WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Scripture: Revelation 19:11
In Revelation 19:11 the first Kingly fruit of Christ is the Greek word, pis-tos. In Galatians 5:22, the seventh Priestly fruit is pis-tis, which is what we believe. In Revelation 19:11 the very first characteristic of the Kingly Christ is what we do with what we believe. Believing God rules is Priestly. Acting like God rules is Kingly. Priestly belief, pis-tis in Galatians, requires Kingly action in Revelation. Pis-tos is an action word, meaning ‘to be faithful in the transaction of business and execution of commands’. Pis-tos in Revelation is really, what are we doing with what we believe. Pis-tis in Galatians is the issue of conviction that exists that God is real and that He rules in all things. The fruit of the Priestly is what we believe, whereas the fruit of the Kingly in Revelation concerns, what are we doing with what we believe. This brings us squarely face up with the issue of, Is God really ruling personally and corporately? God rules personally through our choices. Faith is inviting God to intervene and believing He will. The issue of what or how we are praying becomes a core concern. Perhaps we are not asking for the right kind of intervention. Perhaps we are not asking for the judicial Christ to drop His hammer and His plumbline on the evil, the rebellious and the violent. Perhaps He is not ruling because we are not acting like the Kings that we have been made. If that is the cause then the change that is needed is in us, with how we think, believe, pray and act. God may be ready and waiting on us. The Lord may be propelling us toward a season of “faith by fire” where physical circumstances push us into new depths of walking by covenant promises.