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Sceva House Devotional

Read This: “Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13).

Think: Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up! Okay and a little bit now too. It’s all about dressing up in fun costumes, carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and of course, the haunted houses. Who doesn’t love the anticipation and adrenaline rush of a good scare? What makes spooky goblins and monsters fun is that we know they’re just for pretend. The element of surprise gives us a fright, but ultimately we know we’re safe.

What makes haunted houses, witches, and spirits truly frightening is when it’s not just for pretend anymore. The Bible teaches very clearly that there is a spiritual reality that is very much a part of this world. Powerful spiritual beings exist and some of them are evil. Satan and his demons are on a mission to destroy everything that God created—especially men and women created in His image. They want to scare us, confuse us, and oppress us.

The good news is that as Christians we don’t need to be afraid of these powerful beings, as real as they are. The reason is that we already know how the story ends. The battle is already won and Christ is victorious (Rom. 16:10). Satan and his followers will be thrown into the Lake of Fire for all eternity (Rev. 20:10). While these beings are rightfully intimidating, God promises over and over to protect us. Furthermore, through the power of the cross we have even been given some authority over the darkness. At the same time keep in mind that we ourselves have no power over evil, but only Christ in us. We should not become arrogant by seeking out demons or taunting spirits much more powerful than our human flesh (see Jude 1:9).

So maybe the phone ringing in the Sceva house is real and maybe it isn’t. Either way, when we are grounded in Truth, our world isn’t rocked by experiences with the supernatural. A lot of people in our culture are confused by stories they hear or experiences they may have had with the supernatural. When given the opportunity, let’s try to help them process their thoughts and point them towards the freedom from fear we have in Christ.

Ask: What are some things you are afraid of? What do you think is the root of that fear?

Pray: Ask God to give you discernment as you filter the things that are just for fun and the things that you should probably leave alone as you choose to celebrate or not celebrate Halloween.