Today is Halloween and many children in the United States and in some other countries will be going out in the evening seeking candy from friends, from family and even from strangers. They will be knocking on doors that readily open to provide treats they want. To me, these doors that open remind me of what God in His word, the Bible, tells us not to do. And that is to not open up (open doors) to the occult and to other forces that are evil.
Ever since Adam and Eve, mankind has always had a strong curiosity to know what is yet to come. This desire to know the future, solve personal problems and have a happy life without seeking God has resulted in emptiness, pain and suffering. It has led many people to open doors that should never have been opened. These doors are their minds – what they heed and pay attention to. And those often knocking their doors (and ours!) are trick-or-treaters of a different sort. I believe they are spiritual demons, fallen angels (future posts subject here), that are unfriendly and are wearing various beautiful and attractive costumes. What are these costumes? How are these spirits dressed?
As they knock doors they wear the costumes of various occult practices. They are dressed in activities such as: astrology, spiritism, seances, Ouija board reading, Santeria, black magic, projection/astral traveling, Wicca, witchcraft, voodoo, tarot card reading, and palm reading. These are just a few of the ways these spiritual “trick-or-treaters” appear as they arrive and knock on the door of our thoughts. Many of you know where I am going with this. Just as we open our doors on Halloween to those who want candy, so are many people opening the doors of their hearts (their minds) to those who want to do us harm. God, as many of you know, hates it. (Deuteronomy 18:10, Micah 5:12, Leviticus 19:31, 20:6, Acts16:16-18, etc ) Why?
Let me illustrate the reason. I bought a local newspaper the other day and read what the horoscope said regarding the month I was born. Now, I never follow astrology, but I purposely purchased it for the purpose of this post. I want to show you what happens when a person sets his heart to it. Here is what this newspaper’s horoscope actually said about me:
You could waste time plotting and scheming when all the facts are not within your grasp.
That was all it said. It was surprisingly short. As I read this, I thought to myself that this can be true with me in any circumstance! For example, what if I were an attorney, how would this passage impact me? If I gave any credence to astrology, would I think twice before going ahead on a legal case that morning? If I were a businessman and place trust on horoscopes, would I reschedule my sales presentation that day in order to get more information before meeting a prospect? Or, what if I were making final preparations on a surprise party for my wife? If I consult with the stars, would this have influenced me to not surprise her at all?
If I read horoscope passages, thoughts such as these would enter my mind enticing me to change from my original course of action. I would believe that what I first had in mind would result in something I would not want. I am opening my door to thinking and meditating on things that may not be mine at all. Opening my door to the occult is very much like inviting these unwanted spiritual beings into my home and having them converse with me.
How is this true? Well, these demons are mimicking what God does as He communes with me. When I go to a church service to worship and seek God’s will, what usually takes place? A pastor preaches from the Bible. He quotes scriptures and talks about it. My mind then begins to do exactly what it does when I read horoscope verses. My thought process seeks application to what I just heard or read. I am, in effect, listening to what God has to say. I would begin asking myself, “Did I commit that sin spoken of?” Or, “Does God want me to do such and such now?” Or, “Will I change, repent, from the way I was going?” God is communicating here with me as I open my mind, my thoughts, to Him. Because I have a trust in Him and believe in the Bible, a conviction occurs which leads and feeds me.
However, I deny God’s influence in my life when I believe that there are forces emanating from planets and stars shaping my life. How can celestial bodies millions and millions of miles away from this planet earth have so much impact on an insignificant recipient such as me? My answer? It is not planets and stars far away that are doing the influencing. I believe it is these same evil, spiritual beings near me whom I have been entertaining who are tricking me to believe it. They are the liars, the deceivers and the destroyers of faith in God. These tricksters are trying to mislead me away from God. They are not after my best interest.
Another example is if I participate in a seance to communicate with the “dead”. This is not trusting in God and His word. It is seeking a voice from another entity – a supposedly deceased friend or family member talking to me. But it is a ruse. This being is playing a trick on me. It is all a lie. Isn’t it better for me to seek God in prayer? Why should I reject God?
Ever wonder why there are so many demonic possessions noted in the Bible and are so prevalent today? It is because people have opened their doors to evil forces and developed habits such as daily devotion to astrology. These forces eventually took over their lives – mentally and physically. This is why God is strongly against people getting even near this. It is because He is not at all in it! He is totally out of it! He wants to be in your life for our good.
You can let God in by opening your door to God by prayer, fasting, meditating and reading God’s Word, the Bible. You open doors through fellowship with the saints – church members who have God’s Holy Spirit. As a matter fact, you can open your door to Jesus Christ Himself:
Do let Jesus Christ in! Let Him live within you. If you have not done so already, accept Him as your Savior. Let Him be your guide and your friend. With Jesus Christ inside you, the “trick-and-treaters, Satan and his demons, will not be able to enter into you and cause havoc in your life. Why?
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
– 1 John 4:4
There is so much more that can be said on this topic. I will stop here. If you are being influenced by demonic spirits and want to be free from them, my heart and prayers go out to you. My prayer is that Jesus Christ be with you as you read this and let Him do His will in your life. Accept Him, now. I pray that He take action as you read these next few words:
“In the name of Jesus Christ, leave this person! Now!”
All praise and glory be to our God and our Jesus Christ! Not only on this day known as Halloween, but everyday, now and forever and ever.