Friday, July 26, 2019

Spiritual Traps Through Technology

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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21 AKJV)
A treasure is something of great worth. It stirs up our soul: We think about it, we desire it, and it inspires our passion. When your soul is continually stirred up, what you focus on may cause your spirit (heart) to be tied to that thing. This is like opening a door to your soul which is your mind, will, and emotions. When that door is open, there is an opportunity for a spiritual influence to come and take root.
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins. (Proverbs 5:22)
When we are emotionally stirred up for something that isn’t from God, we can be bound with ties in the spirit. One way technology opens a door in the spiritual realm is when we come into agreement with someone: 
...if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven…” (Matthew 18:19 AKJV)
When we come into agreement, our spirits are united in Heaven. This creates a spiritual bridge that leads back to our physical bodies on Earth which the enemy can see and use. This is what we call a soul tie between the two people. In this modern day and age, this can be done as we watch things through the internet and TV. There is no distance in the spirit.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3 AKJV)

The Hebrew word ya`ad is translated agreed, however it also means betrothed or come together to become allied or similar in nature or quality. When we come into wrong agreement even if it is to protect ourselves or someone else, this agreement unites us in the spirit realm. It may allow spirits to flow into our lives from the spirit realm. This is often done with words alone. We see a warning about giving wrong words a place in our lives as well:
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. (Proverbs 18:8 NIV)
Words are powerful. If we entertain gossip and join in, a tie goes down to our “inmost part” or our soul. We don’t have to be physically with the person, even if it is through written words or videos, we can partake of gossip and find ourselves under attack. When we like, share, or even watch a video on YouTube, we are supporting these things. As a Christian, we should consider what we are supporting. What endeavors are you lending your voice to? What spirits are you giving a place to by agreeing (liking, sharing) or listening to, as you watch videos? You may be thinking about films with sex, violence or witchcraft in them. It is true that we should guard our heart against these, but I found a “free” one hour version of a video about religious leaders on Youtube and was very disturbed by what I saw. While watching this video, a deep fog settled around my head. I knew the video was wrong, but I couldn’t put two thoughts together to understand why. The evidence presented was short clips taken out of context with a lot of accusations and a lot of people saying how great the full video was. The only thing I could pinpoint was that it was nothing more than an hour-long teaser for the version that you had to pay for.
This is the same tactic used in the Garden of Eden. Eve had added to what God said and Satan used that:
“But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” (Genesis 3:3)
God only said not to eat it. Eve added the touching. The snake (Satan) urged Eve to touched it and perhaps when she found that it didn’t harm her, so she also ate it. When things are twisted and taken out of context, when things are added to it, the enemy has an opportunity to lead us astray.

This tactic of inflaming facts to draw attention is not new. The evening news figured out years ago that more people watch bad news. Videos may slant the facts, presenting a wrong view to stir up fear and condemnation so that you will like and share so they can make money!

Short comments in this particular video was taken out of context to condemn others - this is not honest or the TRUTH and God is TRUTH. It is easy to pick things apart and stir up a mob, but can you dig through some of the flesh and see the gold underneath? If you have a correction for these men, send them an email. 

It was the Pharisees who stirred up the mob to condemn Jesus. 

When His disciples wanted to call down fire on those preaching the Gospel but not associated with Jesus, the Lord said, "No. He who is not against us is for us."
“Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:22)
When someone has been anointed by God, we are not to come against them. King David was a man after God’s own heart. When Saul was being tormented by demons and sending armies to kill him, David would not attack Saul because he was anointed by God even though David, himself, was also anointed by God. 

In 2 Samuel 12 God sent a prophet to correct David for the killing of Bathsheba's husband. The prophet strongly rebuked David for his actions. Nathan the prophet was sent to David to give correction, not to stir up the populous against him. Unless you are a prophet and are sure you are hearing from God to give a correction, you should not touch God's anointed! 

Because I had listened to the words of this video that were meant to stir up anger and outrage, a spiritual influence had come upon me. After I spent time in God’s intense presence and broke all soul ties, the fog lifted and I could think again. That was when I knew I had to write this article and warn others to be careful of what you are exposing yourself to.

Don’t entertain things that stir up your passion for things that are not God, His Word (Jesus), or the Holy Spirit! It creates an open door that may let the enemy hinder you from receiving guidance from the Holy Spirit. When something is coming against an anointed man or woman of God, this is the most dangerous type of video; listening to it may cause a spiritual hindrance. 

What you find in some videos and posts are meant to stir up people who will LIKE, SHARE and WATCH, so that a profit can be made. Because they are invoking intense emotions in a skewed manner, it leaves our spirits open to influences that are not from God. If you like or share prayer requests and say amen, you may be coming into wrong agreement which could bring an attack from the enemy as well. (Two articles wrong prayers and the dangers in agreeing to them: Unauthorized Authority -- Dangers of Communion

Be careful not to come into agreement with wrong prayers. God doesn’t work through fear and condemnation.
DON’T LIKE, SHARE or even WATCH these types of things!
The best prayer I have ever heard for severing soul ties was from an Team Member at Agape Christian Fellowship:

Lord Jesus, please remove any ties to my soul. I desire to be holy for YOU. For it is written, “You shall be holy, for I AM holy” (1 Peter1:16KJV). To be separated unto YOU and YOU alone, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, according to the word of GOD. (Hebrews 4:12) I take the sword of the Spirit – Your word – ( for YOUR Word God is quick, and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."(Hebrews4:12)) – and sever any ties in YOUR mighty Name. In YOUR name. Jesus, I thank YOU for cutting any ties to my spirit. Any bridge that was developed through prayer/thoughts/words. Mighty GOD I ask to strengthen all ties to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name AMEN!

When we back up our actions with the rightly applied Word of God, it is more powerful than anything in this world!

The Dangers of Religious Avatars

Avatars are a concept in Hinduism that means coming from another level, a descent. It is primarily used in connection with the physical appearance or incarnation of many of their gods on Earth. This is why they use a term meaning descent, they are referring to spirits moving from one plane of existence to another. 

Does this mean that an avatar is evil? The word is merely describing what they believe is occurring. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… (John 1:1 AKJV))

Jesus is the Word. He was God in the flesh and a man on this Earth. For this reason, some may refer to Jesus as the avatar of Yahweh. 

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 ESV)

Paul makes it very clear that we are a spirit who has a soul and lives in a body. This confirms what God said to Jeremiah: He knew us before we were born. This means we existed in Heaven before we were born here on Earth. Every human being is an avatar according to the Hindu concept of the original word.
We understand that like many words, though the original definition of the word was linked to a spirit taking bodily form, in the modern day world we now use this term to refer to a broader spectrum closer to a representation rather than an actual manifestation. According to Merriam-Webster:

  • a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity the latest avatar of the conservative movement 
  • an electronic image that represents and may be manipulated by a computer user (as in a game)

Most people see an “avatar,” in the most basic sense, as representing a living entity that has taken a different form. This type of system has been used in many cultures in a myriad of ways, though they were not referred to as avatars by:
  • The Government
  • In Games
  • On Electronic Systems

There are dangers involved in these representations as well, which we will address. The primary danger comes from misusing this word that has a spiritual connection. Satan is a legalist. He loves to use our words against us. 

But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37 AKJV)

When we begin confessing that we have an “avatar” then we are saying that our spirit is attached to that item. Likewise, if a program or game says to create your “avatar” we may be in danger of coming into wrong agreement with what will happen. 
We need to find a better, more accurate way to describe what is actually occurring. No one actually believes that they are being physically created in a game or an electronic device, yet by calling it an “avatar” that is what we are declaring it to be. Let’s look at some of the ways we are represented by another object and see if there is a better way to describe what is going on. 
Avatars in Government

Since 1936 America has implemented a system of identifying people for financial and legal purposes. People are assigned a social security number which represents who they are to the government. We can use this to identify ourselves in legal and financial matters.  The very specific and accurate name given to the representation puts it into its proper place:

  • Social: our place in society
  • Security: to secure into place
  • Number: a nine digit number represents us 

Every American should be aware of the dangers of having your social security number in the wrong hands, especially if our full name and birth date is also acquired by others. With these key pieces of information our identity can be stolen. Our finances can be attacked and our life can be greatly disrupted. Just like social security numbers, other identifying representations can bring dangers into our lives.
Game Components

Representations in games have been around since the release of Monopoly at the very least. In this board game, we boldly declare, “I am the hat,” “I am the shoe,” ect. Everything that the hat does, you are responsible for. If that hat goes to jail, you pay $50 to get out. You don’t actually change into the hat, so it is not an “avatar.” That piece is merely representing you in the game. The items are correctly labeled:

  • Game - a contest with specific rules
  • Piece - a part of a larger whole

Operating through a game peice which you control and represents you may still have a few dangers. It is a long-held debate on whether our actions in a game can be held against us. If lying is expected in playing a certain game, are we guilty of the sin of lying? 

Like a madman who casts firebrands, arrows, and death, so is the man who deceives his neighbor and then says, Was I not joking? (Proverbs 26:18-19 AMPC)

Jesus made it clear that the sin of lust and murder occur in our hearts. In this scripture, it seems that even if we deceive or lie to others, then claim to be joking, it is not okay with God.
I have endured much ridicule in life because I do not like to lie, even in a game. If the game requires lying, I abstain. Why would I want to run the chance of walking crosswise of God for a game! It isn’t worth it. 
Electronic Avatars

Since the development of video games we have been using electronic representations. The very first “role-playing game” RPG in 1979 was called Avatar. According to Wikipedia,

The use of the term avatar for the on-screen representation of the user was coined in 1985 by Richard Garriott for the computer game Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. In this game, Garriott desired the player's character to be his earth self manifested into the virtual world. Garriott did this because he wanted the real player to be responsible for the character's in game actions due to the ethical parables he designed into the story.

We should consider this original intent anytime we have a character on a screen that we are controlling. Could the actions we command to be done be spiritually dangerous? There are some actions in a game that do not involve other people. Spiritually speaking, you may not be committing a sin, because you haven’t acted against a person. However you may want to consider:

  • Lies are told to other people: If we lie to a NPC (non-player character) we are not really lying to a person, for it is only a computer program. Can repeatedly performing this action make it seem that lying is not such a big deal?
  • Murder is committed when a person actually dies, so killing someone in a game is not murder. Does our heart become more accepting of extreme measures, even death to achieve our goals.

There are actions our electronic representative or avatar, can perform which are sin because there doesn’t need to be a recipient of the action to qualify it as sin in God’s eyes:

Worshipping other gods: if the person we are in control of has to worship another god, then we are commanding that avatar to perform that action and we are guilty.

  • Performing Magic spells: witchcraft and spells need no recipient to open a door to the enemy. The act of performing the spell is opening the door. 
  • Cursing: as Christians we are told to bless and not curse. We are also told to let no profane language come out of our mouths. Do not use the excuse that it is only a game lead you into cursing.

If a game requires these actions, you should abstain. If you have performed them, you could confess and plead the blood over the actions you come into agreement with. We should not add to these dangers by referring to the image on the screen as our “avatar.” We are then confessing that we are placing ourselves into that game, creating a legal spiritual link. 

How should we refer to an image that may take on either a two-dimensional form as an icon in Internet forums and other online communities or a three-dimensional form, as in games or virtual worlds. The term “picons” (personal icons) was used to identify a graphical representation of a user or the user's character or persona for some time but has been pushed out of popularity by the word avatar. We need be bring this word back because it correctly identifies what is happening:

  • Personal - it is chosen by and may even look like us
  • Icon - a symbol or graphic representation

The words comprising “picon” correctly identify what is happening when we create electronic representations of ourselves. We do hope you will pray about coming onto agreement with the concept of avatars.  

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