Your Greatest Danger

YOUR GREATEST DANGER

“Your greatest danger is not from the laser-guided bombs that fall from terrorists or from hurtful terrorist acts, but from the dangers that lie within the human heart–fear, doubt, lust…”

I was speaking to a group of people in a vision in the early hours of the morning in January of this year, and the above quote was my opening statement. Fear is simply being alarmed in spirit during difficult days. Doubt is unbelief or wavering during those difficult days. Lust is simply the longing for what is forbidden by God.

Isaiah 54:14, “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee” (KJV).

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POISONS

Poisons that kill your vision and your goals…

a) Tradition… Just because God worked a certain way in the past does not mean that’s the only way God works. He is the God of the old but also of the new and the fresh.

b) Fear of change… Change means breaking out of our comfort zones. Sometimes taking what seems to be a risk is really a step of faith. When God gives you a vision, He will give you power and ability to accomplish it.

c) Negative people… In other words, there are lots of people who will lead you into making a bad decision. They breed doubt and skepticism. Stick to what God has led you to do.

d) Laziness or complacency… God will bless your efforts when He gives the vision, but you must show energetic effort. Work to see God’s vision for you to become a reality.

e) Fatigue… Don’t neglect rest. Running on empty won’t get you very far. Vision calls for faith and zeal, not exhaustion. Build up your strength–physical, spiritual and emotional.

f) Think long-term… God is not pressured by time. Dream big. A short-term accomplishment is only momentary success. Don’t be satisfied to live with just one successful mile… Go on.

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NEWS

The word “news” in the NLT is used 160 times. Mostly as the “good news (gospel) of the kingdom” and as the “good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ.” The word “NEWS” is an interesting word. It is composed of the initial letters of the four parts of the compass… N for north, E for east, W for west, S for south. The “good news” is for the whole world… Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–Jews first and also Gentiles” (NLT). Mark 16:15… “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.

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WHEN YOU PRAY

When you pray, be yourself. Be natural before God. Don’t make up a pretended emotion that you do not feel. Tell Him whatever is on your heart and in your mind with words that are most natural to you. You don’t have to speak to Him in a religious tone or about spiritual things. Speak naturally, as you would speak to a friend. You will find that God listens. You will find that, between God and yourself, there are no barriers. The only password is prayer. In your prayers never put a limit on God.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Dream-Vision

I had just finished my prayer time, and as an afterthought said, “Lord, I need some inspiration for my soul. What’s going on today?” (Job 32:8). Early in the morning of January 5th, I found myself in a dream-vision. It was very vivid. In the dream-vision, I was assisting in a service, leading the people in worship and exhorting. The people began to worship and praise the Lord, so much so that the presence of the Lord came down and filled the place. The people, awed and humbled, began to reach out to Him. Then the other leaders came down to me and said, “We are gathered to raise money,” which cut off the worship. The Holy Spirit was deeply grieved and God’s Presence lifted.

One by one, the people began to leave, and after a while I got out my car keys and left also. I too was grieved that money had become the most important part of the meeting. The Lord said to me, as I was leaving, “Many of my leaders gather people only to receive large offerings, not realizing that when my Presence descends to meet the needs of the people, offerings will come too.” Jeremiah 22:13-17 reads, “Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work; That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar, and painted with vermilion. Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him? He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD. But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it” (KJV).

I quickly searched my own heart also, asking, “Lord, am I ministering for personal gain or am I ministering to help?”

Why are you ministering?

Pastor George Belobaba

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Indifference

Acts 18:17… “And Gallio cared for none of these things” (KJV).

Gallio was a man who was indifferent towards Christianity. He was indifferent to say the least. He was a political figure, a proconsul of Achaia (v. 12). He rejected the claims of the Jews and had no time to listen to Paul defend his message. He didn’t want to know the truth. He did not care for religion, period. He was a brother to Seneca, the Roman philosopher. The world today is full of people like Gallio, knowledgeable and influential, but spiritually sterile and indifferent to Christianity and Bible truth. One of my Bible names dictionaries says that the name “Gallio” means “one who sucks, one who lives on milk.” The word “indifferent” basically means “having no marked feeling for or against, having no interest or concern, apathetic.”

We see a lot of this both outside and inside of the church, but we should not be surprised, because the Bible says that one of the signs of the last days is that “men shall be lovers of their own selves . . . having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:2-5, KJV). They don’t mind form or an outward show, but reject and refuse practical Christianity. Denying means rejecting, refusing, and preventing the truth and the power of the gospel from doing its work.

In essence, Paul is saying, “Many today who sit in the church have a form of Christianity that they live by, but they are spiritually sterile.” This is the day to be alert and on fire. This is not the day to have just enough Christianity to hate our enemies but not enough to love one another. Your indifferent stance or show of piety doesn’t impress God or the devil. Everyone will one day give an account of their lives to God, whether you profess to be a Christian or not.

Pastor George Belobaba

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It’s Your Life: You Only Have One–Use It Or Lose It, Pt. 1

(Part 1 of 2)

1 Timothy 4:16… “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (KJV). “Keep a close watch on all you do and think. Stay true to what is right and God will bless you and use you to help others” (TLB).

Philippians 2:12-13… “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (KJV).

Paul is speaking here about personal accountability. If you do what Paul says, you will save yourself, your household, and your church. Personal accountability has a lot to do with your attitude. You win or lose in your attitudes. (Attitude is your disposition, your frame of mind, your point of view, your outlook on life.) Just like Adam had the ability to choose whether or not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, so we have the ability to do the same.

Work out your own salvation. Paul is issuing a wake-up call. Put some responsibility upon yourself. Choose good and not evil. The words “work out” mean “to accomplish a purpose, perform, do something, give careful attention to your personal life, commit yourself to saving yourself, or make saving your life your top priority.” Peter, in 2 Peter 1:4-11, exhorts us to give diligence in making sure of our salvation. He speaks about an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of Christ and that it starts in this life, not after you die.

Personal efforts to take care of our lives is important. It is scriptural to take heed to your life. Matthew 4:17… Jesus started His preaching ministry with the word “repent”; that is, to change your way of thinking. He wanted His listeners to think on the values of the kingdom of God, and He wanted them to be free from wrong values. Taking care of yourself is what both Jesus and Paul were talking about. We are living in perilous times, and one of our top priorities must be to dedicate our minds and our will to preserving ourselves. Paul and Jesus both speak about disciplining ourselves in purity and holiness, with fear and trembling. Hebrews 5:7 says, “Yet while Christ was here on earth he pleaded with God, praying with tears and agony of soul to the only one who would save him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his strong desire to obey God at all times” (TLB). A good question right about now is… Have you a strong desire to obey God at all times?

If you have the strong desire to obey God, break off those plans for your life that are not God’s plans for your life. Resist temptation. Persevere against sin. Have a right attitude in your mind and heart. When your attitude is wrong, your achievement level is low. Live free from sin today, not tomorrow. Pray, study, worship. Those who do not, eventually fall. If you fall into sin, repent, and make it a high priority to be clean. Revelation 3:19-20… Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock” (KJV). He encourages people to hear what He is saying and to open up their spirits. He will come in and feast with you. Don’t keep Jesus outside. Bring Him in. Say to Him, “Come in, Jesus, my spirit needs you right now.”

Psalm 112:1-10 is a great example of taking responsibility for your life. Psalm 112 stands as a handbook for blessed living in hard and perilous times. If you can take hold of the commands in this psalm, miracles of blessings are waiting for you. Many people today are hard-pressed to keep their jobs, to get a good education, to instill good morals in much-assaulted children. This psalm comes alive with wisdom and needed benefits for every one of us. God gave these promises, and each one carries instruction on how we can work out our salvation. Psalm 112 is no ordinary list of promises. It’s the Christians “combat formula” for end-time sanity and survival. God wants to give you a miracle of safety, a miracle of peace of mind, a miracle of power to overcome, and a miracle of wisdom to sort out life’s confusions.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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Serving Your Masters Well

Ephesians 6:5-8… “Slaves [employees], obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites. A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power” (NLT).

Many Christians work under non-Christian bosses. Some of these bosses are good for your spiritual education. The Jews of Jeremiah’s day were told in Jeremiah 27:17, “Serve the king of Babylon, and live” (KJV). God sent Judah there (Jeremiah 29:4-10) and kept them there for seventy years so that “the iniquity of Jacob be purged” (Isaiah 27:9). The kings of Babylon were their temporary masters. Judah was instructed to cooperate with them. Hezekiah was a godly king in Judah, yet he was not able to root out the idolatry out of his people. But King Nebuchadnezzar, pagan as he was, did.

The lesson for Christians is this… your touchy neighbor may do you more good than your godly pastor. Your aggravating boss at your place of employment can purge you of your temper and impatience quicker and better that your Bible class teacher. God doesn’t quibble over which instrument that He uses to mold your life. If God used Babylon to purge the Jews of unrighteous, He can use unredeemed persons to purge you. These people are God’s chosen vessels specially chosen to fine-tune your life. So many Christians today bad-mouth their unspiritual and worldly-minded bosses. They are part of the environment. Without them we may never become what God intends for us to be. So then, start praising God for your bosses, and stop telling God what instrument He is to use to shape your life.

“Yeah, Pastor, but you don’t know my boss.”

“No, I don’t… but God does.”

Pastor George Belobaba

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Moments Of Truth: Carnality

We don’t hear too much of carnality these days. When was the last time you heard a sermon on carnality? The word “carnality” relates to being mindful of material things only as opposed to spiritual things. It also refers to the physical, and especially sexual, appetites, or worldly, earthly and temporal things. A carnal person is one who is without spiritual interest, one who is governed by his own desires, one who is without restraint or discipline, one who is careless about his outward appearance, one who wastes, and one who is reckless.

Matthew 26:41 teaches that the flesh is weak. John 6:63 teaches that the flesh profits nothing. Romans 13:14 teaches that the carnal nature just wants everything that pleases its own nature. Galatians 5:17 tells us that the flesh (carnal nature) wars against the Spirit. Galatians 5:19-24 lists the works of the carnal nature. Please note that this includes adultery; fornication; uncleanness; filthy minds and conditions; lasciviousness; things that stir up lust, such as pornography; wanting and grasping things that can hurt you; idolatry; the worship of things, people, places, or ministries; witchcraft and delving into the spirit world; rebellion; hatred; lack of love, mercy, and compassion; hatred for government or other ethnic groups; variance; always disagreeing with everyone; emulation; trying to equal and surpass others; rivalry; feelings of envy and jealousy; wrath; hostility in spirit; anger that causes strife; sedition; sowing discord; finding fault; heresies; opinions that divide; petty beliefs that cause insurrections; envy; coveting; wanting what another person has; murder; wanting to kill and to hurt; wanting someone dead; drunkenness; loss of reason and control; revelings and riotous fun that injures others when it gets out of hand.

Romans 8:6-7 reads, “If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will” (NLT).

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 reads, “We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds” (NLT).

Pastor George Belobaba

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Carrying A “Sanctified Grudge”

Romans 14:10… “So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God” (NLT). One of the games people play is manifesting a “sanctified grudge” when they see a conduct in others that they do not appreciate. What is a sanctified grudge? It is putting someone in your personal pigeonhole and labeling them under headings such as, “I don’t care for them”… “Not my type”… “They have no faith”… “They’ll never make it”… “He’s egotistical”… You then encourage yourself with the thought that you are superior. The apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, gives us a great truth. “The heart of the gospel is not what a person is or has been, but rather in what he or she has become: a person Jesus Christ died for.” Paul, in Romans 14, teaches that we are not to “grudge” a person or criticize them just because they are not as knowledgeable in the ways of God as you are (or as you think you are). If a person’s faith is not as strong as your faith, build them up. Romans 15:1 teaches, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (KJV). Paul teaches in Romans 15:1-7 that the strong must have patience and a spirit of “bearing the burden.” “Edify,” Paul says. “Quit just pleasing yourself.” Paul goes on and teaches, “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 6). Don’t have two minds, one for yourself and one for others, and don’t have two mouths, one to speak of yourself and another to speak about others, either.

Paul, having made his point, then says in Romans 15:14, “As far as I am concerned about you, my brothers, I am convinced that you especially are abounding in the highest goodness, richly supplied with perfect knowledge and competent to counsel one another” (Williams).

Pastor George Belobaba

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