September 18, 2019
This message continues from yesterday’s daily devotion.
4. Starting from our heart determination, we can never be ‘purchased and sold’ in the Babylon system
Holy Spirit revealed a strong warning to me: Be careful when you are in the Babylon system. Because Babylon will always try to make you feel comfortable with all kinds of facilities, privileges, and life conveniences through the power of Mammon (money). The Babylon system aims to buy and own your life, so you can be absorbed into its slavery system!
When I meditate deeper on Daniel’s determination to not defile himself with the king’s choice food (Dan 1:8), Holy Spirit made me remember about Jesus’ words, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34, NASB)
From the two passages above, I felt the Holy Spirit giving me an understanding: there is a reason why Babylon system gives the privilege for God’s people to taste and even eat from Nebuchadnezzar’s choice food; it aims to divert God’s people from doing the Father’s will as their food!
In other words, the Babylon system will always bring someone to live for himself. Babylon system will make them feel tempted to enjoy all the privileges that comes when someone focuses on pursuing their ow ambition and heart desires!
Let this principle open your eyes: the Kingdom of Heaven is not the only kingdom which has its glory. The kingdom of Self also has a degree of glory.
When someone strives to realize their personal dreams and ambitions, they will surely enjoy a degree of success; everyone who wants to fight in the Babylon system will enjoy some success. However, many terrible consequences will also follow those who let their ‘ambition’ become ‘master’ of their lives.
The case is different when God’s people takes His will as their ‘food’. God will always involve Himself and His sovereignty in their daily lives!
When Isaac chose to ‘throw away’ his own plan to go to Egypt and follow God’s direction to stay in the land of the Philistines, God blessed Isaac so abundantly that the Philistines were jealous of him (Gen 26:1-14).
Understand this logic: in the land of the Philistines, surely there are many other wealthy people, not just Isaac. Then, what made the Philistines jealous towards him? It’s not because Isaac is becoming wealthier and wealthier, but because the they could see Isaac enjoying his wealth without being destroyed by the negative effects which often come with riches.
Proverbs 10:22 (NASB) It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.
Have this heart determination: We will enter into the Babylon system and be a ‘ruler’ there. Not because we want to be rich, to reach success, or to become influential. We enter Babylon because God sends us there to become His witness who bring in the reality of His kingdom! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus