MONDAY, AUGUST 27
Scripture: 2 Peter 2:4-9, Jeremiah 5:14
Now here is a Bible passage that unfolds a fuller picture of Who God is. Verses 4-9 say, “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,…” In the last days you and I are going to face false prophets and false teachers. But just like God did not spare the angels, He is not going to spare them. He didn’t spare the ancient world. He judged it, only Noah and his family survived. He did not spare Sodom and Gomorrah, He judged it! What is God saying here? He is saying that the reason you and I must grow up into Him in all things in our Sonship Gifts is that we will be at war with demonized people who are evil to their core. We must be equipped to move God’s Hand of judgment on their heads to gain a harvest. Just like Peter did with Ananias and Sapphira, we just may have to pray some of the demonized into the grave. It’s time to get prepared! The days of exclusively being nice, gentle and kind Christians is rapidly coming to an end. We should not bring a nice, gentle response to people who are trying to kill us unless we are slated for martyrdom. God said in Jeremiah 5:14, “I will make my words in your mouth like a fire and these people the wood it consumes.” To open the door for our harvest we must be ready to bring the judgment of God at His direction. For those who choose a life of filth and perversion, who even plot destruction in the lives of others, including drawing the innocent to hell with them, then hell is their chosen home. God knows who they are! God-haters and God-mockers who want to ‘poison’ others need judicial dealings to halt the ‘infection’ they are trying to spread. The faster this happens the more the church will thrive. We are headed for a cultural civil war! We need a vibrant church! Is the church ready? I wish it was! We need to be grounded and founded in who we are in Christ and that is facilitated and strengthened by our growth in our Sonship Gifts! As we grow up in our Sonship Gifts, we can expect an increase in the anointing of God to meet the coming challenges!