”And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” [Matthew ll:6]
These were the words sent to John the Baptist after being thrown in prison and asking the question why—what does this mean—have I made a mistake—aren’t you the Son of the Living God!
The response that Jesus made teaches us that we are never victims but always victors—we are always blessed! To understand the word more clearly the amplified bible says, “And blessed is he [happy, fortunate, and to be envied] who takes no offense at Me and finds no cause for stumbling in or through Me and is not hindered from seeing the Truth” We don’t ignore the storm or the sometimes horrendous circumstances of life, but our attitude toward them is like the hinge of a huge door. Either the door opens and light floods in or closes tightly, placing us in the bondage of our own making.
In telling the story of the Nazi death camp at Ravensbruck, Corrie Ten Boom said, “I would look about us as Betsie read, watching the light leap from face to face. More than conquerors. It was not a wish. It was a fact. We knew it; we experienced it minute by minute in an ever-widening circle of help and hope. Life at Ravenbruck took place on two separate levels. One, the observable, external life, grew every day more horrible. The other, the life we lived with God, grew daily better, truth upon truth, glory upon glory.”
No matter what the circumstances of life today—go forward in faith – living in the life of God believing and knowing you are never a victim but always a victor in Him who loved you and gave Himself for you.
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