It’s our Month of ‘Letting-Go’, somethings must leave our lives this month, never to return.
The worst kind of people to deal with, are people you can’t trust. Do all the good to them, take them into your personal space, show them all the love possible, one day they will still strike, and betray you – they have the spirit of Judas.
Judas Iscariot was chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ to be one of His twelve apostles, out of a number of disciples. He was even made the Treasurer. But for thirty pieces of Silver, he sold off his master!
JUDAS was born again, he was in Christ, anointed, he cast out demons, he saw Jesus do miracles, he saw Jesus walk on the water. But all these did not change him. He still went ahead to betray Jesus.
This spirit of betrayal is still present in our lives, churches and ministries today.
The Judas spirit is extreme selfishness. In John 6, after a series of ‘hard’ teachings by Jesus Christ, many of the multitude who had been following him decided to leave. When they had left, Jesus asked his disciples, “Will ye also go away? Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go?’ …. Jesus answered them, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spake of Judas Iscariot…”
The Judas spirit loves money more than ‘a love for God’. In John 12, when Mary anointed Jesus, Judas looked on with disapproval, and said, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” He said this “not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief…” Judas didn’t really want to give to the poor, he was just concerned about where the money was going. he probably felt as though he had the right to approve of how the money was spent in Jesus’ ministry.
The next characteristic of the Judas spirit is a person being filled with Satan. In John’s account of the Last Supper, verse 27 reads, “And after the sop Satan entered into Judas. Then said Jesus unto him, “That thou doest, do quickly.”
We must watch out for these warning signs in our lives: Are we selfish? Do we love the Lord for Him or for what He can do for us? Are we serving Him because we truly want His work done in the earth? Do we love money more than we love God? We must consider why we are really serving God.
If we don’t keep these issues in check, we leave a doorway open for the devil to step in to our lives and drive us to betray Jesus Christ, and the work that He wants done here on earth.
It’s time to ‘Let-Go’ of the ‘Spirit of Judas’ in our lives.
What will you be ‘Letting Go?’ going forward? The Lord will grant you grace.
God bless you and your loved ones.
Your Vicar and Friend.
The Revd. Canon Kiri Wakama