THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Scripture: Matthew 26:47-53
The events surrounding Jesus’ betrayal and arrest were really quite stunning, revealing how God rules in the midst of great adversity. This is a picture for us? Jesus believed He had access to change the situation but yielded to the Father’s will. Matthew 26:52-54 state, “But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” Peter cut off the ear of the servant of the High Priest in his attempt to protect Jesus. Jesus commanded him to put the sword away. Then He said, “Do you not understand that all of heaven is backing Me up right now? You are hindering the fulfillment of Scripture.” The only reason the angels did not intervene was because Jesus did not pray for deliverance. He prayed instead for the strength to fulfill God’s will. He made it obvious that deliverance was available. Angels were ready to answer His prayers. Have things now completely changed? Salvation has been bought and paid for. Principalities and powers have been openly dethroned. All authority has been given to the church in heaven and earth. If the armies in heaven back the believers and if we believe that God rules in the affairs of men, why are we not asking God to remove the antichrist-driven leaders who are decimating our nation and who are destroying our economy by advancing their perverse agendas in our land? The Environmental Protection Agency is so restrictive that we cannot buy a fogger that kills moths in our own house. In a misguided attempt to save fish, the EPA is willing to endanger people by banning DDT. Last year it was estimated that over one million people died from mosquito-transferring diseases. DDT at one time eradicated that problem. Government regulations can have devastating consequences. If God is waiting on us, and it would appear according to Scripture that He is, it is time we asked for the removal of the impediments to our harvest. It is time we asked that the same angel that visited Herod visit some governmental leaders today, expecting the same results. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is a God versus demons issue.