FRIDAY, MAY 31
Scripture: Revelation 5:9,10, Acts 13:6-13
Verses 9,10 says, “And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.’” Now since Jesus made us Kings and Priests and since we shall reign/do what Kings do, or rule in the earth, how is our rule manifested? When Peter was in jail and the church prayed consistently, how was rule manifested? The angels visited Herod. Do many angels visit Supreme Court justices? Do many angels visit the President or Vice President? As things stand today, who seems to be walking on who? Perhaps the real question should be, why are we letting the civil government walk on God’s government? Are we called to government? If so, who is walking on who? Acts 13:6-13 says, “Now when they had gone through the island[a] to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, ‘O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.’ And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord. Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.” Paul displays God’s Judicial Hand in blindness. It is obvious where the governmental authority was, and it was not with the proconsul, it was with Paul. Isn’t it time we stood up to be all that God called us to be? Give place to wrath, create a path!