SUNDAY, JANUARY 14
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-9
1 Peter 5:6-9 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him (anth-his-tay-mee), steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” How is it that both James and Peter understood when we are face to face with evil we are to take a stand against it. We reach up and grab it by the throat and pull it out of its position, we stomp all over it and we go on to take everything it has. Is that how the church operates? Have we brought the judgment of God on the filthy, the perverse and the vile? Have we brought the judgment of God on our legislators who champion abortion and the murder of innocent children? Have we brought the judgment of God on all those politicians and jurists who actively pursue changing the Bible definition of marriage? Where is the church? Is it nicer than God and hiding out? We have not prepared the church for this kind of battle and this kind of war. We have not prepared the church to bring the judgment of God on their heads and pray them into ruin and removal for those who refuse to turn. We haven’t but we should have. It is obvious that Jesus prepared the early church for that, but today’s leaders have not. Because we have not, there has been a decline in every area of the Seven Mountains.