July 1st, 2014

Why do bad things happen to good people?  This is something I have often wondered and could not understand.  Then I read Isaiah 53:9 “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”  Jesus was not crucified because of His violence and deceit but because the ones who slew Him were wicked.   As Christians, not perfected and not worthy yet still justified through the blood of Jesus are also persecuted by the works of the enemy everyday.  The enemy uses people, the ones we call wicked, to cause pain and grief to the children of God.  We are told to “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” in Matthew 5:44.   Yes, the wicked; the precise ones that torment us, we are to pray blessings on them.  Why?  They need to know the love of Jesus and the Grace of God as well.  The power of praise and blessing the “wicked” can bind the enemy who is working through them.  Minister to them by showing them your Jesus through your love and grace.  Praise God in the face of the enemy and the enemy will flee!  The wicked crucified Jesus and immediately realized they were defeated.  They knew Jesus had no part in the kingdom of darkness.  The enemy fully understood at that moment Jesus had willingly given up His Spirit, that He allowed them to crucify Him so He could show the world there is no death, only eternal life as a child of God.  As Christians, we must take up our cross and bear it daily, for we too are children of God.  Bad things do happen to good people, but Jesus was sent as proof that God overcomes the forces of evil and eternal life is for ALL who believe in what Jesus did at the Cross.  – Donna Warren

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2 thoughts on “July 1st, 2014

  1. I like this! I was thinking why I like to wear crosses the other day and realized it was because of the statement of Take up your cross and bear it and follow me!

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