"..Yet in My Flesh I Will See GOD" [Job. 19.26]

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Jesus Never Prayed the Way We Do Today


I wonder where we got the idea that God sometimes gives us a "no" answer. How did that teaching sneak into the church? It's Jesus who taught us to pray, and his prayers never got a "no." In fact, he never said anything about the possibility of getting a no from God (well, except when you don't forgive others who have wronged you). All he taught was getting surefire "yes" from God. [Photo above from Simon Schmitt@helloschmitt, Unsplash].

His disciples once asked him, "Lord, teach us to pray." He taught them the Lord's Prayer which starts with a bold and confident "Our Father" and a lot of other things, but nothing about getting a "no" answer or a "maybe" or "later." The prayer talked about "Our Father" asking him to "give us this day our daily bread." And that short 7-word request makes us confident that everything's taken care of. See? Nothing about a "no" answer.




And yeah, what he taught about asking in prayer is a mere 7-word phrase. "Give us this day our daily bread." That covers everything. It's short and generalized, unlike what teach in church today about being "specific" about our requests. So I heard lots of pastors being specific about their prayers, even before meals. Their prayers explain to God what goes on with food after swallowing it.

"Lord, use this food that we're about to take as nourishment for our bodies, to make us healthy and strong." As if God didn't know that. Often I half expect the prayer to include how the digestive system works and how nutrients enter the blood stream and get distributed to the organs on the cellular level.

Jesus taught us a short prayer and prayed short prayers himself. No need to explain to God what happens next. Just ask. Just thank him. When he fed the 5,000 and then 4,000 men, he simply looked up to heaven and said thanks. Simple, short and yet powerful. It fed 5,000 men--perhaps 15,000 if we count the women and kids. When he turned water into wine, he didn't pray at all. I suspect he said an inaudible prayer or probably just mentally declared the miracle in his Father's name.

Nobody prays today like Jesus anymore. It's almost all a show, a contest of who can say the best prayer. You try to pray short prayers and they laugh at you. To religious people, righteous people pray long and poetic prayers. But Jesus had something different in mind. "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words."

The one time Jesus said a long prayer was in John 17, praying for his disciples just before his suffering and death. And the prayer isn't something that we'd pray today--it's more of a summary of what they have pre-planned. An overview. It's the prayer of a man who knew exactly what God's plan was, and never once asked for anything material or mundane.

A prayer that declares God's plan. Many prayers today sound more like wish lists than affirmative establishment of what God has planned. Knowing exactly what God intended, Jesus established it in the heavenly realm to alert everything on earth that had to do with it. "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."

That's how a son's prayer should sound. As he prayed, Jesus was showing us how true sons and daughters of God should talk to their Father in heaven. A son's prayers in deeper moments with the Father should declare his ultimate objective for his Kingdom on earth. "I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."

But church today just pray for their church buildings or projects and petty earthly ministries that merely declare their church denomination in the locality, not the Kingdom in the spiritual and earthly realms. They pray for money to pay their rent with or building renovation or a church vehicle--perhaps a school or seminary in the future. Or money for paying tuition fees to finish a degree in theology.

I can't imagine Jesus asking the Father for a church building or church camel or donkey. Such a waste of time and energy. What Jesus did was to use the donkeys he saw available in the vicinity for his entry to Jerusalem, with the powerful declaration that "The Lord needs them" if someone should accost the disciples about taking them. And anyway, these things can never bring you genuine victory in the spiritual realms. You cannot defeat Satan with your nice buildings and facilities or your church vehicle or seminary title and degree or theology.

And yet the church wastes time asking in prayer for them.

We should pray like Jesus did. We should ask the Father for things Jesus also asked for. What Jesus needed for ministry is all we need for ministry. He is the Way. And how Jesus worked intimately with God to declare and fulfill his plan is how we should also do ministry today.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Church with a Babylon System 2

Here's Part 1
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It may seem the Babylon system affects only trade and commerce as portrayed in Revelation 18. As if only "merchants" and "kings" are affected. There's no mention of the church. But there is--when God told his people to "come out of her!" That's us, the church. "Come out" means we're inside and we have to go out to Him.

We have to make sure we're cleared of any trace of the system. Untainted and spotless. You don't have to leave any Babylon church (but do so if God tells you) because the point here is leaving the system, not a place. You may be out of a Babylon church and still have the system fully operational in you. The Acts church was out of the system though they were still part of Judaism--until Judaism kicked them out.



God is always after a heart sold out to him. "I have found David...a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do," [Acts 13.22]. David then was still in Saul's system yet his heart was outside of it. The same with Samuel when he was under Eli's system. But with Moses it was different. God took Moses out of Egypt, "detoxed" him of Egypt's system 40 years, and then sent him back to take Israel out of Egypt once and for all.

God similarly wants us to go out of the system.
“‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; 
Anything under the system is home to demons.
She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, 
You cannot drink from the cup of God and from the cup of  demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord's table and eat at the table of demons as well [1 Corinthians 10.21]. You cannot serve God using the Babylon system. You have to "come out!" Every church operating in this system is a "synagogue of Satan but who claim they are (God's people)" [Revelation 3.9]. So, do you know what that system is?

Basically, it operates on pride, ambition, position and self aggrandizement.
Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
In her heart she boasts, 'I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn." [Rev. 18.7]
She's after her glory. She's after luxury. She works hard for these things. Glory to her is riches. Luxuries. Money. Her glory is so important to her and she gives it to herself. Many churches are like this today. They operate in the money-value system. Only money makes sense to them. Anything that does not result to church income is a waste of time. Thus, growing church membership means a lot to them.

Evangelism and church planting are good. We should keep up with them. But even church planting has simply become a means of growing church income. More churches equals more money. Nothing wrong with more money if it's spent purely for God's designs. But the Babylon system uses money to be "enthroned as queen." To be the mega-est church of all. Some ministers live in mansions and have their own airports. They pamper themselves with luxury. 😓😐

Yup, she is boastful. She's after position ("I sit enthroned as queen"). She wants to be great--hailed number one. She wants high positions and power. She brags about her accomplishments. She wants titles and degrees because she derives power in these. And by her own glory and strength, she boasts she's not a widow and she does not mourn. See the system? Looks familiar?

And look at the churches under this evil system.
“My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. [Jeremiah 50]
You see how they're lost because they fail to see the Babylon system they've been operating on. Yes, ministry goes on and even grows by leaps and bounds, but they are lost sheep. Like the church in Sardis, they have "the reputation of being alive but you are dead." And the foremost reason for this is they do not find their rest in God.

This rest is vital for a lively spiritual life.
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. [Hebrews 4.11]
Without this rest from God, all you do is "wander over mountain and hill," says Jeremiah. You do a lot of movement, you have a lot of imagined achievements and success, and yet you really accomplish nothing like Martha did, who was merely "worried and upset" about everything. And you see many churches and ministers enslaved by the Babylon system like this.

So God says, "Flee out of Babylon"! HE keeps urging us some more: "Come out of her, my people! Run for your lives! Run from the fierce anger of the Lord." [Jeremiah 51.45]

How? Jeremiah was given this God-formula:
“the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the Lord their God. 5 They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten." [Jeremiah 50.4-5]
Genuinely seek God by going the way of Zion (Zion is God's powerful presence through his Word and ways), become one with God ("bind themselves to the Lord")--and become deep in the Word. Being one with Jesus according to God's eternal WORD (everlasting covenant). It's always the WORD. We have to go back to the WORD. It's so alarming how many churches today (especially young people) so lack the WORD in them. This is the Babylon system luring people away from the everlasting covenant.

They like to sing and play musical instruments and lead in worship--which is good--but the problem is, so many are zero when it comes to the WORD. And most churches make programs that serve this purpose--give them what they want, what they crave for--luring them in church entertainment in the process, so far away from the WORD. This is the Babylon system.

The Babylon system inclines us to make idols we feed the church with. Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian empire did this to Israel. The mystery Babylon system is doing this to the church today. The church uses anything that works in this world--anything effective--but forgets about God's Word and ways. In fact, it loses confidence in these. They look for solutions outside the Word.

The church should go back to what Jesus did and how Jesus lived, especially his value system. The least is the greatest. Jesus' Beatitudes is a good place to start. "Blessed are the poor in spirit."

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