THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
Scripture: Acts 4:24-26
Verses 24-26 say, “So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.’” The early church did not go pick up placards and make signs to protest. They went back and they prayed – they prayed for the Presence of God. They prayed that a Judicial Christ would stand up in their behalf. They understood that they were facing an enemy and there was only one thing that would make a difference – they went to the Psalms and they asked for the Judicial Christ to show up. They prayed specifically out of the ultimate judicial Psalm that gives us a topographical outline of what it takes to bring the Judicial Christ on the scene. They initiated judicial action with their prayer. They knew the God of justice and they knew the God of judgment. And they appealed to Him. Are we appealing to Him or are we turning the other cheek and blessing our enemy? That is what most of the church has been taught and that is all most of us know to do. If that is all we know to do, we had better wake up and smell the other half of Who God is. Jesus is a Savior, but He is also a Judge. He is a Judge Who is asking us to represent Him. And we have plenty of opportunity to represent Him in today’s world. The question is, will we do it? I believe Jesus is waiting on us. I believe the last great frontier of the Holy Spirit is the judicial side of Christ. And behind those manifestations is where our greatest harvest is. If that is true, we have an awesome harvest ahead if we get to know the Judicial Christ.