The Bible talks about witchcraft and demonic possession, exorcism of demons from people; people cutting themselves like we see today in the “Emo” craze. I am going to show you just how easy it is to become possessed by a demon, and discover one of the most infamous witches, the witch of Endor in this series. All of these things are spoken of in the Bible.
Prostitution and devil worship are not to be toyed with:
You read this and chuckle in your heart. “No way anything bad could happen to me”, you say. I’m just having fun! If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you are putting your life at risk each time you toy with Satan’s devices.
Satan was told by Jesus in the desert “…Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve”.
Now Satan had offered a pretty nice reward to Jesus if he would just follow him. He offered him the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would just fall down and worship him. Satan is still telling this lie today. Proclaiming himself able to give you what you want, in return, you must turn your back on God and worship him in one way or another. As we see here, God is more powerful than Satan and he doesn’t play that game.
Friend, Jesus made the world, and Satan. He owns it already as we see in Ephesians 3:9; “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning was hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ”
The “father of lies”, Satan, can tell you anything he wants to, but when it comes down to it, Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life, “no man comes to the Father but by me”, the Bible says.
You can toy with Satan’s devices, the “fun for a moment things” presented to you; the seemingly harmless but, “For what is a man profited if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, and she ended up with seven evil spirits living in her. So you see,it is risky business, opening yourself up to Satan for him to do with you as he pleases. Don’t be as those trying to survive on their own power, as we will see happened next in the story of Simon the Magician.
Simon the Magician, Exorcisms and Miracles:
There were many with the name Simon in the new testament but this particular man was a Magician, or as we might say today, a palm reader; someone who can tell your future, a witch. He used sorcery and “bewitched the people of Samaria”, making everyone believe he was some great person.
They all gave heed to this man, from the least in the city to the greatest. They said, “This man is the great power of God”.
Of course he wasn’t, as we see later on. Even though they had believed in this witch named Simon for a very long time, when the people of the city heard about Jesus, they began believing in Him.
Simon also made a profession to Jesus Christ and even was baptized. He began traveling around with these Christians who had God’s blessing on them. Many miracles such as lame men being healed, and signs such as exorcisms were done in the power of God, and Simon was interested in this you can be sure.
“For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame were healed.” (Acts 8:7)
One day these preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, laid hands on some people as they prayed for them to be saved, and to receive the Holy Spirit of God. These were saved as a result and did in fact receive the Holy Spirit of God.
Simon, who had made professions of being a Christian, and followed these preachers around, did not really understand. He began bribing the preachers with money. He tried to pay them to give him this power of laying hands on someone, and having the Holy Spirit enter them.
Are you like Simon, making a profession to be a Christian but you do not have Gods spirit within you? Are you in it for some profit or fame? Have you only been going through the motions; on your own power; doing the rituals of going to church or other things? Salvation is by grace through faith, not of yourselves it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast, the Bible says. One must come to God realizing who he is, with a repentant heart.
“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”(Acts 17:29)
You say, ok maybe I’m not a Christian but I am a good person. No way do I have devils living inside of me. Check out this next situation and see just how easy it is to get possessed.
Jesus cast out 7 devils from a woman.
As was mentioned before,Mary Magdalene was in one of the worlds oldest professions, prostitution. She had opened herself up to being taken over not by one but by seven evil spirits or demons. Do you still think prostitution is a safe practice among consenting adults?
Jesus himself cast these demons out of Mary Magdalene, and she followed him from then on out.
One of her rewards she received was being first to see Jesus after he arose from the dead. “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”
God is so good! Let Him be good to you. Accept Him as your Savior today.
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