I’ve belonged to Jesus since I was a very small child. I made the decision to commit my life to Him and was baptized when I was about 8 years old.
I haven’t always lived a life that would make Him happy, but I know that the decision I made for Him when I was a child was a real one.
Because of one very disturbing encounter I had with a Ouija board when I was in college — a period of time in which I was seriously backslidden. I’d stopped going to church, I wasn’t reading my Bible very much at all, and I was experimenting with all sorts of things that were not of the Lord.
But God gave me confirmation, through this experience, that I truly did (and do) belong to Him — and that absolutely nothing I can do or do not do can separate me from His love (see Romans 8:38–39).
Since I was reminded recently of what happened in those days, and since Halloween approaches, I thought it would be a good time to share this story — my own personal “spooky” story that’s much more than that.
It’s also a story of God’s amazing love and faithfulness.
What’s the big deal with the Ouija board?
I know what you’re thinking: It’s just a board game. What’s the big deal?
How do I know what you’re thinking?
I used to be one of you.
So, when one of my friends in college asked if I would mind keeping her Ouija board in my dorm room, I said, “Sure, why not?”
Why didn’t she want to keep it in HER room anymore?
That should’ve been my first question.
In fact, I had even played with this Ouija board once or twice before — mostly in her room. I only played with it once in my dorm room, and I remember that occasion very clearly.
I asked the Ouija board who I was going to marry.
It responded with my current husband’s initials, just backwards — W A R. His actual initials are R A W — Robert Allen Witty.
Remember, Satan likes to deal in half-truths.
They’re more convincing than all-out lies.
Wait a minute — Satan?
I thought you were summoning spirits with a Ouija board?
Well, yes. You are. But what do you think those spirits are? Not spirits of people who have ended their journey on this earth. The Bible clearly tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 5:8).
Think back to what Jesus told the believing thief who hung on the cross next to Him: “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43, NLT). Not tomorrow. Not next year. Not whenever it is you finish your unfinished business here on earth (and don’t you just bet that guy DID have some unfinished business, living a life of crime like that?).
No, Jesus said, “Today.” And I believe the same is true for us — at least those of us who are followers of Christ. When we take our final breath on this earth, our soul and spirit go to be with our Lord in Heaven.
If we are not followers of Christ, our final destination is Hell, which is where Satan and his demons reside.
Just as there are only two final destinations, there are only two types of spirits — the Holy Spirit (God) and His holy angels and the unholy spirits (Satan and his demons). Remember that we, as humans, only have the Holy Spirit inside us after we turn from living life our own way and start living life God’s way. Before that, we are empty houses, ripe for the demonic picking (see Matthew 12:43–45).
No, I do NOT think that every human who is not filled with the Holy Spirit is possessed by demons. However, I won’t make the mistake of saying that it couldn’t happen, especially when you’re talking about interactions with demonic spirits through Ouija boards and other spirit-conjuring methods.
When you play with a Ouija board, you are opening the door for demonic possession or, at the very least, demonic harassment.
You’re crazy; you don’t know what you’re talking about
Well, maybe I am crazy. I’ll concede that possibility. But I do know what I’m talking about. I’ve experienced what can only be described as demonic harassment…and it was a direct result of my interactions with that Ouija board.
I don’t remember when the weird stuff started. I don’t know if it started happening as soon as the Ouija board came to visit, or if it was after I started playing with it in my dorm room.
At some point, however, I noticed things were changing.
Things were moving around on their own
Since I had no roommate I always locked my door when I left the room, and I was the only one who had a key. I knew if things were moving around while I was gone, there had to be some explanation for it that was outside the natural.
Clothes that were stuffed in corners of drawers would make their way onto the floor or onto the backs of chairs.
Jewelry that had been safely tucked away in my jewelry box would suddenly appear lying scattered along the top of the built-in dresser.
Books that were stacked neatly on my desk were randomly strewn across the floor. This was not an uncommon occurrence when I WAS in the room, but when I wasn’t? That was a different story.
Someone was messing with my radio/CD player
When I was in college, I rarely listened to the radio. I had a selection of CDs that I played on rotation, depending on my mood and the time of day. I had one of those little Boom Boxes that had the CD player and the radio together, and you had to slide a little bar over at the top to select one or the other. Since I only ever listened to CDs, that bar stayed slid over in the CD position.
Most of the time.
More than once, when I went to listen to a CD and I pressed the button to turn the machine on, the radio started playing. Notice I said this happened more than once. If it had only happened once, I wouldn’t have thought it was that big a deal. But the more it happened, the bigger a deal it became.
And then came the night terrors
As disturbing as all these occurrences were, nothing was quite as jarring as the night terrors I experienced.
I would fall asleep pretty much as normal, but I would frequently wake up in the middle of the night — heart pounding, sweating, and most frightening of all…hearing the voices.
Yep. I know. You think I’m crazy — maybe even more than you did before.
The thing is, though, these voices were OUTSIDE my body. They were whispering in my ear, not running through my head.
What if you close your eyes again to go back to sleep, and you never wake back up? Are you ready to die?
I wasn’t. I am now, but I wasn’t then. After all, I was only 20 years old.
The demons knew I was afraid of death, and they took that fear and ran with it.
After a few of those night terror episodes, it finally occurred to me that there was a connection between all the strange things that had been happening to me and the presence of that Ouija board in my dorm room, even though it was safely tucked away in a drawer.
I gave that board back to my friend, and all the weird stuff stopped — even the night terrors…until they came back about 20 years later.
I invited the demons in; don’t be like me
I can only plead ignorance as to why I let that Ouija board — and those demons that were attached to it — into my life. I didn’t believe it would be a problem.
Now I know better.
I’m writing this so that everyone reading (those of you who don’t think I’m a total flake by this point — if there are any of you left out there) will better understand what can happen if you let certain things — like Ouija boards — into your life. You’re inviting demons in.
I was protected by the Holy Spirit. The demons couldn’t actually enter me because my house wasn’t empty. But they could still torment me, and they took advantage of that.
Don’t think they won’t do the same to you.
Seek God, and not anything else
I’d like to say this experience caused me to immediately turn my life around and run back to God. That’s not exactly what happened.
I immediately got rid of the Ouija board, but it took me a few years to start getting back on track with the Lord. Twenty-plus years later, I’m there, and I’m not turning back.
Nothing satisfies the soul like Jesus.
And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? (Isaiah 8:19, NKJV)
I can now answer that question with a resounding: NO!
What should you do instead? Call out to God. He promises in His word:
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV)
He is Almighty. He is All-Powerful. He is All-Loving and All-Forgiving.
Run to Him with all your questions and problems. He is truly the Only One who has all the answers.
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