WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Scripture: Matthew 12:28-29, Ephesians 6:17-20
Matthew 12:28-29 says, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.” Jesus is decreeing the context of His prophetic Word about taking judgment to victory from verse 18. Remember that context always determines meaning! Verses 18-20 precede verses 28 and 29 and in these verses it says that judgment to victory includes connecting the promises of God to accessible spiritual victory through prayer and declaration of God’s Word. Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us in heaven. He is seated at the right Hand of God. His kingdom is the kingdom of heaven coming down to manifest in the earth through the people of God who obey the Spirit and declare His Word in the season for which it is ordained. This describes the entire operation of the church from the ascension of Jesus until the Lord returns when His Kingdom is literally set up in the earth until the New Jerusalem which is populated with living stones comes down out of heaven and transforms itself into a new earth. We are headed in that direction but we have to do our part to harvest our generation. Jesus is declaring the truth of judgment to victory in verses 18-20 and now He is declaring a manifestation of that victory in verses 28 and 29. Every generation has the same question—when? Paul’s answer is pray in the Spirit and wait. Praying in the Spirit will open the vistas of God’s eternal purposes and what our assigned part is in God’s good timing!