THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANLINESS (Moses 3)
We are discovering lessons about victory in spiritual warfare from Moses and the Exodus from Egypt. At Mt. Sinai God gave the law to Moses and the people of Israel. God’s people needed God’s truth to live and serve Him. God revealed His law to them, along with directions for the tabernacle and priesthood. Knowledge of and obedience to God’s revealed truth is the key to victory (Psalm 119:9-11).
LESSON FOR TODAY 1: We cannot have victory in our own lives, nor can we properly minister to those who are struggling, if there is sin in our lives and we aren’t living in obedience to God’s commands (2 Timothy 2:5; Exodus 23:21; Deuteronomy 27:10; 30:20; Exodus 24:7; Jeremiah 7:23; 1 Samuel 15:22; Hebrews 11:8Joshua 24:24; John 14:15). Sin grieves (Ephesians 4:30) and quenches (1 Thessalonians 5:19) the Holy Spirit. God stands ready to help us and give us victory, but we cannot allow any sin in our lives. We must confess it (I John 1:7-10) and live in total obedience in order to have victory.
A part of the law God gave them directly forbid any involvement with anything occult, anything demonic. “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-13)
The death penalty was the consequence of being involved in any of these activities (Leviticus 20:2; Deuteronomy 13:10). Child sacrifice to the demon gods heads the list (Deuteronomy 18:10; 2 Kings 2:1-17). Worship of the stars, sorcery and divination were part of the worship of Molech. Divination was foretelling the future by hidden knowledge through supernatural powers (Ezekiel 21:21). Sorcery was used to predict the future based on the movement of the planets (Acts 8:9-24). Use of hallucinogenic drugs accompanied this (Galatians 5:20 ‘pharmakeia’). Omens were supposedly discovered by inspecting the entrails of animals, following the flights of birds or the motions of snakes. Witchcraft was a means of calling on demons for information, often through use of drugs or perfumes. It is strongly forbidden (2 Kings 9:22; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Micah 5:12; Nahum 3:4) and any who were involved in this were put to death (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:27).
The list of forbidden occult practices continues with casting spells, something done by charms, spells or curses (Acts 16:16-18). A medium is someone through whom a demon speaks (Isaiah 8:19; Leviticus 19:31; 20:27). A spiritist is similar. The term usually referred to a male witch who would contact demons to try to get information from them. Necromancy, consulting the dead, was also done by contact with demons who impersonated the person who had died. This is strongly forbidden by God (Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27; 2 Kings 23:24; 1 Chronicles 10:13-14) and is what Saul did at the end of his life (1 Samuel 28:7-25).
LESSON FOR TODAY 2: There are many similar ways of contacting demons today as well, but every way of contacting demons is strictly forbidden. Usually they camouflage who they are so as to make the practice more acceptable. Contact with any power other than God is strictly forbidden. Even if the person isn’t aware it is a demon, when they open themselves up to a power that is not God then the demon(s) can and will use that to claim control over them. These include consulting a spiritist, using a Ouija board, participating in occult or Satanic worship, taking part in a séance or any number of forbidden practices. If someone has been involved in these things their power can be broken by confession and putting the sin under the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:9). Also pray to take back any access the sin had given to demons.
If there is any sin in your life, take time to confess it now. If you have ever been involved in any occult practices and haven’t confessed them as sin and put them under the blood of Jesus, do so now. If you need help email me at jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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