As believers, we are to overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21), yet many still participate in the dark, morbid commemoration known as Halloween coming up in a few days. If you've ever done research into the history of this day, you know it is not cute and innocent in any way. If we are to be the light of the world and salt of the earth (Mt. 5:13-16), we cannot be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world but must be transformed by the renewing of or minds (Rom. 12:2) so that we can overcome darkness with light and choose life instead of death (Deut.30:19).
How to start? First, ask God’s forgiveness since He instructed us to avoid every kind of evil (1 Th. 5:22) Next, choose life in your own family and home – clear all the decorations out, consider dressing up on Purim as a character from the bilbical account of Esther, who bravely intervened for her people, and think of another life-giving work to do which brings Him glory such as helping a charity. As you walk along the road in your area, shop in the grocery stores, and frequent local establishments, pray for the eyes of those still in darkness to be opened to the true reality of this evil celebration, that they begin to desire to celebrate life rather than death. God will bless you for it as He did King Hezekiah, a king who rid Jerusalem of the occult practices that had infiltrated it:
2 Chronicles 31: 20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered even when opposition arose against him. (NKJV)
There will always be discouraging, distracting spirits assigned to torment those who want to bring life. Is evil opposing your efforts right now? Have you been obedient to make radical changes, take risks, and sow as He directed with zeal, yet there doesn't seem to be one significant sprout of fruit for your labor? King Hezekiah cleaned house, and started over.
If you've started a new work for Him, or need fresh anointing for an ongoing one, hang on. The true test of faith comes when we can't see results, yet we plow ahead. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we cannot see (Heb. 11:1) Do not become weary in doing good for we will soon reap a harvest (Gal. 6:9). Speaking of harvests...
Let’s start Thanks-giving early this year, and be full of thanks (instead of candy) towards Him for life, light, and all His blessings.
Taking His direction,
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