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“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light…And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:8, 11

Halloween takes its name from All Saints’ Day because October 31st was called “Allhallows’ Eve,” “eve of all the holy ones’ day,” a day that was set aside by the Roman Catholic Church in the 700’s to honor all Christian saints and martyrs. A priestly cult among ancient Celts in France, England, and Ireland, called “Druids,” also celebrated an autumn festival.

As so often happened in those early days of Christendom, pagan holidays and practices became mixed with so-called “Christian” celebrations in an effort to save the pagans. However, the seemingly harmless display of witches, goblins, and cats exposes the vulnerable spirits of today’s children to demonic activity.

It is obvious that the Druids’ emphasis on skeletons and ghosts roaming around in cemeteries on Halloween night to harm people constitutes dabbling with what Deuteronomy 18 explicitly forbids Christians to do. Satan uses it to deceive and ensnare. Prepare your heart today for close fellowship with God, and put off all works of darkness.

PRAY:  “Father, help me to expose wickedness and educate others to separate themselves from the satanic elements of the Halloween observance today. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

“So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” I Corinthians 4:1-2 (NIV)

The basic premise of leadership is that God does not make LEADERS; He makes SERVANTS, and servants BECOME leaders. “Leader” is found only six times in the Bible. It is not an office to which you are appointed or elected, but one for which you must qualify. “Servant” is what you ARE; “leader” is what you DO!

Leadership is not a POSITION, but an ACTIVITY. Well-known speaker, Charles Simpson, says that leadership is being a step ahead…being willing to do something before everyone thinks it ought to be done and being willing to be wrong or at least early. Somebody said: A “leader” is one step ahead of the crowd. Get two steps ahead, and they call you a “pioneer.” Get three steps ahead, and they may call you a “martyr.”

Today a new offensive in the Church is arising. New leadership is emerging on the scene…a new face, a new look…fresh revelation rising out of obscurity. There is a spiritual crisis in the world, and leadership emerges in times of crises. There are grounds for action. Now is the time to put your training to use. You are well-armed and ready for God’s army.

PRAY: “Father, increase my leadership today. Having an office or position or gifts is not enough.  I want to be used in battle. Give me courage for the task ahead. Amen.

“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

You have special God-given gifts and abilities. Some you received at birth, and some you received at rebirth (salvation). God wants you to discover your SPIRITUAL GIFTS and use them as tools of ministry to others and as warfare against the enemy.

The MANIFESTATION GIFTS (I Corinthians 12:4-11) are given by the Holy Spirit to help you minister supernaturally…Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Gifts of Healing, Working of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of Spirits, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues.

The MINISTRY GIFTS (Ephesians 4:11) are ministry offices of leadership given by Jesus Christ to equip the saints and to help each one become a functioning member of His body.

The MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS (Romans 12:6-8) are given by God the Father, so that together the saints form a healthy, functioning body of unique individuals. These gifts are often referred to as “character traits.”

PRAY: “Father in heaven, help me to discover the gifts You have given me so that I might exercise them to greater growth and maturity. Thank You for being my partner. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Luke 10:17

Do not give the devil more power than his due. God has limited his power and “greater is he [God] that is in you…” (I John 4:4). The devil’s loud roar is the strongest tool that he has. It is a tool of deception, to paralyze you with fear and uncertainty.

1) The devil is NOT OMNIPOTENT – He does not have unlimited power; but Jesus does have all power, in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18), and He has delegated it to us! (See Luke 10:19.)

2) The devil in NOT OMNIPRESENT – He is a created being, limited to being at one place at a time. Now, granted, he does have lots of assistants, but God is everywhere present, and “where two or three [of us] are gathered in [His] name”…Jesus is there (Matthew 18:20).

  1. The devil is NOT OMNISCIENT – He does not know all things. He cannot read your mind, and this gives God a great advantage. When the devil plants an evil thought, God can enliven His Word in your mind and, through your confession, Satan is defeated!

PRAY: “Powerful Lord, help me to recognize my advantage over the devil through a deep understanding of my strength in You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11

The devil is “wily.” He is a schemer, and you should not be ignorant of his devices. (See II Corinthians 2:11.) Here are a few of his favorite tools:

1) OPPOSITION – His name, Satan, means “opposer,” and he opposes everything that is godly. He takes no “time outs” or weekends off. He capitalizes on your weaknesses and will attack you when you are down.

2) IMITATION – He wants to be like God, so he specializes in imitating religion; sometimes being transformed into an angel of light or minister of righteousness (II Corinthians 11:14-15), deceiving the very elect (Matthew 24:24).

3) ACCUSATION – He is the accuser of the brethren, accusing believers day and night (Revelation 12:10), bringing up the past, and trying to cause people to doubt God’s Word.

Your faith in God gives you the victory over Satan (I John 5:4); Christ has put all things UNDER HIS FEET; and you are part of HIS BODY! (Ephesians 1:22).

PRAY: “Victorious Lord, You have given me authority ‘over all the power of the enemy,’* and I stand on that authority today. ‘Nothing shall by any means hurt [me].’* Amen.”

*Luke 10:19

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”  Revelation 3:11

How many times have you observed somebody miraculously healed in a service only to lose it days or weeks later? Here are some biblical principles to help you stay healed:

1) Submit to God. (James 4:7) Keep a humble heart, always giving God all the glory for the miracle He performed.

2) Resist the devil. (James 4:7) Do not allow the devil to rob you through fears and doubts. “Casting down imaginations…and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (II Corinthians 10:5)

3) Walk by faith, not by feeling. (II Corinthians 5:7) If symptoms reappear, keep confessing your healing through eyes of faith. “…we look not at the things which are seen [temporal], but at the things which are not seen [eternal]….” (II Corinthians 4:18a)

4) Guard your confession. (Matthew 12:37) “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Make sure your confession lines up with God’s Word and call “those things which be not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17).

PRAY: “Father God, I align myself with Your Word and stand upon the promise that, by Your Son’s stripes, I am healed. Thank You for giving me this assurance. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

When you are ready to receive God’s power for healing, pull out all the stops and apply every principle of His Word. Here is a Biblical prescription for your healing:

1) Daily doses of God’s Word. (Psalm 107:20) “He sent his word, and healed them…”

2) Call for the church elders to anoint with oil. (James 5:14) Remember, oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

3) Receive the laying on of hands. (Mark 16:18) “…lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

4) Use the Name of Jesus. (John 14:14) “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

5) Have others agree with you in prayer. (Matthew 18:19) “…if two of you shall agree on earth….”

6) Believe that you shall receive by faith. (Mark 11:24) “…when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

7) Confess the promises of God. (Revelation 12:11) “And they overcame him…by the word of their testimony.”

PRAY:  “Lord, I confess You as my Healer. Hear my cry, O God, and perform on Your Word. I give You all the Glory. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.”

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