"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
 John 3:19

 

 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1


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COUNTERFEITS 03

The Truth About 'Magic'

‘Magic’; the very word seems to mean fun and games and excitement to children of today. This week we want to take a closer look at what it means, and how Satan is using it to trick so many adults and children into chasing after something that is not at all real.

I don’t think there is anybody who has not at sometime said or thought that they wish they could just snap their fingers or wave their hands and something would instantly happen. One of the reasons we wish this, is because people are naturally lazy, and would rather not work if they can get out of it. This is one of the things that Jesus changes in our hearts when we give them over to Him; He starts teaching us that work is really a blessing.

Notice in Genesis 3 that God said man would have to live by the sweat of his face. That is, he would have to work, and work hard to live. Was this just a punishment to man for having sinned? No, it was to be a blessing to him.

When we look at another verse in the Bible we see more about this. “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her…” Ezekiel 16:49. Sodom had what so many of us think we would like to have, lots of free time, and plenty to eat, and lots of luxuries.

But what happened to Sodom as a result of this life of laziness and pleasure? The people became so wicked and so bad, that God finally rained fire down and burned up the whole city! He had to do this, or the wickedness there would spread to the whole world and destroy it all.

So you see that work is a blessing, not a punishment. But like I said, everyone has times when they wish they could do magic and get whatever they wanted to happen instantly.

So what if you could really do this? Would it make you happy? We think it would; but just imagine this scene. Your Daddy comes home one day with a wonderful present for you. It is a building set that you can use to build the most wonderful toy houses and cars and things. You can’t wait to sit down with it and build something.

But your Daddy asks you what you want from the instruction book. You take a look and decide you would like to try a car first. So your Daddy says, “Sit down over there and watch while I build the car.” So he builds and you watch. When he is done he hands you the car.

Well, that is sort of nice, but now you hope you can get a turn to build. But no, again he tells you to sit and watch, and he builds another thing and hands it to you. After a while you would start to feel very bad that you could not find out what it felt like to make a toy yourself.

This is what God knew about us, He knew that most of the fun in something is in the doing of it. He knew that there is great happiness in working hard to do something, and finally getting it all done, and seeing the result of our work. In fact the Bible in Proverbs, the very last verse, says the way to reward a hard working wife and mother, is to let her enjoy the work of her hands.

It also says that the people who get to go to heaven, will enjoy the work of their hands. (Isaiah 65:22) What? Work in heaven? For sure! Because God knows that honest work brings the greatest happiness to us.

So you see, Satan likes to give us the idea that what God gave to us as a blessing, is a curse, and he tells us if we could have magic and be able to make things appear or get done instantly, then we would be happier.

He gets people into trying magic spells, which really are ways of worshipping him, and then sometimes he has his angels make something happen for the person. For example, they may try a spell to make a table float to the ceiling. They do all the things the spell says, and sure enough, the table floats to the ceiling. The person thinks HE has found some wonderful secret and that HE has some power that other people don’t have. This is the bait on the trap and now Satan lures him into more and more ‘magic’. By the way, silly, useless things like this are mostly what magic does for you-remember; a table isn’t much use on the ceiling!

But what I want you to know is this; and please, never forget it!  Those ‘spells’ and secret words and secret potions and mysterious motions; or crystals and wands, magic symbols or things supposed to have some power in them; are just worthless! It is all a bunch of meaningless garbage.

There is only one way that any one these things work- Satan or his angels do the work and make the person think it was his power or special knowledge that made it happen. You can see what a trap this is if you think about it for a while. Satan can finally lead people to do the most horrible, cruel things, because the person is so sure that if he only does it-he will then have a special power and he wants that power so badly that he will even kill for to get it.

Yes, boys and girls, we have even had people write to us in emails, without giving their names and tell us they have committed murder. They are not even sorry about it-they are proud of it. These people can become so tricked by Satan’s lies that they think that even Satan himself, has to obey them. That is what the head of the ‘Church of Satan’; Anton LeVey believed. Satan sure must laugh about that one!

There is an old folk tale from Russia that also shows the foolishness of seeking for Magic thinking it will make us happy. There was a little girl in a village in Russia, and her job was to cook porridge in a great big pot for the people to eat.

The story goes that she kept wishing she knew of some magic that would make the pot do the cooking all by itself. One day she found a spell and used it. Sure enough, the pot began to make porridge. The people were thrilled; they had all they wanted to eat. People came from other places and ate porridge too, but the pot kept cooking more and more, until finally so much porridge poured from the pot that the whole village was buried and perished.

A silly story indeed, but it shows how silly the idea of magic is. If you only had to snap your fingers to get what you want, or to do your work, it would get very boring and nothing would really mean anything to you anymore.

No, boys and girls, God’s ways are always happiest for us. The only real ‘Magic’ worth learning in this world, is the magic of skill and hard work, so that when the task is finished, you can have that happy joy that comes from a job well done.

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