Breaking the Shackles Through Judgement

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Hello everyone, I’m back from a bit of a sabbatical after the birth of my son in June. Mother and baby are doing well!

Anyway, while I was taking a break I had time to meditate a bit in the Word about the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Since then a lot of folks have been asking why. Why would God allow something like this to get through? With a remnant church praying and interceding why didn’t God stop this?

When you read in Proverbs 21:1 that God is able to guide a king’s heart wherever He pleases, you kind of wonder why God didn’t just choose to tip it in His favor.

The interesting thing about seeing this type of occurrence in the Bible though is that sometimes the Lord chooses to allow a king’s heart to harden against Him. Why? Well let’s see what happened to Pharaoh in the time of Moses…

The Bible states in Exod 9:12 that God hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that he would not listen to God’s people. I’ve always wondered why such a thing was done. I mean, wouldn’t it have been so much easier for the Israelites to just have divine favor with the king of Egypt? One heart turn towards what we think is the right direction and boom! God’s people are on their way to build the tabernacle in the wilderness! Instant prayer answered, right?

Here’s the thing though — every time Pharaoh had his heart hardened God sent a different plague. Why does this matter? Each plague that God sent against the wicked broke a stronghold in the people’s minds about one of their top deities. The plagues that God used were tailored to completely and utterly destroy any faith that the Egyptians had in their false gods. Before God turned the Nile into blood they thought there was a better god that presided over the Nile. Before He put darkness over all of Egypt (except where Moses and the Israelites were) the common thought was that the sun came from another god. By the time these plagues ran their course all of Egypt knew who the one true God was. Not only were the forces of darkness ruined in the eyes of the people and before God, their hold on Israel was too. Oh, and so was their hold on the wealth of the nation. When the exodus began the Bible says that Egypt was plundered of its gold (Exod 12:36).

So did God take the route that everyone thought would be better? No. He did however take the best route. In order for a nation to see breakthrough and for God’s people to inherit and posses the land there must first be a breaking of the spiritual darkness over the land; in the minds of the people as well as in the heavenlies. Before a whole nation turned away from Baal when fire fell down on Elijah’s altar, God had to send a famine to show everyone where the rain really comes from.  I know we all want to run for the hills away from the word “judgement” and we want to be like Abraham and Moses and plead with God to have mercy on others. Sometimes the Lord has to spank a nation to save future generations though.

Judgement against the wicked isn’t something we who have a covenant through the blood of Jesus should be worried about. None of the plagues touched the children of Israel when they were living right next door to the ones who were getting hit with it all. Granted, a portion of the covenant blessing and protection is God’s instruction and foresight so that we who have the Holy Spirit can prepare knowing judgement is coming; just like the passover.

Now what we need to ask ourselves is whether or not we’ve allowed the Holy Spirit to shape us. When judgement comes hidden wealth gets revealed, one talent servant portions are relocated, and inheritances are passed out. Are you a Cyrus or a Belshazzar? When the Lord comes a’ weighing will you measure up?

 

 

 

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