October 07, 2018: SOAP #3230: Ezra 7-8; Luke 20
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 20:3 He replied, “I will also ask you [the chief priests and the teachers of the law] a question. Tell me, 4 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or from men?” 5 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven’, he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From men’, all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”…
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
Observation: As in yesterday’s SOAP, today my attention was again drawn to the power of the public. The religious leaders were fearful of the people. They were restrained from doing what they wanted to do
Application: Especially in the United States of America, those in authority can be intimidated from taking certain actions. I do not believe those in government need to fear stoning, but the public has the power of the vote.
When God’s Spirit brings revival to a nation, the power of the public among whom the Holy Spirit is moving can compel those with political power to rule in righteousness. Spirit-filled individuals can be elected and those who are already in government can be personally affected by the Holy Spirit.
The prayers of God’s people are a mighty force against evil in a nation.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, send a revival of repentance of sin, and of righteous living in our nation. From every individual house to the White House, move by your Holy Spirit. Lead us in forsaking sin and embracing righteousness. Draw us to Your Throne of Grace in intercessory prayer for our nation. Amen
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