Read this excerpt from Cracks in the Foundation about accurately understanding the verses about “sending rain,” which many interpret as meaning negative circumstances. What does the Bible truly say about this?
This is a quote from Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount where He instructs us in our attitudes concerning our enemies, those who hate us, those who curse us, and those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44-46). As sons and daughters, we are to follow the example of our Heavenly Father in loving and in doing good to all people, even those who treat us unjustly. As we consider this, we must understand that this verse has often been taken out of context to define “rain” as negative life circumstances which seemingly happen equally to the believer and nonbeliever.
Christians are called to be spiritual shock absorbers. We are called to absorb hatred and persecution in our environments through love, prayer, and forgiveness. We are to “rain” down God’s goodness on those who are seemingly undeserving because God did that for us. Yes, we need boundaries in ongoing relationships, but our blessing and prayers for people who are causing difficulties will help create an open heaven for them to experience God (consider how Saul was converted in Acts 9 after he was forgiven by Stephen in Acts 7).
CHECKING THE FOUNDATION
There will be a crack in our spiritual foundation if we misinterpret this passage and think the rain (referred to here) is negative circumstances. If we conclude this, we will develop a fatalistic view of life, and we will believe there is no difference in the level of blessing between believer and nonbeliever. This perspective will create doubt in prayer and faith and will greatly hinder perseverance in waiting for God’s promises to manifest.
Both the believer and unbeliever face challenges in this life, but the Christian has access to divine protection from the “rain” of Satan’s “killing, stealing and destroying” (John 10:10). Jesus became a curse for us so that we could be offered the “blessing of Abraham” (Galatians 3:13-14). This blessing is received by faith and increasingly manifests as we continue to abide in Him and His words continue to abide in us (John 15:7).
- What truth stood out to you the most in this teaching?
- Do you believe there is greater blessing available for those who know God? Why or why not?
- What are some keys for more kingdom blessings to manifest in our lives?
SPEAK THESE DECLARATIONS ALOUD
- I am increasingly walking in the blessings Jesus won for me on the cross.
- I live under a supernatural protection.
- Jesus became a curse for me so I could be blessed.
Cracks in the Foundation: Reforming Our Thinking To Accelerate Revival
Going to a higher level in establishing key beliefs will affect ones intimacy with God and fruitfulness for the days ahead. This book challenges many basic assumptions of familiar Bible verses and common Christian phrases that block numerous benefits of our salvation. The truths shared in this book will help fill and repair “cracks” in our thinking which rob us of our God-given potential. Revised edition includes upgraded content, study questions, and declarations.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.