Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Thought for the Evening
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THE POWER TO CURSE

"The curse causeless shall not come."
Solomon, in Proverbs 26:2
From conversations with Uncle Joe and Preacher Clark in the 1970's

It hurt Uncle Joe's feelings early one morning when he heard two of the young guys on his painting crew cursing him in the back of his pick-up truck on the way to the job site. He thought about it for a while, but during the day he was comforted by a thought from the Lord: "Why, they can't curse me any more than Balaam could curse Israel!"

Preacher Clark used to say that only the one who has the power to bless you has the power to curse you. It takes the same power to do either. In the Bible, we can find no one ever cursed by either Satan or demons, nor yet by witches or wizards. There is no such thing. All such power is in God's hands alone. "Surely", began Balaam, when he was forced to prophesy by the power of God's Spirit, "there is no divination against Israel."

Now, Balaam was a genuine prophet of the Lord, even though not an Israelite, and he very much desired to curse Israel. He knew that Moab's King Balak would make him incredibly rich if he would just curse the Israelites. But every time Balaam opened his mouth, blessings gushed out upon God's chosen people.

"The fear of the Lord", not fear of the Devil, is the "beginning of wisdom." And this is true because only God or one of His anointed servants can curse anyone. So, if a witch or some other evil person or spirit "curses" you, just go ahead and have a happy day; it won't come to pass. It is the only thought of being cursed of God that makes wise men tremble.

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