This is how I fought it. I took large amounts of vitamin c, elderberry, cut large peices of garlic put them in my sinuses to kill any infection, drank hot liquids – hot soups, teas, hot lemon water, used sinus flush daily, washed and sanitized my hands frequently, drank fire cider vinegar w/o sugar, took quercetin and vitamin c, drank tonic water with quinine, drank oil of oregano, sprayed my room and areas with rosemary oil, tea tree oil and anise, cleaned my handles phone or any surface I was touching. Avoided all unclean foods. These are the things I did in the natural.
The most important thing I did was pray🙏 And read my bible.
I was seeking the Lord about exposing my Aunt that stole from the family all her life. And more personally from me. Then I realized I was a thief too. As a young girl my boss taught me how to claim 10 dependents on my taxes, when I should have only claimed one myself. Before the plandemic I paid off my credit card debt, then I maxed out my cards right before it hit.Unknowingly I’d be out of work and could never pay it back. As a teen I had friends that would steal, I allowed them to steal a bathing suit for me, because I could not do it myself. That made me an accomplice. The most recent thing I was convicted of was allowing my friend to put my movie ticket in as a senior when I’m not a senior yet. I called the theater to pay the difference, it’s only a couple of dollars but it’s the principle of the matter. Sitting quietly asking the Lord was there more? Hiding things I bought from my ex husband. Ladies a lot of us have done this. Taking extra plastic forks and spoons 🙄 feeling ashamed of the things I have done.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I was judging my Aunt far more wicked than I’ve ever been and rubbed it in everyone’s face along with her lies about what she had done. But sin is sin no matter how large or small. I can’t condemn her for something I’ve done myself even if it was on a lower level. I would be a hypocrite.
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Over the years I’ve struggled with finances not being able to get a head. My needs were always provided but I was always coming up short. The things I had bought on my credit card I gave away to a friend that was starting up a church. She was opening a thrift store to help raise money. Things were stolen from me. Did it weigh itself out? I’m seeking the Lord. Have I made restitution yet?
Read through these scriptures I found in a blog to share with you. Giving credit where it’s due providing the authors name. See if the word of God convicts you too.
Scripture clearly says, “thou shall not steal.” Stealing is more than just going to the store and taking a candy bar. Christians can be living in thievery and not even know it. Examples of this could be lying on your tax returns or taking things without permission from your job. Refusing to pay back debts.
Finding someone’s lost item and making no effort to return it. Thievery starts with covetingand one sin leads to another. If you take something that doesn’t belong to you without permission that’s stealing. God does not deal with this sin lightly. We must turn away, repent, obey the law, and trust in God to provide for us.
Thieves will not enter Heaven.
1. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 You know that wicked people will not inherit the kingdom of God, don’t you? Stop deceiving yourselves! Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunks, slanderers, and robbers will not inherit the kingdom of God. That is what some of you were! But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus the Messiah and by the Spirit of our God.
2. Romans 13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
3. Matthew 15:17-19 Don’t you know that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and then is expelled as waste? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is those things that make a person unclean. It is out of the heart that evil thoughts come, as well as murder, adultery, sexual immorality, stealing, false testimony, and slander.
4. Exodus 22:2-4 If a thief is found while breaking into a house, and is struck down and dies, it is not a capital crime in that case, but if the sun has risen on him, then it is a capital crime in that case. A thief is certainly to make restitution, but if he has nothing, he is to be sold for his theft. If what was stolen is actually found alive in his possession, whether an ox, a donkey or a sheep, he is to repay double.
5. Proverbs 6:30-31 People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
6. Proverbs 20:18 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
7. Proverbs 10:2-3 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
8. Hosea 12:6-8 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud. Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”
9. Leviticus 19:13 Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
10. Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.
16. Numbers 32:23 But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.
Turn away from stealing.
17. Ezekiel 33:15-16 if a wicked man restores a pledge, pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.
18. Psalm 32:4-5 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.”And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.
20. 1 John 2:3-6 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
21. John 12:4-6 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor–he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
22. Obadiah 1:4-6 “Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD. If thieves came to you, if robbers in the night– oh, what a disaster awaits you!– would they not steal only as much as they wanted? If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes? But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged!
23. John 10:6-8 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. So Jesus said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
24. Isaiah 1:21-23 See how Jerusalem, once so faithful, has become a prostitute. Once the home of justice and righteousness, she is now filled with murderers. Once like pure silver, you have become like worthless slag. Once so pure, you are now like watered-down wine. Your leaders are rebels, the companions of thieves. All of them love bribes and demand payoffs, but they refuse to defend the cause of orphansor fight for the rights of widows.
25. Jeremiah 48:26-27 Make her drunk, for she has defied the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit; let her be an object of ridicule. Was not Israel the object of your ridicule? Was she caught among thieves, that you shake your head in scorn whenever you speak of her?
Have you ever cheated on your taxes? Taken anything that didn’t belong to you. Did someone ring you up wrong you knew it and said nothing. Have you robbed God of tithes. Let the Holy Spirit lead you into all truth for repentance. 🙏
After drinking your nestles coco or Pepsi drink, do you say oh baby! You might as well because they put a flavor enhancer in it made from aborted babys. There’s also a red coloring that comes from a bug. So you’d be a buggy baby if you were what you ate.
One never knows what’s inside of things until we investigate. So here we go!
Do you like the taste of beavers butt? Well, apparently you do or they wouldn’t keep putting it in your protein shakes and anything with imitation vanilla flavoring. Think about how many options there are for vanilla flavor it’s almost endless. Unless it says pure vanilla you’re probably not going to like what I’m going to share with you next. Beaver butts secrete a goo called castoreum, which the animals use to mark their territory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists castoreum as a “generally regarded as safe” additive, and manufacturers have been using it extensively in perfumes and foods for at least 80 years, according to a 2007 study in the International Journal of Toxicology.. Castoreum began to be used in flavorings in the early 20th century, an era when flavor-makers were borrowing freely from perfumers’ toolkits. By the 1960s, it was being used in vanilla and fruity blends; a 1970s flavor textbook praised the “unusual notes” it added to strawberry and raspberry flavors. Castoreum could be found in beverages, baked goods, ice cream, candy, and especially in chewing gum. The Algonquins traditionally dusted their tobacco with dried castoreum, and, in the 20th century, so did cigarette manufacturers like Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds; it gave Camels and Winstons a distinguished, luxe aroma. So unless your vanilla says pure vanilla extract you might have eaten from a beavers butt crack.
Yes in the ice cream cone you licked too, icky poo literally.
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The Bible talks about false gods and religions. These things come from those sources. They are all occultic. An occult means something hidden what’s hidden is satan and something that seems so innocent is actually satanic.
Everything has an origin. It originated somewhere but would you be in agreement with its origins if you really knew?
Astral has two meanings, and one is the resemblance with the stars. The other is associated with the non-physical realm of existence within which the hidden knowledge, more quaintly associated through psychic, spiritual and paranormal connections, resides.
These two meanings might appear to be mutually exclusive. However, the core of astrology is the combination of the two. The sky is infinity; its mysteries are beyond physical comprehension.
As we are on the ground, the object within our perception is up to scale, and therefore, we can relate to it and comprehend its very intricacy. However, with the sky, comprehension can be tantamount to ignorance as its vastness can only have a spiritual meaning. This is how Astrology was birthed. It came into existence through the desire to understand its vastness and its effects on our human lives. While misrepresented as pseudo-science, its intricacies that are present is vast, and its origins can be traced back from 3000 BC.
Mesopotamia and Babylonians
While the Vedic Astrology is believed to be a lot older 4000 years old, it is Mesopotamia that started peeking into the vastness of space with spiritual perception. It began in early 3000 BC. It was the time when constellations were seen and categorised as they were. The Sky Watchers of Mesopotamia identified the five wandering stars and combined it with the sun and the moon. Together, they were the seven planets. The word planet also came from Greek spirituality meaning “Wanderers” in Greek.
Within the Mesopotamia, a civilisation grew and flourished, and the first philosophers of astronomy were born. They were the first astronomers that gifted us with the two most important measures of time: the minutes and the numbers. They derived it from the number system, and in their enthusiasm, they also established the first concept of Zodiac.
Zodiac refers to a system of constellations. The Babylonians had a realisation that the Zodiac through which the sun, the moon and other planets appear to move on their passage through the heavens, can act as a yardstick of time. However, for that to happen, it has to be divided into equal and recognisable segments. This was when they selected 12 different constellations. Many of these constellations were identified as animals. Later the Greeks arrived and provided a more suitable term to the Zodiac, the Zodiakos Kyklos (animal circle).
In ancient times, Astrology wasn’t seen as a pseudo-science because it was the Zodiac that acted as a common thread that connected astrologers and astronomers. For the astrologers, they looked at it through their spiritual perception, believing that it was their links with gods. As for the astronomers, they were interested in the positions of stars. Together, both the sciences melded and used Zodiac for many millennia to come.
The arrival of the Greeks into the astrology fold
Greeks took to astrology and astronomy starting from 6th Century BC. They, in turn, made significant contributions in both the fields. Through their scientific mindset, they took a peek into the skies and came up with insights of the heavens whose brilliance can only be understated. However, much of the later astronomers from Europe ignored it and observed the stars through the Ptolemaic (named after king Ptolemy, Cleopatra’s brother) system. This was the time when astronomy began to diverge from astrology. For even if the entire matter was as scientific as one can imagine, individuals were still not ready for it.
Astrology, on the other hand, found a new footing. Through astrology, the benefits of the vitality and range of Greek gods soon was observed. When linked with planets and constellations, the entire prospect of divinities was seen through a uniquely exciting eye. It was dramatic and exciting, and everyone began showing interest in it. As a result, the range of astrologers extended. While it started with merely aiding with the day to day affairs of the state, the predictions that it sought to make made a lasting impression on the men and women.
As you can imagine, predicting the future was not something considered wisely back then. And more or less, the Greek civilisation suffered as a result of it.
India and the Birth of Vedic Astrology
India’s history when it comes to Vedic astrology is believed to be more than six millennia old. However, if the evidence is to be considered, it came as early as 1000 BC. Bearing a Greek influence, it came into existence during the Hellenistic period. It is then that India started integrating the western version of the zodiac.
One can say that it all started with the Greeks. Just as it was happening in India, it started happening in Arabian countries as well. As the influx of forgotten Greek texts started to pour in, it was the golden age of the astrologers.
However, apprehensions and new knowledge brought in the age of reason and age of science. The appeal of this ancient art started to decline. However, one with the link to spirituality understands the virility of the movement of constellations, and therefore, in India, astrology persists as one of the most intricate and spiritual beliefs. The Indian culture is steeped in spirituality and astrology is an intrinsic part of it. There are no major decisions taken unless the signs say so, and no marriages come into fruition unless proper horoscopes (Janam patri) are drawn up.
However, Jothishi believes that astrology, as innately powerful as it is, can be addicting. Therefore, our experts are geared towards ensuring that you move through life with a spiritual connection where your actions are a consequence of your own choices.
That being said, the Greek astrology culture resonated through the entire globe and countries like China, Iran, India, and many other’s foundations were laid upon through astrology.
To understand the philosophy of astrology, and Jothishi, one must strive to look upon its impact on other cultures as well.
In the early history of humanity, astrology and astronomy were closely related. The latter dealt with the movements of heavenly bodies, while the former attempted to interpret the possible effects that these might have upon earth’s inhabitants. In Babylonia, where astrology had its origins, considerable importance was attached to such phenomena as eclipses and meteors, to say nothing of planetary movements. Individual stars and constellations were given names, and when they began to be worshiped as gods, the way was opened for astrologers to make predictions as to how people on earth might be affected.
In the second millennium b.c., Babylonian astrologers drew up horoscopes indicating what might be expected to happen in each month. Once twelve of these menologies had been compiled, they were used year after year without change. The superstitious Babylonians also devised the zodiac, a division of the celestial sphere into twelve equal parts known as signs or houses, which were named after the sun, moon, and principal planets. By the late fourth century b.c., Mesopotamian astrology had spread to Greece, and about a century later was adopted widely by the Egyptians. When Greek culture was absorbed by the Romans, astrology assumed the form of a religion, and its practitioners began to design individual horoscopes.
The Old Testament While some have asserted that the twelvefold blessing pronounced by Jacob on his sons ( Gen 49:1-28 ) had some astrological significance, there is nowhere in the material any mention of the possible influence of heavenly bodies. The Israelites were forbidden to worship stars ( Deu 9:14 ), this being seen as an offshoot of astrological speculation. Several centuries later, the influence of Mesopotamian star adulation was being experienced in Israel, causing Amos to condemn the northern kingdom’s worship of Saturn ( 5:26 ). Jeremiah also referred to the pagan veneration of Ishtar or Venus ( 7:18 ; 44:17-19 ) as well as celestial bodies generally ( 8:2 ; 19:13 ). Isaiah was the first to refer specifically to astrologers and their activities ( 47:13 ), and in his prophecy he predicted their destruction, saying that “the fire will burn them up” ( 47:14 ).
Daniel seems to have been familiar with astrologers ( 2:27 ; 4:7 ) and with their inability to interpret the king’s dreams. Some writers have suggested that the term “Chaldean, ” used to describe the wise men of Babylon who acted as astrologers, had actually been written galdu, “astrologers, ” by Daniel, but later on was transcribed incorrectly as kaldu, since by then Chaldea (mat Kaldu) had become known as the place where they flourished. Daniel repudiated their supposed abilities by declaring that only God can be regarded as the true source of revelations concerning the future ( 5:14-16 ).
Some two centuries before Christ was born, astrology gained a foothold in Jewish religion, when identification of certain angels with stars and planets came into vogue. Although the tradition was repudiated in Wisdom 13:1-4, it had already become impossible to halt the Jewish fascination with astrology. The remains of a Byzantine synagogue floor, unearthed at sixth-century a.d. levels at Beth Alpha in Palestine, included a mosaic in the form of a zodiac, thus showing the extent to which astrology had infiltrated religious architecture.
The New Testament It is against the intertestamental period’s concern with angels and elemental spirits that the influence of astrology on early Christianity must be assessed. What may have been an example of celestial phenomena being given an astrological interpretation involved the appearance of an unusual star in the heavens. Such occurrences were not entirely unknown in antiquity, and sometimes were taken as pointing to the birth of a famous person, such as Alexander the Great. Thus the Mesopotamian magi ( Matt 2:1-2 ), who were most probably professional astrologers, were able to both reassure and alarm Herod by offering him astrological reasons for their journey. The star has been a matter of debate also. The magi spoke of it as a single entity, but some scholars have regarded it as a conjunction of Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. Others prefer the translation “in its ascendancy” to the traditional “in the east.” If the star was a single celestial body, it could possibly have been a nova in its final stage of existence, but this cannot be demonstrated. The Greek word magoi [mavgo”] appears again in ac 8:9 and 13:6-8, to describe magicians rather than astrologers.
There could possibly be a reference to the worship of angelic beings in some of Paul’s writings, notably in Galatians 4:3 and Colossians 2:15, 20, where the veneration of celestial bodies, particularly among Colossian Christians, was being condemned. Less probably is the speculation that the depth (Gk. bathos [bavqo”]) and height (Gk. hypsoma[u&ywma]) as in Romans 8:39 can be interpreted astrologically. If anything, they are astronomical terms intended to denote space in relation to the earth. It would thus appear that the New Testament contains no explicit statements that would support the practice of astrology. While some have argued that the magi’s visit to Bethlehem gives proper credence to the value of astrology, the fact is that, from a theological perspective, the obedient believer is led in life by the Holy Spirit, who was promised by Christ as the one who would guide the godly into all truth ( John 16:13 ).
Anthropologists and others have observed that when religion declines in a culture it is replaced by superstition. Consequently, it is only to be expected that when people fall away from the faith once delivered to the saints they will place increasing trust in such astrological devices as horoscopes. Part of the popularity of these ancient Mesopotamian devices is that they are seen to afford a possible glimpse into the immediate future. It is unhappily true that they are immensely popular among superstitious persons, and are given wide circulation in the press. It is almost unbelievable that some scientists, who above all others insist upon a pragmatic, empirical approach to their work that is devoid of any possible religious influence, should consult their horoscopes each morning before undertaking the day’s responsibilities.
Many of those in bondage to horoscopes argue that nowadays the stars are not consulted, but that instead the predictions are formulated mathematically, and customized to accommodate the latitude and longitude of particular individuals. Christians need to reject such spurious “science, ” and commit their way consistently to the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Communication with a deity for the purpose of determining the deity’s knowledge, resulting in clarification of a decision or discernment of the future. Two forms of divination developed in the ancient Near East, one using inductive manipulation of natural or human phenomena and the other taking intuitive forms of inner revelation.
The History of Divination. In Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Egypt, and Canaan, people communicated with their deities by means of divination, both on a personal and public level. From the Old Babylonian period (ca. 2000 b.c.) on in Mesopotamia, the reading of livers helped determine the actions of commoners and kings. A sheep was slaughtered, its liver removed, and the markings of the organ “read” for an answer. Other inductive types of divination included the analysis of stars, moon, entrails, lungs, weather, birds, and fetuses. Human-produced phenomena studied included casting lots, shooting arrows, dropping oil in water, drinking wine, calling the dead, and sprinkling water on an ox. Intuitive types of divination in the ancient Near East involved oracles, prophecies, and dreams.
In Israel, an official position on divination limited its uses to forms that did not reflect the practices of surrounding cultures. Most inductive forms were forbidden ( Lev 19:26 ; Deut 18:11 ), although the use of Urim and Thummim and lots supposes some inductive approaches. Most ancient practices, however, were used by both the populace and the officials. The Bible alludes to the use of omens ( Isa 44:25 ), arrows ( Ho 4:12 ), animal actions ( 1 Sam 6:7-12 ), the reading of livers ( Eze 21:21-22 ), budding plants ( Num 17:1-11 ), necromancy ( 1 Sam 28 ), and prophetic utterances, called false ( Micah 3:7Micah 3:11 ) or “lying divinations” ( Isa 44:25 ; Jer 14:14 ; 27:9-10 ; Ezek 12:24 ; Zech 10:2 ). References to the “soothsayers’ tree” ( Judges 9:37 ), the “sons of a sorcerer” ( Isa 57:3 ), and the girl with a spirit of divination ( Acts 16:16-19 ) are evidence of widespread practice.
Theology of Divination. Divination presupposes that the divine communicates with the human. This communication takes both human and divine initiative. Inductive techniques depend on human initiation. The Bible supposes that a priority rests on revelatory forms (dream, vision, oracle) rather than on inductive ones (Urim/ Thummim, ephod). Although natural phenomena may communicate God’s will, their interpretation must be scrutinized and may be helped by the verbal. It seems clear that God is not limited to the use of any one means of revelation.
Why would the Bible record such strong negative injunctions against inductive divination? Deuteronomic law especially attacks everything connected with pagan religions. Foreign deities may have attached themselves to these methods. Even then, most of Israel’s approved methods display parallels with the surrounding cultures. The question of veracity may be involved because they prove difficult to interpret. For this reason, verbal forms take precedence over inductive methods. Yet even prophecies need to stand the test of whether they come true ( Deut 18:21-22 ).
Human need requires discernment of divine desires. God chooses to communicate in a variety of ways, including divination techniques, but always in the clearest, most unambiguous way possible.
If you follow the media with all the CDC updates you’ll be walking in fear not faith. I can say this because the Bible tells us to be steadfast in our faith. How can we do this?
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Are the messages in the media of a good report? I hear them saying if you don’t follow their rules you will get sick and die. They tell you spirits of infirmity are larger than God. That God is not capable of protecting you his way, you must follow theirs. Wear a mask get a shot. Walk in the direction they designate you to in shopping aisles. Don’t meet with your families for holidays. In California they weren’t allowed to sign in worship. You can’t go to church but you can go to Walmart or Home Depot.
Are you understanding what I’m trying to covey to you? I’ve always said the media is used to report what satan is doing in the Earth. They report negative news than good report.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
If you follow quarantine you’ll be disobedient to the word of God fore staking congregating.
In my strong opinion following the medical field is calling evil good. They use pharmekia meaning sorcery. And much of what they do goes directly against the word of God.
Think about this they use sorcery, preform abortions, do surgeries to create transgenders along with providing hormones to change them. They give bad reports and whose report are you to receive? Once those diagnosis are pronounced they are hard to break strongholds around them. Along with fear false information and other tactics to get you from trusting God, stealing your faith.
Do you follow the law of the land or the Bible? Let’s see what Paul and Silas did?
Acts 16:18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Matthew 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
I put that in bold because he did something that would be so unheard of in our day. Laid hands on a leper. I bet he’d lay hands on the plagues of covid too. Most church lay a hand on a shoulder not understanding the significance of transferring the anointing for healing.
2 Timothy 1:6
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Now whose report will you receive when they tell you to be disobedient to the word to follow the CDC.
When more than one person comes to you with words that were spoken from a naysayer. Let the naysayers nay say. They are used of the devil to distract you. The only way they can get to you is it your pride is wounded. I know what they say may hurt you. But it’s more your ego being wounded.
Jesus kept walking with the heavy cross on his shoulder as they screamed at him obscenities and all kinds of false accusations. He kept going to his final destination. If he lost his focus dropped the cross tried to defend himself Or took the time to retort or retaliate he never would I’ve made it to where he was supposed to be.
Recently it was continuously brought to my attention that there were people talking about me in a very negative way. The same people have talked about many others. They have their critical judgments and self-righteousness where they feel that I’m not good enough to do what I do. But all glean from what I’m doing. The enemy will use anything to stop you even your peers. I’ve prayed for better friends truer friends. But God wants me to be faithful to the ones I have now. There are times when you are more friend to someone then they are to you. You have to be ok with that. Let Jesus be your best friend so you can both laugh and what the devil is trying to use against you.
So if I get caught up in what they have to say I’m not doing what I have to do because I’m distracted and thinking of how it is I could defend myself.
When I was getting upset about the things I heard. I prayed God what is it and why is it they were saying these things. He showed me they are jealous and we’re not mature enough do you understand me. That I could continue to sow my seeds into their lives without taking any mind to their negativity.
Basically, I was to ignore them just like Jesus did when the crowd screaming at him. None of us have had the battles Jesus has had. So why should we gripe? It’s just like with a bully you have to ignore what they are doing for them to stop. When your focus is so forward what’s beside you if it’s not guiding you to where you need to be it needs to be ignored.
We are to cast our cares on the Lord so take what they say to the cross bring them to Gods attention. Take nothing they say personally. Be about the Lords business. When you do even your enemies will be at peace with you.
The founder of the church of Satan said that by dressing up, either by wearing a costume or coloring oneself for Halloween, is tantamount to worshipping the devil.
Anton LaVey, the founder of the church of Satan, himself declared that by dressing up, either by wearing a costume or by coloring oneself in celebration of Halloween, signifies that you allow Satan to own you. He further said that when you adopt the pagan practices, you subconsciously dedicate yourself to the devil. He took joy in Christians who take part in the tradition, saying:
I am glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year. Welcome to Halloween.
LaVey’s statement is corroborated by a former Satanist, John Ramirez, who said that when you dress up even as an angel or a mermaid for Halloween, “you give the devil the legal rights to change your identity.” Ramirez further warned that there’s a much darker reality in Halloween beyond costumes and candy. The former Satanist turned Christian pastor said in an interview on CBS News (October 20, 2018):
I was a general to the kingdom of darkness in witchcraft. I would sit with the devil and talk to him like I’m talking to you today. It was that kind of communication. It was that kind of relationship.
With more than 2.2 billion adherents, Christianity comprises about 31.50% among all the organized religions in the world. And, based on a CBN News Facebook survey, 87% expressed that Christians should not celebrate Halloween, while 13% believe that there’s no problem celebrating it.
Christians are taught to be the light of the world. In one of the Scripture passages, we are instructed thus:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.
Therefore, Christian believers have the moral responsibility to educate their children regarding the evil that comes with Halloween pumpkins, costumes, and the Trick-or-Treat tradition. Adults should likewise lead by example to the young ones.
The origin of Halloween can be traced back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s a tradition held at the end of summer when sacrifices were made to the gods in Druid tradition. The adherents believed that Samhain, the god of death, scattered evil spirits during this time throughout the world to attack humans. These evil spirits play nasty tricks as soon as the dark winter and the waning of the sun set in.
To escape the attack, humans would assume disguises and make themselves look like evil spirits, too.
Halloween is also the favorite time of year for witches, or the advocates of Wicca. Wicca is the official religion of witchcraft. Wiccan adherents believe that on the night of October 31, the separation of physical and spiritual realities is at its thinnest and least guarded. And so, it’s the best time for those who have necromantic abilities to speak to the dead.
Pagan Halloween and Christian tradition
As Christianity spread through Europe, it came into conflict with the indigenous pagan beliefs. The organized church basically challenged the established customs by trying to introduce Christian alternatives. Although Christianity gained some converts, many were adamant. And so, the missionaries succeeded only in “Christianizing” pagan rituals. They were only able to introduce Christian symbols and practices to the pagan traditions, like the All Hallows Eve remembrance.
The missionaries injected the All Saints’ Day concept into the pagan Halloween celebration. They introduced the evening before All Saints’ Day as All Hallows Eve, when the time of solemn remembrance of the martyrs begins. The term was derived from “Hallowed”, which means holy. All Hallows Eve was shortened to “Hallow-e’en”, which eventually became “Halloween” over the years. The only difference between the two practices is that the early Christians’ observance of the Halloween never involved wearing costumes. It was rather a solemn event focused on prayer and meditation.
Sadly though, the pagan practices held a remarkably strong influence that some of the new converts were unable to abandon their old customs altogether. Over the years, other Christians adopted those customs, too. Besides, commercialization came into play. Thus, the practice of trick-or-treat, costumes, adornments, and make-up or body coloring is very much alive even up to the present.
Call to action
Christians are actually capable of reversing the evil of Halloween if, and only if, each one would live by the teachings of the One on whom they profess their faith. Parents should teach their children the appropriate way to commemorate All Saints Day.
Nila EslitNila Eslit is a Philippine-based freelance content writer, editor, and copywriter. She also writes book reviews. She received a baccalaureate in Mass Communication from St. Theresa’s College, Cebu, Philippines