Daily Devotional for Friday October 25, 2019
Halloween - Part 2 of 2
(Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:12)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus!!! I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!!!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: VIOLENCE is all that is left. When people disagree with each other, the first step is to debate their ideas with one another to try and get them to see your viewpoint. The next step after debating what each side believes, is for one side to simply try to silence the other side to insure their beliefs are the only one people hear. After debate and silence, there is really only one avenue left...VIOLENCE! Currently in our nation, we no longer debate political differences. Those days are sadly over. We are currently in a period of silencing those we disagree with. Both sides of the political isle are equally engaged in this attempt to silence the other side and thus both equally culpable. We started down this road during the 8 years of the Obama Presidency when half the nation rejected what they felt were anti-US policies enacted by that administration. It became even more intense the morning after Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th President back by those in the nation who decided even before he took office that they would take whatever measures necessary to damage his Presidency with the goal of overturning the will over 63 million people by removing him from office. I don’t say this lightly, but the only place left to go is civil unrest and VIOLENCE in the streets. In 2019, this is how many of the nations in our world today settle their differences. Sadly, a nation that has rejected God only uses worldly means to advance their cause, and since the beginning of human civilization 6,000 years ago that has usually been accomplished through VIOLENCE!!!
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Halloween - Part 2 of 2
A Christian's response to Halloween. As I was in prayer eleven years ago about Halloween and what God wanted me to share during that time, part of my focus was on satan and how he operates. The Bible calls him an "angel of light." He is a great imitator. He takes the perfection of God and perverts it. So as I was praying, God poured into my spirit that it is time for Christians worldwide to rise up on the most important day of the year for satan, Halloween, and claim that day for God!
The first step, is to make it a special day for Christians worldwide. If Hallmark cards and candy companies can make up holidays to sell greeting cards and chocolate, why can't the church? I am proud to announce that until our Lord returns, October 31 will now be "Witnessing for Jesus Day." This holiday was started over a decade ago by the 2 million worldwide who are part of Liveprayer, and we will continue to promote it as well as follow through to make this a legitimate, recognized holiday every October 31!
The goal is for Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with at least 3 people during the day. If every Christian worldwide shared their faith in Christ with 3 people, it would literally turn the world upside down over night. The world will be "witnessing" their rebellion of God with their Halloween parties, their costumes, and satanic services. THIS IS THE PERFECT DAY for Christians to witness to this lost world that we live in, that Jesus Christ is "The Way, the Truth, and the Life."
What else can Christians do on our new holiday? PLENTY! Every community needs churches to put on "Hell House" or "Judgment House" productions to counter the haunted houses the world promotes. Make sure your home is well lit and inviting for children out trick or treating. In addition to candy, give them a gospel tract or a little "Gospel of John" booklet. Also, pray with each group of kids before they leave. Your church should have the resources to get tracts and the Gospel of John booklets at a very low cost.
NO CHILD SHOULD COME TO YOUR HOME AND LEAVE WITHOUT KNOWING THAT JESUS IS LORD!
For those with children, take them out trick-or-treating! Have them dress up as Bible characters. Let them go door to door for candy, BUT, in return for the candy, they should give the homeowner a tract or a Gospel of John booklet. GOD CAN USE THESE CHILDREN TO HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST TO PEOPLE THAT WILL NEVER GO TO CHURCH!!!
Churches, instead of holding an alternative to Halloween party at the church, should get the children involved in evangelizing their neighborhoods! They have the perfect excuse to go door to door on this night. God can use these children to share the hope and love of Christ with people that will never hear the message any other way. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE HOW GOD CAN USE THE CHILDREN ON THIS NIGHT!!!
So, let's review. We now have a new Christian holiday. It is, "Witnessing for Jesus Day," and will be celebrated every year on October 31st. It will be a day for Christians worldwide to witness to others what Jesus Christ has done in their life. We will have churches in every community putting on "Hell House" or "Judgment House" productions as an alternative to the haunted house productions of the world. Christians will make their homes inviting for children out trick or treating, and in addition to candy, give them a Gospel Tract or Gospel of John booklet. Children of ALL AGES will become mighty witnessing agents for the Lord. They will dress up as Bible characters and go out into their neighborhoods to get candy, BUT, will give the homeowner a Gospel tract or Gospel of John booklet.
I love you and care about you so much. There is no reason a Christian should have to fear Halloween, nor is there any reason a Christian should have to participate in the way the world celebrates Halloween. It actually is a perfect opportunity to go on the offensive and make this a day to celebrate witnessing our faith to this lost and dying world. What better day could there be than the day the world celebrates rebelling against God--HALLOWEEN!!!
I will be praying for you. I pray that you become bold and part of the eleventh annual "Witnessing for Jesus Day." For the Christian, sharing our faith is not an option, but is a commandment from God. It is something that we should be doing EVERY day. But there is no better day of the year than Halloween for Believers worldwide to share their faith in Jesus Christ with this lost world. THAT, my friend, needs to be a Christian's response to Halloween!!!
*NOTE: We have had so many testimonies over the past decade plus from people who have used Halloween as a time to share Jesus with the people they encounter. Many are younger kids God has used to plant seeds of faith. I will do a detailed Daily Devotional soon on some of these incredible testimonies. NOTHING WE DO FOR THE LORD IS EVER IN VAIN!!! AMEN!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,