Speak the Truth:
Ephesians 4:24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
2 Timothy 2:21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,[a] he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
Talk the Talk:
So here I go again, I have embarked on yet another Beth Moore bible study, the book of Daniel. Beth has challenged us to learn. To learn shouldn’t be that hard, right? The Holy Spirit sure can speak a word through this woman.
One of the first things said or maybe it was one of the first things I heard, Satan wants to take us back to our biggest defeat. I sat for a few minutes with my mouth hanging open over that one.
My biggest defeat; some days I feel as if I am still living in defeat. I move forward to only be pulled backward. My mind is the place Satan likes to attack. My self- esteem and self- worth. Can I get an amen on that one?
So Daniel and his buddies, all smart and handsome, royalty even are taken into the King’s service. Rather…. taken to be trained to be in the King’s service. Is that not what we are to be, in the King’s service? A different King that is.
We are spotless, we are royalty, we belong to the King. We are fed and clothed and trained to serve the King. The King of all Nations. Then how or why do we live in defeat and fear? Good question.
Beth talks about Babylon, and what defines Babylon. When I think of Babylon, I think of evil, a place where every desire a person has can be seen to fruition. I picture a place where anything goes. No real boundaries, more like lines drawn in the sand. When a wave comes, they are washed away.
From what my eyes can see, I’m living in Babylon. Not only do I physically live in Babylon, I mentally live there. Self-will, over indulgence and rebellion to name a few Babylonian attributes.
I am tempted, tried and enticed by this world and the many, many choices laid before me. The world tells me to self-indulge, to find yourself, do what makes you feel good. Follow your heart. You’re the only one that matters, your happiness is all the matters, etc.
I envision a new friend group, a couple of girls you hang out with, mainly because you’re bored and have no one else to do anything with. But you don’t really like to go to the same places they like or indulge in the same things they seem to enjoy.
The question is why do you keep these girls around? Why hang out with them? Because it’s easy. They require nothing out of you and you’re comfortable in this non assuming friendship.
There is a price to be paid for this type of living. Your soul. Your spirit. Your life. To live the Babylonian life, the freedom you foolishly think you have is in reality a life of destruction. Satan loves to attack at our weakest point. Oh how he knows the right buttons to push.
I said before, we as Christians are here to serve a King, the King of the universe. So why do we live in defeat, fear, rebellion, over indulgence and so on? Because we have forgotten where we left our shovel. The hole is deep and filled so full of this world, the way out has seemingly been blocked.
To put God first goes against everything this world believes in. When the light bulb comes on and the reality of our eternal salvation is realized, we will be uncomfortable. Stepping away from that friend group we have become so comfortable with will not be easy.
Walk the Walk:
Is Babylon a physical, mental or both physical and mental place for you? And how do we get out of Babylon? I think it takes a different kind of rebellion. A type that says no, I’ll do it God’s way….not the Babylon way. We have to refocus and zoom in on God. No playing around. A serious look at God’s plan for His people and real transformation. Oh, I can type the words but to live them out will take God and His almighty power. I’m not there yet.
Bring me out of Babylon Jesus, show me the way to tunnel out of this hole I am stuck in. Throw me a line and drowned out this world. I pray this in your name Jesus. Amen.