One of the most intriguing things today in movies, television and “talent” shows is the use of magic. When I see one, it reminds me of the story of a man called Simon who lived in the ancient city of Samaria. Acts 8:9-13(ESV) But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great…
Simon used magic to make people think he is a great person.
God’s name is being used the same way, as a magic tool by humans to make a name for themselves. Individuals are starting churches with the same aim as in the past when humans started religions. This is for monetary gain, to make a name for themselves or both.
People continue using God’s name in prayers, loud preaching and in general talk hoping that nobody will discover who they really are. They also hope that the name will do some magic to cover them further as they craft ways to trick the congregants and make money from their giving or doing business. Ephesians 5:12 (NIV) It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
Such people are rebellious to the ways of righteousness but only do things to control people and be seen by other humans as something great. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NIV) The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
Like Simon of Samaria, they lead nobody to God by doing this but to bondage because they themselves are under a bondage. Innocent seekers of God are demonised by association with these characters and before long they fall into a road to nowhere. Romans 7:15, 17 (NIV) I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
Sin, is the evil living inside such people! If you don’t look up on them and regard them as great, you will be ignored, be met with cold love, be demeaned and indirectly hunted down until you toe their line!
If you want to avoid this, the bible clearly says that you should not associate with anyone who ticks any of following boxes! 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 (NIV) … But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
The devil uses the good things of these world to trap us. Darkness will be wrapped as light under the covers of education, elite profession or wealth! John 9:39 (NIV) Jesus said, “…I have come into this world, so that the blind will see…” Unless you are delivered you are blind and cannot see the intrigues coming from people operating under inspiration from hell! You will bow down to them because of their covers and in the process give your spirit to their manipulation. God will cease to be Lord in your life! You will however continue to be wowed by what your “masters” are “achieving” and your jaw will hit the floor as you stare at hell beyond the spiritual curtain! God’s blessings of real peace, joy and happiness will become a distance pipe dream!
There is no doubt that at this point you will need deliverance from the traps of evil. Deliverance from evil is a process and it takes time. It involves confession, repentance and a time of healing of the soul. Read more on deliverance from this site.