TUESDAY, JANUARY 9
Scripture: James 1:22, Matthew 5:38-39, Isaiah 26:9
Could it be as simple as being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only? Possibly it could. What happened in the last forty years that imperiled the nation and rendered the church passive and powerless. The answer to that is in Matthew 5:38-39. This passage says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.’” The biggest mistake that was made in the last leadership generation was that this principle of turning-the-other-cheek was applied as the full definition of the love of God. It was used out of context and inaccurately in order to turn the church into ineffective and powerless saints who consistently enable evil rather than restrain it. This has in effect immobilized the church and left it incapable of impacting society and culture. The reason that there is so much unsanctified mercy and that the church is so much nicer than God is because of the imbalanced, skewed teaching of Matthew 5:38-39. When this passage becomes the full definition of God’s love then the church becomes passive and impotent. Two great men of God outlined a potentially powerful Seven Mountain strategy but satan hijacked the implementation with a toothless people! The question is will the church recognize that unsanctified mercy is not God’s true mercy and does not lead others toward salvation and light. Isaiah 26:9 says, “With my soul I have desired You in the night. Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” Once church leaders and saints alike balance out Scripture, the warriors will arise! Will we be doers of the Word and not hearers only? Jesus did not turn the other cheek to the moneychangers!