Sleeping With a Hidden Enemy
I love pumpkin season! I love pumpkin-flavored everything and I love just seeing pumpkins because they represent my favorite time of year: fall. But as much as I love them I have to be very reserved in decorating with them because though they really symbolize the abundance of God’s harvest, they have been perverted into representing Halloween; which is just so unfair!
The simple fact is we really should be careful about how we decorate and the objects we allow in our homes because they could open us and our families up to negative influence and situations. We could be sleeping with a hidden enemy.
The Bible clearly tells us, “Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.” (Deuteronomy 7:26).
For the Jews in Biblical times this was a no-brainer because it was clear what was pagan and what was not but throughout thousands of years of history and culture and compromise, there are things today that we consider normal or just for fun which have roots in the occult and the demonic. And in God’s eyes they are detestable as much today as they were thousands of years ago. And so we need to not have them in our possession.
Halloween is not harmless, it has spiritual consequences for those who celebrate it including decorating with bats and witches and even jack-o-lanterns around your home. People have artwork that they do not even realize depict ancient idols and these objects open the door for the influence of evil spirits.
Have a big library of books? Well do some cleaning out because books about the occult including Harry Potter are detestable in the sight of God. God spends a huge portion of the Bible explaining to us how idolatry and the occult are wrong and dishonor Him so it makes sense that we would not read about such things even in the name of entertainment.
I found that most of my childhood was a pagan-fest with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. But while it is a change to remove the pagan components from the holidays, I can tell you it is worth it. Firstly, you see the holiday for what it is. Easter is about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and children will understand this, there is no need to dress it up with an imaginary animal. And Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. There’s no reindeer or red suit needed. We can see these times for what they really mean and the truth makes us free (John 8:32).
Secondly, by removing these accursed or detestable objects from our lives we close the door to any oppression attached to them. Your relationship with God is the most important relationship you will ever have and it should be the most intimate relationship in your life. So isn’t it worth it to remove anything that would hinder that closeness?
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