When I was a kid, my whole family went to my grandmother’s house to watch the Wizard of Oz because she had a color television and the rest of us had black and white. (Seriously, I am that OLD!) It was such a big deal for the whole family to gather in front of the television with popcorn and Bubble Up soda. When the wicked witch’s monkeys began to fly, my cousin ran and hid under the bed and cried.
When we see something frightening, we have an immediate physical reaction. Our hearts beat faster, blood pressure rises, we might sweat and some of us even run to hide under the bed and cry! But flying monkeys and other figments of the imagination of screenwriters and authors are nothing compared to the unseen spiritual world around us.
So many people who identify as Bible-believing Christians dabble in the spiritual world of evil. They have no idea of the Pandora’s box of the demonic they are playing with.
Christians who practice yoga, follow new age doctrines, horoscopes and astrological signs, wish karma on others, talk with dead loved ones and other occult and unbiblical practices are opening a door that God has warned us about over and over in the Bible.
While you might think it is all innocent fun and scoff at those of us who warn of such activity, God does not play. If you think of God as your good buddy, pal or daddy who will overlook all your “innocent fun,” you would be wrong.
The Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God – lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and He destroy you from off the face of the earth. You shall not put the Lord your God to the test. Deuteronomy 6:15-16
When you come to faith in Jesus Christ, repent and accept His shed blood as the atonement for your sins, you dedicate your life to following Him and Him alone. Your body becomes the temple of the Lord and no other gods or pagan practices have any place there. But don’t think for a moment that your life will be all sunshine and roses and frolicking into heaven bathed in holy light. Temptations will arise and demonic spiritual influences will come knocking at your door to come in and defile your temple.
Jesus gave us a stern warning in both Matthew 12 and Luke 11. If God says something once, we better pay attention. If He says something twice, we BETTER pay attention!
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places seeking rest, and finding none he saith, ‘I will return to my house whence I came out.’ And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” Luke 11:24-26
We have a responsibility to resist all the temptations of the world. Once you come to salvation through Jesus Christ and you knowingly continue to engage in those things which He declares is an abomination, you are treading dangerous waters with your soul.
For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. Hebrews 10:26
If you are a Christian and yet you practice yoga, follow new age doctrines, horoscopes and astrological signs, wish karma on others, talk with dead loved ones and other occult and unbiblical practices, stop it. Stop it now. Repent, confess your sin to Christ. He loves you so much and it breaks His heart. Don’t let the foolishness of this world rob you of your eternal treasure. While others may mock and scoff, call you a religious fanatic or old-fashioned, stay the course. Stay on the path.
I find it quite odd that the Lord would place the memory of a childhood movie about witchcraft upon my heart this morning to bring about a message of righteous warning. The overriding theme of the Wizard of Oz was “follow the yellow brick road” and it will lead you home. My friend, if we follow the narrow pathway of righteousness, it will lead us home. It will lead us to our heavenly home that Jesus himself has prepared for us.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because straight is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Many will follow the broad path to hell, don’t be deceived by this world. Regardless of what is popular and trendy, keep your feet on the narrow road. This world and its foolishness will pass away but eternity is forever and it is your choice as to where you will spend it.
Just as Dorothy was told that the yellow brick road would lead her home, I am telling you today that the narrow pathway of righteousness will lead you to your heavenly home.
I leave you today with one of my favorite scriptures:
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16
May you be richly blessed, my friends, and if I don’t meet you again here, I will meet you over there!
Love in Christ Jesus,