Jesus shows teacher dangers of role playing games
S appeared lethargic and slow to respond to people and things around him. This was the result of closing off his heart to hurtful events and turning to role playing games as a form of escape since young. Through a time of prayer, the Holy Spirit showed S how he had been deceived by Satan. By forgiving those who hurt him and repenting for the witchcraft he had done through those role playing games, S is now on the road to becoming a spiritual warrior. Praise God!
Going into my renewal prayer, I felt nervous, excited and calm at the same time.
Nervous, as I wasn’t sure what we would focus on and what would be revealed to me. Excited, as I know that God has so much in store for me and that I can draw closer to Him. Calm, as I know that God is in control, that He is with me and will guide me during my renewal prayer, second time around.
My first renewal prayer, which was about one and a half years ago, really helped open my eyes to the spiritual realm and battlefield that I have been a part of. How the choices I’ve made were unknowingly influenced or coerced by the enemy’s lies, deceit, and temptations, to lure me away from God into a life of bondage, blockage, strongholds and isolation.
One of the main takeaways from my earlier renewal prayer was that I am a child of God.
The Holy Spirit showed me that God has always been walking with me, even during the toughest parts of my life, where I felt alone.
Preparing and going into this renewal prayer, I thought that I would be dealing with a lot of occult and dark magic strongholds out of the gate and that those would be the main focus of the session. Having a gift of craftsmanship, I was drawn early on in my life to games, movies and shows that were highly creative, yet based on magic or occult, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Magic the Gathering, Final Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, etc. I had dealt with this a little bit in my first renewal prayer, but preparing for this second one, I dug deeper to recall all the different games I’ve played, movies or shows I watched that included some type of occult or magic.
However, right from the beginning of the renewal prayer, God really showed that He was with us and guiding the prayer counsellors.
Unplanned, we started talking about my early childhood and developmental years.
At a certain point in my childhood, I felt self-conscious about myself, when I found that my older sister and cousins didn’t want to play with me or made fun of me.
Even as a child, I had a strong gift of empathy that allowed me to feel and connect with others. However, not knowing how to deal with these feelings, my empathy turned inwards and I began to question and isolate myself from others, building a stubborn stronghold to protect myself from being hurt by others.
This was a turning point with lasting consequences that made me cautious and closed off around others, even to this day.
I would be prone to having internal monologues before speaking out, in fear of saying the wrong things and being rejected by others, or wanting to say just the right thing to be accepted.
Outwardly, it would seem like I was slow or didn’t care to respond, which was actually the opposite effect that I desired, wanting to carefully think before reacting so I could be accepted. Over time, as I was less prone to expressing myself, I turned more inwards and escaped from reality by diving into magic and occult through games, movies and different media.
Finding the root of the problem, and an early childhood experience where I felt left out and unaccepted, I was led to ask the Holy Spirit what was actually going on in this situation. It was revealed to me that even as a child, the enemy was whispering lies in my ears, making me feel unwanted, twisting my thoughts and gifts away to what God intended (Gal. 4:1-9).
In truth, I realised that my older sister and cousins were just being kids.
Since I was a few years younger than them, it was quite a big age gap for kids, and they didn’t know how to accept me and play with me on their level.
After the truth was revealed and praying to forgive people who I felt have wronged me and forgive myself, I was able to break free from the fortress I built to protect myself. I was able to see and accept who I was and who I am in God’s eyes – a child of God who is strong, happy and curious, who was and is meant to stand up and lead fellow brothers to build God’s kingdom as His general!
Dark magic and occult through gaming and media was also something I dealt with during this renewal prayer.
Having the gift of empathy and craftsmanship as a child and not knowing how to use it, while isolating myself and building a fortress to protect myself, I was inevitably attracted to and turned to media that appealed to my creative side.
Magical, fantasy and stylized graphics caught my eye and imagination, and I was drawn in to Magic the Gathering, Final Fantasy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dragonball and a myriad of other games, movies and media. As a kid, I had no idea of the dangers that these games and media held. Being based on and having a background in the occult and dark magic, this was a very cunning and tricky way for the enemy to appeal to youth like myself.
These drew me into a world of sin that was packaged nicely and I didn’t even know it.
In the beginning, I found out about these games and media from friends at school. I wanted to fit in, have more friends, and be accepted, so I began playing the games and watching the shows.
Being raised in a Christian family, my parents had an inkling that this was not good for me. In the beginning, they would discourage me many times from playing these games and watching these movies and shows. With my persistence over time, they eventually gave in and I found myself diving deeper into these games as my creative outlet and escape. I became obsessed with these games and characters, thinking that I connected with their identities and struggles, controlling them in games, and living through their actions and stories.
Unknowingly to a lot of players, kids, and even parents, there is a real danger with these games and media.
I would find myself becoming involved in the occult through these games, listening to or reciting incantations, practicing sorcery, reciting spells and rituals, opening myself up to the world of dark magic and demons, all in the pretence that it was a fun game or a creative outlet. This allowed the enemy and demons to have a foothold on me. Even characters that were masked as good guys were demonic in disguise and based on occult or magic.
At that time, I had no idea the dangers I was getting myself into. Popular, kid- or youth-friendly media, such as Dragonball, Pokemon, Beyblades, and more all dabble and have backgrounds in the occult!
To be honest, it was not easy repenting for playing these games, being involved in the occult and letting go of these games and characters, since it had been a part of my life for such a long time.
Once I prayed, repented, and demanded these spirits to leave me in Jesus’ name, I felt an air of clarity and relief.
I was no longer chained and bound to these spirits that have taken over my life for so long.
As with the last renewal prayer, this is still an ongoing journey of revelation, and renewal. I am still learning a lot about myself, how I can lift my burdens to God and rely on Him, and how to fight, break free and protect myself from the enemy.
I had the revelation that I no longer needed to ally and find my identity in games and characters based in the occult.
I have seen and known that God has always been with me throughout my life, and that I have been called to be His general, to walk and lead brothers to build His kingdom, to be a strong and courageous child of God.
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