The Spirit of Judas – The Father’s House Church of Stockton

Posted on May 6, 2012

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The Spirit of Judas – The Father’s House Church of Stockton

 

The subtitle of this Message is “Hurt People That Hurt People”

The story and life of Judas Iscariot tells so much and is seen in the church world today very commonly. One might think I am talking about just pure evil coming against Christian churches something so obvious and blatant, but I am not. The spirit of Judas shows it ugly head in two ways; 1. Being the victim and 2. Stuck on religious ideas and traditions at all costs. Both of these are hideous in their nature and very seductive in their attack.

 

The apostles shortly before Pentecost took steps to replace Judas Iscariot and quoted scripture as a prophetic unction to do so. The Psalm of David tells some roots to Judas’ behavior.

 

Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

Psalms 109:1 Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. 3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. 4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. 5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 6 ¶ Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. 7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. 8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. 9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. 11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour. 12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children. 13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. 14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth. 16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. 17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. 18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. 19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually. 20 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul. 21 ¶ But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust. 24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. 25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads. 26 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy: 27 That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it. 28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. 29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. 30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. 31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

 

How Was Judas?

Oddly enough his name means Judah, praise. Matthew, Mark, and Luke first mention Judas in the list of the disciples Jesus called.

 

Matthew 10:
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Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

 

We also learn that Judas was the son of Simon the Pharisee and either had a gift for caring for the money or a desire.

 

John 12:4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

 

The proceeding passage tells some roots of Simon’s issues. He says the right things but does not believe them. He acts as if he cares for the poor but was more worried about an item of value not be used like he would do it. This is the roots of the thinking, “My way or the highway.” Today we see people with this same attitude in church. They have an idea that serves their purposes, their vision, and they want everything to be done their way, regardless of the leading of the Spirit.

 

Who is Simon? The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree

We learn more about Judas that he is the son of Simon, who is a Pharisee and is suffering from leprosy. Judas then is a man that has grown up in and around the tradition training of the Jewish religion. Much of his mindset about religion and the coming and actions of the Messiah had been programmed into him throughout his life. All this programming was by tradition, not by the Spirit of God. We can assume that much of the rejection that Jesus received from the Pharisees were some of the same people Judas was raised around. Judas had to be torn in his thinking, Jesus inspires me but I have so much invested in my past and family history. This pattern is alive and well in the church today. People are raised in church, even attend Bible College and get locked into modern traditions of interpretations of the Bible with no room to listen to the Holy Spirit for the real application. Many are 100% convinced about how and when the rapture of the church will take place, how a church service should be conducted, and the list goes on and on. Not realizing it, many of these people are following in the steps of Judas Iscariot.

 

Matthew 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Mark 14:3

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

 

One of my favorite passages in the Bible, the woman with the Alabaster Box. This story shows of the foundational thinking of Judas and his father. Very close minded to change and anything new.

 

Luke 7:36
¶ And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.


 

The spirit of Judas questions your call and basically judges you or your church. In the back of their mind they are thinking how much better a job they could do than you. This is the pinnacle of the “Holy than Thou” attitude. They were so bad that they did not even want this woman touch them.

 

40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

 

Did Simon really believe Him to be master? I don’t think so, Simon was saying the right things that his public presentation would look right, but inward he was full of judgment and self righteousness, even though he was a leper.

 

41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.


 

The people who operate like Judas they love themselves the most. They can answer the questions right, just like Simon did for Jesus, but mostly won’t change. When Jesus was challenged by Simon and Judas and gave them the facts and the heart of God, they focus on themselves. “Why did that Jesus embarrassed me in front of the whole church?” is the heart and words of those that operate in this attitude. At this point they assign hurt instead of receiving correction. Most of these people go from church to church, friendship to friendship being hurt and never learning they have the problem. Obviously the root is pride.

 

Summary of Simon

Simon was a Pharisee and a leper yet opens his house and life to revival. Simon is a critical and judgmental person, and has his own plan and idea of how things should be. Simon looks at Jesus as one who dressed down by correcting him. Simon questions the call of others because he feels his call is superior to others.

 

Judas Will Sell You Out

The Quandary of Judas is he doesn’t fit anywhere, not with revivalist completely or the traditionalist completely. He is drawn to the move of God, what is new and fresh, but his heart is in the traditions he was raised in. He tries to marry the two and they often clash. He has friends on both sides of the fence. His traditional friends are consistently warning him about the revivalist, and often the revivalist are condemning traditional religion, so Judas finds himself having to pick sides. First realized, if traditions line up with the Word they are okay. Revivalist become traditionalist about trashing traditions, which is the same devil raising its head in another way.

 

The sell out…

Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

 

Not Just Pride and Hurt

Judas is not just prideful and hurt, hell bent on having his way. A person with this attitude is an open door for Satan. Satan loves to use these people in an attempt to hurt the work of the Lord. Most of these people are very vocal and opinionated, often having followers and influence, for a season.

 

Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

 

The extreme cases of Judas are often being influenced by evil, if not possessed by it, as Judas was. Intercessors and leaders need to watch for the signs and war against this spirit.

 

Beware of the Kind Gestures

Luke 22:48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

 

Jesus knew that the kind gesture and greeting of a kiss was a sign of being sold out. Often others miss these things, but is it too late. Monday morning quarter backs are useless for winning Sunday’s game. If we are not on guard this spirit of Judas, like Jezebel can bring great harm to the church. Judas in the biblical story was just a character in the story of Jesus going to the cross, but in today’s world Judas’ are at work for other issues.

 

A Man Torn With Truth and Pride

Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

 

These Judas’ fight with their pride of having it their way and pleasure of being in the flow with God. Again they have one foot in the traditions of man and one foot in revival. They love things about both, we have to show the love of God to bring them out of the clutches of traditions of man and into the freedom in Christ and truth,

 

The Break Down of Psalms 109

Psalms 109:1 Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. A true Judas, a hurt person, not only is telling a distorted story of what happened but actually lying about some of the details
3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. They won’t shut about how they were hurt and the perception of what happened to them. 4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. Just as Jesus gave opportunity to Judas, a Judas today is looking for opportunity and if they don’t change they may become your enemy, even hurting you when you helped them.
5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
Judas opened the door for satanic influence and possession, that took place after the last supper. People today allow Satanic influence to flow through them as they judge and try to correct revivalist.
7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. At this point, Judas’ prayers became sin, not a good place to be.
8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Don’t worry God has a replacement for Judas. Judas had some talent and spiritual pedigree and are gifted people today. You hate to loose them but God will fill their position. Remember Judas was the most extreme case, this is the most extreme judgment of being replaced. 9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. 11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour. 12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children. 13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
What a huge liability to be a Judas.
14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
KEYS – This is picture of generation sin, iniquity of the father, blatant sin with the mother – remember Simon the leper.
15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth. 16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. Judas’ words were how come we don’t help the poor, using “churchy lingo” to touch your heart, but in reality couldn’t care any less for the poor.
17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. 18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. 19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually. I’ll take the whole armor of God as opposed to a full blown Judas that is word cursing continually. At first mildly with prayers of correction, than on from there. 20 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul. 21 ¶ But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
When a Judas attacks you and plays that game of hurt it really hurts that you gave them opportunity to do their thing against you.
23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust. 24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. 25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
When Judas has the upper hand they can bring great destruction. 26 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy: 27 That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it. 28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. 29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. David prayed for confusion and what they are cursing to come back on them and in Judas’ case it did. Judas was confused and was sorry he sold out Jesus and took his own life.
30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. 31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

 

This spirit and attitude is alive today. In a traditional environment you won’t notice it but just add revival and prophetic revelation and its ugly head will appear. First it will appear in support as Judas did, then judgment will come and eventual destruction and hurt.

 

Pastor Farris Baker – The Father’s House Church of Stockton


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