MONDAY, JANUARY 10
Scripture: Matthew 10:24-28
Verses 27 and 28 state, “’Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” It is obvious that Paul after referring to this passage several times in Galatians has this core concept in mind. The reason we do not have to fear in revealing what the Lord speaks in secret is that we serve a God who does not hesitate to kill and then does not hesitate to destroy in hell forever. Jesus told the twelve that when it comes to the issue of will you confront, will you speak the truth, do not fear the people who have to hear it, fear the One who told you to say it, because He is the One that kills twice. Is this Jesus known in the church? Would Paul say to the American church, I have doubts about you? I do not know if you can represent this Jesus. I do not know if you have the courage to shout from the housetops what He speaks to you in secret. Do we have the courage to do that? Developing the Kingly character of Christ brings us into this dimension of who Jesus is! Without growing to maturity in this authority, the church will continue to enable evil.