Isaiah 49:9 to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’
As people rush to scary movies and look to be terrified, demons of fear gallivant about giving the people what they want…an innocent thrill. Or maybe, not so innocent?
God has set us free from fear and promises protection but God does not go where He is not invited. When people invite in fear, God has no place there because He is Love and perfect love casts out fear so He can not abide in the same place as fear. (1 John 4:18) Halloween is very popular, infused with its own set of immediately recognizable
symbols, rituals and stories. And even as the Washington Post put it, “Most Americans have little, if any, sense of the hidden meaning and motives of the event in which they so enthusiastically participate.” Ken C. Erickson- Washington Post.
Isaiah 8:19 “When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
This is exactly what Halloween is – celebration of the dead. People attend séances, visit grave yards in hopes of a thrill. It is Satan’s most favorite time of year! How many others can he get God’s people to turn their focus off of God’s promises of life, and love and get them to celebrate death and fear? The very things God has set up free from!
With all its religious backgrounds, it makes you wonder while Christmas gets dumbed down to “Happy Holidays” at most businesses, why Halloween seems to be void of persecution and enthusiastically celebrated by most. There is some food for thought.
This year, shake up the devil’s plans of evil and fear and use Halloween as a time to reach out and share the Good News of God’s Love, Redemption and Freedom. What other time of year do we have random people coming to our doors looking for a treat? Give them the sweet imperishable message of Jesus! It’s a great opportunity to touch lives you might never have had the opportunity to. Now that is something to look forward too!
God’s Blessings & Ours,
Pastors Greg & Terri Nies