A Beacon of Light

Rebekah - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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People always come up and they ask “Why do we ‘celebrate’ Halloween?” Yes, Halloween is the darkest night of the year and is called “Devil’s Night”. And we could argue our opinions to no end, but even the Bible speaks of that as foolishness for we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). If you really think about it, you walk out into a world of darkness every single day. The Bible says that there is an enemy after us and he is out to kill, steal, and destroy us (John 10:10), and if we are not careful we will help this enemy accomplish his mission.

Halloween is a dark night, and if we as Christians shut off our lights, close our doors, lock up our houses, we are basically saying to the devil “there’s a WORLD out there, accomplish your mission, we will not participate for we are hiding”. And we’ve let the devil reign on Halloween night for years and years and years. I don’t know about you, but I’m angry… I’m tired of the devil in my family, I’m tired of the devil in my church, I’m tired of the devil stealing away and robbing us of our freedoms. And I’m not going to sit and let the devil do this every single year…

I don’t know about you, but I want to be like Jonathan who looked up into the high place and saw that the enemy had taken over the high place, instead of hiding, Jonathan and his armorbearer climbed up and defeated the enemies! (I Samuel 14) Our purpose is not to hide, but to further the Kingdom of God, and that does not stop on one night of the year. Isaiah 60:1 says this, “Arise Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you.”

According to Scripture, the Word of God is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105). Do you see this flashlight here? When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we accept the Light of the World into our lives, which means we receive a light. But if we only once in awhile pick up the Word of God, guess what? Our light will not work, so you continue to walk in darkness. Let’s say you read your Word, but it only stays head knowledge it never reveals in your life, so you can quote Scriptures, but those Words you are speaking out don’t match up with your actions, guess what? That’s like putting batteries in my flashlight the wrong way, and my light will not shine. But if I pick up the Word of God, I read it, I let it manifest itself in my life, and I realize that my thoughts are not God’s thoughts and that my ways are not God’s ways and I follow the words that I read, guess what? My life is going to reflect the Light of the World, for my path and for others to see Jesus in me!

This really hit me hard this week and I started researching out the word “light” in the Bible and to my surprise that single word is found in almost every Book of the Bible and it appears many, many, many times! Now, I want to ask you this question… “Why do we NEED to celebrate Halloween?” And the answer is found in Scriptures…

1. Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”
2. John 1:5 says, “The light shines through the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
3. Acts 13:47 says, “For this is as the Lord commanded us, ‘I have made you a light to the world, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’”
a. We need to be this… (LIGHTHOUSE)
i. Stands out by itself. Sometimes in ministry, it feels like we are standing alone when surrounded with many different personalities, beliefs, opinions, and we are trying to tell them about Jesus and they are wanting to do a myriad of other things. But as you stand there with a message to deliver… you are shining out like a beacon!
ii. A lighthouse watches out for those in trouble, in distress, heading in the wrong direction … how many times in caring for other do you do exactly that, especially if you have little ones? And perhaps it isn’t pleasant to be the one to correct, instruct, remind and remind again… but it is necessary. A lighthouse is necessary!
iii. A lighthouse gives light when conditions are foggy, or hazy, or stormy, or just simply dark. They make a pathway at a time when visibility is difficult. You do that. You really do. So many times in families’ lives things get foggy and hazy. They need you – they need all of us – to shine our light steady and true, unwaveringly, to help them through these times. A lighthouse is a sign of refuge, safety and redemption!
iv. A lighthouse adds beauty. And that you do. Your smile, your love, your commitment to Jesus and to this church and the community in particular adds beauty to everyone who gets to witness it – whether they realize it or not.

A lighthouse has a light in its tower and it revolves on a time interval. The reason it revolves on a time interval is so that no matter where you are standing the light that you see is BRILLIANT, it’s not a weak light. If we are lighthouse that is stagnant, we need to start picking up our Swords, the Word of God, and asking Jesus what needs to be removed in our life. When Jesus was earth, He was not a stagnant light; He was constantly moving, spreading the Word and giving life to the darkness. Luke 11:36 says it like this, “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.”

Here’s an illustration, I need a married couple. When I got married the most important part of my wedding that I cherish the most was the lighting of the unity candle. See she has a light in her, and he has a light in him… and see, when 2 or more are gathered in Jesus’ name He is there amidst them. When these two combine their lights together, something radical happens… the light GROWS! It becomes more brilliant, more radiant.

Now think of this, if we are all housing a light in us, what do you think will happen when we decide to bond together and create one BIG lighthouse? I need 3 volunteers. As these people bond together with their lights in hand and they become one lighthouse and they become an example of Christ moving as He did, the light grows, the light is brilliant, and it lays out a pathway for all those needing and wanting the light to come to.
Everybody take a moment and feel under your chair and pull out the star that’s stuck to your chair. Stars are like lighthouses too, since the earth rotates, the star always appears brilliant and it twinkles… but no matter where you are in the world, that same star shines bright. This star is a reminder that you have been brought to life by God and He lights up your darkness. This star is a reminder that it can NEVER be extinguished by the darkness, because even if godly fall down seven times, they always get up (Proverbs 24:16). This star is a reminder that God is jealous over you and He’s jealous of those walking in darkness because He wants to free them, just like He freed you! It’s time we stop hiding our light and step out like Jonathan and take a stand!

Halloween is no longer Devil’s Night! The devil is no longer going to keep us in hiding so he can continue to steal, kill and destroy in the darkness… because we are going to be a beacon of light, shining a path for those who want redemption, freedom and salvation!

So, again I ask, “Why do we NEED to celebrate Halloween?” Because there are people out there that were just as lost as you at one time, that need the light that is in you to guide them to the Savior. Keep your star and let it remind you that God made you a light to the world to bring salvation to farther corners of the earth.

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I want every eye closed still. How many of remember what it was like when you first received your Light? Your heart was filled with joy, you felt clean, you were anxious, you were excited… you wanted all to see that light! Now years down the road, through many different tests and trials in your life, I want you to evaluate yourself. How radiant is your light now? Is something standing in the way of your light truly illuminating your path and for your light to be seen others? Perhaps it’s the spirit of religion, perhaps it’s your mouth – the words you speak are not life giving, perhaps it’s an addiction – a habit that is controlling you, perhaps it’s depression, whatever it is God wants to see you free and restore your light to be truly emanating from you to reveal the path He wants you on, to reveal to the darkness around you that you are set apart and make them ask you what is so different about you that the Light, the Jesus in you becomes a magnet! It’s drawing them to Him. If you need set free from something, the altar is open… come up and get your freedom. Tell Jesus that you want to be His lighthouse, that you’re sorry for the things you’ve put in front of your light that’s now hiding it and you want it to be removed to reveal the Light…

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Heather - posted on 10/29/2009

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As halloween is just a couple of days away I wanted this to bring this back up. I really do like the message. Thank you Rebekah (again) for posting it.

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2009

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Quoting Victoria:

Jennifer, you've said such a lot that I agree with. But I still hold to the teachings I've been given & the teachings I pass on. I will not celebrate halloween, it is a pagan tradition, so many people say it's rooted in the tradition of "All Saints Day" but when you look at the catholic saints which "All Saints Day" was fashioned to celebrate, they we're based on pagan god's & cannonized into saint in order to bring pagans over to catholisisum. I studied this much as a young person in the UK in my Religious Studies course. So again they are hollow & deceptive pagan traditions which scripture tells us to stay away from. I will send out a light in the form of a scripture taped on a bag of chips. But I won't dress in costume, I won't allow my kids to dress in costume & I just thank God that this year they are in a Christian school & will not be forced to endure all the halloween functions that take place in our schools. If I was to let my kids take part in celebrate halloween, then I might as well let them take part in all the other pagan celebrations, be that muslim, hindu, sikh, wicca, what's the difference. I can't draw others out if I'm taking part, that would make me a hipocrite.

Anyway, Jennifer, I pray that God will continue to enlighten you & bless you, lead you, guide you & use you, for I truly see you have a great heart for him.


I have really enjoyed this discussion... I love the fact that you do not dress up or "celebrate".  As I said before, I strongly believe the word celebration may be the root of the discussion. Please do not misunderstand me, I do not participate or allow my girls to either in ways that would signify "celebration" of the holiday. That only edifies satan. I do, however, acknowledge the day as I do any other; in the sense that each day should be used to edify and glorify our King. Many people put more imphasis on this day, and this topic, because of it's meaning. As a result, I see this day as one in which we are called to go beyond the call ( "out of the box" ) to make Christ's presence in our lives known.



Growing up, my mom was one who did not allow us to celebrate or even acknowledge holloween. She was in fact the epidemy of the one who covered her light under a bushel... all the lights off; no tv on; no one answering the door. I can remember hating the holiday for that reason and feeling somewhat like Anne Frank, if you know what I mean. Quiet as a mouse. Not a sound. For what? The little trick or treaters that would darken our doorway with their scarey costumes. ( many of whom were classmates and friends ) If only my mother had been more like you in the way of passing out ministry tapes and chips. At least then my siblings and I would not have had to feel fear that if we answered the door we'd be in trouble or bring trouble our way. We may have rather felt we were doing something good in the midst of such a "dark" celebration and received some spiritual uplifting, as well. My siblings and I since have been able to walk with our own spiritual eyes. Thank you Lord! I have a brother who has even held sidewalk ministries in the middle of down town New Orleans during Mardi Gras! Now, if you ask me that would definately be a holiday to fall in this very topic.



I applaude you, Victoria, for your determination to teach your children the difference and give them an alternative to "celebrating". It is such a fine line we Christians have to walk... but true enough; Jesus said it would be.



Celebrating and acknowledging are two different things; with that said, I completely agree with you. We must all strive to teach our children the ways of the Lord and with His guidence we all will succeed.



Rebekah, as a result of posting this to my notes ( all copyrights to you acknowledged, LOL! ) My mother has commented to tell me that the Lord actually placed her under conviction; and she plans to change her past views on the holiday... and allow her light to be seen in all areas of her life and at all times. Praise the Lord! Thank you again for posting!

Victoria - posted on 09/23/2009

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Jennifer, you've said such a lot that I agree with. But I still hold to the teachings I've been given & the teachings I pass on. I will not celebrate halloween, it is a pagan tradition, so many people say it's rooted in the tradition of "All Saints Day" but when you look at the catholic saints which "All Saints Day" was fashioned to celebrate, they we're based on pagan god's & cannonized into saint in order to bring pagans over to catholisisum. I studied this much as a young person in the UK in my Religious Studies course. So again they are hollow & deceptive pagan traditions which scripture tells us to stay away from. I will send out a light in the form of a scripture taped on a bag of chips. But I won't dress in costume, I won't allow my kids to dress in costume & I just thank God that this year they are in a Christian school & will not be forced to endure all the halloween functions that take place in our schools. If I was to let my kids take part in celebrate halloween, then I might as well let them take part in all the other pagan celebrations, be that muslim, hindu, sikh, wicca, what's the difference. I can't draw others out if I'm taking part, that would make me a hipocrite.

Anyway, Jennifer, I pray that God will continue to enlighten you & bless you, lead you, guide you & use you, for I truly see you have a great heart for him.

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2009

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Quoting Victoria:

Rebekah, I don't agree, I don't agree I don't celebrate. I don't go out & take part. I am in the world, but not of the world. As a spectator at a kids hockey game might hand out some water to the kids to help them along, and yet they are not on the ice playing the game. I don't celebrate halloween, never have (it wasn't something we did growing up in the UK even outside of being born-again, it's a very american tradition) . And yes Jennifer, Jesus did go out into the high ways & by ways, but not to be apart of the sin, but to draw people out of the sin. We are covered by the blood and no weapon formed against us will prosper, but if take the weapon ourselves & choose to expose ourselves to that danger, them we are putting the LORD our God to a foolish test of which we are told Not to do.

As a Church Minister myself, I will continue to teach in accordance with Col 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depend on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ"



No one said that showing the light of the Lord in your life, in this manner or any other, meant putting yourself at risk or placing yourself in a position to be a part of the sin. When we are saved we are given the power over the things of this world just as Jesus has; which gives us the supernatural abilities that He has. Meaning, 1 John 4:4 You are of God little children and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world....Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and ye shall keep my judgements and do them. Acts 1:8 I am not without power for I received power after that the Holy Spirit came upon me.



We are given many gifts and the power to remain in this world without being a part of it. The gift of decernment is such an awesome gift. It is what allows us to be " in the midst" to draw others out and not be a part of it.  Col.2:8 is an awesome word of wisdom. It shows us that we are to use that gift of decernment as well as be disciplined in our walk with Christ. Also, as it says in Ephesians 6:13 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. We should in all that we do so that we are able to stay in the will of God.



My favorite passage comes from 2 Cor. 10:4,5



For the weapons of our warfare are not carnel but mighty in God for pulling down strongeholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.



So you see Victoria, when we have the discipline of keeping our minds and hearts captive to the will of God... He then can reveal and release unto us, the power given to us through Christ; and it is often more than we can even fathem. God allows us this power so that we can withstand in evil situations in order to stand and be successful in the great commission.~ As He himself did.



Blessings~

Victoria - posted on 09/22/2009

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Rebekah, I don't agree, I don't agree I don't celebrate. I don't go out & take part. I am in the world, but not of the world. As a spectator at a kids hockey game might hand out some water to the kids to help them along, and yet they are not on the ice playing the game. I don't celebrate halloween, never have (it wasn't something we did growing up in the UK even outside of being born-again, it's a very american tradition) . And yes Jennifer, Jesus did go out into the high ways & by ways, but not to be apart of the sin, but to draw people out of the sin. We are covered by the blood and no weapon formed against us will prosper, but if take the weapon ourselves & choose to expose ourselves to that danger, them we are putting the LORD our God to a foolish test of which we are told Not to do.

As a Church Minister myself, I will continue to teach in accordance with Col 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depend on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ"

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Victoria:

Interesting view point. I can agree that I want to remain as a light house for Christ. However I will remain on the rock & not slip down into the murky waters. For on the Rock I can be seen as a beacon & lead others into the safety of Christ, but if I step down into those dark waters, I am in just as much danger of being swept away by the current as those who are already in the water. That is why I choose NOT to celebrate halloween, but choose to pass out a life giving treat from my home with my kids - a scripture taped to a bag of chips.



Jesus instructed us to go out into the world a teach others about Him and His kingdom. He did this himself. he fellowshipped with all kinds of people from the lowest to the highest. From the most righteous to the least. In all kinds of environments... ( even from the cross in the last moments of His life on earth) Because of His decision to fulfill the cup His Father ... our Father gave Him, we are protected. Covered in the Blood. It is all about the blood . No weapons form against us shall prosper. ~ Anywhere by anyone at anytime.



Celebrate the word is one that may have caused this. However,  celebrate... participate.... acknowledge.... what does it matter the word or its context? The important thing to remember here is the message and passing it on, Amen?

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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GLORY! Amen.... Thank you for posting. I am going to post this to my page for others not on circle of moms to read. Hope you wont mind....

Rebekah - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Victoria:

Interesting view point. I can agree that I want to remain as a light house for Christ. However I will remain on the rock & not slip down into the murky waters. For on the Rock I can be seen as a beacon & lead others into the safety of Christ, but if I step down into those dark waters, I am in just as much danger of being swept away by the current as those who are already in the water. That is why I choose NOT to celebrate halloween, but choose to pass out a life giving treat from my home with my kids - a scripture taped to a bag of chips.


Victoria, that is my point to be on the Rock, for a lighthouse sits upon the rocks and can stand through whatever storm plunders against it.  But you do celebrate halloween, you still pass out something - and that's still a celebration no matter what you call it.

Victoria - posted on 09/21/2009

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Interesting view point. I can agree that I want to remain as a light house for Christ. However I will remain on the rock & not slip down into the murky waters. For on the Rock I can be seen as a beacon & lead others into the safety of Christ, but if I step down into those dark waters, I am in just as much danger of being swept away by the current as those who are already in the water. That is why I choose NOT to celebrate halloween, but choose to pass out a life giving treat from my home with my kids - a scripture taped to a bag of chips.

Rebekah - posted on 09/21/2009

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Quoting Vicki:

As a person who has not always walked on the path with the Lord, I have a different perspective. I remember being bombarded with "crazy christians" always spewing their message like venom and thinking, why would I want to be like them. My lesson during that dark time in my life was you need to meet people on their level, with the light of the holy spirit. Sometimes that means just being a friend, not even mentioning the Lord until they ask you. After a gradual increase in trust, the other person will be able to receive it with a joyful, trusting, eager heart.


Sad part is we still have those so-called "crazy christians" out there.  Personally, I'd love to see a street ministry that goes door to door without a Bible and instead with LOVE.  Jesus modeled everything in love, I believe everything starts in LOVE! :)

Rebekah - posted on 09/21/2009

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Quoting Kisha :

  However, the key is make sure you ask the Holy Spirit to guide and protect you because you can't go in those places not protected.


Witnessing is a part of God's Will and when we are in the center of God's Will His protection comes with it.  The Bible specifically says that He goes before us and He is our rear guard!  As Christians, we don't have to fear the enemy, why? Because God's Word says He has been defeated.  We need to stop seeing the devil as a strong force when he really has no power.  Psalm 2 states that God knows and hears the plans of the devil, but He laughs at all his plans.  We need to do the same thing.  Picture it as God laughing over us, the devil comes up with a nasty plan and God laughs as if saying "not with my kids you don't!"

Vicki - posted on 09/20/2009

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Thank you, Rebekah!! Your sermon is very illuminating on many levels. This "letting your light shine for the Lord" philosophy continues to be the main guiding principal in many areas of my life. I like to let my light shine with subtlety and discernment, so as to have a greater impact on the people the Lord has placed in my life.

As a person who has not always walked on the path with the Lord, I have a different perspective. I remember being bombarded with "crazy christians" always spewing their message like venom and thinking, why would I want to be like them. My lesson during that dark time in my life was you need to meet people on their level, with the light of the holy spirit. Sometimes that means just being a friend, not even mentioning the Lord until they ask you. After a gradual increase in trust, the other person will be able to receive it with a joyful, trusting, eager heart.

Heather - posted on 09/19/2009

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Kisha I totally agree with your last statement! That is why my kids and I are starting a Bible study on the Armor of God tomorrow. It's important to let our light shine, but we need to be prepared!

Kisha - posted on 09/19/2009

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Thanks that was very good. I never thought of Halloween in that way. Since, I decided to live for God, I did not want my children to participate in any thing demonic, like Halloween. So, we would do somethings like make cookies and I brought snacks and we just made a night of it. Also, their schools reconogized familes different beliefs so they celebrate the harvest of fall and not halloween and then our Church always had something for the kids so, that really made things better and easier.

But back to what you said, That is so true, how can we be beacons of light if we always around each other. We as disciples of Christ have to be bold and go places, where we may feel uncomfortable and out of our element and go and bring people to Christ. However, the key is make sure you ask the Holy Spirit to guide and protect you because you can't go in those places not protected.

Anne - posted on 09/19/2009

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Rebekah, When ever i see that you have posted either a new conversation or to an existing thread, I know that I am in for a treat! Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you.

Rebekah - posted on 09/19/2009

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Your welcome. This was my sermon last year around this time of year to the congregation, but I let the kids join in with us. I might revamp it a little for this year, since we have moved to more of a family ministry setting.

Heather - posted on 09/19/2009

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Thank you for posting this Rebekah. I am going to print it off and go over it with my kids!

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