Paranormal | Part 1 | Casper is Not a Friendly Ghost 15 Oct 23

What do white witches, tarot cards, psychic hotlines, and pet mediums all have in common? They dabble in the paranormal and open the door to the demonic. Join us as we examine culture’s fascination with the dark and what God has to say about it. #GCParanormal

We are obsessed with the paranormal because:

  • We are spiritual
  • It works

 

The spiritual world is NOT neutral.

 

Obtaining information not available through normal means:

  • Astrology: Horoscopes
  • Fortune Telling: Tarot cards, palm reading, psychic hotlines

God’s Omniscience:

God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act.

 

Playing with fire:

  • You’re asking advice or help from beings whohate you
  • You’re going to get burned

 

Stop pretending the spiritual world is neutral.

 

Avoid any spirit that does not come from God.

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Key Scripture:

1 John 4:1 (NLT)

1 Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

Ephesians 6:10–12 (NLT)

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Genesis 4:6–7 (NLT)

6 “Why are you so angry?” the LORD asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

Isaiah 46:9–10 (NLT)

9 Remember the things I have done in the past.

      For I alone am God!

      I am God, and there is none like me.

    10 Only I can tell you the future

      before it even happens.

    Everything I plan will come to pass,

      for I do whatever I wish.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Do you believe it’s possible for people to communicate with the dead?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Have you ever felt or seen the presence of evil or demonic forces?  For example, you’ve experimented with a ouija board or been in a seance or used a medium?
  • Why is interest in the occult and the “spiritual” world growing in America?
  • Pastor Troy said there are only 2 forces in the world and there’s no such thing as a neutral spiritual force.  What are the 2 forces and what are their agendas?
  • Read 1 John 4:1. How do we test the spirits?
  • Read Ephesians 6:10-12. We argue with people all the time.  What does the passage mean that our battle is not against flesh and blood?  How do we fight with spiritual weapons?
  • Read Genesis 4:6-7.  What does satan want from you?  Has he been successful?
  • “Reading your horoscope everyday is just innocent fun.”  What does God think of that statement?  Read Isaiah 47:13-14 if you need the answer.  What’s the danger of seeking wisdom from stars?
  • Sometimes tarot cards and psychic hotlines seem to work.  Why is that?
  • Read Isaiah 46:9-10. Discuss the statement “only God knows the future.”
  • Pastor Troy mentioned 2 dangers of dabbling in the demonic world.  Discuss those 2 dangers.  Can you think of others?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Identify one area of your life where you’re being influenced by the paranormal or occult. Share it with the group and eliminate it from your life.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Ask God to give you discernment in seeking only His voice and guidance. Confess where you’ve missed in this area, and pray that He protects you from the lies of the enemy as you seek to serve His will.

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Speaker

Troy Knight

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