It Was Grace That Taught My Heart to Fear (3 of 3) by Jeff Strite

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It Was Grace That Taught My Heart to Fear (3 of 3)
Series: Amazing Grace
Jeff Strite
Acts 9:1-25

OPEN: Many people are very suspicious.
They'll collect rabbit's feet.
They'll put horseshoes upside down to collect luck.
And they'll avoid various things like letting black cats cross their path or allowing themselves to walk under ladders.

But one of the most famous fears people have is of Friday the 13th. It's considered an unlucky day, because - down thru the ages - both Fridays and the number 13 have been regarded as being an ill-omen.

The number 13, for example:
The Turks so disliked that number that they practically removed it from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894).
Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
Many buildings don't have a 13th floor.
And according to information I had a number of years ago, some airlines refused to have a Flight 13 or even a row of seats with that number.

As for the fear of Friday old wives tales say that you should:
Never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams.
Never start a trip on Friday or you will have misfortune.
If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow.
Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck

You put those two together - Friday and the number 13 - and you can end up with a whole bunch of people that are actually afraid of that date on the calendar. Dr. Donald Dossey, a psycho-therapist specializing in the treatment of phobias estimates that fully 8% (21 million) of the people in America are frightened of Friday 13th

APPLY: People can become afraid of the strangest things.

But the Bible tells us that God's people should not be. We should not be a people of fear.
Fully 365 times in Scripture, God tells us "Do not fear" or "Fear not" or something similar.
365 times - that's one time for every day of the year.
And Psalms 118:6 tells us WHY we should not fear: "The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

Now ...


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