LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF LUKE 18:7
"And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?"
10 KEYS WHY THE LORD DELAYS HIS VENGEANCE
1.Pre-mature vengeance is not the same thing as ." full vengeance" . Why ? Many believers are still yet to grow spiritually , before vengeance can be put in place.They still complain and murmur even when God is trying to tell them to hold their peace , so He can avenge.Remember what Paul said in scripture , when he was a child he spoke like one . Amen. So our maturity is of more importance to God as we need to grow first , before vengeance can be put in place.Heb 5:12-14(Msg)" By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.
2.prayer - God desires for our prayer life to become more effective and efficient .Most times it is the trial we face that develops that aspect of out lives , Without a challenge , you and I know we won't want to pray "effective" prayers . It is the challenge /enemies that brings out that effectiveness in our lives .James 5:16 (Amp)"The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]."
3.Obedience - Until our obedience to His word is complete , God cannot take vengeance on our behalf . So what is God still saying here ? We still need to grow into son's and not children in His word . There are certain matters in our lives , He expects for us not to act like a child but like a son .Gal 4:1(Amp)" Now what I mean [when I talk about children and their guardians] is this: as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave even though he is the [future owner and] master of all [the estate];"2 Cor 10:5 (Amp)" We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,."
4.spiritual maturity -Listen , an enemy you have not fully grown to understand his tricks will always come back to torment you . Jesus said something striking from the book of Revelation 2:24 (Amp)" But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not explored and known the [a]depths of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you,." meaning what ? the depths of his deception , bags of tricks .
5.Humility - One thing that really humbles us before God , is when we face the kind of challenge that it will take only the grace of God to bring us out of it. So what is the result ? before vengeance humility before God is put in place .1 Peter 5:6 (Amp)'Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time,"
6.Faith - One thing God does with our challenge , is that He uses it to develop our faith to become strong and hardened, to the extent that we are no longer afraid of the devil and we can boldly tell him to get lost . Why? There are certain situations in our lives that when we become tired of that particular challenge , the fear of that thing is gone . Zech 8:10b (Amp)" so I will save you, that you may be a blessing. Fear not; let your hands be strong and hardened.’
7.spiritual warfare - The battle we truly fight , is against principalities , powers of darkness etc. And for us to be able to put up a good fight with the "word" in prayer , we need to be grounded in it .David said something in scripture Psalm 144:1(Amp)"Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my great strength,Who trains my hands for war And my fingers for battle; ". So before vengeance , there has to be some spiritual training on warfare , so you can fight the good fight of faith and win . Amen.
8.It is the delay , the attacks of the enemy that forces out the anointing He has deposited in our lives in prayer , worship , praise , sacrificial giving etc .before the vengeance . If He takes vengeance before then , the anointing upon your life will remain dormant. The adversity is what presses out the anointing before vengeance is carried out .2 Cor 1: 8-11(Msg)"1 We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either. I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of us, a rescue in which your prayers played such a crucial part.". Two keys , if not for the challenge they faced , they would not have trust God totally and prayed a prayer of total trust in Him . When such trust is in place , the hour of His vengeance is set against your enemies .
9.fully persuaded - At times vengeance is delayed , because you are still yet to become fully persuaded of who He is . believing in Him is one level , becoming fully persuaded about Him is another . When you become fully persuaded , His vengeance is not far. The three hebrew boys made it known to King Nebuchadnezzer about this .They were all fully persuaded and God defended them . Daniel 3:18(Amp)" But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up!”
10.Confidence - Bible says decree a thing and it shall become established . The more the adversity we go through remains , the bolder and confident we become in the Lord .And when we become fully matured , we can just decree the Lord's vengeance on His enemies and it willbe established .Job 22:28 (Amp)"You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways."
Say not thou ,I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD , and he shall save thee" . Prov 20:22
prayer : Father avenge my enemies for me today in the name of Jesus , Amen.
Bless you .