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A New Start

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-a guest column by Violet Nesdoly, a fellow member of The Word Guild, a Canadian organization for writers who are Christian.

Violet NesdolyI love the beginning of the year. I like starting new calendars and a new daybook. I get the urge to purge old papers from my files and junk from my closets and the garage. I want to unburden myself of the past and make a new start.

The people in Ephesus made such a new start too (Acts 19:19). However, for them it wasn’t a new year thing where they rid themselves of their abundance of clutter, but a spiritual housecleaning where they gathered and destroyed their how-to-do-magic books.

At dinner with friends a while ago, a couple told of how they did something similar. Shortly after they became Christians, the man burned all his masonic artifacts, the woman her astrology jewelry. No pastor or leader told them to. They just knew it was necessary to make this spiritual break with the past.

Why?

Because physical objects can be weighted with spiritual power for good or bad. Earlier in Acts 19 we see how people used handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched Paul to bring healing to the sick (vs. 12). And in verse 19, the new converts destroyed those magic books.

Perhaps we need to do more of this—physically remove objects from our lives that signify and bind us to our life before Christ: the CDs, books, jewelry, good luck charms, masks…whatever.

Occult expert Kurt Koch says:

“Every object of sorcery must be destroyed. In the great revival which Paul experienced in Ephesus, many of those who were now believers brought their books on magic arts and burned them in the sight of all (Acts 19:19).

In the revival in Indonesia the natives brought their fetishes and occult objects together in heaps and destroyed them in a similar way.

Magical books and occult objects carry with them a hidden ban. Anyone not prepared to rid himself of the ban will be unable to free himself from the influence of the powers of darkness” – Kurt Koch, Occult Bondage and Deliverance, p. 90.

Koch makes this observation about collecting what some might call anthropological artifacts:

“Some missionaries are actually enthusiastic collectors of devil’s masks and similar objects of heathen ritual worship. Through hanging the trophies up in their homes they burden the whole house and all who live in it. … These idols have sometimes been used for years or even decades in heathen rituals. In this way they become crystallization points for demonic powers in houses where they are displayed as works of art. The Spirit of God does not dwell with idols, even in a so-called Christian home” – Kurt Koch, Occult Bondage and Deliverance, p. 92.

PRAYER: Dear God, please open my eyes to anything that is keeping me in Satan’s bondage. Help me to make a break with any darkness from my past. Amen.

Violet Nesdoly

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Violet Nesdoly is a freelance writer and author who lives in Langley, B.C. Her first novel, Destiny’s Hands (a biblical fiction about the exodus), was published in 2012. Visit her on the web at violetnesdoly.com

The piece above is from the archives of her daily devotional blog Other Food: daily devos, where you’ll find a new Bible-based devotion every morning.

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Author: edhird

I am the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C., having served there since 1987. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/arm05.htm For the past 26 years, I have been privileged to write over 400 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to lead conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Toronto. My new sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook). Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form. Nook gives a sample of the book to read online: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus' healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a copy of the prequel book 'Battle for the Soul of Canada', please send a $18.50 cheque to 'Ed Hird', #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD. For more info, please click on www3.telus.net/st_simons/nsnews030.html

3 thoughts on “A New Start

  1. As a missionary kid, I became very aware of the power of Satan and the connection to certain objects. This awareness seems to be missing in North America for the most part. Thanks for bringing it to people’s attention, Violet.

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  2. Thanks, Ruth! I have no firsthand experience, but have heard accounts and read stories of such phenomena. They have put me on alert. I don’t want such firsthand experience!

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  3. Violet, when I proclaimed Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, I repented of my past behaviours including reading horoscopes and playing with a Ouji board. I want my life to totally honour God. Thanks for this post.

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