EDITOR’S NOTE: IF YOU BELIEVE HALLOWEEN IS SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE AND A BIG BALL OF FUN; YOU HAVE A LOT TO LEARN!
HALLOWEEN IS UPON US
Once again people are carving pumpkins, dunking apples and dressing up like witches and goblins. Setting aside my disdain for this unholy holiday, Halloween is upon us. On this special day, participants want to appear to be something they are not, so they change their appearances with masks and costumes. For these revelers this make believe occurs just once a year. However, there is a group of people who wear their disguises 365 days a year. . . .they have their Christian disguises.
All of these pretenders don’t disguise themselves to the same extent. There are some folks who wear a full mask and a costume that covers their entire body. If you were to go home with them after church on a Sunday, or after choir rehearsal, you wouldn’t recognize them at all; in fact, you would think that you had surely come upon the reincarnation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — except for the fact that you don’t believe in reincarnation. The warm, loving saintly person at church has been transformed into a cold, wrath-filled, selfish individual. At this point you may be breathing a sigh of relief saying: “Thank goodness Gene’s not talking about me.” However, at the other end of the spectrum you find the person who only wears a face mask –not unlike the Lone Ranger‘s. This individual is rather consistent in his or her Christian walk but there is some unconfessed sin in his life he’s tenaciously holding onto. In between these two extremes, there are people wearing a variety of pretentious garb.
It is my understanding that God knows we will not live perfectly sinless lives. He made a
provision for us in 1 John 1:9, ‘IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US OF ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS”. However, I do believe that He demands that we be perfectly yielded to Him. When we are perfectly yielded to The Father, we will ask Him to take away anything in our lives which does not glorify Him and we will pray that His will be done in our lives. As you know, God’s goal is to transform us into the image of His Son Jesus, from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18) This is accomplished as we maintain that attitude of yieldedness.
Now Fellow Saints, if you can truthfully say “What you see is what you get!!” I want to thank you for your indulgence and patience in reading his Newsletter. . . .this message wasn’t for you. But as for the rest of us, if we are wearing a face mask, a cover all costume, or anything in between, the Lord would have us to yield to Him TOTALLY. Our deception may fool our fellowman, but it’s ridiculous to think that we can fool Almighty God. His unwillingness to accept half-way measures is exemplified in Rev. 3:16:“BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM AND NEITHER COLD NOR HOT, I WILL SPEW YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH”.
Have a blessing and be a blessing,