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Tales of Evangelism

 

Hi beloved readers,

 

I’ve written so much on the topic of Reiki that I want to take a wee break and just write about some things that God has done in my life regarding sharing my testimony and evangelizing to those in the occult. Be ready for a mix of funny, serious, and edifying stories.

 

P.S. Throughout this post, I reference relevant scriptures, most of which I paraphrase as they apply to the story, so please do take the time to look them up so you can get the full effect. 😉

 

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Once upon a time…

 

My best friend and I were about to get in her car to go to our favorite Christian-owned coffee shop when suddenly, we noticed that a neighbor of mine had some crystals and candles set up in an intentional fashion. Curious, we stopped to ask her and her friend how they were doing. My neighbor greeted us in a rather fortunetellery (yes, that’s not a real adjective) tone and inflexion of voice, explaining that she was doing a moon ritual. With simultaneous discomfort and genuineness, my best friend and I listened, asked questions, and then invited them to stop by the coffee shop to join us in a worship circle later on. She seemed opposed to this offer, though her friend seemed potentially interested.

After some small talk with my neighbors, my best friend and I went back to her car, got in, and just sat there. Awkwardly, we turned to each other and said, “Ooo… Um, what do we do?” We decided to pray together to see if we should go try to share the gospel with my neighbors. (It is worth noting that the windows to her car are transparent rather than tinted, so our indecisive behavior probably looked odd). My friend agreed as I prayed, “Lord, if you want us to go witness to them, please give us some words of knowledge or something for them.” Well, guess what God’s response was?…

 

Crickets.

 

(God has a sense of humor). My friend and I said to each other, “Nope, I got nothing.” Reluctantly, we decided to do it anyway, as God commands us in scripture to preach the good news (Acts 10:42-43; Mark 16:15-18; Matthew 10:7-8, 28:18-20). My friend, in her classic “It is what it is” tone, reassured us both that God chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).

My friend, being the bolder out of the two of us, re-initiated the conversation with our neighbors. “Hey,” she said, “we were wondering if we could just share with you about what God has done in our lives.” My friend began to share with them how she used to be an atheist and how God revealed Himself to her. My neighbor (the one who was conducting the moon ritual) affirmed my friend but stated believing that everyone’s spirituality is different and all paths are valid. My friend proceeded to explain that God led her to the realization that He is not a liar or a poser, that He does not conform to any image to fit in like people do, and that He is who He says He is (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

At this point, I joined the conversation to share my past with the occult, how it had destructive outcomes in my life, and how Christ saved me from it. My neighbor again affirmed me (seemingly), but stated that “One must have the right intentions in practicing the occult,” implying that my traumatic experiences with the occult were a result of me having had the wrong intentions. (Note: One can never have the right intentions in practicing the occult; naïve ones, yes, but right ones, no). The conversation went on, and my neighbor seemed obviously angry that we were sharing the gospel with her, though she was trying to maintain a false sense of peace. However, even this false sense of peace was interrupted when my friend and I offered to pray with them, asking if we would be imposing. The neighbor conducting the ritual said to me (again in her fortunetellery voice), “The thing is, dear, you are imposing now, on our prayer.”

Throughout the conversation, it had been clear to me (via past personal experience and the gift of discernment) that she was channeling lying spirits in communicating her views and occult philosophy to us. So, when she said that we were interrupting “our prayer,” I instantly knew that “our” meant the demons’ rather than her and her friend’s prayer. To my surprise, her friend stated that he would like for us to pray with him. Well, she really didn’t like that, so as my friend and I started praying with her friend, she quickly retreated inside. From outside, we could hear her angrily let out a gurgling scream, “What the F***!”

 

Even still, God got the last word at the end of our prayer! “In Jesus’s name, amen.”

 

Morals of the story?

Evangelism is often going to feel uncomfortable, but do it anyway. The Bible says that those who hear the word of God and obey it are blessed (Luke 11:28), and as I mentioned before, Christ commissions us in scripture to preach the good news. Even if I’m awkward at sharing the gospel, there is a certain surge of joy that I experience each time after doing so. Don’t let not being good at it stop you, because God will teach you as you go and He will even work your mistakes to the good (John 14:26; Romans 8:28). Though you may not see people immediately accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, you are planting seeds that God can bring to their remembrance later on. If you are a new Christian or a believer who is unfamiliar with the New Age or the occult, and if you are preaching the good news to someone who is in the occult, be careful and prayerful not to be enticed by the philosophies that you hear from that person, particularly when they say, “I have no sin.”

 

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).

 

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Before I tell this next story, let me briefly give you some background information. Some things to know about me are that I LOVE to worship God and I LOVE the church that I am a part of with my whole heart because I LOVE GOD and I am crazy about Him! I’ve been to a few churches in my life, which is certainly not representative of all churches everywhere, but never had I experienced such a move of the Holy Spirit, love, fellowship, and passion for God until I met my church family. God placed this love in me for my church family and solidified it during a period of time when I was recovering (I’ll withhold the specifics to keep my anonymity) and was unable to assemble with them. During that time, my heart was broken and it ached because I deeply missed them, but God also blessed me with a dream about the unification of the church throughout the world and imparted to me His love for the body of Christ. Thanks to God, I was reunited with my church family (which of course was going to happen, though it felt like it never would), and I am now blessed to be a member of the worship team. Okay, now that I’ve established that, I can go on with the story.

My church tends to have longer worship sets than the average church, which is awesome! The minor complication is that I need to go to the restroom frequently, so I use the meet and greet time for that in order to avoid being disruptive. Of course, our sermons are long, too so I inevitably end up having to get up in the middle of church a couple of times. So yeah… So much for the not interrupting effort, but at least I sit in the very back for that reason.

Well, it was a fine night at church during the meet and greet time between worship and the sermon. (Guess what that means)? As a friend/fellow worship leader and I were walking back to the ladies room, our pastor (we love him dearly) suddenly calls my name over the microphone and asks, “Where are you going?” I (being kind of delayed to comprehend things sometimes) replied, “To the bathroom, why?” as if he had casually requested to know. Well, the whole congregation busted up laughing as I paused, confused. “Oh, never mind,” he responded awkwardly, so I nonchalantly continued my journey to the restroom with my friend.

“I think he wanted you to tell your testimony,” my friend said while we were in the lady’s room. “Oh!” I exclaimed as the light bulb turned on in my head. Thankfully, when we returned to the sanctuary, our pastor had not forgotten me and he asked me to come up to the stage and share my testimony. I felt extremely nervous because, though I had shared my testimony before, I felt totally unprepared. On my way up to the front, I prayed silently that God would give me the words to say.

“I’m sorry,” my pastor apologized, “I didn’t mean to embarrass you earlier.”

“No, you didn’t embarrass me,” I reassured him as he handed me the mic. “I thought it was funny. We’re all family here.” (I should add here that my family family—you know, my blood relatives—have a shameless sense of bathroom humor, so I blame inheriting it on them).

Anyway, nervous but Holy Spirit-empowered, I proceeded to share my testimony about how Jesus delivered me from the demonic bondage of the occult. I wanted my words to magnify God’s goodness and not to overemphasize Satan’s evilness, as I wanted God to glorify Himself through my testimony. The Holy Spirit helped me to do exactly that, and He taught me that testimony-sharing 101 is to remember to stress that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He is the only way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The awesome part about getting to share my testimony at church was that my church ministers to unbelievers (particularly those who have come from backgrounds of drug addiction, misconduct, homelessness, etc.), so there were most likely people there who needed to hear it. My church sets aside time for people to share testimonies, prayers, scriptures, prophecies, etc. on a regular basis, so the believers and unbelievers alike get to hear of Jesus’s saving grace and power.

 

Morals of the story?

You might not know who specifically needs to hear your testimony or how God will use it to speak to them, but never think that telling it isn’t going to affect someone. Telling your testimony in church is scriptural, as is doing so anywhere else (Psalm 40:8-10, 71:15-16, 96:2-6, 105:1-2). Trust that testifying in church is not like preaching to the choir, because it glorifies God, edifies believers, and witnesses to unbelievers. If you have the opportunity to share your testimony, share it. The Holy Spirit is your teacher and He will give you the right words to say just in time (Luke 12:12). Whenever you share your testimony, proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Be real about the darkness that God delivered you out of, but remember to tell of His wonderful deeds and focus on His light, which is realer and more powerful than the darkness. Expose the darkness, but magnify the light!

 

“God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

 

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This last story is my favorite. There is this New Age group that meets regularly near where I live. This group actually played a key part in my straying away from Christianity into deception. Some Christians attend the group, though they practice syncretism by doing so. Now, after having been delivered from New Age spirituality, I still have connections to the group, despite choosing not to attend. Well, the group members sometimes discuss the significance of spiritual experiences in their lives, which was the case on one particular occasion, so I decided to make an exception and attend with the intention of sharing my testimony.

I made this decision with a great deal of hesitation due to having many concerns. First, I was worried about feeling triggered by hearing people talk about their spiritual experiences (which would most likely feature Satan masquerading as an angel of light) because I endured some very frightening things when I was in the occult. Second, I considered that I could be taking a risk because someone with an important role in my life attends the group, so I reasoned that their perception of my testimony, if not favorable, could have disadvantageous outcomes for me. Third, I told God that I would not go without a prayer warrior to give me moral support.

After receiving prayer and encouragement from some members of our church family, my prayer warrior friend and I braved the challenge and made our way to the group meeting. Ultimately, my choice to go was based on the conviction that those who lose their life for Christ’s sake will find it (Matthew 10:39). So, with a mixture of nervousness, bravery, and joy, I was like, “Alright, God. YOLO baby!”

When we got there, I decided that I would attempt to be the third person in the group to share my story. Though I wanted to witness to the group, there is a “no proselytizing” rule, so I knew that I should not volunteer to go first so that others would have the chance and that I would need to share my testimony in a nonintrusive kind of way. I definitely needed my prayer warrior friend there because the enemy tried to stall and keep Jesus from being shared. Oh man was sitting through that meeting complete torture! The tactics that the enemy used to try to keep Jesus from being shared included inspiring people to speak at length with false wisdom, glorifying the experience, and a discourse that proved getting a word in edgewise to be difficult. Much of what was shared felt trippy and disorienting, to say the least. Perhaps this sounds mean of me, but I’m just being real.

Despite my discomfort with the group exchange, I remained respectful, patient, and attentive because that is how I would want to be treated and because I knew that it was still important for me to listen to others share what mattered to them. I was not impatient to get my turn already but was rather eager to share Jesus, though admittedly I felt triggered by the stories I was hearing, and hopefully my effort to avoid making facial expressions was successful. Remember that the spiritual battle we’re in as Christians is against the devil rather than human beings (Ephesians 6:12). We are called to love one another (John 13:34-35), because we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Both listening and telling the truth are ways we show love to others (Ephesians 4:15; James 1:19; Luke 6:31).

All the while, my prayer warrior friend displayed some potentially indiscrete signs of discomfort, which I found to be kind of funny. (I don’t blame her, as she barely knew what to expect going into it). Frequently, I could hear her whisper “Jesus” under her breath, as well as some other things. A couple of times I glanced in her direction and whispered “Shhh” in the most inconspicuous way possible, as we were on an undercover mission. Hahah good times! Anyway, the group discussion went on so long that I knew two things: 1. My friend and I needed to pray like mad for me to get the third spot and 2. I needed to raise my hand instead of trying to wait for an opening.

So, I leaned over and whispered almost inaudibly to my friend, “Pray for me the third spot.” Man is my prayer warrior friend amazing, and I am so grateful for her! We made a great team! A few minutes later, I raised my hand briefly, and then several minutes later, the leader of the group stopped the conversation to allow me to speak. I responded that I was wondering if I could share my story, too but that I did not want to interrupt the conversation. Thus, a few more comments later, it was my (well really, God’s) turn! That was truly a God thing because my momentary hand-raise could have easily gotten lost in the group conversation.

Like I said before, the group has a ground rule against preaching to each other, so I shared my testimony in a subjective way while remaining true to my conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord and without pushing my beliefs onto the group. I don’t think that anyone expected the turn that my story was going to take, because several people started squirming in their chairs when I called Jesus my Savior and when I described the most traumatic demonic experience that was pivotal in my return to Christ. Making sure to be sensitive, I told the group to let me know if the details of that experience were too intense so I could stop and move on to the next point. I told them what I used to believe and practice, the spiritual manipulation I endured in the cult that I used to be a part of, and how Jesus led me to leave those things behind and delivered me from demonic nightmares and visions. Notably, I explained how God would wake me up before the climax of the nightmare and how He would speak words of protection over me through scripture.

I also shared about the positive spiritual experiences (namely, a couple of prophetic dreams and visions) that the Lord had given me and how He has brought those to pass thus far. I shared how the Lord has been working in my life, including how He gave me a church family and a heart of worship. I explained that the differences between the gifts of the Spirit and psychic abilities are: 1. The former glorify Jesus while the latter glorify the experience, the individual, or even the devil; and 2. The former are received by the grace (unmerited favor) of God while the latter are produced by trying to earn or achieve one’s spirituality. Lastly, I shared how God has shown me that spirituality is about glorifying, loving, and worshipping God rather than about idolizing spiritual experiences. God first loved us, and He created us to love and worship Him in response, which I believe is the ultimate meaning of life.

The interesting (though unsurprising) thing was that the room was completely silent when I concluded my story. The prior stories had received a plethora of responses, but mine, crickets. Rather than feeling offended, I thought of this as a sign that the devil got served. Finally, the leader responded empathetically, and then another group member made a comment that was completely irrelevant. However, at the end of the meeting, a few people (including those who had shared) approached me afterward and thanked me for telling my story, stating that it was brave of me. I thanked them for sharing theirs as well, because I know that it isn’t easy to be vulnerable like that, no matter what kind of experience one is confiding.

I am thankful to God that He used my testimony to have some kind of effect on people, even if He may not bring it to their remembrance again until later on as He tries to get their attention and draws them to Himself. God loves everyone and wants to have a personal relationship with each individual and to set us free. After my prayer warrior friend and I left, we rejoiced in the Lord together and felt elated in the Holy Spirit that Jesus got the victory. The other cool thing is that talking about this event with a fellow Christian (who holds New Age beliefs) opened an important discussion about the scriptural charge to test the spirit behind spiritual messages and experiences and not to just trust them because they came spontaneously or sound positive (1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Galatians 1:8; 1 John 4:1-3). It turned out that I had nothing to fear all along in sharing my testimony because God was (and is) with us and is able to defend His children.

 

Morals of the story?

When God calls you to do something (like share the gospel), don’t let fear stop you. Forsake all (reputation, comfort, your life, etc.) that Christ would call you to risk or relinquish (Mark 8:34-38; Matthew 10:32-39, 16:24-26; Luke 9:23-26, 14:25-35). Be prayerful and wise in following Christ and discerning what He is calling you to do and how He wants you to do it. True spirituality produces peace and sound-mindedness as opposed to inner turmoil and confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Timothy 1:7), but it will involve discomfort at many times. When you answer His call, you may experience loss, but He will surprise you with blessing. If we acknowledge Him before people, He will acknowledge us before Father God and the holy angels in heaven (Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8).

Do not underestimate the power of intercession. Being a prayer warrior on behalf of one who is sharing their testimony is a humble and noble mission. If you are planning to share your testimony, I highly recommend that you team up with a faithful prayer warrior friend (like mine <3) as a fellow witness. If you know someone who is going to share their testimony, intercede on their behalf, for every prayer matters!

 

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:11-12).

 

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I blogged these stories as they occurred chronologically, so as you can see, the Lord is growing me in the gift of evangelism and He will do the same for you, believing reader. As for everyone who reads this (believer and non-Christian alike), I have shared some of my testimony in prior posts about Reiki, but I will share my full testimony with you at a later date. I am still waiting on the Lord for the right timing and way to share it. For those of you who are non-Christian readers, I know that this post was geared more toward encouraging Christians in sharing their testimonies, but I do pray that this has spoken to you, too in some way, especially if you are into New Age spirituality or the occult. I hope that in reading this, you glean some morals as well: 1. God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you, and 2. a spirituality that is holy will lead you toward Christ rather than repel you from Him.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ, but you feel a tug on your heart to know who He is, then pray to Him by asking Him to reveal Himself to you. I can tell you in writing who He is, but the way to find out from personal experience is to call on His name and ask Him. Jesus is the Son of God. God is triune, meaning three persons in one God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus came to earth, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. In His adult years, He proclaimed spiritual freedom to people, healed those who were sick, raised the dead, and delivered those who were possessed and demonically oppressed. He still does these things today by the power of His Holy Spirit, whom He sends to those who believe in Him. The religious people of Jesus’s day opposed Him because they believed Him to be blasphemous for claiming to be God, so they crucified Him on a cross, which is the worst form of torture. However, Father God loves the world so much that He sent His only Son as an atonement for our sins—because all of us have sinned and fallen short of His glory—in order to restore our relationship with Him and save us from the just penalty of sin, which is death. Thus, Jesus Christ, having lived a sinless life, gave His life as a perfect sacrifice for our own.

Jesus had the power to refuse His crucifixion, but He chose not to because of His obedience to the Father and His love for us. When He died on the cross, He declared, “It is finished!” and after three days in the tomb, He rose to life again. He suffered the worst kind of punishment for you and me, though He did not deserve it, and when we believe that He did this for us, that He loves us, and that He is resurrected, then we receive His free gift of salvation and forgiveness of all of our sins, past, present, and future. This means that we receive the gift of His Holy Spirit to live inside of us as our comforter and guide, we have a close and deep relationship with God, we can speak directly to Father God without guilt or shame, and we will go to heaven to be with Him forever when we die. This is what I mean when I say that God loves you, He wants to set you free, and He wants to have a personal relationship with you! This is the good news! Amen.

I highly recommend that you read the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as the whole story is in there!

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

 

Well, I will probably write more soon, but if I don’t do so before the holidays, I wish you a merry Christmas now! God bless you!

If you have questions, need prayer, or anything like that, feel free to e-mail me at:

Gabriella.claire33@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Passing on Others’ Testimonies of Coming to Christ and Renouncing Reiki – Part 1 (OK, technically Part 2 since I’ve posted one before, but…)

Hi dear readers,

 

It has been quite a while since I have written a post (probably about a year), as I have been very busy! I still do not have time to write much of anything original—though I may have some time soon—so meanwhile, I want to share about others’ testimonies, which will remain relevant to the series on Reiki that I have been blogging about.

I assume that a lot of you already probably know this, and I know that I am late in sharing this, but I still want to share it anyway. Doreen Virtue, a popular former New Age author and fortuneteller, has become a born-again Christian. In summary, she believed in Jesus her whole life from a New Thought perspective but has recently come to know Christ as her Lord and Savior through experiencing a vision of Him. I don’t want to divulge too many details, because I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t heard her testimony, so please do watch her video (with prayerful discernment, of course)!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKVAzoYkOMY

 

What I will say is that her testimony is directly related to the subject of Reiki, though there is much more to it than that, and she has something very simple yet wise to say about energy healing. Five-ish minutes into her testimony, Doreen explained that she used to specifically practice Reiki, Pranic healing, Qigong, crystal healing, mediumship, and Tarot card readings. Now that she has had a personal encounter with the Lord, she has felt convicted to stop engaging in these practices. Later in the video in a discussion about the Bible’s prohibition of mediumship, Doreen stated, “My understanding is that people were going to deceased people for guidance instead of to God. And so the whole theme of God’s laws is `Talk to Me, talk to Me, talk to Me.’ Same with healing modalities. Make sure you’re getting the healing directly from God and not from some symbols or some beings, you know. Go directly to the source. And it’s so much more effective that way.”

 

Amen. Go to God for healing! Don’t let anything or any spiritual being get in the way of your relationship with God. Jesus is the only healer. That’s why the Bible says that “By His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Scripture does NOT say “By the symbols we are healed,” or “By the deceased we are healed,” or “By `ascended masters’ we are healed,” because none of those gave their life for us or can save us from sin, death, and punishment. Only Jesus (who is the Son of God) gave His life for us on the cross, and only He is our Savior!

I don’t know about you, but I’m rejoicing about Doreen’s salvation and am inspired by her boldness! Let’s continue to pray for her that God will keep leading her to repentance from all New Age practices and beliefs, as it is hard (though not unheard of) to be deprogrammed of all that stuff in one moment. (I know that from personal experience).

 

Here is a link to an article on a website called Reasons for Jesus about her testimony:

http://reasonsforjesus.com/doreen-virtue-popular-new-age-author-becomes-christian-renounces-new-age-movement/

 

Well, God bless you! Please keep me in prayer for time to write soon, for more testimonies of people coming out of energy healing to Jesus for me to share, and for me to get over this cold or virus or whatever it is!

 

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Vigor: The WORD of the Day

 

I don’t normally write posts about the word of the day because I don’t want to interrupt the flow of the subject that I have been blogging on, which currently happens to be Reiki. However, God has made it clear that He wants me to write about the word of the day today, or more specifically His Word. Therefore, this post will remain on topic with the series that I have been writing thus far.

 

Basically, vigor means physical and mental strength, health, and vitality. It is all well and good to have vigor, but what about when we get tired, stressed out, depressed, foggy-minded, and so on? Alternatively, what if we have mental and physical vigor but are struggling spiritually? Then what do we do?

Well, the answer depends on the person. Some people turn to medicine, others to sleep, others to therapy, others to exercise, and still others to relaxation. Of course, all of these things are necessary and fantastic ways to renew the mind and body! However, medicine runs out or wears off, therapy must come to a close, the wake-up alarm must go off, and so on. So what about the spirit?

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).

 

In Jesus, the Son of God, we have life (or vitality, if you will) that is eternal, not temporary. Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross for us to save our lives. When He died, He took the penalty for our sins upon Himself, and when He rose again on the third day, He conquered sin and death once and for all. Because of this, we are free, forgiven, righteous, and washed clean of all of our sins if we believe in Jesus and receive His gift of salvation.

 

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). In order to have vigor, we must rest. Nothing offered by this world can provide us with spiritual vigor. Therefore, God offered His Son, who is our only true source of spiritual vigor. The world is always telling us to do, earn, and achieve. We are expected to go, go, go until we exhaust ourselves, neglecting our spiritual needs in the busy chaos of society. Thankfully, while the world is works-based, Christ is grace-based. In contrast to the world, God tells us to rest, to trust in Him, and to rely on His grace. On our own, we are weak, no matter how much effort we exert; but with God, we have strength and power simply by resting in His grace.

 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

 

You are probably wondering how this relates to Reiki. It has everything to do with Reiki. This energy healing practice is said to promote a sense of peace and wellbeing, as well as health and vitality. The Reiki practitioner, who channels universal life force energy, is said to be allowing the very love of God to flow through their hands to the recipient. Life force energy is said to be warm, soothing, and tingly. That sounds like grace, doesn’t it?

 

In truth, however, Reiki is works-based. “Okay,” you might say, “but what makes it any different from medicine or therapy?” Let’s use these two as examples. Medicine is used to treat a person physically and psychologically. Therapy involves a professional helping a client with their mental, emotional, social, and spiritual issues. However, neither claim to give a person spiritual life as Reiki does. Yes, the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected, so means such as medicine or therapy can have positive effects on the spirit by benefiting the mind and body. Therapy can even have a direct positive effect on the spirit when spiritual issues are addressed, especially if God is called upon for guidance. In that event, God would be the source of spiritual life, not the therapy itself. Nevertheless, spiritual assistance and spiritual life are two different things.

Reiki, however, not only claims to directly give, but to be, spiritual life; hence universal life force energy. So which is it, then? Is Jesus the way, truth, and life, or is Reiki? Jesus and Reiki are obviously not synonymous. While Jesus is a personal member of the triune God, Reiki is supposedly an impersonal force. Since Jesus is the life (John 14:6), then life is a person, not a force. That being said, universal life force energy isn’t really life force energy at all.

 

Reiki practitioners believe that they are passively allowing energy to flow through them and that the energy is intelligent, doing all of the healing work. In reality, many Reiki practitioners meditate in the sense of attempting to achieve higher states of consciousness. They use mental exercises in order to receive psychic information. They supposedly manipulate energy by hovering their hands over the recipient for a long time, combing through the auric field with their fingers, and using visualizations to cleanse and balance energies. In other words, they use superstitious techniques, as if these will heal a person. Furthermore, Reiki requires rituals, and often money, in order for a person to gain healing ability in the first place. The Holy Spirit cannot be earned, however, because He is a gift of grace (Acts 8:18-24).

 

Therefore, Reiki is not of grace, but it is yet another work of the flesh to drain you. By grace through faith we have been saved (Ephesians 2:8), not by works. Witchcraft is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), so Reiki is witchcraft. Reiki is not of the Spirit, but of the flesh; not of life, but of death; not of God, but of the devil. Reiki gives off an illusion of grace, but in reality, it is a counterfeit gift. When hurting and hungry people ask for bread (life and grace), Reiki gives them a stone (works and death), despite claiming that it offers good gifts (see Matthew 7:9-11). Unlike Reiki, God gives good gifts. He gives His Spirit, life, grace, healing, salvation, and deliverance to those who ask Him in faith. God gives us bread when we ask for it, not a stone!

 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV). Abundant life is a great description for vitality. Again, Jesus offers us spiritual life. Since Reiki claims to be what it is not, it is a deception and thus a tool of the thief (Satan) who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.

 

“’Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).

 

By our own effort we can do nothing, but through Christ and by His Spirit we can do the impossible. The vigor (strength, power, health, and vitality) that God offers is far superior to what the world offers. Reiki only creates an illusion of healing by alleviating some symptoms. Even worse, it gives many people frightening demonic experiences. Reiki offers false promises of healing. God is the only one who saves, delivers, and heals, and His promises are always true (see Psalm 12:6).

 

“I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26, KJV).

 

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, NIV).

 

Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to seek an alternative form of healing. He died on the cross to be our healing, salvation, deliverance, life, peace, and our everything! We are to seek Him (not Reiki or any other form of witchcraft) with all of our heart, and we will find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).

 

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14, NIV).

Spiritual vigor comes not from temporary fixes or from counterfeits, but from the Spirit of God! Therefore, we must put our hope and trust not in worldly things but in the Lord.

 

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7, NIV).

 

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV).

 

And now for some songs, for all of my fellow music lovers out there:

I am the God that Healeth Thee by Don Moen

Strong in Us by Bethel

 

Our God is Greater by Shane Bernard and Shane Everett

 

Your Grace is Enough by Matt Maher

 

Everlasting God by Lincoln Brewster

 

To go back to part 5 of this series on Reiki and learn more about the life that Christ offers, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-5-is-reiki-really-for-life/

 

All Bible verses in this article came from:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

And

www.biblehub.com/

 

 

 

 

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The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 5: Is Reiki Really for Life?

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21, NIV).

 

In this fifth part of this series on Reiki, I will speak life into you. As I shared in part 4 of this series, (see https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-4-my-personal-experience-with-reiki/),

I had some freaky spiritual experiences as a result of practicing Reiki, including demonic dreams and telekinesis. When I repented of practicing Reiki, Satan put the fear into my mind that I would not be able to get rid of it and that I was therefore cursed. My friend/former Reiki master had told me during initiation that once you are attuned to Reiki, it stays with you for life. Before I had decided to renounce Reiki and was experiencing cognitive dissonance about it, I had been afraid to give it up because I thought it was a gift from God. So, I took comfort in the scripture that says that the gifts of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), thinking that if I ever gave Reiki up but still had the ability, then that would be proof that it was really from God. Once I became certain that Reiki is demonic and gave it up, however, I became afraid that it might indeed be irrevocable. That made me incredibly sad because I thought that from then on, I would have to pray for others’ healing without laying hands on them for fear of infecting them. Needless to say, I felt very guilty, ashamed, and contaminated. I was inconsistent about whether I would lay hands on others when praying for healing or not, because half of me wanted to believe that my fear was a lie, but the other half of me believed that it was true.

Up until recently—a few days ago, in fact—I had pushed my fear to the back of my mind and buried my feelings because they were too overwhelming. In the middle of the night, however, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart that Jesus is for life, not Reiki. That truth has given me freedom. Remember that though Satan is the accuser (Revelation 12:10), there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1).

When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus opposed him with scripture, saying “It is written… It is written… It is written…” (Matthew 4:1-11). God commands us to follow Jesus’s example. Ephesians 6:13 says to put on the armor of God so that we can stand our ground when Satan attacks us. Furthermore, verse 17 tells us to use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).

 

If you are a Christian who has practiced Reiki, and particularly if you have had spiritually traumatic experiences with it and fear that you’ll be stuck with it for life, then here are your weapons.

 

It is written: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).

 

It is written: “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:13-14, NIV).

 

It is written: “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive” (John 7:37-39, NIV).

 

It is written: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:28-30, NIV).

 

It is written: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

 

It is written: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13, NRSV).

 

It is written: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

 

It is written: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).

 

It is written: “For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29, NIV).

 

These scriptures reveal that, not only is Jesus for life, but He is for eternity! Jesus sacrificed His life for us on the cross as an atonement for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Then, He filled us with His Holy Spirit, His living water, when we believed in Him. Since we now have everlasting life in Christ, Satan cannot snatch us out of God’s hand! Satan cannot undo, whether with Reiki or some other form of spiritual bondage, what God has done for us. You don’t have to worry anymore that you are cursed for life with Reiki, because Jesus took our curses away when He bore them on the cross! Now this is the good and perfect gift of God that is truly irrevocable! Nothing—especially not Reiki—can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ! Reiki isn’t our life force, Jesus is!

 

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy” (Matthew 8:2-3, NIV).

 

Back in Biblical times, no one would dare touch someone with leprosy for fear of catching it, but Jesus touched this man and made him whole! Therefore, fear not! You are not untouchable to Jesus! Once when Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, He referred to healing as saving life (Mark 3:1-5). Therefore, fear not, because Jesus has saved your life from the life-long sentence of Reiki! You are not contaminated, my sisters and brothers in Christ.

 

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:13-15, NIV).

 

If you are not a Christian and have had frightening experiences with Reiki, and you want a way out, then Jesus is your answer! When the first humans, Adam and Eve, fell prey to temptation from the devil and sinned by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this caused humanity to fall from grace (Genesis 3). This brought death, sickness, curses, oppression, and more sin into the world. God gave humanity laws to obey, but it was impossible for humanity to be perfect, so they atoned for their sins by sacrificing animals (Exodus 20). Finally, roughly 2,000 years ago, God sent His only Son, Jesus to the Earth. He was born of a virgin, Mary, as a human (Luke 1:26-38). During His earthly ministry, Jesus showed the Father’s love by forgiving sins, preaching the good news, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead (John 11; Luke 4:18-19; Mark 1:34; Matthew 8:16), but the religious leaders and the world rejected Him and thus crucified Him (Matthew 26-27). However, it had been the Father’s plan all along for Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross as a once-and-for-all atonement for our sins so that we can have everlasting life and freedom from condemnation, sin, death, curses, sickness, and oppression (John 3:16; Galatians 3:13; Matthew 8:17; Romans 6:23). God resurrected Jesus from the dead three days after His crucifixion as proof of our new life in Him (1 Corinthians 6:14; Romans 6:4). When we believe in Jesus and that He sacrificed His life for us and rose from the dead, then we become children of God, born again of the Spirit (John 1:12-13, 3:1-21). If you want Jesus to be your personal Lord, Savior, deliverer, and healer, then all you have to do is confess your sins to Him, pray for His forgiveness, and ask Him into your heart. God gives us the gift of faith, and when we believe in His Son and what He has done for us, we receive His free gift of grace (Ephesians 2:8). God has given the gift, and all you have to do is receive it! Jesus will set you free from Reiki, and from all of your sins!

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:1-18, NIV).

 

Finally, here are some songs to touch your heart and sing life into you:

 

How Can It Be? by Lauren Daigle

Give My Life to You/Our King has Come by Elevation Worship

 

 

Eternal Life by Eric Welch

 

 

Links:

1: Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/

 

 

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The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 4: My Personal Experience with Reiki

In this fourth post of this series on Reiki, I will share my testimony about Reiki, but there are certain details that I must keep confidential, as I am dedicated to at least attempting to remain anonymous if possible. Allow me to briefly set the stage. I was raised as a Christian and was a strong believer in Jesus. Once I became independent, I began to have many questions and to explore my spirituality. In the process, I discovered New Age philosophies and practices. Things such as near-death experiences, astral projection, psychic abilities, reincarnation, etc. became fascinating to me. I longed to know and experience God deeply, but was going about it the wrong way. Over time, my beliefs evolved and I experienced quite a bit of existential conflict and confusion.

For personal reasons, I became depressed and decided to join a cult out of a desperate need to be understood and to belong. The cult claimed to promote free thinking, which really meant thinking like them. As a consequence of involving myself in this cult, I became agnostic and was subjected to arrogant manipulation and spiritual trauma. Though that sounds terrible, and it was, this was the turning point in my life that caused me to call upon the Lord. Sometimes our worst decisions in life can lead to our best ones. In my darkest moment, I cried out to Jesus, and He saved me. I left the cult abruptly, and have been a Christian ever since. I will tell a more elaborate version of that testimony in a future post, but the reason that I have shared a short version of it right now is to provide a backstory for my involvement in Reiki.

Rededicating my life to Christ did not make all of my questions and New Age beliefs go away overnight. I had to go through a period of relearning in order to gain discernment and understanding. My heart broke (and still breaks) at the thought of others suffering in the way that I did. I longed for a way to help others recover from spiritual trauma and find deliverance. Thus, I became interested in healing.

Although the desire to heal had been in my heart for a long time, I had never had a reason to pursue it, especially because I wondered if God would really use me to heal anyone. Rarely in my experience with going to church throughout my life had I seen healing occur. Despite my prior exploration in the New Age, I had never really done any serious research into Reiki and had never practiced it. I had read positive things about it from a Christian author, however.

I knew a few people who practiced Reiki, a couple of them being Christians. Although Reiki seemed like a possibility, I cautiously hesitated to pursue it due to my previous traumatic spiritual experiences. I felt the Lord calling me to be a healer, but had no idea what to do other than to pray and ponder. One day, my friend, who is an unbeliever and practices Reiki, came over to my house to hang out with me and asked me if they could try their Reiki on me. Thinking that this was oddly coincidental, or even synchronistic, I consented. I had received Reiki treatments before, which had not seemed to have had any negative consequences, so I wanted to have the chance to reevaluate it.

Well, that night I dreamed about Reiki literally all night. At the time, I felt like that was a confirmation that I should do it. Retrospectively, however, I recognize that that was Satan tempting me. A few weeks later, I addressed one of my Christian friends who practices Reiki in order to ask them about their experiences with it and to ask them if they could attune me. The conversation went well, and my friend agreed to attune me, so I decided to pursue Reiki.

I received various additional signs which I believed confirmed my decision. However, I cannot share those in detail, as doing so could give away my identity to certain individuals. My story right now as I have told it could apply to many people, so I will keep it that way. All I can say is that I had a few positive dreams about doing Reiki, and a friend gave me a prophetic word, of sorts.

My Reiki master friend expressed generosity and kindness to me, and the attunement went well. I did not have any mystical experiences during the activation ritual like many people claim to have. When I tried Reiki on others, however, I would receive insights about them that they had not told me, and the sessions seemed to have positive results. One friend received alleviation from a headache and newfound energy after having a session with me. A few other people felt emotional clarity and peace after receiving Reiki treatments from me. All the while, I thought I was being used by God and serving as a vessel for the Holy Spirit to flow through.

Though I believed that Reiki was what God wanted me to do, I still had doubts, which I now know were the Holy Spirit warning me. The first red flag that I encountered about Reiki was when I was reading a book called Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss. At one point in the book, Myss describes how she has an ability called “medical intuitiveness” and how she spontaneously channeled a spirit for a client. After reading that, I put the book down and never picked it up again. I instinctively knew that something didn’t feel right about channeling, but at the same time, I didn’t completely rule it out, either. It would be accurate to say that I was a rather double-minded person. At the time, I thought that maybe New Age practices weren’t all bad and that maybe I had only had traumatic spiritual experiences because of having associated with the wrong people in that cult.

The next red flag that I encountered about Reiki was one day when I met with a friend—the friend whose headache had gone away after having received a Reiki treatment from me. This friend confided in me that they had had a very distressing and demonic (not normal) nightmare. I don’t think that my friend connected the Reiki treatment with the nightmare. The thought crossed my mind, but I dismissed it as Satan trying to sabotage us and discourage me from healing. Later on, when I would have my own bad experiences with Reiki and repent of practicing it, I would put two and two together to realize that the Reiki treatment really had caused my friend’s nightmare. Luckily, while my friend and I had met, we prayed together, and I shared a prayer for deliverance with them. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to broach the subject with my friend now to check up on them, and I really regret having subjected them to such a dangerous spiritual practice. I had only wanted to help others, but instead, I had been hurting them.

The next red flag that I encountered about Reiki actually did not pertain directly to it. A friend and I went to an event where there were fortune tellers. So of course, we decided to have our fortunes told. I honestly had no idea what to expect and thought that it would be just for fun. Well, it turned out that my personal fortune teller told me things about myself and certain beliefs of mine that I had neither disclosed to them nor hinted toward. I had been expecting a brief palm reading, but instead I got a ten-minute session with a psychic who used tarot cards and channeling. At first, I was blown away by the things that the psychic had told me, and I walked away from that session trembling.

After much thought and prayer, however, I later came to the conclusion that this encounter had not been of God. Filled with regret, I went into my prayer closet, laid prostrate on the floor, and cried to Jesus for forgiveness. I was so devastated that I had been unfaithful to the one person who never leaves nor forsakes me. Amidst crying tears of sorrow at my sin, I began to sing “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan. When I reached the lyrics that say, “if His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking,” the grace of God replaced my sadness and I began to cry tears of thankfulness.

It was this incident that made me trust my instinct that channeling is demonic. Mediums claim that channeling is not inviting a spirit into one’s body but rather tuning into the frequency that a spirit is communicating on. In other words, the medium supposedly acts sort of like a TV channel. That’s ahem, cough cough, total BS. Channeling is definitely opening oneself up to demonic possession. Remembering back to what I had read in Anatomy of the Spirit several months prior, I decided to research several other prominent Reiki masters to see if they also do channeling. With a quick search on the internet, I found that many of them do. 99% of the ones whom I looked up, do. I’m sure there are others out there who do not do channeling and whom I did not look up, but that’s aside from the point. Actually, to get technical, all Reiki practitioners believe that they are channeling universal life force energy when they perform healings, so…

Anyway, the discovery that research revealed to me made me feel very uncomfortable about Reiki, but it did not make me turn completely away from it yet. Instead, I half-way took a break for a while from practicing Reiki. In other words, I was hesitant to do it because of my doubts and only did it sometimes on myself whenever I wanted to test it again.

Shortly after the fortune teller incident, I finally found a church that felt right for me. I encountered the Holy Spirit there in a way that I had not encountered Him at any other church. The members there quickly became like family to me. Ultimately, God used my church family to bring me completely out of Reiki. During a worship meeting, I asked for prayer, and a couple of my church friends said that they sensed that my home needed spiritual cleansing. Some things that I have struggled with ever since the traumatic experiences I had in the cult are hearing voices while trying to fall asleep and having demonic nightmares. The nightmares, however, aren’t nearly as bad as the uncontrollable kind that I had when I was in the cult. God protects me by waking me up from them, and I seem to have fewer of them over time, but nevertheless, I still suffer this consequence. Reiki did not seem to worsen my problem at first, although I did notice my perceptions gradually and subtly become stranger during sleep than they had been before. This is what my church friends had prayed for me about, and they came to my home to cleanse it with prayer, worship, and the anointing of oil.

At that point, I asked them what they thought about Reiki, and they warned me against it, saying that it is an idol. Well, I did not want to hold onto Reiki if it was an idol—though I was not sure whether it was or not—because I wanted to be faithful to God. Therefore, my church friends led me through a prayer of renunciation, and I got rid of items that were associated with Reiki. It took me a little while longer to let go completely of Reiki because I was confused. Why had I had good experiences with it? What if I had made a decision out of fear instead of out of love by giving it up? What if I had thrown away a gift that God had given me?

All of this uncertainty caused me to feel depressed. At the same time, I felt guilty for feeling depressed because my home felt much more peaceful, and I thought I should be feeling grateful instead. In His grace, God showed me a dream of a rainbow over a cloud to comfort me. He was the rainbow, and I was the gray cloud. This dream reminded me of the scripture that says that God will rejoice over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). I also now associate it with the scripture that says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6, NIV). Though I felt so guilty and confused, God reminded me of His everlasting love for me and of how He is always watching over me.

The depression finally got to me, and I made the rather bad decision to try Reiki on myself one last time. After I did it, I knew that it had been the wrong choice. When laying hands on myself, I heard a demonic voice say something about my throat, which deterred me from attempting to heal my throat chakra. The next day, I came down with a fever and did not immediately make a connection to what had happened the night prior. Reiki experts would think that my illness was a result of my body detoxifying, but I know that is not true because of the demonic voice that I had heard. My illness started out as a fever, became a sore throat, and turned into full-blown bronchitis. My cough was violent and relentless, and I couldn’t sleep for two nights straight as a result. I felt so depressed and alone laying there awake, sick, with no one to hold me. The most devastating part of being this sick for two solid weeks was that I could not sing to the Lord. Satan attacked me in this way because he does not want us to worship God. He wants us to worship him.

On top of being ill, I had several demonic nightmares, as well as a demonic out-of-body experience. The OBE is too weird to attempt explaining. The only thing that I will say about the OBE is that it started out feeling nice with the sensations of warm energy vibrating from my hands to the chakras. Then the chakras swirled very intensely and I encountered the spirits behind these sensations. The source did not match the sensations at all. It is as the Bible says: “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). I won’t describe the rest of the OBE, as like I said, it is too weird. I now know that chakras are not naturally part of our spiritual anatomy. They are portals opened up by demons when a person messes with Reiki and other such practices. These portals give demons access to the person’s body, mind, and spirit.

Some examples of demonic nightmares that I had include a dream that involved my lungs being possessed by a snake and a dream that involved hellfire. Reiki is connected with something called Kundalini, which is supposedly a spiritual energy that surges through the spine and chakras and that is likened to a serpent. Recall that Satan is depicted as a serpent in the Bible. I never experimented with Kundalini awakenings and whatnot in practicing Reiki, as that was a line that I was unwilling to cross, but I’m explaining this phenomenon in order to point out the demonic nature of energy healing. Note that when you mess with Reiki, you mess with all of it, whether you intend to or not. Some Christians who practice Reiki, for instance, choose not to use the symbols or not to consult with spirit guides. In actuality, they are involving themselves with these forces without realizing it despite their intentions not to. Anyway, doing Reiki on myself obviously increased the frequency and intensity of my nightmares. Doing Reiki and other occult practices opens doorways to demonic oppression, attacks, and influence. It gives Satan legal rights to torment a person.

In addition to evil dreams and visions, I had a telekinetic experience. One day when I was having dinner and working at my computer, I suddenly felt a cold sensation that started in my shoulder blade. The coldness spread through my arm to my hand, and it was tingly. Then, I noticed that as I lifted my hand, a small plastic wrapper lifted along with it. At first, I thought that I was imagining things and that maybe the wrapper had just gotten stuck to my skin or that static was causing this to happen. I tried it with the other hand, and nothing happened. Then I tried again several more times with the initial hand, and the same phenomenon repeated itself. As the wrapper would lift, coldness would rush throughout my hand. Now, some people might think “How cool!” if this were to happen to them. Heck, I thought that telekinesis was cool, in theory. But in reality, I was like “oh h*** no!” I did not like the power. I concluded from this incident that if I had not been doing Reiki, then there would not have been a demonic opening for such telekinesis to occur through me.

Well, after all of that, I finally got the point. About time, right? I therefore gave up Reiki for good and deleted every single book having to do with Reiki and New Age spirituality on my computer, as well as every related file and website on my favorites list, and everything else that I could think of. Getting rid of virtual possessions is just as important as getting rid of material possessions when it comes to spiritually cleansing your living space. One of my friends from church came over and prayed with me again, and I was grateful for their grace and understanding in interacting with me. They did not judge me at all, but instead showed empathy. After my friend prayed with me, I recovered from my illness in a normal amount of time. (The antibiotics helped, too). I confessed my sin to God, repented, and officially renounced practicing Reiki. I still, however, struggled with nightmares and did not get enough sleep. When I was finally well enough to return to counseling, my psychotherapist said that I looked like I felt terrible and advised me to seek help from my church. I was so scared at night whenever it was time to go to sleep.

My friend from church had told me that the nightmares would try to come back, but that I would just have to say “no” to them. After enduring restless nights with extreme anxiety and depression, and perhaps a bit of suicidal ideation, God finally built up the courage in me to say “enough is enough.” So, I prayed to God asking Him how to defend myself and cleanse my home. Amidst praying, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to proclaim God’s promises. Anointing my home with lavender oil and prayer, I proclaimed God’s promises, such as “love always protects” (1 Corinthians 13:7), and “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Additionally, I praised the Lord with singing and read scripture. As I was reading the Bible, I suddenly felt, saw, and heard a ball of energy whiz past my ear. By the Holy Spirit, I knew that that was a demon trying to scare me into thinking that the house cleansing was not working. I knew that Satan wanted me to believe that I had screwed up beyond redemption and that God would therefore not protect me. The demons were bluffing, and this was really their desperate scare tactic. The ball of energy whizzing past my ear startled me and caused me to jump involuntarily. In the name of Jesus, I commanded it to leave and I commanded that demons no longer had the right to be in my home. From that day forward, I was able to have restful sleep again. Though I still experience demonic nightmares at times, they are a result of Satan attacking me as a child of God because he hates Christ and not because he has any legal rights to do so. When Satan does not have legal rights to attack a person, that person has much greater protection from God. Additionally, we have to claim our promise to protection from God; we have to believe that His word is true. I know from experience that fearing demons and doubting our Christ-given authority as believers gives them leverage to oppress us. We especially have to understand God’s gift of grace for us and our identity as His children. I won’t pretend to have reached this point of total understanding yet, but I am on the journey there and God is working in me.

Now, I know without a doubt that all New Age practices and philosophies are not of God. I want nothing to do with them! There is no true meaning in them. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). New Age spirituality cannot offer any true peace or bring you closer to God. Please trust me on this one.

Giving up Reiki entirely was very difficult, because I did not (and still do not) know how to break it to my friend/former Reiki master. Additionally, I found it pretty hope-shattering to discover that I was back to square one and had seemingly no meaningful way to help others. I knew that Satan wanted me to feel useless, worthless, hopeless, and purposeless, but I could not help but feel that way anyway.

After having confided in a loved one about some of the things that I was going through, which I normally would have never done, my loved one prayed for me and I had a dream from God the next morning. As I awoke, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Behind every masterpiece, there is a story.” Though I still experience depression on the path to finding my calling, I find hope in the message of this dream and in the encouragement that God gives me along the way. Even though my story is hard to live through at times, I take comfort in knowing that I am God’s masterpiece, so everything will come together. You, dear reader, are God’s masterpiece, too, so have hope! God loves you and wants you to experience true freedom in your life. The plans that He has for you and me are good (Jeremiah 29:11). Jesus Christ is our true Savior, healer, and deliverer. If you haven’t met Him yet, and you would like to, then ask Him into your heart. ❤ I hope Jesus uses this testimony to call out to you.

 

If you are struggling with Reiki or New Age spirituality and need prayer or a listening ear, please contact me at: gabriella.claire33@gmail.com

But most of all, whatever you do, always remember to call out to Jesus!

 

Lastly, here are some songs to speak to you:

 

How He Loves by Jeremy Riddle (Originally by John Mark McMillan)

 

Nothing I Hold Onto by Will Reagan and United Pursuit

 

You Won’t Relent by Misty Edwards

 

 

 

To proceed to part 5 of this series, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-5-is-reiki-really-for-life/

To go back to part 3, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-3-whyhealing-in-the-name-of-jesus-and-healing-with-reiki-symbols-cannot-truly-be-reconciled/

 

MY STORY

REIKI & CHRISTIANITY

The story that follows details my personal experience of reiki.  It is the reason that I have come to believe so very strongly that reiki healing is not compatible with the Christian faith.  My story though – whether you believe it or not – is not the important part of this blog.  The really important part is the sidebar with all the links to sites belonging to people far more articulate than me,  giving information about the Christian view on reiki.  Please do peruse the links and absorb the information in them.

Although I am a Catholic, I have included several links to sites belonging to members of other Christian denominations, as the belief that reiki is wrong is not exclusive to the Catholic faith.

When I married my husband,  his oldest sister (I will call her Ann here, although that is not her real name) lived abroad – somewhere…

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The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 3: WhyHealing in the Name of Jesus and Healing with Reiki Symbols Cannot Truly be Reconciled

This is part 3 of a series on Reiki, why Christians shouldn’t do it, and why it is a dangerous spiritual practice. There is a list of links at the end of this post which are referenced throughout this article.

 

Christians who practice Reiki have to revise what they believe about God more than they have to revise Reiki doctrine in order to reconcile the two, as I will demonstrate in the next few posts. Yet, the Reiki for Christians website claims on their FAQ page that “It [Reiki] does not require one give up one’s religion or changes one’s religious beliefs in any way to practice it” (see link 2). In this post, I will address how Christians who practice Reiki do, in fact, have to change their beliefs about God and His power, as well as their beliefs about the Reiki symbols, in order to resolve cognitive dissonance. Alternatively, Christians who do Reiki may not understand and thus not believe the truth in the first place, so they may not have to change their beliefs much in order to feel okay with practicing Reiki. The post that follows comes from what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me through prayer, hearing the word, and personal experience.

Because of their belief that the power to heal comes from God rather than from symbols, some Christian Reiki practitioners feel discomfort toward the symbols and thus choose not to use them when performing healing treatments (see link 2). However, their actions do not make much sense because in order to gain Reiki ability in the first place, they had to receive the impartation of the symbols during activation rituals. Other Christian Reiki practitioners believe that the symbols of Reiki are no different than the symbols of Christianity (see link 2). Many Christians who practice Reiki choose to believe that the Reiki symbols are powerful in the sense that they are meaningful rather than in the sense that they actually carry spiritual power. However, even the Reiki for Christians website acknowledges on their FAQ page that each Reiki symbol connects the practitioner to a specific energy and that Reiki attunements, which utilize the symbols, activate a person’s healing abilities (see link 2).

This claim leads me to share a crucial but overlooked line of reasoning: Do Christians normally believe that the symbol of the cross connects them to a certain kind of energy? NO. Yet, the cross is symbolic of the greatest act of power that God has done and will ever do, which was sacrificing His only son, Jesus Christ as an atonement for our sins and resurrecting Him from the grave on the third day. If even the symbol of God’s greatest act of power does not carry spiritual power in and of itself, then the claim that the Reiki symbols have the power to connect a person to certain types of energy and to activate their healing ability should be a huge red flag. If God were the source of Reiki, then His power alone would be sufficient to heal, and there would be no need for the symbols. If the Reiki symbols were only thought to be meaningful rather than to carry spiritual power, then they would not be deemed necessary as a means of impartation.

 

Essential to understanding my next points are ten scriptures shared below, which I have taken from the New International Version on Bible Gateway and to which I have added emphases (see link 1). Please bear with me as you read them thoughtfully and prayerfully.

 

1: Mark 16:17-18

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

 

2: Matthew 28:18-20

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”

 

3: Colossians 1:18

“And He [Christ] is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”

 

4: Luke 9:1

“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”

 

5: Philippians 2:8-11

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

6: Romans 8:11

And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.”

 

7: Ephesians 1:18-21

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”

 

8: Ephesians 2:6-7

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

 

9: John 14:6

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

 

10: Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

 

As we can gather from the scriptures above, Jesus has given his followers the power and the authority to heal people who are sick in His name, which is above every other name. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives within those of us who believe and brings healing to our bodies. Isn’t it amazing that the same Spirit that performed the greatest act of power, God has given to those of us who believe to live within us? Isn’t it amazing that Jesus, having been given all authority in heaven and on Earth (including over us), selflessly gives His power and authority to those of us who believe?

Christians who practice Reiki do not understand this fundamental truth. If they did, they would realize that Jesus’s name is above—has authority over—the names of the Reiki symbols. Jesus said that we are to heal the sick in His name, not in the name of another or in addition to other names. Who needs choku rei (the Reiki power symbol) when we have the power of Jesus Christ?! To attempt healing in the names of Reiki and its symbols is to settle for less than the name of Jesus. Furthermore, Truth in Reality authored an article in 2012 arguing that the names of the Reiki symbols are actually the names of demons (see link 3), and based on my bad experience with Reiki (which I will share in a later post), I would agree that this is likely, if not definitely, the case. Doesn’t the claim that the Reiki symbols connect a person to different types of “energies” seem rather vague? Energies?—More like demons.

Christian Reiki practitioners have sought apart from God something that Jesus has already given them. Believers don’t need Reiki activation rituals because Jesus has already given us the power and authority to heal, and we don’t need Reiki symbols because Jesus has given us His name. Reiki comes from Buddhism, Hinduism, and New Age spirituality, but true healing comes from Jesus. Jesus is our healer, not Reiki. As we read in the scriptures listed above, Jesus is the life, and His Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. We can only receive salvation and healing from the Father through Jesus. Furthermore, the only One who saves is the only One who heals. Jesus is our Savior, and since Reiki cannot provide salvation, neither can it heal.

I do not write this post to condemn those of you who are Reiki-practicing Christians, but to share the truth so that you might find freedom (John 8:32). Rejoice, for Jesus is our Savior and our healer! He has already given us as His children His name, power, and authority to heal! You do not need Reiki anymore, and you never did. Jesus is all we need! ❤

 

To end this post on a powerful note (pun intended), here are some songs.

Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture

 

 

Call Upon the Lord by Elevation Worship

 

 

To proceed to part 4 of this series, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-4-my-personal-experience-with-reiki/

To go back to part 2, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-2-why-do-some-christians-practice-reiki/

 

Links:

1: Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/

 

2: Christian Reiki Articles: Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.christianreiki.org/info/FAQ.htm

 

3: What You Should Know About Reiki

https://truthinreality.com/2012/07/28/what-you-should-know-about-reiki/