Pastor Julius Suubi shared about the things that disqualify a person to be a priest in the Prayer Conference ‘Holy or Unholy Altars’ on 25th of June, at the SunwayMas Convention Centre (SMCC).
“Our prayers will only have authority over the land when we separate ourselves. We have to live a holy life. Child of God, you cannot afford to compromise. Every time, the devil wants to bring down the children of God,” said Pr Julius.
When God was bringing the Israelites across the desert, they were unstoppable by God’s Presence – His pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night (Exo 13:21). Balaam tried to curse Israel but he could not succeed. (Num 22) The only way he could harm the Israelites is by enticing them to sin by having sexual relationships with Moabite women and bowing to the Moabite god, Baal. (Num 25:1-3; 31:16) As a result, 24,000 Israelites died in a plague. (Num 25:9)
“The Moabites were in the valley and the children of Israel were in the mountains. The Moabites (women) were having a festival – they were dancing and began to strip themselves.
“The children of Israel were looking and looking. They said, ‘Let’s just go nearer and do nothing.’ And then, they got nearer and nearer. And before they even know it, they engaged themselves in all kind of orgies,” said Pr Julius.
Prayer is key to living a holy life because intimacy with God brings holiness. When we spend time with God, the desires in our flesh began to die and we began to desire holiness. Hence, intimacy leads to holiness, and holiness leads to authority.
“You have authority over the devil because he has nothing in you. When people don’t pray, there’s no intimacy with God, their desire is so little. That’s why some people – the moment they sit in church – the sleeping anointing comes over them,” said Pr Julius in describing the irony of how we can sometimes spend hours watching television programs but not keeping awake in church.
When we spend time with God, God will reveal to us the sins we never thought were sins in our life. In year 2007, when the Kenyan crisis hit, Pr Julius was led by God to spend 40 days to fast, pray, and read his Bible.
When he completed the period, Pr Julius thought that God would congratulate him for his perseverance and faithfulness. But instead, God began to show him the true state of his heart even in doing the good and right things. At that time, he was writing a monthly ministry magazine to inform people of his ministry, but the true intention was to solicit donation instead.
“At the end of the day, God is not going to judge us for what we have done but our motive behind it. The Lord showed me so many things in my heart… I was shocked. I even asked the Lord, ‘If I am this wicked, why are You using me?’
“But the Lord said, ‘I love you when you come to Me, and I show you your faults. When you move out there and when you call upon My Name, I will show up.’ Every time when God shows you the state of your heart, you go to a higher spiritual realm,” said Pr Julius Suubi, before he continued on the characteristics that disqualify a person from being a priest.
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy. Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them. And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.
(Lev 21:17-24 KJV)
Blemish from the bible passage above speaks of people with a mixed heart, with the lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh. It speaks of people who act differently in church and out of church.
Blindness speaks of people who are spiritually blind to see the heart of God. And the only way we can perceive His Heart is to spend time with Him. The truth is that this life is not ours but His. (1 Cor 6:19) We are only stewards of our life here on earth.
“But nevertheless, when it comes to prayer, people would only want to pray for themselves. When we say pray for our business and money, men will rise up and pray like lions. When we say pray for family, women will rise up.
“But when we say pray for our nations, some even wonder why we should pray. The depth of a prayer meeting is not first and foremost the duration but our ability to come into the house of God and pray what is in the heart of God.
“That gives us authority to breakthrough in the spiritual realm… Why are prayer meetings dry? It’s because there’s no God’s presence. What we think is different from what God thinks,” said Pr Julius.
The Bible says that God’s intent is for the church to make known the manifold wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. (Eph 3:10) In other words, we are supposed to operate at a realm ahead of the devil because the devil knows not the mind of God. But we, as children of God, are seated with Jesus and in the Heavenly realms. (Eph 2:6) We reign with Jesus in the Heavenly realms.
People who are blind are also people who talk the walk, not walk the talk. The Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“Jesus Christ becomes flesh. (John 1:14) And the real power comes when the Scripture becomes flesh in life. You are not only talking about the Scripture; you live out the Scripture. You don’t only talk about love; you are the living love.
“Jesus Christ has authority because He died and He was resurrected. And because He had personally went through and conquered death, He has the authority to give us the power to conquer death.
“You have no power if you are just talking. Talking never change people. It’s the lifestyle that changes people… I am standing on the pulpit and that is to pull people from the pit.
“But how are you going to pull people from the pit if you are in the same level? I never preach things that I never walk in my life. I don’t have the authority because it is just talk,” said Pr Julius.
Lame speaks of people without balanced or sound Christian knowledge. They are the wishy-washy type of Christian. But Scripture tells us to be like the Bereans who practice sound judgment and research on everything they hear to see if they were true.
Flat nose speaks of people without discernment of right from wrong. When we do not know the Scripture, we can easily be deceived.
Brokenfooted or brokenhanded speaks of people who deviate from the truth or people who compromise in their walk with God.
“When we are under oppression, we can easily compromise. That is when we know the real you, when you are under pressure.
“But the Lord’s ministry is not a speaking ministry. True intimacy with God will always create a desire in you to serve the Lord. You cannot always come and listen to a good sermon and walk away.
“No, you must move. God is raising disciples, not followers or church members… Some of you have been warming seats of your church for a long time that even the chair has a testimony for you,” said Pastor Julius.
He only focused on serving the Lord and the Lord gave him the desires of his heart. He shared once how God prompted him to give his car to a guest speaker in his church, to which God gave him a better car. God also gave him a house in Kenya. Praise God!
“The army of God must raise up and get yourself ready for God. If you don’t have a good voice to serve in the worship team, I can tell you where you can serve. You can serve as an intercessor!” said Pr Julius.
Crooked speaks of a person who is unable to carry a heavy load upon themselves, which results in depression.
“Jesus says that the wheat and tares grow together… That means you must have the ability in your life to handle pressure and joy, and breakthroughs and challenges. But when people don’t spend time with God, they get depressed.
“Every challenge is there to make you a powerful man or woman of God. I learn from there to pray and worship. I thank everybody who rejected me because by doing that, it taught me how to receive from the Lord.
“I am going to face the challenges with the face of a lion and the attitude of a conqueror. I love lions so much because nothing intimidates them. The elephant is so big, yet the lion only sees breakfast,” said Pr Julius.
Dwarf speaks of a person with a broken back or a person who serves God based on their feelings. Like the Israelites who are still called “children of Israel” instead of “sons of Israel” for 40 years, they are not developing into maturity even after many years of accepting Christ.
“We must grow into becoming men and women who know how to walk with power. All of us are ministers… Prayer produces power! That’s why God is raising an army. And that kind of power comes in His Presence,” said Pr Julius.
When we start praying for the first hour, the initial prayer is not very powerful. Akin to a burning coal, its power is like a warm and wispy smoke. At this point, the devil can still fan the smoke away, depicting a weak prayer altar.
But when we continue praying and glorifying His Name, the coal is fanned and the fire becomes bigger. At this point, the devil cannot fan the smoke away. In facts, its high spiritual temperature will cast it out and away. Heavens will open for angels to come up and down, and our prayers to come up and down as well. Such is the power of prayers for up to three hours.
Blemish in the eye speaks of faultfinders, even in good situations.
Scurvy speaks of people who receive improper nutrition or they only hear one side of the gospel. For example, some people believe that God only loves and blesses, without exercising discipline through troubles and afflictions.
Scabbed speaks of people who are bitter and hurt, who wants to hurt others as well. Pr Julius shared how many intercessors have not gone through healing for the past hurts, which affect their praying and intercession.
Finally, blemish of the seed speaks of people who can function in the office of priesthood but cannot reproduce the life of God in his or her ministry, for lack of anointing.
“One might be able to produce numbers but it is not lasting. You know the ability to reproduce spiritual life? God anoints us and gives us that ability and we should be able to produce that life in other people.
“I can tell you one can operate in the gift of ministry without the Presence of God. People can yield and move out of wheelchairs based on the gift. Some of you have the gift but not God’s Presence.
“And they go back to immorality because the gift does not transform a person but it is the Presence of God that transforms people. So, you must be able to produce… That comes in spending time with God in His Word, worship, and prayer,” said Pr Julius.
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