Dear Fellow-Disciple:

"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24)

We have a lot to learn about the spirit world. Marketers and merchants use the spooky spirit world to increase their bottom lines at Halloween. We have allowed it to become a time of fun, especially for the kids. Many of us welcome the opportunity for a bit of innocent frivolity.

Most Christians are unaware that serious business goes on during the fun-making. Halloween is a high festival of witchcraft. Witches all over the world assemble Halloween night, invoking the powers of darkness. Some of the practices we indulge in that night are derived directly from satanic worship.

Because the spirit world is so foreign to us we tend to leave it alone as something almost too mystical to be true. It is difficult enough to cope with the "real" world. There doesn't seem to be anything to gain by complicating our lives with thoughts about spirit beings, which may or may not exist.

Most of us don't understand that we, ourselves, are immortal spirit beings, spending a few years in this capsule of time. Our flesh is mortal, so only the flesh dies. Our spirit goes on to be with God or, in the case of unbelievers, to a place of eternal separation from God, which is hell. That is why the "born again" experience is so important.

Separated from God through ignorance, we are spiritually dead, eternally dead! But when we accept salvation through Jesus and make Him Lord of our lives, our spirit joins with His spirit and we become spiritually alive,eternally alive! Jesus calls this process, being "born again" (John 3:3).

In Genesis 1:26, God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness." God didn't mean a fleshly image. If that were true we would all look alike. He spoke of His essence, His supernatural substance, which is spirit. Understanding this truth gives us an edge on those of the world.

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

(1 Corinthians 2:14)

The natural man, walking exclusively in worldly wisdom, has no concept of the spirit realm. This makes him vulnerable to the spiritual influences that come his way and affect his life. In his ignorance, he is powerless to do anything about them because he resides in the domain of darkness (Colossians 1:13).

We are introduced to the influence of spiritual conflict early in the Bible. In Exodus 17:8-13, a bloody battle raged in a valley. It was a real battle; men were killing each other. But the outcome was decided on a mountain top, because Moses understood spiritual warfare. We have a closer look in Daniel 10:10-13,20. A specific spiritual battle was taking place, and we are shown that there could be no victory in the physical world until that spiritual battle was won.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

We disciples understand that we are spirit, and that things happen in the spirit world before they manifest physically. We know forces of darkness oppose the will of God. Ignorance of this fact causes a person to go through life like a ship without a rudder, subject to one disturbing influence after another.

What is our responsibility in all this? In Ephesians 6:10-18, we are told to cover ourselves with the armor of God. We are to pray at all time in the Spirit; that is, our prayers are to be led by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit knows what is going on in heavenly places and He knows how we should pray. We are to be sensitive to His leading, for prayer is our offensive weapon.

Some human beings submit themselves to the powers of darkness. They are sons and daughters of disobedience. They spend much time invoking those powers according to the directions they receive from the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). Witches belong in this group. There are usually several covens in every community. They are recognized in some states as churches, and have tax exempt status.

This is not cause for alarm to the disciple, but he can't afford to be ignorant about his opposition. This is not fun and games, it is life and death. Disciples have the power of Jesus Christ, and we have been told by Jesus to use it(Mark 16:15-18).

We are not to put our heads under a blanket when someone mentions spirit. God has made us spirit and has equipped us to win every spiritual battle. We are to go forth in His name and take authority over the enemy. When we do, He is glorified and the powers of darkness receive another defeat!

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: Do I focus upon my spirit or my flesh?