TUESDAY, AUGUST 12
Scripture: John 16:5-11
John 16:5-11 states, “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” When the Holy Spirit has come, one of His primary assignments is to manifest judgment because verse 11 says “…the ruler of this world is judged.” If the ruler of this world is judged, then judgments are available to advance the purposes of God. What are the purposes of God? Jesus died for covenant justice. Restoring the fear of the Lord to a culture is essential for a Godly nation. If the ruler of this world is judged, that means judgments are available. And they were available to the early church through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one that will teach us how to pray and what to ask for. The majority of believers have never been taught the Kingly side of the Holy Spirit. The church, for the most part, has only been taught the Priestly side. And the Priestly side prays for people, but the Kingly side has the assignment of justice, restoring the fear of the Lord and dealing with the wicked. This necessitates praying against the wicked! These assignments are so that we can have salvation and can reap our harvest. We have known that and yet the Holy Spirit was sent for that purpose. How could it be that the Holy Spirit was sent for the purpose of manifesting judgment, and that whole dimension of Who Christ is has been stolen from us? For most Christians, it is not even an option and they do not believe God does that anymore. How far away can we depart from biblical truth when we think, believe and act like God does not judge anymore? The enemy has come to steal truth from the church and because of a lack of knowledge, God’s people are perishing. If the ruler of this earth is judged, then judgments are a prayer away. What will we do? Pray!