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I'd Rather Have God Than Be "Lucky"

I'd Rather Have God Than Be Lucky
The Sovereignty of God

There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. Deuteronomy 18:10-11 (NKJV)

Recently, I received an email from a good friend, and enclosed was an attachment saying, "Read and Respond," and because of whom it was from, I opened it.  I found a chain email that was put together to wish the person reading it "Good Luck."  It started off with an opening line stating,  "If God brings you to it he'll bring you through it..." I thought, "Okay," and I continued to read.

It then showed a picture as if the viewer (I) were in a basement of a house that was on fire, with the only obvious exit being engulfed in flames (Nice touch).  The following words cemented the intent of the original person who craftily wrote this gem, as it was obvious that the email was designed to both play on a persons innate fleshly desire to get "Lucky," combined with an overtone, which suggested something bad would happen to you if you weren't faithful in forwarding it to your list of friends.

It stated that the message was sent forth as "Good Luck" for you, the recipient.  And that the message of "Good luck" was sent by a guy named "Tony." It then proceeded to give some free one-liners to assure you some quick success.  A quick check on Google to see who this cat was affirmed my suspicion - as the site proclaimed his "Amazing" success in the business world - how he could help you too - and touted that he specifically hand picked and personally trained every staff member, and that Tony was a "Self-help guru."

I decided that rather than forwarding it, or responding, I would simply clarify a few things contained within the email because they will help all of us in "Truth." 

The first thing that needs to be said is that these emails that are passed on to infer something of "Good fortune" or "Bad fortune" are usually nothing more than a way for information gatherers to do their job in garnering your email addresses so that they can send you direct advertising editorial emails directly to you, or worse yet, sell a list of emails including yours to marketing companies.

The second thing is that these types claims of "Luck" or that of a "Miracle" happening if you are faithful to pass them on is based on "Superstition."  We need to know that there is no biblical evidence to support us in propagating "Superstition."  In fact, we find the opposite to be true.  "Superstition" is based on an ignorant faith of an object having magical powers and it extends to certain practices as well, such as a baseball player putting on his socks in a certain order to play better to our not walking under a ladder to keep from having bad "Luck" (I would think that common sense would dictate the latter - in this case, not walking under the ladder).

It's funny that synonyms for "Superstition" are "Fallacy" and "False notion," and these terms certainly describe it accurately.

Q:  What does the Bible tell us about superstition and the possibility of things occurring by chance?

A:    It tells us that nothing occurs by chance, and that "Nothing" is done outside of God's sovereign control.

We need to remember that "Everything" that happens is either caused by or allowed to happen by God (Sovereignty) - and it is done in a way that is kept within His divine plan for our lives.  To see the truth of this principle, one need only look to God's allowance of King Herod, Pontius Pilate, and the people of Israel to do what God had purposed and determined to be done with His Son Jesus in His crucifixion (See Acts 4:26-28).

Other superstitions in addition to "Luck" include occult practices of black magic, divination and sorcery, voodoo and sorcery, and astrology (Deut. 4:19) including palm, tarot card, and horoscope reading.  Plan and simple, "Superstition" is a form of "Idolatry," and this forbidden and there is great warning for those who participate in it.

We, as Christian men and women, need to abstain from participating in any of this nonsense and we should keep guard against the wiles of the enemy to seduce and tempt us otherwise (See 1Peter 5:8).  We need to exercise self-control to being tempted to derive our "Faith" from objects, rituals or superstitions that are of man made origins.  

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, let's not get caught up into buying into the man-made garbage leading us to believe that we will somehow become "Lucky" or find "Good Fortune" by buying into the lies of deception wrapped in "Feel-good" writings or practices.  Let's not allow the enemy to tempt us to believe that we will receive any sort of "Luck" in participating in these practices.  Let's not choose to believe that a card or stars will determine God's plan for our lives.  Let us instead put our faith into the sovereignty of our Heavenly Father who holds back no good thing from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:11).

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to practicing in pagan superstitions or other demonic activities?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you following any superstitious practices; participating in any demonic occult astrological readings or believing in "Luck?"

APPLICATION: If you find that you have been tempted to participate in any of these activities, confess them to God, and renounce your participation in them - turn and go in the opposite direction - place your future and your faith in God alone for all that is to happen in your life.

Father, Thank You for Your Word to guide me and direct me in my walk as a Christian.  I choose to seek the full counsel of Your Word today to make my decisions for what I choose to believe and follow.  I place my faith in your sovereignty today and trust in Your plan fully.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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