Revelation 18:4-5, And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
At this point in our lives, we are aware of the portion set aside by God for Babylon. We are also aware of the fact that, [Mene], God has numbered the days of her kingdom and brought it to an end. Therefore, none of the children of God can still be found attached to her, unless they be willing to fall with her. The scripture above tells us of a voice from heaven calling out for the people of God to come out of Babylon so as not to share in her reward. However, to come out of Babylon means first understanding Babylon and then knowing how to come out of her. In the days of Israel in Egypt, The Lord told them to slaughter a lamb and mark their door posts with the blood of the lamb on the night of Passover. Had any of the Israelites neglected to do what God instructed, they would have shared in the plague of the first born sons. Vice versa, had any of the Egyptians did what was instructed Israel, their household would have been spared from the plague. God, however, shared the secret of the blood on the door posts with His chosen, Israel. Child of God, we cannot act like God doesn’t warn us of the things He is about to do and tell us how to escape them, because He always does. He says in Amos 3:7, Surely the Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. At this point, He is telling us of what He is about to do to Babylon and calling for His own to come out before He does it. Even when He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, the Angels told Lot that they could not destroy the city until Lot be out.
Sodom; Egypt and Babylon refer to the same thing, the highest level of self consciousness. When one is highly conscious of self, they tend to notice everything wrong about self, are self centered and self dependent. They pay extra attention to how people respond to them and end up being very critical of self and others, especially those who disagree with them. They are in a state of carnality where all things revolve around satisfying the desires of flesh.
In life coaching, we have a method that we use to start off a person who is highly self conscious away from themselves. We call it ‘focus on others’. Giving one room to divert their attention from self in order to understand how others are becoming. In that process we encourage them to pay attention to all sorts of detail concerning others. This in an effort to bring them to an understanding that no one is perfect, in fact, everyone is living in their space of truth while trying to figure out the real truth. This then would help one stop being too critical of themselves.
Hebrews 12:2 – 3 Looking unto [fixing our eyes on] Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Instead of focusing on others as according to life coaching, this scripture tells us to focus on Christ who has the script of our faith, our race of life.
John 3:30, He must increase, but I must decrease.
The disciples of John complained to him, that Jesus and His disciples were now ‘taking’ the people who needed baptism from them. It is in this space that John pleaded, that Jesus must increase and He must decrease. He further explains to them that He that comes from heaven is above all. Jesus is above all. He has no competition and no equal. Focusing on Christ causes Him to increase in us while we slowly shrink to ‘nothing’. Paul declared himself a prisoner of Christ for no longer did he live but Christ in him. It is in this space that Christ would have increased and you decreased as an individual. Christ has to take over the mind of an individual in order to accomplish His mandate for earth, putting under His feet all of His enemies, the last being death. He also needs a body to host His Spirit so as to operate through it by His Spirit. He bought the bodies of every individual by the price of His life. Therefore, whoever is surrendering to Him, first has to be cleansed by the washing of the waters by the word and set apart by His Spirit so as to host the Holy Christ. When the principles of the word of God have become substance and are alive in one’s heart, every wicked thought can be silenced and terminated. That is what it means to come out of Babylon, fully surrendering mind, body and soul to Christ. Letting go of our own lives so that Christ may live through us.
Letting go of our own lives is what challenges us the most because we have been conditioned to want attention from others, that way we get our significance defined. Without this definition we roam through life. Our identity is centered around worldly achievements, affirmation and recognition by others. How people perceive us drives our every action. All of this to get us to this very state of high self consciousness, Babylon. This is what we need to let go off. We can never be willing to decrease while we still pursue significance in the world the worldly ways.
Sodom, Egypt or Babylon have similar sins – sloth; gluttony; drunkenness; sexual immorality; pride, greed and more. Gomorrah, now a familiar spirit, the illuminating spiritual force behind all of it, encourages people towards these sins under an illusion of a lavish lifestyle of ‘success’, while in the process imprisoning them into the Babylonian system. We will do anything for a ‘great’ lifestyle, even to an extent of selling ourselves to the highest bidder knowingly or unknowingly. This is what the Lord is calling us out of, the mental enslavement motivated by ‘success’-lifestyle. He cannot force us out of it, we have to will it. Lot’s salvation meant coming out of a luxurious lifestyle of Sodom, to living [temporarily] in a cave. It is a case of what you value the most, life or a lavish lifestyle. It only just takes having a different mindset than that of the world.
Romans 12:2, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Freedom and salvation are obtained through a renewed mind. When we are no longer slaves to fear; lust; temptation; envy; covetousness, pride and more, we are free. When we have come to the acceptance of the yoke of Christ and therefore, in pursuit of righteousness instead of money, we are free. It doesn’t take much to enslave a person. Just condition their mind towards a certain need, then structure how they get that need met. It is Christ that we truly need, and it is up to us as to how we can get Him as our need met. Having that need met first, will open up a fountain that will meet all the other subsidiary needs.
Unfortunately, we all have a Lot in our lives, just like Abraham. He represents the dark force in the mind of an individual which connects them to the spiritual world of darkness. He manifests himself as negative energy, negative mindset or what we call doubt. He goes against faith in God. When one’s walk of faith expands, Lot expands even more. This Lot functions well in Sodom [high level of self consciousness], and Gomorrah [familiar spirit] ensures that one remains in Sodom. This as an effort to cause people to go against their faith in God. For us to be who God has called us to be, we have to come out of Sodom [Babylon or Egypt]. To come out, we have to change our mindset about life. Life is not a lifestyle. To change our mindsets we have to allow the word of God to work in us and the power of the Holy Spirit to set us apart. To allow the Word and the Holy Spirit to work in us, we have to allow ourselves to be ‘nothing’. To allow ourselves to be nothing, we have to focus on Christ. Christ is our starting point. Believing in Him and accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, not just in words but also in our hearts. It is then that Babylon will lose her grip on us. Every element in our minds that hinders us from fully surrendering to Christ has to be destroyed. We have to yield it to Christ to deal with it because these stumbling blocks are enmity towards Him, blocking Him from fully taking over our minds, body and soul. Therefore, we need Him to deal with them, ours is to will it. That is how we come out!
May we allow the brimstones and fire of heaven to purge us of Lot, familiar spirits and the Babylonian mindset, so as to become who God intended for us to be, in the name of Jesus!