TUESDAY, APRIL 12
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-4
Isaiah 11:1-4 presents a picture of the authority of the New Testament church as we come forth under the Hand of the Living God and manifest His Spirit. Verses 1 and 2 specifically address that issue by saying, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.“ Verses 3 and 4 continue by saying, “His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.” The reason why the church can bring forth the greater works is because they choose not to judge by what they see nor by what they hear. But they choose to find God’s wisdom and counsel on an issue before declaring or prophesying a divinely-directed response. Any Christian who refuses to strike the earth with the rod of his mouth and call forth justice in the face of evil fails to enter the greater works. We do not want to reject our call because of a religious spirit. That passivity enables evil and hinders the harvest God wants us to have. How long will we be stuck in tradition? How long will we say ‘No’ to the Kingly Christ? How long will we enable the enemy? I do not want to get to heaven and find out I lived my whole Christian life being codependent with evil, thinking wrongly that I was supposed to “turn-the-other-cheek” when in fact I was supposed to take a stand. That deception would be unbearable for calculating lost fruit in eternity.