Occult Inventory

This page inventories activities associated with “the occult.”  The original inspiration for this page came from the inventory used at Christian Healing Ministries.  I have revised, reorganized and expanded the original inventory to include new items.

In general, occult activities involve seeking knowledge or power that is not from God (of the Bible, i.e. Jehovah).  For a more detailed explanation, please read my Occult Background page.  Dabbling in the occult has often been characterized as harmless fun and generally accepted by mainstream culture (and many Christians).  No matter how insignificant or harmless the occult may seem, it is important to know that:

·        There is real power behind it

·        It will give the enemy a foothold in your life (Exodus 23:33)

·        It can open you up to demonic oppression (i.e. evil spirits)

Such influences can hinder your freedom from sin and your ability to live the new life that God has for you in Christ.  

God gives very clear guidance in the scriptures concerning the occult.  Consider Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NLT):

10For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, 11or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. 12Anyone who does these things is an object of horror and disgust to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you.

Seeking other knowledge or power apart from God violates the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3 NKJV).  It also violates Jesus’ command, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 NIV).  In short, God’s followers are to have nothing to do with the occult. 

A question that frequently comes up is, "Is it wrong for a follower of Christ to watch horror movies or movies with occult content?"  I've written a special page to address that question (see horror & occult movies answer). 

Each section of this inventory contains reference verses which I encourage you to read through.  The questions are intended to uncover possible entry points into the occult realm. Since the occult is ever-expanding through new avenues, this inventory is merely a starting point that hopefully will help increase your awareness of its prevalence.  

Before proceeding through the inventory, please pray for revelation, discernment, conviction and protection.  As the “Spirit of Truth,” the Holy Spirit will remind you of occult activities you’ve been involved in as you go through this page.  Here is a sample prayer you can pray:

Lord God in heaven, thank you for this opportunity to look back through my life and examine it from your perspective.  Please shine the light of Truth into every dark area and reveal the things that I need to repent from.  I reaffirm my trust and allegiance to Jesus Christ, who is your Son.  I believe that he was crucified and resurrected from the dead, providing forgiveness for my sins.   I command every voice that is not of God to be silent now as I go through this inventory. I bind all evil spirits from influencing me, especially any spirits of fear.  I rebuke all attempts of the enemy to hinder my progress through this inventory.  I plead the blood of Jesus Christ over myself right now.  Father, please send your holy angels to assist and protect me in this activity.   Please send your perfect peace to me.  Thank you, Father!  I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

The enemy wants to retain whatever power or influence he may have gained in your life through the occult.  Sometimes people experience "spiritual resistance" as they go through this inventory.  Examples of resistance have included distracting thoughts, mocking voices, inability to concentrate, exhaustion/drowsiness, hot or cold flashes, trouble focusing eyes, difficulty in breathing, heart racing or bodily pains like headaches.  Do not fear if you experience these or similar manifestations.  You can ask God to help you and you can assert your authority in Jesus Christ over any spirits that may be trying to hinder you.  Here is an example prayer to do so: 

Dear God,  Please help me overcome this resistance and complete the inventory.  In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every demonic power that is hindering my progress and I command it to stop right now.  I command every voice that is not of God to be silent.  I rebuke every attack of the enemy that is being waged against me.  I plead the blood of Jesus over myself and my thoughts.  I put on the full armor of God, to include the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth and I shod my feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  I speak the word of God from my mouth and in my thoughts, as it is the Sword of the Spirit.   I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

As you go through the inventory, please note which items apply to you, even if you did them as a joke.  It may be helpful to print this page out so you can circle the areas that apply to you.  If the Lord reminds you of additional sins, please write them down and include them in the confession & repentance prayers in the next section.  

Sins associated with the flesh or eyes
(Matthew 5:28; Romans 6:12-14; Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:13-20; Galatians 5:16-21; 1Thessalonians 4:3-8; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 John 2:16)

 

Soothsaying, Divination, Necromancy and Spiritualism
(Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6; Deuteronomy 18:9-16; 1 Samuel 28:7-11; 2 Kings 21:6; 1 Chronicles 10:13-14; Isaiah 2:6; Isaiah 8:19-22; Isaiah 47:10-15; Micah 5:12; Acts 16:16-18)

Occult Books, "Contact" Objects and Other Media
(Exodus 20:3-6; Deuteronomy 5:8-10; Deuteronomy 7:4-6, 25-26; 2 Kings 22:15-20; Psalm 97:7; Isaiah 42:17; Acts 19:19-20)

Sorcery or Magic
(2 Kings 17:17, 2 Kings 21:6; Isaiah 47:9; Ezekiel 13:17-23; Malachi 3:5; Acts 8:11; Acts 13:4-12; Revelation 18:23; Revelation 21:8)

Worshipping other gods
(1 Corinthians 10:20-22; Psalm 106:37; Revelation 9:20-21; Revelation 13:4)

Witchcraft
(Galatians 5:19-20; 1 Samuel 28:5-24; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Kings 9:22; 2 Kings 23:24; Isaiah 8:19; Isaiah 19:3; Ezekiel 13:17-23; Micah 5:12)

Generational Influence
(Exodus 34:6-7; Numbers 14:17-19; Deuteronomy 5:8-10; Isaiah 19:3)

Confession and Repentance
Take some time to review the areas that you have noted in the inventory.  If there are any that you are unsure about, ask God to reveal any sin that may have been involved with the activity and to give you understanding about why it was sin.  If there are any areas that you are not ready to turn away from, you can ask the Lord to give you the desire to repent in those areas. 

Now you have the opportunity to confess the sin associated with the areas you identified in the inventory.  Confession is important because it signifies our agreement with God that we did something wrong.  It clears the way for us to receive healing, forgiveness and cleansing from the ill-effects of our sin (1 John 1:9, James 5:15-16).   If you have possessed objects linked to the occult, I strongly urge you to get rid of them as a symbolic act of your repentance, just as the people who burned their magic books in Paul’s day (Acts 19:19).   For more info on this, please visit my Clean House page.

If you are ready to confess your sin and turn away from it with no regrets, please pray the below prayers specifically for each area that you noted:

“Lord God, I believe in Jesus Christ as your Son, who was crucified and resurrected from the dead.   I confess that I have sinned in the following ways: _____________(list the sin).  I renounce these sins and the use of my body in conjunction with them.  I renounce any attempt I have made to seek power or knowledge from any source outside of you.  Please forgive me, Lord, for entering the realm of evil and opening myself up to the devil's influences. 

I now take my position as a redeemed son (or daughter) of God in Jesus Christ in my family.  I confess the occult sins of my ancestors to include: __________________ (list).  I renounce these sins and any unknown sins that they committed.  I apply the blood of Jesus Christ to these sins and break any curses that may have come down the generations to me or the rest of my family.  

Lord God, please cleanse me with the blood of Jesus and fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit.  I receive your Spirit now. (pause for a time of silent prayer)  Please unite my heart to live for you in righteousness.   I now present my body, soul and spirit as instruments for righteousness and not for sin.   I am your vessel, Lord.  Thank You, Father!  I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

If you prayed that prayer sincerely, you can be confident that God has forgiven you and purified you of your sin (1 John 1:9).  In fact, God doesn't even remember your sin once you've confessed it.  He said in Isaiah 43:25: "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."  You can now move forward in your walk with God without condemnation concerning the past!

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