“During this time of year, darkness just seems to be celebrated.” Susie Larson
In today’s culture of horror movies and TV shows about hunting ghosts, the paranormal is perhaps no more celebrated than in the month of October. How do we respond to a culture that is so preoccupied with the darkness of the spiritual realm?
Before she became a believer, Liz Curtis Higgs was also captivated by the darkness.
“In my youth, I was so attracted to the occult. I always wanted to play with a Ouija board.”
Liz recounts the story of when she visited the apartment of a potential roommate and something just didn’t seem quite right.
“I wasn’t a believer but even I knew that something was wrong with that apartment and finally I said to her, ‘What is it you do exactly?’ she replied, ‘Oh, I’m a witch.’”
Even though she wasn’t a believer at the time, God was still guiding Liz’s steps.
“Even then God was intervening for me, even though I did not know Him, He certainly knew me and He was stirring inside of me enough to make me even me, the bad girl, step back and say, ‘Wow, okay, I’m not willing to go there.’”
The world presents demonic realities in an appealing way and sometimes even Christians are drawn in.
“All those things have great appeal, but they appeal to the flesh, and not the Spirit. If we’ll listen to the Holy Spirit it will keep us out of that stuff for sure.”
What can we do?
In order to combat the dark focus of Halloween and the month of October, Liz suggests that Christians should focus on the positive aspects of the month.
“The beauty of October and the glories of God’s creation are never more evident. Every tree is like a paint brush, the sky is a blue hue that it never is any other month of the year.”
This Halloween ask God to help you direct your attention away from the witches and the ghosts and on to His glorious creation.
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