FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Scripture: Luke 19:11-15
Luke 19:11-15 tells us, “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said: ‘A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.” This is the Kingdom that you and I are to receive. We have to receive a Kingdom. There is no doubt about it. We have to receive it like children. Then the question becomes, what are we doing with the Kingdom we have received? Now all authority is given to us in heaven and in earth and why can we not pray the enemy into submission? Can we not close his mouth and shut him up? Can we not demonstrate to principalities and powers they don’t rule by praying termination on those who are currently destroying the nation? God went into a far country and received a kingdom and then returned but the citizens did not like His leadership. What a surprise! How many citizens are there today that do not like who God set on top nationally? With one move God revealed hearts on both sides of the political aisle! Every leader has to prove whose Kingdom he is building. It is true of both pastors and presidents! Building God’s Kingdom should be our first priority. Those who are more interested in building their personal kingdom and enriching themselves are now more apparent than ever. National leader’s hearts have been revealed, those in both parties, by God setting one outsider in place. God commented on our national condition when He intervened dramatically in the presidential election. Job 9:12 says of God, “If He takes away, who can hinder Him? Who can say to Him what are you doing?” The real issue for the church is, are we going to embrace God’s purpose? Or will we choose to stand against it? Yielding to the Lord is not always easy but it pays eternal dividends!