Today is October 31st, the day some people call Halloween. It is a day when many people delight to be afraid. One author has played a key role in that fear for more than 40 years. Author, William Peter Blatty wrote the book: “The Exorcist.” When it was first made into a movie in 1973, people had such terrible nightmares, they required therapy and medication. Now the book will be made into a new and perhaps even more frightening movie.
The impact of “The Exorcist” has always been a bit of a mystery for Blatty who wrote the book to raise awareness about God, not the devil. In a FoxNews.com commentary he wrote: while I was working on " ," what I thought I was writing was a novel of faith in the popular dress of a thrilling and suspenseful detective story – in other words, a sermon that no one could possibly sleep through.” (Read More about the Fox News Commentary.)
His goal was to write about exorcism in order to point people toward God. Blatty said: (I thought) “Someday, somebody’s got to write about this, because if an investigation were to prove that possession is real, what a help it would be to the struggling faith of possibly millions, for if there were demons, I reasoned, then why not angels? Why not God?" Unfortunately, Blatty’s message was lost due to the graphic evil portrayed in the movie.
When fear overtakes us, it can paralyze us. We can become afraid about tomorrow. We can be stricken with panic attacks, allow one fear to create other fears and even become paranoid. The result is that we live in fear instead of victory. We worry instead of thrive. Many people resort to stress management techniques in an attempt to overcome the fear they welcome into their lives through a horror movie or by toying with evil on Halloween. If you live in fear, you can find peace.
God can help you be free from fear. If you are afraid about tomorrow God can help you defeat fear itself. It begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ. You can start that relationship by talking to God.
If you do not know what to say, why not say this prayer? “Dear Jesus. I am sorry for the things that I have done wrong. I am tired of living in fear. I need your power to overcome the problems my fears have caused. Please help me to live in victory and take my fears away. I proclaim you Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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- Bill Hennessy