Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cast Off All Darkness


"The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12



This time of year we should be especially aware and spiritually sensitive to casting off the darkness of the halloween culture. 

Purposefully not surrounding ourselves with books, movies and various media with witches, vampires and the occult year round makes us sensitive when these things are suddenly more prevalent.

Because the Prince of Peace and Light reigns in us, we should be seriously concerned if we become deadened to the occult symbols, decorations and practices around us. Our hearts would begin to become deadened to Christ. We should not become immune to these things even though they surround us more and more. We should do the opposite---becoming more and more aware of them and keeping them out of our homes and casting them out.

Jesus died and conquered the grave. His resurrection is cause for celebration and victory. As Christians we celebrate that we have been given eternal life.

"But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

When we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we should not hold the door open even a crack to evil. Evil is repulsive to God as He sent His son to conquer evil and death. We do not celebrate death as it holds no power over us.

"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." Ephesians 5:11

We expose evil the more we are spiritually sensitive and aware with God's leading our hearts. We expose it by rebuking it! We rebuke evil more and more as we shut the door on it, take no part in it, and do not invite it to dine with us. We need to keep our homes air tight to evil. 

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons." I Corinthians 10:21

There is no combining the Lord and evil. Evil is opposite to God's character of love. The Lord casts out all evil from Him forever, and we are called to this in the Lord's name. If there are things that are not reflecting God's light in our lives, even the smallest things we try to justify as harmless, let us cast them out.

Evil is made very cute in our society. It comes in in every form of media, costumes, books and is marketed to children. It is all the rage and is popular. Satan is very clever and subtle in his ways. We say it's ok because it is cute. Slowly and steadily it creeps it's way into our mindsets and our eyes and hearts become hardened to evil, witchcraft and the occult. We say "so and so does it, reads it, watches it, so it's fine." Death, demons, and evil should not even have the smallest portion of our time, vision or hearts.

"Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the LORD God of Heaven's Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. " Amos 5:15

Jesus dwelt among the heathen and ministered to them. He did not participate in their practices. He never had a good laugh or chuckle at any evil, nor did He ever call any of it cute. He rebuked it, cast it off and took no part in it.

“You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!" Acts 7:51

May we be able to witness quietly and lovingly or boldly and with grace---with love for God's people however He calls us today as children of light.

"Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." Matthew 9:37

"Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God." 3 John 1:11

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons..."1 Timothy 4:1

"Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14




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