What do you think draws people to the occult?



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What do you think draws people to the occult?

  • What do you think draws people to the occult?

  • In reality dabbling with evil is destructive

    • Today we emphasize that seeking direction from God brings life.


Deuteronomy 18:9-11 (NIV) When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.

  • Deuteronomy 18:9-11 (NIV) When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.



By what right was Israel able to enter into their new land?

  • By what right was Israel able to enter into their new land?

  • What warning did Moses give the people?

  • What kinds of detestable behavior were they to avoid?



How do people still dabble in these kinds of practices? What evidence do you see that our culture is fascinated with the paranormal and the occult?

  • How do people still dabble in these kinds of practices? What evidence do you see that our culture is fascinated with the paranormal and the occult?

  • For what purpose do people become involved in occult, magic, or Spiritism?

  • What are some reasons God has higher expectations for His people?



Deuteronomy 18:12-14 (NIV) Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God. 14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.

  • Deuteronomy 18:12-14 (NIV) Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God. 14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.



How was Israel’s occupation of Canaan an act of God’s judgment

  • How was Israel’s occupation of Canaan an act of God’s judgment

  • What statement reinforces the fact that God expected His people to live by a different standard?

  • The Israelites were told to be “blameless” what are some synonyms for this word?



What does this passage teach us about discerning truth from evil?

  • What does this passage teach us about discerning truth from evil?

  • How are people naive about consulting horoscopes, fortune-tellers, and other "innocent" occult practices?



What are some ways Christians water down or ignore the dangers of the paranormal?

  • What are some ways Christians water down or ignore the dangers of the paranormal?

  • What makes the practices in these verses so dangerous and destructive?



Deuteronomy 18:15-18 (NIV) The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the

  • Deuteronomy 18:15-18 (NIV) The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the



LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die." 17 The LORD said to me: "What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.

  • LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die." 17 The LORD said to me: "What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.



What was God’s plan for communicating with His people?

  • What was God’s plan for communicating with His people?

  • How did the Lord respond when Israel asked for someone to speak for God?



So instead of guidance from spiritists and astrologers and Ouija boards , where should we be seeking knowledge and taking direction?

  • So instead of guidance from spiritists and astrologers and Ouija boards , where should we be seeking knowledge and taking direction?

  • What are some ways we can communicate truth to our children and grandchildren about the paranormal and psychic practices?



Be educated.

  • Be educated.

    • You will only know God’s guidance as you immerse yourself in His Word.
    • Commit to reading God’s Word on a daily basis and develop the practice of studying its truth.


Be discerning.

  • Be discerning.

    • Ask God to guide you in seeing His truth and avoiding evil.
    • “But test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil” (1 Thess. 5:21-22).
    • Pray for alertness, to avoid entrapment by the enemy.


Be blameless.

  • Be blameless.

    • Live out the principle of having a blameless heart, fully devoted to the Lord,
    • Remove from your presence anything that promotes and encourages the use of paranormal practices




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