September 17, 2019
This daily devotion continues from the previous day’s message
3. To be positioned and promoted by God within the system of Babylon, we must firstly build a different spirit compared to the worldly spirits in the system.
Always remember: the system of Babylon is inspired and driven by the manifestation of worldly spirits. Therefore, to become overcomers of the system, we must make sure that our inner man is built with a different quality!
That’s one of the strong reasons why it’s mandatory for every believer to plant themselves in a local church that is built according to the heavenly pattern. Therefore, a different nature of the inner man can be built within their life.
The system of this world (Babylon) keeps molding the nature/ identity of everyone within – including believers/God’s chosen people. That’s why we need a ‘new mold’ to compete against the mold of Babylon; and it can only be found in the work of God’s word and Spirit. However, the dynamics of God’s word and Spirit could only exist within a local church that is built according to the heavenly pattern. That’s why we need accurate local churches to re-mold our identity/nature until we carry a different quality in our inner man; making sure that it is no longer us who live, but Christ who lives in us!
When believers plant themselves in a local church, the work of God’s word and Spirit within the church will start to give them a new, divine identity. Once again, God’s chosen people will live based on their true identity in Christ!
a. The Babylonian system was started by men who did not believe God’s promise that He won’t destroy all life on earth with another flood.
They started to build a tower whose top will reach into heaven, with the intention to save mankind in case there is another flood. Automatically, everyone who lives in Babylon are filled with fear, anxiety, and oppression.
That’s why, by planting ourselves in God’s house, as His chosen people we could be trained to live dependently on God’s word – we live by faith! And by the life of faith – a life depending on God’s word – believers will receive the power and authority to live above the existing Babylonian system!
Romans 1:17 (NASB) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”
1 John 5:4 (NASB) For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
b. In Babylon, everyone is demanded to life by their own strength.
As the result, everyone is conditioned under the control of the system. People will be molded to be selfish and egocentric, not caring about others. Even if needed, people are willing to sacrifice others in order to progress or be promoted!
Once again, the solution is by planting our lives in God’s house. There, we will be trained and built; we learn to have a different spirit. We have the willingness to empty ourselves the way Jesus emptied Himself throughout His life on earth (Philippians 2:5-11). When we do so, the same way the Heavenly Father exalted Jesus and gave Him the power and authority over the universe, the Father will also exalt and promote us, His chosen people, in the Babylonian system – He gives us power and authority over the system!
c. The Babylonian system is built because there are people who live in pursuit of their personal dreams/ ambitions (rejecting God’s heart desires and agenda).
As the result, everyone in the system is conditioned to have the same inclination; greed and selfishness. Therefore, if we believers want to subdue the system, we must build a different quality within our inner man. We must be built as a generous person who likes to give. And once again, the most ideal place to train and grow the spirit of generosity is in the house of God!
Now is the time for God’s people to arise in the power of the Spirit and defeat the Babylonian system! #iLoveGod
This message will be continued tomorrow.
Ps. Steven Agustinus