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Day 95| 05 APRIL 2021 | Apostle Gideon C Boateng
When word came back of what had happened, James and John said to Jesus, "Master, shall we order fire down from heaven to burn them up?" But Jesus turned and rebuked them and they went on to another village.
In recent few years, there’s been a surge of a certain kind of prayer in the body of Christ especially in Africa. The prayer of killing people who do not favour our prosperity and progress. People who work against the progress of Christians are often declared to die by ministers and Christians alike. This wave of prayer is so rampant that if one is not Christ conscious one will easily be caught in the practice. But before we are found doing anything, it is important for us to check what the Bible really teaches about it before we begin to do something the Lord doesn't approve.
Going through the Bible, Moses, Elijah, Elisha and some of the prophets of old were found using the power of prayer and declaration to end the lives of people who stood in their way or opposed them. Moses caused the ground to open to swallow a group of people who resisted his authority (Numbers 16:1-40). Elijah called fire from heaven to consume hundred soldiers and their two captains (2 Kings 1:10-12), Elisha cursed 42 children and immediately two she bears came out from the Woods and killed them (2 Kings 2:23-24).
It looks powerful to do such things but the question is, is it ok for us to do same in the New Testament? Note that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith hence the one we look up to in any situation any of the above prophets. It is therefore important for us to study what the Lord Jesus said and did in such instances. I know there are some people who always want to stay with what they are doing no matter what the Lord says because they seem to get some results from it. But remember our mindset should be that of Christ not Elijah! Moses is not your Lord, Jesus is!
Hear what the Lord said about enemies; Matt 5:44-45- But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Christians are not permitted by the Lord to curse. It doesn’t matter what is done against you naturally or spiritually. You can pray and nullify it but don’t curse them. Killing people in prayer is acting like the devil; our Father is good to the evil and the good.
No wonder the Lord rebuked His disciples (James and John) for demanding for fire to be called on the Samaritans who rejected Him. Instead of using force or power the master rather left for a different village. This is the acceptable year of the Lord, it is the period of God’s goodness and Christians must portray it to the world as such. Very soon it will be the time of the vengeance of the Lord where mercy shall seize.
// 🗣SAY BY FAITH
I have the mindset of Christ. I am like my heavenly father, I am good to the evil and to the good.
// 📚FURTHER STUDY
1 Peter 3:9, Rom 12:20-21, Acts 7:60
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Judges 15-17, Luke 10:1-24
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