Do Not Be Deceived

 

My eyes are now open to the truth! I just read Chapter 18, How Do People Become Oppressed or Possessed by Demons?, in the book: “Not I But Christ” by Corrie ten Boom.

We think of things like reading horoscopes, fortune cookies, etc. or playing around with the Ouija-board (pronounced wee-jee) or other games or books having to do with any kind of divination, as harmless fun. Satan deceived us into thinking this, because he knows it’s a sin. If we think of these things as harmless, playing but not believing, etc. we are opening ourselves up to Satan and his demons, as well as thinking these things don’t need forgiveness and therefore putting our eternal souls in danger of hell.

What things have you done or been a participate in? I know, for myself, I read fortune cookies and horoscopes in the past, as well as playing with a ouija-board and participating in levitation, when I was young. I never thought of these things, as sins, but as just harmless entertainment and because of this thinking, I never asked for forgiveness for these things, specifically, until now.

In your Bible, in Deuteronomy 18:9-13 (NIV), it is written, when you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 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, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritualist or who consults the dead. 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. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. In the King James version, it’s much more specific and states that all of these things are an abomination to the Lord. In I John 1:7 & 9, it reads: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. vs.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. So, if you have done any of these things, it’s not hopeless, but like I John states, if you confess your sins, he will forgive you! Thank you, Lord Jesus for your forgiveness and hope!

“Cracked Fortune Cookie” by Daniel St.Pierre from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Cracked Fortune Cookie” by Daniel St.Pierre from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Depression

There is a difference between those who have been diagnosed by a doctor, to have clinical depression and those that are depressed or down, due to their situation in life. If you have been diagnosed with depression, as many have, including myself, you have a true chemical imbalance that causes you to feel depressed.

I was depressed for a long time, before I sought help from a doctor. I know many others, who have done this and it seems that the main reason is that we don’t want to admit there is a problem or we don’t want to take any medication for it. My first really bad experience with depression, was in college and I thought that it was due to my grandfather’s death and this probably triggered it, but I found out years later that it was a combination of chemical and situational depression. During this time, I felt that I couldn’t reach God, I would pray, but I couldn’t feel that God was there. Like there was a wall between us.

The great news is, that the Lord answered my prayers for help! During a chapel service, the preacher said that the Lord spoke to his heart, that there was someone there, who felt depressed and that God wasn’t there when they prayed. I knew the minute I heard this, that he was talking about me! I went to the front to be prayed for and I was the only one who responded to this. After this happened, I felt much better! Years later, I began to feel down and I was very irritable. I didn’t know that being irritable, was a symptom of chemical depression, of course not this symptom alone, but it was part of it and I wasn’t even aware of it at the time. When I thought of depression, I thought the symptoms would be feeling very down, upset and crying all the time, having a loss of interests in the things that were favorite activities and even feeling suicidal. I want to stress to you, how important it is to get help, especially if you feel suicidal. Being irritable all the time, caused me to be mean sometimes to others, especially those I love and it didn’t even cross my mind that it would be a symptom of depression.

God gave us many promises, including helping us with our depression. In Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” My favorite verses are in Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So even if it feels like God isn’t there, He is, so don’t stop praying! God may not answer you in the same way He answered me, but He promises that He will never leave us and will answer our prayers! 

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ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?

mindfulness

What is the definition for mindfulness? Dictionary.com states that it’s the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something. It’s also a technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations but not judging them. This practice can reduce stress and physical pain. So, why is mindfulness so important? We need to be, not only mindful of ourselves, our environment and others; but in order to accomplish things of importance. We need to think for ourselves, not allow t.v., internet, games, media, etc. to do the thinking for us or we just become products of these things. We were made to use our minds and in order to do this, we must have time to be mindful or to be thinking.

There are many verses in the Bible, that speak of being mindful. In Colossians 3:2 (NIV) it states to “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” In Romans 8:5-6 (NIV) , it says, “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. In Romans 12:2 (NIV), it states, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is -his good, pleasing and perfect will!

So what are you mindful of? Is your mind full of t.v. shows, internet, video games, etc. or are you being in the moment or present. Our minds were never intended to “veg out”, not that there’s anything wrong with a little bit of it, but to be healthy, sane and creative, we must be mindful and have that quiet time to think.