THURSDAY, APRIL 28
Scripture: Psalms 110:1-2; Acts 4:5-8, 19
The question is, where did the early church swing the sword? Who did they pray against? The answer is in Psalm 2. It tells us where the early church swung the sword. It is very clear. They were praying against the kings and rulers. And they were praying for the anointing to defy onerous rules and regulations. They asked for distress and the wrath of God on the enemy’s head. The early church put action to the Kingly Christ. They swung the sword – will we? Do we face the same resistance they did? That is a question that should give us a whole lot of confidence in this hour. In verses 5-8, they were facing persecution from the religious leaders. In verse 19 they defied what the religious leaders said. It is obvious that the early church had to deal with the counterfeit church. They had to swing the sword against the counterfeit church. How difficult must that have been, to find themselves praying against the very institution they had grown up in and bringing the sword of God on it? That could not have been easy. It had to be unbelievably difficult. Can we do that? Can we swing the sword against institutions that simply build their own kingdom and are hurting the Gospel? Swinging the sword is not easy!