SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6,7, Matthew 7:1
There are many believers that are adamant we should not judge. Some have been taught this throughout their entire Christian walk. But that belief comes from verses in the New Testament taken totally out of context. “Judge not, that you not be judged.” This verse is a warning about how to judge, not a prohibition against judging. When it is taught as a prohibition against judging, then it becomes error. Isaiah 9:6,7 continues what God started with Abraham when it says concerning Jesus, , “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Here we have the same words that appeared in Genesis 18:19. The way of the Lord is to do righteousness and judgment. Jesus is going to sit on King David’s Throne in order to establish His Kingdom with judgment. That is why the Holy Spirit leads us to pray judgment – so the Kingdom can be established. Otherwise, the Kingdom cannot be fully established. The Kingdom is either advancing or retreating. And when the church does not pray judgment, the Kingdom is either stuck or in retreat. But when the church prays judgment, the Kingdom can advance. And in the last days the promise is, the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this. We need to pray a baptism of zeal on our congregations. Let us perform the judicial will of the Father by speaking His judicial words. Will we work with the Lord so the Kingdom gets established? That is the real question and it is time to do it!