Discarded Talent

Matthew 25:25… “And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth” (KJV).

I want to talk to you today very briefly about discarded talent. By discarded talent, I mean responsibility that you shunned, anointing power that remains unexpressed, or authority that remains unused. Discarded talent is like the curse of Meroz who refused to come to the help of the Lord’s anointed (Judges 5:23). Discarded talent is like the act of John Mark who refused to continue on with Paul and Barnabas into Asia and who turned back and went home (Acts 13:13). Discarded talent is like the act of Ephraim who “though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle” (Psalm 78:9, NIV; see also verse 10).

In Exodus 4:1-3, the Lord told Moses after he did some doubting to cast his rod on the ground. He did, and the rod became a poisonous serpent. Moses retreated from it in fear. The truth is very strong here. God had called Moses to a specific work. God had given Moses the anointing to do it. If he refused and discarded the rod (authority and talent), it would become an ugly, despised, and a fearful thing. People who discard their talent, anointing, and authority live with that act all of their lives. There will always be a nagging fear in their conscience.

Most all of us owe our lives to someone who did not discard their talent. I owe my life to a man who brought me to Sunday school in 1938. I owe my life to a pastor who prayed for me every day during the World War II years. I praise the Lord, and thank Him, that these men did not discard their talent. Paul brought the gospel to Asia and Europe. Luther stood strong against those who kept the gospel enslaved and proclaimed that the gospel was free for all. Jesus did not discard the work the Father called Him to do. We live because He endured the cross and freed us from sin.

Many today have discarded their God-given talents and have reneged on their call which could bring life to others. Don’t throw down, or discard, your talent. It will become a fearful thing. Hebrews 11:1-40 speaks of men and women of faith who were faithful to the call of God on their lives.

Be faithful also. Be committed to what the Lord has called you to do.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Hide The Talent?

Hide the talent?… Hide the talent?
Lord I wouldn’t, surely not!
Any self-respecting Christian
Would not let your treasure rot.
I’m not hiding Lord, just busy.
Things take up so much time;
But tomorrow will be different,
I’ll fit it in another time.
Year by year the same old story,
Days pass by, all meaning well;
But the talent’s getting buried.
Where it’s hidden I can’t tell.
Now I’m busy, but tomorrow,
I may check upon its state;
But for now I just can’t do it,
So it simply has to wait.
Then one day I tried to find it,
Sought through deep neglect;
It was there but what a pity,
‘Twas not fit for use, not yet.
Had I used and practiced daily,
Just a little as He led;
Then it would have grown and blossomed,
But it faded dull instead.
Busy mothers, hurried fathers,
Teens, grandmas, grandpas too;
Get your talent big or little,
Use it as He asked you too.

–Fern Willner

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Servant’s Heart

John 13:1-17… These few verses talks about a servant’s heart. Jesus said in verses 16-17“How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends him. You know these things–now do them! That is the path of blessing” (NLT). Christians must have this understanding, that we are not greater than the Lord Jesus Christ. He is Lord; we are servants. It’s too bad, but many make themselves lord, and Jesus servant. From Luke’s account (22:24), the disciples were arguing as to who was going to be the greatest. It seems people always want to lord it over someone else. Jesus told the disciples that this is a heathenish spirit. Jesus said to His disciples (John 13:10), “Ye are clean, but not all” (KJV). Let’s follow the lesson and pick up a few thoughts.

Verse 2… Judas was drinking in a suggestion that the devil had put into his mind (to betray Jesus). But he wasn’t the only one who was dirty in the group. Often we see someone else’s dirt and not our own.

Verses 3-5… Jesus took a towel. It was after the supper (the blessing) that He began to serve. He began to wash the disciples’ feet. There is no Christian that can say, “I am an absolutely clean Christian.” If Jesus isn’t touching some ugly area in your life, you need to find out why.

Jesus comes to Peter. Peter said, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (verse 6, NIV). Peter was asking, “Lord, I’m not dirty, am I?” Peter was one of the best-loved apostles. Jesus said in verse 7“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Many times Christians see the actions of God’s dealing, but not the purpose for it. Peter said in verse 8, “You shall never wash my feet.” Peter was blocking the very lesson Jesus was teaching. Peter was resisting the workings of Jesus Christ because the purpose was not visible right then. Even today, many Christians take the attitude, “Lord, I love you dearly, but you will not get me to submit to that, and You’ll never get me to believe that!” Jesus said, “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me” (verse 8, KJV). In other words, “Peter, you have nothing in common with Me.” If you have no interest in what Jesus wants to do, you have no part with Him, no further relationship. Your growth stops right there; you have gone as far as you can. There is no extra anointing for disobedience.

Peter, realizing that he could go no farther with Jesus said in verse 9, “Lord, not my feet [walk] only, but also my hands [work] and my head [vision]” (KJV). Peter saw that his spiritual growth and apostleship depended upon his submission to Jesus. He is Lord; you are the servant. If Jesus is dealing with something in your heart and you resist, your growth stops. Jesus was implying that you can’t minister to anybody until you let Jesus minister to you. Peter saw the danger of a lost fellowship with Jesus. Many people have been freed from sin by the blood of Jesus only to come into a bondage of another kind by lording it over others or having jealousies over another’s ministry.

Jesus then gives the reason for His foot-washing lesson. “I have shown you the importance of a servant’s heart” (vv. 12-16). A servant of Jesus Christ submits to Jesus Christ, whether it makes sense right then or not. Disobedience will mean a loss. Jesus wants each one of us to have a servant’s heart. Attitude is involved. Jesus said in Luke 9:23“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me” (KJV). The cross is something that you die on. The cross leads to a hill, to a kill. Won’t you die to your own desires? That’s what a servant’s heart is all about. We need to pray about serving. If you pray for power or for authority to rule somebody or something you are on the wrong track. An obedient servant has authority and power to do the Master’s will. Many people want to start with power and authority, but Jesus taught that the way to that is with a servant’s heart.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Eyes Of Hobab

Exodus 33:20“Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared” (NKJV).

During the wilderness journey, a little-known transaction took place between Moses and Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law. Moses said to him in Numbers 10:29-31, “We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good” (KJV). Hobab refused, but Moses persisted. “So Moses said, ‘Please do not leave, inasmuch as you know how we are to camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes’” (NKJV). Can you imagine that? Moses wanted an unbeliever to be their guide, even after God said that He would send an angel. God also provided the cloud and the pillar of fire (Numbers 9:15-23). Why did they need the eyes of Hobab? Why do we?

Jesus sent the Comforter (John 14:26, 16:13-15). Why do we need Hobab and his eyes to lead us when Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be our guide? Hobab had no place in God’s plans for the church. Hobab is an intruder. His eyes are not sharp enough to see God’s purposes for his people. Hobab always seems near at hand when a decision must be made, and he gets the job of leading. “Come be our eyes”…

Who is Hobab? His name means “cherished.” He is anything introduced into the church or into the believer which does not have biblical authority for its existence there. At first Hobab’s methods may seem to be something to be cherished. Things are going well… perhaps his method becomes a fad and other churches copy his method. “Surely,” they think, “anyone as popular as Hobab can’t be wrong,” no matter how far from the Word of God he may be. People, his methods will deceive your mind. Be careful… Hobab is not so much an individual, as he is whatever causes you to lean less upon God the Holy Spirit and more on him. Accept God’s leadership–refuse Hobab.

Pastor George Belobaba

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When Weeds Grow

When weeds grow, the garden suffers. For a good spiritual garden, weeds must be pulled out. Weeds steal the nutrients that help the good plants grow. Weeding is hard work but it is necessary work. There are many different kinds of weeds that destroy the lives of people. Your heart is your garden; the Bible so teaches (Matthew 13). I have listed a few weeds to take care of.

Rebellion… is like crabgrass. It starts out unnoticed but soon grows uncontrollably. Rebellion is lack of submission to God’s authority.

Peer pressure… It’s like nettles. Going with the wrong crowd looks attractive, but it can cause a burning itch that’s hard to relieve. Right crowds serve as a hedge of protection against wrong influences.

Bad thoughts… They are like dandelions. They look benign, but blow them around and they sprout more trouble, not just for you but for your neighbor as well. Bad thoughts, like dandelions, are hard to get rid of.

Fast, good-time living…  It’s like clover that thrives among the grass. It doesn’t like too much light because the roots are shallow and delicate. Pleasure, like clover, can be beneficial (bees use clover to make honey). Every life needs some honey. But if your life is lived for pleasure only, it is off-balance.

Past mistakes… They are like kudzu, a fast-climbing vine that has lots of leaves and covers big areas. It blocks out the light and prevents other plants from growing. Dwelling on past mistakes prevents growth.

Low self-esteem… It’s like milkweed. It grows everywhere, even in unexpected places. It seems inoffensive but it poses real dangers. Milkweed sours the cow’s milk; in like manner, low esteem can sour your life.

Drugs and alcohol… They are like poison ivy. Contact at first seems harmless and even attractive, but their abuse affects the whole body. Poison ivy can leave permanent scars on your body through infection… so can drugs and alcohol.

Weeds… Pull them early. Keep your garden (life) free of things that can kill it. You have one body only and you have to live in it the rest of your life. Proverbs 24:30-34 tells the story of a man who didn’t pull the weeds. He loved to sleep and procrastinate, and poverty came into his life. He was named “slothful.”

Pastor George Belobaba

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Your Conduct Comes Home

Proverbs 14:14… “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself” (KJV). Or “The backslider gets bored with himself; the godly man’s life is exciting” (TLB).

There is a good truth here… Men and women are affected by the course they choose. For good or for bad, their own conduct comes home to them. The backslider and the good man are very different. The backslider is filled with that which is within him and it is seen in his lifestyle. The good man is also filled with that which is within him, and it shows in his lifestyle. The evil leaven in the one leaves his entire life sour; the grace of God in the other man saturates his very existence. In each life, “fullness” arises from that which is within it.

A backsliding heart is filled with sorrow; the heart that is following God’s will is part of the permanent and is filled with joy and peace. The backslider is dependant upon outward circumstances; the good man is dependent upon the Lord who resides within him by the Spirit. Faith in the good man helps him overcome temptations, gives him assurance, and enables him to live by God’s grace. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (KJV).

Pastor George Belobaba

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Overcoming The Babylon Spirit, Pt. 3

(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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