In Psalm 37:28, we engage the issue of delayed justice: "For the Lord loves justice and does not forsake His godly ones; they are preserved forever, but the seed of the wicked will be cut off." We know there is a final day of judgment when the wicked will be forever cut off. However, history reveals there are "days of the Lord" when God visits to vindicate His servants and take vengeance (cut off) His enemies --- The Flood, the Exodus, the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC and, later in AD 70 when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus. Preceding all these events, the righteous probably cried out, "How long?"
Let me share a few thoughts concerning the issue of (perceived) delay:
(1). The timing, the scope, and the severity of God's judgments are totally in His hands. We read of and wonder about God allowing the Canaanites to mature in wickedness for 400 years before the Israelites led by Joshua removed them. Their cup of iniquity had to be full before God released severe judgment on them.
(2). The execution of God's judgment and justice in the earth is to be released through the intercession and declarations of the people of God. Paul teaches us in I Corinthians 6:2-3, the saints, the Body of Christ (Ecclesia Church), are to judge the world and angels! He asks them: "Do you not know?" It appears that many saints today do not know this! The maturing of the saints is required before we can fulfill this calling to release righteous judgments.
Today, we hear modern voices cry out: "We are not supposed to judge anyone." Many believe judging means to condemn, but it does not. It means righteous evaluation that is designed to lead to redemption. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but that it might be saved (John 3:17). The cross of the Lord Jesus is where divine love and divine justice kissed (cf. Psalm 85:10). Our frustration can be overcome through the fruit of the Spirit, i.e., patience, and by our maturation into His stature!
For those who can only attend the evening meetings, I will speak Monday night, Dr. Dutch Sheets on Tuesday night, and Dr. Don Crum on Wednesday night. Service begins at 7 p.m.
Remember, we gather at the beautiful new facility of Kingdom Life Church in Frisco. No better place to celebrate our 30th anniversary as an extended apostolic family! Thanks Pastor Larry, Kathy, and Brandon Burden.
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