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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Are You Giving the Devil a Foothold?

Ephesians 4:27 (New International Version)
And do not give the devil a foothold.

The following story is from a book by Ben Alexander entitled, Out From Darkness. The book is about one man's extra-ordinary escape from satanic power.
"The phone rang and the voice on the other end said, "Mr. Alexander, would you be interested in debating a Spiritualist medium on primetime television?" The caller identified himself as Lee Tabor, host for a program at 10:30 p.m., Sunday on KOIN television in Portland, Oregon. I agreed and the time and date were set. It was July of 1973.

"It was exciting to anticipate hundreds of thousands of viewers not only hearing the exposure of the Devil, but also the Good News of Jesus. My stipulation was that we had to settle on a basis for discussion. I told the moderator I would debate only if the Bible was the final authority. The spirit medium agreed to this. The debate was well-advertised and many Christians were praying that souls would be reached because of this venture.

"My strategy for the debate was to treat the whole affair like a prize fight. I would get as many points as I could by quoting the Spiritualist manual and showing where the Bible refutes their doctrines. I planned to eliminate Satan in the last round by a knock-out.

"The debate went according to plan. It became apparent early on that the man I was debating knew nothing about the Word of God, and yet he was being interviewed as a "Reverend." (All spirit mediums in America who run a Spiritualist church are called "Reverend.")

"The medium, Satan's pawn, was reeling from the might of God's Word. With about five minutes left it was time to deliver the knock-out blow.

"I came into the final round with an admission, saying that I realized that séances were held in the Old Testament times. King Saul went to a spirit medium at Endor and asked the witch to call up Samuel from the dead.

"My opponent took the bait and said, "That proves that the Bible condones Spiritualism." He was exuberant but his joy was short-lived. I retaliated with, "King Saul died because he went to a spirit medium."

"Not in my Bible," the medium said. The moderator then asked him for his Bible, but he medium did not have one with him. I told the moderator, "It's in my Bible," and as I was about to quote I Chronicles 10:13, the moderator snatched the Bible out of my hands and said, "Let me read it," He then read, "So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it."

"The message from the Bible was a devastating indictment against Spiritualism. The moderator turned to the spirit medium and said, "Look, it is true. God says those who do go to mediums will die." The medium's Adam's apple bobbed up and down. He was red-faced and speechless. Jesus was victorious!"

This actual story is from a book by Ben Alexander entitled, Out From Darkness. The book is about one man's extra-ordinary escape from satanic power. A few months ago, I was blessed to be able to spend a few days with Ben as he shared in our fellowship. I highly recommend this book because it opened my eyes up to the very subtle ways satan tries to lead people astray. The Bible is my greatest handbook! But Ben's book guides me to the actual verses in God's Word about subjects like fortune-telling, witchcraft, demon possession,

E. S.P., astrology, hypnosis, yoga, reincarnation, karate, ouija boards, dungeons and dragons, Halloween, pornography, and much more!

What goes on in your house? What things are working against your Christian growth? Satan is so shrewd in sneaking subtle messages into our minds. Let’s ask God to make us sensitive about the areas where Satan is gaining a foothold.

Dear Lord, thank You for living in us!  We pray for your wisdom, insight and discernment in identifying the subtle ways in which Satan tries to trip us up. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

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