The Psychic, The Hotel Room, and Me

It might be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done in my life. But hindsight is 20/20; so yes, it’s all crystal clear now. And … I am still alive.

I walked in the hotel and nonchalantly found my way to the room mentioned in the newspaper ad. It was the nicest hotel in town so “how could it be dangerous” I reasoned with myself. I was 20 years old, but had already lived a life full of stuff so great and so horrible that people didn’t know whether to applaud for me or to fear for me. I thought I knew so much about life.

The truth is I was smart. Intelligence was my crutch. Too much for my own good is what I realized years later.

And with smart sometimes comes searching… and with searching sometimes comes just plain stupid crazy. That was me many times. No fear. Smart and stupid crazy.

I wanted answers about my life and the newspaper ad promised answers. Of course it did. 

The psychic was back in town and setting up shop in a posh hotel. I’d heard she “knew her stuff” …  or “your stuff” anyway.  She apparently had a “demand”. So I called right away so as to not miss my chance at answers while she blew through town. 

By that time in my life, I had actually studied several religions AND dabbled in the paranormal AND mixed what I knew about spirituality to form a New Age worldview… all when New Age was just starting to gain ground. I was always one step ahead of the pack. I lived there. 

And here is the kicker:

I had given my life to Christ a few years before. I mixed truth with lies. 

  

It was Christ that held me together, but I wouldn’t know that for years to come. And I also didn’t realize that answers were there all the time… just not where I was looking… in a hotel room, in the world.

Let me tell you what I did NOT know: 

“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.” ~ Leviticus 20:6 ESV 

{In case you don’t know what a necromancer is: this is someone who talks to the dead.}

God does NOT approve. 

“So the God I chose doesn’t give some people extra sensory perception? Extra brain power? Exceptional spiratual power as a medium? Really?”

Right. Really. 

But so many, many people ~ Christians and church goers ~ I knew were going to psychics, necromancers, believing that their loved ones were communicating with them somehow, even that they became angels that “watch over them”.  It was the norm. 

It still IS the norm. 

And I wanted in. I was 20 … I’d try anything just about. Of course I asked about love. I had been in a relationship with a guy whom I had hoped to fix, to marry. He was my other crutch. Yet, I wanted to help him straighten out his life. I thought I was the answer. {He was the same one who strangled me and drug me across the room. No, I was NOT making good choices then. Hence the psychic.} 

She “saw” things that I chose to believe were specific, because deep inside I knew they were vague and could be applied to anything in my life.  

But the very specific things these people tell… what about those? Well, Satan can’t read minds, but he knows by observation what we talk about out loud. He knows what goes on in our lives. Of course he would know specifics. Of course he would whisper those things into the ears of psychics and mediums. The spirit world is at war.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. ~ 1 John 4:1-3 ESV

But test everything. 

EVERYTHING

Thankfully that day set me in motion to test things. To trust God instead. To be watchful of Satan’s ways.

It may seem harmless ~ pyschics, fortunes, mediums, necromancers, all those types. They romance us. They fool us. They might even believe they are gifted or special or prophets. But they never proclaim Jesus as The Way. They proclaim falsehoods, “spirituality”, and “higher powers”. 

God is very serious about this. Thankfully His grace is there for us as we turn to Him and away from these things. But think about how serious He takes this:

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse. ~ 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 ESV 

How serious did the disciples take it?

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. ~ Acts 16:16-19 ESV 

So serious they were persecuted. 

How serious should we get about it? 

As this becomes more prevalent by the day… 

Very very serious. We must guard our hearts and minds. 

  


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16 thoughts on “The Psychic, The Hotel Room, and Me

  1. Miranda says:

    I know of so many people who have been to psychics lately. It worries me for them. I am a saved Christian now, but there was a time many years ago when I dabbled in some very scary stuff…I saw the evil firsthand and I never want my friends and loved ones to be tricked into believing it is “just for fun” or “harmless” because it is anything but. Thank you for shining light on this topic.

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      Maranda, you are so right that they think it is harmless and it is anything but. Many I know still talk about it around me even though they know my story. I just keep praying for them and hopefully they will have their eyes opened.

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  2. Anthony Baker says:

    I knew someone who was having an affair with a psychic – yes, with the psychic. When she asked if, upon leaving her spouse, would everything be OK, would she be safe, the response was, “Yes, you will be fine, and you will be able to keep all your stuff.” She wasn’t fine; she was killed by her husband the next day. No joke. True story.

    Satan will masquerade around as a truth-teller, but all he wants to do is lie, deceive, and destroy. I’ve seen it happen and helped clean up the mess.

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      Wow, Anthony! That’s when the real gets really real, isn’t it? And for every day that goes by weirder and weirder stuff is happening, and we must be aware what is of God and what is not. He mentioned something about separating though. I think that’s the time were in.

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  3. writerwannabe763 says:

    Many years ago, like you I was intrigued by fortune tellers, and numerology and astrology even… I really wasn’t aware at the time that this was not favourable to God… God’s protection led me out of interest in those things though. There are many …even my sister who watches a medium on t.v. and she is a Christian but can’t get over how this person knows so much. I tried to tell her that it was Satan involved but she really wasn’t convinced… I’m going to print off your post, and give it to her as maybe more food for thought… Diane

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      Diane, I pray that your sister would have her eyes open to the truth. As human beings we all know what it’s like to lie and even have a tendency to in many situations, so you would think we’d all know that we can be deceived just as much as we can deceive. Even more by THE Enemy.

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  4. m1cey says:

    Me too Heather. Me too. But I was angry at the Lord. I sought the future my own way – horrorscopes, tarot cards, ouija boards, magic 8 balls. I’m so thankful the Lord opened my eyes to His truth. He protected me from my worst enemy, me! Glad he protected you too!

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      Michelle, I am SO sorry that your comment was hidden from me until today. I had no idea it had chosen out of the blue to hide just one of your comments. :(
      I too am so thankful God protected you and guided you towards Him instead of those New Age deceptions. I am so glad He never gives up as we wade through the junk of life that is tempting!
      Blessings for your upcoming move!!
      :)
      Heather M

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