When You Find Yourself Aligned with Pharisees

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Pharisees were highly educated and prominently positioned religious leaders in the time of Jesus, but he saw them as nothing but “blind guides” and hypocrites, experts on minor things but faulty with majors things (straining out a gnat but swallowing a camel). Jesus told his disciples that Pharisees were better left and ignored.

But what if you find yourself aligned with them? What if you find yourself on the same boat or level? This was what the disciples of John the baptizer noticed and were worried about. Imagine being the same as the Pharisees? To them it was the worst nightmare.

Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” [Matthew 9.14]

In spirit realms, whatever you do, don’t let yourself be caught doing the same things as the Pharisees are doing—or those religious people who are solidly bible-based and active in “serving God” but actually going against HIM and His Kingdom. That was what most of the Pharisees were—bible-based but anti-Christ. They got zero revelation from God. Folks aligned with God get God’s insights on the bible through the Holy Spirit.

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You see, it’s not your sacrifices for God that matter (like fasting). What matters is if you are really aligned with God in his present move, doing things according to his will. Are you moving with God, like how the tribes of Israel moved with the pillars of cloud and fire in the wilderness? Stopping only when God stopped and moving only when God moved? Are you keeping in step or accurately updated with the Holy Spirit according to God’s spoken Word (not written) in Scriptures? Or are you just following past church traditions?

Fasting is good (especially fasting on worldly things, not just food), if it’s what’s scheduled on God’s timetable in the present. God has a heavenly schedule for everything and you have to be updated with it. For instance, on fasting. Jesus said, as long as the Bridegroom was with them, they shouldn’t fast. They should eat and rejoice. But the Pharisees (and sadly John’s disciples) didn’t know about these things. They just followed tradition, period. Just like what churches are doing today.

So, instead of eating and celebrating (which was on God’s Kingdom timetable) they were starving themselves to death. John and his disciples thought this was a bright idea until they noticed Jesus and his disciples eating all they wanted. So Jesus explained things to them, something like there’s a proper time to fast and to eat.

Do you keep up with God’s timetable? Do you know the proper time for things? Kingdom people never follow men’s religious schedules and even Sunday worship programs. They follow God’s schedules.

…the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, {Ecclesiastes 8.6]

So, such was the dilemma of John and his disciples. They were aligned with the wrong people, not with Jesus. Jesus seemed to be always doing differently than what they were doing. He and his disciples were seen as strangers and aliens in this world. They had a different life, culture, system, procedure, protocol, language, understanding, perspective, habit, etc. And it’s not just for the sake of being different. They were different because they were NOT of this world. They followed God’s system.

You must watch out never to be aligned with the world. For instance, when it celebrates something (like Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentine, Halloween, Easter, etc.) make sure you do not celebrate with it. By all means, love your mother and father 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and celebrate the risen Lord, but never in the way the world does. Love people in God’s love, but not by giving flowers and gifts on Valentine. It’s ridiculous how churches even include easter eggs in their worship programs. Can you imagine Christ doing these things?

How do you develop leaders in your church? Through schools adopting the educational system of this world? With tuition fees and professors and exams and grades? Jesus never used them. He trained leaders through discipleship. He developed apostles through discipleship. You do it through the ways of the world and you produce Pharisees and law teachers in your church who will always oppose the new move of the Holy Spirit as the Pharisees (and as Ahab and Jezebel) did. These folks are experts at sticking with tradition, not being led by the Holy Spirit.

It’s funny how bible schools and seminaries also have their cum laude and valedictorian as secular schools do. Jesus and the Acts church never did.

Moreover, God doesn’t want you doing what others who are not in God’s move are doing. “Only pagans run after these things,” Jesus said. Don’t be aligned with pagans. The end result of everything pagans do is for profit. They do everything to attract people to their side because getting more people means getting more offering. More money. So they make their worship services attractive, glamorous and entertaining.

And often, all they make is meaningless noise although they sound good to the world.

Why do they pursue titles and degrees? So they’d be paid higher fees when they are asked to speak in churches. Or higher salaries when employed. Or gain people’s respect.

But God doesn’t want us doing the same things. Anything found in pagan worship must not be found in our worship. If you are a genuine Kingdom person, God will lead you to new and unique moves in the Holy Spirit. The idea is not to sit down together and think of new programs or songs or  gimmicks. We must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Led people are naturally made unique by God.

You must not worship the LORD your God in their way. [Deuteronomy 12.4]

Jesus introduced a new form of worship when he sent his disciples as sheep among wolves. Sheep are common worship offerings in the Old Testament. They are sacrificed mercilessly. When you live as sheep in wolf territory (a meek believer amid cruel and corrupt people), persecuted and hated because of the Jesus they see in you (and yet you persevere and overcome unaffected), you are doing one of the highest worships in the Spirit realms. You no longer live but Christ lives in you. It was how Jesus lived when “that LIFE became the light of men.” However, “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”

Paul also introduced a new form of worship when he declared how presenting our “bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God” is really our spiritual worship.

Worship in church buildings on Sundays is old worship. I mean, what church today doesn’t do that. Even paganistic churches packed with idols, images and statues do this worship. They even sing Don Moen songs and songs by Hillsong and worship expressively as do Pentecostal Christians. So, where’s the difference?

If you’re in the move of God, you cannot remain of the world. You can’t go on using the world’s ways and standards. You can’t use new clothing and sew it on old clothing. It will “tear away” from the garment. You can’t pour new wine into old wineskins. Everything will be ruined.

You may look good in the eyes of the world, but you’re nothing in the Spirit. “You have the reputation of being alive but you are dead,” [Revelation 3]. You can’t be in Christ and yet be aligned with Pharisees and law teachers who worship their church traditions.

Are you a true worshiper? A worshiper, says Jesus, worships in spirit and in truth. True worship has nothing to do with how good you sing or play musical instruments or perform on stage. It has all to do with being in Christ and aligned with his Spirit.

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