THE SPIRIT OF BALAAM

 

“But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth” (Rev 2:14, 16)
 
We just ended our prophetic evening prayer meeting. It was wonderful to be in the presence of God. We prayed especially against the evil spirit of Balaam, of false prophets, fake believers and worldliness in the church. The anointing was very strong. Thank You Lord Jesus!
Balaam is a false prophet. His name means ‘The Devourer’. He is the son of Beor, which means ‘Burning (hell)’. He is religious and not born again. He is the type of a teacher or a pastor in the church who tries to advance the cause of God by advocating an unholy alliance with the world. The purpose of Balaam’s spirit is to make the church to be fleshly! Please observe that this wicked man knows much about Jehovah God. He knows something about the promises of God and His righteousness. He even wanted to go to heaven (to die the death of the righteous). He could not openly curse the children of God. Because of that, maybe he thought that he is a hero. But for the sake of money, he did not mind to curse them indirectly, by making them to sin. In this way their God, Jehovah, will be angry and punish them. Like the tree with the forbidding fruit in the Garden of Eden, he is a mixture of good and bad. That is the power of deception. Be careful! Pray for a discerning heart!
 
Lessons: just having the knowledge of God, the good desire to be righteous and to go to heaven does not save a man. It is not what a man wishes from time to time. What defines a man is his constant stable character and the fruits of the Holy Spirit manifested in his speech, choices and actions. Men deceive themselves about the condition of their souls. Many believers compromise with sin thinking it is natural. Many Christians deceive themselves and others by keeping the letter but breaking the Spirit of the letter. Some obey partially. Others use works in the church to hide sin. By a spirit of religion they try to deceive others that they are saved. This is the great characteristic of sin, its deceitfulness!
 
Balaam was the agent of the devil, the ‘father of lies’. This spirit attacks the churches that are holy, serious with God, prosperous and strong. The devil infiltrates its agents bringing spiritual pollution in the camp. This is a present problem for many churches including ours. That is why we need to do spiritual warfare!
 
Finally, how Balaam’s experiment ended? In his death! He tried to make the ‘best of both worlds but he failed. Jesus said that you cannot serve God and mammon. Many foolish men have tried to combine these two and failed. How death ends all their selfish ambitions, fleshly passions and dreams. Some will learn that they have deceived, but it will be too late. Balaam was a famous and gifted man. Let us learn this: no gifts, no talents will be able to impress God. You need to be born again. You need to be spiritually fruitful, have a holy testimony and a proven character. Let this old crazy and greedy man, lifting up his hands to worship idols by the altar on Pisgah, taking God’s name in vain and trying to make money out of the prophetic office, be a warning to us all! Balaam said, ‘Let me die the death of the righteous!’ but he died disgracefully, killed by the sword, in the camp of the enemies of God. He loved the wages of unrighteousness. He got them at last, but perished forever. Foolish man! God forbid! We repent from any infatuation with the spirit of Balaam! We reject this evil spirit! We plead the Blood of Jesus over our lives, our families, our church and city! In Christ alone we have the victory! Jesus is Lord!
 
(Num 22-25; 31; Deut 23:4; Joshua 13:22; 24:9; Neh 13:2; Micah 6:5; 2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11 Rev 2:14)
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