I Will Take The Children Part 5 – Ps Sharon Bendixen (JHB)
Scripture reference: Matthew 18:1-4 (AMPC); Psalm 62:8 (TPT); Jeremiah 17:6 (AMPC); Philippians 2:5-9 (PHILLIPS); James 4:10 (NKJV, AMP, AMPC, CEV, GW, WYC); John 3:16 (NLT); 1 Corinthians 10:11 (AMPC, MSG, TPT); 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (AMPC); Ephesians 6:12 (KJV); Leviticus 18:21 (KJV); Leviticus 20:2-5 (KJV); 1 Kings 11:6-8 (KJV); 1 Kings 11:1-2 (AMPC); Revelation 18:1-5 (AMPC); 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV, PHILLIPS); Galatians 1:4 (AMPC), Mark 4:19 (AMPC); Jeremiah 10:2 (KJV); Psalm 1:1 (NKJV, AMPC); 1 Kings 11:10 (KJV); 2 Kings 23:10 (KJV); Jeremiah 32:35 (KJV); Jeremiah 51:44-45 (KJV); Amos 5:26 (NKJV); Revelation 2:6 (ESV); Ezekiel 16:20 (KJV); Malachi 3:6 (KJV); Hebrews 12:25 (AMPC); Hebrews 10:26-29 (AMPC); Ephesians 2:2 (AMPC, TLB); Ephesians 2:1-2 (MSG); Ezra 9:1-3, 12 (AMPC); Ezra 10:1-6 (AMPC)
Glory to You. All glory to You, Lord. All glory to You, Jesus. All glory to You. All glory to You, Jesus. Glory to Your Holy name. Hallelujah, Jesus. Glory to You, Jesus. Jesus, glory, glory, glory to You, Jesus. Glory to You, Jesus. You are wonderful. You are our Lord. You are our Saviour, our Redeemer, our Deliverer. You are our bright shining Morning Star. Hallelujah. Holy, holy, holy are You, Lord. Glory to You, Jesus. We are Your people, we give You thanks and give You praise. Hallelujah. Father and we pray right now, Father I pray. Lord, I thank You for Your supernatural, Your anointing which is supernatural because it is of You that will rest upon me today and rest upon Your people today for Your glory, Lord. I declare today, Father, that I will say only what I hear You say and I hear You say and I will do only what I see You do and I see You do. Hallelujah, because You, Holy Spirit, will have Your say, Your way today in Jesus’ name. And we all say; Amen. You may be seated.
Well, a warm, hearty good morning this morning. I am on assignment in these defining moments that God has said it is a defining moment. Hallelujah. The Spirit, Brother Jerry said; I heard the Spirit say this – in the month of June – I heard the Spirit say this, “This is a defining moment in our lives with what we are going through, right now. I sensed in my spirit that this is a Word for the Body of Christ. This is a defining moment in your life. It is one of those times when how you act and respond and what you decide will determine the direction your life will go in. It can take you on a path that God has predestined for you. A path of some of your greatest victories. A defining moment that shapes you and causes you to become the person that you will become. What you say, and what you do right now and throughout the remainder of this year is going to determine your future. Selah.” Selah. Glory to God.
So we take this, I take this, we take this seriously, Father. We hear what You are saying because, throughout the remainder of this year, we have four months, Lord. We have about a hundred and twenty days, one hundred and sixty days, fifty days – thirty times four – one hundred and twenty. We have about a hundred and twenty days, Lord. And that is one of the things You said to Pastor John how we go through the new, open door, Lord, is to have that daily commitment to You, Lord, that daily do and say as I watch and pray to determine my future. In Jesus’ name. That is how we all do it.
I am on assignment with the Lord. I shared with you about the calling. I had a new call that God added to my responsibilities. He called me out of Ezekiel, which is my other call as well was out of Ezekiel but this is a different scripture that 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.” One of our key scriptures is in Matthew 18 verses one to four in the Amplified Bible and it says, 1At that time the disciples came up and asked Jesus, Who then is [really] the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? You see there is that thing of the world system to be the greatest. Who is the greatest? Who is the greatest in the Kingdom? Who is the greatest? Who is the greatest, you know? And Jesus, 2And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Truly I say to you, and He is speaking to adults here, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children. I said to you the last time; teachable. But in the Amplified it also says trust, see your trust. Psalm 62, I trust only in You (Psalm 62:8 TPT). I am not putting my trust in myself or in other people. Because in the book of Jeremiah it says 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 shall be like a tree, evergreen tree it says, an evergreen tree. Hallelujah. Unless you become like little children [trusting – teachable I said – lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever will and then He goes on to explain this, whoever will humble himself, humble himself, therefore (Matthew 18:1-4 AMPC).
We are going to look, Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient.
Humility is not a facial expression or bodily posture. It says Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to the death of the cross. Jesus humbled Himself so by becoming obedient to God that is your humility because you obey God. Hallelujah. It means I am obedient to His Word, I am obedient to His ways. An obedient child is a humbled child. Glory. Obedience. 4Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4 AMPC). I have just jumped the gun here, this is what I received from the Lord. It is not a facial expression or a bodily posture it is a heart that humbles itself before God to be obedient to His Word, to His voice. It is powerful. 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, is to be obedient to the Lord and that is my power. It is powerful to be obedient. Glory to God.
It releases the power of the Holy Spirit. To be humble means I put down my self-life and my self-will just like Jesus and I say, “Not my will,” that is humility, that is power, that is living a life of power and authority. I say, “Not my will but I say Your will be done in all things of my life.” Yes. True humility is the holy love of the will of God. So Jesus in the Phillips Bible, I really want to read it to you out of the Phillips Bible. He humbled Himself. 5Let Christ himself be your example, today Heritage of Faith people, 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? It is like Jesus did. He humbled Himself by living a life of utter obedience (Philippians 2:5-8 PHILLIPS). Utter, utter obedience. There is a scripture in the Psalms in the Amplified Bible that says He has given us the capacity to hear and obey. You can live a life of utter obedience that is why Jesus came to earth to die and to shed His own blood to die for our inability to live utterly obedient. Then He rose again so that whoever believes in Him can now receive that same Christ-life in us to obedience; utterly obedient. No excuses if you have the life of Christ in you, you can live like Christ on earth. Because the scripture in James 4:10 … He humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying. That is death to your self-life and your self-will. 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) And then in James 4 verse 10 the same instruction gets given us. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up (James 4:10 NKJV). Isn’t that interesting? Jesus humbled Himself and God lifted Him up and then in the book of James it says you humble yourself and God will lift you up. Glory to God. 10Humble yourselves (I am reading it out of different translations) [with an attitude of repentance] (James 4:10 AMP). I want to change, I want to change, I want to change, I want to change. I’m going to change, I’m going to change. I am changing, I am changing, I am 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. There’s a scripture in the book of Philippians, Amplified, that says He is not weak and feeble in dealing with me, but He is a mighty power at work within me. He is a mighty power at work within you if you let Him be. If you do not choose for yourself to be a mighty power inside of yourself to work for yourself. Ok, humble yourself [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord – like a little child – and He will exalt you (James 4:10 AMP).
You see that attitude in a little child. That little child is not weak, but that little child wants to learn; tell me, teach me, show me, give me. What is this, what is that? That’s a little child. My, in that, God has made that little child to absorb and be impressionable, and be imprinted on, and be influenced by God; not by the world. Glory to God. He will exalt you it says. 10Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance], of wanting to change in the presence of the Lord and [He will lift you up]. The one version says He will give you purpose (James 4:10 AMP). Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] (James 4:10 AMPC). In other words; what do I know? I am learning from You, You’re showing me, Lord. Hallelujah. And that is how Kenneth Hagin, our spiritual father, lived. He didn’t think he knew it all. Even when he was in his eighties, he said, “Lord, I’ll do better. Yes, Lord, I see that. Thank You, Lord. Thank You for showing me that. Forgive me, Lord, I’ll do better. I’ll do better.” Hallelujah. Glory to God.
Teachable – being teachable. And so it says here, He will exalt you, He will give you purpose. 10He will lift you up, and make your lives significant (James 4:10 AMPC) Other translations say, 10He will honour you (James 4:10 CEV). 10He will give you a high position (James 4:10 GW). Do you know what that means? It’s a high position of authority. You’ll find yourself because you humble yourself under His mighty hand to be obedient – utter obedience. You’ll find yourself walking in authority. You will speak to a mountain and it will move. Glory to God. 10He will give you a high position, and another translation says, He will enhance you (James 4:10 WYC). How beautiful is that? The Lord is bringing the gold into His temple. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He is bringing you gold if you want it. He says and writes to a church in Revelation buy from Me gold tried by fire. Don’t say I’m rich, I have no need of nothing. Buy from Me gold. So because Pastor John and I are pressing for gold, people, in the temples, in the temples, but in the corporate life of us together. Because God has called us, Pastor John and I, to prepare for Himself – Luke chapter one – a people perfectly prepared in spirit – a spiritual people. God is bringing us the gold in messages and so He is giving you the opportunity to go for gold if you will hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the churches, and then you can overcome with it. Because every letter that Jesus wrote – and He is writing a letter this morning – He wrote a letter. He wrote a letter to the church, He said to John, write what you hear Me say and then bring it to the church. He wrote to me, He has been writing to me, and telling me to write down what to bring to you. So He is endeavouring this morning by His Holy Spirit in your heart, to write on the tablets of your heart what I am saying to you with the Holy Spirit’s finger dipped in the blood of Jesus wanting to write on the tablets of your hearts, seeing if He can find entrance in your heart if you will. Jesus says in all the letters; if you will hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the churches. If you will hear. If you will hear.
Right. You are the temple. The Lord is building this church. The Lord is speaking to His church through His messengers. He is still writing to His churches through His messengers who will hear from heaven and speak His Word with all boldness. Here I go, I jumped. The Lord is preparing for Himself a spiritual people. Okay. The Lord has sent His Son to earth to die and shed His Blood to be raised again from the dead, 16so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will live and have everlasting life to live by (John 3:16 NLT) – have resurrection life to live by. To live your whole life by this internal life power that His Blood has made possible. This resurrection life of Christ that is within us by the Person of the Holy Spirit fully enables all of us to live free from all twisted ways.
I’m going to be teaching a pattern and principle from the Old Covenant scriptures which were specially written for us that are living in the last days. I’m going to show you from scripture – I’m going to be teaching you from the Old Testament. Listen to what this says here. One Corinthians 10:11 from the Amplified Bible. One Corinthians 10:11 – it was talking and giving us an example of things that happened in the Old Testament. It says here Now these things befell them by way of a figure [as an example and warning to us]; they were written to admonish and fit us for right action by good instruction, we in whose days the ages have reached their climax. So the Old Testament was written for us as an example for instruction, for right action and good instruction. We, all of us in whose days, the ages have reached their climax – their [concluding period] (1 Cor 10: 11 AMPC). We are living in the concluding period of time. The Message Bible says 11These are all warning markers (1 Corinthians 10:11 MSG). So remember this now when I am bringing to you the Old Testament, don’t’ sit there and say, “You’re reading, but it is old, it’s the Old Testament.” No, I am showing you what scripture says about the Old Testament and why we have it. These are all warnings. The Message Bible says, warning markers – DANGER! – in our history books. Our history books, the Old Testament, our history books. Written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel – they at the beginning, we at the end – and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were (1 Corinthians 10:11 MSG). The Passion Translation, 11All the tests they endured on their way through the wilderness are a symbolic picture, an example that provides us with a warning so that we can learn through what they experienced. For we live in a time when the purpose of all the ages past is now completing its goal within us (1 Corinthians 10:11 TPT).
Oh, 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 – that comes from Timothy (2 Timothy 2:20-21 AMPC). A vessel of gold because you get vessels of clay and of wood and you can be a vessel of gold; fit, ready for the Master’s use, sons working with the Heavenly Father on the earth fulfilling His plans and His purposes; working with Him. Glory.
The title of my message today, it is part five of I will take the children. But the title of my message today is Molech. I’m going to introduce you today to a spiritual ruler that we read about in the book of Ephesians. We wrestle not against flesh and Blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 KJV). I am going to introduce you to a ruler of darkness today – Molech. I’m going to introduce you today to a spiritual ruler at work in the world today. I didn’t know this. At the time, I just always knew that there was this dense darkness at work while we were raising our two sons. We desired with all of our hearts to train up our children in the way that they should go; only for God. But it was a fierce spiritual contest and it was a war.
I want to remind you what I had said, I’ve shown you, taught you about dedication. I must tell you that I had a couple come to me and tell me – from Witbank – that as they listened to that message, they said the Spirit of God came all over them and they wept and wept and wept. What is happening to them? Little child repentance, changing, turning around. Glory to God. I give glory to God. The word is working mightily in me. The word is working mightily. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. And they were talking about it in the sense that they never saw Isaac and Abraham in that kind of relationship that Isaac was so close to his father and his father so close to him. And Abraham so raised his son up in the ways of God that even Isaac between the age of 27 – all the Bible commentary say – and 35, willingly laid his body down on the alter because he was in relationship the same way his father was. Because his father, the Bible, I read to you, you will have to go back to that, that dedication of gold; your children to God. Gold is available to you. Hallelujah.
They were just saying they saw it in terms of a spiritual father and a spiritual son of how that works. So, let the scriptures… oh, yes, I wanted to share this with you; you cannot listen to this message coming from me and say in your heart, and use it as an excuse, “I think I am doing a much better job of raising my children than you or Pastor John ever did.” I’m going to let the scripture minister to you; 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.
Leviticus 18:21 King James, 21And thou shall not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord (Leviticus 18:21 KJV). Leviticus 20 verses 2 to 5, 2Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. 4And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: 5Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people (Leviticus 20: 2 – 5 KJV). 1 Kings 11, 6 to 10, 6And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. 7Then did Solomon build a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods (1 Kings 11:6-/ KJV). We are going to speak to parents, we are going to speak to the children of my people about intermarriage and how God sees it. We are going to speak to the people of God. God is going to speak to His people about mingling, mingling. Well, I was not going to go there today. Mingling. 1 Kings 11, 1 to 2, 1But King Solomon [defiantly] loved many foreign women—the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. 2They were of the very nations of whom the Lord said to the Israelites, You shall not mingle with them – you shall not mingle with them – neither shall they mingle with you, for surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods. Yet Solomon clung to these in love (1 Kings 1:1-2 AMPC).
There we go. Somehow, we think that God changed because Jesus came, that He does not mind that so much any more because Jesus came. Now anything goes. He says, “I am God and I change not.” Jesus came so that we have the ability to not mingle. Jesus came to put His nature into us so that we would not want to mingle. Shoo. There we go that is it. Hallelujah. Glory. Shoo, this presence of God here upon me that we prayed, in the beginning, is very strong. He is upon me. You know why? To be upon you, for us as a people to become powerful sons of God in the earth, collectively together, occupy everything, inherit everything. Glory to God. Glory, glory to God. Right. So the key scriptures, oh, Holy Spirit, thank You, Lord. Alright.
Our key scriptures, I’m going to read our key scriptures again. Revelation 18, 1 to 5 for this whole course. The Lord said to me He is going to take His time with this course. He is going to rub it in. Rub it in, Rub it in, rub it in. What is the anointing? 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. That is what the anointing does; it removes those kinds of burdens, it can, it can if we let it and it destroys yokes. It destroys bondage. It removes burdens. Hallelujah. That is why the anointing, the anointing, abides within us. It says in the Word of God the anointing which you and I have received from God, abides and lives permanently within you and me. That says you must stay knit to the anointing. Let it teach you everything, it says, will teach you everything and it is no lie and it is no falsehood. It abides in you and it abides in me.
So, Revelation 18, 1 to 5 is a key scripture, 1Then I saw another angel descending from heaven, possessing great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his radiance and splendour. 2And he shouted with a mighty voice, She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons (Revelations 18:1-2 AMPC). Show you this demon that is at work today, called Molech. I am going to introduce you to him – I have not forgotten about that. A dwelling place. Babylon is the world system. Babylon is the world system. You will find that word even in the New Covenant when Paul talks about the Babylon of Timothy’s day. It is the world system which Jesus has come to deliver us from. The world system. She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons, a dungeon haunted by every loathsome spirit, an abode for every filthy and detestable bird. 3For all nations have drunk the wine of her passionate unchastity, and the rulers and leaders of the earth have joined with her in committing fornication (idolatry), and the businessmen of the earth have become rich with the wealth of her excessive luxury and wantonness. 4I then heard another voice from heaven saying, and this is Jesus, Come out from her, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues. 5For her iniquities (her crimes and transgressions), crimes, crimes and transgressions, anything that you transgress the law of God’s Word is a crime; a spiritual crime. Any way which you are not walking in the laws of the Lord is a crime. It is going to cost you. A twisted way, to walk in a twisted way may give you pleasure for a season but it is going to cost you. It is going to cost you. It is not the way God created you to live. So it says here, 5For her iniquities (her crimes and transgressions) are piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her wickedness and [her] crimes [and calls them up for settlement] (Revelation 18:1-5 AMPC) And that is just the way that God is. At the tower of Babel, there was a whole multitude of people that said, “We are going to build our own kingdom here. We are going to build it as high as we can.” And He came down, He watched them. He watches everything that goes on. He is working in His kingdom and in His church. He sees everything. He said, “Oh, they are building their own thing. They are building their own name for themselves.” They said, He came and judged it and He confused their languages.
Then there was another time where it says that their crimes and transgressions were piled up as high as heaven – it was in the time of Noah. He said, “This time, this is so bad, it’s a flood.” He came with Sodom and Gomorrah with fire because there was not even one righteous in the whole city. Sodom and Gomorrah. There are times when God calls things up for significance. This is the time of God. This is the time of God. The book of Revelations is not something we are waiting for to happen. It’s happening right now. It’s happening right now. We are living in the last days. Glory to God.
Then 1 John 2:15 is one of our scriptures, 15Love not the world. Don’t love Babylon. Love not the world, neither the things that are of the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him (1 John 2:15 KJV). The Phillips, listen to the Phillips translation, 15Never give your hearts to this world, or to any of the things in it. A man can not 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). The Bible says that Satan is the god of this world. God is not the God of this world. God is the God of His Kingdom, His Kingdom of light. Like I said to you before, 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?” Is 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 with you and take with you into eternity. It lives forever. Glory to God.
Jesus rescued and delivered us from this present and wicked age. Jesus, the Bible calls this world-system wicked. Galatians 1:4, Jesus, 4Who gave (yielded) Himself up [to atone] for our sins [and to save and sanctify us], in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God (Galatians 1:4 AMPC). It was the will and purpose and plan, it was the will and purpose and plan of God for Jesus to come to rescue us from the world-system, from the world order, to deliver us from the kingdom of darkness and take us into the Kingdom of His dear Son; the Kingdom of light.
Mark 4 talks about 19the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in (Mark 4:19 AMPC). They creep in. Mark chapter 4 says they do creep in and they choke and suffocate the Word, in you the words of Jesus that He wants to speak to you and He wants you to grow your forest of light. Those things in the world, the devil has designed it to creep into you, creep in, mingle, come on, just mingle, just mingle a little. Just let it creep in a little. He’s a deceiver, Satan. He’s not called that for nothing.
Choke the good news that is preached to you. If we don’t love it, we can overcome it. But if you love the world, what do you want to overcome? How can you overcome something you love? This is why God says, “Don’t love it. I’ve given you, I’ve conquered the world-system for you so that you can live in My kingdom. You can live. Seek first My kingdom, My ways of being and doing.” You don’t love it – this is what the Lord gave me this morning. If we don’t love it we can overcome it in our lives, in our families, with our children and in our churches. And God our Father and Jesus Christ are glorified. Achan loved it. Achan, after, after God said they’re going into their Promised Land, Achan’s love of the world-system just manifested itself.
Let me tell you, as a people, we’re not going to get the fullness of God’s blessing, we’re not going to get it with Achan’s amongst us. God is saying, “I’m helping the Achan’s here.” Because God is going to take. I’m telling you, God is taking Pastor John and me in and He’s taking a remnant in with Pastor John and me that are heeding to the messages and changing and changing to keep up with God.
Achan loved the Babylonish garment, the Babylonish garment. God would not permit this in the people who were going into the Promised Land. It would influence, imprint, and impact. God dealt with it so quickly after they crossed the Jordan and after they’ve gone into Jericho. They’ve gotten that first great victory, I believe it was, God dealt with that Achon thing in His people very quickly. Because he hid it. You hide things in your heart from God and you think He doesn’t see it, but it’s impacting and imprinting and influencing even the very people around you. That humanistic theory that says you can do whatever you want to as long as you don’t hurt anybody. Let me tell you, your carnality Christian is hurting everybody around you. Your devoid of spirit-life is hurting everyone around you because you’re supposed to be spiritual so that you can be an impact and an influence and you can imprint me and I can imprint you and we can be who God designed us to be; son’ of God together. It will eventually influence, imprint, impact his children, brothers, and sisters eventually; no corporate greatness. Eventually, people will say, “Oh, you did that and you got away with it going into the Promised Land. Wow. Maybe I can do that too. Next time God gives an instruction I can just do what I want to do.”
Weakened; they would be weakened in their ability to occupy and posses in the authority of the Lord. If we do love it then we are in it. There is a scripture that says we’re in the world but we’re not of it. But there are many of us that are of it and in it and of it because we love it. Okay, so if we do love it then we are in it and we are influenced, impacted, and imprinted by it and it overcomes us. So whatever you love will overcome you. You’ll have what you love because your worship is your power. You worship the things that are in the world? It is the power in your life, it will be the power in your life. It will overpower you. But you worship God and the things that He loves and you worship Him and Him alone then that will be your power in your life to overcome. Glory to God.
To the measure that we do not love it, to the measure, we 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. We overcome the world. Our faith is to overcome the world, the world ideologies, it’s philosophies. Jeremiah 10:2 says, 2Learn not the way of the heathen (Jeremiah 10:2 KJV). Learn not the way of the heathen. Psalm 1 says, 1Blessed is the man or the woman who walks and live not in the counsel of the ungodly (Psalm 1:1 NKJV). The Amplified Bible says [following their advice, their plans and purposes] (Psalm 1:1 AMPC). The Amplified says their plans and their purposes. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. The Lord is bringing the gold into His temple.
So let me go back to Molech. I’m going back to Molech. Okay, I’m going back to Second Kings again about Solomon because Solomon, I’m going to tell you what Molech is now. The spirit that is at work in this world-system right now. 10And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded (1 Kings 11:10 KJV). Now king Josiah put this god, got rid of this way of worship, okay.
2 Kings 23:10, 10And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech (2 Kings 23:10 KJV). God, Himself is speaking here in Jeremiah 32:35 about His people. He’s speaking to His people and He’s speaking about His people. 35And they built the high places of Baal, I’ll show you how Baal and Molech both these spirits work together to capture the souls of men and women while they are little. 35And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jeremiah 32:35 KJV).
So here’s Molech, I’m reading from all – He began to speak to me about this. I had no idea it was going to come to this in 2020 in the month of August. I had no idea. But l heard Him one morning when I was in prayer. He just said to me, “Molech, Molech.” I was like, “What? What, Molech? Molech?” And I’ve been doing this study to find out what is it God wants me to know here. Molech from various studies, Hebrew studies, commentaries means king, governor, ruler, it is the name of an ancient idol worshipped. Children were made a burnt offering to him. The children were offered to him by way of consecration. The idolatrous parents intended to initiate their children early into the service of this demon spirit. Molech was and is an ancient demonic spirit most foul at work in the present world system, the Babylon of the time, to capture the souls of men and women when they are boys and girls. Also known as Mollok, Milcom, Molek. So it’s Molek, Molek. His name designates this god as king. In Amos 5:26, the Old Testament idolatry, it became equivalent to Baal.
Now I’m going to show you how Molech – these are spirits at work. This is not a love that people have for these gods. They don’t, this is not a god that they love, and they really want to worship him. 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 to provide a living for them. It will see to it that they’re financially taken care of. The Old Testament idolatry became equivalent to Baal.
I’m just going to read to you a little bit about Baal that has also been part of years of study, but I am not going to … Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I said to Pastor John – and I’ve never experienced God like this before. I am at this time in this defining moment and I trust the Holy Spirit. The spirit of Baal, there’s so much to say, but I can’t say it all. Thank You, Holy Spirit. Alright. It goes to Egypt. 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.” Right? Fear is a big factor, the parents doing this with their children, Alright.
Well, Baal is not a negative word in itself; the word means possessor married, a husband. God calls Himself; I am your Husband. He uses the word Baal; I am your Husband. Covenant; I will take care of you; join yourself closely to Me. But Satan calls himself Baal; rains, crops, wealth, provision. They did not worship these gods because they had some love for them; they wanted the benefits. The drought showed the people that this is not the true God. This idol is not God. The people trying to get the provision they needed. When you think of going the way of the world, Satan never gives you the real thing.
Okay, so here is Jeremiah 51:44, 44I will punish Baal in Babylon. Okay, 45My people, it says in Jeremiah 51:45, go ye out of the midst of her. (Jeremiah 51:44-45 KJV). He doesn’t want what’s coming on Babylon to come on you, people. He loves us. When people align themselves and give themselves to activities, operations and actions that spirit comes in and is rampant in your life. This is not some strange affection or love that the people have, they merely want the benefit of worshipping this god. They desire the things it offers. The children, Baal wants the children. It swallows up your children.
Gideon is prepared by the Lord. Gideon and the people are under the control of the Midianites, because of the Baal worship of the Israelites. They worship the way the money makes, the way the world makes money, provisions. Okay? 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.”
The spirit of Baal is an ancient spirit. It means owner, lord. It is the god of fertility, prosperity and harvest. The Israelites constantly fell into idol worship of Baal, time and time again, because they wouldn’t trust God, and walk in His ways of provision for them. They decided they’re going to walk in the ways of the world. How the world system provides for its people, we want the world system to provide like that as well. We put our trust in that. See, it’s in your heart. Right? So that 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, the Israelites time and again fell into idol worship and spiritual adultery. They would mainly go after Baal, they’d go after other gods. He was a Canaanite god and Canaan was Israel’s Promised Land. So I just wrote here; I, Sharon, see here that Baal is a Canaan god and Canaan is our Promised Land. The spirit of Baal is fully operational in Canaan. Baal promises prosperity, fertility, harvest through a different spirit, a different operation. In Canaan God promises us milk and honey, fullness, fatness and abundance through His Spirit, walking in His ways with His activities and operations – the blessing, no sorrow, trusting, faith, tithing – glory to God – owing no man. I’m giving you a little bit of a taste, how this, how I’m going to carry on with Molech, right.
So the Old Testament idolatry became equivalent to Baal. God’s people sacrifice their sons and daughters alive to him. Known as a child-devouring god. In Amos 5:26 God speaks to His people and said, 27…which you made for yourselves… (Amos 5:26, AMPC). You made that god yourselves. You made that your god yourself. Molech was the idol in and by which they worshipped the world and therefore in the worship of it, they made their own children either sacrifices to this idol, imagining that the consecrating of but one of their children in this manner to Moloch would procure good fortune for all the rest of their children. Isn’t that interesting? If just one of my children can be successful in the world system, it will be alright with all of us. Interesting.
Idolaters thus give their own children to false gods and shall we think anything to dear to be dedicated to or to be parted with for the true God? This sin of Israel is aggravated by the relation which they and their children stood in to God. So here, 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. Right? Mingling. That’s the work of the Nicolaitans which Jesus spoke about to one of the churches in the book of Revelation. 6You hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate (Revelation 2:6 ESV). The Nicolaitans say it’s alright for you to have a bit of flesh and a bit of spirit. You can be a bit carnal and a bit spiritual. They lived like that among themselves, that it was okay. God is bringing us up to a standard. Okay.
They were under greater obligations. Ezekiel 16:20, 20Thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me (Ezek 16:20 KJV). God’s saying, “Those sons and daughters you have born to me.” Where does the spirit of that child come from when it comes into the womb of the mother? It comes from God; it comes to earth for a purpose. Molech is there and Baal is there, boy, from when they are little. So, Matthew Henry says, “They were under greater obligations to Molech than to Jehovah.”
Alright, Leviticus 20. Has God changed since Jesus came? Leviticus 20 verse two,
22Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death (Leviticus 20:2 KJV). So you can see how you give your seed to Molech. You show them the ways of the world that they must walk in, we teach them because you do and they see what you do. So you trap them, they’re trapped in your will and your words.
Alright, I shared with you the last time I was with you. 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.” Okay. 2…shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones (Leviticus 20:2 KJV). This was the usual punishment in the law for cases in which death was inflicted as a result of a judicial sentence or by the national community. Then Leviticus 2:4 and 5, 4if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man. If the people do any ways hide their eyes from the man when he gives of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not (Leviticus 20:4 KJV) If the people, however, the people should hide their eyes from him, from an unscrupulous indifference or a secret approval of his sin. “I like the way you’re doing it.” You see that? God says you stone him but He knows that there are going to be some people that are going to secretly approve of it and not even worry. “Oh, I see what you’re doing. I see how you are going about your things in this world’s system with your children.”
From an unscrupulous indifference or a secret approval of his sin. The Lord will direct His face against him and his family and cut him off with all that went after him (Leviticus 20:5). With 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, heavy. Don’t sit here and think that. I’m going to just say this to you; has God changed since Jesus came? We somehow come under the impression that the God of the Old Testament has changed because Jesus came but Malachi 3:6 says, 6 I am the Lord, and I change not (Malachi 3:6 KJV). I’ve told you why Jesus came – so that we can live right, we can live with utter obedience to God. For many Christians it’s enough; I can 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. Right? And I can do with my children what I want to – what seems good and right to me in my own eyes. I can do what I want to do, I can live for myself like all the world does.
Scripture, Hebrews 12:24, just to show you that God has not changed. 25 So see to it that you do not reject Him or refuse to listen to and heed Him Who is speaking [to you now]. For if they [the Israelites] did not escape when they refused to listen and heed Him Who warned and divinely instructed them [here] on earth [revealing with heavenly warnings His will], how much less shall we escape if we reject and turn our backs on Him Who cautions and admonishes [us] from heaven? (Hebrews 12:25 AMPC). God takes the blood of Jesus more seriously in terms of the consequences for us being casual and indifferent to the fact that we can live so powerfully as spirit beings and we can walk in all the ways of obedience to God. So it says here, 26For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer – this is Hebrews 10:26 – there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to look forward]. 27[There is nothing left for us then] but a kind of awful and fearful prospect and expectation of divine judgment. 28Any person who has violated and [thus] rejected and set at naught the Law of Moses is put to death without pity or mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. Verse 29, how much sterner and heavier, this is 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. How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favour and blessing of God)? (Hebrews 10:26-29 AMPC). You understand that?
God, who sent His Son, Jesus, to die so that you could become born again and a powerful new creature, to live free from sin, to live in utter obedience to God. And 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, you are doing exactly this, you are trampling underfoot the Son of God. You trample Him underfoot, you trample Him underfoot if you deliberately and willingly continue in your twisted ways. And you consider the covenant Blood – cause the Blood made you a powerful born again creature; put resurrection life in you – you consider the covenant Blood by which you were consecrated, common and unhallowed. “It’s not a holy thing for me, the Blood that Jesus shed for me. I just want to use it so that I can get born again and so that when I die I can go to heaven. I’m using it as an escape ticket. But live for Him completely in utter obedience all my days of my life and love Him with all my heart and all my soul, all my body, all my mind? I’m going to mingle a little bit.”
So, there we go. This demon spirit still constantly works. Scripture, Ephesians 2:1-6, 2[You were obedient to and under the control of]the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2 AMPC). The Lord wanted me to tell you through this scripture; this demon still works. Molech and Baal are still at work. These ancient spirits, rulers, they are there, they are still at work. Right.
The Message Bible says, 1It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. 2You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live (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. In the Living Bible, it says, 2You went along with the crowd and were just like all the others, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air, who is at work right now in the hearts of those who are against the Lord (Ephesians 2:2 TLB). I’m done, I’m done now.
I will be speaking to you next week, the next time I come to you. I will be speaking to you next week about when children come. What should I do? When children come, what should I do? I will be teaching you from God’s Word what to do when children come. It’s all good news. It’s all good news. God’s ways; you teach them God’s ways in your home. You live God’s ways. You teach them God’s ways in His house. Your gifts that are in your children, you teach them that they are for the Lord and they are for His house; for Him. Your influence and your impact and your imprint in their formative years and their vulnerable, impressionable alpha state.
So, we are going to talk about all of that. What God expects you to do when children come. “But, Pastor Sharon, I’ve already done…” I spoke to you about that. We don’t live in regret. I don’t live in regret when I look back and think of things, ways – but I’m not living in that time now of 30 years ago. I’m living in the now. And I told you that 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 come back to God. But 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. But your authority, when you have a recognition of what’s at work here, you can stand in authority for the restoration of your children. You can stand before God and command mountains to be moved. Because this thing is out of you. It’s 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. Hallelujah. And you’re like a little child today and you repent. Glory.
And then I’m going to speak to the children. I’ve got a message to the children. The children here in this church are also without excuse. Many of you have been here from when you were very little or even born in this congregation. And you’ve been sitting under the same Word. 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 when he chose. Moses was a very young man when he already chose God. Esther was a young woman in her teens. David was a young man in his teens and he chose God.
So the children in this house are also without excuse. The parents, if we have a heart change as a people, the parents and children. You want to say, “Really, a corporate thing like that? Oh my, my, my. You shouldn’t have asked that. Why should it be corporate like that?” All right. All right. You want the answer? I’ll show you the pattern in the Word of God.
While Ezra prayed, 1the officials came to me and said, The, peoples of the lands, Israelites and the priests and Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples – that is all of you. We are all kings and priests to God, … 2but taken as wives some of their daughters for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy offspring have mixed themselves with the peoples of the lands. 3When I heard this, I rent my undergarment and my mantle, I pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled (Ezra 9:1-3 AMPC).
He speaks here to them, 12Do not give your daughters and your sons or take their daughters for your sons; and never seek their peace or their prosperity, that you may be strong and eat of the good of the land and leave it as an inheritance to your children always (Ezra 9:12 AMPC) As a people they did this. God is preparing for Himself a people here.
Oh Lord, it says now, 1Now while Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there gathered to him out of Israel a very great assembly of men, women, and children; the people wept bitterly (Ezra 10:1 AMPC). It’s like that couple told me when they heard my fourth message from Witbank, they wept bitterly. They wept. There was at least, I say, “Thank You, Lord, at least one couple that wept bitterly from this message that You have brought to bring and give. 1The people wept bitterly. 2 And Shecaniah … said to Ezra: We have broken faith and dealt treacherously against our God and have married foreign women of the peoples of the land; 3Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the foreign wives and their children, according to the counsel. 4Arise, Ezra, for it is your duty. (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. We have to fix this up publicly. We have to fix this up corporately. It’s your duty, Pastor Sharon. It’s your duty to organise a baby dedication that we can bring all our children for a spiritual man to put his hands on our children because we repent as a people.” That’s what happened here. As a people, they were weeping. Men and women were weeping. 2 We have broken faith and dealt treacherously against our God, have married foreign women of the peoples of this land; 3 … let us make a covenant…, put away… 4Arise for it is your duty, Ezra. We are with you. Be strong and brave and do it (Ezra 10:2-4 AMPC).
You should be sitting here now saying, “Pastor Sharon, thank you for bringing this to us, bringing us this gold. Pastor Sharon, do it, Pastor Sharon. Preach it, bring us every message, Pastor Sharon. It’s your duty. Be strong and brave and do it.” 5Then Ezra arose. 6…He ate no bread and drank no water, for he mourned over the … faithlessness [and violation of God’s law] (Ezra 10:5-6 AMPC).
All right. All right. So, it was a serious, serious time. And not the only time in God’s Word – as a people, a people repented. So, I wonder what God is bringing all of this to through these defining moment messages?
Father, it is Your plan, it is Your message. You are bringing it at this time, Father, and 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 it to You. And I commend these people to Your Word which is able to save them and to give them their rightful inheritance. I commend these people here today to Your Word that You brought today. I commend them to Your Word today. That’s all I could do. That’s all I could do but it’s the best thing to do. It is to commend them to Your Word and Your Spirit and You work in them. Walk with them with this Word in their hearts. And my prayer is that we will be free.
Because if I went into details about the spirit of Baal and how he 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. We asked for the gold. He’s bringing it to us, Father. Thank You, Lord. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. I thank You, Father, it’s Your love that brings us these messages. It is Your love, Father, that wants us out of Babylon. It’s Your love that wants us to not love the world. It’s Your love 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. Hallelujah.
And I know there’s going to be many questions in you because of the way that it just came out of me. But you know what, it’s your walk with the Lord. And just be patient. God is going to make everything clear. Just begin now to pray in the Holy Ghost. Just go [Pastor Sharon prays in tongues]. Come, let’s pray in the Spirit. [Congregation prays in tongues]
Thank You, Father. Thank You, Father. You will minister to us this week through this message. We are at rest and at peace, Father. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.
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. You see, this is a circumcision of the heart that God wants to happen in all of us.
Be so blessed. Be so blessed. Be so blessed. Hallelujah. You will pass this test. Go ahead and expect God’s best. Hallelujah. For you and your families and your life. Glory, glory to God. Bye-bye everybody.