Persecuted But Not Destroyed
As some of you know on Thursday night my Grandparents who are in their 80’s with my Uncle Driving were involved in a horrible car accident in which they are all recovering by the Grace of God. The following was a Facebook response my Uncle, Pastor Steve Reynolds wrote after the accident:
“If you know me then you know that I rarely go around saying "God did this" or "the devil did that". I am not saying being that way is a good thing, but I learned years ago, early in pastoring, to be very cautious in making such bold statements ( I Corinthians 13:12). With that said I am 100% convinced that Thursday night the devil tried to kill my parents and me in a horrific car accident. I believe it was because of the Afterlife series I am doing at our church. I warned our church family at the beginning of this teaching series that the devil would be very upset about what I will be saying and we need be prepared to be attacked. Humanly speaking there is no rationalization for how we survived that crash. God had strong angels around us and preserved our lives (Psalm 91:9-13).
As our church celebrates missionaries this week at Calvary, I am mindful of the spiritual opposition that we as followers of Jesus face everyday. Please know, that even when life is hard and opposition is tough, GOD IS GOOD.
I leave you with this word of comfort as you may be facing tragedy in your life today:
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Remember: God loves you and so do we at Calvary.
Posted on Mon, November 7, 2016
by Michele Kelley