Can Jesus turn the tables on the plans of the enemy? I believe the answer is not just a resounding ‘yes’ but a resounding ‘always’. In the books of the gospel He literally turns tables with His own hands. In this context, He arrives in Jerusalem for the Passover and is so moved by the injustices and corruption and evils happening in His Father’s house, the Temple, that it says He turns the tables. He literally turns them. Enough is enough!
They had turned what was sacred and holy into a means of making money and benefitting themselves. They were using the popularity of the Temple to serve their own needs and money-making schemes. Power games and self-interest had overtaken zeal for holiness and righteousness, and Jesus wasn’t happy. It says He made a whip and drove the merchants out of His Father’s house. The tables were turned – by Jesus Himself.
“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Matt 21:12)
You are waiting for turnaround, for the tables to be turned on the enemy. Waiting on God. But maybe the Lord is waiting for you to step up, step out and speak up. In love. In His authority, as a mouthpiece for His kingdom, declaring His truth and standing on His word. As a child of God, you have been strategically placed for a moment such as this and by His Spirit, He has given you the truth and His light to shine into every dark situation you might find yourself in.
You have the same Spirit who overturned the tables of injustice and unrighteousness living inside of you as a born again believer.
What burned inside of Jesus was something called ‘righteous anger’. This was a passionate zeal for the things of God and a burning desire to see that which was out of alignment with God’s Word, overturned. Jesus brings His kingdom to pass through His people – we are his hands and feet, and He has given us His Word and promises.
We have the authority to declare His Word over injustices.
We have the authority to pray His promises over impossible situations of unrighteousness and trust that He is a promise-keeping God.
When we see things that are hurtful or shameful or abusive towards others, we have mouths to speak and hands to help.
But we need to open our eyes to the brokenness and evils around us in society and recognise that Jesus has placed the answer inside of us – Himself. So what are you going to do about what is happening in your midst?
What if you started to pray about it?
What if you started to genuinely care?
What if you spoke a word of light and truth into the darkness, in His name?
I interviewed musician Michael Saltino recently. This is a man who persistently pursues what he believes is a dream from God, against the odds. He said something very powerful to me in our last meeting. He said, “Heather, you have to fight fire with fire. You mustn’t be apologetic about standing for what is right.”
Living with ‘fire’ is what we are called to do. As His children, we want to see cities changed and He has equipped us for this time, for this nation.
You have a gift in you which is for the benefit of others.
You know a truth which those in darkness need to hear.
You know the One who is able to set captives free and He lives in you.
Turn the tables on the enemy? He still does just this and He wants to turn some tables through you.
As the lyrics of ‘What if His people prayed’ by Casting Crown say:
What if the armies of the Lord
Picked up and dusted off their swords
Vowed to set the captives free
And not let Satan have one more
What if the church, for heaven’s sake
Finally stepped up to the plate
Took a stand upon God’s promise
And stormed hell’s rusty gates
What if His people prayed
And those who bear His name
Would humbly seek His face
And turn from their own way
And what would happen if we prayed
For those raised up to lead the way
Then maybe kids in school could pray
And unborn children see light of day
What if the life that we pursue
Came from a hunger for the truth
What if the family turned to Jesus
Stopped asking Oprah what to do
He said that they would hear
His promise has been made
He’ll answer loud and clear
If only we would pray
If My people called by My name
If they’ll humble themselves and pray
If My people called by My name
If they’ll humble themselves and pray.
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