Summary: Before I could see any change in my life I first had to realize that all the things I was pursuing in my life were not leading to life in Christ.
Life Change Through the Jack-O-Lantern
Colossians 3:8-13 NKJV
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Without a doubt the most recognizable symbols of Halloween is a pumpkin carved into a jack-o-lantern.
So today we are going to help the Jack-O-Lantern get a different view for his existence!
KIDS – say Jack, you are about to be changed!
As we know today there are over 6 billion people in the world & it is estimated that over 5 billion of them are not saved & ready to go to heaven!
Halloween celebrates & focuses on death. Black cats, witches, goblins, demons, & the Grem Reaper to name a few.
Jesus Christ rose victorious over Death, Hell, & the Grave! See the 5 billion are being molested & raped by the lying spirits produced by this spirit of death & darkness.
But I am about to show you through this little pumpkin how we can see some of these come to know the light!
I. First the Pumpkin must be cleaned out… (first Pumpkin)
Colossians 3:8 NKJV But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
Galatians 5:19-21 NLT When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Before I could see any change in my life I first had to realize that all the things I was pursuing in my life were not leading to life in Christ.
I had prayed for God’s help many times but not with the heart that would see the sin in my life & want to be totally cleaned out!
No matter what, this pumpkin must be cleaned out before it can be used for what our purpose is.
In order to truly experience Christ you must recognize that you are a sinner who needs to be changed!
II. He becomes a New Creation… (Second Pumpkin)
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Colossians 3:10 …and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…
See many people miss it right here! They think because they pray a prayer that it should fix everything.
Look guys, we are expected to start making some different choices in our life to back up the decision we made to pray to Jesus.