SATURDAY, JULY 16
Scripture: John 12:28-31, 16:7-11
There is a reason why we have to judge. A refusal to judge means we are directly dishonoring the price the Lord Jesus Christ paid for us and there is more. Verses 12:28-31 state, “’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.’” It is obvious that the ruler of this world has been judged and, if the church does its job, is cast out. That is where we get to the issue of John 16. Because John 16 promises that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteous and of judgment, according to verse 8. But if we go onto verse 11, it says, “…of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” Now since the ruler of this earth is judged, that means there is an anointing to bring forth judgment, and through that judgment cast him out. The only way to leave the enemy in place is not to judge. Religion says, “Do not judge.” If we do judgment, the enemy is cast out. No wonder the battle over judging is so great. If the enemy can convince the church that we dare not judge, he is never cast out. He gets to stay. The devil went to church and preached us a message. It looks like many bought it. It is time to follow the Holy Spirit and release judgments. At God’s instruction, judicial words will cast the enemy out.