MONDAY, JANUARY 15
Scripture: Matthew 12:28-30
Matthew 12:28-30 says, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder (dia-har-paz-o) his house. He who is not with Me is against Me and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” Jesus taught the twelve and the seventy. We take authority over satan and then we take everything in his house. We take all of his goods. In other words we anth-his-tay-mee; we stand against him and we take everything he has. That is what Jesus did vanquishing foes in the heart of the earth. He rose up with the keys to death, hell and the grave and He gave that authority to us. In this passage Jesus was teaching that this is how we operate, this is how we function. We spoil the enemy with superior authority and power. Has this been taught to the church? Have we taught the church how to bring the judgment of God onto the unrepentant, the filthy, the perverse and the evil? No, we have not and as a result there is no fear of God in the church or in the nation and this has been a big-time loss. Jesus did not lose, He won! Why are we losing today? The answer—we are not fully representing Christ. We are only partially representing Christ. We have not taught the church to walk like the prophets and like the apostles. The apostles did not turn the other cheek and run. The apostles were not nicer than God. They embraced Christlikeness and stood up to the evil and brought the judgment of God upon those who practiced it.