Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Deliverance is a vital part of the prophetic journey. The first thing on the list is pride. Pride is a word that most people question. Some say that Godly-pride is okay while others say that pride is just confidence. Christian people may not understand how deadly the term pride is. We've listened to Christian orators quote Proverbs 16:18 pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. But what does this scripture mean, and how can a prophet apply this principle to his/her life?
In context, the term pride is found in the Strong's Concordance, number 1347. Pride is defined as arrogance, majesty, and ornament from the Hebrew words ga'ah and ga'avah, a primitive root meaning to rise up. When pride arises, it is to avert truthfulness. In essence, humanity learns to adapt to mendacity, changing facts to suit the narrative of the proposed plan or hidden agenda. Society dresses pride up as a term of acceptance and liberation, but roots eventually reveal the fruit.
Fruit of American Culture
Pride significantly repels deliverance since it hides or tucks away matters in the heart. Pride avoids accountability, which is why haughtiness eventually comes afterward. Superiority complex makes for a society and culture that is aloof. Remember, fruit proves what grew over time. The fruit of American culture centers around many things, including covetousness. We blame Wall Street, corporate executives, big lenders, and what can we say about proposed bipartisanship. What has greed cost the United States and the American people? These issues and concerns are years and even decades in the making.
In 2 Chronicles 34:1-33, a nation of people experiences preservation because of a reformer. This chapter is about a young king named Josiah. He began his reign at the age of eight and he remained in power for thirty-one years. The bible says he sought the God of David, his father, and Josiah purged Jerusalem, Judah, and surrounding cities of its idols and altars. He continued his work for God by repairing the house of the Lord and graciously compensating the workers. Though Josiah did many honorable things, he didn't brag. Instead, he resisted pride and arrogance.
While rebuilding, the priest Hilkiah found the lost Book of the Law, gave it to Shaphan, and Shaphan read it to King Josiah. After Shaphan finished, Josiah was grieved and asked the men to inquire of the Lord for Israel and Judah (v. 21). What I admire about King Josiah is his humility. He was humble enough to know that though his works were good, it was not enough to preserve the nation. Hilkiah was tasked to inquire of the Lord and he did just that (v. 22). He along with the king's men found a prophetess named Huldah. She lived in Jerusalem, and she indeed had a word for the nation and for King Josiah.
The Role of the Ekklesia
The role of the American Ecclesia is to effectively purge its precinct of greed, idolatry, and other ungodly practices. To repair the house of the Lord, both physically and interpersonally. To not idolize its works but to move towards the pure government of Christ. The Ecclesia is more than a church gathering; it is a company of Christians. Jesus said upon this rock, I will build my church or ekklesia, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Ekklesia is a compound of Ek and Kaleo. Ek meaning exit, emission, separated from, and kaleo meaning to call and to invite. It is significant to our adversary to disrupt the gathering of the called ones. The powerfulness of a company of Christians who gather together under the sovereign rule of God can change a nation. This manifestation is the representation of the one new man in Ephesians 2:15.
**If I continue writing, I'll spoil chapter 3 in the Prophets and Deliverance book. Coming soon. Woohoo! Anyway...
One could say that King Josiah was a generational reformer. His life gave us a clue of how humility and a tender heart towards God can bring a nation back on course. Prophetess Huldah represents the voice of God, his counsel, and his governmental sanctions. She was ready for the unexpected inquiry of King Josiah, as should we. She was a prophet filled with the words of the Lord to reveal the condition of her nation. Finally, pride cannot be a part of Godly reformation. In the end, King Josiah died because he did not listen to the word of the Lord (2 Chronicles 35:22). Reformers need humility, not pride.
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Prophets and Deliverance by Judith John