I Will Take The Children Part 5 – Ps Sharon Bendixen (JHB)
Defining moment: What you say and do right now and throughout the remainder of this year is going to determine your future. We take this seriously. We have about 120 days. You told us we are going through the new open door by having that daily commitment to You, that daily do and say, as I watch and pray to determine my future. That is how we all do it.
Trust only: He said: “I am sending you to the children of My people who are in Babylon and you will speak to them and you will say.” Matthew 18:1 (AMPC). There’s that thing of the world system to be the greatest. Matthew 18:2-3 (AMPC). I trust only in You (Psalm 62:8 TPT). I am not putting my trust in myself or in people. You will be like a shrub (Jeremiah 17:6 AMPC). You will stunt your own growth if you put your trust in man but blessed is the man that puts his trust in the Lord. He’ll be like an evergreen tree. Matthew 18:1-4 (AMPC).
Humble = obedient: Humility is not a facial expression or bodily posture. An obedient child is a humbled child. Matthew 18:4 (AMPC). Humility is a heart that humbles itself before God to be obedient to His Word and to His voice. Humility is not weakness, it is powerful because I am using my will which is my platform to be obedient, that is what worship is, to be obedient to the Lord and that is my power. Humility releases the power of the Holy Spirit. Humble means I put down my self-life and my self-will just like Jesus and say, “Not my will but I say Your will be done in all things of my life.” True humility is the holy love of the will of God. 5Let Christ himself be your example, as to what your attitude should be. … He 7stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man. 8And, having become man, he humbled himself – how are we to humble ourselves? Like Jesus, by living a life of utter obedience (Philippians 2:5-8 PHILLIPS).
Utter obedience: He humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying. Utter obedience. He has given us the capacity to hear and obey. We can live a life of utter obedience, that is why Jesus came to earth to die, shed His own blood for our inability, to live utterly obedient. He rose again so whoever believes in Him can now receive that same Christ-life to obedience; utterly obedient. No excuses if you have the life of Christ in you, you can live like Christ on earth. And the death he died was the death of a common criminal. 9That is why God has now lifted him so high (Philippians 2:8-9 Phillips). James 4:10 (NKJV). Jesus humbled Himself and God lifted Him up. James 4:10 (AMP).
Change – attitude of a little child: I want to change, I’m going to change, I’m changing. I am living by the resurrection life of Christ that is in me. I choose to change by the work of the Holy Spirit that is working in me all the time. He is not weak and feeble in dealing with me, but is a mighty power at work within me, if I let Him. The attitude in a little child is not weak, but wants to learn – tell me, teach me, show me, give me. God has made that little child to absorb and be impressionable, imprinted and influenced by God; not by the world. He will exalt you it says. James 4:10 (AMPC). I am learning from You, You’re showing me, Lord. That is how Kenneth Hagin, our spiritual father, lived. He didn’t think he knew it all. Even in his eighties, he said, “Lord, I’ll do better. Yes, Lord, I see that. Thank You for showing me that. Forgive me, Lord, I’ll do better”. He will exalt you, He will give you purpose. 10He will honour you (James 4:10 CEV). 10He will give you a high position (James 4:10 GW). It’s a high position of authority. You’ll find yourself walking in authority. You will speak to a mountain and it will move. He will enhance you (James 4:10 WYC).
God is bringing gold: He says, “buy from Me gold tried by fire”. God has called Pastors John and Sharon to prepare for Himself a people perfectly prepared in spirit – a spiritual people. God is bringing us the gold in messages and giving us the opportunity to go for gold if we will hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the churches, and then we can overcome with it. 6So that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will live and have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NLT). This resurrection life of Christ that is within us by the Person of the Holy Spirit fully enables us to be free from all twisted ways.
The Old Testament: The Old Testament was written for us as an example of right action and good instruction. 1 Cor 10: 11 (AMPC) (MSG). We are living in the concluding period of time. Don’t’ sit there and say, “You’re reading, but it is old, it’s the Old Testament.” These are all warning markers – DANGER! – in our history books (The Old Testament) 1 Corinthians 10:11 (MSG). 1 Corinthians 10:11 (TPT).
Fit and ready for the Masters use – No excuse: He is getting for Himself a people ready that are going for gold, so that we can be a 20vessel of gold … 21fit and ready for the Master’s use – (2 Timothy 2:20-21 AMPC). We can be vessels of gold; sons working with the Heavenly Father on the earth fulfilling His plans and His purposes. We cannot listen and say in our hearts as an excuse, “I think I am doing a much better job of raising my children than you or Pastor John ever did.” It has got nothing to do about me and Pastor John and our children. It has got everything to do with what the Lord is saying to the church right now.
Molech-God didn’t change-Anointing: This is a spiritual ruler at work in the world today. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV). Leviticus 18:21 (KJV); Leviticus 20: 2 – 5 (KJV). 1 Kings 11:6 (KJV). 1 Kings 11:1-2 (AMPC). Somehow, we think that God changed because Jesus came and that He does not mind and that now anything goes. He says, “I am God and I change not.” Jesus came so that we have the ability to not mingle. He put His nature into us so that we would not want to mingle. The Lord is taking His time with this course. He is going to rub it in. The anointing is to remove burdens here and destroy yokes that are keeping us from fully occupying and fully possessing the way God wants us to, from becoming everything that God knows we can become. The anointing abides and lives permanently within you and me. You must stay knit to the anointing. Let it teach you everything, it is no lie and it is no falsehood. Revelations 18:1-5 (AMPC).
Do not love the world: Don’t love Babylon. 1 John 2:15 (KJV). 15Never give your hearts to this world, or to any of the things in it. A man cannot love the Father and love the world at the same time. For the whole world-system, based as it is on man’s primitive desires, their greedy ambitions and the glamour of all that they think splendid, is not derived from the Father at all (1 John 2:15 PHILLIPS). Satan is the god of this world. God is the God of His Kingdom of light. He doesn’t look at the world-system and go, “What a good idea, wish I had thought of that. Why isn’t that in My Kingdom?” It’s not derived from the Father at all, but from the world itself. The world and all its passionate desires will one day disappear. But the man who is following God’s will is part of the permanent and cannot die. (1 John 2:15-17 Phillips). Everything you live for on earth for the will of God, you carry and take with you into eternity. It lives forever. Galatians 1:4 (AMPC). Mark 4:19 (AMPC). Those things in the world, the devil has designed it to creep into you, come on you, just mingle in a little. Satan is a deceiver. If we don’t love it, we can overcome it. But if you love the world, then how can you overcome something you love? This is why God says, “Don’t love it.
Helping the Achans: Achans’ love of the world-system just manifested itself as they were going into the Promised land. We will not get the fullness of God’s blessing with Achans amongst us. God is saying, “I’m helping the Achans here.” God is taking Pastor John and I and a remnant in with us that are heeding to the messages, who are changing to keep up with God. Achan loved the Babylonish garment and hid it. God would not permit this and dealt with it so quickly in His people. You hide things in your heart from God and you think He doesn’t see it, but it’s impacting, imprinting and influencing even the very people around you. Your carnality, devoid of spirit-life is hurting everybody around you. They would be weakened in their ability to occupy and possess in the authority of the Lord. Whatever you love will overcome you. If you worship the things that are in the world, it will be the power in your life and overpower you. But if you worship God and the things that He loves and Him alone then that will be your power in your life to overcome. To the measure that we do not love it and are not impacted, imprinted, and influenced by the world-system any longer is the measure of overcoming we can do. Is the measure of our God-given authority we can walk in. Our faith is to overcome the world, the world ideologies and it’s philosophies. Jeremiah 10:2 (KJV). Psalm 1:1 (NKJV) (AMPC).
Molech & Baal: These spirits are at work in this world-system right now. 1 Kings 11:10 (KJV). King Josiah got rid of this way of worship. 2 Kings 23:10 (KJV). God is speaking here, 35And they built the high places of Baal. Baal and Molech work together to capture the souls of men and women while they are little. Jeremiah 32:35 (KJV). This is not a god that they love, and they really want to worship. This is the people of God that want the benefits of this operation in the earth. They want what the system gives, especially in terms of providing a living for them, seeing to it that they’re financially taken care of. The spirit of Baal says, “Go to Egypt because there’s a famine here.” So go to the way of the world, to get out of your famine. Don’t go to the Kingdom. Don’t teach your children to go to the Kingdom. Teach your children to go to Egypt to earn a living.” Fear is a big factor – the parents doing this with their children. Jeremiah 51:44-45 (KJV). He doesn’t want what’s coming on Babylon to come on you. He loves us. When people align and give themselves to activities, operations and actions that spirit comes in and is rampant in your life. Baal wants and swallows up your children.
Deal with the idols in your heart: Gideon is prepared by the Lord, the people are oppressed by the Midianites because of their Baal worship. They worship the way the world makes money – provisions. The problem is not the Midianites, the shrine to Baal was in his own back yard. “I’m going to break that off,” says God. “When you deal with Baal, I’ll deal with the Midianites”. Tear down the altars in your heart, move out of covenant with Baal. Come back into covenant with Me. I’m going to take what the enemy has been doing, and turn it into something great. I’m going to take the curses that have been on you, and work your deliverance right out of it.”
They wouldn’t trust God: The spirit of Baal means owner, lord. It is the god of fertility, prosperity and harvest. The Israelites constantly fell into idol worship of Baal because they wouldn’t trust God, walk in His ways of provision for them but rather walk in the ways of the world. How the world system provides for its people, they want that as well. We put our trust in that. See, it’s in your heart. They wouldn’t trust God for their daily needs especially in the scary, rocky, hard times, even though God had told them to not serve other gods, but to trust Him to supply every need, day-by-day. Baal was a Canaanite god and is fully operational in Canaan – the promised land. Baal promises prosperity, fertility, harvest through a different spirit and operation. In Canaan God promises us milk, honey, fullness, fatness and abundance through His Spirit, walking in His ways, activities and operations – the blessing, no sorrow, trusting, faith, tithing and owing no man.
Molech: God’s people sacrifice their sons and daughters alive to Molech. Known as a child-devouring god. 26…which you made for yourselves… (Amos 5:26, AMPC). You made that your god yourself. Molech was the idol in and by which they worshipped the world and made their own children sacrifices to this idol, imagining that the consecrating of but one of their children in this manner to Molech would procure good fortune for all the rest of their children. If just one of my children can be successful in the world system, it will be alright with all of us. Interesting. This sin of Israel is aggravated by the relation which they and their children stood in to God. I’m standing with my family in relation to God and we love the world and we worship Baal, but we’re mingling it with God’s kingdom. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, whatever suits me. That’s the Nicolaitans Revelation 2:6 (ESV). A bit of flesh and a bit of spirit.
Born to God: They were under greater obligations to Molech than to Jehovah. Ezek 16:20 (KJV). God’s saying, “Those sons and daughters you have born to me.” The spirit of that child in the womb of the mother comes from God to earth for a purpose. Molech and Baal is there when they are little. Leviticus 20:2 (KJV). You give your seed to Molech by showing them the ways of the world that they must walk in, teaching them because you do, and they see what you do. So you trap them, they’re trapped in your will and your words.
No condemnation: This is not for you to stand in condemnation. This is for you to recognise what you have been doing and say, “I stop it right now, Lord. I turn around and I repent right now.” Leviticus 20:2 (KJV); Leviticus 20:4 – 5 (KJV). The people that think this is a good idea. Now, stay with me until you have heard the whole series. Don’t sit here and think; heavy.
Jesus came – so that we can live right and with utter obedience to God. For many Christians it’s enough to get born again because “I don’t want to go to hell, but while I’m on earth I will live exactly how I want to live and do with my children what I want to – what seems good and right to me in my own eyes, like all the world does”. Hebrews 12:25 (AMPC).
Blood: God takes the blood of Jesus more seriously for us being casual and indifferent to the fact that we can live so powerfully as spirit beings and walk in all the ways of obedience to God. Hebrews 10:26-29 (AMPC). God speaking – How much sterner and heavier – this is to show you God has not changed from the Old Testament. What He hated in the Old Covenant, He still hates today. He came to save us, from all of that. God sent Jesus to die so that you could become born again and a powerful new creature, to live free from sin and to live in utter obedience to God. You say, “I won’t do that. I don’t need delivering from the world’s system, I do love it. I will love it. I will live in it.” You are spurning and trampling underfoot the Son of God if you deliberately and willingly continue in your twisted ways. You consider the covenant Blood by which you were consecrated, common and unhallowed. The covenant Blood made you a powerful born-again creature; it put resurrection life in you.
Still at work: These demon spirits – Molech and Baal – still constantly works. Ephesians 2:2 (AMPC). Ephesians 2:1-2 (MSG). You let the world, who doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You’re in this world not to be of it, but to live as a king and a priest ruling and reigning in God’s Kingdom in the world. You are to live as people and walk as people that live in a completely different realm because we do. We live in the realm of the Spirit. Ephesians 2:2 (TLB).
No regret, no pride: “But, Pastor Sharon, I’ve already done…” I don’t live in regret when I look back and think of things. I’m living in the now. Even if your children are 30, 40 or 50 years of age, you can still repent and then you can walk and be in authority in prayer for them to come onto their ancient path and back to God. If you continue to want to be proud and think, “I raised them good enough. It’s not too bad where they’re at”. They’ll stay there and you’ll stay where you are. When you have a recognition of what’s at work here, you can stand in authority for the restoration of your children before God and command mountains to be moved. Because this thing is out of you. You have no desire for your children to be anything like the world. God pulls that root right out of you because you listen to His Word. You’re like a little child today and you repent.
Children without excuse – a corporate thing: Jesus, when He was 12, He knew He was to be in His Father’s house and about His Father’s business. Daniel was young, Moses was a very young man, Esther was a young woman in her teens, David was a young man in his teens and they chose God. The children in this house are also without excuse. If we have a heart change as a people – parents and children. The peoples of the lands – that is all of you. We are all kings and priests to God Ezra 9:1-3, 12 (AMPC). As a people they did this. God is preparing for Himself a people here. Ezra 10:1-4 (AMPC). Imagine, imagine I bring this message and you come to Pastor John and me and you say, “It’s your duty to bring this message to us, Pastor John and Sharon. As a people, they were weeping. You should be sitting here now saying, “Pastor Sharon, thank you for bringing this to us, bringing us this gold, do it, preach it, bring us every message. It’s your duty. Be strong and brave and do it.” Ezra 10:5-6 (AMPC). It was a serious, serious time. I wonder what God is bringing all of this to through these defining moment messages?
The worship of Baal prevents harvests: The spirit of Baal prevents harvest and millions and billions from coming into the Kingdom of God. The worship of Baal prevents harvests. Satan’s been very smart. But I tell you what – he’s only a deceiver. God is working His Word amongst us. He’s working with His fire amongst us.
Prayer: Father, it is Your plan, it is Your message. You are bringing it at this time, I thank You. You said it would do its work in Your people. Let it do its work. You called me to come to the children of my people and I’m obeying You. I commend these people to Your Word that You brought which is able to save them and to give them their rightful inheritance. I commend them to Your Spirit and You work in them, walk with them with this Word in their hearts. My prayer is that we will be free. We asked for the gold. Thank You, Lord, it’s Your love that brings us these messages, that wants us out of Babylon, wants us to not love the world, that does not want us pitching our tent toward Sodom. It is Your love, Father, that wants us to do things by way of the kingdom. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo too. They grew up and they were in the world, not of it. In their hearts, not of it. Didn’t love any of it. This is a circumcision of the heart that God wants to happen in all of us. Be so blessed. You will pass this test. Go ahead and expect God’s best. Hallelujah. For you, your families and your life.