February 17, 2015

Abominable Practices



The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Romans 13:12



There’s an old Cherokee legend about a young boy who was going up a mountain when he saw a rattlesnake.

The rattlesnake spoke to the boy and said, “Little boy, will you please take me to the top of the mountain you’re climbing? I’m old, and I want to see just one more sunset before I die, and I can’t make it myself.” 

The boy said, “Well, you’re a rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you’ll bite me, and I’ll die.”

The rattlesnake said, “Oh, I promise I won’t bite you.” And so the boy picked up the rattlesnake and held it close to his chest and climbed all the way up to the top of the mountain. And he and the rattlesnake sat and watched as the sun set over the mountain. And then he took the rattlesnake back down and took him to his own home, fed him some food, and kept him there overnight.

The next morning, the rattlesnake said, “Will you take me back to the woods where I live, so that I can go there and die?” So the boy picked up the rattlesnake and carried him all the way to the woods, back to his home, and as he was getting ready to put the rattlesnake down, the rattlesnake struck and bit him in the chest. 

The little boy said, “You promised me you wouldn’t bite me.  Now I’m going to die!”

The rattlesnake smiled and said, “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 says:

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

God’s word warns us about the dangerous trap of the Occult. God wants His people to know what this abominable thing is before we pick it up. It may look enchanting, it may look harmless, it may look fun, it may appeal to your imagination and to your desire for fantasy, but can I tell you something? The Bible says it is an abomination to the Lord, and when you pick it up, it will destroy you.

Praise God that He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

Have a Great Day and Keep Moving Forward!