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Gaurding Against the Powers of Darkness

Came across this command while reading through Exodus...
Exodus 22:18 “You shall not permit a sorceress to live."
It made me think of a couple years ago when a friend of mine was going through some pretty rough times. I remember her sharing with a group of us friends that she had gone/or was considering going to talk to a psychic. My counsel was that this wasn't a good idea, but I was amazed by the fact that there wasn't a strong consensus around the table. Some of my Christian friends seemed to think that it wouldn't be a big deal considering it was probably fake anyway.

Maybe it is because pastors don't preach about this very often, but I would venture to guess that a majority of Christians don't give much thought to the idea of psychics, horoscopes, and other astrological/spiritual things. But apparently, according to Exodus 22:18, these kinds of forces are a big deal to God.

Those of us who proclaim belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior must be wise. We must be aware that there is a spiritual side of life that is very real and very powerful. Paul warns Christ followers in Ephesians 6:12 that
"we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
Therefore we must be vigilant in guarding our hearts and minds from the pervading powers of darkness. Small things like reading horoscopes and talking about 'signs' open doors in our souls that we would do best to keep shut.

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