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August 14, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Prayer from a New Perspective

Prayer from a new perspectiveHow do you define prayer? Prayer is communication with God. It is pouring out our soul to God. Also, prayer is as important as breathing for Christians. All these things are great and prayer is really awesome. But I heard yesterday a definition of prayer that led me to look prayer from a new perspective.

Pastor Jämsen said yesterday ‘prayer is us turning away from our potential opportunities’. We stop trying to solve everything ourselves and turn to God to receive whatever he has.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, NIV)

Prayer from a new perspective

Because Jesus is the way and the truth and the life, we receive all that when we turn to God. That’s all good, right. But that’s not all folks. If we see prayer from a new perspective as turning away from our own opportunities, then we also turn away from dead ends, lies, and death when we turn to Jesus. Quite an exchange, isn’t it?

Why would we insist on trying to manage on our own when it leads to dead ends, lies, and death? I’m out. Because I want to turn to Jesus and receive the way and the truth and the life. In abundance. Please, do join me. Let’s turn to Jesus and leave our own plans and chances behind. Let’s welcome whatever God has for us today and always.

 

Let us pray

Gracious God,
Forgive us for even thinking we could ever get out of dead ends, lies, and death on our own.
We turn to you, choose you who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Give us whatever you want to give us, whatever we need.
Show us what is your plan for each of us.
And thank you for being there with each step of the way.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: What do you think? Does thinking prayer from a new perspective change anything in/for you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you turn away from dead ends, lies, and death and turn to Jesus

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August 10, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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God Guards Us

God guards usSummer is a time of exploration and it is indeed good for us to get out of our routines. Also, when we are not in our comfort zone, we might be more likely to notice God’s movement in our lives. This happened to me this summer. I’ve always believed in guardian angels, God’s protection, and guidance so in that sense this was not a surprise for me. But these little experiences left me in awe of God anyway. God guards us. How wonderful is that?

If you make theLord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
(Psalm 91:9-11, NLT)

So what were my experiences that reinforced this belief in me? The first one happened when I was returning from visiting my godmother and realized I needed to fill up my gas tank in order to get home. It was a hot day and when I finally found a gas station, I was ready to be done with it in order to get home quickly. Often when we rush things we don’t pay that much attention but somehow I felt something wasn’t right and I needed to pay attention. Then I realized there was surprisingly only one nozzle. I had almost filled up my car with diesel. Such a relief! I was so thankful that I had been guarded against fueling up the car with diesel instead of gasoline. [And I had always wondered how that happens to people. Now I know. Easily when you don’t pay attention.]

God guards us

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”
(Psalm 91:14-16, NLT)

The second experience happened just a few days ago when I was about to purchase a plane ticket online. I was so excited that I had found a good deal even though it was hand luggage only and no possibility to change the dates later. All the info was typed in and I was about to push the purchase button. But then something told me to check the details once more. And I did. Thankfully. Somehow I had accidentally put wrong dates in. Blessedly, I had been once again guarded against making an expensive mistake.

I think God moves in our lives much more than we realize. Too often we are too busy to notice or too forgetful to remember the good God has done for us. These small events have highlighted God’s protection for me. Psalm 91 has been one of my favorite psalms since my youth. It has given me both boldness to venture into the world and calmness to wait on the Lord quietly. God loves us, God guards us, and God blesses us. So let’s praise the Lord!

 

Let us pray

Gracious God,
Thank you for protecting and guiding us.
Open our spiritual eyes to see your movements around us.
Let us feel your love and care for us.
Make us bold for you.
Be praised forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: God guards you – do you believe it? Have you experienced God’s protection and guidance? Share your story!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let God guard and guide you!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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August 7, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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How to Deal with Uncertainties

how to deal with uncertaintiesWe claim to trust God yet we don’t act like it. We stress about everything when we could pray and trust God to solve all the matters that bother us. Sometimes I’m better with uncertainties, sometimes I catch myself wishing for a security cushion against the world instead of praying for God’s will and protection. What about you? How do you deal with uncertainties?

I have tried all kind of tricks to deal with uncertainties but I have found only one that works: God’s grace which works in mysterious ways for sure. As a necessity, it opens our spiritual eyes to see how we are chained to money and logic. And then grace breaks our bondage to these things. Money does not bring happiness or security, no matter how logical it’d seem.

How to deal with uncertainties

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor;
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
(Psalm 84:11, AMP)

Also, grace enables us to trust God even when there is no reason to trust. To believe when there is no reason to believe. And to live on the basis of what God can do, not on the basis what we can or cannot do. It is tough, it is hard, it is difficult. But when we do this, when we press on even when we can’t understand what is happening, we will be surprised by God’s grace.

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. (Romans 8:28, AMP)

God will be there every step of the way. Everything works for the good of those who believe. God will fulfill his promises and impossibilities will become realities. Hence we press on, we pray hard, and we trust and wait for God to take care of us.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for not trusting you completely.
Thank you for being patient with us.
Give us grace upon grace, faith upon faith.
Teach us to trust you and allow you to work freely in us.
Lavish us with your love and care, we truly need you.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: How do you deal with uncertainties?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to walk with God and trust him in every circumstance!

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August 3, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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My Approach to Living Well

My approach to living wellDo you enjoy celebrating birthdays and different anniversaries or would you rather not? Would you rather just keep calm and keep on doing your own thing? It is easy to get so caught up in our own routines that we forget to enjoy life and appreciate people around us? How could we remedy that? And how could we embrace life – and complications that come with it- with gusto? The most unlikely Bible verse helps me to do this. And in some ways, it is my approach to living well.

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (Phil.2:1-4, MSG, emphasis added,*)

or the last two verses from the Amplified Bible:

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Phil. 2:3-4, AMP, emphasis added,*)

My approach to living well

I have chosen to care, hence I try to live out my faith as much as I am able to do so. The more grace-filled I am, the better this works. So if I am not able to do this, it is only because I have tried to manage on my own. My approach to living well is to be spirit-filled in order to pass on grace upon grace because this truly changes everything. Because it spreads love into my relationships, it gives me the energy to serve others, and it shows me life is a gift to be cherished and celebrated.

The mindset behind my approach to living well is this: I try to regard every person I ever meet as more important than myself [remember: I’m only able to do this because God takes care of my needs of love and appreciation and I don’t need it from other people]. So I try to put myself aside and love and serve others like God has loved and served me. It’s not easy and I fail regularly. But whenever I remember this, blessings follow. This is especially beneficial when dealing with difficult relationships. When you’re filled with God’s energizing love and sustaining grace, you’re able to love those who tend to wrench your soul.

It is also helpful to have an attitude of humility when we meet people from other churches or political parties. When we think of others as better than ourselves, we open ourselves for truly connecting with others. No human being knows everything about everything. And this is especially true in faith matters. Sure, we try our best to follow Jesus the best we know how but at the end of the day, no one of us does it perfectly. Thankfully God loves us anyway.

Let us pray

Gracious God,
Thank you for wanting to connect with each of us personally
and want us to do the same with others.
Help us to care and act on our beliefs.
Grant us an attitude of humility to show respect to people we meet.
Fill us with your love and grace and enable us to pass them on to others.
Show us how to embrace life – and its complications – with gusto.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What’s your approach to living well?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to deal with life’s events and complications with an extra dose of grace!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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July 31, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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God Does not Abandon You

God does not abandon youDo you have abandonment issues? Are you afraid of people leaving you? As a child that would be catastrophic but as an adult we can take it. We don’t have to be afraid of being left alone even if we hate it. Of course, even that knowledge does not fully take away our fear and dislike of abandonment. But God does if we let him. Because God does not abandon you. Ever.

For He has said, “I will never[under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you[assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraidWhat will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13 5b-6, AMP)

God does not abandon you

Even if your own mother and father abandon you, God does not abandon you. And if you feel like even he has abandoned you, God has not and does not abandon you. How do I know this? Abandon simply is not part of God. Love is. It’s simply not possible for God to abandon you. Even if you abandon him, he does not abandon you. Ever. So you can count on God always being there.

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. (Deut. 31:6, AMP)

This changes everything, doesn’t it? When you are a child of God, you will never be alone and abandoned. And when you have God on your side, rest assured, you are never unloved and uncared for. This is something you need to experience yourself. The more devastated I’ve been, the sweeter God’s healing grace has been. Cry to God when you feel discouraged and abandoned. Let the Holy Comforter wrap you in God’s sustaining and empowering grace.

 

Gracious God,
How blessed we are to know
you will not abandon us in any circumstances.
Thank you for loving us so deeply
and so unconditionally.
Enable us to truly rest in you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

What about you?

Q4U: Do you have abandonment issues? What does help you to deal with it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you slowly learn to completely trust God and his love for you.

God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks.

How exquisite your love, O God!
    How eager we are to run under your wings,
To eat our fill at the banquet you spread
    as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.
You’re a fountain of cascading light,
    and you open our eyes to light.
(Psalm 36:5-9, MSG)

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July 27, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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13 Reasons to Hope Always

13 reasons to hope alwaysAs long as there’s life there’s hope, they say. And sure, that’s true: nothing is over until you take your last breath. What about turning the saying around: as long as there’s hope, there’s life. Because that’s how I see it. As longs as we have hope, we are alive. Even beyond death. As long as we have Jesus, we have Life. And when we have Jesus, we do have hope always. Nothing can take it away from us.

Because hope is such a necessary part of life I have come up with 13 reasons to hope always. I’m sure you wonder why exactly 13 reasons. First of all, I could have gone on and on about reasons for hope, so I had to stop somewhere. Also, it is my way to underline the power of hope. When we have hope in Jesus, number 13 becomes our lucky number. Because life is tough and we frequently need to be reminded to hope always, keep this list close to your heart, so when you need a pick me up, you know where to find reminders to hope always.

13 reasons to hope always

  1. God is real. This world is not all there is.
  2. God cares. You are the apple of his eye.
  3. God loves you. Always and forevermore.
  4. Hope is not dead. It’s alive and well!
  5. Resurrection makes all the difference.
  6. We are saved by grace not by merit. Hallelujah!
  7. Christ is the source of strength. It’s not about us!
  8. You are enough. And Jesus is more than enough.
  9. Christian hope is not wishful thinking.
  10. God is our ever-present help. We are not alone. Ever.
  11. God directs your path. Hence: relax. All is well.
  12. God waits to be gracious to you. So don’t hold back. Just run to him.
  13. God loves you. Always and forevermore.
  14. We are set on life – and beyond. So better things ahead!

God lavishes hope on us

As you can see, God lavishes hope on us. So we would never run out of hope. He offers hope upon hope so we could feel his love and care always. God is so generous that he readily lavishes hope on us. So there would not be any doubt left in our minds that we are loved and all will be well. Because God keeps his promises.

Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5, AMP)

Hence dare to hope. Dance in hope. Live in hope. Always.

 

Gracious God,
Thanks for lavishing us with hope upon hope.
Fill our hearts and minds with your love, hope, and grace.
Let the Holy Spirit minister to us every morning, noon, and night
so that we could live and breath hope.
Thank you for keeping on giving us new reasons to hope always.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

 Q4U: What are your reasons to hope always?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you receive hope upon hope and dare to live it out!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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July 24, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Walking in Freedom

Walking in freedom, flowingfaith.comToday I want to share a quote about the difference being set free and walking in freedom. It reminds us that even being saved is not all God has for us. He wants us also keep on walking in freedom and live in light and love. Because he has provided everything for us to do so. Even walking in freedom is not to be done on our own power but in his strength and by his grace. This is Christian living, this is grace.

I will walk about in freedom,
    for I have sought out your precepts.
(Psalm 119:45, NIV)

Walking in Freedom

Here’s the quote by Christine Caine: “Being set free and walking in freedom are not the same. The first was done for us by Jesus, but the second we must choose to do ourselves in His strength and by His grace.” God is ready to provide his strength and the power of grace for you to start walking in freedom and light. What do you do? Do you start walking in faith towards freedom? Or do you stay behind in darkness and fear?

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover or pretext for evil, but [use it and live] as bond-servants of God. Show respect for all people [treat them honorably], love the brotherhood [of believers], fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:16-17, AMP)

Living out faith

It’s time to start living out our faith. Not on our own power but in his strength and by his grace. When we are walking in freedom, we are able to experience all that God has for us. Then we are not slaves for sin or other people’s opinions. Hence we can live and love like Jesus because it really is Jesus living and loving through us.

What puzzles me is this: why do God’s people choose to skip walking in freedom. We toss it aside like it’d make us and life dull and boring. When in reality it makes us and life light-hearted and grace-filled. Yet then – only then – we are truly receptive to God’s blessing. Walking in freedom changes everything. Just think. Free of faking, free of struggling to be enough or do enough. All that is possible in Jesus. Oh, yes. I will continue walking in freedom. Nothing less will do.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for sending Jesus to break us free from death and destruction.
Forgive us for not walking in freedom,
especially because you’ve even provided strength and power to do so in Jesus.
Kindle in us a persisting desire to walking in freedom.
Show us what it really means,
let us experience everything freedom in you can be.
Live with us, walk with us, stay with us.
Thank you, Lord. We love you!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you walking in freedom? How is it like for you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace Jesus and all God has for you. Keep on walking in freedom and celebrating life!
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July 20, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Way of Jesus

the way of JesusOftentimes Christians seem strange. And I wholeheartedly agree. Anyone who pledges faithfulness to an invisible force must be nuts, right? But when you experience the touch of Jesus yourself, everything suddenly becomes clearer and the Bible finally makes sense. The way of Jesus is not a secret yet it is hard to understand without taking a risk and plunging in. I highly recommend it. In my experience, nothing compares to it. Call me crazy but just a drop of Jesus makes life worth living.

I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; 11 so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead. (Phil. 3:8-11, AMP, emphasis added)

The way of Jesus

The way of Jesus is not flashy or trendy yet is blesses us more than anything else ever could. It’s a quiet way to reel wisdom from God and putting it into practice in one’s own life. The way of Jesus is recognizing there is something more than this visible world and surrendering to the one who is control of it all. Sometimes life gets so hectic that I don’t have much time to linger in God’s presence and then I almost feel like drowning. But even then just a drop of Jesus balances my life. What am I talking about?

I have found it helpful to learn to draw near to Jesus no matter where I am. That brings peace and calm to me and, probably needless to say, it does make a huge difference to my well-being. It also enables me to ask and receive God’s guidance on the roll. And, yet, God’s will is not all the time crystal clear to us but we do find it as we prayerfully seek his will.

Getting acquainted with God

The way of Jesus is learning to communicate with God on regular basis. It’s about participating in following Jesus wherever he leads us and no matter how odd and strange the way of Jesus sometimes seems. Hence it’s about surrendering our agendas and living prayerfully with God.

What is truly wonderful about the way of Jesus is that it is unique for each of us (because our needs are different) and evolves throughout our lives (because we and our circumstances change). Hence it’s always relevant for us because Jesus is walking right along with us and thus knows intimately what we need.

You shall walk [that is, live each and every day] in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long in the land which you will possess. (Deut. 5:33, AMP)

The way of Jesus is leading us to eternal life and light. It’s all about receiving grace upon grace and hanging on to Jesus and following him. The Holy Spirit enables us to keep on becoming more like Jesus. The way of Jesus is the way of blessings. It’s about getting ready for the big party at Jesus’ feet. That’s why the best is yet to come. Death is not a loss to followers of Jesus. It’s gain.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for your grace that changes us inside out
and help us to see the world with your eyes.
We love you and want to follow your ways.
Empower us to live and love like you and
make us more and more like you.
Take care of us and bless us as you see fit.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you a follower of Jesus? What does keep you on the way?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you get acquainted with Jesus!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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July 17, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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4 Steps to Forgiveness

4 steps to forgivenessForgiveness. Great to receive, hard to give. Yet, only when we are able to give it as good as we get it, we truly embrace it. Many of us even know the benefits of forgiving, yet we are unable to do it. Someone has hurt us so badly that we think it is unforgivable. We need to know that forgiving does not mean approving the wrong-doings. It means we let go and let God be the judge. Forgiving blesses us, not the offenders. So, yes, I’ve become a fan of forgiveness over the years. But that does not mean it has become any easier. How to go about it? Let’s see.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col. 3:13, NIV)

4 steps to forgiveness

I have come up with a 4-step plan for forgiveness. And each step can be repeated until we’ve successfully completed them. Trust me, this plan works. Not because of us but because of God and his amazing grace. The power to forgive comes from the Lord. The same power that pardons us also enables us to forgive others. But no more talk, let’s see the 4-step plan to forgive.

Step 1

Ask God to give you the desire to forgive
Because when we’ve been really hurt, we don’t even want to forgive. So, the first step is to ask God to give you the desire to forgive. Once you do want to forgive move to the next step.

Step 2

Ask God to enable you to forgive. The truth is we are unable to fo forgive,  on our own we are out of luck. We need God’s empowering grace to do it. Thankfully there is an unlimited supply of grace available.

Step 3

When you’re ready to forgive, say it out loud.
For example, “I forgive xx for yy in Jesus’ name”. It helps to hear it and it is that much harder to forget you’ve done it. And then pray for the offender, give the whole matter to God. And, once again, repeat as many times as necessary.

Step 4

Then it’s time to ask for healing. Give all the parts of your heart to God and ask him to heal you and make you whole again. This is Jesus’ specialty, so wait for good because he is good. You won’t be disappointed. Our God is a healer and restorer.

The freedom and light-heartedness you get from forgiving are beyond wonderful. Don’t forget it and who made it possible. Give thanks and keep on living out forgiveness. You know, it’s grace. Pure grace.

 

Gracious God,
I come to you with an aching heart.
You know what is going on in my life.
Give me the desire to forgive and
enable me to forgive.
Thank you for forgiving me
and giving me as much grace as needed to forgive.
I want to forgive now_______
Also, I leave this matter and this person to you.
I give all the pieces of my broken heart to you.
Heal me, renew me, restore me.
Fill me with your sustaining grace!
And fill me with freedom, peace, and joy!
Thank you for your powerful grace!
Show me how to live in forgiveness
and how to love like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you had trouble to forgive? How were you able to do it? How did it feel?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to forgive readily!

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July 13, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Victory over Superstitions

Superstitions and ChristianityIt is once again Friday the 13th. Believe it or not, it brings a wave of readers to my blog. People around the world want to know how Christianity responds to it. So every Friday the 13th I try to answer it with a different twist. So here we go again. Today I will share some thoughts and Bible verses that I hope will bless you and help you to break free from any superstitions that still try to keep you imprisoned. Because as a Christian Jesus’ victory over superstitions, fear, and darkness is yours.

Superstitions and Christians

Superstitions and Christians are not a good fit because God commands us to not have any other gods than him and we are not to keep any other idols either. The things we keep superstitiously believing in are our real gods or idols. They keep us from trusting and believing in God.

“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself any idol, or any likeness (form, manifestation) of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth [as an object to worship]. (Exodus 20:3-4, AMP)

God guides us to stay clear of superstition because their notions terrify and distress us. He wants us to live freely and peacefully with him. It’s for our benefit to say no to any and all superstitious beliefs.

Thus says the Lord“Do not learn the way of the [pagan] nations, And do not be terrified and distressed by the signs of the heavens Although the pagans are terrified by them. (Jeremiah 10:2, AMP)

Choose Freedom

Also, if you are a child of God, you don’t have to be tormented by superstitions. You just need to remind yourself of God’s protection for his children. Nothing beats it. So we are not to listen to the lies of the world. We need to keep ourselves emerged in God’s word to know the truth. We are free in Christ, we are protected by God. Let’s embrace our victory over superstitions in Jesus.

We know [with confidence] that anyone born of God does not habitually sin; but He (Jesus) who was born of God [carefully] keeps and protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know [for a fact] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] lies in the power of the evil one [opposing God and His precepts]…Little children (believers, dear ones), guard yourselves from idols—[false teachings, moral compromises, and anything that would take God’s place in your heart]. (1 John 5:18-19,21,  AMP)

So we are to guard our hearts and minds against superstitions. Declare Friday the 13th as your lucky day. Claim black cats as your favorites. Choose to contradict all the superstitions you encounter. They don’t have any hold of you. You are protected by God, you have victory over superstitions in Jesus.

Victory over Superstitions

God provides freedom from the empty superstitions of spirit beings. He sent Jesus to break free from all that. Christ is the way to go, no matter how much people look down on you because you take Jesus seriously. We have victory over superstitions in Jesus.

Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. (Colossians 2:8-10, MSG)

All the promises of God are valid also on Friday the 13th. We are safe in him. Always. When we abide in Christ, all that is his are ours, including the victory over evil forces. Hence there’s nothing to worry about. Nothing. Broken mirrors won’t steal our peace and horoscopes won’t tell our future. We are in God’s hands every single day of our lives. Victory over suprstitions is ours in Jesus. Something to celebrate each and every morning.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for being always more than we need
and providing for us all we ever need.
We praise you and thank you.
Keep us from harm,
guide us and lead us
according to your plan for us.
Bless us to bless others.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you battle with superstition? How do you deal with it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace who you are in Christ and the freedom it brings with it!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Photo by Ivan Diaz on Unsplash. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus.

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