New Age Spirituality

Scripture: Leviticus 19:26b,31, ‘Do not practice divination or sorcery… Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.’

 

Observations: Amongst the list of general laws God prohibits divination, sorcery, mediums and spiritists. These practices were common amongst other ancient religions. When Moses confronted Pharaoh, ‘11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts. (Ex 7:11)’ And God says that because of these things he would drive out the Canaanites (Dt 18:9-13). The issue is that we are to worship God and turn to him in our need, not to demons or people who claim to have the answers or the power to help us. Not only is the power or knowledge that such people possess dubious, it is also dangerous. When we open ourselves up to such influences we open ourselves up to be defiled by them. When God tells us to avoid these things he has our best interests at heart. In the end these things will harm us.

 

Application: The truth is that these spiritual practices are just as common today as they were in ancient times. People still turn to astrology, crystals, tarot cards, white magic and mediums, instead of to God. And how often do we turn to other people instead of God. The next time you are in need turn first to God. Because of Jesus we can approach the Creator of the Universe, the One who is in control of all things and who has all power. In Christ God is now our Father, the One who helps his children. If you are involved in anything spiritual repent and turn your back on those things and turn to God instead.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are the Lord my God, and You are Sovereign over all things, there are no spiritual powers that even come close to You. If anything negative has defiled my life I ask that You will cleanse my life by the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. May I always turn only to You for my help and my hope, for You are my Father and my God. Lord, give me the words to encourage others to turn to You, especially those who are under the bondage of new age spirituality. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. 

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