SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
Scripture: Daniel 11:33, Psalm 143:12, Psalm 139
Daniel 11:33 says, “And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.” It is obvious that there is a war against the church that is orchestrated by the antichrist spirit. The antichrist spirit is assaulting the US Military. I heard recently that there was a briefing that was given to all the troops on every base in the world. Christian groups like the America Family Association were called ‘terrorists.’ Some of the best ministries in America were attacked. Soldiers were told if they contributed to those ministries there would be administrative punishment. That is the obvious fruit of an antichrist spirit. And it comes directly from the Commander-In-Chief. There is a purge of Christians going on in the US Military. Christians are being driven out. I know it from talking to men with sons, daughters and son-in-laws in the military that are committed to Christ. Some of them have been driven out, even given ‘dishonorable discharges.’ There is an antichrist spirit already at work. The fact is, if we have understanding, then it is up to us to instruct all those who will listen about the remedy. And the remedy is Judicial prayer. And we can pray it out of David’s Psalms. There is hardly a Psalm that David wrote that does not have a Judicial application. I recommend praying Psalm 143:12, which David prayed upon Absalom’s rebellion. Praying Psalm 143:12 fits the crime. It is a fruitful work – one with eternal consequences. My wife pointed out to me recently that one of the most tender-hearted and loving Psalms of all times, ends with a strong Judicial undertone. Psalm 139 begins with tenderhearted love “Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me….” And this same Psalm, in verses 19-22, reveals judicial love in action, “Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.” Are we, like David, truly men and women after God’s own heart?