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Noonday Devotion

If debating Theology isn't quite your style, but you love God's Word, please use this forum to encourage and be encouraged by sharing scripture, your own devotions and short questions to ponder. This is not a place for debate or argument.

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Noonday Devotion

Postby totallylovedbygod » Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:47 am

Hello Dear Friends

Welcome to Noonday Devotion

What a joy it is to welcome you as we share again from God's holy and Precious word.

Please share these devotions with all your friends and groups..LET'S GET THE WORD OUT INTO THE WORLD

Also Please take time to click the links at the bottom of the messages, as they will benefit you greatly

Thanks and God bless you all

Keith

Noonday Devotion by Keith

Proverbs 14

9 Fools make a mock of sin and sin mocks the fools [who are its victims; a sin offering made by them only mocks them, bringing them disappointment and disfavor], but among the upright there is the favor of God.

Dear Friends

In this and the last Noonday, we have shared teachings about Halloween and sought to bring to your attention, the demonic powers associated with it.

Sin is sin my friends, whether it is black or grey.. whether it is large or small

We need never to tolerate sin in our lives, we must see it as an affront to God's pureness and holiness.. amen

In 1 John 1, we are told to call sin what it is. The world mocks the church and says, that you can't have absolutes, you must be tolerant.

6[So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].
7But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].
8If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].

My friends, this is not the way God looks at it, and we must call it as it is, whether we are popular or not. This is not a popularity contest, indeed when the church becomes popular in the world, then there is something wrong, with the church.

Let me say this in regard to subjects such as Halloween and indeed homosexuality. It is time church to stand up and say what the word of God says about these subjects and to seek the favour of God and not man's favour.

It is time to be upright in heart and word and deed and to stand upright for God's truth as set out in the bible.

Let us never stop speaking out God's truth.. remember that we are watchmen set upon the walls of the city Isaiah 62:6

In Ezekiel 33 God sets out the standards of watchmen, we are to speak often and loudly, reminding this world of the standards of God's word and his requirements to repent and return to Him

Words such as repent are to be our watchwords, we have to tell our communities, and countries that it is time to repent and return to the Lord and for them to stop making a mockery of sin.. amen

Years ago as a young christian, I remember, a few of us standing outside a cinema in Lancaster, giving out leaflets against the Film the life of Brian. There are many more films and TV programmes mocking our Saviour.. it is time to stand up and speak out

God bless you as you do these things

Keith



Teaching

The teaching today is still on the subject of Halloween. The church needs to wake up and stand up and say what God says about this pagan event. Please read and share with your friends

From my Sister in Christ Betty Miller

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT...
THE TRADITION OF HALLOWEEN?

"Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Song of Solomon 2:15

Foxes sometime in search of food would enter into the grape orchards and devour the grapes and spoil the crop. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine. Instead of the farmer just losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous. Spiritually some things we do or allow, that we might think is little or insignificant, can also be disastrous for us.

Some may consider celebrating Halloween as only a little compromise. However, it is the "little foxes" that spoil the vines and this little compromise can open the door to other evils. Many Christians do not realize that certain traditions that are celebrated in the world have evil origins. Just because our society partakes in certain activities does not make them acceptable for Christians. We must look to Christ and His Word to see if the traditions of this world are good or evil.

Mark 7:13: "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye."

One very evil tradition is the celebration of Halloween. No Christian should partake in the activities of this holiday, nor should they allow their children to do so. We can discern the evil of this day by taking a look at the festivities that are associated with its celebration. Children are dressed as witches, goblins, ghosts, little devils and fortune tellers. All these are representatives of Satan's kingdom. Games played at carnivals promote fear in children as they are ushered through spook houses and horror rooms. Skeletons, black cats and bats represent death and darkness. No carnival is complete without the gypsy who tells fortunes. Satan has gained man's approval to celebrate his day by simply making it a tradition that seems like a fun day. The opposite is true, however, as more damage and harm are done on this day each year than any other holiday. Children are taught to go door to door chanting "trick or treat." It is unchristian to demand a gift under threat of playing some trick. Police are on the alert for juvenile vandalism and caution parents to be watchful.

Because so many of us have grown up celebrating Halloween, and seemingly did not experience any negative effects, some feel that not celebrating Halloween at all is an extreme measure. However, we would encourage you to pray about this. Is any holiday that glorifies death and darkness (even in fun) a proper thing for a Christian to do since we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light?

1 Peter 2:9: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."

Whether we feel that we have been really hurt by celebrating Halloween or not, is only part of the issue. How does God feel to see His people making light of demons and witchcraft? Shouldn't we be thinking about how to honor Him and show our love to Him? Where do our loyalties lie?

Most Satanists celebrate this as their high holy day and even offer human sacrifices to the devil. Until recently, most Christians have not questioned this traditional celebration, but rather have gone along with it by even bringing Halloween parties into the church. The earliest Halloween celebrations were not held by the early church, but the Druids in honor of Samhain, the "lord of the dead", and his demons, whose festival fell on November 1. Halloween actually means "holy or hallowed evening."

According to the Roman calendar in which days began at midnight, the evening of October 31 was the eve before the hallowed day; hence Halloween or All Soul's Eve was kept throughout the ancient pagan world. All Hallows Eve, because it is the day before All Hallows' or All Saints' day, was a holy day in the Roman Catholic Church, Episcopal Church, the Church of England and the Greek Orthodox Church. This festival honors all martyrs, known and unknown, who have died for the church. During the time of Constantine, these two holidays were merged in an attempt to Christianize the heathen.

The church could not prevent these heathen practices, so they thought "taming'" them would be the answer. They were, of course, not to worship their gods on the church's "All Saint's day." However, as it is with all compromises, soon the evil overrode the good, and hence we still honor these heathen practices by celebrating Halloween.

Parents have a responsibility not to allow their children to be exposed to these evil celebrations. What might seem to some as innocent children's games is a "little fox" that can open the door to satanic influence and even demon possession in some cases. Children can be tormented with a spirit of fear that can come through this involvement that stays with them throughout their lives. It also introduces children to witchcraft, making it easier for them to become involved in cults and occultic activities. When children are taught it is alright to play with the things of darkness, it does not give them the repulsion and resistance that they need to stand against greater Satanic involvement. When the things of Satan are taken lightly, as games and fun, it sets our children up to accept evil rather than to resist it. This "little fox" is not only spreading evil to children but has been a curse for the church and our nation as well. As Christians, we should spread the word to others about the evil tradition of Halloween.

Ephesians 5:6-12: "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret."

Excerpt from the book Exposing Satan's Devices by Betty Miller.


Featured Website

This site is probably the best on dealing with issues like Halloween and the Harry Potter Books. Please click on the link below

http://www.espministries.com/topic_Halloween.html

Website Link

Please view the Page called Jesus is alive. Let us rejoice that he is and that He lives in our hearts through the Holy Spirit

http://www.ourchurch.com/member/f/faith ... s-is-Alive
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