Shut the Door, Keep out the Devil:
A Halloween-Themed Devotional Just For You Today…
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:11-12).
The Bible says that we are in a spiritual war. The war we’re fighting is not against other people, but against wicked spirits in the spirit realm. Because these evil demonic spirits live in an unseen realm, many people have a hard time believing them, but make no mistake: The devil and his demons are just as real as God and His army of heavenly angels. I don’t say this to frighten you, but to make you aware that there’s more going on in this world then what we can see with our natural eyes. That’s why the Bible warns us to not give place to the devil (Eph. 4:27).
The inspiration for today’s devotional came when I was awoken by my oldest son, Caleb, when he was six years old, when he came running into my bedroom at 5:00 in the morning one day. He had just had a bad dream, and was afraid, and he had come to tell me about it. In his dream, there were some scary voices that were screaming at him from the TV, and he was very frightened. I discerned almost immediately what the source of this nightmare was, but instead of explaining it to him, I asked, “Why do you think you had that dream Caleb?” He replied, “The Pokemon cards, dad.” He was probably right. Let me back up a little bit in the story here and explain.
In our family, we don’t allow our children to enter into the world of magic and the occult. They don’t read the Harry Potter books or see the movies. They don’t watch TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And they aren’t allowed to watch the Pokemon cartoon, or play the spin-off card games. Why, you ask? Because we don’t want to give any place to the devil. The Bible says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8). As parents, we try, as much as is possible, to be discerning about what we allow our children to watch, because we know the importance of the Scriptural warning, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” (Prov. 4:23).
Anyway, the night in question, we had allowed Caleb to play with one of the young boys from our neighbourhood who lived about four doors down from our place. They had played together many times before, and we had never had any problems with him in the past. However, when Caleb came home, and we asked what he had been doing there, he said, “I don’t want to tell you because you’ll be mad.” When I pressed him further, he finally admitted that he had played Pokemon cards with this young boy. Without getting angry, I reminded my son why we don’t want him playing with Pokemon because of the evil spirits and spells that are associated with the game.
Now, some of you will say that the fact that Caleb had a nightmare last night wasn’t connected to the fact that he was playing with Pokemon cards, and there’s probably nothing that I can say that will convince you of that. But I’ll tell you one thing that you must believe. We are in a spiritual war against evil spirits, and the Bible warns us to not give any place to the devil. Regardless of how popular witchcraft and the occult has become in today’s society, God’s Word hasn’t changed on the topic. “And do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft.” (Deut. 18:10). When you choose to rebel against God’s Word, you do so at your own peril. I challenge you – don’t give place to the devil. Shut the door to evil, magic and occult practices, and keep out the devil.
Pastor Chris Jordan