Tuesday, December 27, 2016

THE WAY OF BALAAM 2

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Rev 2:14 [NET]
14 But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality.


Desmond was tired of the way things were going in his life. He decided he wanted a positive turnaround in the New Year. His mother took him to the house of a powerful prophet in their village. This prophet preached holiness and prayed in the name of Jesus. But it didn’t take time for Desmond to notice that the prophet used other methods for power. Desmond also observed that this prophet had a secret harem.
Desmond knew that he would be getting into more spiritual trouble if he went back to that prophet.

That prophet is a good example of one who walks in the way of Balaam. Those who walk in the way of Balaam claim to speak for God, but they also practice divination and use unclean spirits to perform magic. What propels them is the love of money.

It was clear that even though Balaam could speak with God, he never really loved God because those who love God would love God's people. But Balaam was willing to destroy God’s people ( see Num 22:36-24:25 for the story of Balaam).

It is impossible for a person to love God and love mammon at the same time. Those who walk in the way of Balaam love mammon and cannot love God. Many of such ‘prophets’ will eventually resort to demonic resources in order to stay relevant to their gullible followers. A person who loves God can never do that.

As you go into today, remember to be careful who ministers to you. Do not let the love of money ever enter your heart. One way to make sure you never love and serve mammon is by serving God with your money. Ask the Lord to help you do this.
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