Deuteronomy 18:9-22 (New Living Translation)
A Call to Holy Living
9 “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 there. 10 For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, 11 or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. 12 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. 13 But you must be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the Lord your God forbids you to do such things.”
True and False Prophets
15 Moses continued, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you yourselves requested of the Lord your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You said, ‘Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.’
17 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘What they have said is right. 18 I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. 19 I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. 20 But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’
21 “But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ 22 If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared
Every morning over coffee millions flip to the horoscope section of the newspaper. Many of the wealthy have personalized astrological charts and channelers. In stores, in desk drawers and toy chests are tarot cards, Ouija boards, Dungeons and Dragons games and comic books with demonic characters. Palms are at country fairs, and people look into tea cups for a glimpse of the future.
Many think that these are either innocent practices or harmless nonsense. Yet to God they are an abomination because people are choosing to open their lives to Satan’s plans of demise. When we consult a supernatural source other than God for information, however lightheartedly, we can open ourselves to powers of darkness. The danger is in our choice—our willingness to seek others rather than God for what seems like a harmless glimpse into the future.
The living God loves us and wants to be our only source of supernatural activity. He knows that he alone has the wisdom to be our guide.
Have you invited the enemy into your life by seeking guidance outside of God? Repent and ask for God’s restoration.