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Monday, February 10, 2014

Babylon - "Come Out My People"

The spirit of Babylon has permeated the church and modern culture!  Revelation 18:3 God cries to His people at the end of this age to leave the Babylonian system or we will come under her judgments and plagues.  "And I heard another voice from heaven say, 'come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins and lest your receive her plagues.'"  What is Babylon?  It is building a lifestyle, city or nation independent of God for self, with pride and arrogance. It is building a tower of religion on man's works through human effort and not on God's grace alone. It is a self righteous spirit of exalting man above God. It is creating a one world government and religion to protect it.  Abraham saw the coming judgment on the city of Sodom.  God graciously sent angels to take out Lot's family.  Righteous Lot had become so influenced by the spirit of Sodom, that he reluctantly left, and even his wife looked back and turned to salt.  Leaving Babylon is radical and painful for the modern church and most Christians.  God judged Sodom not only for her sexual sins, but for her self-serving wealth.  Ezekiel 16:49 says "The daughters of Sodom had idleness of time, riches, fullness of bread, pride and she did not strengthen the hand of the poor."  Much of Africa, for example, still suffers because she was not taught manufacturing and even farming because England controlled many nations and made them Colonial servants  to protect Western Europe's wealth. South Africa has only recently recovered from this kind of oppression and found her strength in her national identity.  The 10 nation confederacy of the antichrist will be the final control of  pride,  wealth and influence and will be judged for her spirit of slavery over the oppressed. How do we break the spirit of Babylon in our lives and families?  First, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  Totally abandon religious and spiritual pride and come under the absolute ruler ship of Christ and His kingdom.  Humble yourself!  Second, demonstrate a spirit of giving and sacrifice by being generous to the needs of the poor.  You break the spirit of greed and selfishness by demonstrating an opposite spirit of love and generosity.  Pray for compassion!  Third, abandon self-righteousness and recognize that Christ's righteousness alone gives you right standing with the Father.  Heaven has already manifested God's love with the gift of God's Son, Jesus Christ. Stop trying to reach heaven from earth through your prideful religion! Fourth, adopt a daily lifestyle reflecting Christs love and sacrifice through service.