Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Devil's Having a Party and You're Invited!

Dear Friends,

I’m amazed at how some Christians readily believe God’s Word when it describes good spirit beings called angels and yet disbelieve all the scriptures which describe the fallen, evil spirit beings: Satan and his army of demons.

Back in the old days of journalism, when I was a news director at a radio station in Riverside, news stories were researched, factual and hard-hitting reports. You started with the who, what, when, where and why. Let’s do that now.

WHO: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!”
WHAT: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
WHEN: “..for the devil has sinned from the beginning.”
WHERE: “And the LORD said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ So Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.’”
WHY: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

Evil is sometimes difficult to spot. It was easy back in the days of black and white TV and movies. The good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black. But Satan is a deceiver ➏ and transforms himself into an angel of light ➐. That means that the devil can easily fool us by putting on a white hat. And that’s why on Halloween, too many Christian parents unknowingly send out their children to dance with the devil.  Really?

From a Wiccian website: “The wall between earth and the underworld is thin at this time of year. On Halloween night, the wall opens and the Lord of Darkness rises up from the underworld. It is an evil and wicked night, a perfect night for a witch to celebrate New Years.”

And you may be thinking: Okay but I’m not a Witch or a Satanist!  I’m a Christian! So how does this affect me? Here’s the bottom-line. The Apostle Paul tells us, “I don’t want you to be participants with demons.” The NKJ says “I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.” ➑  That should give us something to think about. God’s Word says don’t hang out with the devil but instead “resist the devil so that he will flee from you”

Do we really want to provoke God by dressing up like zombies and partying with the demons on the night that both Wiccians and Satanists dedicate their souls to Lucifer?

The greatest danger our young people are in today is not physical but spiritual. (Read again the WHAT). Anything that lowers resistance in a child’s or teen’s mind (alcohol and drugs) and anything that normalizes sin and evil (most TV shows and video games) gives the devil a foothold in their life. Anything that makes the demonic darkness of the world seem fun and attractive, (occult practices, Halloween, or a fascination with the current zombie and vampire craze) gives the devil a foothold. Satan’s purpose is to blind every generation, devour them and establish his stronghold in their lives.  We are in a continuous struggle against the devil whose only purpose is to rob, kill and destroy. ➓

Today in our Nation we are seeing a veil of darkness descend over this next generation and there is a battle in the powers and principalities over their souls. We need to contend for the younger generation and for all generations in prayer. The young generation is seeking. Let us pray: Lord, lead them to Your Truth! 

And please let me encourage you to use discernment about your own participation in Halloween. You can’t be walking with God while you’re holding hands with the devil. Amen?

➊ Isaiah 14:12  ➋ Ephesians 6:12  ➌ 1 John 3:8  ➍ Job 1:7  ➎ 1 Peter 5:8
➏ John 8:44  ➐ 2 Corinthians 11:14  ➑ 1 Corinthians 10:20-22  ➒ James 4:7
➓ John 10:10

To read our Halloween Guide for Christian Parents,
click on Halloween Guide

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