FRIDAY, MAY 2
Scripture: Ezekiel 13:19
According to Ezekiel 13, the church in his day was full of leaders who were manipulating for money and were not truly walking in the Spirit. They created impurity at the altar, much like what we have in many churches today. Financial manipulation robbed the church of spiritual judicial authority. The fruit was a loss of authority. Ezekiel 13:19 says, “And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?” When we preach a lopsided Gospel by overemphasizing the Priestly and ignoring the Kingly, we as leaders end up killing people who should not die. There are believers who should not die, but because the church does not understand the King’s anointing that Jesus died to give, the prayers that could save lives are not uttered. Believers that should not die are removed before their time because judicial prayers are not executed! But the other half of that is something we are clearly facing today – people who should not live are being kept alive. That might be a surprising verse for some to contemplate. But the Scripture is clear: there are people who make choices and decisions that place them in a category of needing to be terminated. That is exactly what the Scripture says because that is exactly Who God is, how He functions and how He operates. Therein lies the transition from the Priestly to the Kingly. When a believer transitions from offering only Priestly salvation to both offering the Priestly salvation and declaring Kingly judgment, then fullness of God manifests in a nation. Kingly prayers ask God to right wrongs and to reward people according to their works. But leaders have deprived the church for 70 years of the Jesus Who is King of Kings. And consequently, is it possible that on the National Day of Prayer, the American church prays for some people, groups and leaders that the Spirit would have us pray against? Does God know how to terminate? Yes He does! When we step over into the Kingly dimension, we bring His terminating Hand to bear on those who defy the Living God. David understood this and because of it, Goliath died. If the church understands this and grows into a place to execute it, I suspect some politicians and judges will meet the Terminator. So what happens on the National Day of Prayer in America? A fair number of well-meaning ‘religious’ people enable evil all over the land because they pray for God to bless what He cannot bless. May the church grow up and learn to hear clearly from the Holy Spirit and walk with the King. Only then are we guaranteed to fulfill our race.