The church has blindly allowed our time to be stolen from us. Open your eyes and TAKE IT BACK!
Text for Today – Ephesians 5:16 – Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
When I consider all that the enemy has stolen from the church of the Lord Jesus, one of the greatest elements is time, and more specifically, special occasions that fall at a set time during the year. However, first, let me encourage you to plan your time. The Lord commands YOU to redeem the time. If you don’t take charge of planning your daily work, someone else will. And when someone else does it for you, much of your time will be stolen from you. If you don’t already know how to manage your time, learn how. Since the Lord commanded it, He will certainly provide you the means to learn to do it well.
But today, I want to talk specifically about what appears to be a shy attitude in the church about the special occasions we celebrate as a part of our Christian heritage. There is NO need for the church to hide as it regards these celebrations. In fact, it’s time we took them back as belonging to the church.
I am sure that if a study were done, it would be difficult to find a day, or span of days, in which some pagan or ungodly celebration was not held. Please understand that God set time in motion and gave man a method for measuring that time by the sun, moon, and stars in days, weeks, seasons, etc. The Christian should begin EVERY day with the understanding that “this is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Some false religion or pagan society did not create days. Our Father did. So, use them for His glory and enjoy them.
Hallowe’en, as it was first celebrated by the church, was a holy occasion, marking harvest, and a time of thanksgiving for the blessing of the Lord in harvest, as well as the saints who had gone before and taught them to walk with God. Hence another term, All Saints’ Eve. It makes no difference that pagan cultures also celebrated harvest time. The Christian celebration was intended to be holy. Let’s make it holy again. The same is true for Christmas and Easter. These holidays (originally Holy days) happened to fall around the time of some local pagan celebration. That does not mean we must believe the twisted minds of carnal intellectuals that tell us our celebrations are only off-shoots of pagan ritual, honoring a god we created in our own thinking. Hear this! I did not create my God; He created me. So, this year, take back our Christian holidays, and celebrate them with a renewed zeal and joy. Jesus is Lord, and He is to be celebrated, worshipped, and adored at all times.
Manna for Today – Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; 1 Kings 21:3; Psalm 90:12; Psalm 91:14-16; Genesis 6:1-3