Does your Christian faith influence your take on Friday the 13th? Or do you still feel skirmish?
It might be Friday the 13th but “This is the day the LORD acted; we will rejoice and celebrate in it!”. (Ps.118:24, CEB) Yes, let’s rejoice! It might be Friday the 13th but all the promises of the Bible are in effect also today.
Earlier, before you knew God personally, you were enslaved to so-called gods that had nothing of the divine about them. But now that you know the real God—or rather since God knows you—how can you possibly subject yourselves again to those paper tigers? For that is exactly what you do when you are intimidated into scrupulously observing all the traditions, taboos, and superstitions associated with special days and seasons and years. I am afraid that all my hard work among you has gone up in a puff of smoke! (Gal.4:8-11, MSG, emphasis added)
So, are you superstitious or a Christian? You can’t be both. You either believe in God and his power to set you free or you don’t. You either live in fear or you live in God’s grace. You are either a slave of superstitions or you are a free child of God.
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. (Col.2:8-10, MSG, emphasis added)
If you have difficulty laying down your superstitious fears, ask God to help. The Holy Spirit will enable you to let go of your fears and you will be ready to rejoice and be glad even when it’s Friday the 13th. Walk the Christian walk every day of the year. God’s grace and peace will be with you always!
We bring to you all our fears,
all our hesitation about Friday the13th.
Show us how to let go all of our fears,
all our superstitions.
We praise you that you’re almighty!
We praise you that your promises are always true.
Help us to live in your grace and peace every day of our lives.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What’s your take on Friday the 13th? Have you had difficulties of letting go of your superstitions?
Be super blessed, fellow pilgrim, on this Friday the 13th! Let’s rejoice!
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