In the world but not of it

December 31, 2010

Cultural pastimes…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

For the LORD has rejected his people, the descendants of Jacob, because they have filled their land with practices from the East. Isaiah 2:6

I grew up in an ethnic culture where fortune-telling, interpretation of dreams, reading tea leaves and coffee cups is an ongoing practice. They’ll tell you they do it for fun and passing the time. Although it seems harmless it is directly against what the Lord says.

There are some specific verses in scripture that explain this passage more clearly for us…

“Do not eat meat that has not been drained of its blood. “Do not practice fortune-telling or witchcraft”. Leviticus 19:26

And…

“Do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things.” Deuteronomy 18:10-14

People are desperate to know their future. These “cultural pastimes” are subtle ways of influencing us against God and His word. They give us a false sense of security and reality since in most cases we are told what we want to hear and then if something we were told happens to occur, even in the slightest way, we are hooked.

We seem to forget that Satan is the god of this world and can also do some “seemingly supernatural” things that are always meant to distract the believer and keep the unbeliever from ever believing.

You’ve read the bumper sticker: “I don’t know what the future holds but I know Who holds the future”.

Determine to not allow yourself to ever believe there is anything other than God and His Word that can fulfill you and tell you what you need to know.

Let us be like David who said it best…

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people. Psalm 52:8-9

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