Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19
The internet is crammed full of what can be loosely called ‘prophecies’ about the imminent judgement of God that is about to fall on the nations, particularly America. Most of these are written by American authors decrying their own nation for not agreeing with everything that Israel does, no matter how corrupt, violent or aggressive Israel’s action may be.
Across the world there is a hunger from self-proclaimed, angry prophets to see the judgment of God fall on the guilty, particularly on pro-choice activists, homosexuals and and a few other morally lapse deviants.
Let’s be clear, that is going to happen, one day – but in a day when God decides, and in a way of His choosing,
One thing is clear, there is a murderous, self-serving, hypocritical legalism that hides in the human heart, and we are all capable of letting off steam and venting our own frustrations as if we were God at times. But we are not God, and we have to continuously learn, and relearn what it means to live in grace.The idols of our hearts are deceptive, and in the words of Luther, our hearts are idol factories. Guard your heart, and don’t be so foolish as to assume you would never fall under the exceeding deceptiveness of sin.
How can you guard your heart?
- Absolutely be accountable to the local Church.
This is a website directed to those who are prophets or are looking more closely at prophetic ministry. If you are not going to be accountable to the local Church and its leadership, then you have no rights whatsoever to be speaking into the life of the Church. If you want to guard your heart be accountable to others so that they can speak direction, guidance, correction and encouragement into your life. This approach will guard your heart because what you say and do will be visible and correctable by people who are not intimidated by your gift or ability.
- Stay in prayer and the Scripture.
This won’t change you into a religious zealot, particularly if you do it, but don’t tell anyone how much you are praying or studying scripture. Obviously you have to live a life, cook, vacuum and do the dishes. You also have to find time to check your facebook, email friends and be normal – but do set aside time to place yourself under the scrutiny of God both by the Bible and in prayer. If you don’t pray much or read much you will hear little from God. Respond immediately to the conviction of the Spirit!
- Don’t be religious.
The Church doesn’t like religious prophets, and God probably disowns them (especially when they claim that God has spoken to them about His forthcoming judgement, when He hasn’t – basically lying!) There is a difference for someone who is gently urging people to follow after God and leave questionable lifestyles, actions, thoughts or deeds. Legalism achieves nothing of lasting value, but grace does!
- Get hold of the gospel in your own heart first.
The gospel is the power of God toward your salvation! The brilliant good news of the gospel is your great hope. Every morning it roars into your life like an tsunami, it’s unstoppable, immeasurable and fantastic in its incalculable dimensions. When it is in your heart it is the fullest expression of “Christ in you, the hope of glory!”
- Search your heart.
As the day finishes consider your day and ask yourself,
“Is there anything I need to repent of?”
“What do I need to give glory to God for”
“Where may God have been at work in my heart today and I wasn’t aware of it?”
“Where have I partnered with God today, and what did I learn?”
“What can I do to treat someone tomorrow – cakes, chocolate, notes, encouragement?”
What about the vengeance of God? Leave that to him and concentrate on His great and marvelous goodness – especially to you!