This is a longer post, soooo apologies. But, necessary.
I did indeed read Joshua ch 10. But right at this moment, I am definitely doing to address something I heard this morning. A person I enjoy listening to speaking with someone about the paranormal demons in her home. OKEY DOKEY.
Later this person contradicted themselves, but later on that. The writer of a book that shall be unnamed claims that demons come into her home and move things about at night. The usual speaker agreed, golly, and suggested the other person who ‘experienced’ these things hang a cross at the door and have the house spiritually cleansed. Then the interviewee went on to speak of Jesus’ what he said in the Gospels that this was 1000% true. NO, IT IS NOT. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. Demons fled. The disciples had trouble. Not THIS:
Well, let’s see. Jesus was at the time, the ONLY one filled with the Holy Spirit, but in Acts, recall that a lot of folks received the Holy Spirit right… there… and amazed people, later consistently freaking the demons out… but not by their name, but because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, they fled they pled… why? They cannot stand in the presence of God.
So in a person’s home, where the Holy Spirit dwells within you, the Holy Spirit filling the very space around you… the demons cannot stand it. Do we keep our guard up? Call on the name of Jesus? As in Ephesians chapter 6 of course. The very weapons against evil as noted in verses 10-17: ‘Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’ (New International Version). All of which, by the way, are God’s gifts to us.
Why does this happen to her? Not ‘ghosts’, not demons and honestly I don’t have that answer but what I do know is that demons cannot stand being near people who are filled with God’s presence.
OK so much for that rant… except this person wrote a book pretty well devoted to the paranormal and that, to me, is taking the eye off God and placing a weird thought process and planting it into the minds of others, simply allowing readers to do the same or worse, think they are possessed… And right after that half-hour of nonsense, the interviewer/normal speaker condemned this practice (while early agreed)… So will I stop listening? Probably not, but we must be in the Word, prayer and be discerning.
By the way, worshipping and focusing on angels, not only evil… is idolatry.
If not, you’ll find yourself swimming in the occult. Will I confront her? I haven’t decided nor prayed about it yet. IMHO I believe the first speaker is terribly off the mark.
All of that being said, when our kids moved into the house (we have a studio on the property), we did and do pray over the home and hang a cross at the door because they and their friends are not (yet with prayer and the will of God) Christians. Folks cannot cross the threshold without seeing the cross or knowing that we have spoken the word over the home. So… none of this stuff of weirdness happens in our home.
Now TRIALS are a different matter. Trials (pain, loss, horrible diseases) are not FROM God, but these come from a fallen world and these trials are USED by God to what…? In Romans, James, Peter, Paul speak of these to be thankful that the trials strengthen our character. So put your eyes on Jesus, not the paranormal, not weird teaching, not the church only to teach you (hey he could be a Harikrishna)in disguise.
Don’t stray away from His Word into the occult, you will be driving God out and you’ll be inviting evil in. Exactly what Satan wants–for people to believe they can do both.