Today I'd like to share with you a scripture my friend Eddie DeGarmo referred to briefly in sharing part of his story with us. The scripture is found in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy chapter 23 verse 5 beginning with....
"...the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you."
You know throughout God's Word the Lord tells us to put our trust in Him to lead and guide us as we live our lives for Him. As we do our best to do that there are often opposing voices, either outside of us or within us, that rise up to denounce, to torment, or try to prohibit the work God is doing IN us or THROUGH us.
However, as the scriptures tell us....out of God's great love for us and mercy towards us...God turns the curse into a blessing. The ULTIMATE turning of the curse to a blessing came with Jesus Christ's death on the cross.
For Galations 3 verses 13 and 14 tells us ...
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the BLESSING given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that WE might receive the PROMISE of the SPIRIT."
Those who know and love Jesus no longer live under a curse. The blessing of the Holy Spirit lives within each of us and moves in our lives working all things for our good and His purpose. Not all we experience is pain free or always successful but God's presence is with us providing the grace we need. We can overcome those demeaning words spoken over us as children. God can use hard circumstances to move us in a different, more positive and purposeful direction.
For Eddie DeGarmo (and Dana Key) it was simply using criticism of his (their)music with a Christian message to broaden his (their) ability to influence and encourage young believers.
Whatever life hands us, we have to remember and encourage one another with our stories of God's love, care, and redeeming power.
This is John Schlitt reminding us all to "LIVE IT LOUD"!