It turns out Soho's party will override live poker tonight. That's too bad, because we wanted a place to escape from the crowds of Halloween-keepers -- from children begging for candy to grown-ups acting like children with scary costumes.
The essence of Halloween involves things such as witchcraft, haunted houses and zombies - things which lean away from God, and toward God's arch-enemy.
The great dragon was hurled down -- that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. - Revelation 12:9Read the verses around that one, and you'll find Satan lost a "war in heaven" against angels (verse 7). The devil's dream from ages past (we don't really know how long ago) is to usurp God. Note these words from God....
You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God... I will make myself like the Most High." - Isaiah 14:13-14God did not allow that (verse 15) - yet Satan has been looking for a following on Earth ever since. Maybe you've joined Satan's ranks, without realizing it.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. - II Corinthians 4:4Demonic influences are frequently connected to Satan -- and Jesus had several encounters with demon-possessed people. But in a recent Bible study, we were surprised to learn that's not always the case:
Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from [King] Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. Saul's attendants said to him, "See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you." - I Samuel 16:14-15Huh?! An evil spirit from the Lord? Yes, the Bible indicates Saul's servants had it right. You can read another example of God sending evil spirits in Judges 9:22-24 -- in both cases sent in punishment for a leader's sins.
So if you're bogged down in sin or overzealous for things of "the dark side," this might be a day to avoid feeding that habit -- and even break free from it. The devil has nothing worth celebrating.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. - James 4:7