A week ago, I got baptized, publicly proclaiming my new faith in Jesus Christ. The journey from darkness to light hasn’t been easy and, the truth is, it is not over yet.
As everyone who has been following me online knows, before I became a Bible believing, born-again Christian I was deeply involved in the New Age. For me, this meant mysticism, mediumship, divination, energy work, spirit guides, the law of attraction, ascended masters, out of body experience, ufology, ancient mystery traditions and witchcraft.
Deep stuff and dark. Of course, it didn’t seem dark at the time because the New Age packs all of that up in a pink fairy dust bubble and nothing about it seems or feels wrong. And then God calls you and everything changes. The world is crystal clear and you wake up so abruptly it hurts.
For me, that first moment of clarity was tough and things didn’t get easier overnight. But I found that the following seven actions helped me a lot.
- I immediately stopped all New Age and occult practices. I packed up my books and decks. I closed my card reading business. I stopped teaching and participating in all things New Age.
- I repented. When I was in the New Age, I was all in. I had a popular New Age blog and internet radio show. I read cards. I led groups at a local holistic center. I ran a metaphysical study group. There was not a lot time left for family. And in that time things happened and I was not as involved as I should have been.
- I started each day with scripture and prayer. I wrote out verses that outlined God’s promises and spoke them outloud morning and night as part of my prayers. I read the Bible every morning and when I was done, I picked a verse and journaled on what it meant and prayed on that too. And I believe that this is something I will continue to do indefinitely.
- I found a good Bible-believing church and made a commitment to go every week no matter what. At a lot of the services I cried. Often I didn’t know why. But I think that something was speaking directly to my soul and that I was mourning and healing at the same time.
- I began to sell and give away and throw away and donate the many, many occult books and cards and idols I had accumulated.
- I got invaluable support and encouragement from a good friend who was going through the exact same thing.
- I started a new blog and podcast as a way to reach out to others and share what I was experiencing and what I was learning. You may choose to share your experience with your pastor, a Bible believing friend or in a Christian support group. The main thing is not to keep everything you’re going through bottled up inside.
And then I got baptized. Which was a real high point for me because my family was there and the friend who has gone through so much of this with me made a very brave split second decision to get baptized too.
Not everyone who leaves the New Age will do the same things in the same order or time frame. I was able to stop reading cards on a dime because it was never my sole source of income, for example. But I am still getting rid of stuff because I had so much (and the list of things I want to get rid of keeps growing).
I am still very much in process and I don’t mean to imply otherwise. But the spirit of heaviness (see Isaiah 61:3 below) that the late Derek Prince taught on so brilliantly is lifting!
…To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
– Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV)