Sunday, January 2, 2011

Justice For All by Al Houghton

Ephesians 4 presents a key to moving God's hand for justice.  When it states in verses 9 and 10, “Now this, ‘He ascended’—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?  He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.”  Jesus lived a pattern that when reproduced in us qualifies us to walk in the Kingly office and move God's judicial hand.

When we embrace the humility of servanthood and accept God's appointed preparational path, true maturity emerges as our personal desires get relegated to His will and plan.  In this place, the temptation to be vindictive or retaliate has been forever laid at the Cross.  The true heart-cry for justice emerges.

The will of the Lord becomes paramount and “…not my will but thine be done” becomes a lifestyle.  In this place, “…ask what you will and it shall be done for you” becomes a reality.  David, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit expresses God's will in some very surprising ways in the Psalms.  He asks God to cut off His enemies!

Psalms 54:1-5 presents a typical intercessory picture of David pleading for covenant justice when it says, “Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength. Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.  For strangers have risen up against me, And oppressors have sought after my life;  They have not set God before them. Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.  He will repay my enemies for their evil. Cut them off in Your truth.” 

No greater heart-cry for justice exists than in this.  When we face an enemy that will not relent like judges advancing a perverse lifestyle, then every believer should be praying David’s prayer for covenant intervention.  Let the God who visited Egypt visit these judges to “…Cut them off in Your truth.”

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