Freedom: Permission granted - Part III
In this 'Emancipendence' season, we continue to talk about freedom. As discussed, we grant access to Satan to influence our lives by our personal sins and through generational curses. Generational curses are issues that lead to repeated negative behaviour across generations such as adultery, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and various illnesses. Jesus' death on the cross cancelled sin and break the power of all curses over our lives. However, we have to repent, renounce and break the power of the generational sins and curses over our lives through prayer.
Another way we grant permission to Satan is through participating in the occult. All occult activities rely on the power of Satan and opens our lives to demonic influences. Witchcraft/obeah, for example, is occultic and demonic. These include the use of guard rings, amulets, good luck charms, "baths - sometimes in pigeon blood", casting of spells, etc. It is very important to always remember that when we participate in these activities, we are being influenced by demons.
Other practices are less obvious and participants don't realise that they are invoking the demonic. For example, relying on horoscope, psychics, palm reading is evil. In Acts 16:16 (GNT) we read, "One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a young servant woman who had an evil spirit that enabled her to predict the future." The Message Bible calls her a psychic. Some video games are of the occult, this includes those with casting of spells or interactions with demonic agents. Other games such as Ouija board and 'Charlie, Charlie' all grant permission for Satanic influence.
Then there is the Freemasonry which is demonic in nature. There are some of us who will immediately say that this society is good and that there is no proof of it being an occult. The truth is, the organisation can be very charitable; it has a lot of wonderful people who are kind-hearted, nation builders and family focused; lovely persons. The problem is, persons are invited to join but they don't know all that they are getting into. They go in with the intent to do a good thing, but the Freemasonry is an organisation that require taking oaths of secrecy, with dire threats of evil (and death) incurred for violating the 'curse' (breaking the secrecy). The truth and impact of this is not disclosed to members until they are somewhat advanced in the society. Entering this secret society opens its members and their families to the demonic.
The word occult simply means 'hidden' and this is a very accurate description of the way Satan tries to operate in this world. He secretly deceives people into offering worship to him, sometimes without them even realising he is involved. God has told us not to get involved in any occult practice. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NLT) states: "... do not let your people practise fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, 11 or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord."
By participating in or practising occultic activities, you give Satan an invitation and instant access to invade your life. Involvement in the occult is a very dangerous practice and the root of many sickness and problems that people have. But through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and in the name of Jesus our Redeemer and Deliverer, persons are able to come from under Satan's influence:
How to be free of the Occult
Full confession (this involves taking responsibility for your participation) of all known involvement in the occult.
Repentance from the heart - being sorry is not enough. You must choose to turn away from such practices in the future. If there is full repentance, then all Satan's rights are removed and the demons when challenged will have to leave.
Renounce the Freemason - pray renouncing involvement at all the levels and break the curses over your life.
Deliverance ministry - with the help of church leaders.
Having accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, breaking the power of curse in our lives because of participation in the occultic is as simple as praying.
We complete this section on 'Permission Granted' next week, when we speak of spoken curses and how we can get free.