Hi, spiritual family. How important is God’s will to you? What if it conflicts with your own? How important is it for you to please God? I ask these questions because of the upcoming Halloween celebrations, in which many who call themselves followers of Jesus will participate in one way or another. Some of you give the excuse that it gives your kids pleasure to dress in costumes and collect candy. What kind of spiritual example are you setting for them by honoring a day which dishonors God and instead honors satan, the demons, death, witchcraft and the occult? Some of you say that you have the right to determine what you will and won’t celebrate.
Understand that it doesn’t matter what you think of me. I’ve been called bad things when I share the spiritual truth of what it means to follow Jesus and live His way. If you can, show me in scripture where God says it’s okay to observe pagan rites and celebrations.
God always comes first. His priorities need to become ours. God longs to see how much being with Him for eternity means to you. I implore you to examine yourselves and see if you are truly in the faith, not according to your own standards but according to God’s standards. God wants us to come out of this world and not to be in this world and of it. Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 26:39 (NIV)
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
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