The mentions of Barnabas in the New Testament provide an interesting framework for understanding the importance of precision in our walk with the Lord. There was a sharp contention between Paul and Barnabas, and they went their separate ways in ministry. The final mention of Barnabas was an incident when Paul rebuked Peter for eating exclusively with Jewish believers to the exclusion of the Gentiles. Barnabas joined Peter in that error. An important lesson for us is that even a minor deviation, if left uncorrected, can result in us ending up a long way off from our calling. Barnabas began by encouraging Paul and guiding him into ministry by vouching for him when the other apostles were wary of his past. We must make sure to be steadfast in our encouragement of others and in our desire for Godly correction so that we can remain on the right path.
When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
By Dr. Mike Spaulding:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
The quote above has been mentioned many times in many different contexts. It is part of a longer letter that Burke wrote to his friend Thomas Mercer in 1770. The entire thought that Burke sought to express is a powerful reminder of the evil that will befall any people who fail to swiftly and with much malice, destroy the evil actions of those who would by those actions enslave a free people in tyranny. Burke said:
Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength. Whereas, when they lie dispersed, without concert, order, or discipline, communication is uncertain, counsel difficult, and resistance impracticable. Where men are not acquainted with each other’s principles, nor experienced in each other’s talents, nor at all practiced in their mutual habitudes and dispositions by joint efforts in business; no personal confidence, no friendship, no common interest, subsisting among them; it is evidently impossible that they can act a public part with uniformity, perseverance, or efficacy. In a connection, the most inconsiderable man, by adding to the weight of the whole, has his value, and his use; out of it, the greatest talents are wholly unserviceable to the public. No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavors, are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
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There will come a time when darkness will so contort the minds of men that en masse they will neither acknowledge God nor pray. The time to pray is now! The Word of God is true and faithful, and we must be grateful that we are even attempting to pursue the Lord. It is time to leave what needs to be left behind and to take in the whole counsel of God for your life. We all must do this. In order to see revival and restoration the followers of Jesus must lay down everything at His cross, come into agreement with His Word, and walk in obedience to His will. This is an urgent call: there is no shadow of turning with God. It is time to be cleansed through repentance, it is time to walk in forgiveness, it is time to seek God while He may be found. Nothing short of a full pursuit of the Lord will stand in the days ahead.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! Don’t get trapped in the prison of pessimism and fatalism. Brothers and sisters our God did not create the billions of people alive in this generation to be swept away into a Devil’s hell without a chance to respond to the true gospel. God has called many of His people out of institutional churches, and it has been a painful process for many. Please press in to God to be raised up out of the quagmire of negativity. God wants to make you a leader and a partaker of the harvest in this generation. Ask Him if revival is even possible. I believe that it’s not just possible: it’s necessary. The scriptures from this message are found in Zechariah 10.
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God is standing by to glorify Jesus through the testimony of your life. Will we receive the burden of the Lord to seek Him, to pray, and to rebuild? Or will we overlook God’s faithfulness and permit the ruins of this society to remain? When the hand of God moves and is upon us even the enemies of God must acknowledge His power. We must rise up in the strength of the Lord, and if we will then the faithfulness of Christ will keep us. Let us be sent in the name of the Lord, and His favor will be upon us to begin to walk in the supernatural. The promises of God are secure. We must press in to the Lord today! It’s time to fast and pray.
And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”
So I became dreadfully afraid, and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”
Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”
So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
Join your host Steven Menking as he welcomes back author and teacher Dr. Michael Lake, the host of the Kingdom Intelligence Briefing podcast and the leader of Biblical Life College and Seminary. Dr. Lake discusses the book he is currently working on, the nature of exercising spiritual authority, and how we have continuously refine our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. The Lord deserves a harvest in this generation, and each of us must choose whether we will participate in the harvest for the glory of Jesus or if we will be defeated by fatalism. Thanks for joining us On the Objective!
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On the Objective
Perhaps it seems as if your spiritual resources have run dry, that your calling is in question, and that your mistakes have created an irreparable separation from the will of God. In this moment know that God’s calling is irrevocable. If you are serving the Lord, then continue to persevere in obedience to Jesus. Press in to God! Don’t give up until you hear from Him. Pray. Fast. Know that the Lord is for you. Let this be a season of refreshing and encouragement. Laborers are needed for the harvest that is coming. Will you join in the work that will bear fruit eternally for the Kingdom of God? Jesus is worthy, and if you find yourself thirsty and dry today, then make the choice to refuse to stay in that place. Go to God today! He has not written you off.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”