On Our Guard

What is the hottest game on the App Store now? What are people raving over?

Pokémon Go. 

It sounds simple enough to me- there are special locations mapped out near where you are. You find those spots, find the Pokémons… 

I never really thought much about Pokémon and what it was about. I remember that when I was a child, my friends played with Pokémon cards, figures, games, and talked about Pokémon all the time. I felt lonely, because my parents had told me that Pokémons were essentially pocket monsters and I was asked not to play with Pokémon.

When the Pokémon Go game rolled out, I watched a video of someone playing the game. It felt eerie, almost like it was introducing another realm to this. Then I read an excerpt of an interview with the creator of Pokémon, and was shocked. I won’t talk about what he said, but it confirmed my fears. 

Pokémon Go is just one example of hidden significances in seemingly innocent things. There are so many more. 

The CERN tunnel launching was one example. I remember when my family watched the video of the opening, I felt an uncanny presence, and mentioned it, but everyone ignored it and we continued watching the video. It didn’t seem very scary, but that evening, as the sun sank into the shadows and it grew dark, I began to feel afraid. I dared not step into any place not fully lighted. Soon, I was paralyzed. Terrified.

The next day, we prayed over the matter as a family, and after several rounds of prayer, I could finally go in and out of my room without fear. 

I once heard a speaker talk about a time when she was at a conference, speaking on the spiritual significance of certain symbols. The system was down, and her slides weren’t projecting, so she drew one of her symbols as she spoke. But as she did so, people in the room began to sense something amiss. Someone started screaming and flying at people in a rage. They realised it was the act of drawing the symbol that had released spirits in the room. All of them joined in a prayer and commanded the spirits to leave in Jesus’ name, and all was well again. 
How many of us are unknowingly unleashing powers of the evil one in our lives? How many? 

I realize that many people will disagree with me on this, and if you don’t agree, it’s all right. I don’t condemn you. 

I do, however, plea with us to reconsider some of our activities. Are they safe? Are they beneficial? Are they of the LORD? If not, I pray that we will be able to seek God for the strength to follow His will. 

But most of all, let us always be aware of what we engage in. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.

Let’s be on our guard. Don’t let the devil take hold of our lives, because we bong to God. Let’s be on our guard. Let God lead.

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