Thank God for the blood of our precious Savior Jesus Christ. Thank God that we are under grace. If grace was not extended where would we be? So many times we have indulged in things that would have resulted in death, if we were in the times of the Tabernacle. The blood of Jesus has given us a tremendous opportunity for us to repent and turn from our sinful habits. However, so many of us trample on the blood.
We so easily take for granted the sacrifice that Jesus made to free us from sin that without consideration we indulge in everything ‘fun’ the world presents to us. I know I sure did for a very long time. That continued indulgence drew me further away from God. Although, I was a member of the Methodist Church in Jamaica when they had final Carnival I would skip church. The choir had to wait. No one could find me. I would disappear from sight for that Sunday. A few hours later I would appear in the streets with the half-naked revelers. Initially I was very strategic. I would not join them where I may be seen by a church brother or sister. As the years went by I no longer cared what they thought. My heart was now hardened. In my reprobate state I saw it as harmless fun. The over religious and righteous just wouldn’t understand.
That was twenty years ago. Today I have been enlightened. I am woke. I have finally learnt that grace is not a license to sin. It is most definitely not a license to take the sacrifice of Jesus for granted.
The more we indulge in the delicacies of the world without thinking of the consequences is the more we drift from God. Jesus has saved us from our sins. However, there is a responsibility on us to ensure we remain faithful to the gift of salvation. Work must be done to preserve it. Paul said although he had brought so many to salvation he did not take his salvation for granted. He diligently labored every day to ensure that after preaching he would not be a castaway. Please pause and imagine that for a few seconds.
1 Corinthians 9:27
But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].
If Paul dreaded this loosing his salvation what about me? What about you?
One fad that concerns me is the indulgence of saints in Yoga. I have heard of churches forming health groups around this practice.
Yoga on the surface seems very good. It allows you to stretch. You learn balance, flexibility, mind calming and strength. Practitioners seems to be the happiest people in the world. What is there not to love! These were very reasons why I embraced yoga in the early 2000s.
I found myself in a bad place. A hectic work life and school life left me suffering from burnout. Something had to be done to rebuild my health. Yoga classes seems like a wonderful answer to my prayers. So I embraced it. My natural muscle flexibility made it easy. For a short while I embraced it until my eyes were opened. One day I visited a friend. He was a yoga instructor. It just so happened that he had a book that detailed the moves and how one could go to much higher levels. As we talked I flipped through the book and discovered that it was connected to the worship of the sun and some foreign deities. That was a turn off for me. At the time, I was backslidden but anything that moved me away from Christ was a no no. When I left his home I decided to discontinue all yoga classes. Walking/jogging was embraced as my exercise of choice instead.
I completely forgot about my experience until 2017. One day I decided to research some occult practises. I was seeking understanding about how to defeat the kingdom of darkness. I visited the library and found a book that purported to reveal Christ through the ancient art of Yoga. A quick previewed showed that it contained Bible quotes. That peaked my curiosity. I wanted to know what the writer was saying. So I checked out the library and carried it home.
I wanted to quickly scan it and return it to the library, so I placed it in the most accessible place. That placed just so happened to be the bookshelf in the morning prayer area. I figured there would be no harm. I wasn’t going to keep it for no more than three days. What happened next was a shocker.
The following morning I woke very early for prayer. And went down to the prayer room. To remain alert I walked around and worshipped with my hands raised and waving in the air. When the Presence of God was on me strongly I knelt down with my face touching the carpet. While kneeling I was prayingI worshiped for a while then knelt down to pray. I was praying in the spirit as I knelt. Immediately as my face touched the carpet I was assaulted with many horrible, lewd and perverted mental images. Multiple vulgar voices screamed in my head. A heaviness came on me that almost pinned me to the floor. I quickly countered with stronger tongues. A roar came from deep within. I sat up and rebuked the Devil. The voices and visions stopped. The heaviness lifted.
“Lord what happened?”
I needed answers. Up to that point I had not made the connection. Thankfully the Lord responded. He showed me the bookshelf. I could see the book in its place on the lowest level of the bookshelf. Just before where I had placed my head on the carpet. The Holy Spirit commanded me to remove the book out of the house immediately.
He did not have to speak twice. I ran out the door and placed it in the mailbox. The library may not be open but it was not staying in the house. Not for another minute.
I repented and reconsecrated the prayer area.
As I made my repentance the Holy Spirit advised me about the spiritual laws I had broken. The first law was the commandment to love the Lord our God with the whole heart. The second was the to not worship any other gods. That includes allowing anything related to their worship. The book was one such thing. Time after time we saw that when Israel violated these laws bad things happened. People lost their life. The enemy oppressed them. They were sent into captivity. I clearly saw that I had no power over the Devil as long as the book remained in my house. My action was rash. The Holy Spirit should have been consulted. Most importantly I should also have determined what the Bible had to say about what I planned to do. My motive was good. But my action was rash. There was no excuse for what I had done. I was so sorry for my rash action that I never went near anything connected with yoga again.
Most saints will say, “It is just exercise”.
“It’s a great way to get in shape.”
Please do not be fooled. The practise is closely associated with act of opening the spiritual gateways to receive the Kundalini spirit. That spirit will flow up your spine as it places itself at the base of your skull and spine. There may be a feeling of enlightenment and visions experienced. This spirit of divination will also cause you to experience mental bondage. Hallucinations may occur.
Any meditation that differs from meditating on scripture opens you to demon spirits. Demons love an empty space and will right come in. They are always seeking for opportunities to express themselves through human beings. Their duty is to defile and destroy.
Prayer of Repentance
If you have engaged in this practice please repent and cease participating. This is a prayer of repentance that will help to deliver you from any spiritual bondage.
Father, in the name of Jesus. I repent of my involvement in yoga. I have sinned against you, knowingly and unknowingly. You said that we must have no other God’s before you. Our love must be for you and only you. I repent from indulging in yoga. I renounce and denounce all involvement right now in the name of Jesus. Please free me from every soul ties and unholy covenants that have been formed through my involvement. Lord I thank you.
I declare Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I will worship Him and Him alone. My praise, my worship I will not give to another.
3 You shall not do as was done in the land of Egypt in which you dwelt, nor shall you do as is done in the land of Canaan to which I am bringing you; neither shall you walk in their statutes.
4 You shall do My ordinances and keep My statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God.
5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My ordinances which, if a man does, he shall live by them. I am the Lord.
[Earnestly] remember the law of Moses, My servant, the statutes and the ordinances which I commanded him on [Mount] Horeb [to give] to all: Israel.
And if you forget the Lord your God and walk after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9,12-19
4 Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord [the only Lord].
5 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.
6 And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]
7 You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
8 And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets (forehead bands) between your eyes.
9 And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
12 Then beware lest you forget the Lord, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
13 You shall [reverently] fear the Lord your God and serve Him and swear by His name [and presence].
14 You shall not go after other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who are round about you;
15 For the Lord your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and He destroy you from the face of the earth.
16 You shall not tempt and try the Lord your God as you tempted and tried Him in Massah.
17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God and His exhortations and His statutes which He commanded you.
18 And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers,
19 To cast out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised.