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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Tricks And Treats

It was not unusual, as a little girl, to wake up with clothes pins on my toes or things drawn on my feet or face. One morning in elementary school I got to the breakfast table and Mom asked me if I had washed my face. I said yes mam even though I had not. I got up in time to brush my teeth and put on clothes, nothing more. I ate breakfast, listened to the family devotional and was ready to leave. Before I left Mom told me to go to the bathroom and look in the mirror. When I did, I saw things drawn on my face. Dad had struck again. The tricks continued with my girls. Soon they learned a few tricks of their own for Pa. We shared many tricks through the years that have become treats that we get to hold on to as memories for a lifetime! Those treats are a treasures for each one of us.

Our Heavenly Father has given us the sweetest treat we can hold on to for a lifetime and beyond! He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for our sins. We have the beautiful gift of eternal life to all who receive it. John 8: 12, "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." And this treat lasts forever. It is a special treat from God. John 3: 16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

On this Halloween we can also think of another treat that God gives us. We do not have to be scared even when things seem dark and scary. When I was little I loved getting candy at Halloween but I did get scared of people dressing up and playing tricks. As an adult there are still things that scare me.

God is bigger than anything that is scary in this world. We are going to have times that we are going to be scared but we can trust God. We do not need to walk around in fear because we have a God who loves us and cares deeply for us. God does not want us to be scared. 2 Timothy 1: 7, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control."

We are a victorious people in the world’s single most important war. As apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15: 54-57, "'Death is swallowed up in victory.' 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Not only has Satan been beat but we have not been left to fight alone. He reminds us that He has overcome the world. John 16: 33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

God promises to be with us. Hebrews 13: 5, "...Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

We are to take Christ up on His promise and resist the devil. James 4: 7, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." We are even told that while the devil rages and plots, he who sits in heaven laughs. Psalm 2: 1, 4, "Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?... The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them." We can be confident in Christ!

This Halloween think about the best treats in life and thank God for them!


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