FRIDAY, MAY 16
Scripture: Luke 22:31-35
Luke 22:31-35 says, “And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.’ But he said to Him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.’ Then He said, ‘I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.’ And He said to them, ‘When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?’ So they said, ‘Nothing.’” There is one thing we find out about Peter’s spiritual condition – he thought he was much more prepared than he really was. He thought he was much more mature than he really was. If you and I think we are mature just because we know the Saving Christ, the Priestly Christ, and represent Him, we had better think again. We are not mature unless we are fully balanced in both – the Saving Christ and the Judicial Christ. Can we announce to a person that they have violated the covenant of the Living God, therefore they are in danger of death and hell? Jesus has the keys. He can say it. Ezekiel rebuked the leaders of the church of his day because, through their tradition, they were keeping people alive who should not live and they were killing people who should not die. And if we look at today’s church it is obvious that it is happening again. If the eagle of Revelation 12 represents America, then supporting Israel is a major national call. Only by tradition can a church pray blessing on a president who aborts one of America’s God-given purposes. The purpose of supporting Israel until they are grafted back into God’s Kingdom has been rejected by America’s leaders. Our tradition is killing people who should not die and extending the life of those who should not live! It is time for us to grow up into the whole council of God.