God’s Agenda

God’s agenda is to fill the earth with His glory. Why should God be interested in filling church buildings, when His purpose has always been to fill the whole earth with His glory? Habakkuk 2:14 reads, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (KJV). Psalm 72:19 reads, “And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

Many churches today are big and full of people, but empty of God’s glory. Isaiah 42:8 reads, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (KJV). Years ago, the Holy Spirit showed me some truth from Jeremiah 22:13-17. There the Lord showed me that big churches often are the result of leaders having “eyes and hearts of covetousness.” When man’s agenda takes priority over God’s agenda, the people who need deliverance are neglected. God sees it. When God’s glory fills the earth, many big buildings will be full, not by man’s wisdom, but by the glory of God. Churches will not be able to handle the sinners and backsliders who will flock to renew their lives. The Lord is concerned more for nations and communities than He is about buildings and church affiliations with their religious traditions. In Jeremiah 22:6 the Lord said through Jeremiah, “For thus saith the LORD unto the king’s house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon.” The word “Gilead” means “witness.” The word “Lebanon” means “pureness.” The church must be a witness of the righteousness (pureness) of God. When they fail to witness, they become a wilderness and empty. Matthew 5:14-16 teaches that we are the lights of the world to shine in the darkness, that people may see the glory of God. Alas… today most believers’ lights shine “only among other lights.”

Christmas is John 3:16… God’s glory will fill the whole earth.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Caught In The Doldrums

On September 6, 2000, I went to bed asking the Lord for the right message for an upcoming meeting. In the early morning, in a dream, I was in a meeting and a guest ministry brought a word to a woman that said, “Revival is not running from speaker to speaker. Revival is being convicted by the Spirit and then following up on that conviction with repentance and a full commitment to follow the Lord.” In the dream I kept hearing the word “doldrums.” “My people are caught up in a doldrums and looking for the wind of My Holy Spirit to move them.”

Song of Solomon 4:16… “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out” (KJV).

I can remember as a young lad reading adventure stories of men of old, sailing the seas in the great sailing ships of that day. Every once in a while they would get caught in the doldrums. This was a time when, at certain seasons in the equator region, there would be no wind for the sails. There was a great calm, the sea was smooth, the sun was extra hot, and the ship was in the water, helpless, sometimes for days and weeks. The man up in the crow’s nest diligently searched for a ripple in the water that would indicate the start of a breeze. When it came, there would be a shout of joy, and it wasn’t very long before they were moving toward their goal. Many believers are looking for that special breeze.

There are many Christians today who are in a “doldrums” experience (wilderness experience). They are motionless. They see no wind from heaven, and there is no breeze of the Spirit to keep them refreshed and moving in God. One of the meanings of the word “doldrums” refers to a period of inactivity, listlessness, and depression. In our text, the king was calling for the wind (Spirit) to blow and to breathe upon his bride. The north wind is a convicting wind; the south wind a warming wind. Saints need both if they are to release the fragrance of the grace of God that is in their lives. Only Jesus has the power that can awaken His church. He is asking the Holy Spirit to come and awaken the saints and help them get out of the doldrums. We need the north wind to awaken us. This wind is usually cold and biting. Its purpose is not to quench life, but to awaken and to strengthen the root system. After this wind, the warmer south wind comes. This wind prepares the land for growth.

Paul in Philippians 4:12-13 gives us the principle of how these winds work. “I know how to be abased [north wind], and I know how to abound [south wind]: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full [south wind] and to be hungry [north wind], both to abound [south wind] and to be in need [north wind]” (KJV). The Lord is not unkind to us in the seasons of the north wind. Adversity often shows us our worth. Then the south wind will release that which the north wind has awakened (the spices, the grace of God that is within you).

In Ezekiel 37:8-10, Ezekiel prophecies to the four winds to come and breathe upon the dead bones that they might live. In Genesis 2:7, it was the breath (wind) of God that made man a living soul. In Job 32:8, it was the inspiration (breath) of God that gave understanding to the spirit of Job. In Genesis 8:1, it was a wind that caused the waters to recede. In Exodus 14:21, it was an east wind that parted the Red Sea and enabled Israel to cross. In Psalm 1:4, it is the wind that blows away the chaff. In Acts 2:2, the Spirit came out of heaven as the sound of a mighty rushing wind. All of these verses tell us what the wind (Spirit) will do. It can make you alive… It will give you creative ideas… It can cause your upheavals to cease… It can help you walk through your hindrances… It can blow away the annoyances and the worthless matters in your life that hinder the real you. The wind is one of God’s treasures (Psalm 135:7). Are you in a doldrums experience? Then call upon God. Are you fed up with inactivity? Then ask God to awaken you and to release you.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Joseph Generation

Prophecies abound about the “Joseph” generation, the “Joseph” blessings, and the “Joseph” church. Are there such things? These prophecies are not scriptural. They are based on the meaning of the name of Joseph and also on the great work Joseph did in saving his people and the world from famine. In Joseph’s life we do see the manifestation of God’s mercy and grace. In every test of adversity, Joseph trusted God and found grace and prosperity. Books abound on the life of Joseph. But there is more… There is something beyond Joseph. Joseph did not see Canaan. His bones were carried there under Joshua’s leadership. Please note why Joseph’s name means “added.”

Genesis 30:22-24… “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son” (KJV). The name “Joseph” (“added” or “He will add”) is a prophecy of yet another son, something in the future. Joseph was a blessed man. However, there is a truth in Benjamin that the Spirit wants us to know. Joseph was the eleventh son. Number eleven is the number of disorder and confusion. There were ten sons that preceded Joseph. Ten is the number of law and responsibility. Broken law always brings disorder and confusion.  Benjamin was son number twelve. Twelve is the number of the completeness of God’s government. Our life is not complete unless Jesus governs.

Rachel saw in the birthing of Joseph a prophetic vision that God would bless even more. Note Genesis 35:16-18… “And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem” (KJV). There are two sides to Benjamin’s birth: Rachael’s sorrow, and Jacob’s son at his right hand. After the “Joseph ministry,” comes the ministry of the “son of the right hand.” Rachel died that Benjamin might live. She died on the way to Ephrath, which means “ashiness, fruitfulness.” Spiritually, before there is a birthing of the power of Christ, there is the dying to self. Bethlehem (“the house of bread”) follows this. “Craving Him as your soul’s first necessity,” says 2 Chronicles 15:2 (AMP). There is something beyond Joseph. The next Spirit’s move could be “the Son of my (our) right hand,” the church moving in mighty power.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Polluted Church

I want to talk about doctrines that have polluted the church. One such teaching is the misinterpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. Paul was prophesying of events that were to come against the church. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (KJV). Perhaps after reading this article you will call me a heretic. To be sure there may be a literal building of a temple in Jerusalem in the years ahead. Many preachers believe that the Antichrist will come and defile that rebuilt temple. However, are they correct?

A Jesuit priest by the name of Ribera (1537-1591) wrote a five-hundred-page book telling about a rebuilt temple at the end of the church age and an single Antichrist who will sit in it and defile it. He wrote to combat the Reformers who were making great inroads against the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. The Reformers taught that Catholic Popes are antichrist because they have defiled the church. Let’s look at the word “temple” as Paul used it.

There are two Greek words translated “temple” in the New Testament. They are naos and hieron. In the book of Acts and in the rest of the New Testament, the literal temple (building) referred to was hieronActs 3:1 reads, “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer” (KJV). The word “temple” as used there is hieron (building). Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you?” The word temple here is the word naos. In Ephesians 2:19-20, Paul used the word temple as naos. In 2 Thessalonians 2:4, referring to the man of sin sitting in the temple; the word temple is naos. The word naos is used in the Epistles to identify the person indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is the only temple the antichrist wants to defile. He wants to sit in the spiritual temple, the church, to defile it. There are many antichrists, John said. 1 John 2:18 says, “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time“ (KJV).

If the preachers of today will use the word “temple” correctly, they will help unravel the teachings of those who look for a literal temple and a man of sin to sit in it. (In my opinion there are many leaders sitting in churches today who can be classed as antichrists. Why? Because they defile the people of Christ with their doctrines and with their rejection of Christ having first place.) Today the ever-present fear of the Antichrist is like a cancer in the body of believers. Many have the notion that the Antichrist is so strong that he will take over the power of Christ in the end times and kill all Christians. Don’t you believe it. There is no Antichrist that can triumph over Christ and the church. However, there are many in the church who are already defiled by antichrist spirit because they live in sin, and they are defiled in their thought life (Mark 7:21-23). Paul puts it later in our text, “Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). The Bible teaches that Christ has authority over all the power of the devil and his kingdoms, and that includes the power over the last day man of sin.

Every Christian today needs a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are in spiritual warfare. Most Christians are unlearned when it comes to recognizing the antichrist spirit that wants to defile them. Why? Because they do not study for themselves. Yes, there are wonderful revivals in the land and in the earth, and there are some good books available. Truth is alive and well. Praise the Lord for the revivals… but unless people pray and search the Scriptures for themselves, revival blessings will soon fade away.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Power Surge In The New Testament Church

The phrase “one accord” in the book of Acts means “to bring harmony; to be in agreement and unity.” One way to think about this phrase is to think about a thermostat: when the setting of the temperature on the thermostat and the room temperature is different, there is a power surge. The furnace comes on. There is a surge of power. Seven times in the book of Acts there was a “power surge” when the people were in “one accord,” and great things happened. I will list them and give a brief exhortation. The words “one accord are used eleven times in the book of Acts. Here are some examples.

1) Acts 1:14… “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren” (KJV). Here they were in one accord in prayer and supplication. Unity in waiting, power to wait, power over impatience–there was a power surge to obey the words Jesus gave them to wait in Jerusalem. This one accord produced a power surge for the receiving of the Holy Spirit a few days later. Our generation wants things done in a hurry.

2) Acts 2:1… “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (KJV). The unity in the upper room produced a power surge, and the Holy Spirit came upon the one hundred and twenty. The power surge released the power of the Holy Spirit. The power surge produced a wind, a fire, abilities. It shook the unredeemed community and poured out into the streets.

3) Acts 2:46… “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (KJV). The one accord in the temple and breaking of bread from house to house produced a power surge of joy and gladness, and it added to the church. A power surge brought increase to the church. If there is an anointing in the church and in its ministries, people will come.

4) Acts 4:24… “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is” (KJV). The unity in prayer produced boldness in the face of opposition. The power surge enabled them to be refilled with the Holy Spirit. The power surge produced great healing miracles. The power surge produced offerings to meet the needs of hurting people. The power surge helped them to give witness to the power of the resurrection.

5) Acts 5:12… “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch)” (KJV). The one accord produced a power surge that released the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit. This happened after the Ananias and Sapphira incident. The fear of God came upon the church. The people were in one accord in the fear of God. The word fear” as used here means “a great and exceeding terror.” They saw a holy God in action. Many people defiantly hold on to sin in church.

6) Acts 8:6-8… “And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city” (KJV). The one accord in hearing and heeding the word brought a power surge. Demons ran out from the presence of unity, lame people were healed, people with palsy were healed, and a once demon-filled city was filled with joy. Where there is unity there will be a power surge.

7) Acts 15:25-29… “It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well” (KJV). Here we see unity in the making of decisions. This unity created a power surge that brought wisdom and understanding to deal with hard questions. The answers that came were mightily approved by the Holy Spirit.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Moments Of Truth–Visitation

Judges 17:6… “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (KJV). This verse came to me prior to two visions that I had some years ago. These were powerful dreams. “Doing your own thing” in the church and in the kingdom of God is a deadly virus. In the first vision, I was praying and asking God for His visitation upon us and upon our land. “And Lord, upon me too… I need a fresh visitation as well.” Instantly I was sitting in front of twelve men. I knew it was a heavenly tribunal of some sort. Awesome and fearful is the presence of God. They asked questions. One question was, “Why do you want a visitation from God? What is your purpose for this visitation? What is your motive?” In the dream, I wept as I interceded in prayer for churches and for the nation. The next day I pondered the question, “Why do I want a visitation from God?” It’s a good question for you as well. Why do you want a visitation from God?

The vision continued the next night. In this dream, I saw preachers coming together for a fellowship dinner. I recognized none of them. Some were passing out clothes like they were wearing and some were passing out food. The attitude seemed to be, “Unless you are covered by us and unless you eat the food we hand out, you can’t be one of us.” Then the Holy Spirit said to me, “There is a need for unity. My preachers come together in fellowship as if they are one, but everyone is doing their own thing and what is right in their own eyes. They act as if they are the only ones who have the right program. They act as if they are the only door for someone else’s opportunity. They are activists for what they want to do, but it is I who opens and closes doors. For lack of unity the Canaanite spirit rises in the land and oppresses the churches.” The Canaanite spirit is the spirit which deals with money and trafficking and peddling. The New Testament calls it merchandising the gospel (Acts 8:18-23). This is not the time or the season for a money emphasis. It’s the season of prayer and intercession for a visitation from God.

It is true that every preacher must do the work that God has asked him to do, and he must do as He said. Praise the Lord for all those who are doing His will. Some are not, and they wonder why God isn’t funding their vision or filling their churches. Many preachers forget that God set in the church a diversity of ministries and gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4:1-16). The Holy Spirit exhorted the church and told them that there was to be no division in the body, and that it’s by one Spirit that we are all baptized into one body. We are all part of one family, God’s family. It’s the Lord’s body and the Lord’s church. The center of unity is Jesus Christ. There is only one field, the world (Matthew 13:38). Visitations are serious business. Yes, fellowship is needed. Yes, we must recognize the anointing in all of God’s servants. Yes, there must be encouragement and exhortations. And yes, it’s God’s agenda that must be carried out. Every believer must say “no” to criticism and back-biting and sniping. If you see someone carrying out his commission, give the Lord a praise offering. If you see someone obeying Christ, rejoice.

The harvest is ripe. It’s upon us. Every believer must catch the vision of the harvest. It’s going to take an earthquake of unity with prayer and intercession to bring in the entire harvest. I remember that as a lad working in the harvest fields, I threw many sheaves into the old-fashioned threshing machines. There was unity; as some were bagging the wheat, others were bringing in the sheaves from the field, and others oiled the equipment. There was great joy. How much more the Lord’s harvest.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Church: Captive To Deception?

Colossians 2:8… “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (KJV). Note Zechariah 9:13… “When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.” The “sons of Greece” represent humanistic philosophies of men. Much of the church is captive to these deceptions. There is a war going on today between the sons of Judah and the sons of Greece. Because truth is diluted, preaching has become ineffective. The devil has only one main type of attack: lies, deception, and compromise. Diluting the truth only weakens the church. The sons of Zion need to rise up and begin to fight.

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Special Meetings

Isaiah 64:1-3… “Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame! When you came down long ago, you did awesome things beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked!” (NLT). Holding a series of special meetings is not necessarily a revival.

Today, hundreds are making decisions for Christ but the communities remain untouched and the churches remain as they were before. In true revivals, God moves in the whole district, as communities become God-conscious. In a true revival, you are not moving on the human level; you are moving on the supernatural level. In the Old Testament (2 Samuel 6), Uzzah was driving the cart upon which was the ark of the covenant. The oxen stumbled–the cart may have hit a pothole–and Uzzah reached out to steady the ark. He touched the ark and died. Good men today make the same mistake when they feel their hand is needed to control God’s presence. I visited a few churches this past summer to see what was billed as revival. I found that some leaders sure do “work up” the Holy Spirit as if they were the Lord and He is a servant. But until Uzzah touched the ark, it was moving steadily towards the city. God can handle His glory in a holy manner when He is moving. Man cannot. A God-sent revival is always a revival of holiness and an awe-inspiring conviction of sin. Lives change, immoral shops close down, and businesses become honest in their dealings.

Pastor George Belobaba

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