The ministry team was hit by the emotional enormity of the previous night’s sub-human, demon-possessed barbarism. So, it was far from easy to focus and compose ourselves before the morning’s service for healing but the chaplain wisely reminded us of our Lord’s words. Then we sang to the King of Kings about His ruling over everything, and His Spirit joined with ours…So I’ve been brooding over those verses and the ongoing battle.:
In His famous in-depth teaching on blessings (‘The Beatitudes’) delivered to a multitude gathered on a mountainside, the one anointed in power by God’s Holy Spirit explained His purpose of fulfilling the ancient written instructions and prophecies that came from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus’ mission was not to supplant or destroy them but to fulfill them. In saying so, He urged everyone to live so righteously that it exceeds that of the religious teachers, and thereby be able to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Moreover, in unwrapping authoritatively the purpose of the Torah’s commands about retaliation in order to avoid personal revenge, Jesus revealed it’s His Father’s overriding purpose to love everyone in practical ways. His listeners had been taught to love their neighbour but to hate their enemy…
“But I say to you: love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain upon the just and the unjust.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors (Gentiles) do the same? And if you greet your friends only, what do you do more than others?…
“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:44-48 NKJV)
There’s also Proverbs 25:21-2 promise, ‘If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink: for in doing so you will heap coals of fire upon his head and the Lord will reward you’ (Amplfd Bible). This doesn’t mean to harm them but to bless after the high priestly manner of igniting an offering to the Lord. So it implies the person’s mind may then be cleansed and changed, even unto repentance.
With all that in mind, I recalled having blessed an individual who’d taken exception to this blog’s claims about listening to the Lord, gifts of the Holy Spirit, the divinity of Jesus and my opinion of the Muslim Book. (Eventually, he said he’d been a ‘Christian’, albeit anti-Trinitarian for years, and now Muslim.) So I simply wished him a similar encounter with Jesus as I’d had. Therefore, you may wish to join me in blessing all those opposed to Christians and to the holy scriptures, especially humanists and Muslim fundamentalists, with a few blessings/prayers.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth and Son of God, who came in the flesh, may each person who has false beliefs and doesn’t yet know the Living God be saved by Your grace and mercy, as well as being blessed to:
- have a direct, personal encounter with You,
- be aware of Your holiness and person-hood,
- be convicted of and truly repent of their sins,
- renounce satan and all its teachings and ways,
- become born-again of the Holy Spirit and a disciple of Jesus,
- come into a relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- etc, etc.