Autism and the Bible
The word autism is not mentioned in the Bible but, like so many things in life, the Bible seems to have something to say about it anyway. Think first about the symptoms of autism. To me, the most tragic part of autism is that I would love to comfort a child with autism, but he won't let me. The more I pull the child close to me, the more he pushes away. I try to communicate but she doesn't hear me. I try to teach her but she will not learn. Isn't this like our relationship to God?
God said through the prophet Isaiah: "Go and tell this people, Hear, but understand not; and see, but do not apprehend with your mind." (Isaiah 6:9). During this time the people of Israel would not listen to God or His prophets. He continually spoke to them but they would not hear. God sent many prophets who used many different methods to speak to them but try as they might, Israel would not listen. They had working ears but would not or could not hear. How like autism! Is this a taste of how God feels when dealing with us? Wouldn't you do anything to just get through to a person with autism? God will do anything to get you to listen to Him!
God said in the book of Matthew: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, . . . how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not!" (Matthew 23:37). The picture is God stretching out His hands to us to embrace us, but we reject Him. How like autism! God would love to hold us but we, like children with autism, push away from Him. He comes to us but we run from Him. We just do not understand how loving God is because we are incapable. He does not give up easily. He sent prophet after prophet, messenger after messenger, and finally, He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Messiah, our Savior!
The desire to get inside the mind of a person with autism is the wish of many who deal with such children. We think that if we could just see the world the way they do, hear what they hear, experience life from their perspective, then we could understand and help them. God had the same problem with us. Nothing He did seemed to get through to us.
Psalm 103:13-14 says, "Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are only dust." God knew that the only way to get through to us would be to become one of us. Therefore, He sent His Son, "Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Phillipians 2:6-8).
As a man, Jesus could understand our weaknesses and overcome them with faith. When we call on Him for help, it is not to some far-off God who doesn't understand what it is like to live in the real world, but we are calling on a God who walked where we walked, cried over the things that make us cry, laughed at the things that make us laugh, and sorrowed over the pains of this world as we do. Jesus knows autism. Jesus knows the pain you feel and He has the answer. Trust Jesus with your pain, your problems, your child's autism, and any other thing that is too big for you to handle alone.
Remember: "For God so loved the world, that he sent His only begotten Son, that whosover believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).
May the Lord richly bless you and may you find the Life that leads to true Joy, Peace, and Happiness!
Note: No example is perfect. Having autism is not the same as our decision not to seek God. People who have autism do not have it by choice. This example is not meant to equate autism with our spiritual condition but to help us all relate to the plight of autism and to lead those who desire it, to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
What I ask of each of you who love the Lord is to pray each day for a cure for autism. Pray that doctors, researchers, and professionals will have God's wisdom in completing their research and will clearly see the connections between symptoms, treatments, and findings which will help them to discover God's cure for autism. Pray this prayer (or one of your own) daily:
"Dear Father, forgive me and my nation for our sins. We have failed to look to You for help with this disorder called autism. Forgive us. I pray that You will lead us to find a cure for autism. Lord, You made us, You know each cell of our body, You know where autism originates, You know what goes wrong in people with autism, You know what will cure this disorder. Lord I pray for a miraculous cure for all children with autism. Please give families strength to deal with autism. Give them wisdom and help them find people who will truly help them and not take advantage of them. Lord, I pray also that You would lead researchers to find a cure for autism. Help the researchers to be humble, to seek You, to understand the connections between the physical, biological, chemical, and immunological findings in autism research. Open their eyes to find new connections and help parents to share their own discoveries and findings. Let there be a new cooperation among the researchers that will lead to a true cure for all autism. I give You the glory for this cure. Thank You, Lord, for hearing my prayer. Thank You, Lord, for having mercy on the thousands of children with autism. I pray this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen."
YOU CAN GIVE EVERY PRESCRIBED PRODUCT AND EMPLOY EVERY TEACHING AND STRATEGY
BUT ONLY GOD CAN HEAL YOUR CHILD!!
10+ THINGS TO DO TO HEAL YOUR CHILD OF AUTISM,
God's way (for both parents)
1. Recieve jesus as your Lord and Saviour, become Born Again, Get Water Baptised and Baptised in the Holy
2. Make a list of all your sins and repent of every one of them with genunine repentance (ask God to remind
you of past sins, any abortions and sexual sins especially)
3. Forgive everyone of their sins against you and ask God to forgive them
4. Get specific deliverance ministry to break any word curses over your life - start with yourself first as this
prevents it going down the line
5. Get specific deliverance ministry to break the curses of false idol worship ( occult, freemasonary, new age,
all previous religions believed in) and Get specific deliverance ministry to break the curses of sins
committed by yourselves or your family,
6.Cast out the spirits of death, rebellion, autism, fear, deaf and mute spirit, dumb spirit
7.Get your child listening to the audio bible in their room, read biblical stories, annoint the child and their
room and plead the blood of Jesus over them everyday
8. Fast and pray regularly
9. Keep tithing and sowing into good ground that the Lord leads you to bless
10. Speak faith scriptures over the child everday and Have 100% Faith! in GOD that he will heal your child
IF YOU HAVENT HAD A CHILD YET, OR THE BABY IS NOT BORN DO MOST OF THE ABOVE
TO AVOID THIS TERRIBLE ILLNESS
The Bible says sickness can be caused by a spirit.
There was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your sickness." And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God. (Luke 13:10-13)
People who are possessed by demons can suffer immensely. Demons are known to be the cause many diseases and other discomforts. Did you know that they can even cause you to be(come) deaf or blind? Do you not believe me? Well let me convince you with the Word of Truth, the Bible:
“Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw” (Matt. 12:22).
Scripture shows that after Jesus drove those demons out of that person, he could see and hear again. The Apostles gave further evidence of this truth: “For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed” (Acts 8:7).
THE DEAF AND MUTE SPIRIT
The Bible makes multiple references to the existence of supernatural beings called angels and demons. It is therefore a biblical view to believe that angels and demons interact with human beings. Although the Bible does not teach that all sickness or disease necessarily involves the presence of a demon, scripture often links healing with the casting out of unclean spirits.
In Mark 9:14-29, there is a biblical account of Jesus healing a mute boy. This passage says an "unclean spirit" made the boy mute. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again." The boy was healed when Jesus cast out the unclean spirit.
While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." Matthew 9:32-33
Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" Matt 12:22
And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed. (Luke 11:14) Notice this verse states that the demon itself was mute.
Jesus said, "But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." (Matthew 12:28) Driving out demons by the Spirit of God is a kingdom of God activity. Scripturally, it is linked with healing.
SYMPTOMS CAUSED BY THE DEAF AND DUMB SPIRIT
In the scriptures above, the term "deaf" in Greek is kophos which means blunt, dull, deaf, or mute. The term "mute" is alalos, which means mute, speechless, or the opposite of talkative. Someone affected by a deaf and mute spirit may not be entirely deaf or mute. They may be dull in understanding, have learning disabilities, have speech disorder, or actual physical deafness.
We see from these passages, that demons affect human thought, emotion, behavior, and physical bodies. Demons can cause countless ailments including cognitive impairment, seizures, convulsions, demonstrations of super-human strength, as well as psychological and mental disorders and torment.
The Gospel of Mark relates the story of a demon-possessed man whom Jesus healed.
“And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.”
"When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. " Mark 5:1-20 JESUS WAS VERY SPECIFIC! HE WOULD TALK TO THE DEVILS and EVEN CALL THEM BY NAME! In that one case He demanded the devil's name. He said, "What is thy name?" And the man said, "Our name is Legion for we are many!" The poor demoniac was possessed by a whole legion of devils! He was totally, instantly delivered apparently from 2,000 devils!
DEMONIC SPIRITS ARE NOT ALWAYS INVOLVED
Scripture does not say that all deafness, muteness, disabilities, sickness, or disease are caused by unclean spirits (also called demons). For example, some may suffer hearing loss by a variety of circumstances including injury. Overwhelming scientific testimony exists that mercury toxicity can cause symptoms on the ASD spectrum. Health is affected by poor diet, lack of exercise, not enough water or sleep, and so on.
In Mark 7:33, Jesus healed a deaf man who could hardly talk. The passage says, "Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, 'Ephphatha!' (which means, 'Be opened!'). At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly." There is no mention of an evil, unclean, or demonic spirit in this record of divine healing.
TANTRUMS, VIOLENCE, AGGRESSION ETC
Self-injurious tantruming and aggression is suspicious for demonic activity. Here are a couple biblical examples of a spirit causing self-injurious behavior.
And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, "Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only boy, and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves" …While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. Luke 9:38-43
They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." Mark 9:20- 23
HOW CAN WE HELP AND RESPOND
Yahshua/Jesus commanded his followers to cast out demons. He said: "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8) and "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;" (Mark 16:17). Mark 6:13 says the apostles "were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them".
Yahshua/Jesus gave us this command which is also known as the Great Commission. It is given to us all, no believer exempt. This means that we can still deliver demons out of possessed people. Satan is still out there and working his evil plan out for humanity. He is still influencing people. No more than ever, for we are living in end times, and he knows his time is running out. You must know that in these times apostasy is rampant. People are leaving the Church and not only the Church, they are openly embracing other religions and denying God. This opens the doors for demonic activity in one’s life. It should therefore not amaze you that more and more people are falling into demonic snares.
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Lk 10:19)
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”(Mk 16:17-19)
Jeremiah 33:6 "Behold, I will bring health and cure. I will heal My people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security (truth)."
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (understanding of scripture/God's words/thoughts)...You have forgotten the law of your God; I will also forget your children.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”(2 Cor. 10:4).
As Christians we are all in a state of war against the forces of evil. The minute you give your heart to Christ, you will find yourself involved in a most vicious war with a mighty enemy called Satan. I say mighty, because Satan is not only very dangerous, he is also a foe not to mess around with. Do not take him lightly. Nevertheless, we as Christians are involved in a battle that will last all of our lives. Satan hates us and he wants to destroy us. In order to survive his attacks we have to have mighty weapons. These weapons will keep us safe, will defend us. Now, in order to understand what kind of weapons you must use, you must understand first what kind of warfare you are in.
The Bible tells us this about this warfare:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12)
It must become very clear to us that we wrestle not against each other but against unseen forces which are very evil. These forces are powerful. A principality for example is a strong evil ruler who can rule whole areas or even whole countries. These areas or countries which fall prey unto their rule, are wickedly influenced by such a principality. That is why you can see different kinds of wickedness prevail in one country while the other has other kind of wickedness prevailing there. We may not see these principalities, these wicked rulers, but they are nevertheless there, influencing not only our area in which we live but us as well. Satan’s kingdom is well organized. See it as an army. He sends his army out continually to engage in war, war against you.
This enemy, Satan is our accuser. He accuses us day and night before the Father (Rev. 12:10). Furthermore he uses lies to entangle us, to ensnare us. John 8:44 told us Satan is the father of lies. He will therefore try to win the battle with lies. His armor are lies, but your armor you should know, is far stronger and more powerful than his, for your armour is the Word of truth, which is the Word of God!
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”(Eph 6:14-18)
In order to win this battle you must put on the whole armour of God (Eph 6:11). You must know the Bible, you must! Only in this way Satan can not have any advantage of you. It is the best armour one can ask for. God has told us that His Word is sharper than any twoedged sword (Heb.4:12). In order to use the Word of God you must have faith in the Word of God. Faith in God and in His Word are mighty weapons (Eph. 6:16) indeed. Jesus overcame Satan with the Word of God (Mt 4:4; Mt 4:7). We can therefore absolutely rely on this weapon to win the battle for us.
Therefore let us “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God (read and get yourself acquainted with His Word, emphasis mine). Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”(Jas.4:7)
FREEMASONARY - AUTISM AND OTHER ILLNESSES, DISEASES AND DISORDERS
Curses from Freemasony
Freemasonry is not what you think it is. Many a person involved in this craft thinks wants us to make believe that Freemasonry is completely innocent and that it is good. Yes they do lots of charity but their worship is wrong. They worship Baphomet, who is no other than Satan himself. It is a dark craft filled with secrets and mysteries. In order to become a member one has to perform many oaths, all of them containing powerful curses if you leave that craft. Any society, religion or other sect that requires oaths and secrecy is not of God! God is light and He has no secrets, we do not have to curse ourselves to belong to Him. God is love and everything that is ruled by fear is not from God.
Curses due to involvement in Freemasonry
Freemasonry is not a religion, actually it is a form of Satanism for it worships Satan under the name of “The great architect of the universe”. Although they use symbols of Christianity such as the Bible, they only use it to mock the Bible and not to respect God’s Word. This is due to the fact that Freemasonry worships Satan and the devil as we all know has no regard for God and His creation, he only wants to destroy it. Satanists also mock the Word of God and the Cross, wearing it upside down. They wear it upside down to mock Jesus’ work at the cross. This is pure blasphemy and will be greatly punished by God. Freemasons also use JHVH (Jehovah, the God of the Bible) they use this name to refer to a divine entity which possesses both sexes, but really is one being. The Royal Arch degree for example, uses an abbreviated form of the name of Jehovah, which is combined with two forms of heathen deities, who are nobody less than Baal and Osiris. Both are combined and seen as one god.
Freemasonry has its own temples, its own priests, its own oaths and of course its own profession of faith. Initiation rites are often accompanied by blood pacts and oaths. They worship and give honour to a god who is not the God of the Bible! Be not fooled by their words that they do. The reason why oaths are taken is to bind oneself to this god and to put a curse on oneself when you break this oath. That is the reason why so many Freemasons do not dare to step out of the Lodge, for fear of retaliation, not only from their members but for fear of these curses and from Satan himself. One popular member in Europe was Mozart, who was known to be a Freemason, and died under mysterious circumstances. It is believed that he was killed by a Masonic curse. The curses of Freemasonry are very severe and always go into the generational line.
“The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blessed the habitation of the just”(Prov 3:33).
Freemasonry and Witchcraft
Freemasonry is strikingly similar to Witchcraft. It can be assumed that Witchcraft was one of the cults of alchemical knowledge. Here is a list of the common similarities:
- They both have a foundational system of three degrees, with some forms of Wicca offering higher degrees after achieving the third degree.
- Both are secret societies because they both keep their membership rolls secret, and secrets are kept from the general public by both “religions.”
- Both usually meet in secret, with the exceptions for the purpose of rare openly public events.
- Both have ceremonial initiations to pass a candidate from one degree to another, of which include sworn oaths.
- Both have ceremonial form of purgings & purifications of the ritual area before commencing any ritual work.
- They both have the candidates remove all secular clothing, remove all metal (i.e. jewelry, etc.), and hoodwinked (i.e. blindfolded, etc.) with ropes ceremonially tied around them (the form of the tying varies).
- Both groups have the candidate stand in the Northeast corner of the “temple” in the first degree.
- Both groups challenge the candidate by piercing their naked chest with a sharp impliment (witches utilize the sword, while Masons use the point of a compass).
- They both challenge the candidate by asking for secret passwords.
- Both have the candidate lead in a circular walk (or “walking around”) of the temple while hoodwinked.
- Both have the candidate(while hoodwinked) endure being picked up, carried around, spun around, being pushed or struck from one person to another. It is supposed to create an “altered state of consciousness in the candidate.”
- Both have the ceremonial un-hoodwinking of the candidate, after he/she has taken the oath, before lighted candles which are supposed to bring “illumination.”
- Both explain to the new initiate the “working tools” pertaining to that degree & each tool’s use is taught to the initiate.
Freemasonry is one of Satan's Secret Societies, its a fraternal organisation that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century BUT GOES BACK TO ANCIENT EGYPTAIN TIMES TO THE PAGAN SOCIETIES WHO WORSHIPED MANY GOD'S. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around 5 million with some of the most elit politicans in this satanical fraternal group.
Do not forget what God says about worshipping other gods which is a very severe sin: "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me."(Ex 20:5). God holds us responsible for our own actions, and if we sin against Him not only will He punish us, but our offspring will be suffering from the consequences of our sins. The same goes for you, you may be suffering from ancestral curses which have come Both groups, in the higher degrees, bring the candidate through a “from-death-to-rebirth” ritual in which he/she acts the part of a hero/heroine of the craft.down the generational line due to sins of your ancestors.
God explicitly tells us not to bow down to false gods and give them any worship. Freemasonry is the worship of Satan and all Freemasons bow down to him in worship. Satan absolutely hates God and we may thus assume that Freemasons do not have the love of God in them either. God is a jealous God and He does not like to share the worship that is due to Him. Rightly so, for He alone is God, there is none other than He. If you or your ancestors were involved in Freemasonry in any form, it is most likely that you are suffering from those curses. You might not only be afflicted by curses related to Freemasonry but you probably are afflicted by a curse from God as well. To worship any other god than the true God, puts you under a curse of God for it goes against the first Two Commandments. Therefore it is expedient for you to read carefully the curses listed below to see if any of these curses listed below appear in your family or in your own life. If so, there might be a Freemasonry curse active in your life. But be of good cheer, those curses can be broken off in the name of Jesus.
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name”(Jn 20:31). Jesus is the only way out of these curses, the only way to God and the only way to eternal life. Trust in Him and His work for you. He can set you free. God gave us a choice for our lives: “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse”(Deut.11:26). When we proclaim curses and oaths we bind ourselves by the words that we speak. The same goes for blessings. We may bless ourselves but we also can curse ourselves. Be wise and choose blessings, and thus life. If you were a freemason or one of your family members was and you are suffering from those curses, believe that God will set you free from those curses. Be confident in God, trust Him to set you free from those curses. Once you renounce any participation in Freemasonry on your behalf or on your ancestors behalf, Satan has no legal right to hold you imprisoned anymore. He must set you free. Jesus is victor and He is Lord, do not fear because He came to set the captives free!!
- fear (of dark, of the unexpected, noises, people, irrational fear)
- all kinds of lung and heart diseases such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, angina or other lung related problems, heart problems,
- suicidal tendencies
- bulimia or anorexia
- cancer (of the stomach, liver, bone cancer, cancer of the skin, breast cancer, throat cancer and other forms of cancer are attributed to Masonic curses)
- all kinds of sexual perversions
- allergies, hay fever
- extreme anger (especially towards God), rebellion
- gall bladder problems, liver problems
- womb problems, bareness
- emotional problems (emotionally unbalanced, depression etc)
- unbelief towards the Word of God, skepticism
- doubting God and His Word
- doubting other people’s sincerity
- appropriation to false teachings
- revenge, especially when hurt by someone
- retaliation, especially when hurt by someone
- Schizophrenia and other mental diseases
- Poltergeist phenomena (can be, although not always are, attributed to involvement in Freemasonry)
If you are currently suffering from any of those curses listed above, there might be reasonable cause to believe you might be suffering from a curse relating to Freemasonry. However, caution needs to be taken here. Not all these curses need necessarily be related to Freemasonry. You might be suffering from cancer for example, and it might not be due to a curse of Freemasonry, but to other (natural) causes. I strongly advice you to seek God in prayer and ask Him to reveal you through the Holy Spirit if what you are suffering from is from a curse of Freemasonry or not.
Bear in mind that the curse that is active in your life might have another origin, witchcraft for example. Black magic is also known to be a strong denominator of curses that can lead to death. Not all curses that might be active in your life need necessarily be due to involvement in Freemasonry. But if you or any of your family are suffering from most of these curses listed above, you can assume that there is an unbroken curse of Freemasonry still active in your and your family life. If this is the case you need to break them but you also need deliverance from demons that have passed down the generational line.
THE OCCULT & NEW AGE PRACTICES
Occultism means knowledge of the occult. It comes form the Latin name ‘Occultus’ which means hidden. Occultism is the knowledge of the supernatural, the hidden things. Aim of the occult is to study truth as the occultists see it. In order to gain this knowledge of this so called truth occultists make use of crafts such as magic, spiritism, parascience and other means to attain it. Their conviction is that the deeper truth which is always hidden may be found through these channels. The access into this truth is not via physical means but via the spirit, or via spirits, which we call in Christianism (demons).
One way to enter the occult realm is by chanting or meditation. Chanting is the repetition of words or sounds to such a degree that the person will fall into a sort of trance. When the person is in a trancelike status the mind is willing to accept any knowledge given by these spirits. This is due to the fact that whilst being in trance they have no control over their minds nor thoughts anymore. This the reason why it is so dangerous going into a trance! Evil spirits can easily access the mind of that person and take total control over. In past ages occultists were called Alchemists. These Alchemists worked usually for the nobility trying to transubstantiate any metal into gold.
For us Christians, occultism is strictly forbidden terrain. God tells us that : “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth 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 necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee”(Deut. 18:10-12). God has His reasons for forbidding us to dab into the occult. One of the reasons it is dangerous for us to make use of people who work closely together with the occult realm is, that they operate within the realm of Satan. We all know that Satan hates Christians. Therefore, it is very dangerous for us to get involved in such matters.
Do not open them in your life!
You will learn that there are many doorways of demonic activity. The devil uses every opportunity to enter your life in order to destroy it. Even if he does not accomplish that, at least his demons can be a ‘nuisance’ in your life. They can oppose every step you take, especially if this step is commanded by God. You must understand that once you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you enter into a battlefield that will last your whole life. I am sorry to have to say it this bluntly, but there simply is no easy way to tell this. It is a fact that once you are converted to Christ, your battle against the forces of darkness begins. We must, however, realize that not everybody will have the same measure of demonic attack in their lives. Why some people have stronger attacks and more frequent than others, is not always explainable. People coming out of the occult for example, are more prone to demonic attack after their conversion and subsequent delivery. But this is usually in their case, fairly normal, if we can categorize this as such. But, there are examples of people converted to Christ, who did not dabble into the occult who are being attacked quite ferociously. Sometimes we can trace this back to the ancestor line. Usually there was involvement in the occult or in freemasonry, but sometimes we cannot trace any occult activities and we are left ignorant of these entry points.
- Involvement in the occult fortune telling (Num 22:7; 23:23 ; Deut. 18:1014; Micah 5:12 ), witchcraft (1 Sam 15:23 ; Deut 18:9-10; Exodus 22:18 ); Sorcery (Ex 7:11 -22; Lev 19:26 ; Deut 18:10 ; Isaiah 47:9 etc). and other forms of the occult such as the use of pendulums, objects, séances, crystal gazing, horoscopes, Ouija board, parakinesis, Wicca, Satanism, mind control, Swedenborg, Levitation, Hypnotism, etc
- Taking forms of healing that are not Christian such as psychic healers, acupuncture, Bach Therapy, homoeopathy (many products are being prayed and enchanted on before reaching the stores), Hypnotic counselling, etc
- Participation of involvement in other religions such as Baha’ism, Islam, Mormonism, New Age movement, Kababalah, etc
- Involvement in Freemasonry
- Heavy metal music, Rap music (listen to their lyrics), but also Modern Pop Music. Here I want to a word of caution: Listen to the lyrics, often these lyrics enhance Satan and diminish or even ridicule Christian values.
- Addictions such as alcoholism, drugs, cigarettes
- Active sin, unconfessed sin such as lying, stealing
- Breaking the Ten Commandments
- Involvement in any cult such as the Jehovah’s Witness, Scientology, Christian Science etc
- Computer games and other games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Halloween,
THE POWER OF PRAYER
"Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray " (Ps 5:2)
Do you pray every day? Do you believe in the power of prayer?
Prayer is essential for our walk with God. It brings us close to Him and it draws Him close to us. The Bible tells us many times of the delight and great interest that God takes in us who pray unto Him. From the Bible we also see that God does answer prayer. Prayer has given people boldness, assurance, peace etc. When we study the lives of the patriarchs described in the Bible, we see that God does in fact answer prayer. He did in fact intervene thanks to prayer, quite often in a mighty way! What He did for them, He will do for us.. But prayer must come from the heart, for God always looks upon the heart. Psalm 37:4 tells us: “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” What does this mean? According to Strong’s Concordance, the word “delight”means to take pleasure, to have joy.
We may conclude then, from Psalm 37:4 that if we enjoy praying, that is, drawing near to God in prayer, God is faithful and will give us the desires of our hearts. One word of caution must be said though. The desires of our heart must be pleasing to God. James 4:3 tells us that we will not receive what we have asked if we ask amiss. ”Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (Ja 4:3) We see here, that what we ask God in prayer must NOT be for the consumption of our own lusts. It must be biblical, according to the wishes of God. "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us." (1Jn 5:14) In order to know how to pray and see what is pleasing to God and what is not, we must study the Bible. You need to realize, however, that with and through prayer, Christianity stands or falls. Prayer is the very essence of our Christianity.
Conditions to answered prayer:
Much has been written about prayer, but not much has been written about the conditions to answered prayer. There are conditions to fulfilled prayer! The first condition is as we have seen, that we ought to ask for things that are pleasing to God. Another very important condition that Jesus himself gave us is forgiveness. We ought to forgive our debtors before we pray. Let’s take a look at what He said: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”(Mt 6:12-15).
From this Scripture we see that unforgiveness can tempt us into evil. Unforgiveness can be a fertile ground for hatred, bitterness and much worse. This opens the doors for evil spirits into your life. That is why forgiveness is so important! Now that we have seen the importance of forgiving our debtors, we can move on to another condition to answered prayer .Faith. That's right. Hebrews 11:6 tells us: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The faith talked about in this verse is explained in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What exactly is this evidence of things not seen? It is the hopeful expectation of the things you have been praying for. It is seeing that which you have prayed for, coming into existence. This takes faith. Here is another example of the importance of faith whilst praying: "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Heb 10:22). This Scripture confirms it doesn't it? If says that we need to have the assurance of faith to have the answer to our prayers.
How is this done? Through expectation. And expectation brings faith. It works both ways.
Let's take a look at yet another condition. A clean conscience. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, HAVING YOUR HEARTS SPRINKLED FROM AN EVIL CONSCIENCE, and our bodies washed with pure water.”(Heb.10:22).What exactly does God mean by this? He means that our heart must not condemn us whilst praying. It is a very interesting thing that happens to us all, I think, that when you are engaged in prayer, whilst asking God, your heart condemns you immediately if something that you have asked is good or not. I am convinced this is the working of the Holy Spirit. He is your indicator whether your prayers will be answered or not. Yet another hindrance to prayer is unconfessed in. Unconfessed sin opens the door for the devil to hold our sin against us when God wants to answer our prayers. Satan is our accuser who accuses us day and night before the Lord.(Rev. 10:12). God is a just God and He has to judge rightly.
God honors prayer if we really desire and are fully committed in getting that which we have asked for. We have learned that the desire must be biblical. We must be totally committed in getting the answer of this prayer of God. Sometimes we need to get this answer by using a "bit of violent force'. Let's see what I mean: "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."(Matt. 11:12). What Jesus here means, is simply that we must not give up our prayer. Sometimes we pray and we do not see the answer immediately. Jesus here tells us that we have to keep on knocking and fighting until the answer to our prayers comes. " And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."(Lk 11:9) Praying is not just mumbling our hearts desires in 5 to 10 minutes a day. Prayer is hard work people! First, we must dig into the Scriptures to see what God has to say about our needs. We learn to see what is His will and what is not. Then we must commit ourselves to pray until the answer comes. Not just one day, but maybe months, sometimes even years on end. We must hang in there. And this is not always easy. Believe me! I know what I am talking about here. But, yet again, if your heart is set on getting this answer, God will answer it.But again , and( I can not emphasize this enough, your petitions must be biblical!
Let's look at some Scriptures regarding prayer:
"And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 16:19). Here we see that prayer is also a spiritual battle. It means that we must bind those things that must be bound for they are hindering us, and we must loose things that will benefit us.
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt 18:19,20). This is a very important principle. For it shows us that two people united in prayer not only are stronger but they bring Jesus into their midst. This means that Jesus not only hears our prayers, but that He joins our prayers. Usually these prayers find answers more quickly than others.This prayer must be done in complete uniformity. This means that both parties must agree in everything that is being prayed for.
So: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need’.”(Heb 4:16). For Jesus himself told us that: "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."(Mk 11:24). Remembering of course, that whatever we ask is Scriptural!