.
19 The LORD saw this and rejected them because he was angered by his sons and daughters.
20 "I will hide my face from them," he said, "and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful.

Deuteronomy 32:16-20 (NIV)

As Christians we may be suffering the consequences of sins from years ago.  But the Lord desires to set His people free.

20 "'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.
21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power.  Then you will know that I am the LORD.
22 Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives,
23 therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the LORD.'"

Ezekiel 13:20-23 (NIV)

We should make sure our homes are free of any occult-related material, whether books, jewelry, art or anything questionable.  These items must be destroyed, preferably burned.

Let's confess any past involvement (even 'innocent' playing around) with practices in any way related to witchcraft or the occult.  Name specific sins and thank God that the blood of Jesus was shed for each of these sins, that we may be found blameless before God.

Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.
A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together
and burned them publicly.  When they calculated the value of the scrolls,
the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.

Acts 19:18-19 (NIV)

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