Take One Baby Step
Honest! I was a little girl once and we played all kinds of silly games. I mention a game to a six year old girl today and she looks at me like I was crazy. I asked what she would be doing when she got out of school. Nothing! It's boring. I played games but I got bored, too. I wanted something more. I wanted excitement.
I didn't really like my life. I pretended it was something different. I lived in the future of what might have been instead of what was. We played a game "Mother may I?" I don't remember it all but "Mother" would say "take one baby step or a giant step or something in between. The occult is like that. You take one baby step and maybe a few more until you are privileged to take one giant step. By that time you are hooked.
I always had my nose in a book. I liked Nancy Drew detective books, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz. When I became a teenager, I leaned toward ones with excitement and romance in them, especially the Gothic ones. They always had some supernatural scenes in them, enough to give you goose bumps. I enjoyed that unknown factor of unexplainable happenings.
My mother didn't know what I was reading or what I was interested in. She really didn't care. Young mothers, please pay attention to your children's reading habits and the music they listen to. I am just telling you how easy it is to get trapped into the occult. The devil makes it fun for impressionable young minds.
Deuteronomy 18:10-11 "There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits or a wizard or a neocramancer." Divination means witchcraft or trying to tell the future by occult means. Occult means mysterious, beyond human understanding or hidden.
I had quite a few pen pals. One woman was practically crying for help. Her husband was a male witch. As a new Christian, I thought I could help her. I talked about Jesus and salvation. I said I would pray for her. She wrote back and told me to quit writing to her. She was afraid for my life. She said if he got hold of my letters, he could use them to take possession of my body. I dropped a pen pal.
Isaiah 15:23 "For REBELLION is as the sin of witchcraft, and STUBBORNNESS is as iniquity and idolatry." How many kids are rebellious and stubborn today? How about grownups? I've been guilty of both.
I read my horoscope every day. I wanted to know what to expect. I said I didn't believe it; it was just fun. Just the same I was careful about what I did that day. I had my first part time job as waitress at 16. I made 35 cents an hour. At 17 I was offered a job as telephone operator for 75 cents an hour. That was a big jump and a lot of money at that time so I took it. My parents made me pay $10 a week for rent. Whatever I had left over, I could spend it anyway I wanted to.
I bought all the books I could find on astrology to learn how to chart my own life and for anyone else who was interested. My biggest thrill was to take a train into Pittsburgh to take dance lessons at Arthur Murray's. I found a quaint little Mystic tea room around the corner from the dance studio where I could get my fortune told. It was exciting. I had a curious mind and wanted to learn about many forbidden things.
I played with the Ouija board. It can scare and thrill you at the same time. Sometime between reading cards and getting married at 22, I joined the Rosicrucians, a mind over matter secret society. You THINK you see a tree but it is really only in your mind. You can just as easily make it disappear---so they say. I never tried it but I didn't doubt it could be so. Before you open your mail, you use ESP on it. You concentrate on what your mail is before you open it. You do the same with the telephone.
One experiment I had to make was to put two candles on either side of a mirror on a mantle. All other lights are turned off. You look straight into your own eyes and tell them what you saw. I saw the devil; leering at me as if to say: "Ha! Ha! I got you now." That scared me. I ran and turned every light in the house on. I quit that route. New ones took its place.
I tried hypnosis and the hypnotist, with a pretty good practice, wanted me to take over. She was getting too old. It just struck me now. If she really believed what she was teaching and doing, she wouldn't be getting old. It fits tightly in with reincarnation.
Hypnosis is a dangerous practice; a mind control thing. They can make you do and say things you would never do in your right mind. I liked reincarnation because it gave sense (so I thought) to my messed up life. I believed I was having a rotten time now because I was rotten in my past life. Maybe my next life would be better until I reached my nirvana---a place or condition of great bliss or peace; paradise if you will.
You cannot reach that state except through Jesus Christ. John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. In spite of all the turmoil and trouble around us, we can have that peace Jesus offers. I can prove it but only after I got out of all the devil's work.
I lived in a bad town right next door to hard core drug pushers and users. Some of them would come up my back steps and jump over to a roof next to me. Many other crimes were committed all around me. But I slept well at night. I never knew what was going on until someone told me but I was at peace. I never worried about it. I knew God had His angels surrounding me.
I had a habit of going out the back door to check the weather every morning to see what I should wear to work. I came home that evening and went to bed. Next morning I went to the back door. It was standing wide open! It must have been opened for 24 hours! No body bothered me. I believe my angels scared them off.
Jesus is in the fiery furnace with us or in the lion's den. Psalms 23:4 "Though I walk through the valley of death, I will feel no evil." This whole world is like that valley of death until we belong to Jesus.
Before that I got interested in UFO's, walk-ins and space brothers. I was told Jesus was one and I believed it! I got involved in the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Bai Hai's (another Jesus with a different name.) to name a few. Finally I was ready to get into the new Age. In it anything goes and I was my own god; so they say. They were really the controllers. They would tell you can do anything that makes you forget God, our Creator.
I found an ad in a U.F.O. magazine. It said to send $20 and they would tell you what your mission in life was. I wanted to save the whole world and not let Jesus do it. I sent the money on a Wednesday. I got the impression to cancel that check. I knew it was from God. I argued that I wasn't going to do anything about it. I was just curious as to what they would say.
A few days later I got the same impression but louder and stronger--- rather angry. A thought came into my mind that said: "You have to make up your mind whether you are going to serve me or Satan. I had been sitting on the fence. I wanted the best of both worlds. THERE IS NO BEST ON THE WRONG SIDE. I canceled the check.
Each baby step I took led me one step forward until I tried to take the big giant step into the occult. I finally had enough. I gave up and quit playing the "game". We can not laugh it off as a big joke. T.V. shows like “Bewitched”, “Sabrina, the teen age witch” and other such shows , seem to be funny and you can get to the point you begin to think witches and magic are cute and all so normal.
I laughed as much as the next guy until I saw Bewitched one Halloween night. Endora blasphemed God by saying she didn't know why people made such a fuss over Christmas when Halloween was the biggest and best holiday. Christmas is derived from a pagan holiday. She took it as the Christian celebration of Jesus' birth. It was God the Son she was attacking not the holiday.
Any little thing that has any hint of the occult is a dangerous thing. It can be planted subtly into your mind and it grows steadily every time you see or hear anything related to that subject.
IT IS NO GAME. It should have poison marked on it. Then stay away from it as far as you can get.
I thank God that He got me out of all of that. It's like being in prison. You are being fed poisonous food and your body and soul both rot away. It’s all around us. We can get saturated with it and not even know it. I pray for anyone trapped in that bondage that they will let Jesus release them and set them free. Mark 4:18b "he has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives".
Please don't take that first baby step. God loves you and wants to bless you. Hold fast to Him.