FOR GOD SO LOVED_____ THAT HE GAVE…                                                                             Andy Hollifield 9-18-19

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (ALL SCRIPTURE IS KJV)

The man can’t even quote John 3:16 and get it right! You may be thinking that but you would be wrong. I left a blank so each of us could fill in our name. We are each one part of the world God gave his Son for. Our sin was the reason he needed to come to begin with. That means “God so loved” me “that he gave.” Repeat that sentence after me a dozen times. Look in a mirror and say it again. Now, ask yourself why? Why would God love me so much he would give his only “begotten” Son? I don’t have a good answer for myself.

In sports, I learned that we needed to always focus on the fundamentals if we wanted to win. Sometimes I sit down to write and I just can’t come up with what I need to write. This was one of those times so I remembered my coaches” advice, and focused on the basics. Everything I am is because of this one sentence. God has such an incredible love for me that he gave. He loved me so much he didn’t see me for what I was but for what I could be with Jesus’ blood applied to my heart. He saw me as the “new creature” that Paul spoke of in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

When we asked forgiveness of our sins and he made us a new creature, he started with our hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Ezekiel 36:26 states, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Aren’t you thankful for a new heart and spirit? I am and I am also looking forward to my pain-free, sin-free, devil-free body that I will get when my change comes.

Sometimes we face things and have to endure things that make our hearts ache. Some things are beyond our understanding. The Psalmist admitted his condition in Psalms 73:26 “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Psalms 121:1 says, “…I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Psalms 146:5 says, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:”

Psalms 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” I don’t know what you might be going through but the Lord does. Deuteronomy 31:6 commands us to “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” “Thy God.” You talk about being daily loaded with benefits! He is your God and he is with you and will not fail or forsake you.

I don’t believe I need to elaborate on those scriptures. Nothing I could say will help you but your God can and will. Do you really think that he loved you so much that he gave his Son for you and will then leave you to make it on your own? No, not by a long shot. Deuteronomy 23:14 starts off, “For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of the camp, to deliver thee…” God is no respecter of persons so even though it was written to Israel, by his grace through Jesus’ blood, it applies to you and I. “Thy God” is with you to deliver you. You aren’t facing anything alone. God loves you too much to allow that.

Like I said to begin with, “sometimes we just need to focus on the fundamentals.” I hope this helps you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


NIGHT VISION                                                                                                                                     Andy Hollifield 9-17-19

Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them walking on the sea. (ALL SCRIPTURE IS KJV)

Don’t tune me out but I have a question. Have you ever wondered how that was possible? The disciples were between 2 3/4 and 3 1/4 miles out on the sea on a dark stormy night, yet in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them. Mark 6:47 says that the ship was in the midst of the sea and verse 48 says that Jesus even saw them toiling in rowing. Matthew even said in verse 24 that “the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.” The fourth watch was also between 3 AM and 6 AM which is the darkest part of the night right before daylight. Mark says that Jesus would have passed them by but they cried out for fear when they saw him. Even in the darkness, the disciples saw him but not good enough to know it was him. How is all of this possible? The correct answer is because he is God. The important thing to take from this scripture is not how he did it but the fact that he did do it.

Exodus 14 contains a similar story to the one in Matthew but with even more of a miraculous twist. As the children of Israel are at the Red Sea with no way of escape, Pharaoh’s heart had been hardened and he was pursuing them. Exodus 12 says that Pharaoh ran Israel out of Egypt by night. The pillar of the cloud led them by day but in this case, it led them by night. In verse 19, the angel that led them and the pillar of the cloud went from in front of them around behind them in the camp. God let the cloud be light at night for Israel but it was darkness to the Egyptians.

Moses then stretched out his hand over the sea and God sent a strong east wind all that night that divided the sea and held the waters back and made the sea bed a dry path. The Egyptians pursued the Israelites into the dry sea bed with their entire army including chariots, horses, and horsemen. The next part is what I really like. Verse 24 says “And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and the cloud, and troubled the Egyptians, (25) And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fIghteth for them against the Egyptians.” That’s a far cry from what he said in Exodus 5:2: “And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.” Looks like by this point in chapter 14, God had made a believer out of him. Not that he accepted the Lord because he didn’t but the last thing he knew in his life was that Israel had a God that was fighting against him and he was going to lose.

That is just a bonus story but the thing I want to point out in it is in verse 24. First off, God had the pillar of fire and the cloud there that night along with the angel. But it gets better. It says that God looked through the pillar of the fire and the cloud. Keep in mind he had already given Israel light in the night but now he looked through the pillar into the darkness on the Egyptian side and then troubled them. Ain’t it good to know that God does get his vengeance upon his enemies, on those that spitefully use and abuse us?

What I really got hung up on in both of these stories is how that the Lord has night vision. He can see through storms, fire, and clouds, and even at incredible distances in the dark to take care of his children. I personally think that the reason it said in Mark that Jesus would have passed by them was just that he wanted to give them an opportunity to know he was there and they could cry out and he would help them. I believe if they hadn’t cried out, he would have kept walking and let them fight the wind and waves the rest of the night. That’s kind of how he does us, isn’t it?

He doesn’t force himself on us but if we want his help, all we have to do is cry out to him. He can see us in the darkest storms of our life. Not only that, he can either cause us to pass through the things we face like he did the Israelites, or he can just say “Peace, be still” like he did for the disciples.

Isn’t it good to know that whether you are fighting to stay afloat in the midst of your sea or facing a seemingly impossible situation, God still has his eyes on you? He sees you through your darkness and knows right where you are. Nobody has night vision like the Lord. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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THE 11th COMMANDMENT                                                                                                          Andy Hollifield 9-16-19

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another

.Love———–(1) to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

That’s a mouthful ain’t it? To love one another as Christ loves us. How many of us really do that? There are people I have a greater fondness for than others but at the same time, didn’t 1 Timothy 5:21 tell us to do “nothing by partiality?” James chapter 2 teaches us specifically against that kind of behavior. I am not attempting to pass judgment on anyone because I imagine that each of us is about as guilty as the next one. But I do want to look at the encouraging side of this scripture.

The encouraging side is to look at just how much Christ really did, and still does, love us. One of the most basic relationships among people is marriage. Biblical marriage is only between a man born a man and a woman born a woman. It is a shame that we have gotten so far away from the teachings of God that marriage even has to be defined. Anyway, Ephesians 5:25 says “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” John 15:13 says this, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This was Christ himself speaking and he went on to say in verse 14 that those that keep his commandments are his friends. Verse 15 tells us that everything God said to him he had made known to his disciples. And in verse 16 he says that he chose us. He chose whosoever will but I know that not all are going to come to him. Not everyone is interested in keeping his commandments or being his friend. In 1 Peter 2:9 the bible says that we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood.

Are you beginning to get the picture? Christ places a high value on you and I. In Revelation 5:5, the lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed and was worthy to take the book out of the hand of the strong angel and to loose the seven seals thereof. In verse 8, he took the book. In verse 9, he “was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (10) and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” If you want to see what true love is, you need not look any further than the cross of Calvary. In John 15 Jesus said that he would “lay down his life for the sheep.” In John 10:27 he said that “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

What a gift; eternal life. The very thing that man has sought after to retain our youth and existence and God has given it to us. Death is no longer something that affects us. Oh, we may fill a grave at some point if the rapture doesn’t take us first, but we have done all the dying we will ever have to do. Genesis 2:7 says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” If God made us a living soul and he has given us eternal life, that means we will live as long as he does. John 1:12 says that he gave us the power to become the sons of God. Romans 8:14 says that “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Verse 15 says that we have received the Spirit of adoption and verse 16 says that we are the children of God. Verse 17 declares that if we are God’s children, then we are his heirs and therefore joint-heirs with Jesus. If that is true, and it is, then everything that the Father owns is mine.

The good thing is that instead of having to wait for God to die to receive what he has, we get to receive it now. Hiers typically receive the property of the owner upon the owner’s death. Since God is eternal, he has given us access to all he has now. Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” And let’s not forget the most common verse of all: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”

Ephesians 2:8 says that salvation is a gift of God. Isaiah 53:5 says “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Verse 4 said, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Verse 6 says that “…the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Verse 12 says that “…he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” That sure sounds like somebody that loves us a whole lot, doesn’t it? Just the thought that somebody cares that much for me is hard to comprehend.

I mentioned Revelation 5 a minute ago, but what I didn’t mention was that a search had been made in heaven and the earth and beneath the earth but none was found worthy. No one was worthy to be the sacrifice to a holy God and pay the penalty for my sins. No one that is, except for the lion of the tribe of Judah. He didn’t have to give his life as that supreme sacrifice, but he did. He didn’t have to take the beatings, but he did. He didn’t have to take the mocking, but he did. He didn’t have to bear the shame, but he did. He didn’t have to hang on that cross in my place for my sin, but he did.

The 11th commandment, a new commandment, not written in stone by the finger of God but spoken to the ears of all that would keep his commandments. To love one another as he has loved us. It doesn’t seem that hard when you compare it to our sins that put him on that cross,, to begin with, does it?

When we stop and realize that those that are vile and demeaning, those that mock even today, those with lifestyles of all kinds that we as God’s children detest, are only following their nature. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).” Those folks are no worse than you and I were or would have been if given the opportunity: BUT GOD!

Those folks that you encounter today that seem so pathetic and hopeless; they are. Outside of the love and mercy and grace of God. Just like you and I was. Love one another as he has loved us. He died for us and all he asks is that we live for him. Why? Because he was the light of the world but now we are that light. If we as Christians can’t love sinners; who will? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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STANDING IN YOUR PLACE                                                                                                         Andy Hollifield 9-15-18

Judges 7:21 “And they stood every man in his place round about the camp…” (ALL SCRIPTURE IS KJV)

I just don’t fit in! I have been a few places where I felt like that was the case. I figured out that I didn’t fit in because I was out of my place. Do you know how I fixed the problem? I got back in my place. The places I was used to and felt comfortable and belonged.

I have never really fit in the country club scene or 5-star hotels or high dollar restaurants. I don’t do tuxedos and private parties with what we might call the “social elite.” I am more like the Travis Tritt song, “I’m A Member Of A Country Club.” All of those other things might be nice but it’s just not who I am. I have never liked to put on airs and I don’t care too much for people that do. The bible says in James 1:8 “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Here in the mountains, we call it “wishy-washy.” Paul cautioned us in Romans 12:3 for a man “…not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…”

When Gideon was preparing to attack the Midianites in Judges 7, each man had a place. There were only 300 so it was vital that every man be where he was supposed to. Gideon didn’t even think he should have a place in the army, but God made a great soldier and leader out of him. In Numbers 2 when God was designating where each tribe would camp, scripture says every man had a place. In 1 Samuel 3:9 Samuel had his place in the temple. Throughout the Old Testament when the Ark Of The Covenant was being moved, it says they took it to “his place” referring to God. The Ark was his presence among his people and his place was between the cherubims wings. The term “his place” is used 58 times in scripture, all but two being in the Old Testament.

I believe the bible doesn’t talk about our place in the New Testament because our place is wherever Jesus is. In the meantime, we have a place to be in whether it be in church, in the family, or even at work. At certain stages of life, our place may change but it is always vital to be in our place. Just as each member of a family has a place no one else can fill, so are we in the family of God. He has a place for each of us to fill so he can get glory from our lives and lost souls be pointed to Calvary. Think about all of the people you are around every day. If you weren’t there, who would fill your place? I know on a job we are pretty much just a number for the most part but in our family and among our friends, we can’t be replaced. You are of high importance in the family of God. No one can fill your place. And when we get to heaven, you will have a place at the marriage supper of the lamb that is reserved just for you if you’ve been born again. Until we get there, we all need to be staying in our place. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP                                                                                                  Andy Hollifield 9-14-19

Psa 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. (ALL SCRIPTURE IS KJV)

I slept like a baby! Have you ever heard that? It is just a way of saying our sleep was restful and peaceful. We often take that for granted until we have a miserable night of tossing and turning. What is amazing is that as babies and even older children we often fought sleep. Now that we are older, we crave it and can’t ever seem to get enough.

As children, one of the first prayers we learned to pray, other than saying the blessing for our food, started with, “Now I lay me down to sleep.” The object of the prayer was for the well-being of our soul. Now as adults I find that is still my number one concern. Not that if I die the Lord will take my soul because that was taken care of the day I accepted Christ as my Savior. Each night I like to repent and make sure my soul is clean before him. It is kind of funny how the most basic precepts of our lives seem to be the things we learned as children.

The precept of thanking God for our food and asking for his continued provision is one that should still be important to us as adults. It is always a blessing to see people bow their heads and pray before eating and especially if they are eating alone. When they’re alone you know it’s not for show. I know that it gets God’s attention when it comes from children, from the most humble of hearts. God loves the praise of his people. Children don’t question why we thank God for our food, they just believe that is what they are supposed to do. Wouldn’t we be closer to the Lord if we had that attitude?

I was talking with someone recently about the first biblical concept we remember being taught. For me, it was the fact that nothing is hid from God. I took a small diecast green jeep and hid it in the back of my dad’s record cabinet. I was so proud of myself and I just accepted the fact that God knew where it was and it was our secret. I never questioned how God knows everything and there is nothing hid from him. Jeremiah 16:17 says, “For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.” I forgot about that jeep soon after that. You know how the mind of a five-year-old jumps from one adventure to another. Sometime later when I found that jeep I was astounded because I realized even though I had forgotten about it, God knew where it was the whole time.

My son was recently asked by a preacher who was in public witnessing if he knew Jesus loved him. His response was, “All the time.” I was a proud poppa when I was told his response. It is good to know that something has sunk in along the way. He has never questioned why Jesus loves him but just accepts that he does. He accepts that God knows all things and sees all things and can do all things except lying and he can’t fail. He never questions it and when he prays, he expects God to hear him. I remember two occasions before he was able to communicate much with us, I heard him talking in his bedroom one Saturday night while I was studying. When I opened his door and asked who he was talking to he said, “Man.” When I saw no one was in his room I told him to go ahead and talk and I would leave him alone. He was on a higher spiritual plane that night as a five or six-year-old then I was. He had an angel sent by God to talk to him when he couldn’t talk to us. That happened again a couple of years later and when I asked him who he was talking to he said, “God.” Again, I told him I would leave him alone and was sorry I interrupted him.

I know I have written about those two experiences before. Even after all of my years of being a child of God, I am still amazed at the peace he can give in any situation. Proverbs 3:24 says, “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.” Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Shall keep our hearts and our minds. Not maybe but that is a promise. And all we have to do is submit ourselves to him just like we did as a little child when we prayed those words we have never forgotten, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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THESE WORDS                                                                                                                                   Andy Hollifield 9-13-19

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with “(THESE WORDS).”

Sometimes when you least expect it, someone can say something that you have heard or read countless times before and it just jumps out at you like it is brand new. In Revelation 21:5 John said, “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for (THESE WORDS) are true and faithful.” “(THESE WORDS).” Not just any words but “(THESE WORDS).” The words that were spoken by “He that sat upon the throne.”

Have you ever thought about that? What comfort! In southern English it might read; “Just mark ‘er down, (THESE WORDS) are true and faithful.” You can go to the bank with “(THESE WORDS).” (THESE WORDS) are true. You don’t ever have to wonder about “(THESE WORDS)” because they are faithful.

Faithful is “Firm in adherence to the truth.” “True” means “exact, in conformity to the letter and spirit.” “(THESE WORDS)” are constant. They are “true” and “worthy of belief.” What words am I talking about? “(THESE WORDS).” Anything that God the Father or Jesus has said in your bible is “true and faithful.”

Let’s look at some examples of “(THESE WORDS).” The preceding two paragraphs were intended to get you excited and convinced of the truth of “(THESE WORDS).” The words were spoken by the Lord. Before giving the ten commandments the bible says in Exodus 20:1 “And God spake all (THESE WORDS), saying.” In Exodus 34 the Lord told Moses to write “(THESE WORDS)” because what came from the Lord’s mouth constituted the covenant between Israel and the Lord. (THESE WORDS) were so powerful, that when Moses came off of the mountain his face shone with the glory of the presence of the Lord. Until he was done speaking to the children of Israel, he had to wear a veil over his face because of the glory of the one that had spoken “(THESE WORDS).” In Deuteronomy 5:22-26, God had Moses to call all of the elders of the tribes to him. As the mountain burned with fire, the Lord spake “(THESE WORDS),” the words of the law, out of darkness even though the Israelites thought they would die by seeing the Lord and hearing his voice. This fact convinced them and they swore that they would do all that the Lord commanded. Their intentions were good but they didn’t stay convinced very long.

In the interest of not getting bogged down, I will tell you that the term “(THESE WORDS)” is used 98 times in the bible. So I want to look at some of “(THESE WORDS)” that God has spoken to me and you. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, (THESE WORDS) I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” That is one of those “true and faithful” promises from the Lord. Aren’t you glad that he didn’t mention anything about us being faithful? We should strive to be faithful to him but he and his words are faithful whether we are or not.

Here are some more words of Jesus for us. In John 3:7, Jesus says (THESE WORDS) “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Not a suggestion but a necessity because of (THESE WORDS) that Jesus spoke to us in John 14:6. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” That makes it sound pretty hopeless for us ever being able to come before the Lord and it would be if not for (THESE WORDS) in Revelation 22:17. “And the Spirit and the bride say Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Do you know what that means? It means that all you have to do is meet the four-step qualification for coming to him. First, you have to be a “whosoever.” Then you have to hear the Spirit call you to come. Third; you have to be thirsty, in need of forgiveness that you can’t do for yourself to satisfy your soul. The last thing you have to do is; Come. That’s it! It really is that simple.

Jesus said (THESE WORDS) in John 6:37, “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” “In no wise” means this: “There ain’t no way I would ever cast out one that comes to me.” John 3:15 and 16 say (THESE WORDS): “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal (15) life.” Verse (16) says “everlasting life.” Acts 10:43 says (THESE WORDS) “through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Remission means they are “remitted” or “relinquished.” We gave them up to Christ and he was crucified on the cross because of our sins. We received “forgiveness and pardon” when we relinquished them to him. Romans 10:13 says (THESE WORDS) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Aren’t you thankful for all of (THESE WORDS)?

(THESE WORDS) apply to “whosoever.” You are a “whosoever” so these words apply to you. If you want to come to him, you can. If you want forgiveness of your sin, he will. If you call upon him and repent, he’ll hear. If you have already been born again, it is because of (THESE WORDS). Not my words but all of the promises and invitations that the Lord has given each of us. The word “whosoever” is used 183 times in the bible.

I hope that you have been encouraged by (THESE WORDS). All of the capital letters and parentheses are not the way all of this is written in scripture. I just used it to draw your attention to the words that he said to each of us. Do you remember 1 Thessalonians 4:18 that we started with? “Wherefore comfort one another with (THESE WORDS).” I hope (THESE WORDS) have been a comfort to you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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FRIDAY THE 13TH                                                                                                                         Andy Hollifield  9-13-19

Today will be kind of a celebratory post. We can celebrate because we have survived another Friday the 13th. Before you decide that reading this post is a complete waste of time, I have a question for you. Did you know that the origin of this superstition may have come from a religious event? Now that I have your attention let me explain that this article will be somewhat light-hearted seeing as how I am not a very superstitious person. I don’t really believe in luck, just divine providence. Yes, I do use the phrase, “good luck” but I am a firm believer that nothing can happen to us that God doesn’t allow. God is still sovereign regardless of what day of the week it is. But now, back to our superstition.

I have heard all of my life that Friday the 13th is a very unlucky day. In December 2013, on Friday the 13th I had both of my knees replaced at the same time. Eight days later on Friday the 20th, I walked out of Care Partners rehab facility on a walker and walked into Zaxby’s for lunch on my way home using only a cane. Now, had I been superstitious, I wouldn’t have had surgery at all in the year 2013 much less on Friday the 13th. Here I am over 6 years later and other than occasionally wearing a brace on my left knee, I haven’t had any problems with them. As a matter of fact, if I believed in luck, I would have to say it was a lucky day for me. Not only have I had great success with the replacements, but my surgeon Dr. Marc Barnett at Asheville Orthopedic Associates found that I had ligament damage in my right knee that I didn’t even know I had and he repaired it. A lesser or lazier surgeon may not have found or repaired that damage and if not I may have fallen in rehab and messed up both knees again. So if I wanted to, I could make the argument that it was a “lucky” day for me. In all honesty however, it was just God’s divine providence that I had the surgeon I had and everything turned out like it did.

According to a Wikipedia article, The origin may have come from the “last supper” in the upper room. According to the bible, counting Jesus there were 13 people present that night. History records the supper as being on the 13th of the month Nisan, the night preceding his death on Good Friday. Just for the record, that wasn’t a run of bad luck for Jesus.  It was, according to him, his Father’s will because that is what he was sent to do (John 5:30 …because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”)

As far as days go, the bible teaches that the only day that God really regards is the Sabbath. Revelation 19:6 says…”for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” This is the only occurrence of the word “omnipotent” in the bible. I am not going to bore you or embarrass myself by even attempting the Greek word but it has a simple meaning. It means 1) he who holds sway over all things 2) the ruler of all 3) almighty: God. I really like definition number one “holds sway”. Something about that terminology just excites me! God “holds sway” over everything in my life. The word “almighty” is used 57 times in scripture. It appears 31 times in the book of Job alone. Three times the term “Almighty God” is used. “God Almighty” is used eleven times. If I counted correctly, the title “The Almighty” is used 44 times and always in reference to God. Exodus 16:26 declares the seventh day to be the Sabbath. In Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Genesis 2:2 says that God ended his work on the seventh day and rested from all his work. As far as biblical numerology goes, you will find a lot of “sevens” as well as other numbers. Under the law, the Sabbath was the seventh day. As New Testament Christians saved by grace, we celebrate the first day of the week which was the third day after Jesus’ death. It was also the day on which Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James, and other women (Luke 24:10) came to anoint the body of Jesus and found that he had risen. The resurrection is the basis and foundation for the plan of Salvation. According to Wikipedia, Sunday worship was said to have started possibly as early as the first century and was a mandated weekly occurrence among Christian sects by 361 AD.

When it comes to days, the Lord is most concerned with “today”. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 6:2 “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of Salvation.” The words “to day and to morrow” are in the bible 600 times and 82 times respectively. The term “the morrow” appears 95 times. Which do you think the greater emphasis would be placed on? By the way, the reason I put a space after “to” in both of these words is because that is how they appear in scripture.

We sometimes fail to realize that God doesn’t operate on a timetable like we do. He operates in eternity where time doesn’t exist except in it’s relation to man. God is eternal and has no beginning or ending and sees all of time all at once. I know, it blows my mind too but that is just how big God is. When it comes to Friday the 13th, some insurance companies report a slight drop in claims for that day, probably because superstitious people are being more cautious some even to extremes. The fear of Friday the 13th actually has a name “paraskevidekatriaphobia”. It is an actual word with Greek origin meaning “Friday” and “thirteen” and no I can’t begin to say it. I told you it was going to be somewhat light-hearted today. So, if you are reading this article; congratulations. You have survived another Friday the 13th and there is only one more this year in December. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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