Monday, October 27

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween


When I was little I didn't celebrate Halloween.  I was allowed to dress up for school but that's about as far as it went.  I did not feel cheated.  I did not feel left out.  I did not feel like I was missing out.  I knew in my heart that Jesus didn't want me to celebrate this holiday.  From as far back as I can remember I was ok with that.

I have four girls now ages 13-6.  We still don't celebrate Halloween.  They know why and they agree.

I recently read an article about Kirk Cameron in which he told why Christians SHOULD celebrate Halloween.  I think that Christians that agree with this article are looking for a way to justify this holiday.  Having a pretty prominent member of the Christian community condoning Halloween might sway many people.

Instead of going into the history of Halloween (of which we may never know the exact origin) or going into detail of why I think Kirk Cameron is wrong, I am simply going to explain FROM THE BIBLE why I believe Halloween should NOT be celebrated by Christians. 

Please know that there is no condemnation in this post.  There may be conviction, if that's what the Lord lays on your heart, but I am not judging you if you have decided that Halloween is ok for your family.

Why My Family Doesn't Celebrate Halloween

1. Trick or Treat
  • Words are very powerful.  God created EVERYTHING with words.  Genesis 1:3-26 has the words, "And God Said," eight times as he was speaking things into life. 
  • John 1:1-2, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning."  Jesus is powerful.  Jesus is called the Word.  Words are powerful.
  • Matthew 12:36, "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken."  I feel like having children say that they will play a trick on someone if they don't get a treat is very careless.  People think that it means nothing but we have already established that words are powerful and important.  When you get to Heaven you will have to explain the careless phrase, "Trick or Treat!"
2. Your Attitude
  • Philippians 2:5, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus."  Going back to the old W.W.J.D~What Would Jesus Do?  Would he dress up as a devil or a monster and go around asking people for a treat but saying he would give them a trick if they didn't pay up?  Maybe your little one dresses up as something cute and innocent.  I bet they still say trick or treat.
3. Evil
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:22, "Abstain from all appearance of evil." (KJV)  This is probably the biggest one for me.  Maybe you dress your child up as an angel, take them to the sweet grandma across the street, and she just smiles sweetly and sticks her bucket out without a word.  Halloween is still mostly about evil.  Walk down any costume aisle and you will see monsters, blood, gore, and evil.  People put ghosts and mummies as decorations in their yards.  People dress up as vampires and zombies.  That my friends is the appearance of evil and my Bible, the absolute true Word of God, told me to stay away from it!
So there you have it.  That's why I don't celebrate Halloween.  Not because of where it started, but because of what the Bible says about what Halloween is today. 

If you choose not to celebrate Halloween but are afraid of what people will think or say just tell them this, "We don't celebrate Halloween because Jesus told us not to."  If they ask why you can give them any of the reasons above.  When you take a stand for Christ he will make sure you have the right words when you need them.

Ashley <><

Friday, October 24

Got Faith?

It is simply not enough to believe that God CAN.  You must only believe that He WILL.

Saturday, October 4

GOD'S NOT DEAD!!

GND
 
Sometimes satan allows us to live a life free from trouble so that we will NOT turn to God.
 
~God's Not Dead

Thursday, January 30

Thursday's Thought





A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't. 
 (something I saw on a sign outside of a local church.)

Sunday, January 5

SOAP~Because You Say So



Scripture~

Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets." ~Luke 5:5

Observation~

In Simon's mind he had done everything he could do to catch fish and nothing had worked.  In his mind the fish just weren't there.  In his mind it didn't make sense to drop the nets again.  He had fished all night.  He had brought in his nets, paddled to shore, cleaned his nets, then even rowed Jesus out a little ways and listened to a sermon.  He was tired.  I'm sure he just wanted to hop on his donkey and go home.  But no.  Even though it made no sense in the natural to throw the nets out again, he did it, just because Jesus said so.

Application~

How many things in my life would go differently if I just listened to Jesus?  What would happen to my life if I read the Bible and applied it just because Jesus said so?  I need to get into a better habit of seeking the Lord first.  I could save myself a lot of trouble if I just did things His way first.

Prayer~

Sweet Jesus, thank you for your Word.  Thank you for this simple, much needed lesson.  Father please help me hear you.  Open my ears to hear and my eyes to see your will for my life.  Help me to know for sure when it's your voice instructing me so I can step out in faith and do what you have called me to do.  I love you.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

I'm sure many of us feel the same as Peter did during this busy Christmas season.  First Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Year's...  You might feel like you have just worked and worked and worked and now you just want to rest.  Can I just say that if you will do what Jesus tells you to do then he will provide the restful feeling that you need.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30

Thursday, December 26

Thursday's Thought


Obedience is the biggest key to releasing all of God's ability in my life.

~Creflo Dollar


Thursday, November 14

SOAP~What It's All About

Scripture~

"Why were you searching for me?"  He asked them,  "Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"  ~Luke 2:49

Observation~


Jesus wondered why they were searching for Him.  He thought they should have known where he would be considering who he is.  They should have looked there first.

Application~


Where is my heart?  If God was to come looking for me would he find my heart in his house?  I need to be so about God that people just know where I am spiritually.  I need to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), always keeping that line of communication with God wide open.

Prayer~


Thank you Father for your son.  Thank you that he was all about you.  Please put that desire in me.  Make me want to be all about you and your business.  Help me keep my heart in the right place and let me know when I have turned away or lost me focus.  I want you.  I want to be all for you.  I want people to want you because they see you in me.  I love you so much.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Where do you think your heart is?  How could you improve or what advice could you give to help others in their walk?

Ashley <><
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