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Think on these things...

A devotional based on a page at
Mom of 9's Place

 

On our autumn page, we have long had links to other sites for why we do what we do--and don't do what we don't do--for All Hallow's Eve, otherwise known as Halloween. A Chick Tract Trick-or-Treat TREAT shows what we do. This page is to show why we don't do the typical Halloween scene.

First of all, why has it taken so long to post this devotional?
Well, because of this verse:

Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

(Philippians 4:8)

Quite frankly, I don't like to fill my mind with thoughts of demonism, witchcraft, evil spirits.... But part of being a good Christian is knowing the enemy, being wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. So, after having our homepage since 1997, I am finally posting a Bible study/devotional on this topic in 2005!

Autumn is my favorite season.
BUT
I love the LORD of the Harvest!
NOT HALLOWEEN.
I give thanks! I celebrate the biblical Fall Festivals to the best of my unlearned, Gentile ability, looking forward to their future fulfillment in prophecy! But I do not celebrate Halloween with anything that might glorify Satan and his cronies.

But why?
Why do I take this fun, children's day and treat it like it's turned to THE DARK SIDE?

Because it hasn't "turned" at all. Halloween is historically known to be a Satanic high day. Don't believe me? Ask a witch.

I'm being very forthright here, because the LORD is never glorified by Christians sinning, even in ignorance. I've heard it all, that I am depriving my children the fun of dressing up as witches and mummies and Texas Chainsaw Masacre victims for the 31st of October. That I am depriving my children the literary genius of Harry Potter stories. That I am depriving my children the opportunity to explore for themselves the dark side and choose for themselves what they want to believe.

HELLO???

Proverb 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

I have an awesome responsibility given to me by God to raise my children to know the difference between right and wrong. I try very hard not to make it "Mommy's opinion", but God's, basing their boundaries on God's Word. If you are a Christian and are offended by this, ask yourself prayerfully, "Why?"

God Himself says He will cut off from among His people all who turn to mediums for help.
And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. (Leviticus 20:6).

Capital punishment by stoning was God's sentence on anyone who calls up spirits.
A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:27).

Witchcraft, fortune-telling, crystal gazing, necromancy, horoscopes, and palmistry are related to spiritism and are strongly condemned by God.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. (Deuteronomy 18:10 & 11).

It was because of their black magic and related practices that God destroyed the Canaanites, those who dwelt in "The Promised Land" before the Children of Israel were given the land for an inheritance.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (Deuteronomy 18:12).

Samuel's most effective way of impressing upon Saul the enormity of the sins of disobedience and stubbornness was by likening it to witchcraft.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (I Samuel 15:23).

King Saul of Israel, when he was faithful to God, cleared all the spiritualistic mediums out of the land.
Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. (I Samuel 28:3).

When King Saul later consulted a medium, it was only after his sins had made communication with God impossible.
And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. (I Samuel 28:6 & 7).

Saul's loss of his crown and his untimely death were the direct judgment of God on him for his dealings in spiritism.
So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; (I Chronicles 10:13).

The list of wicked King Manasseh's sins includes consulting with spirit-mediums, fortune-tellers, and sorcerers.
And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. (II Chronicles 33:6).

One of the reasons God rejected Israel was because they practiced magic and communicated with evil spirits.
Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. (Isaiah 2:6).

If you are a Christian, you should not seek worldly or demonic influences for your guides. You should seek the living God.
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? (Isaiah 8:19).

Even if they tell the truth or "get it right", Fortune-tellers may be demon-possessed, as was the girl in Philippi out of whom the Apostle Paul cast an unclean spirit in the name of Jesus.
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

(Acts 16:16-18).

True Christians, like those at Ephesus, have nothing to do with black magic and its related practices, or with books pertaining to them (!!!).
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. (Acts 19:19).

Sorcery is included in the works of the flesh listed in the Bible, and those who practice it cannot enter the kingdom of God.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

(Galatians 5:19-21).

Those who engage in sorcery and never repent will be shut out of Heaven and banished forever from God.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
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For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (Revelation 22:15).

The teachings of spiritism are doctrines of demons.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (I Timothy 4:1).

Demons are subject to God's greater power and tremble before Him.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19).

And again:
Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

(Philippians 4:8)

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