We’re all on a journey. Let me be clear with you, this resolution will not currently apply to everyone reading this post. This resolution only applies to a select few who have hit a roadblock in the journey. Nevertheless, I would like to ask each of you to read this article carefully to the very end. Please do not skim this post. If this message doesn’t apply to you now, it may eventually.
For those to whom this message applies now, you will know it.
When I say ‘you’, I mean your spirit, not your natural soul life (mind, will, emotions). Your spirit will ‘know’ this message is specifically for you, but your mind, will, and emotions may be offended. Your mind, will, & emotions, may even come up with well reasoned arguments about why this resolution is wrong or does not apply. Nevertheless, you still will *KNOW* that this resolution absolutely applies to you. If this resolution does not apply to you, you can simply ‘file’ it away for later. You never know just when you may hit a roadblock in your journey.
The journey we are on is leading us out of an illicit and immoral affair we have all been involved in. We are now engaged to someone new, but our relationship with our new fiancé can only progress to the degree that we have cut ties with the prostitute we have been sleeping with.
Don’t be upset that I have said this. This prostitute shares a lot of the blame for luring us into her bed. Many of us thought the prostitute was a legitimate relationship. She promised us love and intimacy. She was dressed to the nines and drove a nice car. Her makeup made her look beautiful, and she was involved in many philanthropic endeavors. She was a great orator, and was also a great musician. Her voice lured us into her house and into her bed.
The reality is, her nice clothes are an illusion. She is naked. Underneath her makeup, she is ugly. Her ‘car’ was loaned to her by her ‘pimp’. Her possessions and philanthropic endeavors are an elaborate scam to lure you into a relationship with her. She has no love and life to offer you. Instead, she has attempted to take the best years of your life from you. She has left you broke and empty. For this crime, she will dearly pay. As a matter of fact, judgement has already come to her house.
Get Out Of Her Bed!
Our Father is severely just. He is also a tremendously good Father. With a vengeance, He is laying the axe at the root of the Babylonian prostitute that has seduced the saints of the most High. He is truly waging the only ‘just’ war that exists. Because He desires to spare His children from needless suffering & judgement, He is calling His children out of her condemned house.
This prostitute has many rooms in her house. One room in her house is devoted specifically to religion. After spending many years in the religious system of mankind, I can tell you that many precious saints remain deeply imbedded in that portion of her house. Obviously, intimacy with this prostitute means sharing in her diseases and judgement. This breaks the heart of our Father. This is why He is calling us out. Listen to His heart in this passage of scripture:
…”Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”
I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18:2-5, NASB)
Although the Lord has completely covered over and forgotten our sins, He will not forget the sins of this prostitute (system). Actually, He is destroying her (system) for your sake and for my sake. Out of His passionate love for us, He is killing her. We should rejoice over her death!
Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgement for you against her. (Revelation 18:20, NASB)
Are You Sick? Is Your Immune System In Disrepair?
This is where you may misunderstand me. Some of you will probably read these words and will twist them to imply something that I am not intending to communicate. Please hear the heart behind what I am about to say.
Many of us have received a revelation of Jesus Christ. Whenever He is illuminated, that which is counterfeit is also illuminated. When this occurs, we have a choice to make. We can either stay with what we have always known, or we can move away from it.
After our eyes are opened to reality, if we continue to live like we did before, problems will arise. We will quickly find that life and strength for the old way of living has dried up. Unfortunately, the combination of spiritual dullness and fleshly stubbornness, keeps many of us living in needless bondage and physical suffering.
I have personally noticed a disturbing trend among those who have been deeply committed to, and affected by, the religious system. They are sick.
Please understand that I am not saying all illness and disease that a person may have is rooted in this. I do not believe that, and I do not want anyone who is dealing with an illness to feel condemned. I understand that we have mortal bodies that are aging and breaking down. These mortal bodies will eventually pass away.
What I am saying, however, is there seems to be an undue amount of physical sickness and unhealth among the deeply religious that defies logic. Many of these maladies that people face cannot be fully explained medically. From my personal observation, religion is hazardous to immune systems, and is a haven for disease.
This is not a new realization for many of us. Although many correctly look for physical solutions to sicknesses (medication, better diets, etc…) the roots to chronic illness and weak immune systems may actually reside a bit deeper in us. The heart of the Lord, however, is that we would be in good health. Consider these words from John the apostle as he wrote to a saint in Christ:
(John) The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:1-2, NASB)
The heart of what John is saying in this passage in quite profound. In the same way that the life of Jesus Christ causes Gaius’ soul (mind, will, emotions) to be renewed and prosper, so also does John desire the life of Jesus Christ to cause his physical health to prosper. John is not the only one to say this. Consider what Paul said to the church community in Rome:
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11, NASB)
Did you catch that? How incredible! He said that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will actually give life to our *MORTAL* bodies. The word ‘mortal’ lets us know that he is talking about the bodies we currently have, not our future immortal bodies. Isn’t that encouraging?
In the last couple of years, I have literally seen this passage of scripture become reality. I have seen many people leave the religious system and become much more physically healthy by default. I have seen immune systems improve. I have seen energy increase. Life long diseases have disappeared, or have gradually become less severe. I have seen the aging process reverse in many ways. I could go on and on. While diet and exercise play an important role in this, the root is actually spiritual.
The healing life of Jesus Christ begins inward in our spirit, and works its way outward. Jesus Christ is truly our living bread. While the Lord desires that we eat heavenly bread and live, the enemy desires that we eat the bread of the flesh and die. The scriptures tell us that the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, but the mind set on the flesh is death.
In my opinion, the religious system (prostitute) is the greatest tool of Satan that he has at his disposal. The religious system attempts to create an unholy mixture, so to speak. It mixes the good bread (Christ) with mankind’s systems rooted in the flesh. This causes us to receive the Lord in an unworthy manner.
As you may know, the churches described in the New Testament are communities of people who were called out of the world’s system to live by the indwelling life of Jesus Christ. He was their head, and He was their food. The gatherings of these church communities reflected this as they regularly participated in ‘love feasts’.
These lavish feasts in which the death and resurrection of Christ were remembered were more than a ritual involving a cracker & spot of grape juice. These feasts were a picture of a way of life in which they, as a community, feasted on the very life of Jesus Christ. When these churches fell back into fleshly living and attempted to mix Christ with the flesh, they suffered physically with sickness and death. Consider these sobering words from Paul to the Corinthian community of saints who had fallen into fleshly living:
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But a person must examine themselves, and in so doing they are to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgement to themselves if they do not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. (1 Cor. 11:27-30)
Like the Corinthian believers, because there are so many of us who are also weak & sick, I’d like to conclude this post by doing what this passage of scripture says. Let’s examine ourselves. Although many of us have been on a journey out of the religious system, strong ‘soul’ ties still remain. These soul ties to this ‘prostitute’ are poisoning our wells and are literally making us sick.
The religious system seduces the saints away from Jesus Christ in three areas. Many various ‘soul’ ties remain in these three areas:
1. Self-righteousness & Law….
A focus on the flesh through self improvement and a return to Old Covenant / law based thinking.
2. Leadership & Performance…
A false hierarchy of ‘leaders & non-leaders’. In the name of influencing the masses, the performance ‘stage’ is used to tempt those who have been labeled as ‘leaders’. It is an appeal to fleshly ambition. This unbiblical hierarchy between ‘leaders’ and ‘non-leaders’ divides the body of Christ and assaults the authority and priesthood of all believers.
3. Mission & Money…
A focus on various external missions of ‘doing’ with the goal of some external result. Although these pursuits are not bad themselves, they are used as a substitute for a focus on the person & life of Jesus Christ. These various ‘missions’ always require significant funding, so an inordinate amount of time is spent dwelling on the acquisition of money to continue the various projects and missions. Money is also used as a tool to keep some of these saints trapped in unbiblical clerical positions.
So, do you still have intimate soul ‘ties’ with this prostitute that are literally poisoning your body? Here are some questions that may be revealing:
Do you struggle with negativity?
Are you more focused on problems?
Do you continually see areas of your own life in which you feel the need to improve?
Do you easily find fault with others?
Do you regularly feel the need to ‘correct’ those around you?
Does the flesh of others seem to overshadow the light of Jesus Christ within them?
Does your work or performance give you a sense of identity?
Would the loss of your work or performance affect your identity?
Does your religious work or performance reinforce the unbiblical ‘stage’ / ‘leadership’ divide within the body of Christ?
Do you feel the need to acquire more money to accomplish God’s work?
Is money keeping you in a career that a revelation of Jesus Christ is leading you out of?
Are you more focused on accomplishing a noble task for Jesus Christ than you are at communing with Jesus Christ?
If you know (in your spirit) that the answer to any of these questions are ‘yes’, then you most likely are still suffering from an intimate soul ‘tie’ with this prostitute.
Are you ready to be set free from her? Are you ready to finally get out of her bed? If the answer is yes, be encouraged. I am convinced the Lord will radically cut these illicit soul ties this year and free you from her sicknesses that you have been receiving. Warning, this will affect our lives and disturb our comfort zones. Our freedom, however, will be more profound than we can imagine. Not only will our souls prosper and be renewed, I believe this year will be a year that many of our physical bodies will also be strengthened and renewed.
Happy New Year!