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From such as: ESP, Séance, Telepathy, Hypnotism, Fortune-telling, Water Witching, Magic, Ouija Board, New Age, Street & prescribed Psychiatric Mind Drugs, Tarot Cards, Astrology and other forms of idolatry and witchcraft.


      What is Occultism? Stated concisely, it is participation or involvement in any way with fortune telling, magic practices, spiritism, or false religious cults and teachings.

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Occult Bondage and Oppression
The Scriptures warn that there will be a great increase in occult activity in the last days: "Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."
       There has never been a time in history when the warnings against the dangers of occultism were more necessary than in the present. Multitudes of people, Christian and non-Christian alike, find themselves suffering physical, mental, psychic and spiritual oppressions, few realizing that it is because they have allowed themselves to become ensnared in the diabolical web of occultism, which is under the influence and control of the powers of darkness.

Vital Questions
to Consider

      If you have ever been involved in any way in the following occult practices, whether done innocently or not, are you aware that the Scriptures condemn such practices without reservation and that you have opened the door to oppression or bondage to the powers of darkness?
     Have you ever visited a fortune teller?
     Has anyone read your palm or told your fortune by the use of cards, tea leaves, crystal ball, Ouija board, or other means?
     Have you consulted the Ouija board (out of curiosity or in earnest), or played with the popular occult games being sold today: ESP, Telepathy, Kabbala, Horoscope, Clairvoyant, Voodoo, New Age and so on?
      Divining for water, oil, minerals, underground sewer and water lines, by using a forked stick or other objects, is an ancient occult practice known as "water witching" or "dowsing". Have you, or has anyone for you, engaged in this?
      Have you at any time consulted a medium, or anyone with psychic or clairvoyant powers?
       Have you attended a séance or spiritualist meeting, or attempted to communicate with the dead or so called spirit "guides"?
      Have you practiced or experimented with ESP., Telepathy, automatic writing, table-tipping, levitation of objects, yoga, PK, remote influence or the subconscious mind of others, or self-hypnosis? Have you been hypnotized?
      When ill, have you sought (or were you subjected to as a child) treatment of healing or diseases, burns, sickness, wart removal, etc., through magic charming, powwow, Spiritualism, Christian Science, or by anyone who practiced psychic, spirit or metaphysical healing, or who used hypnosis, the pendulum, or trance for diagnosis or treatment?
       Do you read the horoscope columns or follow astrology? Do you read or possess occult literature (books on ESP, reincarnation, dreams, fortune telling, astrology, metaphysics, self-realization, magic, clairvoyance, hypnosis, yoga, handwriting analysis, religious cults, or works by such authors as Edgar Cayce, Jeane Dixon, Arthur Ford, or Ruth Montgomery?
       Have you ever attended meetings or assented to the teachings of Satanists, the Rosicrucian’s, Spiritualists, Mormons, Christian Scientists, Unity, Baha'i, Theosophy, Inner Peace Movement, Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, Association for Research and Enlightenment, Religious Research Foundation of America, Unitarians, Jehovah's Witnesses, or others of an occult nature?
       Do you know that all such occult practices are condemned by God in the Scriptures, being an abomination unto Him and are under His curse? Are you aware that anyone who has ever practiced or participated in any form of occultism (whether done innocently or not) has opened the door to oppression by the powers of darkness, even though such occult activity may have occurred many years ago or before you became a Christian? You may even now be the victim of occult bondage and oppression because of this and unaware of the source and cause of your problems, whether physical, mental, psychic, spiritual, marital or other.

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Occult Involvement Is
Disobedient to God's Word

      All forms of fortune telling, spiritualism, magic practices, and involvement in the cults and their teachings are absolutely forbidden by the Scriptures: ... thou shall not learn to do after the abomination of those nations. There shall not be found with thee any one... that uses divination (fortune telling), or an observer of times (soothsayer), or an enchanter (magician), or a witch (sorceress), or a charmer (hypnotist), or a consulter with familiar spirits (medium possessed with a spirit "guide"), or a wizard (clairvoyant or psychic), or a necromancer (medium who consults the dead). For all that do these things are an ABOMINATION unto the Lord! (Deut. 18:9-12)
      The Scriptures condemn all forms of occultism as sorcery and warn that "... they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal. 5:19-21), but "... are an abomination unto the Lord" (Deut. 18:12), and "... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone" (Rev. 21:8). From earliest times God forbade occultism as spiritually defiling (Lev. 19:31), and made participation in it punishable by death (Ex. 22:18; Lev. 20:27), and cause for rejection of that soul by God (Lev. 20:6). (See also: Ex. 7:11-12 with 2 Tim. 3:8; Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:26, 31; 20:6; 1Sam. 15:23; 28:3; 2Kgs. 21:5-6; 2 Chron. 33:6; Isa. 2:6; 8:19; Jer. 27:9-10; Zech. 10:2; Mal. 3:5; Acts 8:9; 16:16; 19:19; 1Tim. 4:1.)


Occult Involvement
invokes a curse

There are but two sources of hidden information and knowledge, or supernatural help, guidance and healing - God or Satan. One may, through prayer in Jesus' Name, seek such help from God; but there is another way to obtain the desired guidance or help - occultism. Behind this door stand Satan and the powers of darkness who work through the occult media of fortune telling, magic, spiritism, and false religious cults. The Scriptures forbid man to seek help from or contact with these sources, for it is tantamount to calling upon another god (Ex. 20:3-5). Satan is called the "god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4). Although Satan often accommodates the victim with hidden knowledge or help through these sources, this individual has opened a door of access to him and becomes prey to the forces of darkness to oppress in many ways.
The seriousness of occult participation is seen in the judgment of God which fell upon King Saul who died for seeking help from a medium. Read 1 Samuel 28 and 1 Chronicles 10:13-14.


The following are a few of the evidences of occult oppression or bondage, although some of these symptoms may stem from other causes. Usually when one or more of these manifestations are present, it is an indication of the presence and activity of demonic spirits, as well as the need of deliverance.

Prolonged depression or gloominess; indifference; irresponsibility; unpredictable behavior; delusions; uncontrollable passions and appetites; sexual perversions; enslavement to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco; compulsive eating; uncontrollable temper, hate, or other psychopathic tendencies.
Chronic fear or anxieties; nervousness or neurotic behavior; feelings of inadequacy or self-pity; abnormal desire for attention; extremely negative personality; compulsions (lying, stealing, gambling) or obsessions (fear of dying; acute jealousy); thought of self-destruction.
Psychic experiences; possession of psychic or extrasensory powers (none of which are to be confused with genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit); psychic oppression (seeing apparitions; hearing voices; poltergeist phenomena, etc.).
Indifference to spiritual things, the Scriptures or prayer; chronic doubts and difficulty in exercising faith; unscriptural religious beliefs or practices; inability to receive Christ of the Holy Spirit; hatred of the blood
Atonement; blasphemous thoughts against God.
      Abnormal talkativeness or loudness; muttering to oneself; shunning others; unkempt appearance; abnormally bright or glazed eyes; sullen, perverse or defiant facial expression.

If the oppressed are to be set free, some Christians must rid themselves of the naive and unscriptural notion that believers cannot be oppressed by Satan. On the contrary, many have been oppressed, vexed, depressed, deceived, bound and afflicted, especially when there has been any occult involvement, whether before or after conversion.
(See Job 1-2; Lk. 13:11; 22:31-31; 2 Cor. 12:7; 1 Thess. 2:18; 1 Tim. 4:1; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; Eph. 6:11-12).

       1) Confession of faith in Christ. Without such a confession, there can be no permanent liberation, for where no sincere commitment to Christ is made there is no secure basis for such individuals to make continued resistance to the powers of darkness.
       2) Confession of occult activity. All occult involvement must be recognized as disobedience to God, repudiated, and confessed as evil and unholy. The oppressed should name each form of occult participation which can be recalled (such as visiting fortune tellers, playing with Ouija board, following astrology, etc.), confessing it as sin, and asking forgiveness in Jesus' Name. It is well to ask pardon also for any occult involvement you may have forgotten.
       3) Renunciation of Satan and command to depart. This is not to be a prayer request, but a direct command to Satan himself by the person seeking deliverance. At this point Satan will only heed a command to depart (at least permanently) from the individual who granted him access in the first place through occult involvement. In faith, renounce him and all his work in your life and command him to depart in Jesus' Name!
       In exceptional cases where oppression is severe and faith is weak, it may be advisable to have another exorcise these powers of darkness after the first 3 steps have been taken on the part of the oppressed.
       Accept the fact of your liberation by faith. Do not rely on "feelings" or "appearances" at this point. Stand on the Word of God - the evidence and assurance will follow. Satan knows he must release his victim when commanded to do so in Jesus' Name, but this does not mean the evidence is always seen immediately. Boldly confess your deliverance by faith and "resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James. 4:7).



      If we are to live successfully in Christ, Satan and his past influence in our lives must be thwarted. Of course, on-going repentance is key to reversing the process of sin and unholiness in our lives. But Satan is still the 'Prince of the power of the air' and he has great authority and power to influence our lives and actions. We must be aware of Satanic realities about us that seek to draw us back into his grip, even after we have become born-again. We may be inclined to think since Jesus dwells within us nothing, even Satan, can touch us. This is a wrong impression to have. He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world, this the Bible reassures us is true. But this is not to say that Satan is inactive. Far from it. After Calvary Satan became like a wounded bear. He is out of control with fear, rage and hatred. As his time of judgment draws nearer and nearer so his wrath and desperation increases. He will not fail to pull out all stops trying to destroy the works of God whenever and whereever he can. (Rev. 12:12) He will use 'once-true' ministers of Christ who have sold out the Gospel, whether with malice and intent, or by defaulting to lust and cares of this world; or for whatever reason (money, power, hate, jealousy, intellectualism, convenience, selfishness, fear - you get the idea) to depart from the faith. They will be putty in his hands; he then is able to channel seducing spirits through them so that his false seducing spirits of light, can wheedle their way into the hearts and souls of believers sowing heart worms of death. There the devils boldly plant their highly deceptive doctrines among the sleeping, oblivious flocks of the churches of Christ.

       "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
       Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
       Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
(1 Tim. 4:1-3)

        This is only one of Satan's strategies. We are told that if we resist the Devil he will flee from us. We must therefore, conclude that if a Christian does not resist Satan, he will not flee from him. Resistance to Satan comes by different means and forms. The believer must be resistant and actively oppose the works of the Devil, not by word only, but by his life and deeds. If one resists Satan and is walking daily in the spirit that person will not be sinning. It is not possible to walk in the Spirit of Christ and sin. The Spirit of God does not sin - ever; cannot sin, it makes no sense to say or think that God can sin. It is an immutable contradiction. One of the reasons why God came in the flesh was to destroy the works of the Devil. "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil." (1 John 3:8) In other words Jesus came to destroy sin and to save sinners from sinning. If we are to turn away the first sinner, Satan, from leading us into sin, we must wear at all times the armor of God, which is a metaphor for being a soldier in Christ able to fend off the attacks of the 'evil one' and to promote the righteousness of Christ. We cannot know when Satan will appear at our doorstep, whispering in our ear, to try to distract us, or destroy, rob or kill. Satan's strategies are many and clever. But we are told in the Bible that we can be schooled, made aware of all his slippery devices and strategem to steal us away from abiding solidly and continually in the love of Christ. And, this is his main object, to steer us away from Christ's love living within us which is by definition without sin whereever His Spirit exists unimpeded. "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." (1 Tim. 4:16) Other means, such as understanding the true 'doctrine of 'laying on of hands', keeping holy the sabbath, confession of sin and repentance from dead works, walking in the spirit and not the flesh, being washed by the pure water of the Word, relying on the Name of Jesus, the faith for casting out demons in His name, and putting on the cloak of zeal as the prophet Isaiah declared (Isa. 59:17: "For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.") are among the ways and means by which Christians should learn to resist the Devil.
       Christ is the Redeemer. One way in which he destroys the works of the Devil is to Redeem, or buy back, the wrongs that we have committed by our own sin and under the instigation of Satan's lies and seductions. The Spirit knows the things of the spirit and can reach into our past sins and deliver us from the hold they may have upon us. Satan is always there to accuse us before God, but Christ is always there to make intercession to the Father in our behalf.
       Due to our past companionship with the spirit of the world, our complicitous dalliance with Satan and our full involvement in sin, Satan still has legal right to harangue us, attack us and generally oppress us with his strategy of hate and deceit. We should not doubt this power which the Father of all lies still retains, though it is being diminished with ever tic of the prophetic clock. He even had power to harass and tempt Jesus. He has not been entirely put away as of yet. We know he still has such power among men until it will be totally destroyed at the Second Coming of Christ. The Bible is clear in saying to Christians; "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1Pet. 5:8) and in the Old Testament, "There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled." (Zech 11:3) We must be on guard, vigilant and watchful. The battle is not yet over. Much victory is gained in the Christian life through deliverance. "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travails in pain together until now." (Rom. 8:22) and, "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you." (Gal. 4:19)
       Deliverance is the friend and ally of every Christian who expects to have a close and victorious walk with Jesus. It is Jesus Himself who likened it to "the children's bread" when He had an exchange with a Gentile woman who sought deliverance from an unclean spirit for her young daughter. When she asked Jesus to free her daughter from this afflicting spirit Jesus at first told her that He would not, saying, "It is not meet to cast the children's bread unto dogs" (Mark 7:27). But it was her cry for mercy when she responded that even the dogs eat of the crumbs from the children's table that caused Jesus to reconsider and cast the spirit out of the youth. Whatever His reasons for saying this and first refusing, one thing remains clear: Jesus was saying that deliverance from evil spirits (and, we can surmise, deliverance from sin and oppression of all sorts) is THE CHILDREN'S BREAD.
        We hope that each reader will embrace deliverance as the sweet bread and nourishment that it truly is. Since it is the children's bread then it should be consumed by us like a little child eating a goody. We should not doubt its sweet goodness. If we want to grow into full and strong "adult" Christian, into what the Scripture calls the "measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13), we must eat of the children's bread, accepting the fact that we all need deliverance from demonic influences and spirits that are contrary to the Spirit of God. This is fundamental to our growth. All too often the Church has swept deliverance under the rug because it is not a "positive" subject. We prefer, I think, physical healings because they are nice and there usually is no requirement to admit a sin is attached to them. But deliverance is a higher priority with God, thus a healing in our soul and spirit, our higher being. If we are healed of a broken foot and not delivered from our sinful ways and actions then we are worse off than if our foot was not healed. Are we not? We have gone from a sinner that could not get around to a sinner who can go anywhere without restriction. How does this help anything, especially the cause of God?
       Recall that day when Jesus stood up in His own home town (Luke 4) and told friends, brothers, fellow workers and church goers that He was sent to be the one true minister of God. He told them that six things would be basic to His ministry. He was “anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, he was sent to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” You may also recall that, for this announcement of mercy and goodness of God, the people who were closest to Jesus in the town which He grew up took Him out to the nearest cliff to throw Him to His death. We should not kid ourselves. When deliverance and such things are brought to us by God our flesh reacts with bitterness and resentment. We are embarrassed, offended. What do you mean I have a flaw? What do you mean I need the hand of God to supernaturally and powerfully deliver me from the influence of evil that has overcome me? Like those who took Jesus to the cliff we are inclined to take this message and the Holy Spirit with it to a cliff in our heart and cast it over the side.
       But we should not be embarrassed. We should resist the temptation to sweep our personal need for deliverance under the rug. Deliverance is THE CHILDREN’S BREAD. Deliverance is a friend. It is God's mercy. It helps us to grow. In fact without it we can not grow to maturity in Christ. And deliverance is a lifelong friend which every Christian, young and old, strong and weak, experienced and inexperienced, needs to invite into their heart daily.
       There are three enemies which try to undo our relationship with Christ. All three of these enemies must be resisted constantly as we negotiate our way through life waiting for the ultimate deliverance by Jesus from heaven.

The three enemies are:
1) Satanic wickedness: i.e. Satan and his minions;
2) The World: i.e. all that it teaches and preaches to us from the day we are born, and
3) Self; i.e. The flesh

       Often we focus in on Satan when we talk about deliverance but it is much more involved than that. Though we all need deliverance from bad spirits we also need deliverance from the other two enemies. The Book of 1 John talks about the enemy of the world, we are told in Scripture that anyone who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God. The world engulfs us and subtly tells us good is bad and bad is good; its ways of pride and ego and selfishness are contrary to God's ways and the Spirit of truth and mercy and judgment. That is why God has said that His ways are not our ways and our thoughts and not His thoughts. But the most vital of all these enemies to defeat is - ourselves. Paul speaks of this great conflict in Romans chapter 7. "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. ... O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Rom. 7:18-19, 24-25)
       The apostle Paul touches on deliverance from these three different enemies in the opening chapters of three of his epistles. We leave the reader with these examples from the Scriptures to help show the daily need for deliverance from these basic enemies of our salvation. Colossians 1:13 says, that the Father "hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son." We can actually be delivered from the hold Satan has had on us, and truly be brought into God's Kingdom. In Galatians 1:4 Paul mentions deliverance from the second enemy when he thanks Jesus "who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world." God can make it so we live as he asked us, as being in the world, but not of it. And finally, and most critical, we can follow what is declared in I Corinthians 9-10 and be delivered from ourselves. Paul told the Church that "we had the sentence of death working in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver." (2 Cor 1:9) If we go to the cross we can die to self and it is the dead who are free from sin. (Rom. 6) We can walk with God without sinning thanks to the delivering power of Christ.
     We must be delivered from ourselves, Satanic influence and the World's draw - today, tomorrow and every day. We must trust God to deliver us from trusting in ourselves. We must have the sentence of death "working" as Paul has said; "working" in us at all times. Do not shy away from the bread of deliverance. It is good and nourishing to our souls. Though it is contrary to our natural inclination it is one of the six things which God sent Jesus to minister to us. DELIVERANCE - THE CHILDREN'S BREAD INDEED.

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things;
and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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