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As He Is, So Also Are We In This World

October 14, 2011

As He Is,  So Also Are We In This World

The Christians in Ephesus used to be heathens, living immorally,  and accustomed to all sorts of superstitions,  myths,  and idolatrous practices.     When they accepted Christ as their Savior,  they had a lot to learn about living rightly before God.     Paul taught them well, and then sent them a letter reminding them of some of the changes that needed to take place in their lives.     In Ephesians 5:1,  Paul wrote,

Therefore  be imitators of God,  as beloved children.

That is getting down to the bare basics of what Christians need to be like.     So then,  Christians need to consider some basic truths.     In trying to imitate God’s way of being, we need to think about what God is like and what God teaches us in His word.

Does God tell us to be afraid of demons,  witches,  and ghosts?     Absolutely not!     But, throughout the Bible  we read about God’s condemnation of witchcraft,  demons,  and myths.     Paul preached so strongly about God’s truths,  that in Acts 19:19  we learn,

And many  of those  who practiced magic  brought their books together  and began burning them  in the sight of all;  and they counted up the price  of them  and found it  fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Knowing the love,  grace,  and forgiveness of God in Christ Jesus  is worth tons more than magic and witchcraft.     When those early Christians realized the putrid grossness of witchcraft and demonology,  they wanted to be totally cleansed of their every past association with it.     Burning those expensive books was just one way they showed their repudiation of all such evil.

Because witchcraft promotes lies — making people are afraid of the evil witches can do,  and fooling people into feeling witches have supernatural powers — God condemns them eternally.     Revelation 22:15  tells about those who cannot enter heaven.     It says,

Outside are the dogs  and the sorcerers  and the immoral persons  and the murderers  and the idolaters,  and everyone who loves and practices lying.

Halloween is the honoring of witches,  demons,  ghosts,  goblins, and the like.     People spend all sorts of money during Halloween to glorify what God detests.     They are practicing lying.     They want other people to feel afraid of them — instead of having respect for the Lord God Almighty  and trusting in God’s eternal love.     Christian children are being taught to be afraid  as they see all sorts of scary monsters  and are told that witches can cast spells on them.

It is not surprising  that the faith of many children  is being demolished  with the emphasis of Halloween.     Their fears in hearing scary stories  seem more impressive  than the Bible stories  of God’s love.

When we consider  all the activities on Halloween,  we have to ask ourselves,  “Does any of this imitate the truths of God?     Does any of this confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior?”

1 John 4:15-17  teaches us,

Whoever confesses  that Jesus  is the Son of God,  God abides in him,  and he in God.     And we have come to know  and have believed  the love which God has for us.     God is love,  and the one  who abides in love abides in God,  and God abides in him.

By this,  love is perfected with us,  that we may have confidence in the day of judgment;  because as He is,  so also are we in this world.

If we want to imitate our Lord  and confess Him alone,  we need to live  just as Jesus did,  when He walked in this world.     That would be just one way we can let His  “love be perfected with us.”     Resting in the love of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for setting us free  from this world.     Cleanse our hearts and minds to serve You only.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2011 1:52 am

    Hi Margaret,

    I thought it was my computer why I couldn’t comment. Some comments are open, some are not.

    I’m torn on whether to give cute little kids candy but then I will probably be out of town so that takes care of that!

  2. October 16, 2011 12:23 pm

    :) Tishrei,

    No, it wasn’t your computer. I’ve had comments closed for quite some time because I’ve been inundated with responsibilities here at home. When I got a short reprieve the other day, I opened comments again, but will have to close them again for the same reasons. I haven’t had time to explore just how things work on comments, but it seems that they close everything forward from the day they were closed. Then, when one opens them, they open only from that point forward. That’s why you see some closed and some opened.

    I’m with you on feeling torn when seeing little kids, but realize the eternal truths of what God says in His word. I don’t want to be a part of what disregards God’s word — especially since Jesus suffered and died, that we would be cleansed from all of our sins. What Paul has to say in Ephesians 5 really influences me, especially verse 8, which says, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.”

    All the early Christians had a really big challenge with this sort of stuff, because they were raised as heathens, with all sorts of heathen traditions that were naturally a part of their family life. Their families often rejected them when they would not participate in their old ways. Nevertheless, over time, those heathen traditions wormed their way into the church when some of the church members just couldn’t bear giving up those traditions with their families. So, we see traditions of the Easter bunny, which coincided in time with Jesus’ resurrection — the veneration of Mary because many idols were female — and the myths promoted by those who practiced witchcraft.

    Hope your little ones are doing well.

    Margaret

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