A Brush With The Enemy

Friday, February 5, 2016
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1 John 4:1a – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. (NASB)

I can see a how a grieving person could be drawn into the false comfort of turning to a medium or a spiritist. Like a moth to the flame, some might seek out such a "practitioner" to try to re-connect desperately with the dear departed. The Bible is our clear guide through the confusing world of spiritism:

Leviticus 19:31 – Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God. (NASB)

I had a second-hand brush with a medium after a relative went to one. Afterwards, she reported to me that the medium had "channeled" my dear departed daughter. Never having met us before, the medium gave my daughter's name and knew that it was a car accident that had taken her life. To the unsuspecting, this could seem like a welcome encounter, but I knew from the Bible's counsel that it was a counterfeit voice. Supernatural spirits have supernatural knowledge of events, so the familiar details didn't impress me. There are two sources of supernatural knowledge: God and Satan.

What gift would you accept from the enemy of your soul who is out to get you? Scripture tells me, "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy." (John 10:10a NASB) The devil tried to give Jesus gifts, too. He offered Him bread when He was starving and all the kingdoms of the world if He would only bow down and worship him. Jesus' response is mine, too: "Be gone, Satan!" (Matthew 4:10a ESV)

There will indeed be a day when I will talk to my daughter again, and that will be when I am where she is: in heaven. Until then, my heart is satisfied to stay close to the Shepherd's side, to receive His comfort and to obey His guidance and escort through this world's dangerous enemy territory.

Isaiah 8:19 – When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? (NASB)

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one today, let me encourage you to fall into the arms of the eternal God for all comfort and relief. He is the place of safety and rest. He's the One Who truly cares for your welfare. He proved that on the cross. His many promises are yours.

Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. (NASB)

Prayer: Lord, help us to walk with You during our time on earth in a manner that is pleasing to You, forsaking what You have told us to forsake, and embracing the things of God. Only in obeying You and in seeking You will we find comfort for our souls, now and in eternity. Amen.

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Linda Smith <lindasmithwpp@gmail.com>
Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Linda, beautiful words.

    Thanks for your trusted and true counsel.

    Very wise words Linda. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for your awe inspiring devotional.

    A much needed truth in our day and age Linda. Thanks for sharing.

    May God’s comforting arms surround this day and every day. Thanks for sharing about your brush with our soul’s enemy. Thank you for this cautionary devotional. Blessings.

    I enjoyed your message today. I have my husband come to visit me in my dreams. He is just there but never speaks. I never really understood this but this sorta explains it. Just having his presence there soothes me.

    Such a wonderful and powerful devotional today. Thank you for sharing these most excellent truths during these times when so many people seem not to anchor on the Word of God and His promises, Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen.

    Dear Linda,
    Thank you for warning all readers, and persons this message will be passed on to in word.
    Thank you for your very effective use of Scripture in this devotion.
    Keep writing.

    Good message Linda,
    Also a great challenge to Christians who are feeding on the milk of the Word:
    This garbage seems to attract them – One of Satan’s demise.
    May God richly bless you and your writing.

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you for writing this timely devotional, there are so many people looking for ways to eleviate their problems, but they are so often looking in the worng places.

    Hello Linda Smith,
    I read your devotional titled A Brush With The Enemy.
    What a powerful story you have written regarding spirits and how we are to deal with them.
    Thank you for all the scripture versus that you pointed out that tell us not to be defiled by them.
    A pastor provided three or four sermons on mediums or spirits and did a very capable job of explaining to the congregation not to get involved in these things.
    Thanks again.
    May God bless you abundantly as you bless others by writing to PresbyCan Daily.

    Thanks Sister Linda for your timely caution. There are so many voices but we must heed only God’s voice for guidance.

    Amen to your prayer.

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