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February 19th - Dedication and Devotion

Dedication and Devotion

(Exodus 22:18, 28-30; 23:23, 29; 31:12-17; 34:19-21, 26; 35:1-3)

(Leviticus 19:3, 23-26, 30-31; 20:6-8, 27; 23:1-3; 24:10-16, 23; 26:12)

(Numbers 15:32-36)

(Deuteronomy 5:11-15; 13:1-5; 14:22-29; 15:19-23; 18:1-22; 26:1-15)



Detestable Ways


Moses made no bones about warning God’s people of the dangers of imitating destructive and divinely detestable ways of those who do not follow the Lord. Today’s Bible readings detail many dangerous and dastardly practices, which lure many souls even today.


How deliberately do we consider our decisions to participate in such things? How purposefully do we evaluate our entertainment options, our social associations and our lifestyle choices? For example, what does God’s Word say about the following?


Which of these are potentially harmful to us and offensive to the Lord, and which might be considered acceptable?


Animorphs

Astrological charting

Card tricks

Care Bears

Charms and spells

Crystals

Digimon

Dungeons and Dragons

Fortune cookies

Fortune tellers

Gothic clothing and accessories

Heavy metal music

Hex sign

Horoscopes

Horseshoe

Illusionism

Life beads

Magic 8 balls

Magic tricks

Mood rings

My Little Pony

NeoPets

Numerology

Ouija boards

Palm reading

Pokemon

Rabbit’s foot

Rainbow Brite

Role-playing games

Scary movies

Shrek

Skulls on clothing or decor

Tarot cards

Tea leaf readings

Trolls


How can you tell whether any of these are actually occultic or not? Do you know the tell-tale signs? What if an item or practice seems harmless, or even cute? What if an item comes in a child’s fast-food meal bag or as a birthday party favor? Is it really harmful or evil?


Which of these television programs and movies are innocuous, and which are truly occult-oriented and offensive to God?


Alien

Angel

Beetlejuice

Bewitched

The Black Cauldron

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Casper the Friendly Ghost

Charmed

Cinderella

The Dead Zone

The Exorcist

Fantasia

Frankenstein

Friday the 13th

Halloween

Harry Potter

The Invisible Man

Interview with the Vampire

The Little Mermaid

The Lion King

The Lord of the Rings

Macbeth

Medium

Monsters Inc.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare on Elm Street

Poltergeist

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Scooby Doo

Seven

The Shining

The Sixth Sense

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Spirited Away

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Twitches

Wicked

The Witches

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizards of Waverly Place

The X Files


Should the believer rule out all books, games, movies and television programs that contain fantasy or magic? Is there really any difference between white magic and black magic, or a good witch and a bad witch?


Perhaps the most important issue is that we actually stop and evaluate our choices, rather than blindly accepting whatever is culturally popular.


Here’s a great guideline from God:


“’Consecrate yourselves and be holy,

because I am the Lord your God.

Keep My decrees and follow them.

I am the Lord, who makes you holy.’”

(Leviticus 20:7-8, NIV)


Will you pray with me?


God,

Most Holy and High,

Please open our hearts

And our eyes

To see any detestable practices

We may have allowed in our lives

Or in our homes.

Give us Your wisdom

To discern

What pleases you

And what is harmful and destructive.

Guide us to remove

Or destroy

Anything that does not honor You.

Teach us to love

The things You love

And to loathe

The things that dishonor You.

Amen.


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