Daily in Christ 8/17


August 17
As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people
The craving for esoteric, "extra" knowledge in our culture was starkly illustrated to me when two conferences, both open to the public, were recently held in Pasadena, California. One was a major world conference on international missions and about 600 people attended. At the same time, a New Age conference was being conducted nearby, and more than 40,000 people showed up! That's our society today. People don't want to hear what God has to say. They want information and direction from someone else who "knows": a psychic, a channeler, a palm-reader, a card-reader, or the spirit of a dead friend or relative. All you have to do is change the wording from medium to channeler and demon to spirit guide and a gullible society accepts it!
The Scriptures are very clear on the subject of seeking knowledge and direction for our lives from anyone but God. We're about as far away from that stance on the purveyors of psychic and spiritual advice as we can be. We have people channeling on TV and radio programs and they're considered celebrities. I read recently that more women in Los Angeles consult spiritists than professional counselors. You can attend a psychic fair in practically any city in our land and get a personal spiritual "reading." The reader is either a fake or a spiritual medium who enters a trance and seemingly receives instruction for you from the spiritual world. Far from being seen as a blight on society, these people are often revered as highly as doctors and ministers for their "expertise."
Don't allow yourself to be sucked in by these "experts" no matter how socially acceptable they may be. Nothing is condemned more by God in Scripture than false guidance. All the wisdom and knowledge you need is available in your relationship with God and His Word.
Prayer: Father God, forgive me for seeking guidance from sources outside Your authority. I commit myself to renew my mind through Your Word.

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