“‘And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.” Leviticus 20 : 6
“And I’m not changing my position on this. I’d die before taking your money. I’m giving nobody grounds for lumping me in with those money-grubbing “preachers,” vaunting themselves as something special. They’re a sorry bunch—pseudo-apostles, lying preachers, crooked workers—posing as Christ’s agents but sham to the core. And no wonder! Satan does it all the time, dressing up as a beautiful angel of light. So it shouldn’t surprise us when his servants masquerade as servants of God. But they’re not getting by with anything. They’ll pay for it in the end.” 2 Corinthians 11 : 12 – 15 The Message
When I spoke about Satan and Hell and the fact that many people do not believe they are real but merely ideas or symbols to represent something, many people do not believe that mediums, psychics, spells and all of the other things are real. They believe that people are faking which is why when they see someone like Theresa, they suddenly exclaim “I believe!” But the truth is the Bible is not telling anyone these things are not real. It is telling us that the source of them is evil and to stay away from it.
“For these nations which you shall dispossess listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners and fortune-tellers, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.” Deuteronomy 18 : 14
Even when God sent Moses to Pharaoh to do miracles from Him, we see the magicians were able to duplicate most of God’s miracles with their secret arts:
“Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts” Exodus 7 : 20 -22a
So it is definitely not a matter of whether you can believe these things are real…sorcery, spells, magic, witchcraft, psychics, mediums, etc. they are indeed real. It is a matter of where they receive their power. God was not attempting to undermine His servant Moses by giving the power to these magicians to do what they did. He allowed it, but I believe He allows things for us so we learn. Here we learn that the devil can many times match signs and wonders that God gives, but one will pay for that power which is not from God, eventually.
“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their 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 spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 18 : 10 – 13
The story below reads like a horror movie if you could visualize it and realize that it was really happening, and it is right out of the Bible.
“Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had lamented for him and buried him in Ramah, in his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the spiritists out of the land.
Then the Philistines gathered together, and came and encamped at Shunem. So Saul gathered all Israel together, and they encamped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by the prophets.
Then Saul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.”
And his servants said to him, “In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor.”
So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Please conduct a séance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you.”
Then the woman said to him, “Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?”
And Saul swore to her by the Lord, saying, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.”
Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?”
And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.”
When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!”
And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see?”
And the woman said to Saul, “I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.”
So he said to her, “What is his form?”
And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is covered with a mantle.” And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down.
Now Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”
And Saul answered, “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.”
Then Samuel said: “So why do you ask me, seeing the Lord has departed from you and has become your enemy? And the Lord has done for Himself as He spoke by me. For the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day. Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.”
Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, and was dreadfully afraid because of the words of Samuel. And there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day or all night.”
1 Samuel 28 : 3 – 20
In this instance, I believe that God did use this medium to give His message to Saul. It put fear into Saul and the Bible says he was punished for the sin of consulting a medium.
I only scratched the surface on the Scripture that speaks to these things. I think many people would be surprised that the Bible speaks so much about this. New and Old Testament. Satan dresses things up as a fishermen crafts a fine lure to get a fish to bite what looks appealing to his eye but will bring death.
UPDATE: I just saw the end of an episode of the Long Island Medium. At first glance it appeared that she was bringing comfort, but she was also sort of preaching saying things like “just know that your loved ones are here with you helping and guiding you.”
It is so easy to trust what she is doing as comforting others and then today I ran across this Scripture.
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels” Psalm 8 : 4 – 5
In another place in the Bible it says that angels minister to us.
There is a purpose in a show like this and it is to cause you to do exactly the thing God has forbidden. It is dressed up to look attractive, to give comfort and to be exciting. The better the lure, the quicker the kill. I pray that you would close the door to all occult in your life and protect your family from it as well.
*Do you have an interest in the shows regarding people talking to the dead?
*Have you ever visited a Psychic or called one of those numbers for fun or to truly find out information?
*Have you dabbled in the occult at all, used a ouiji board?
*Were you aware of God’s messages on Mediums and Psychics?
*If not, are you surprised by it, if yes, have you avoided these things?
*If you have experimented with any of these things and feel convicted as you read this today, I would encourage you to write and then say a prayer of repentance, renouncing each thing and asking for forgiveness. It doesn’t have to be fancy….such as, Dear Lord, I am sorry for my fascination with people who speak to the dead, I did not know it was against Your Word and now that I do I repent of it. I renounce seeking advice from mediums and psychics, when You are the One I should turn to. Please forgive me in Jesus Name, Amen.
Father in Heave, I pray protection from the demonic forces that we cannot see and are unaware of that come at us seemingly innocent day after day. Send guardian angels to your people to wage the spiritual battle on our behalf. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear, a discerning heart that can distinguish and test the spirits we encounter. Let us not be uninformed regarding Your Word on matters as these. Help us to not only recognize them, but to turn from them and expose them. Make Your light in us shine brightly to draw others close to You. May Your Name Be Praised Throughout the Earth, Jesus. Amen
I don’t even know if these are devotions, :). It is not really what I had in mind when I determined to do this, but I am happy to be able to write about things God has shown me and to relay my doubts, fears, tears, sin, and everything else to you that you may know God will use as as we are, sin and all. We will never be perfect, so don’t wait for that day…if He is guiding you into a certain direction, trust Him, lean into it and though it may not come for a time – it will most certainly come. I have had this particular message in me for years. I just had no opportunity to share it, until today! I hope to see you here again tomorrow~ and if you are now feeling convicted of watching or loving some of the shows I mentioned, I am so sorry, but don’t forget I had to go through that myself in Spring Cleaning.
If this was helpful, if you feel moved to share it, I encourage you to post it all over your Social Media, it will surely stir up some conversations. Blessings,