I was looking for ways to quit smoking, like many people do. Everyone who is searching for information on the subject will find all sorts of articles and videos and ads about hypnosis. It’s very inviting at first glance. You click a hypnosis video and read the comments to see what people are saying about their results. Most of them are very positive with stories about how someone is on their 8th day, 20th day, 3 month, etc without cigarettes. I started watching the video and within a few minutes I felt something coming over me. It was very nice and soothing. It felt great…mostly. I was also overwhelmed with a realization that I needed to get out of this now! I have no doubt that this came from a pleading from God. I was in the process of inviting evil into my spirit. I share this, because I’m disappointed in myself for not starting with a conversation with God and reading His book for wisdom. There is most definitely a war going on spiritually for each and every one of our souls. We need to be careful about joining the customs of the world.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11).
“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)