RECENTLY WE WENT TO AN INDIAN Independence Day celebration across the street from our church in an area called Little India. The day commemorated the independence of India from the British Empire in 1947. 1,000 + people celebrating their political and cultural history. On stage: Bollywood-type entertainment, dignitaries – the 70 + canopies featuring swarma, sarees, community service orgs., bounce houses for kids and…
…an “Inner Awakening” through meditation canopy. At 7 PM they had a “Third Eye” demo where two blindfolded children – roughly ages 12 and nine – divined people’s hidden written words on boards and performed other demonstrations of fortune telling. Yogis shared how their meditative practices could help a person awaken the “6th chakra”. This, they promised, would help a person achieve spiritual peace, the ability to see sickness in others and read the future. Whether a real demonstration (our belief) or trickery, the lie was being glorified.
We shared with one of the yogis from God’s Word what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, a church surrounded by occult practices:
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlighten, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…” [Ephesians 1:16-18a].
Paul reminded the Christians at Ephesus that before they embraced the gospel, they were part of spiritual practices that claimed to be light, but were actually spiritual dark powers of occult evil promising “wisdom” and “knowledge”. True wisdom and knowledge of the divine comes not from within, but through Jesus Christ who brings God’s truth to live within us, for He alone is God. Anything else claiming to be the truth is prone to being a false/deceptive lie of our flesh or originating from the evil one himself. As we shared, the yogis countenance changed to a blank stare, replying: “That is your truth. There are many truths and many ways to God.” We left praying that God’s truth would be revealed to those caught in darkness.
OUR CHURCH CANOPY DURING THE RECENT ARTESIA STREET FAIR experienced a power blackout as our booths and a neighboring church booth were the only ones out of 60 + booths to lose power for over an hour as we were inviting people to church. Not coincidence, most likely spiritual warfare [Ephesians 6:10-12]. But people kept coming to our canopy in the darkness and within minutes of us praying for the situation, God brought the lights back on!