Monday, April 22, 2013

The Role of Bitterness in Spiritual Deception

Before I started my private practice as a psychic, I worked for a couple of psychic lines.  One of them was located in an office where I met and worked with more than a hundred psychics, over a period of about two years.

It was a twenty-four hour hotline, which meant that your desk might be in use by other psychics on other shifts when you weren't there.  On my first day, I was assigned a desk.  When I got to my desk, I saw a candle on the floor next to it.  I knew it was customary not to touch people's tools of magick, so as not to taint the energies, so I ran to catch up with the woman who was leaving.  I said, "I think you might have left a candle behind.  I didn't want to touch it, so I thought I should let you know it's there."

She threw her head back and shouted, "Hallelujah, we have a REAL PSYCHIC HERE!  Someone who knows not to touch other people's things!"

I had just passed one of the toughest initiations of that place.  I had gained the respect of one of the most psychic women there.

I soon learned that gaining her respect was no easy task.  A legend in our office, she was known for her toughness and quick temper.  She never minced words with clients nor with co-workers.  It was not unusual to hear her telling people sharply, "Don't be pathetic!"  One psychic there angered her so severely, she threw a brick at him, so the story went, yet she managed to keep her job. 

In time I became close friends with her and found out what made her tick.  Like all the most successful psychics there, she was deeply wounded.  She had once been a duchess, married to a duke.  I don't know what went wrong in that marriage but she now lived in a small trailer alone. 

She had an adult son who visited her occasionally.  She once boasted to me that while driving one day, after he'd agitated her with whining in her car, she'd stopped the car and made him get out and walk the rest of the way home. 

As it turns out, that son was born of a rape.  He was her only child and their relationship had always been strained.

The success of the psychics there was easily measured by the length of their calls.  "Keep the caller on the phone" was the name of the game.  All the "money-makers" there all had stories full of pain and suffering.

One had been hit by a drunk driver and had been paralyzed from the waist down.  She had recovered but had lost her teaching license in the interim.  In the process of doing psychic work to pay for re-certification, she became dependent on the money, which couldn't be made at a teaching job.  After having been beaten by one husband after another, she was determined not to go back to being financially dependent on a man again.

Another woman had been raised by her grandmother while her mother ran around partying, doing drugs and ignoring her.

And one young man's life had been derailed when his father committed suicide.

Everyone has their story.  Everyone has suffered.  Everyone is wounded by painful experiences in life.  But with people who are drawn to the occult, there is one vital difference.  Bitterness.

In Acts 8, Simon the sorcerer attempts to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit. Peter rebukes him and says, "For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity." (Acts 8:23)

There is a reason Simon's bitterness was mentioned in Peter's rebuke.  Peter was discerning a spirit in Simon.  When we allow bitterness to take root in our hearts, we leave ourselves open to spiritual deception.

When we become bitter, in time we begin to grow numb.  It's a defense mechanism designed to protect us against the things that might hurt our hearts.  Unfortunately, when we become numb to pain, we also become numb to the things that can bring us healing and we risk losing our distinctions between good and evil.

Isaiah 5:20 tells us, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

Then enters the teaching that truth is relative and contains no absolutes.  Once that teaching becomes a belief, spiritual deception follows.  You start believing lies and you start getting duped, not only in your spiritual life but also in your relationships.  That's the ugly side - the non-glamorous side of occultism.  The deception.  And the seething bitterness that's behind it. 

Hebrews 12:15 warns, "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;"

Bitterness troubles us and defiles us, and it's been my observation that it makes us susceptible to occult deception. 

If anything makes us bitter, even in the least, we must seek God for help.  Sometimes we don't even know we have any bitterness.  When that's the case, sometimes it's because we've already begun to be deceived by the numbness of bitterness.  We need to ask God to search our hearts and show us if we have any bitterness to confess.

Even His own chosen people who were blessed with His presence in the Ark of the Covenant, who lived with the daily privilege of having him go before them each day in a pillar of cloud and fire by night - even they grumbled and complained with bitterness. 

Pray to know His love.  When we are overcome with His love, all complaints fall away. 

If you can't find it in your heart to forgive those who have hurt you, even if you hold something against God Himself, tell Him, and ask Him to help you forgive.  He will.  It's a promise

And read His word.  When you taste the sweetness of God's words, you will become a lot less vulnerable to occult deception, and you will find it much easier to remember to praise the Lord.  And the more you praise Him, the sweeter life will be!
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  1. I've recently been in contact with a man with whom I was in a campus ministry in college. He was even a small group leader. But people have failed him so many times over the years, most of whom were professing Christians, he's lost his faith. The bitterness has turned him into an unbeliever and he's even more evangelical about his atheism than many Christians are about Jesus. It's heart-breaking.

    1. Yes, that is heart-breaking. I will pray for him.

  2. Wow Penny . You are doing a great thing by allowing God to use you in such a powerful way. This is very helpful for all, even ones that have no clue about the occult or think they don't, anyway. I feel that so much of our world are controlled by the occult without even giving it a second thought..

    1. Thank you, Tina! Yes, it has a lot of control and influence, far more than most people know. It becomes as background noise and people become desensitized to it.

  3. This is truly an eye-opener....wonderfully written, very wise words here...and stories that break your heart...thank you Pennie...