Fall is in the air, leaves are turning shades of gold and red. The smell of pumpkin spice fills the chilly air that makes you want to put on a comfy flannel. If you get in your car and drive down the neighborhood as leaves fall to the ground, you can see houses decorated with spider webs, skeletons, and tomb stones. October is coming to an end and the 31st is coming upon us within hours.
As this day approaches I’m conflicted with mixed emotions. I know how I feel about this day of the year and also realize I’m in the minority on how I feel. I thought to myself let the day pass and allow what it is to quickly go by. Just silently ignore it. Today I can no longer do that.
I feel God has put it on my heart to share my thoughts on what this day, Halloween, represents.
Take no part in unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)
Isn’t it just a day of fun? A time to dress up, eat candy, watch scary movies? For some it may be. I know in the past I’ve celebrated Halloween, gone to haunted houses, went to dress up parties, and watched scary movies.
A few years back as I was developing my relationship with Jesus day by day I came to a better understanding about this day in October. It is not just any ordinary day. It’s what’s represented on this day that no longer sat right with me. The closer I got to God the more it made sense.
God tells us to not conform to the patterns of this world. (Rom. 12:2) Halloween is a day the world created and a day evil and darkness is celebrated. We are told in scripture to set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
Why do we seek fear? The thrill of haunted houses and scary movies that makes you jump in fright but the high it also gives?
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Fear should not be sought after or played with. We are at war with the enemy. We make it so easy for him by allowing the door to be opened. A demon can go anywhere sin can go. The enemy first enters through the mind gate. Movies, tv shows, books, and music. Entertainment and imagination is the back door of the mind that they enemy so cleverly enters. Make no mistake the battle is in the mind and in your thought life. As man thinks he is, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7) If you can capture a person’s mind, you can then capture their heart. God tells us in His word to guard our hearts for everything we do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
The enemy is working overtime. He plans, waits, and entraps us. There are things happening in the spirit realm that we have no knowledge of. It’s why it is so important to go into your day with God’s presence so you don’t fall into the traps laid out for you in the day.
Let me show you an example in the Bible where the enemy was working in the spirit realm to take down the King of Israel and was ultimately given permission by God to do this because the king ignored the prophet God had sent to warn him. In 1 King chapter 22 the king of Israel wants to go to war and asks king Jehoshaphat to fight alongside him. Jehoshaphat wants to first seek the counsel of the Lord before going to war. The king of Israel brings his 400 prophets that only prophecy good for him instead of truth. Jehoshaphat asks for a prophet of the Lord. The king of Israel says there is one but he never prophecies good things of him. He is brought forth anyway and the name of the prophet of the Lord was Micaiah. Micaiah tells them that he saw the Lord sitting on His throne. A spirit came before the Lord and said he would be a lying spirit in the mouths of his prophets. The Lord said to the spirit that he would succeed in enticing him and sent him out. The Lord had decreed disaster upon him and even spoke of the king’s death if he went to war. The king puts Micaiah in prison and goes to war anyway. The king of Israel disguises himself in battle instead of wearing the king’s garments. A soldier draws an arrow at random and it hits the king of Israel killing him. This story shows us what the enemy set out to do. God warns the king through a prophet and the king of Israel still ignores him which leads to his death and destruction.
How many of us ignore what God tells us to do in our hearts? How many times do we think we know best, and if only we had listened to God and obeyed His words we would not be in the terrible situation we placed ourselves in.
Another example is from when I was in my second year of college at a Christian university. I went out with a friend on a Saturday night to a house party. When we arrived at the house all our friends were there as we walked in. The second we stepped in the threshold of the house we both felt that something was off. There were people from school drinking, but that wasn’t what gave us an uneasy feeling. We had been in these kind of environments before and never felt this way. We didn’t drink, but we still wanted to stay and visit. We ended up giving rides to people who had been drinking back to campus. Both of us couldn’t shake the feeling even when we left. The next morning my friend came to my room early to tell me a crazy dream she had that night. She said that she was back in the house and saw floating spirits hovering over people’s drinking. She said when they took a sip the spirits went inside them. She was so troubled by her dream and thought it was weird as did I. A few days pass and I’m talking to someone who knew about that party I went to. They told me the person who owned the house was a Satanist. I was in shock. Suddenly it all made sense. That was why we felt so weird when we entered the house. I’m now in a place in my relationship with God that I know now it had been spiritual discernment. We could feel a different presence but couldn’t point it out. I thank God till this day I didn’t drink anything from that party. The point of this story is we don’t know everything that goes on in the spirit realm. The attacks the enemy has waiting for us. He is so crafty and skilled in this area. We must put on the full armor of God to withstand the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)
My concern for others is that the day comes where we are so desensitized to our surroundings. By the books we read, movies we watch, and the music we listen to numbs us so much that we can no longer recognize the evil staring us in the face. When the evil that is so cleverly hidden comes out in plain sight and we can no longer recognize him for what he is because we have allowed the door to be opened. Don’t let this day sneak upon you. Instead use discernment which the Holy Spirit will give to you when you ask.
What does Gods character represent? Love, just, mercy, goodness, purity, righteousness, and on and on.
What does Halloween represent? Fear, evil, ghosts, spirits, darkness, and on and on.
Does this day of the year align with Christ and his plan for us? Or is it another day of the world that the devil himself uses to entice us and provide a thrill that ultimately kills.
I ask and pray that you seek the answer from God of choosing to celebrate this day or not. I leave it between you and Him.
Pray for the wisdom:
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare to her.” (Proverbs 3:13-15) Did you read that? Nothing we desire can compare to the wisdom God provides.
The decision is not always easy, especially when all your friends celebrate it and make fun of you for your choice to not participate. For it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3:13-17)
Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you. (2 Cor. 6:17)
On October 31st I will be celebrating an early Christmas decorating party with my family as has been our tradition for the past three years. While I know some can’t stand when people celebrate the next holiday so early that’s fine too. You can instead put on worship music and praise God! Go about your day as if it’s any other day.
I pray peace in your lives and that every day you grow more in knowledge and wisdom of things above. That your minds will be filled with pure thoughts and scripture. Cast out evil thoughts and imaginations in the name of Jesus. I pray that no weapon formed against you will prosper because you are covered by the powerful blood of Jesus. Walk in victory that Christ Jesus gave to you by His grace and love. Go in peace. Amen!