Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

As we prepare for the Fall season, I want to share with you what God spoke to me about halloween. I fought with this for many years. My daughter wanted to celebrate because of the costumes and decorating – a time to be creative. She grew up with me doing alot of decorating with this. Then, when we became baptized together and joined Oak Grove Baptist Church in 2015, the religious spirit hit me hard. I got very judgmental and controlling about halloween! I wanted to stop it all and started telling my daughter all this religious judgmental stuff and it caused her to draw away from me and rebel. I took all the wrong approaches! I was battling a religious judgmental spirit! It actually made my relationship worse with my daughter and drove her further away! We went to the Harvest Festival and Trunk or Treat at my Church, I was trying not to be judgmental and religious even though my church was showing just fall related decor and games and nothing scary or demonic – I sat there and looked over the festivities and I spoke under my breath, ‘look at this, this not representing Jesus right!’ the next very second, I was STRONGLY reprimanded by the Holy Spirit very loudly and almost bounced me off my chair, I heard “DO NOT JUDGE MY CHURCH!” I was floored!! I repented quickly! Then I went home and I prayed and prayed. Asking the Lord to show me what to see, how to look at this through His eyes and deliver me from a judgmental religious spirit! It took some time, but I got deliverance. I learned that halloween, is a pagan holiday. We as Christians should not celebrate it as such. However, the Holy Spirit instructed me to “Take It Back For God” instead of being all religious and judgmental , use that time to bless and evangelize. Be the light. Last year, my daughter wanted to have a party at halloween. I said, ok, great I will dress up! We got all the kids here. I dressed up as “The Fruit of the Spirit” I handed out fruit of the spirit candy with scripture to each teen. I had my fruit of the spirit T shirt on! I had a colored stone for each teen with the fruit of the spirit engraved on it! (Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”)
My home was festive with a “Harvest Blessing” theme! I became the LIGHT! I told each teen that Jesus loved them very much! When they were all under my roof, my friend and sister in Christ, Gina and I prayed and decreed over all of them in the next room (they were in my garage hanging out) God’s blessing and praying for their salvation! IT WAS SO POWERFUL!! I felt the pleasure of the Lord in my obedience. I was so excited I knew that my daughter was seeing a different side of me, something fun – not judgmental. It was a good party and my daughter softened up to me and my faith. I apologized to her from before being religious and judgmental and I told her I was all wrong. That Jesus is really light and love. I felt a shift that night. I knew I was fully delivered from the religious spirit and I knew now how Jesus wants us to approach these things in our society. Jesus will judge the church – not us. We are to be the LIGHT. PRAISE GOD! I wanted to inspire you all with that today because the Lord showed me this picture yesterday and reminded me of it. Gina and my prayer I believe is coming to fruition for many of those kids. Remember Jesus was not religious or judgmental. He went to the dark places and was the light and spoke the decrees – He took authority in the dark places. The place at Caesarea Philippi was a shrine for demonic idols. Jesus brought His disciples there on purpose! He stood with them at those gates, where the people worshipped idols and those gates had been offered to idols (demons) but what did Jesus do? At that demonic place, He stood and asked His disciples: “Who do you say I am?” (He wanted it decreed out loud there! To make a show of the enemy!) Simon Peter said: “You are the Son of God!” Jesus confirmed, blessed Peter and decreed His CHURCH would be built and the GATES of hell would not prevail against it!” (Matt 16:13-17) Do you see? This is how we DO IT! We take it back for JESUS! It’s through the words and actions of our testimony to who HE IS over what the enemy has tried to influence. We must OCCUPY with the HOLY SPIRIT and the LIGHT of Christ in these dark places! BE THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS – BE THE INFLUENCER NOT THE JUDGE. – Coach Annamarie

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