Posted by wordforit on October 23, 2007
In writing the previous post regarding Halloween and trick or treating, I was thinking more along the lines of Christians NOT living in fear than the actual holiday. The holiday and celebrations cannot affect us negatively if we are girded with the Spirit of God, standing strong against evil.
Word For It: Gird: to prepare (oneself) for action; to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.
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If we, however, seek powers in things of darkness, demons are given an invitation to enter, whether without or within, our being. “Global Culture” has become so saturated with “tolerance” that satanic worship is barely discernible by either side of the light/ darkness. When we awaken, when we lie down to sleep, and all times between should be spent in prayer. It does not need to be structured, just an awareness of His presence and our need for Him.
Word For It: Discernible: perceptible by the senses or intellect; “things happen in the earth and sky with no discernible cause”; “the newspaper reports no discernible progress in the negotiations”; “the skyline is easily discernible even at a distance of several miles”
For clarity, I constantly reach for my Ryrie Study Bible, KJV: “Demon possession means a demon residing in a person, exerting direct control and influence over that person, with certain derangement of mind and/or body. Demon possession is to be distinguished from demon influence or demon activity in relation to a person. The work of the demon in the latter [activity] is from the outside; in demon possession [influence] it is from within. By this definition a Christian cannot be possessed by a demon since he is already indwelt by the Holy Spirit. However, a believer can be the target of demonic activity to such an extent that he may give the appearance of demon possession.” p. 1838
Speaking personally, even though I am a child of God with the Holy Spirit indwelling, I expend enough effort staying out of trouble without playing around where we have clearly been instructed to avoid.
Deuteronomy 18: 9-14: Warning against Heathen Practices
“9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.”
One does not need to be standing in front of an altar, chanting, to worship; worship is priorities. Does God have a voice in decisions of common issues? He should be the ultimate consultant we seek in matters of how, when and where we spend time; He wants us to smile and enjoy life but it seems society (i.e., Hollywood, media outlets, merchandisers) thinks that’s not possible without depravity. Are we supporting the hosts of Satan without even noticing?
The only reason I think a Christian would be reading Harry Potter books is to educate oneself in responding to all the hoopla. Personally, I do not support JK Rowling or the “art of wizardry”. I recall the first book being required reading by one of the local sixth grade teachers and the first book was informative enough to know the context well enough to deduce the detriment to souls. I read an article recently in which Rowling sarcastically stated that she is sure religious people would be outraged all over again after she “outed” a gay character.
According to sources, JK “Rowling is a graduate of Exeter University in England, and is very familiar with occultic practices, using elements and philosophies behind “pagan religions, Celtic religions, the religions of the druids, witchcraft, [and] satanism“. Caryl Matrisciana in Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged © 2001, Jeremiah Films.
“…I’ve been researching world religions for 25 years, but young children who are only 7, 8, 9, or 10 years old, computer friendly, going into the internet, going into Wiccan sites, and being taught about Harry Potter or the view on witchcraft through their world view, through their sympathetic world view, it’s very dangerous for our children. They are getting confused, and one can see that in the letters that you read out earlier, that they don’t know what is good or bad or right or wrong, and the power that millions of witches across the world have…” Caryl Matrisciana
“Potter” is a Pagan witch, “the female goddess of Babylonwho is considered the potter who created the human being from clay. God, unable to give birth, is essentially believed to have tried to mimick the Potter. The feminine oriented cult of witchcraft sees the woman and her process of birth as fundamental in the new life, the transformation, the alchemy, the changing of the inner man to higher consciousness, which is what Harry Potter is all about… This is an upside down reversal of what a Christian believes. When they come into a personal relationship with Christ they are transformed and take on the mind of Christ.” Caryl Matrisciana in Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged © 2001, Jeremiah Films. Christian Answers
Connie Neal: “What’s a Christian to do with Harry Potter?”
It’s the “greatest evangelistic opportunity the church ever missed,” Neal said. Associated Baptist Press
*Omniscient: Having total knowledge; knowing everything: an omniscient deity; the omniscient narrator.
*Omnipresent: Present everywhere at the same time: the omnipresent God.
*Omnipotent: Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful
If we truly believe God in all matters, it is a contradiction to fear that which He has already overcome. We are told in God’s Holy Scripture that satan and his cohorts are only allowed a limited time with limited power.
Satan is not omni-anything! He’s a deceiver who does not want to be miserable alone! Why would anyone deliberately join the losing team? Because books and information such as Harry Potter make it seem innocent and harmless to learn and enact “white magic”.
God’s love, God’s power, and God’s wrath against all that is evil should be on every Christians’ mind and coming from their mouth! We cannot be ignorant or fearful, even though we are living in enemy territory until Jesus returns. Until then, He will watch over us if we are watchful and fervently pray.
Without acceptance of His promises, He will not interfere or impose on the free will He allows. It is up to each individual to study and know His offer of salvation.
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“There is one body and one Spirit … one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:4)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25)
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
“… whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:15-16)
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
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May God Bless and Keep You Always, In All Ways.