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The Illusion That Seduces and Bewitches Magicians

  • (By CP Cartoonist Rod Anderson)
    Dan Delzell is an exclusive CP columnist.
July 8, 2013|8:44 am

I had never heard of the magician, Dynamo, until I read about how he floated alongside a double-decker bus in London recently. I watched the video. Personally, I think it was legit. I believe this was a paranormal event and an authentic example of levitation. But it's not like this sort of thing is completely unheard of today.

Whether the levitation is experienced by young girls playing a dangerous occult "game" at a slumber party, ("Light as a feather, Stiff as a board") or by street magicians as shown on YouTube videos, paranormal things happen when people engage in practices that are rooted in sorcery, magic and witchcraft. Many magicians and other occultists have experienced levitation and various forms of supernatural power. These sorcerers typically cast spells or perform other rituals in an attempt to conjure the power to accomplish these feats. It is becoming more and more commonplace to see such expressions of magical performance.

What most of these magicians do not realize, however, is that the power to do such things only appears to be under their control. These magical performers are actually being duped by beings with superior intelligence to their own. Just as some magicians engage in illusion, so do the spirits which seduce magicians to go deeper and deeper into their craft. It is incredibly enticing, especially when the performers start to get high on the attention it brings them. While the spellbinding feats such as levitation are very often real, these "abilities" are not under the ultimate control and power of the magician.

All the control over these supernatural occurrences belongs to the spirits which orchestrate this "power seduction." These evil spirits seek to have total dominion over their host, and so they willfully perform supernatural acts when their host jumps through certain hoops and says certain "magical" words. It is all a con, and the victims are the hosts (magicians) and those who choose to follow the example of the sorcerers and take up the craft themselves in the seductive pursuit of power.

Does this mean that everyone who is exposed to Harry Potter is going to come under the power of the devil? Of course not. But it does mean that the real spirits which are opposed to God will meet you right where you are at if you are willing to engage them for a little "power encounter" in the name of "magic." They will move a physical object for you, or give you some revelation of knowledge that you could not otherwise have known. They will draw you in one step at a time, and all the while you mistakenly assume that you and your "unique and special abilities" are responsible for these paranormal results. Yeah right. Nothing could be further from the truth. But that is certainly the illusion which is cast by the evil spirits in order to snag unsuspecting recruits who long to be powerful wizards. At that point, the trap has been successfully laid and the bait is wickedly enticing to those with visions of grandeur. After all, these new recruits are beginning to perceive themselves as having "a special calling to the craft."

There is actually an infamous angelic being who was the first one to have visions of grandeur which were terribly misplaced. It didn't turn out too well for him. (See what Jesus said about him in Luke 10:18) And it's only going to get far worse. (See Revelation 20:10 for a glimpse behind the curtain.) His minions know quite well how to entice wannabe bigwigs with that particular desire because their master fell from heaven as a result of the same ungodly passion. These fallen angels are experts at spotting that weakness in someone, and they jump on it with a vengeance once they get a whiff of your susceptibility in that area, and your "usability" in their larger scheme. You are now the puppet they begin training to entice other unsuspecting souls into the realm of the occult, whether that is your personal agenda or not. It doesn't matter. That is what they will use you for if you fall for the illusion and become seduced by the perceived payoff at the end of the rainbow.

Thankfully, there is a way out of this addiction if you are one of those who has become snagged in their cunning web of witchcraft and sorcery. Do you want to get free from this "puppet life" and magical obsession? Here is something any witch or magician should seriously consider. Try saying these words sincerely from your heart, if you dare:

"In the name of Jesus, I renounce any act of darkness over my life. I pray that the blood of Jesus will cover my soul and my sins. I renounce any spells over me and I cast them away in Jesus' name. I call upon Christ and Him alone to save my soul and set me free from any addiction to magic. Free me Lord, in my mind, and in my body. Break the stronghold in my life Lord Jesus. Make me new through the blood of the Lamb. And burn away through the blood of Jesus any evil spirits that are around my life. I believe you died and rose again from the grave Lord Jesus. Forgive me for loving magic rather than worshipping you, my Creator and Redeemer. I renounce levitation, as well as any pursuit of magical power, and I look forward to ascending to heaven one day by your power Almighty God. I now know that I have no power in and of myself. You Lord Jesus are now my Defender and my Savior. You are my power. Set me free to love you rather than loving magic and spiritual darkness. Fill my soul with the power of the Holy Spirit. Forgive all my sins and wash them away as far as the east is from the west. I need You Lord, today and forever. Thank you for loving me, and for dying on the cross and rising again for my eternal salvation. In Jesus' name. Amen."

It will take the grace of God and courage from the Holy Spirit for you to pray those words sincerely, but I challenge you to do so if you believe that Jesus is the Victor, and Satan is the loser. In fact, pray it everyday for a week. See how God's power works for a change.

And then begin to read the Bible rather than books about magic. God's Word will fill your soul with things you could never receive from the dark side. You will experience contentment like never before if you use the discipline you have used in the past, but now, you apply it to prayer, Scripture reading, and sharing the love of Jesus and His words with others. These godly power encounters are on a much higher level than magic. Only a disciplined mind can walk on this narrow path, but boy is it ever worth it. Do you think you can be disciplined enough through God's grace to handle this new challenge in your life? It will be like nothing you have ever encountered I assure you.

God doesn't need magic. And besides, it is below Him. He is God. He can do anything, anytime, anywhere. It's time for you to get excited about that fact, rather than wasting your life on the empty pursuit of magical spells, rituals, and occultic observances. That dangerous power seduction will never give you the ability to ascend to heaven one day, but only the eventual burden to descend into hell.

Jesus is life. Jesus is freedom. Jesus is power. And all who belong to Christ will ascend to heaven with Him. Check out what God says on this matter: "For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." (1 Thess. 4:16-18)

This is why, my friend, levitation is so lame when compared to what God can do for you. Would you like to ascend with Christ one day, or are you too addicted to what those deceptive spirits are doing to make you feel like a successful sorcerer? It's a con game. Don't get conned by sinister spirits. Instead, get saved through faith in the blood of Jesus. And then start telling others about His power. Also, you will want to be sure to get actively involved in a Christian church where the Bible is taught in a spirit of love and grace. How else do you think the spiritual power is going to remain at a high level in your soul and in your new life of discipleship?

It turns out much better when you trust in Jesus than when you live life obsessed with magic. So don't fall for the illusion. Don't be seduced by the power, even though the power is very real and alluring. If those evil spirits could levitate your soul to heaven for eternity, they would be worshipping the Creator rather than tempting people to dabble with the counterfeit practices of the occult.

So would you rather float next to a big bus for a few minutes, or live in paradise forever? Both of them require supernatural power. But only one of them will bring perfect contentment to your soul and rapturous joy to your entire being throughout eternity. Hmm. Let's see. That's a tough one. Temporary bus floater, or eternal resident of heaven? Is this a trick question?

Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.
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