DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
A Christians, we are bond to face persecution of one form or another. We will be insulted because of the name of Christ and we will face trials as we follow Christ. But we have an assurance from God that when ever we are insulted, we are blessed for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on us. We have seen when Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married,(Numbers 12) Miriam was punished, God struck her with leprosy. This is a good lesson for us to learn today. When you murmur against a minister of the Gospel, it displeases God. Our heavenly Father watches over and protects His children.
We are to do all things without murmuring and disputing. Psalm 109:28 says, whey they curse, may you bless me, may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice. We have nothing to fear when we are in Christ Jesus. He will take care of us. He will make us strong, firm and steadfast. Let us continue to pray for believers and unbelievers.
As we suffer as Christians, we are not to be ashamed. This may seem hard for some, but if we stand upon the Word of God and praise His name in the good times and the bad times, we will receive our just reward. The Bible tells us that we must never get weary in well doing. Rather, we must continue to commit ourselves to our faithful Creator and continue to do good. For goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and to be gracious unto you, May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace. Amen.