TODAY’S PROPHETIC NUMBER
November 08, 2023 – 11/08/2023
11 – Heroes Rising
8 – New Beginnings
Luke 11:8 (NKJV) – I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
There are times when you need to just sit still and see the salvation of the LORD. But then, there are other times when you need to hit the gas and get after it! Walking with King Jesus will bring you face to face with situations that require one or the other, sometimes both. How do we maneuver through these times as the people of God? Well, let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say.
Declaration: Father, I trust You for the wisdom to know when to act with steadfastness, and when to be still and see Your salvation on my behalf. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
FRIEND OR FOE
Sometimes you just can’t be friendly. The Hebrews were deceptively befriended by a mystery people during a period of intense warfare as they followed the command of the Lord and began to take dominion in the land He gave to them. The Gibeonites were dwelling in the land and needed to be taken out. Yet, because the Lord wasn’t consulted by His people, they instead entered into covenant with Israel, and later on in Biblical history a great price was paid because of it. (Joshua 9 & 2 Samuel 21:1-14)
How about the Amalekite that thought to gain favor from David by telling him he’d killed king Saul? The friendship he thought to get by his deception ended up in his death. (1 Samuel 31 & 2 Samuel 1:1-25)
Then, you have moments like Jesus had with the woman at the well in John 4. She expected to be met with opposition and hostility, being that Jesus was a Jew and she was a Samaritan. Instead, she came face to face with the goodness of God. And the Canaanite woman! Initially she met with intense resistance from Jesus; He called her a dog! But her unwavering faith qualified her to receive the victory she sought Him out for.
Let me say this, Jesus is kind, but He isn’t nice. “Nice” requires bending to the offense of others, but that was the furthest thing from Jesus’ radar. Just look at how He dealt with the Pharisees or how He dispersed the crowd by telling them to eat His flesh and drink His blood. And what about when His disciples got away from His agenda? (Matthew 23, John, 6:53-57, Luke 9:4)
Jesus knew what He was to partner with because He knew His agenda. Jesus knew what not to partner with because He knew His agenda. Friends, we cannot just try and get along with an opposing agenda, or a “giant” in the territory the Lord has given us. If we choose to compromise and make our bed with an enemy, we’ll produce more enemies.
What is our agenda? The Father’s business; to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons in whatever creative and unique way the Father directs us. Believe it or not, the world will oppose us because we love Jesus and are about His Kingdom being made manifest here on earth. Regardless of what rises up against us, we have the wisdom of God to know when to drive out the giants, or hold our peace as the God Almighty fights for us.