Friday, January 18, 2008

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit within YOU

Matt 12:22 Then a blind and dumb man under the power of a demon was brought to Jesus, and He cured him, so that the blind and dumb man both spoke and saw.
Matt 12:23 And all the [crowds of] people were stunned with bewildered wonder and said, This cannot be the Son of David, can it?
Matt 12:24 But the Pharisees, hearing it, said, This Man drives out demons only by {and} with the help of Beelzebub, the prince of demons.
Matt 12:25 And knowing their thoughts, He said to them, Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being brought to desolation {and} laid waste, and no city {or} house divided against itself will last {or} continue to stand.
Matt 12:26 And if Satan drives out Satan, he has become divided against himself {and} disunified; how then will his kingdom last {or} continue to stand?
Matt 12:27 And if I drive out the demons by [help of] Beelzebub, by whose [help] do your sons drive them out? For this reason they shall be your judges.
Matt 12:28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it].
Matt 12:29 Or how can a person go into a strong man's house and carry off his goods (the entire equipment of his house) without first binding the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
Matt 12:30 He who is not with Me [definitely on My side] is against Me, and he who does not [definitely] gather with Me {and} for My side scatters.
Matt 12:31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy (every evil, abusive, injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things) can be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit shall not {and} cannot be forgiven.

God wants to encourage the saints today. Just like Jesus, our Teacher, many have suffered persecution from the CHURCH for the sake of ministry. This is a season when God’s elect are feeling isolated and alone. Many feel they are misunderstood. It seems as if the more God speaks, the more rebuke you receive. It looks like other saints simply feel that you’re too deep – it just “doesn’t take all that!” The more instruction you follow, the more your mistakes are magnified. God sees your frustration. As you are rebuked for the sake of MINISTRY, it seems as if sin goes unchecked. The faithful are under the magnifying glass. Your own brothers and sisters seem to rejoice when you slip or seem to fail. These are those God is encouraging today!

In this passage of Scripture, our Savior casts out a demon and is accused of doing so by Satan, himself. As the Pharisees commence to rebuking Jesus, he tells them that a Kingdom divided against itself shall not stand. Two points are made by the statement. (1) Satan will not drive out and destroy his own. (2) When the body of Christ is divided, it cannot stand in victory.

We must understand that sin is real, and it is rampant in the church. However, we must also be very careful and humble when judging our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Church hurt has caused so much confusion in the Body, because we tend to pass judgment by the flesh rather than judging first by the Spirit. For this reason, sin continues as the work that God ordains is often stifled and shut down. Jealousy, strife and envy have haulted too many divine and ordained works. We are so quick to judge those who do the will of God, but rarely challenge the self-proclaimed saints who do not exhibit the fruit of repentance. Isn’t it funny how we can easily rebuke the sister who lays hands on a person during service, though not “at the right time,” but when the preacher is known to have an affair with the armor bearer, we are told to “keep out mouths off the leaders”? Isn’t it interesting that the untitled woman of God who prays too long is called to the pastor’s office for a talk about “order,” while the minister who cursed out a member just before service will say, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm…”?

Can we tell the truth? It’s just EASIER to rebuke the ones who are obedient. The sinner already walks in a spirit of rebellion that is not easily tamed. Therefore, the flesh, in it’s desire to feel a sense of accomplishment, will automatically attack the Spirit of God within a person who is ready to receive correction in order to please the Father. I’ve heard many refer to this as “false humility.” Today, God says that YOU who are called of Him, must stop those unmerited rebukes. Be encouraged, and do not allow the idle words of others to lead them into blasphemy.

As Jesus began to teach the Pharisees who challenged him, he points out that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a very dangerous thing. Saints of God, do you not understand that when a person denies the Holy Spirit within YOU, blasphemy is being committed. It is a dangerous thing for someone to judge and correct a move of the Holy Spirit without the Spirit of God leading them. Blasphemy occurs when a move of God is rebuked from the flesh. In such cases, the Holy Spirit has been denied. So then, it is VERY important that we not allow people to ridicule when we KNOW we are in God’s divine will.

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