Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2012

Halloween

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Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!

I have a problem with Halloween.  It’s not the dressing up, the parties or going to get treats.  It’s the costumes so many choose to wear.  We are told to have nothing to do with certain things.  One of them is witchcraft and satan worship.  Dressing up as a witch or as satan or anything else that gives honor to any act of evil is very repulsive to me.  There are so many different characters to copy in our costumes other than those who represent the ways of sin and evil.  It is good for children to have fun but they should also learn that we are to have nothing to do with things that represent evil and witches and goblins and etc. are real and in satan’s world.  This is my personal interpretation.  Each must decide for themselves but I choose not to honor things or characters that represent evil that is still present in this world.  Have a fun, safe and satan-free Halloween.

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January 13, 2012

Cast Out Demons

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:35 am
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Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Drive out demons? So many don’t believe demons really exist. So many are unaware of the spiritual world. Demons cause the leprosy. Demons entice people to turn away from God. Demons take the form of addictions, self-centeredness, depression, hate and so on. How can we drive out these demons? We connect to God’s power and pray. We declare Jesus as the victor and we have the authority as believers to use His Name to drive out the demons. If we have demons in us we cannot drive them out of others. Jesus said, “A house divided cannot stand.” Let us ask God to reveal the areas of our own lives that need His deliverance from demons so we can be free to be a part of helping others be free from theirs.

January 3, 2012

No More Demons

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:53 am
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Mark 16:17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Did you have trouble getting to sleep after your New Year celebration? We did. The firecrackers seemed to be non-ending. Firecrackers were used long ago (and still are in some cultures) as noise that would chase away the demons of the old year and permit the New Year to start without the old demons. There is nothing to deter a demon other than Jesus. Demons cannot stand in the presence of Jesus or even in the presence of a believer who has the authority to say the name of Jesus through his own relationship with Jesus. We need to stay alert to the fact that demons (alcoholisms drug addiction, sexual recklessness, materialism and on and on) and bind those demons in the name and through the power of Jesus. This must be done not just before the start of a new year but throughout the year. Let us determine to stay alert. Binding the demons of this world is a part of preparing the way for Jesus to return. God said, “What’s bound on earth is bound in heaven and what’s loosed on earth is loosed in heaven.” Let us bind the bad and loose God’s Holy Spirit throughout this earth.

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