Thursday, 1 December 2016

What about the future

Scripture Setting: When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living [in the land]. 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 Israel, must be blameless before the Lord. Deuteronomy 18:9, 12-13 NLT 

A most popular children's box office movie that has broken records is the teenage spirit medium known as Harry Potter. He has supposedly received messages from spirits of the dead to give to those who are family members and friends. The books that preceded that which was played out on the screen prompted many people (even so-called good Christians) to believe in this practice of the occult.
We live in a time and culture where many individuals are desperate to know their future, and they will turn to psychics and mediums for answers---a practice expressly forbidden in the Holy Word of Almighty God.
The ancient Israelites were desperate to know their future and God knew that they would be tempted to consult ungodly sources for answers. So He warned them to stay away from spirit mediums and those who contact the dead. (Leviticus 19:26,31; 20:27; Deut 18:9-14).
The Lord God knew that these practices would prevent ancient Israel from being a holy, set-apart people who would eventually be a tremendous blessing to all nations. The future for Israel was determined by their faithfulness to God's covenant, not the words of soothsayers and psychics. Reliance on these evil practices indicated a failure to trust the Lord (who miraculously brought them out of Egypt) with their lives.
When we become desperate for information about our future, we MUST turn to the sovereign God of heaven. He is the ONLY One who holds the answers that we seek to life's perplexing issues and problems. We too, like Israel MUST be BLAMELESS  before the Lord. The What of the future is determined by The Who of eternity. 

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