(Part 3 of 3)
How can you as a Christian withstand the spirit of Babylon? Get the gifts of discernment operating in your life.
Hebrews 5:12-14… “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (KJV). Ezekiel 44:23… “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.”
These verses tell us that we need to be able to discern between what is good and what is evil, what is profane and what is holy. People need to be taught that there is a difference between what is clean and what is unclean. The gift of discerning of spirits is missing in the lives of most Christians. This gift is more than human intuition. This is a supernatural gift. Christians hardly know what is clean and what is unclean any more. Don’t think for a minute that you can keep the “unclean” in your life and God will hold you blameless on Judgment Day. Mark 7:20-23 speaks of thirteen things people hold in their hearts that will defile them.
Open your heart and let Him search you… Psalm 44:20-21… “If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart” (KJV). Jeremiah 17:9-10… “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Our prayer should be: “Lord, search me through and through. Let my whole being be touched by Your light.” Psalm 119:130… “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (KJV). God speaks to your spirit. He searches your heart by what He says to you. He has a word for every argument you may put up. John 8:12 reads, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” If you choose to follow Jesus Christ, you will never walk in the dark; i.e., in ignorance as to direction. Psalm 139:23-24… “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Remove unholy things from your heart… Deuteronomy 23:14… “For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee” (KJV).
God does not want to see in you the things that can hurt you. Paul teaches in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (KJV). Romans 6:23 reads, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” Romans 10:9-11 reads, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” We must do the repenting and the confessing. Jesus does the cleansing and the forgiving. Today many Christians hide evil in their homes and then wonder why things are not going so well for them.
Prepare yourself to hear the gospel… Revelation 14:6-7… “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”
The gospel is an everlasting gospel. God warns us to flee from the wrath that is to come. God will reveal both His glory and His judgments. Paul wrote to the Ephesian church and said in Ephesians 1:17, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (KJV). The word “wisdom,” as used here, is from an old German word meaning “seer.” It refers to having the spirit of a seer, or to have a prophetic spirit. This is more that just having the gift of prophecy. It’s being able to see as the prophets saw. God has a future for us and we can know it. Proverbs 3:25-26 teaches, “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side [be your confidence] and will keep your foot from being snared” (NIV).
Hebrews 11:7… “It was by faith that Noah built an ark to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about something that had never happened before. By his faith he condemned the rest of the world and was made right in God’s sight” (TLB). By faith, Noah condemned the world’s system. By faith, Noah prepared for the future. Noah moved in faith and not in hysteria. Noah moved in faith and reverence. He knew about the approaching calamity and built an ark for the saving of his family. Proverbs 22:3 says, “The prudent see danger and take refuge” (NIV). If you panic, if you move in terror, you are living in unholy fear. This is the day to be on fire for God. God says, “Take care.” God says to come out from the system that is marked for judgment.
Pastor George Belobaba
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