And Satan stood up...and provoked David...
And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing...
I Chronicles 21:1, 8
Tracy's note (5-7-01): This article was written when I was still watching some
hell-i-vision. For the past several years I've stopped watching it completely.
I don't miss it one bit. I live in a whole other world regulated by the divine.
Into Your Life?
I used our scripture verse to demonstrate that Christians can indeed be tempted by Satan and his devils in a very real way. David was a man after God's own heart, yet he allowed Satan to provoke him to sin. Some people are overly obsessed with the idea of spirits--it intrigues them. I can understand their interest, however, we must make sure that our interest inclines us to equip ourselves to do battle, not just satisfy a curiosity lest we get caught up in something we know nothing about. There are people running around today telling everybody that they are devil-possessed. I'm not one of those people. This article is based on my own experiences with devils.
I am writing this article in order to: (1) Warn Christians to stay away from horror, romance, and most t.v. or theatre "attractions". (2) Alert the brethern to the increasing popularity of visions and out-of-body experiences (OBEs). Institutes are even being set up to learn how to do it--these people are playing with devils and calling them "guides".
My First Experiences
Like many other young people, I was fascinated with the occult and horror. At camp, I'd hear scary stories of monsters lurking in the woods--at slumber parties we'd play occult games and tell spooky stories-- at Halloween, I'd go to haunted houses and giggle with excitement as we went about gathering candy from parents dressed as witches--at the movies, I'd see previews of horror flicks that repelled and intrigued me at the same time--on regular t.v. I'd watch the macabre with rapt interest--I'd read almost anything I could get my hands on.
And then they came. The first time I remember being scared from a "vision" or a "dream" I was 12 years old. It is difficult to explain what would happen--I would be sleeping, but then my body would tingle and I knew that I was being transported into something weird. These visions would occur every few months and they terrified me. I'd wake up and cut on a light and/or watch a comedy on television to take my mind off of it.
But Jesus Came
When I began to walk with the Lord in 1991, Jesus made me serious about Him. I recall one night, about a year or two after I began walking with Jesus, I had a vision in my apartment. My eyes were closed, but I was totally conscious. There was a mouth surrounded by sky and it said something to me that I would rather forget. It was the first time something had spoken to me and I was scared. I did my usual routine of turning the lights on, but found that I was still scared. But then it was like I heard the Lord speaking to my spirit, not audibly, saying, "What are you doing? Talk to me and cut those lights out!" So I got down on my knees and prayed, cut the lights out and went to sleep. Then I knew Jesus was more powerful than the devils plaguing me.
There were times when I could see what was going to happen in the future--and it wasn't of God. I asked the Lord to take any divination from me. Understand this, I never went through any training, I never took drugs, I never listened to "heavy metal", I never asked the Devil in my life--I was scared of the Devil. But every time I watched sin, I said, "Yes!" to the Devil and "No" to God. Therefore, the Devil could manipulate me and play me like a violin. Are you suffering from a sin you can't seem to get rid of? Depression, overeating, lust, anger, bitterness, lack of zeal? The Devil has a foothold in your life somewhere. Forgive, fast, pray, read the Bible, and cut off the t.v. for a week and see if you don't see some improvement. Then, keep going with God everyday.
Take Heed to Yourself--Don't Watch Evil
Don't get sucked up in Satan's trap. Look at how much the world loves t.v. and movies--you know from that fact alone that something has to be wrong with it. That blasphemous t.v. will put thoughts in your mind that make you envy the wicked of this world when the Bible says, "Envy thou not the oppressor, neither choose any of his ways." On t.v. and movies you see successful, good lookin' folks that have money and plenty of leisure to spend on sin. It looks so enticing, but listen to what the psalmist said when he was envious of the wicked:
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
That says it all.
Playing With Devils is Getting Popular
As I mentioned, I read the experiences of some people who are playing with out-of-body-experiences (aka OBEs). One young man said that the "guide" (actually a devil) was friendly enough at first, but then in one vision, the "guide" got sinister and the young man was scared for his life. Another man said that he enjoyed his OBEs, but that he was concerned that he was spending too much time doing it and not taking care of his hygiene, work, etc.--he was an addict. There are people that do this all the time! They actually cultivate their ability to interface with devils at will.
The point is that people are playing with Satan and calling it scientific phenomena. I believe that it will continue to grow at an accelerated rate. Meditation, yoga, OBEs, acupuncture, etc. all have evil spiritual roots. It is not scientific, it is devilish. Take it from one who knows.
As a kid, I remember thinking that I was the only person to have these experiences, but one day I was talking to my dad and he knew all about it! He told me tricks to snap out of it. I've heard that these things can run in families. Protect your family--turn off the t.v. set and turn on the Bible, turn on ministries, turn on to nature walks and bicycling, turn on to eating at the dining room table with no t.v., turn on to the good and holy way.
I Let Down My Guard
I don't usually watch much television, perhaps two or three hours a week of selected programming. But yesterday, Sunday 5-18-97, the t.v. was on for about 8 or 9 hours. I let down my guard, not considering the path that I was taking. We came in from church and I cooked while my husband Tony watched the ball game, then we watched this-and-that flipping channels which is a no-no for me. When Tony went to bed, I stayed up and left the t.v. on. He was surprised because I usually stay upstairs when the t.v. is on. He said off-handedly, "I thought that you were fasting from t.v." as he went up to bed. I let the comment pass me by and said, "Good-night."
Today I feel like I've been at the carnival eating corn dogs, cotton candy, candy apples and anything greasy. I feel like I drank two gallons of syrupy-sweet soda. I feel like I rode a ride that mixed all that stuff together and made me sick. That is how I feel. And when I woke up this morning (about 5:30 or 6:00 a.m.--early for me), I felt compelled to write this piece. I wasn't watching HBO. I watch channels like The Learning Channel, PBS and Discovery--it does NOT matter if you're watching evolutionists describe away God's creation or watching Seinfeld or Ellen--it's all really the same. Satan got a lure and bait for every taste.
What am I saying? Don't glorify the Devil with your mind by participating in his system--he'll rape you and leave you in the dust laughing all the way. Don't even celebrate Halloween, that is Satan's holiday--not God's. It is a time of witches, devils, and ghosts. It is also the biggest holiday of the year for Satanists--they kill people that night. If your kids want candy and you want to give it to them, do it during the year. Let that night hold no power over you. I pass out tracts on Halloween night which say that Halloween is evil and that kids need to be saved--"The Trick" by Chick Publications.
A "Good Witch" is Not Good
Some years ago, I was selling books at a market and a mother picked up a children's book about a "good" witch. She quickly put it down and said, "We don't read anything about witches. I've been born-again and God cast those devils out of me." That woman had had an experience and she knew that even something as seemingly harmless as a child's book can desensitize and open people up to evil spirits.
There have been many popular t.v. shows about "good" witches and magic: Bewitched, Sabrina the (Good or Teen) Witch, I Dream of Jeannie, occultic cartoons, kids shows (I saw the lady that does "Lamb Chop" showing kids how to read their palms), and much more.
I've seen people advertising their "witchhood" on bumper stickers. The Bible says to have no part with diviners and don't be scared of them but rather:
Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Incidentally, there is no such thing as a "good" witch even though many Wiccans and "white witches" think that they are good. They are just as controlled by Satan as people doing Santeria, Voo Doo, and Palo Mayombe. Did you know that many higher ups in the occult study for the Roman Catholic priesthood? All of the preceding religions mix Roman Catholicism and African shamanism.
I want to make it clear that not everyone that watches the filth shown in the movies and television experiences things the exact same way I did--yet without a doubt something is happening to their minds and souls in the process of this transaction that causes them to transgress and sin against God. Nothing is neutral. We are to subject EVERY THOUGHT to the authority of Christ Jesus.
I haven't mentioned music and it's profound impact. It works together with a bunch of other things to control people too. Perhaps that's a story for another day.
The bottom line is that the battle is not against the dope dealer or even the Satanist. It is against the gates of hell, the spiritual wickedness--the Bible tells us that the battle is for the MINDS of men. Viewing death and destruction as a form of entertainment is, in itself, bizarre. Fornication, adultery, lust, torture, murder, suicide, blood, and perversity are the order of the day as Satan draws on the bloodlust resident in the human heart.
I challenge you to try going without t.v./movies for a week and see how much better you will feel. I perceive that it is better to have no t.v. When I was single, I had a t.v., but after I started walking with the Lord, it wasn't even plugged up. There is such a feeling of cleanness and freedom when I'm not bound by television watching. Yesterday brought that home to me.
It used to make my hair stand on end when I'd find out people had the same experiences as me. But now I realize that devilish activity is all over the place. I can see how people will actually worship Satan as the Lightbearer. Take it from one who knows--BEWARE!