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People can be deceived by all kinds of spirits or beliefs that are not from God. This week understand how to reach these friends and family members who are pursuing the wrong side of the spiritual realm. Jesus can bring physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, even to those who have been spiritually deceived.
When we reach those in our world involved in any sort of spiritual deception there tends to be a lot of fear. We’ve all probably heard some scary story of demonic power revealing itself in situations where people are involved with the wrong side of the spiritual realm. It is easy for believers in Christ to feel fear when reaching out to them. But is the power these people play with really more powerful than the power of the name of Jesus Christ? No way!
The Bible reassures us in the book of first John, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Satan, the enemy in this world, has already been overcome by Jesus Christ who actually lives in us! We have no reason to fear any power he tries to use to scare or intimidate us. Instead let’s model the joy and transforming power of Christ living in us.
This week if we encounter anyone involved in any spiritual deception let’s be sure to remember not to fear the power that they’re involved with. It is nothing compared to the power of Jesus Christ who lives in us. Let’s be motivated to be examples of the power of Christ’s resurrection that indwells us believers in Christ.
A concerned sibling once wrote to me the following, “I am having a problem with my nineteen-year old brother. He is caught up in one of the cult movements, and it has gotten to the point where he can’t get along with anyone in the family. Some of the things he does—especially to his body and physical appearance—are really strange. He also works fourteen, sixteen, sometimes eighteen hours a day in a store that belongs to that cult. I just don’t know how to get through to him.”
It’s shocking and frightening to watch a family member become engulfed in a group pursuing the wrong side of the spiritual realm. But although this sibling was concerned about the behaviors of their brother, the real problem was the spiritual deception and spiritual slavery under which he was struggling. In the Bible it tells us that, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
As we reach those involved in any sort of spiritual deception we need to remember that we aren’t fighting against behaviors or the person, but rather against the spirits that bind people. And remember that Jesus Christ has all the authority and all the spiritual power that is ever needed to set people free. Isn’t that exciting?
Researchers have found that almost eight out of every ten teenagers believe in supernatural phenomena like ESP, astrology, clairvoyance, or witchcraft. Anyone who goes into these types of things, is looking for spiritual reality. They haven’t found it in their family, church or elsewhere, so they play right into the hands of those who live with spiritual non-reality.
The Bible tells us, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” When we reach those who are involved with spiritual activity that is not of God we need to understand that they are just trying to find truth in the spiritual realm. Such people are actually much easier to reach than those who don’t believe in a spiritual realm, they’ve just not tested the spirits that they’re involved with.
As we encounter people in our world that are involved in any sort of un-holy spiritual activities we can use their interest and desire for a powerful spirit to introduce them to the Holy Spirit of God. You can simply ask them, “Have you ever met the Holy Spirit?” If not then we can invite the Holy Spirit to come and reveal Himself to the individual. When He does let’s seize the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus Christ, the truth of God and the light of God.
Time and again, search and rescue teams need to be called out to look for people lost in the wilderness. This week Luis compares evangelism to a search and rescue operation. Like a rescue team, it’s important for believers to have all the proper supplies when reaching their world.