Call Fire Down to Destroy Them
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The temptation for us Christians in this current climate is to either do nothing and hope it goes away or call fire down to throw down evil leaders and depraved citizens in our country. This is a knee jerk reaction to the wickedness we are finding on the rise. It is rising higher every day. For instance: the betrayal of our values from court justices who claim our values, political and governmental leaders in high places that seem bent more on destroying our union than supporting her, and citizens gone wild in a frenzy of lawlessness to raze our cities.
It is easy to say, "Throw them off their high pedestals, level their influence, destroy them in a blaze of Your wrath.” We'd be in good company. Look at Luke 9:54, "When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” If we have a pulse, it is easy spout off…destroy them! But is this God's plan and purpose? It might just be, but what if there is another agenda on tap?!
Fire on Saul
Look at the apostle Paul, once Saul. He had a taste for blood and was systematically eradicating the church. "But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison" Act 8:3. He even went so far as to oversee the murder of those with values he deemed counter to his world view. This was one bad dude…a believer to the core in what he believed. But God had a different plan for this diluted religious zealot. There would be a throw down but into a blinding Light.
This is why we have to listen not react in any world crisis. God just might have a plan beyond our seeing. He could be laying up a curve ball rather than a fireball and I want to be in agreement with Him and His plans.
Standing to Call Down Fire
Instead of standing to call down fire, maybe God wants me to see and believe for their redemption. How about praying for their overthrow by praying for their radical salvation. Perhaps God is looking for a bunch of Paul-like leaders and activist who see the Light and then become the Light. This just might have more powerful than just snuffing out the wicked fire brands with a appetite for destruction.
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.
What if He could turn a wayward justice into a godly advocate, a corrupt politician into a beacon of Light, or a rebellious rebel rouser into a righteous evangelist. Their demonic fiery passion is flowing with zeal, but what if they could be extinguished for evil and lit on fire for the Kingdom of Christ.
On Fire for the Kingdom
No one can say these wayward crusaders aren't earnest. They are capital "B" believers in their destructive path. They think they are RIGHT in their actions even if they know their means are nefarious. Earnestness is not their issue, source of life is the problem. Man only devises evil on his own, even with his best intentions, but those with the Life of Christ seek only the Kingdom.
The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
As the Scriptures say, "No one is righteous-- not even one.
Did we not each come from this wayward root. This flesh stained existence directed by and destined for hell? Who of us can say we lived unscathed from this course?! None but One, Christ Himself.
Hearing from Heaven
So knowing these people in power are using illegitimate power to destroy our country, might I now just seek His Life to hear what I can agree with Him about them?! The answer is YES. All I have to do is see what IS in heaven and agree with God to bring it down to earth. Heaven first, then to earth.
Now does this mean every wicked corrupt politician will become a beaming beacon of Christian Light? Or that every one of those seeking to burn our towns will become a blaze for the Gospel? Unfortunately not. But as one who is being trained to rule and reign with Christ for the Kingdom, I do have a significant power of authority to bring His Will to earth as it is in heaven.
This is not only my desire, it is my mandate. And to fall down on the job and abandon my responsibility of bringing in the Kingdom is a tragedy. I have the authority and power because I have The Life of Christ in residence in my body. To not stand and use this power is just, excuse me, stupid. If I have the means and don't use them, I am most pitiable indeed.
Thy Will Be Done
My purpose is not to get my personal will done, but to be used to bring in the Will of the Father. This is by right and responsibility.
Instead of immediately running with the Sons of Thunder and call fire down to destroy these miserable wretches, I am choosing to look at the face of my Father in heaven and see what He wants to do. Maybe I will be called to be an Ananias to go anoint a Saul who would become a Paul.
What I won't do any longer is run behind trying to mop up after the destruction or cowarding in the corner, hoping it passes soon. We all have been called to lead and witness what is in heaven, not just observe and grieve over the annihilation.
So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."