“JINX! I JINXED YOU!! YOU CAN’T TALK AGAIN UNTIL SOMEONE SAYS YOUR NAME!”
My nine-year-old son was gleeful, and reveling in the fact that he had just tricked all his siblings into saying the same thing at the same time, ensuring a JINXED status. (Jinxing is serious business, as you may remember from childhood. Usually, someone else has to say your name before you can talk again. 🙂 )
However, my six-year-old son wasn’t having it. He began talking anyway. He obviously didn’t buy the whole “jinxed” condition.
“Sam! You can’t talk; I jinxed you!!” my oldest son protested. To him, to be jinxed is as sure and settled as the Constitution. 🙂
“I’m not playing.” Sam simply stated, shrugging his shoulders.
I was preparing breakfast in the kitchen and overheard this whole youthful conversation. Even though my oldest son’s jinxing was innocent and done in playful fun, this little scenario reminded me of something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. It reminded me how the devil loves to deceive us, and convince us we are bound by his lies.
I’m wondering: has the devil called “jinx” on you? Did you play along, thinking you had no choice? Are you believing the devil’s lies, whatever they are, merely because the devil spoke them with pretend authority?
Lies such as:
“God doesn’t love you.”
“You’ll never make it.”
“Everyone will laugh at you.”
“You’ll never be good enough.”
“Nothing will ever change.”
“You’re stuck in this position forever.”
“Nobody loves you.”
“Nobody listens to you.”
“You’re not important.”
“You’ve messed up.”
“You’ve wasted your life.”
“God will never forgive you.”
And on and on… what does the devil tell you? I’ve heard all of these lies and more. I’ve believed them for so long!
My dear readers, if you have been “jinxed” by the devil, Jesus is the One who called your name 2000 years ago, when He stripped the devil of his authority. The devil only has authority to the extent that you agree with his lies. Jesus says you are FREE. You are no longer bound!
You simply have to believe what Jesus says, and “opt out” of the whole charade.
Take it from my six-year-old. 🙂 You don’t have to play along, anymore.
P.S. The photo above is from a recent family vacation to Legoland. It was taken in the medieval section of the park. I thought it was interesting and perfect for this post. My sweeties voluntarily entered the stocks, and at any point, they could walk away from being “bound.” Just like you. <3
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