Summary: Trick or treat is the mainstay slogan of Halloween season. We have to remember Jesus is not in the tricking business. Jesus is in the truth business. Satan is called the father of lies and is the original trickster. Watch out for tricks and treasures!
Trick or treat is the mainstay slogan of Halloween season. We have to remember Jesus is not in the tricking business. Jesus is in the truth business. Satan is called the father of lies and is the original trickster. What are the things in which Satan is tricking us? What are the treasures (treats) that we have through Jesus? The promises of God are amazing and fulfilling.
Some of the philosophical items in which Satan is tricking us:
Secularism: Absence of God is presence of evil. But the world is bent on eradicating spiritual connection from all aspects of the society. Seeking divine providence is national and personal matters is discouraged and looked down upon through the lens of secularism. For a person to have fullness of joy, he or she needs Jesus Christ.
Relativism: There are many choices and so all should be good. I should take upon all spiritual matters lest I offend anyone. There is no absolute truth, goes the thinking of relativism in the midst of pluralistic choices. John 14:6 “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life”.
Spirituality is a private matter: To avoid offending anyone, we should keep spirituality as a private matter, goes this way of thinking. A person consists of body, soul and spirit. Spirituality is an integral part of a persons life. There is no compromise between good and evil.
We read in 1 Corinthians 6:20 “You were bought for a price. Honor God with your bodies” This halloween season, let us honor God with our bodies.
What is the price Christ paid for you?
Value of Jesus + value of you = Value of Jesus.
Infinity (Jesus) + anything else = Infinity (Jesus)
Matthew 16:26 “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Your soul is so important, the most precious piece of currency the denomination of which determines your value.
Jesus Christ is our treasure and to honor our bodies that was bought with a price, you should:
Know your value
James 4:5 “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”
A person anointed by the Holy Spirit is a valuable person indeed. The spirit of God dwells in that person.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
1 Corinthians 12: 7-11 “7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. 8 To some people the Spirit gives the message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives the message of knowledge. 9 To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages.