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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Church with a Babylon System 2

Here's Part 1
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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Wrong Prayers

In the bible, especially in the Gospel, impossible prayers were answered. And I don't mean dying patients in ICU recovering through expensive surgery and medical procedures and medicines. Or the sick gradually getting well. These are what we call "miracles" today, but they're worlds apart from what the bible calls miracles.

Jesus resurrected dead people. That's what God means by "miracles." He made the lame walk, the mute talk and the deaf hear INSTANTLY. Never gradually but always instantly. The church has departed too FAR from this definition and changed everything to mean the workings of medical science plus prayer. Or gradual cures. It's been teaching us this for decades.

Or, we're taught that prayer has limits. We shouldn't be overconfident with our prayer. In fact, modern church teaches that God answers prayer in 3 ways:
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Later
Looks familiar? I'm sure you were also taught thus. Problem is, I don't know where they got the idea. God answers "No"? Really? I used to believe that, but after re-thinking Scriptures, I really don't know. Did Jesus get a no answer? We're co-heirs with Christ, aren't we? And another thing--they taught us that God doesn't answer wants or desires but only our needs.

So, here were the disciples, seeing Jesus walk on water. Then Peter said (or Peter prayed), "Lord, I also want to walk on water." Was that a need or a desire? (Or should I say a whim?) Would Peter die if he couldn't walk on water? Was it an urgent need? Nope. We can all live well without having to walk on water. But Jesus answered Peter's prayer with a YES.

How would we answer if someone asked us about a similar request? From what we've learned from church, this is how we'd reply: "That's a silly prayer request. God won't answer it." Or, "Let's see if it's the Lord's will." It's even worse if we're praying for a dying person. We'd typically say, "Let's see what the Lord's will is. Let's be prepared and wholeheartedly accept whatever he allows to happen."

Nice sounding words. To us this is according to sound doctrine. Problem is, Jesus never prayed like that. And Jesus is our model, right? We should imitate him as followers. He let Peter walk on water even if it was just Peter's whim or impulse, not an urgent need. Jesus could've said, "You don't need to walk on water. It's just your silly fancy. I need to walk on water because I have to show you I am Lord."

But Jesus said, "Come." 

So Peter was able to walk on water for a while. But later, he started to sink. What did Jesus do? He didn't say, "See Peter? It's not the Lord's will." We use that lame excuse when nothing happens after we pray--or if we start to "sink" or if something goes wrong. We are prone to say, "It's probably not the Lord's will" to justify WRONG PRAYER. We do that especially when the sick guy we prayed for dies.

But what did Jesus say to Peter? "You, of little faith. Why did you doubt?"

It wasn't a question of whether it was God's will or not. Peter sank because of his unbelief. You see, God DOES NOT answer "no." In Christ, it's always a YES [2 Corinthians 1.20]. Peter wanted to walk on water out of whim, and Jesus said a big YES. It was God's will. This should revolutionize our faith and prayer. This should stop us from saying weak, powerless and timid prayers.

Nothing happens after we pray (or wrong things happen after we pray) because we pray wrongly. It's not a question whether it's God's will or not. The problem is, we doubt. Anyone who doubts shouldn't expect his prayers to be answered, said James. God wants bold prayers that declare his powerful truth. He expects us to declare his LIFE, and abundantly at that.

Of course, we have to pray "according to his will." Praying thus makes everything a yes. But again, problem is, so many Christians do not know what God's will is or how to find it out. It's become a prayer formula to say, "if it's God's will." Jesus never used that phrase in his prayer. One tip he gave was, "Everything is possible to him who believes." He said EVERYTHING.

It just depends if you believe.

The thing is, just pray. Just ask--and the Holy Spirit takes care to fit everything to God's will. You are a son. A daughter. We ask our dads anything we desire and they give it to us, by hook or by crook. Of course, you wouldn't ask your dad things he wouldn't approve of. You know your dad. He's your dad. Well, I'm talking of an obedient kid here, not a rebellious one. A delinquent kid is another story altogether.

Don't expect a yes from God if you're disobedient. That's plain common sense.

Jesus is our model Son whom we should imitate as sons and daughters of God, and he always got a yes for everything he asked or desired. There's no such thing as a no answer. And we have to gear our prayers back to this. Never mind if you don't know what to ask for or how. Doesn't matter if it's just a whim, desire, want or need. Just ask. And the Holy Spirit adjusts things to fit the mind of God--He knows His mind.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. [Romans 8]
So don't wonder if your prayer is "according to God's will." If you are a true son or daughter, anything you ask is "according to his will." In the first place, who do you think put that idea or desire or whim in your mind? God is the one who puts that there.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. [Psalm 37.4]
A true child of God naturally takes delight in Him. It should be a given, otherwise, you're not a child. Then the Father inclines your heart to his will so that what you have in mind or heart is actually his idea. There may be some details in your mind that veer off but the Holy Spirit edits everything and makes it perfect with God's will.

Now, all you have to do is boldly ask it or declare it in Jesus' Name. God makes sure his obedient children get what they want or need for success. There's no "no" answer.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. [Psalm 20.4]
Make sure he is really your Father and you are a genuine child. The prayer Jesus taught says, "Our Father, who is in heaven." And then it declares that "your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is heaven." This means your desire is to get the very will of God. When you ask for something--for anything--you want his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Asking for someone's total healing is definitely God's will, for instance. Some people still ask if it's God's will. So they doubt. They entertain negative thoughts that question even things we clearly see in Scriptures were done by Jesus. Even the dead were raised up by Jesus--what more the sick? But this wrong prayer taught in church today makes us doubt these things and forbids us to pray bold and confident prayers. It suggests that we can never be too sure with our prayers. Our prayers have limits, it insists.

The result is powerless prayers that easily succumb to the negative things we see in the physical and what doctors and medical test results say. Don't get me wrong--medicines and medical doctors and tests are all good. But they do not have the last say about our health condition and lives. God does. We have developed the BAD habit of conforming our prayers to what we see or hear in the flesh--like what happened to Peter--so we sink.

We're not led by the Spirit. We're led by things of this world.

It's not because it isn't God's will. It's because we doubt. Hence, so many people we pray for die. And I can hear Jesus say, "You of little faith. Why did you doubt?"

We have to re-program our minds and faith big time. We have to let the Word of God dwell in us richly--and radically. I'm sure a lot of traditionally minded Christians will shake their heads on this--if not laugh or mock. But we have been deceived big time and gotten too comfortable with powerless and wrong prayers.

Many times, we agree with what experts say about "incurable diseases" or hopeless disease "stages." There is NO such thing as "incurable" to God. And we have to declare this boldly and confidently, not give it half-hearted, timid, double-minded effort.

I admit this is big work. I myself struggle at times because this wrong prayer has become a stronghold. It's been taught in churches a long time. In fact, it's become like bible truth. If you talk about radical miracles as Jesus did them, church would think you're nuts. But praise God I'm starting to get positive results. Real, supernatural miracles--though I still have a long way to go. We need to give this our best, serious shot--because it's God's will. It's God's way.

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