SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Scripture: John 12:23-32
John 12:23-32 says, “But Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour?” But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.’ Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to Him.’ Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.’” Jesus died to break the power of satan in the earth and He broke it! Then He was resurrected and all authority in heaven and earth belonging to Him was given to us. In doing this God was preparing the way for us to overturn the works of the enemy too. That is the assignment, the purpose of the church. We are to demonstrate to principalities and powers that God is the Ruler over all! For those who need healing, hands we shall lay and well they shall be! For those held captive, we are to deliver them. It is time to turn God-haters, God-mockers and God-revilers over for removal. It is time they stagger and be uprooted and eradicated. God kills and God makes alive. In doing so, the result will be life and freedom for those who desperately need it. Alleluia! Do we have the faith and confidence to walk this out? That stability and anointed composure comes through our Sonship Gifts. Paul was utterly transformed through his supernatural encounter with the Living Christ. He experienced a complete turnaround in his life path in a moment of time. But did he come into revelation and his power-walk overnight. I suspect it was his first Christian years in the desert waiting on God that readied him. It was this season of listening and preparing that brought truth and understanding. I suspect this preparation launched him out in faith. It was growth happening one step at a time that turned Paul, a new believer into an agent of glory. I suspect it is time for us to fully sign on to the process too!