On Friday the 13th or any other day, have no fear

Some people have a negative reaction to Friday, the 13th, but believers are encouraged to have no fear.

Some people have a negative reaction to Friday, the 13th, but believers are encouraged to have no fear.

Re-posted from a previous blog entry is the following:

Today is Friday, May 13, 2016, the only encounter this year with a day that some view as ominous and foreboding. Unfortunately Friday, the 13th, has become a day that some react to in a negative way. Some even have an abnormal fear of Friday, the 13th, actually called friggatriskaidekaphobia, with the prefix “Frigg,” the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named and triskaidekaphobia, meaning the fear of “13.”

Certainly, not everyone becomes incapacitated by this abnormal fear of Friday, the 13th, but without question, we live in times where fear seems to be rampant; like rumors spread on social media, all manner of fears seem to negatively impact the minds of people across the world. In a previous blog post I commented on fear, and some of the following comments are taken from that entry

Recognizably, fear is a common and natural emotional response to potential danger, but if not properly addressed, it can become a deadly emotion with serious consequences. Excessive fear can become crippling and impact daily lives in a negative way. Unbridled fear is a toxic emotion that limits and inhibits. Proverbs 29:25 makes this clear:

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.

It has been said that fear is the only thing that defeats the promises of God. Pastor Rick Warren describes fear as “. . . a self-imposed prison.” His comment was the inspiration, in part, for the following:

Self-imposed Prison

“Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you

from becoming what God intends for you to be.

Rick Warren

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,

because fear involves torment. But he who fears

has not been made perfect in love.

I John 4:18

This self-imposed prison, not made with bars of steel,

Nor formed with bricks, yet each subtly constructed wall

Restricts the mind, scars the soul and cripples the will

And impounds us to a state of constant free fall.

Held captive by past mistakes that seek to instill

Fear: this deadly acronym binds, confines the heart,

So disguised as “false evidence appearing real”

Keeps us from being all God intends us to be.

But Christ, our sovereign Lord, pardoned each life sentence,

Commuted penalties, declaring not guilty.

With his blood, having blotted out every offense,

Displayed undying love: key to set captives free.

Pure freedom to serve awaits those with ears to hear,

For perfected love destroys all walls built by fear.

The Bible addresses the issue of fear with numerous reminders that as believers we are not to fear. The comforting exhortation to “fear not” or “do not fear” occurs 365 times in the Bible, indicating a daily memo from God that we are to have no fear.

We also find great comfort in Isaiah 41:10, 13 from which the lyrics to another song are taken, offering these words of encouragement:

Do Not Fear

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand;

It is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”

“Do not fear, I will help you.”

“Do not fear, I will help you.”

Here is a recording of the passage from Isaiah 41:

Indeed, the scriptures remind us that fear is a snare that believers should avoid, as they trust in the Lord. We conclude with Wintley Phipps, who offers a song of comfort—“No Need to Fear”:

As Christians we are to be bold and take courage, not just on Friday, the 13th but every day. Friday, the 13th is just another reminder to put on our “no fear gear” and to walk in the love of God which casts out all fear.

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