Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, October 28th, 2011
***Parental Discretion Advised***
And you shall know that I am the Lord; for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you.
Ezekiel 11:12 (NKJV)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
What we call Halloween, the witches call 'Samhain.' It is their new year: their highest day of celebration.

I grew up with Halloween. Chances are, you did too. To combat Samhain, 7th-century Catholics created a holy day on November 1 to honor God's saints and martyrs; it was called All Hallows Day. Preceding All Hallows Day (now called All Saints Day) was All Hallows Eve, now called Halloween.

But, today's Halloween has nothing to do with saints or God. It has reverted to a pagan party. For decorations, we use spider webs, yard ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and scarecrows. For fun, we dress like witches, vampires, ghosts, and demons--anything but Christ followers.

The Bible says, 'Woe to those who call evil good' (Isaiah 5:20). Therefore, Christians should not call it good. We should not invite woe upon ourselves, and surely not upon our children.

'I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel' (Zephaniah 1:8).

God says, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!' (Matthew 17:5). Jesus says, 'He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.' (John 8:29).

Could an occult, pagan celebration please God? No, beloved saints. It cannot. Merchandisers want to make merchandise of our children. Just because they sugar-coat it doesn't make it good.

As for the Halloween celebrations that surround us? Don't judge others, but for yourself--'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour' (1 Peter 5:8). Let's not be 'arrogant and careless' (see Proverbs 14:16) with our children.

Let's live the concluding words of 1 John when the beloved disciple says, 'Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.'

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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