WISE WORDS week 43

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Wise Words from the Best Book

 

Memory Verse:

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Ephesians 5:11

Granny Vee writes:

“Have nothing to do with …”

God does NOT want His children to join in or participate in any way, form or fashion with the “fruitless deeds of darkness”. The “fruitless deeds of darkness” include unclean acts, hatred, rage, and idolatry.  (Galatians 5:19-21; compare to the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.)

But when it comes to customs and traditions that the world practices,  popular books and movies and games, it is very easy sometimes to just join in with the crowd.    Our world is sick with sin and bad things.  

But we have learned that the Kingdom of Heaven is “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”!  (Romans 14:17)

The dark opposite of “righteousness, peace and joy” is what we see in the evil kingdom being run by the devil.    Those who follow the devil will end up with wickedness, confusion and sadness.  That’s what we see in much of the world because people do not obey God.

The devil is a tricky fellow.  Who would follow him if he said, “Come into my kingdom of darkness”?  No, he tricks us just as he tricked Adam and Eve.  He makes things appealing, to seem fun and good but behind them he has a plan to pull you further into his darkness.

That’s one of the dangers of Halloween traditions.   Maybe it just seems like fun in the beginning but the pagan roots of it and the purpose of it are contrary to the Word of God.

What do you see most on Halloween but a bunch of evil, creepy and scary things?

But the Word of God shows us that fear and is not from His Spirit.  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear…”  (2 Timothy 1:7)

Should Christian children therefore imitate evil and dress as ghosts and goblins and such scary things?   Do we want our children to have nightmares?

What do you hear most on Halloween but  “Trick or treat”?

This saying is basically rooted in a threat.  It means, “Give me a treat or I’ll do a trick, something bad to you!”   Do you think this is something a nice little child should say?

“Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”  James 3:10

What if we were to instead bring a blessing?   What if we went door to door, and gave out tracts about Jesus and His love to our neighbors?  Tell them “Jesus loves you!”  Show them Jesus loves them.  Some churches offer a Fall Fest to the community, blessing them voluntarily.  Is that not more Christ-like than a threat to trick someone?   

Here I will give you some more Scriptures that relate to this subject:

“There shall not be found among you anyone …. who practices witchcraft … or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell .…  (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Witches are a main theme at Halloween.  Did you know that there are no witches or sorcerers allowed in the Kingdom of Heaven?  (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Revelation 22:15)

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”   (1 Samuel 15:23)

God is against witchcraft because witchcraft is about making your own will be done.  Yet our Savior taught us to pray that our Father’s will be done!   A witch or sorcerer is not submitted to God’s will.    They do not care about obeying God.  They are in rebellion against God.  No wonder they are not allowed in God’s Kingdom!

But you do care about obeying God, right?   God will forgives us, yes, and He still loves us even if we have done some of these things that He has said not to do.  But that doesn’t mean He wants us to keep on doing what He has said NOT to do!     “If you love Me, keep my commands.”   (Spoken by Jesus Christ in John 14:15)  Jesus loves us perfectly.  How much we love God shows in how well we obey Him.

God wants us to think on good things not bad.

“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–dwell on these things.”   (Philippians 4:8)

Please consider these Words of God and be bold enough to stand for righteousness and God’s Kingdom in this world of sin and darkness!

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear …”  (2 Timothy 1:7)

Don’t be intimidated to act like the darkness.  You are Light in Christ!   Go shine for Jesus!   He didn’t make you to be a witch or a ghost or a monster.  He made you to be like Christ!  Shalom!

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