Month: October 2012

Out of Darkness

October has arrived. This has always been my favorite month of the year. With it’s arrival comes striking shades of autumn, welcome weather changes, and the anticipation of the seasonal holidays.

Until recently, one thing I loved about October was Halloween, even going so far as to claim it as my favorite holiday. I looked forward to celebrating it by getting my scream on at haunted houses &  indulging in scary movies.

My change of heart should come as no surprise after this year of spiritual awakening. Nevertheless, I am floored by what God has opened my eyes to.

The Holy Spirit prompted me to research if it was acceptable for a Christian to acknowledge Halloween. Of course, I turned to Google and found multiple explanations of the history behind the day, and verses to support it. A couple of nights later, the Lord gave me a verse to look up.

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?  You observe days and months and seasons and years I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.” – Galatians 4:8

I realized quickly He was answering me. He followed that up with a word from a friend about my obsession with scary movies:

“If I haven’t given you a spirit of fear, why do you keep searching for it?”

This wasn’t the first time I had felt the prompting from Him on this subject.  Over the past few years, I have ignored them. Why?  To be honest with you, I blew it off. My thoughts on the subject were pretty common:

“I’m not celebrating satan, taking part in anything evil, and I don’t feel convicted. No biggie.”

What we acknowledge is a big deal to God, and He doesn’t take this lightly. When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, a process begins. (I’ve discussed this in some of the previous posts)  He begins to make you holy & pure, like Jesus. God purges us of things that are not from Him and that do not bear fruit. He made us a royal priesthood, a light to shine in darkness, a city on a hill. Why are we drawn to darkness? His words says that He has called us OUT of darkness and  into light! Why do we continue going back in?

The history behind Halloween is far from holy, and far from what God desires for us. To this day, there are heinous & satanic rituals performed…human & animal sacrifices, invoking of the spirits, and communicating with the dead. God is very clear and firm on this in the Bible. He advises to steer clear of anything that even has the appearance of evil.  (1 Thessalonians 5:22)  Furthermore, He calls us to hate what is evil, and cling to good. (Psalm 27:10)

So, why do we continue to acknowledge this day that celebrates evil but claim to follow Jesus? God has no ulterior motive when He tells us that something is bad for us. He simply wants the best for us, and desires for us to walk in His will. If we ignore His word,  the question is…do we really want to know His opinion?

Don’t take my word for it. Take His word for it.

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“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,  for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.” – Deuteronomy 18:9

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2