Tuesday, October 31, 2006

About Tonight...

We choose to separate from the celebrations...tonight. We celebrate God's creation and Him...any time we want to!! :) For our house...doing everything to stand, and not be weighted in any way means we must separate ourselves from those things which we believe directly assault the Gospel of Christ. Hebrews 12:1 is helpful along with the verses below; the Lord reveals "weights" we carry that slow us down in the "race"- Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The following verses have been on my heart this past month as I have been taking them apart and praying on them etc... my thoughts continue below...
edited to add-Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me
Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of [these] little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

We are living in the day of evil, are we not? Times have so changed, and I will say, that the first couple of years after we had Brianna, we did dress her up and take her door to door. We prayed about it afterwards, and we were covinced that this was not one of the better things the Lord would desire for us...then we resorted to fall festivals instead-and were convicted on that as well. Now, we will do a fall festival if it has nothing to do with Halloween...ie no dressing up unless it is a pilgrim theme and it must be on a separate night. That is not to say we judge anyone else. Each must answer for themselves, and we would never want to "distract" a fellow believer with rantings about "doubtful" issues the Lord has yet to reveal to them (if at all). We may, in meekness, share a testimony...which I am poorly doing...sorry. If the testimony sheds some light, then Praise the Lord...it was His work, and if we are given Light from the Lord on an issue, we must obediently walk in it. Anyway, I wanted to at least comment on the matter in case anyone is curious as to what we do. The girls have dress up stuff, and being homeschooled, they can dress up pretty much any time they want :) And, of course, I am a continuous work in progress. The Lord reveals "weights" I am carrying everyday..*sigh* He is so patient with me. PTL!!! God Bless you and your family as you seek those "better" things He has for your life.

Luke 5:39 No man also having drunk old [wine] straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

Try the New and better things revealed to you in His Word (not new and better of the world) you will be blessed!! I have been!!


Lula said...

Praise the Lord that He is patient with us...Amen.

I am also a work in progress, and make oh so many mistakes. I try to praise Him every time I think of it for His mercy and grace. I am not worthy to call Him Father that is for sure.

I posted a good article from our church website and a sermon my husband preached on witchcraft...etc a few minutes ago. I think you may get a blessing out it.

Have a great day!!! In the Lord!!!


Heather said...

Thanks lula! Yes, I am so unworthy to even speak of Him. PTL it is not based on worthiness but Grace and mercy..you are so right. I will go check it out!

Robin said...

Heather, very well written. Finding the balance contiues to be the theme in my life. I don't mean balancing the world with God, not at all! It needs to always be God first. Hmm... I think I just stumbled onto something I need to think on further. Thaks for sharing your post.

Heather said...

Lula- that was very very informative...I enjoyed the whole site.

Ms Robin- I know what you mean by "balance"...in HIS measure :) Exactly...the story of my life lol..I reserve the right at all times to be further convicted in anything I post or share lol ((hug))

Free In Christ said...

Great post. I never really have enjoyed halloween. I don't get into dressing the boys up at all.

Tonight our church had a "Reformation Celebration". It was a fabulous--educational alternative to halloween.

I am going to write about it later.
DUH Me, I forgot to take my camera. There would have been great photo opportunities.

Mishel said...

This was an *excellent* post Heather. If it's ok, I'd like to make a copy of it to keep.


Heather said...

Thank you Melissa :)

Ms Mishel, that is such a compliment, of course you can! love you!

Grafted Branch said...

We, too, do not wish to give the night any attention, however...

Being that this "holiday" is one in which the world thrusts itself and its ugliness on us (trick-or-treating) we do look forward to and have been blessed by leaving home to join with other families for food, frolic and some good teaching about the Reformation that Luther began with his 95 theses tacked to the church door (which, of course, just happens to mark its anniversary on the 31st of October from 1517).

Most know that, I realize...but for those who don't, I include it.

Oh, and thanks for the verse about the "old and new" because I've been vaguely remembering it lately, and know it will make its way into one of my streams of thought here soon!

Your blog is a blessing to me. I'm so glad Melissa at Free in Christ pointed you out!