SATURDAY, MAY 3
Scripture: Galatians 4:16-20
Galatians 4:16-20 says, “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.” When Jesus looks at the church today, does He have doubts? Those are likely doubts about whether we will actually grow up into all of Who He is. We are doing great at representing His Priestly nature but how well are we doing representing the Kingly Christ? All we have to do is look at the leadership in America when they have made choices and turned from truth and see that Ezekiel 13:19 is a reality. If the church were representing the Judicial Christ, we might see some of our Supreme Court justices, senators, representatives and even our president transformed or terminated by God’s Hand. The only reason some of them are still in position is because of the church’s tradition to pray blessing rather than seeking the Spirit and obeying when led to pray, “God, visit them and reward them according to their works.” When we are not clear on the Spirit’s direction, that invites a combination prayer that is judicially neutral. Reward them according to their works! But if the church is only comfortable praying for, we work against Christ. If we do not know how to pray against, we do not know the Kingly warfare of Christ! Jesus is first Judge of all the earth and second Savior of all the earth. Isn’t it time we said yes to the Judicial King and begin to order our prayers according to His Spirit and the Word? The book of Revelation says we are first a King and second a Priest. But if all we ever do is pray Priestly, we have neglected being God’s agent of change. King David is our example. He prayed his enemies into the grave! Jesus is koo-ree-os/Judge first and khris-tos/Christ second. What are we?