“Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing” (Deuteronomy 7:26).
Some years ago, I visited a village to take part in a Gospel meeting. According to the arrangements made by them, my stay was in the residence of the treasurer. It was a big and beautiful house with all amenities.
But, during midnight, all of a sudden a demon jumped on my cot and opposed me. I tried my level best to cast it away. But it said “I am here just because these people have invited me. I will never go from here.” Then I went to sleep deciding to take up this subject on the morrow.
The next morning the treasurer came to my room with a cup of coffee and enquired whether I had a good sleep. I looked at him face to face and asked “Have you ever approached a sorcerer? Do you have any material related to witchcraft in your home? Have you ever committed sorcery against anyone?” After blinking for some time he denied. When I insisted that I can fervently pray for him only if comes out with the truth.
Then he said, I have built a new house. I was afraid that out of jealousy people may commit wicked acts against me and so in order to protect my home from such persons I visited a magician and brought some talisman from him. I am facing some stiff challenges from my professional competitors and to make their efforts null and void, I sought the help of sorcerers. Then I made arrangements to throw all such wicked things which he had brought from the magicians into a river and began to pray earnestly for his redemption.
Even the Christians do approach the sorcerers and this has become a common affair today. In some houses, portraits of nasty actresses are hanging. Pictures of serpents, inappropriate arts and sculptures find a place at homes and the families feel proud in saying that such things were bought during their visits abroad. Many homes also have things acquired through the bribes. How could God dwell there? How could the angels of God protect you holding the flaming swords high?
Bible says “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). Being attracted by a few lakhs as dowry, people lose peace, joy and mental satisfaction which God gives with love. Receiving dowry is a terrible sin. Unless you return it.the curses will follow generation after generation. How could Christ and Belial get on well? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? (II Corinthians 6:15-17).
To meditate: “A devout man (Cornelius) and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2).