“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry; and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their god and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold the trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.” Isaiah 8:19-23
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Jules, I need help. My life is a mess and I need peace.” I barely recognized the voice on the other end of the line; it had been a long while since I have spoken to my old coworker.
“What’s going on, Devin?” I was distracted with thoughts of the dry cleaning that needed to be dropped off and the dinner that needed to be made.
“I’m… afraid of what you’ll think of me.” She stammered. One would assume that after years of seeing each other naked in the showgirl dressing room, there wouldn’t be much more to hide.
“Well, I know you won’t approve of it.” I could tell that it calling me wasn’t very easy for Devin.
“Go ahead, I am listening with an open mind and heart.” Tossing my dirty laundry on the couch, I find my favorite chair, gearing myself up for a long conversation.
“Well, I was having anxiety about going to work. So, Roxy suggested that I see her spiritual advisor.” I cringe at her words, but ‘uh-huh’ her to continue.
“When I first went to see her Baba, I got so much peace. But then every time I had a problem, I was told I had to go see him. This was so he could ‘bless’ me or give me special prayer beads to ward curses off of me. The problem is that this religion is getting so expensive; my anxiety has gotten worse, not better. These blessings and rituals are costing me so much money. Now I’ve got to work more than ever just to keep up with it. I feel trapped.”
The Bible clearly warns against seeking spiritual counsel from those who are involved with sorcery. Because satan himself was described as an angel of light, we must be careful not to be deceived by the doctrines of demons that are shrouded in that same kind of deception.
My girlfriend, Devin felt comfortable with the religion of Sanitaria, because her spiritual advisors never tried to stop her from going to her Catholic church. They condoned the worshiping of saints, much like the Catholic religion does in their rituals and prayers.
The Bible clearly warns against the worship of anything other than God. Because God is a triune being (His nature is made up of three beings: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Ghost) we are permitted to acknowledge and worship Him, as a whole or in His separate parts.
The worship or adoration of anything other than God is blasphemous and according to Isaiah 8: 19-23 it is also spiritually lethal.
A relationship with God is a personal one. If your religion isn’t bringing you closer to God, than your actual ‘religion’ might actually be your god. I challenge you to let everything else go and let God be your God. Nothing should stand it the way of that, even the places that use His very name but have no light and power in them.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you with a heavy heart. It seems I have fallen in the trap again; that trap of immediate gratification.
I wanted to hear from you—and I was not patient in my prayer or consistent with my trust. In fear, I turned to something other than you for the wisdom that you would have given. If I only had taken the time to wait and listen to your still small voice!
Forgive me for my sin of searching for comfort from any other source than you. Cover that sin with the blood of your Son, Jesus.
In the name of Jesus, I bind the demonic spirits of Santaria, the occult, and any other spiritual advisor that is not God Himself. God is my source, my light and my shield. I cannot receive protection from Him, if I am in bed with the enemy. I break all curses that I have come under by engaging in this occult activity. I renounce and turn from it.
Lord, lead me to the items in my home that are causing me to have spiritual oppression. Help me to destroy and discard all of them. Instead of thinking about how much the items cost in monetary or sentimental value, help me to remember how much they hurt you and how much they hurt our relationship.
I put you above everything in my life. Jehovah Nissi, you are the banner and the name that will rule over my house and home.
I commit to reading your word and growing stronger daily in my spirit by allowing the truths of God to not only penetrate my brain, but to soak into my life.
In Jesus precious name, I rededicate my life, my home and my family to you. We will live under the blessings of God, not under the lies, deceit and oppression of the one who has come to steal, kill and destroy. Thank you for getting me back on tract, Lord. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Isaiah 8:19-23
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan