The months, January to December, are all filled with God’s provisions, protections, and privileges for His sons and daughters. God does not modulate His standards, precepts, and principles towards us just because some hold the opinion that attached to each month is a unique numerological index that has the propelling capacity to release a special blessing and unhindered fortune.
It is instructive to state that all months are the same, and any attempt to associate certain months with happenings and events is not only unbiblical but also unwholesome for Christian growth.
There’s a subtle inroad made by some “cults” who seek extra-biblical revelations by forcefully mapping certain perceived blessings, breakthroughs, miracles, and encounters to every month.
Such a phenomenon is gradually taking root in the lives of “weak believers,” especially because of its global and contemporary dominance via social and traditional media. Unfortunately, its acceptance is widespread because of its perceived consequential harmlessness.
Against such faith-wrecking onslaught, the Apostle Paul writes: “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” (Colossians 2:8-10, NLT)
The focus is to clandestinely replace faith in Christ with faith in superstitions—an attempt to systematically deconstruct faith in Christ Jesus.
In my humble submission, I opine that every new month provides for us:
The opportunity to reflect on how our walk with God could improve by letting our roots grow down into Him and letting our lives be built on Him. Then our faith will grow strong in the truth we were taught, and we will overflow with thankfulness. (Emphasis is mine) (Col. 2:7 – NLT)
A space to live and instill the kingdom values. This we do with the help of the Holy Spirit:
a. Not plotting conspiracies just as lions stalk their prey.
b. Not devouring the innocent.
c. Not seizing someone’s treasures.
d. Not extorting wealth.
e. Not adding to the tallies of widows, orphans, oppressed, neglected, etc., in the land.
f. Not utterly disrespecting the value of life.
Thanking and appreciating God for ushering us into a new month and further trusting in His faithfulness for the ensuing month is godly and biblical. The matter of concern I am urging us all to consider is the unbridled desire to wantonly dissipate the treasure chest of our faith, which is hinged on Christ rather than empty philosophies and sophisticated worldly manipulations.
COLOSSIANS 2:20-23 (NLT):
“You have died with Christ, and He has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, ‘Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!’? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
It is the wall of righteousness that guards the land, but not the strict adherence to a temporary and deteriorating elemental trend. It is all about Jesus, but not a new month. All months are the same.
Written by Pastor Simon Afful (The Church of Pentecost – Madagascar)