August 27, 2009
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Deuteronomy 18:10-12 – There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. (ESV)

I love the sci-fi films, books, and programs. I do love a good story. As a young man, I read Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, John Wyndham, etc. — good, harmless stimulation for the brain.

Now that the television is king at home, I watch the screen. It is easier to relax in front of some mindless fantasy, but even then, I still have to be wary.

I have always had a fascination with the supernatural in my rebellious spirit. In my early years, I dabbled in stuff that was just fun and harmless. All very well and good, until Jesus came knocking at the door of my conscience and said, No, it is not good; do not do it; do not agree with it; do not watch it or even think about it. So, Jesus cleansed my spirit and mind, and now, Evil has no real fear for me because I know my God is greater, and I can dismiss him, in Jesus.

So, it came as a bit of a surprise when that same warning voice told me not to watch a certain program on television. I thought, I am an adult, what is the problem? It's only make-believe! Still my conscience told me, Don't do it. Reason is not sufficient in the face of faith and that still small voice, so I stopped, because self-justification is often masking evil intent. (cf. Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. ESV)

Recently, a new supernatural thriller has sucked me into its thrall because it is entertaining, eye-catching, and easy to watch. Ho-hum! Burnt again — and there are consequences.

I really do rejoice that our God loves us enough to prompt our consciences via the Holy Spirit to do the right thing and desist. He guards our souls, if we listen.

Prayer: Lord, we are truly sorry for the evil that has come in through the window of our souls, and we have added to this sin and allowed it to tarry there. We lay it down before You today. Please cleanse our thought, soul, and eye filters from the bad things in the world which we have given permission to enter our lives, and in so doing have lost our Kingdom distinctiveness.

Lord, please take the trash away, purify our hearts, and close the door behind it. We worship You. Since we believe that You came to deliver us from the works of the Evil One in all his craftiness, so reconcile us in Your love today, as we praise Your holy name, in Jesus. Amen.

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