It’s Time to Shine
But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken! (Isaiah 54:17 NLT)
This is our time to shine “the light of the glorious gospel of Christ” in every nation. It’s time to take our place in our designated spheres of influence—not compete with the world but have dominion over it—providing leadership for those who are trapped in a world of darkness. God positions us within the system and through His guidance and His anointing (power), we become the greatest influence in it. Both Joseph and Daniel were planted among astrologers, sorcerers and soothsayers, and they each rose up to change the whole system from the inside.
Recently, in this century, the justice system of the world has been one of the main targets of demonic abuse, and without the invasion of the kingdom and heaven’s justice system, everything in society will eventually collapse. Why the justice system? I believe it’s because it’s the most efficient and effective way to shift a culture. When ungodly laws are passed and go unchallenged, they affect the thinking and behavior of the masses. People think wrong is right, causing entire nations to spiral into moral decline.
Let me make very clear that the vengeance of the Lord has nothing to do with hate, emotional resentment, or retaliation, but it involves the necessity of punishing offenders, which proceeds from a love of justice. This vengeance is the judgment of God upon the devil and his agents of evil, including anything and everything standing in the way of establishing God’s kingdom or government. Those hindering or stopping the spread of the gospel and those interfering with the rights of God’s kingdom citizens are subject to God’s vengeance.
Dear God, thank you for Your vengeance that brings justice to my situation. (Name a situation you are facing or that you see in the world.) I forgive, and I leave it in Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, Vengeance of the Lord. To order this all-important book, click here.