If you are in the South you make sure you get you some good ole Greens and Black Eyed Peas.
According to About.com it’s “the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead.”
Wikipedia says, “The traditional meal also includes collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.”
Luck, prosperity, and positive motion. Huh? Christians take a hold of this tradition and run with it. “Boy….You better eat you some of that..bring in the big bucks!”
What about God, Christians? What about what The Word says, Christians?
Ephesians 5:6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
According to Wikipedia, Luck or chance is fortune (whether bad or good) which occurs beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result.
How can you as a Christian believe in luck? What does The Word say?
Romans 8:12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Being joint heirs with Christ we have all the promises and blessings. He is our Father…our Daddy. He has adopted us. When we need something, he will provide.
There is no need for luck when our Heavenly Father has already gave us everything. It’s time for us to put away the deceits of the natural world and open up to the Spiritual where everything has been taken care of. Either you are walking in the finished work of Christ or you are not. It’s time for Christian to quit straddling the fence and stand up for the True Word of God and start walking in their positions (Son-Ship) and speaking life and not death into their lives and lives of others.
Traditions of man is the problem. We teach our kids and they teach their kids and so on. When will we stop those generational curses? Teach your children the truth!
Just remember this:
Numbers 6:23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,24The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:25The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:26The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace
I am blessed!
I am kept!
The LORD shines His face upon me!
The LORD is gracious unto me!
The LORD lifts his countenance upon me!
The LORD gives me peace!
Break your traditions. Eat pizza and know you are favored in the eyes of the LORD! 🙂
PS. Do you know when God’s New Year is?
While most believe that the “new year” begins January 1st, this is not when God began the months for the year.
Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. declared that January 1st would mark the beginning of the new year. January was named after Janus, the god of gates and doors in Roman mythology. People prayed to Janus when they wanted something new in their lives (such as resolutions). Janus is normally represented with two faces, one looking to the past and the other looking to the future. The first day of the month of January was sacred to him.
But not to God.
(I will make a new blog post for this topic, you will be amazed.)
- Train up a child in the way they should go. (alookintomymind.wordpress.com)
- Luck? (alookintomymind.wordpress.com)
- Abide in Christ (alookintomymind.wordpress.com)
One thought on “The Southern New Year”
Black-eyed peas are among my least favorite things and I don’t eat them on New Year’s Day. Could it be why I have bad luck? I don’t think so. I think I’m pretty blessed, black-eyed peas or not. Happy New Year.