THURSDAY, JULY 19
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:3-5
In 1 Corinthians 5:3-5, it says, “For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” He issued a warning that, “This is what we are going to do. This is the option. Give this individual one chance to turn because he is now on a pathway to covenant destruction.” Paul said to do this in every church. “This is how I operate and this is how I function. This is how we are supposed to act.” Have we used the rod like Paul? We are more comfortable ignoring evil than confronting it. For years we have taught people to live and operate as if they did not have to confront evil. Creative miracles await those who are willing to confront evil as led by the Spirit. Again, this is not something we go out and do because we see evil. The Holy Spirit has to lead us into this. First, we have to see the Lion arise in the church. Evil within the church will meet the Lion before that anointing can move outside. Herod was not prayed into the grave until after Ananias and Sapphira met their demise. The Lion first arose in the church and then went to the world. We are in a season of restoration where the Lion is still arising in the church. So do not jump ahead of God. Do not go out and try to confront evil in the world or in your workplace. These are issues to be done in prayer. These are issues to be done only as led by the Spirit. When we are led by the Spirit, God will back us up. If we are doing it for any other reason, He will not. Do not let flesh or even an unsanctified zeal lead you into these prayers. Wait to be propelled by the Spirit. God is restoring. The Lion is returning to the church and He is starting with the leaders.