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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Titus: New Testament Church Structure

There is very little known about Titus even though he was a companion of the Apostle Paul. The book of Titus clearly indicates that Paul and Titus conducted a missionary trip to Crete. Paul left Titus in Crete to establish a firm foundation for the church in Crete. The name “Titus” means “nurse.” Titus, a young preacher, had the difficult assignment of directing this new work. The Cretan believers needed to be nursed along. Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, gave young Titus a threefold plan for building up and establishing a local church. Paul laid out three essential truths, or a threefold vision for a successful local assembly. Titus 1:5 reads, “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee” (KJV).

The three essentials are as follows:

I. The need for sound leadership (Chapter 1)
II. The need for sound doctrine (Chapter 2)
III. The need for sound works (Chapter 3)

I. Titus 1… The need for sound leadership…

Titus 1:5… “Ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.” Why? Because verses 10-13 talks of unruly men and vain talkers (vain, i.e., senseless, profitless, and manipulative talking; leadership with wrong motives, lying, greed, covetousness, not sound in the faith, not led by the Spirit). Sound leadership instills a vision in the church. Sound leadership equips the saints to fulfill the vision. Sound leadership changes lives from being self-centered to being Christ-centered. The apostle lays out the principles for sound leadership in verses 6-9. There is nothing complicated here. Holiness and righteousness are the main characteristics. A good family life, obedient children, moral soundness, a compassionate and tender spirit, the ability to rule one’s own life, and more. In the January 1984 issue of Eternity magazine, an Anglican bishop in England wrote that he went to Germany to find out why the Holocaust had occurred and why Hitler was able to find multitudes to follow him. He was told that the church had become complacent and had lost vision and purpose. Hitler rose to power because he gave Germany a vision. The bishop then remarked, “Wherever Paul went there was revelation. Wherever I go they serve tea.” Sound leadership gives the saints a vision and a purpose.

II. Titus 2… the need for sound doctrine…

Titus 2:1… “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” (KJV). Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:11, “If anyone speaks, they should do it as one who speaks the very words of God” (NIV). Sound doctrines (teachings) make both men and women sound in the faith. Chapter 2 lists what sound doctrines will do. It produces good behavior and holiness. Belief and practice work together. Sound doctrine teaches you good things. It helps people to overcome wrong passions, gives youth fresh visions and goals, teaches you to talk God’s talk, teaches you job behavior and relationships, how to overcome wrong and be an overcomer, teaches you how to deal with anything that comes against you… Sound doctrine teaches you how to live in this present world (Titus 2:11-12). Basically, sound doctrine is God saying to the believers, “Do it right.” This whole chapter teaches you how to live.

III. Titus 3… the need for good works…

Titus 2:14… “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (KJV). The word “zealous” means being responsive to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is urging the saints to action–heal the sick, preach the gospel, comfort, and exhort. Titus 3:1 says, “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.” The word for “good works” refers to the works of the Holy Spirit. Sound leadership and sound teaching will produce good works (natural works and spiritual works). When a church is birthed properly and taught properly, it will work properly. Good works follow sound leadership and teaching. Good works follow, not precede. Note, “Be ready to every good work.” The saints must be taught to be ready for the work of the Spirit in the assembly. The word “ready” means “preparation.” Adjust yourself to expect good works. Mark 16:17,20 says, “These signs [works] shall follow them that believe . . . And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.Titus 3:8 says, “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” Note, “Be careful to maintain good works.” The word “maintain” means “to practice good works.” Paul told Titus “affirm this constantly.” In other words, repeat constantly the importance of good works, i.e., the Lord working with you and in you. Don’t lose this vision. Titus 3:14 says, “And let our’s also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.” Note, “Learn to maintain good works.” Note, “Necessary uses”; i.e., every day there is a necessary use for the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we will be unfruitful. People must learn to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:8-16 teaches this, and it is the five-fold ministry’s responsibility to teach these things.

The Lord is saying, “Do it right; do it God’s way.” Improper learning brings chaos, anxiety, and frustrations. People are dying for lack of the good works of the Holy Spirit. It’s very important to give clothes and food and shelter, and it’s also important to take care of people’s spiritual needs by addressing child abuse,  spousal abuse, pornography, abortions, crime, injustices, and the fears of war that fill society. Being zealous for the works of the Spirit is a silent item these days. It seems that we have developed a system of worship that is resistant to the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit guide your works.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Last Thrust, Pt. 2

Luke 14:21… “So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” (KJV).

Will God shut out people from one of His last great movements of His Spirit because of disobedience to His call? He sends his servants to go to the ones outside of the church, to the people of the cities and of the streets. The Lord is sending His people out to move into the enemy’s strongholds. The churches that are growing are the churches that are reaching out to the hurting.

This is the end-times evangelistic thrust. When the Lord judges the doings of mankind, He first looks to see what His people are doing. Before the angels came to Sodom, they came first to the man of God, Abraham, then to Lot, whom the Bible calls a righteous man. When Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed it was not so much for the sin that was there (and there was lots of sin there), but rather because of what was not there. There were hardly any righteous people there. The fate of the cities rested in the righteous (Genesis 18:23-33). Abraham prayed for the salvation of the city. God has great concern for these cities and He has given a call for the church to reach the inner cities. In Revelation 1:20, Jesus tells John that the churches are God’s lampstands in the community. In Revelation 2:5, the Lord told the church in Ephesus to repent and return to their first love or else He would come and remove their candlestick. In 1981, the Lord said to me, “Any church that does not do the will of God has no reason to stay alive. It does not embarrass the Lord to shut down a ministry or a church if they are not doing His will.” And what about Ephesus today? It is nothing but ruins, and a testimony of the failure to repent and to rebuild the foundation that Paul laid down. Jesus told the church at Ephesus to return to its first love, Christ. God has never planned for believers to live in anything else than the calling He has established for them.

The words “bring hither” in Luke 14:21 mean “to lead or bring them in to what’s going on.” When churches abandon the inner cities, they take their skills and their anointing with them and the city falls into disarray. God is saying, “It’s time to get back in.” The invitation is going out to the people of the streets, to the “poor”; i.e., people who have been reduced to beggary, people who can’t make it economically. The call goes out to the “maimed”; i.e., to the ones who are deprived of some member of the body, and those who are handicapped and who depend on the help of others. These are the ones who have lost their hope of ever making it in life. Society has cut them off; they are considered as outcasts. The call goes out to the “halt,” i.e., someone crippled in their feet. Their physical movement is hindered. The word “blind” used as someone who has no sight (physical and especially spiritual sight), or one who is crippled spiritually and unable to function in things spiritual. They live in darkness and are unable to perceive truth. God is calling His people to go out on to the streets of the cities and compel them to come in. God is targeting these kinds of people in the end times and he is pouring out His grace upon them.

Luke 14:23… “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (KJV).

The word “compel” is a powerful word. It’s the word for the last hour. The word means to “convince” the lost to come in. The refreshing of the Spirit on the church in the end times is for “the compelling” of the people of the streets to fill up God’s house. God has a last-hour thrust for the church to sweep in the suffering mass of lost humanity. The anointing in you will help to “convince” them to come to Christ.

Isaiah 61:1-3 talks about our day and the anointing to preach good tidings to the meek (those bowed down in affliction), to those that are broken-hearted (mentally defeated and are unable to govern their own lives), to the captives (those who are prisoners to habits such as drugs and immoral things), to those who are bound (no liberty because the flesh is too strong), to those who mourn (laden with grief that drains their peace and joy). All of these sit in great darkness and in the shadow of death.

The call to the church is to bring them to the Light, to the Great Supper. Instead of seeing drug addicts and pushers on the streets, we need to start seeing future deacons, future leaders, future preachers, and future evangelists. We need to see Jesus Christ transforming their lives as only He can do it. Ironically, God said to the rich Laodicean church that they are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17, KJV). Why? Because they wouldn’t go out to save the poor. They became spiritually what the poor were physically.

Luke 4:18-19… “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (KJV). That’s where the power goes. The anointing is the greatest when you are ministering to the hurting. Jesus said in Luke 14:13-14 that when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Last Thrust, Pt. 1

REACHING THE INNER CITIES

The Bible teaches that in the end times there will be a fresh prophetic purpose. It will be a call for the church to reach out to the hurting, the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind. Will the church listen? If the church or an individual is going to do something mighty for God, they need to throw themselves into the work with all their heart and mind and body. Your vision must be more important to you than your personal pleasure. At this time many cities are crying for revival. Even though there is much evil in the cities, it does not mean that they are beyond redemption. Jesus rebuked cities by saying, “If the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day” (Matthew 11:23, NASB). Jesus implied that even Sodom could find redemption. Cities will repent when they see the revelation of the power of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 22:2-10… “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise” (vv. 2-5, KJV).

This parable refers to the nation of Israel and their refusal to accept Christ as their Messiah. Jesus said, “I have prepared my dinner.” The word “dinner” as used here refers to “the first meal of the day, breakfast.” Israel made light of the invitation to accept Christ. “He came to his own and his own received him not” (John 1:11, KJV). The word “received” means “to come near, to associate with, to learn from.” The Jewish leaders never came near Jesus. They did not embrace him or fellowship with Him. They ran from Christ when they should have been running towards Him. The spirit of rejection still exists today. “Then saith he to his servants . . . Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests” (Matthew 22:8-10). Out of this invitation came the New Testament church of Jesus Christ and the book of Acts (Mark 16:15-20).

Jesus gives another parable that teaches that the end-time church will do exactly what Israel did. Israel missed the timing of God for the promised Messiah. Will the church in the end times miss the timing of the greatest move of the Spirit in history? Yes, they will… because only a few listen to what the Spirit is saying. Many are listening to the voices that argue doctrine. Many religious watchdogs will oppose you if your doctrine is different from theirs. Let’s see…

Luke 14:16-24… “Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready” (vv. 16-17, KJV).

The word “supper” as used here means “the last meal of the day”; i.e., the evening meal. The word “bade” (ekalesen) means “a one-time call that extends for a long period of time.” The word ekklesia comes from ekalese, and this Greek word refers to “the church” or the “called-out ones.” The king sent out his servants “at supper time” or literally “the hour of the final meal” (what the end of the church age is referred to, or the end of another prophetic purpose). The word “servant” that Jesus uses here is doulos, one of the five meanings of the word “servant” in the New Testament. As used here it means “a bondservant,” or one who is in a permanent position of servitude and whose will is tied with his master’s will. Because of this, there is no hesitancy towards obedience. He becomes a type of the end-time believer who finds himself in total submission to Jesus in the final days before the Great Supper. The message is “Come, for all things are now ready.” What are the “all things”? It’s the good news of salvation, healing, the gifts of the Spirit, protection, and intimacy with God. What an awesome picture this presents. Whereas in Matthew 22 the call went out to Israel, here the call is for the end-time church. And how does the church act? Let’s follow the parable…

Luke 14:18-20… “And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come” (KJV).

They all began to make excuses, just as Israel did in the time of Christ. They begged off and declined the invitation. The three excuses that Jesus referred to were property, business, and family. (These are the things the boomer generation emphasizes.) In other words, their priorities were out of line. These were more important to them than doing the Lord’s will. Jesus is not against owning property or earning money or having good family relationships. He is against the attitude of using these three things as an excuse for absenting themselves from coming to the Great Supper. They just didn’t want to be completely committed to God’s purpose for the last days. Churches today have a hard time getting people to fill positions of serving needs, such as teachers, ushers, children’s workers, etc…

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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Pentecost Broke A Few Barriers, Pt. 2

(Part 2 of 2)

4) The Holy Spirit makes all ages from youth to old age important… The “youth” speaks of strength, zeal, and radicalism. The “old age” speaks of maturity and conservatism. Peter, in explaining the coming of the Holy Spirit, referred to the prophet Joel. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, that I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit” (Acts 2:17-18, KJV). The Christian faith and the gospel of salvation are so dynamic that they can’t be expressed by one age group only. The Holy Spirit anoints the strength and the zeal and the radicalism of youth, and also the conservatism of the old. Both are necessary working forces in the Kingdom of God. Both groups are matured and empowered by the Spirit. In the Old Testament, men could not start in the priesthood ministry until they were thirty years old. In the New Testament, that barrier was broken and all age groups can now function under the anointing of the Spirit. Today, sad to say, the elderly are hardly ever considered. They are set aside when it comes to ministry. Many older ministers do not fit anymore, so it seems, and if they have reached retirement age it’s “out of sight out of mind.” Be careful there… Many have the Spirit of Elisha–even after death he was able to liven up the life of some corpses. The Holy Spirit anoints the seniors too. Believe it.

5) The Holy Spirit made all classes of people equal… Note the words “servants and handmaidens.” Servants were considered as belonging to the lower classes of society. With the coming of the Spirit these working-class folk became prophetic, creative, soul-winners, and missionaries. The class barriers came down with the coming of the Spirit. Paul teaches that every Christian is given grace, i.e., operational power (referring to the Spirit’s gifts; see Ephesians 4:7). Paul also teaches the Corinthians that God chose the weak and the foolish, the nobodies, and developed them into powerful ministries. Paul speaks in Galatians 2:6 of some “who seemed to be somewhat.” We have them today, those who build up that which the Spirit tore down at Pentecost.

6) The Holy Spirit cancelled all distinctions based on blood… Acts 1:14 says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren” (KJV). It would have been easy to build up a special, privileged, and authoritative royalty based on human bloodlines. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, Mary and Jesus’ brothers were not set aside as “special folk” in the upper room. They waited for the promised Holy Spirit with the rest of them. There was no plaque on the wall that said, “Mary the mother of Jesus sat here.” There were no favorites, no exceptions, no privileges based on blood, no one was selected to be the “big name.” Not one of the 120 claimed, “I’m a blood relation to Jesus; therefore I am superior.” In the Old Testament, the house of Abraham, Moses, or David could perhaps make this claim, but in the New Testament the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for our sins made us all a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation to show forth the praises of Jesus (1 Peter 2:9). Human blood is irrelevant.

7) The Holy Spirit broke down the barriers between flesh and spirit… Acts 2:17… “I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh” (KJV). In the Bible, the word “flesh” is often used as referring to “people.” Here the Spirit used the word “flesh,” not “people.” Why? Because it fits in with the plan of God as seen in the gospel. The gospel is founded on “The Word was made flesh” (John 1:14). It is through flesh that Jesus is revealed. The Spirit came upon flesh… David said, “My flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory” (Psalm 63:1-2). David foresaw the coming of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh and he wanted a foretaste of that glory. With the coming of the Spirit upon us, our spirit, soul, and body were unified. The flesh no longer was left out. The Holy Spirit quickened our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11). The physical body should no longer be controlled by fear, worry, resentments, depression, guilt, burdens, and disease. The coming of the Spirit brought new life to our flesh and we function with eternal life in our bodies–God’s kind of life–“life” that existed from the beginning.

8) The Holy Spirit brought harmony to two worlds, the physical world and the spiritual world… The coming of the Spirit in Acts 2:1-4 caused the physical world to react to that coming. In other words, the physical body cooperated when the Holy Spirit touched the spirit of the 120 in the upper room. There was a mighty rushing wind, tongues of fire, new languages, the people appeared drunk, their minds were made alive to answer questions and much more. There was harmony between the spirit and the body. In Christ, these two worlds became one. Divine nature and human nature came into unity. Days later, the material world was added to this harmony (Acts 4:34-37).

Conclusion… No matter how we preachers may try, we cannot repeat the day of Pentecost. That day came in Acts 2:1-4. But we can pray and give ourselves fully to God and the same Holy Spirit can renew and refresh every believer. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” (1 Corinthians 12:7, KJV). The pattern that produced the coming of the Spirit in Acts 2:1-4 has never changed. That pattern is prayer, intercession, supplication, repentance, and humility. Psalm 92:10 says, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

“The Holy Ghost will set your feet a-dancing/The Holy Spirit will fill you through and through/The Holy Spirit will set your feet a-dancing” (“Dancing Heart” by Roy Turner)… The Holy Spirit will bring you victory.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Pentecost Broke A Few Barriers, Pt. 1

(Part 1 of 2)

John 7:38… “For the Scriptures declares that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me” (TLB).

Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit that was coming to all who believed in Him. Jesus also said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16, KJV). I want to talk to you of the eight barriers that were broken when the Spirit came on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). Each of these eight points are messages in themselves and can be expanded upon. Some things that I will say may be controversial… So be it. (Please read 2 Chronicles 5:12-14.)

1) The Holy Spirit made the home sacred (holy)… The Spirit did not come in the temple (a sacred place), but in an upper room where the apostles were staying (Acts 1:13). The home is the most sacred place in life. In the Old Testament, the temple was the sacred place. Today millions of dollars are spent to get to sacred places such as Jerusalem, Mecca, Rome, the great cathedrals of Europe, and to the many big churches in our nation. People travel to get a special touch from God which they believe dwells in those places. A lifetime of earnings are spent upon fruitless searches for God in “sacred places.” People return from their visit disillusioned, exhausted, and depressed in spirit, soul, and mind. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon a group of people in a home. The “availability” of God was lifted out of the hands of special priests and sacred buildings. God in the New Testament did not tie His hands to any one’s sacred place. He left it open to “whosoever believes in Me.” When people meet that condition, God is available. The Holy Spirit has the power for life, everyday life, in the home, and not just for “sacred places.” The coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost is associated with the common place happenings of life. He wants to come to your house too. One time when I was a young minister, I wanted to get to a convention. A man of “power” was going to be there, and I wanted to get “the power.” The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “What you are looking for in the convention, I can give it to you here at home when you pray and believe.” I have never forgotten that word.

2) The Holy Spirit came upon all the believers… They became holy and blessed. He didn’t just come to the apostles, He came upon 120 people there in the upper room. Just suppose the Spirit came just to the twelve. It would have ruined God’s redemptive purposes. Why? Because it would have tied the Spirit’s presence only to those called to a special ministry. (This is what happened in the Old Testament. The Spirit came upon priests, prophets, and kings, and not upon the other believers). The coming of the Spirit broke down this barrier and filled all the believers who sat in the upper room that day. All believers are sacred. Holiness is found in character and not in wearing sacred vestments. There are some occupations that are considered as sacred, and others are considered as secular. This does not mean that the ministry team in Ephesians 4:11 were first-rate and the layman second-rate. The Holy Spirit makes all believers first-rate. The Holy Spirit came upon all the believers in that upper room and He is just the same today. Praise God this barrier was broken down.

3) The Holy Spirit made male and female equal… In the Old Testament, it seems that the first-born male was the special sex. The first-born male was called “holy unto the Lord,” and that’s as far as Israel’s law went. The New Testament faith went beyond this; both men and women received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Acts 1:14 says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brethren” (KJV). The highest gift of God, the Holy Spirit, was open to both sexes. Paul sums it up in Galatians 3:28 and says, “There is neither Jew or Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” To take any other attitude is to resist the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and said, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16; see also 6:15-20). Praise the Lord, the barrier that favored the male only was broken on the day of Pentecost.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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Breaking Point, Pt. 5: A Novice With An Anointing

(Part 5 of 5)

A NOVICE WITH AN ANOINTING

Elihu, a man with a ministry in the realm of the Spirit, began to speak under the anointing of the Spirit, but then he too started to criticize. Even though a man may have a good ministry, he can hurt the cause of healing.

In Job 32:1, “These three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes” (KJV). The Scripture says that these three people got angry with Job because he justified himself rather than God. Here is Elihu (a novice ministry), provoked in spirit. “Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they found no answer, and yet condemned Job” (Job 32:3, KJV). That sounds just like Christians of our time. Elihu had waited until the others has spoken because they were older than he. “When Elihu saw there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then was his wrath kindled. And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore was I afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion. I said, days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom” (Job 32:5-7). This is good teaching. Now listen, you novices in the ministry, respect the words of your elders.

But notice how he is beginning to move in the realm of the Spirit. In verse 8, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding” (KJV; my favorite verse). Remember that I said the spirit of a man will minister to his infirmity, and here it is: “There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty [the anointing] giveth them understanding.” Great men are not always wise, neither do they understand judgment (Job 32:9). This made the other three so angry that they just closed their mouths.

In Job 32:18-19, Elihu says, “For I am full of matter [full of words], the spirit within me constraineth me [or urges me on]. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles” (KJV). When the Spirit of God begins to move in you, this same spirit is working inside of you. “I will speak, that I may be refreshed” (Job 32:20). If you keep holding it in, you’re liable to burst. “I’ll open my lips and I’ll answer.” He goes on to say he’ll not give flattering titles in Job 32:21, 22. Then in Job 33:12 he begins to minister under the anointing of the Spirit. “Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.” Oh, I like that. Only an anointed person would testify to this. “God is greater than man. Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters. God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not” (Job 33:12-14). Elihu gives a great anointed message, and then in verse 31 he says, “Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me; hold thy peace, and I will speak.” In other words, verse 31 was the end of the anointed message. This is where trouble comes in.

Danger Of Going Beyond The Anointing

Follow me carefully in Job 34:1. You can underline the word “FURTHERMORE.” You know, if we start with the anointing and stop with the anointing, there would be no need of the furthermore. Many men and many women have quit; they caved in their spirit because somebody had “furthermore” to say. In Job 35:1, “Elihu spake MOREOVER” (KJV). First it’s furthermore, now moreover; he wasn’t finished yet. In Job 36:1, “Elihu also PROCEEDED and said.” You just couldn’t shut this novice up. And in 37:1, “At this ALSO.” Elihu just kept on speaking until finally God stepped in. In Job 38:2, God said to Job, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” In other words, God says, “Enough is enough. Why don’t you quit when the anointing lifts, because after that, what you say is only going to make matters worse instead of enlightening. Your words will only darken.”

God Tells The Truth

God steps in and He says to Job in chapter 38:3, “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me” (KJV). When God said to Job, “Quit caving, gird up your loins, look up now, keep looking up, and get your spirit right so I can deal with you,” He meant it. God said to Job, “Get your spirit right and I can reach you.” In chapter 40:1-5, Job started to confess his wrong speaking, and he started to uncover all his wrong thoughts. When you look up to God, your spirit will be made right and you are going to speak right words. In chapter 42:4-6, Job comes to this conclusion, “Lord, I see YOU now.” All the time that Job was having his pity party, and all the time that he cursed the day of his birth, he wasn’t looking up. He was arguing with God on the inside. He was hardening his heart in sorrow.

What made him curse his day? Just four things. He started to blame God for something the devil did. He started to fill his own heart with self-pity. His spouse quit on him. His three friends, instead of ministering to him, added to his affliction. Job quit. He had nobody else. God can’t minister to you if you start blaming Him for what the devil did. God can’t minister to you if you’re full of self-pity. God can’t minister to you through people if they are without the anointing. God works by His Spirit. He will work in man’s own spirit. The spirit of a man, which is the candle of the Lord, will minister to his infirmity. God will work through ministries who edify.

Kind David said in Psalm 142:3, “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me I was wide open to all the affliction of the devil” (paraphrase of the Hebrew). When your spirit is overwhelmed like Job’s was, your spirit is broken, your wall is down, your guard is down, and your faith is gone. When your spirit is down to the quitting point or the breaking point, then your faith is gone as well. You will not listen to Scripture, your loved ones, or God, because you are fighting him and everybody else on the inside. God wants to bring your soul out of prison. Some of you are bound and you are in prison. You are on the verge of breaking, and your heart is crying, “Bring my soul out of prison that I might praise you. Bring my soul out of prison that I might love you.” You can have victory now. See Jesus and not the devil. Let your spirit minister to you.

PRAYER… Jesus, forgive me for self-pity, for cursing the day of my birth. Forgive me for my wrong attitudes towards you and towards my family and friends. Jesus, heal my spirit, and heal my infirmity now. Thank you Jesus for hearing me. Let your word be magnified in me once again. Lord, I see you as greater than the devil, as greater than my sickness. I praise you, Lord, for Satan can’t touch my life. I claim your promise this day, Lord. AMEN.

Pastor George Belobaba

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