by George Kirkpatrick
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SAUL'S WILD ASSES
The Old Testament contains prophecies, types, shadows and examples of the message that God is trying to bring forth to His people in this last hour of time. He is doing this that we may be counted worthy to escape those things that are coming upon the earth. *** Luke 21:36
Many times God will show us a series of events, a group of men, or an example of people to reveal His desire in our lives, so that He may bring us into an intimate relationship with Him. Such is the case with Israel's first three kings: Saul, David and Solomon. Each of these three kings ruled Israel for forty years.
These three kings cover a period of one hundred and twenty years in Israel's history; 120 is 40 x 3. Three is the number of completion and forty is the time of probation, trials and
chastisement; a time when God deals with His people as sons to bring them into a place of acceptance in Him.
These first three kings represent our journey to become complete in God. Saul represented the old man, the old Adamic nature. Saul was the keeper of the asses. David was the shepherd of the flock. David represents our walk in Christ, the overcoming realm in God. Solomon was the builder of the house. Solomon represents the Spirit-filled, all wise son.
As we begin to compare the life of Saul with our walk in God, it will be easy to see how Saul's life represents those who have refused to overcome the old Adamic nature. These are content to dwell in God's permissive will instead of God's perfect will for their lives.
Saul's birth is not revealed, nor the place of his birth, nor how old he was when he died. We know very little history about this man except that he was Israel's first king, and from the tribe of Benjamin. It was not God's desire for Israel to be ruled by a king. But Israel demanded a king that they might be like other nations with a fleshly king to rule over them. They desired a king to rule them who would go before them and fight their battles. *** I Samuel 8:20
Saul's name means "requested". Saul was the king the people requested. Saul's father's name was Kish which means "a snare". The word requested has the added meaning of "a desire". Most desire or request to have the flesh to be king in their lives. The flesh becomes their snare, a trap that hinders them from continuing to go on into God.
Israel, as the church today, no longer desired to be a separated people unto the Lord. Today many desire instead to be accepted in the eyes of the world. Many desire and request everything that the world has and still be godly. It is not possible! God is desiring a separated, sold-out people whose only desire is to walk in His ways and live the life He left as an example for us to follow.
Israel wanted a king to fight their battles. Today, the church hires their hirelings to do their Spiritual warfare. They have made the hireling king in their lives. Israel demanded a king; so God told Samuel to give Israel a king. He proclaimed,
Israel had rejected God as ruler in their lives; instead they demanded a fleshly king. So God gave them a king who appealed to the flesh man. Saul, the man chosen of God to rule Israel was
Saul was handsome, well-built and stood head and shoulders above any other man. This is the kind of man that Israel had asked for. Today, man is still seeking this fleshly man to rule over him. Today, as in the days of Saul, the people are drawn to charisma instead of the anointing.
The first mention of Saul in the Bible was when his father, Kish, had lost some asses, and Saul had been sent to look for them, *** I Samuel 9:3. The ass is the same as a donkey: stubborn, self- willed and ill-tempered.
These asses had left their master's crib. They were no longer under their master's control. They ran wild, doing what they wanted to do. These wild asses were a picture of God's people, Israel, who had fled the master's controls and wanted to do what they wanted to do.
What a perfect picture of the church today. As Israel, they believe God has forsaken the earth, *** Ezekiel 8:12, and that God will do neither good nor evil, *** Zephaniah 1:12. They blatantly say,
"God no longer rules in the affairs of men." These have rejected their king because they want to run free. These desire no controls in their lives. They answer to no authority, and this includes God's set authority. These are wild asses, running free from church to church, running from convention to convention looking for a spiritual high. These have refused God's foundational stability in their lives.
Saul was looking for these wild asses when he came to a city God had pre-ordained in which Saul would meet Samuel. Although Saul was a nobody in Israel, God called him to be king. When Saul came to Samuel, the man of God, the first thing Samuel told Saul was,
When we come to the man of God, our old, wild ass nature will be found. We are not to set our minds upon this old, uncontrollable, unmanageable, self-willed, self-governed, selfish nature. Rather, we are to overcome this nature and bring it into God's order and under His control.
When we come to the man of God, we are just like Saul. Saul was a nobody. Saul was a man that was not well known by the people. He was an average man whom God had called to be king over Israel. When Samuel met Saul he spoke, "...on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?"
When Samuel told Saul he was to be Israel's king, Saul's answer was,
Saul was of the smallest tribe. His family was the least in all the tribe of Benjamin. Saul had no pre-eminence in Israel. Saul came from humble beginnings. There was nothing for Saul to be proud of. Why had God chosen him to be king? This is a type of our walk. There was nothing in us. Why would God choose us to be His people? But Saul was the king that God had chosen for Israel.
As we continue our study in the life of Saul, we discover that Saul never dealt with the wild ass nature in his life. Samuel pointed out to Saul that these wild asses were found, but Saul never saw them. They were found in his life, but Saul refused to deal with them. They were found on the third day.
The third day lies directly ahead of us. God will point out the wild asses in our lives, and we will be required to deal with them. It will become necessary to bring our wild ass nature under the control of the Father. We must submit all the carnal nature into the hands of the Father. The old wild ass nature can only be returned to the master's crib by and through the Spirit. It must be our desire to bring the old nature into submission and dominion to the father. Saul is our example of King Flesh that must be dealt with if we are going to dwell in the Father's house forever.
Saul ate with Samuel before being sent on his way. At this time Samuel would anoint Saul king over Israel.
Saul was anointed from the vial. The word vial means "flask or bottle". This was a different anointing than David and Solomon would receive. David and Solomon would receive the anointing from the horn of oil. The horn represents power and authority. Saul, David and Solomon received different anointings. In order that we understand the difference in the three anointings in our lives, we must look at the parable of the sower.
In His parable of the sower, Jesus related about the sower who went forth to sow his seed. The seed the sower sowed was the Word of God. Some of the seed fell by the wayside and the fowls of the air devoured it. Some of the seed fell on stony ground, and afflictions and persecutions took it away because it had no root. Some seed fell among thorns and was choked out by the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches.
But another fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred, *** Mark 4:8. The only seed that brought forth life was the seed that fell into good ground. Not all produced an hundred fold. Some produced sixty, and others only thirty. All did not produce the same amount because the Word was not applied the same in their lives.
THE THIRTY FOLD ANOINTING
Saul received the thirty fold anointing. The thirty fold realm is the maturing realm to bring us into the sixty fold and hundred fold realm of God. To understand these different realms, we must consider Moses' Tabernacle that he built in the wilderness.
There were three areas in the Tabernacle:
The Outer Court
The Holy Place
The Holy of Holies
There were three entries into these realms:
The gate was the entry into the Outer Court. Jesus spoke of the gate,
It is the strait gate that leads to life, and few will find it. The gate leads into the Outer Court. There are two instruments of worship in the Outer Court:
The Brazen Altar
Both are made of brass. Brass symbolizes sin. This is the area where we deal with sin and the sin nature. The brazen altar is the altar of sacrifice where we lay down our lives for God. This is where we present our bodies a living sacrifice to become acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service. *** Romans 12:1
The laver represents our water baptism. This is where we bury the old man and the old man nature. This is only the beginning. The strait gate leads to life. It is not the total life, but the beginning of our journey. We must not remain in the thirty fold realm; instead we must go through The Door and The Veil to enter into the completeness of life.
Saul's anointing was into the thirty fold realm. This is the "Salvation Anointing". John recorded Jesus' words,
From the thirty fold realm, we must continue on to the door that leads to the Holy Place realm. If we do not continue on, we will chance backsliding into the broadway. Many who come through the strait gate find it too confining and return to the broadway that leads to destruction.
Samuel anointed Saul to be king even though Saul had no qualifications, no governmental or leadership training. God chose Saul because this was the kind of king that Israel demanded and desired; and God gave them the desires of their hearts.
God had anointed Saul to be king, but Saul had not yet been anointed king by the people. When it came time to anoint Saul, Samuel called all Israel together at Mizpeh. Samuel caused all the tribes of Israel to come before him, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. From the tribe of Benjamin, the family of Kish was chosen, and from this family Samuel appointed Saul. But when search was made for Saul to anoint him king, he could not be found.
There are many signs that accompany those who have not overcome the old wild ass nature:
# 1 Shrinking back from responsibility
Saul was hiding. He would not step forward to take his responsibility. Today, many have entered the thirty fold realm anointing but refuse to step forward to fulfill their anointing in God. They refuse to take the responsibility and authority that goes with the anointing. They desire to tell others what to do, but when something goes wrong, they desire to blame others for their actions.
# 2 Immaturity
Many seek the job and the recognition, but shirk the responsibility. They want to run free, doing what feels good, fulfilling their own desires, under no authority and in no authority; wild asses roaming free with no restraints. They desire the sixty fold anointing, but there are no fruits of the Spirit in their lives. These have not overcome the old, wild ass nature, wanting nothing to do with the Spirit bringing change in their lives.
The Word reveals that, when Samuel anointed Saul King, a change came upon Saul,
Saul was given another heart. The word heart means "inner man, mind, will, conscience". It is the seat of appetites, emotions, passions and courage. God changed Saul's mind. He equipped Saul to overcome the old, wild ass nature that was resident in his life, so the cleansing Spirit could do a complete work in his life. Without this changed heart, there can be no change in man. The scriptures reveal,
Without this changed heart, man will get worse and worse. Man cannot change the heart; only God can change the heart. God changes our heart through the power of the Holy Spirit anointing; but it must be our desire to change. We must be willing to allow God to have dominion over our stubborn, self-willed nature.
When the people anointed Saul king, there were those who did not want God's anointed to be king over them,
The word Belial means "worthless, good for nothing, wicked and base fellows". Those who have no heart for God want nothing to do with God's anointed. The same is true today. The sons of Belial want nothing to do with those who want to serve God. When they come to the light, the anointing exposes the darkness in their lives and conviction comes. Choices must be made. If they choose the darkness, then they must reject the one walking in the anointing.
Saul fought many battles for Israel, and as long as he was walking in the anointing, he was victorious. Saul's first battle was at Gabesh Gilead. Gabesh Gilead means "a heap of dry witness".
When the Spirit begins to change our lives, the first thing we face is a heap of dry witnesses. The witness of God has dried up in their lives, and they hate you because they see the life they once had, or desire to have, resident in you. They come against you very viciously to try to defeat the anointing and have you walk with them in their doctrines of men, instead of hearing the Father's voice. Saul was victorious at Gabesh Gilead and all Israel was glad they had made him king.
The people asked their king to destroy the sons of Belial; those who would not have Saul rule over them.
Saul would have no part of these murderous hearts. He gave God the total glory for the victory. As long as Saul was operating in the anointing, he did what was right. The anointing was endeavouring to have its perfect work in Saul's life, but Saul's heart had not had a true change. The old, wild ass nature was still there. Saul still refused to deal with it, and because of this a negative change began to manifest itself in Saul's life.
"Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, ... *** I Sam 13:1
After two short years, the anointing would leave Saul. God's free gift of being king was taken for granted and Saul began to think himself worthy of his position. Many have taken the anointing for granted. They believe they have deserved God's salvation plan and the anointing will never leave them. They are taught "once saved, always saved", "all men will be saved", and "there is no day of judgment". All these teachings please the flesh and tickle the ears.
Paul admonished the Galatians,
Like Saul, many today began in the Spirit, but all too soon they returned from depending totally upon the Lord, to operating in their own fleshly abilities. They do not want God interfering in their lives. They believe they can work it out in themselves.
Saul had determined in himself to rid the land of all the enemies of Israel. God had wrought many victories through Saul, and because of this Saul convinced himself that it was his own doing and not God's. How like many ministries today who begin to grow and soon believe it is "their" ministry. Many go about to establish their own charismatic character either from the pulpit, or in their own abilities in worship and praise, or perhaps in their own expertise in different programs. They overlook the scripture,
It is God who always gives the increase. Men are only to be the anointed vessels to accomplish that which God has purposed in the earth.
Saul came to a time when God would test his obedience. Saul had amassed an army of three thousand men. In doing so he was able to defeat the Philistines at Geba. Saul blew his trumpet throughout all the land, saying,
Saul took all the glory. It was no longer that God was getting the credit. Saul was the hero in Israel.
When the Philistines heard of Saul's victory,
Saul had stirred up the enemy and they came against him with all they had. Saul had ceased blowing the trumpet in the land. Instead,
How soon the sweet taste of victory fades when God allows the enemy to come against us! Samuel had promised Saul that he would come in seven days to offer sacrifice unto the Lord. In the midst of this distress, Samuel delayed his coming. This was God's doing to test Saul's obedience.
Saul's army began to fade. Where was their king's strength, power and might?
This brings up the third sign of the old wild ass nature:
# 3 Doubt and Fear
When the people get their eyes off God and on man and things begin to fall apart, the people will fall away. Those that stay, follow with great trembling. Anxiety begins to rule their lives. They begin to allow doubt and fear to enter into their lives. Neither doubt nor fear comes from the Father. Paul warns against allowing fear a place in our lives.
Fear does not come from God. When the anointing leaves, fear sets in. Fear will make man do strange and terrible things. When Saul realized that his army was leaving, and that Samuel delayed his coming,
Saul acted in fear by offering the burnt offering to try to appease God and invoke Him to act in his behalf. Saul was acting rashly and completely out of order because of fear. The offering of sacrifice was a priestly duty only designated to the tribe of Levi. In his fear, Saul acted presumptuously. His fear caused him to make grave mistakes. As soon as Saul had completed the burnt offering, Samuel came and asked Saul...
This brings us to the fourth sign of the old wild ass nature:
# 4 Blaming others
When Samuel asked Saul, "What has thou done?", Saul blamed Samuel. "Thou camest not within the days appointed". When we operate in fear and doubt, we place the blame for our ungodly actions on others. This is a sign of immaturity and being void of the Spirit operating in our lives.
When Saul was caught he made excuses and began to lie. This is the fifth sign of the old wild ass nature:
# 5 Making excuses and lying
Saul admitted his fear. He made excuses and lied. He stated, "I forced myself to offer the sacrifice." Saul's journey downward continued in high gear until God completely stripped the kingdom from him.
# 6 Disobedience
God would choose a man who was after God's own heart to rule over His people, Israel. Saul was rejected as king, but he would continue to rule for many years. Saul had fallen into total disobedience to the voice of the Lord. Disobedience is the sixth sign of the old wild ass nature.
While Saul and his army of less than 600 men cowered back in their caves and pits in the earth, overtaken by worry, depression, anxiety and fear, Jonathan, Saul's son, would not be part of this mockery before His God. Jonathan knew His God,
Jonathan was not walking in the same place as his father, Saul. After David had slain Goliath, Jonathan and David entered into a covenant relationship. Jonathan was the Prince, the son of the King, but his soul was made one with David, the Anointed King.
Jonathan gave David his robe. The robe represented Jonathan's office or authority as heir to the throne. He gave David his sword and bow. These represented the power that he had as the Prince in the Kingdom. He gave David his girdle. This was the sign of service. Jonathan's service would no longer be toward the earthly government of his father, but he would serve the Anointed King, even though it meant he would never rule and reign in his own kingdom. We must all come to this place in our journey. We must lay down our own kingdom to serve the Anointed King.
Jonathan knew it was not the size of the enemy that counted. Jonathan knew God would save by many, or only a few. So he went up with his armour bearer to the garrison of the Philistines. The Philistines invited Jonathan and his armour bearer to come up into their camp. As Jonathan went forward, the Philistines fell before him because he had the rod of authority in his hand. Jonathan's armor bearer slew them with his sword. The power of God was so strong that the Philistines turned on each other and the enemy began to fall by their own hand. When Saul heard the noise of the battle, all his men assembled themselves together and the Lord saved Israel that day.
# 7 Those who bring distress on others
The word distress means "to exert demanding pressures, to drive, to become a tyrant". The seventh sign of the old wild ass nature is to bring distress to those who have put their faith and trust in you, especially those who are closest to you. Many pastors have brought distress upon God's sheep because of debt to build bigger buildings to make them look good in the eyes of the world.
Saul demanded that no one eat any food until evening, and he would curse the man who did. Saul proclaimed, "...that I may be avenged on mine enemies." He was the one who blew the trumpet in the land proclaiming his victory, when it was God who was to receive the glory. Saul wanted it for himself. The prophet Isaiah wrote,
God will not share His glory with any man. If man desires the glory, God will turn His face away. He will strip the kingdom from those who bring glory to themselves. When Israel came to the woods, an honeycomb had dropped. Saul's army had not eaten all day, and had been engaged in the heat of the battle. But no man would eat of the honey because they feared the wrath of the king and the oath he had made. *** I Samuel 14:26
The eighth sign of the old wild ass nature is:
# 8 Causing God's people to operate in fear
When man begins to bring fear upon God's people, he is no longer operating in the ways of the Lord. Rather, he has given himself over to the spirit of fear in his life. Many have taught God's people to fear satan more than they fear God. (1)
Jonathan was not following the voice of his father. He was directed by the Holy Spirit to take the rod of authority that God had placed in his hand and dip it in the honey. When he tasted of that honey, his eyes were enlightened. It was by that same authority that the enemy had fallen before him.
Honey represents the sweet Word of God. When man dips into the living Word with the rod of authority that God has placed in his hand, his eyes will be enlightened in the wonderful truths of God's Word. God's Word becomes life. This can only be accomplished through the anointing of the Spirit. When Jonathan was informed of the curse Saul had pronounced on all that partook of any food, his reply was...
Saul had troubled the land. His anointing was gone and he was completely given over to the old wild ass nature of self, selfishness, self-centeredness and self-rule. There had come a turning point in Saul's life. Saul once again built an altar unto the Lord as he had done at the first. *** I Samuel 14:35
Saul sought the Lord and asked,
Saul had been disobedient. He lied. He would not accept responsibility for his actions. He brought doubt, fear and anxiety upon God's people. And because God would not answer Saul, he looked for a scape goat so he would look good in the people's eyes.
# 9 A Murderous Heart
Saul was looking for someone to blame for his failure before God. He was looking for a way to avenge himself to look godly in the eyes of the people. In all his self-righteousness he proclaimed, "If it is my son, Jonathan, that has sinned, he will surely die." A murderer's heart is the ninth sign of the old, wild ass nature.
So Saul cast lots on the people and the lot fell on Jonathan.
This same Saul who had proclaimed just two years earlier when the people wanted to kill the children of Belial,
Now Saul was ready to murder his own son who had just wrought a great victory in Israel, so that he might save face before the people. The old, wild ass nature will destroy everything around it, that self may be glorified.
The people rose up against Saul saying,
Saul had pushed his people into rebellion. Once rebellion begins it never ends until it is dealt with Spiritually. Saul had fallen into rebellion against God, and that rebellion entered into the people. Samuel informed Saul,
When a person fails to deal with the old, wild ass nature, rebellion and stubbornness are a result. They worship the god of self who does whatever is necessary to preserve and promote self and self image.
Saul's journey downhill continued. God spoke through Samuel that Saul was to smite the Amalekites. God had given Saul strict and precise instructions:
Saul was to spare no one nor anything. His commandment from God was clear and precise. Saul had come to the place where he did as he chose; yet professed that he was still under the direction of God. When the battle with the Amalekites was over,
When the old, wild ass nature takes control, it becomes obedient only to self and what pleases self. All that which pleases the eyes and the flesh are saved. The things that are vile and refuse have no profit to the flesh. Saul was willing to destroy all that. But that which pleased the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh, he refused to destroy.
God spoke to Samuel that Saul had disobeyed His Word,
The first words out of Saul's mouth was, "I have performed the commandments of the Lord." Saul lied to cover his sin. Today we have a generation of people who say what people want to hear. They have no conscience about lying. Their conscience has been seared. They fail to realize that God judges every word that comes out of their mouths. In the words of Jesus,
When Saul proclaimed, "I have performed all the Lord commanded", he was condemned by his own words. Samuel's reply was,
Samuel could not see the sheep or oxen. This was God's revelation to Samuel of Saul's sin. Saul immediately justified his actions, saying,
Saul took no blame for what was done when he stated. "...they have brought..." The old, wild ass nature wants only the glory, not the responsibility. Saul reasoned, "The people spared them to sacrifice unto the Lord." How could God not be pleased with such righteous motives? Saul had no consciousness of rebellion and disobedience.
Saul had exalted himself. He had completely forgotten his humble beginning, and the anointing that God had placed upon him. This anointing was the calling from the Father. But Saul rejected that anointing to serve the old, wild ass nature. And the old, wild ass nature had consumed his life. Now, God would deal drastically with Saul.
Saul had kept Agag, King of the Amalekites, alive. Saul was respecting the position of king more than he did the commandments of God. Saul could not destroy the king. Saul preserved the position more than the man. Saul had no problem destroying all the Amalekites, but he could not eliminate the king. This would have been a threat to his own exalted position. When Samuel confronted Saul, Saul repented,
Many today, like Saul, are not sorry for their sin. They are only sorry that they have been found out. Then they make a show of repentance, but there is no change in their hearts. There was no humility in Saul's repentance; no sackcloth and ashes. Saul's repentance came with a request. He sought forgiveness from Samuel.
He wanted Samuel to go before the Lord for him, so that he could, again, worship the Lord. Man wants God's blessings, while they go about doing what they want to do. Samuel's reply was direct and to the point,
Samuel would not stand before the Lord in Saul's behalf because Saul had raised himself up in his own eyes. God could no longer deal with him. God can only bless us when we are "little in our own eyes".
As Samuel turned to leave, he took hold of Saul's mantle, tearing it. Samuel spoke to Saul again, "God has ripped the kingdom from you." Saul was not finished making demands upon God and the man of God. His reply to Samuel's words were
Saul wanted to save face before the people. When the old, wild ass nature is not dealt with, nothing matters but self- exaltation and the maintaining of one's position.
Samuel never again came to Saul. Saul had been rejected by God and man. When the old, wild ass nature takes control, and self and selfishness become the whole purpose in life, God will turn His face away and leave man to his own devices. When God rejects man because of his rebellious, disobedient spirit, his downtrek to destruction is sure. This was the story of Saul. The anointed of God had become the rejected of God.
In the Word, God has contrasted the ass nature with the ox. The ox is an animal used for sacrifice or service. It makes no difference to the ox if he pulls a plow, or lays on the altar. But the ass is self-willed and stubborn. We are informed in the book of Deuteronomy,
The ox and ass cannot pull together. When the self-willed nature of the ass goes its own way, the ox must go the direction God leads. The ass nature will always cause strife and conflict. This happens many times in the assembly when someone who has not dealt with the old, wild ass nature is in control. There is always strife and conflict with those who desire to go the way of God. The old, wild ass nature in man will allow no one to challenge what they believe to be right, or what pleases self. Jeremiah spoke of the wild asses in the high places,
There are many wild asses that are standing in the high place of God. They snuff up the wind like dragons. The word dragon means "serpent". The wind represents the Holy Spirit. The words snuffed up mean "to trample upon, or to crush". Those who stand in the high places, who have not dealt with the old, wild ass nature, are a type of the serpent who crushes and tramples the teaching of the Holy Spirit, not allowing Him to move because of their stubbornness.
The ass is also the symbol of humility. When that stubborn, self-will is broken, they become a beast of burden; transportation for kings. When Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He rode on the back of a colt of an ass. Jesus had brought the wild ass nature under Him into dominion. Jesus told His disciples,
An ass colt is an untamed, unmanageable, unbroken animal who will not allow himself to be ridden upon. But it was no problem for the Creator. The disciples put their garments on the colt and Jesus rode him into Jerusalem. We must follow Jesus' example. We must bring the old, wild ass nature under the hand of the Father so that the Holy Spirit can deal with it. And when it is dealt with, then the Master can ride that old nature under His control to the true place of worship (Jerusalem). When we put the old, wild ass nature under the control of God, He will bridle it; and He will set Himself upon it; and He will bring it under His control.
This is the only way He can bring us into His true anointing. We must be "little in our own sight" if God is going to exalt us. He can do nothing with the old, wild ass nature but judge it. Saul refused to heed God's warning. It cost him his kingdom and the lives of all his heirs. God would make David king because he was a servant after God's own heart. Saul's asses were found, but he refused to deal with them.
What will our answer be when we stand before the man of God. Will we proclaim we have done all that we were commanded? Or will self-will have replaced the will of God? Saul is our example of the disobedient, rebellious, carnal nature that must come under the control of the Creator. If we are unwilling to do this, God will strip the kingdom from us and give it to those who are becoming David's in His sight; those who are after God's own heart, who have come into obedience to His voice.
We need to look to David who was the keeper of the sheep, anointed from the horn, the overcoming power in his life.
DAVID, KEEPER OF THE SHEEP
Saul had been rejected by God from being king over Israel. But Saul remained in power while God was raising up another king to take his place. Today, God is raising up His kings and priests in the earth to rule and reign in His kingdom. These have not come into their kingship yet, but the anointing is doing its work in the Day of Preparation. (2) Although Samuel had anointed David king, Samuel continued to grieve for Saul. God spoke to Samuel,
It is no different today. When a man falls from God's grace because of sin, the people stand and grieve, instead of going on with what God is doing in their lives. God spoke to Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go to Jesse's house and anoint one of Jesse's sons as king in Saul's place. The horn symbolizes "power and authority" in our lives. Paul wrote to the Corinthians of the Christ anointing.
David was about to receive another anointing. David was anointed with the power, wisdom and authority of God. This is the "Christ" anointing. Today, the Sauls have only received the "Salvation" anointing. Most are not seeking the anointing of power and wisdom and authority in God. They desire to remain in the thirty fold realm. The "Christ" anointing enables us to "overcome" all the powers of darkness in our lives. This anointing will give us the power to walk through the sixty fold suffering realm in our walk to maturity. This "Christ" anointing will bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
One of these fruits is longsuffering, *** Galatians 5:22. When we come into the "Christ" anointing, we enter the sixty fold, longsuffering realm. David was given this anointing of power to overcome and to endure the sufferings so necessary in his life to bring him into maturity. Those who have ever studied David's life, know that David suffered from the time he received the anointing until his death.
David is a type of the church from the Day of Pentecost until the death of the old, wild ass, adamic, carnal nature of man. This death takes place in the "sixty fold suffering realm". If we are to walk into maturity, (the 100 fold realm, the Holy of Holies), we, too, must walk through the sixty fold suffering, overcoming realm in our walk.
David had entered into the sixty fold, suffering realm. This is the Holy Place, the priesthood realm. This is where the cloven tongues cleansing baptism of the Holy Spirit begins to grow and mature us into useable vessels for the kingdom. This is where the old, wild ass nature is dealt with. As we progress and grow through the sixty fold, suffering realm, our life will narrow until we come to the hundred fold, Holy Of Holies realm, where we will enter into the presence of God. This is the realm where we will begin to reign with dominion and power.
To enter the sixty fold realm requires another cleansing and a change of garments. This is when we receive our priestly robes of ministry. David entered into this realm with the anointing from the horn.
When Samuel came to anoint one of Jesse's sons to be king over Israel, he assumed God would choose another man, just like Saul; one who stood head and shoulders above all others in Israel, one with a beautiful countenance who looked good in the eyes of man. When Samuel got to Jesse's house, he saw Jesse's eldest son, Eliab. Samuel thought,
God informed Samuel, "Quit looking at his good looks and his height. I am not going to pick a king for Israel who looks good in the eyes of man. I am going to pick a king who is after My own heart." Israel did not need another Saul. God knew the true need of His people, not their desire. The Lord spoke to Samuel, "I have refused Eliab." God looked upon the heart of Eliab, not his outward appearance. God knew Eliab's heart and would reveal Eliab's heart for all to see.
Eliab and two of his younger brothers were in Saul's army when David came to fight Goliath, the champion of the Philistine army. David's father sent him to take food to his brothers in the heat of the battle and to find out how they were doing. When David heard that Goliath challenged the army of Israel, David spoke up and admonished the men. Upon hearing David's words, Eliab spoke in anger,
Eliab had an angry heart and an accusing spirit. His attitude toward his brother was one of jealousy. God had refused and rejected Eliab from being king because He knew his heart. God does not look on the outward appearance, but upon the thoughts and intents of the heart. If God is not using us, we need to look at what is in our hearts. The writer of Hebrews informs us that...
The thoughts and intents of our hearts must line up with the Word of God. The Word of God is quick (living) and powerful. It can probe our innermost being to disclose what the intentions of our hearts really are. When Eliab stood before God's anointed, the intentions of his heart were disclosed.
When David got to the battle, one of Eliab's questions was...
David was the keeper of the sheep. He was the eighth son of Jesse, great grandson of Boaz and Ruth. David had a shepherd's heart. His heart was to care for the flock of his father. Today, God is looking for the Davids who will watch over His flock.
The question today is, "Who is watching the little flocks in the wilderness?" Jesus stated,
It is the Davids with the pastors' hearts who are caring for the Father's little flocks. The hirelings desire the big flocks that they may look good in the eyes of man; but David's heart was with the sheep. When Samuel, the man of God, came to town, even to David's father's house, David did not leave the flock to attend the meeting. He stayed with and cared for the sheep. He did nothing until he was called by the father. What a lesson the shepherd of the flock can learn from David!
When David was called to his father's house, Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren, and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward, *** I Samuel 16:13. David was anointed in the midst of his brothers, in his father's house, but his brothers received no anointing. Only David, the beloved, who had the shepherd's heart received the anointing. After David was anointed, he went back in obedience to tend his father's flock. David's life, nor his outlook on life, would never be the same.
The anointing from the horn of God's power gives us the overcoming power to live a victorious life before our God. But there is much to learn in this maturing realm and, like David, we must return to our daily responsibilities to be further trained, refined and instructed in God's principles. In God's kingdom there can only be one head. Paul wrote to the Ephesians,
When David received the anointing of power, the anointing that had been upon Saul departed. God had chosen another head, another anointing to replace Saul.
When the evil spirit came upon Saul, his servant's counseled Saul to seek out a man who was a cunning player on the harp; one who could comfort Saul when the evil spirit plagued him. David was sought out for this job. So David's first job was that of "comforter".
More than likely, David played and sang many of the Psalms which God had given him while he had cared for his father's flocks on the hillsides in the wilderness. When David played his comforting music, the evil spirit would leave Saul alone. What are we to learn from this? If satan is giving us trouble we need to be assured that he cannot stay around when we are singing praises unto our God.
God used the evil spirit that He sent upon Saul to introduce and teach David about the seat of government. This was David's first exposure to the palace, and David learned much while he ministered before Saul.
After David spent a time as comforter, he, again, returned to his little flock in the wilderness to be alone with God for further instructions, learning the will of God for his life, and being taught the ways of God. David remained in total obedience until the time he was ready and prepared to do battle.
David willingly tended his father's sheep until his father sent him to the battle to learn of the welfare of his sons. There, David became a warrior as he went forth to defeat Goliath in the power of his anointing. In his letter to Timothy, Paul speaks of our becoming a good soldier of Jesus Christ in God's army,
As soldiers, we should not allow ourselves to be entangled with the affairs of this life. We need to learn to endure hardness and become pleasing in the sight of God. When David got to the battle,
David did not recognize the assembled troops as Saul's army. David's vision was in a higher realm. He saw the army of the Living God. David was speaking by the Spirit of God. Who was this Goliath to bring this reproach on Israel? While Saul and his men were cowering back in their tents, David knew the whole Spiritual army of God was on his side.
When David's words were reported to Saul, Saul called David to hear David's words. David spoke as the Holy Spirit directed,
Saul told David that he could not fight with this Philistine because he was only a youth. Goliath, the champion of the Philistine army, had been trained as a mighty warrior from his youth up, to kill and destroy. But David had been in the
wilderness, alone with God. He had been trained to hear the voice of God. Through the Holy Spirit anointing, David informed Saul that he had been victorious over the lion and the bear who attempted to take the sheep from his father's flock. David did not hold back his testimony for God,
David knew in his own strength that he could not defeat the lion or the bear. David gave God all the glory for his victories, and God would get the glory when He defeated Goliath. David desired none of the glory.
Saul reasoned that if David was going to represent Israel in battle then he should look like a soldier. So he gave David his armor.
Saul tried to arm David with the armour of flesh. Today, God's shepherds are going forth with the armour of flesh. They put on their Christian uniforms to be acceptable in the eyes of the people, armed with their precepts and doctrines of men. They go forth to slay the man of sin in their's and other's lives only to compromise with the man of sin. Because there is no anointing in their lives they cower, dejected and defeated, back in their holes with Saul and the rest of defeated Israel.
David would have no part of Saul's armour. David was not a warrior in the flesh. David was not accustomed to this kind of armour. David had on God's Spiritual armour. He could not wear the helmet of brass because brass represents sin. Saul's fleshly helmet covered his head with sin. David had on the Spiritual helmet of salvation. He could not wear Saul's fleshly coat of mail (breastplate). Instead he chose the Spiritual breastplate of righteousness. David refused to carry Saul's fleshly sword because he had the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. No armour of man is going to slay the giant of darkness in our lives. This giant can only be felled by the Spirit of the living God. Saul tried to entangle David in the affairs of this life, but David rejected the armament of flesh.
David took his staff in his hand. This was his shepherd's staff which represented the authority of God in his life. If we are going to defeat the enemy, we had better know our authority. David chose five smooth stones; stones that had all the rough edges worn off by the constant washing of the water by the Word. Five is the number of grace and is also the number of ministry.
David took his sling. The sling represents the power of deliverance that we have through the Spirit to deliver God's Word in power and authority.
David stood before this giant who stood almost ten feet tall. This giant also had a helmet of brass. His breast-plate of brass weighed more than one hundred and fifty pounds. His legs were covered with brass. The target between his shoulders was also covered with brass. He was the picture of the man of sin standing before David. His spear head weighed about twenty pounds and the shaft on his spear was like a weaver's beam. This man of sin was all show. He intended to strike fear in the heart of all those who would attempt to confront him.
Goliath also had a sword. It was not the sword of life, but the sword of self destruction. When David went out to meet Goliath, he looked upon David as a mere youth, and proclaimed,
Goliath made a fatal mistake in not recognizing God's anointed; nor did he recognize the authority of God that David held in his hand. Instead, he cursed God's authority and His anointed one. Goliath did not know the words of the unknown Psalmist,
Many today do not recognize God's anointed, nor do they recognize His prophets. They go about doing their own thing, trying to curse God's anointed and the authority God has put in them.
David was not there in Saul's behalf. He was not fighting for Israel. He was there in the name of the Lord of Host and the armies of the living God. The man of sin had no chance because all he had to fight with was the armament of flesh that operates in fear. But David had the powerful name of the Lord of Host, the "Warrior God". David knew he could do nothing in his own strength.
Goliath had no idea he was in a spiritual battle. The Lord does not deliver with sword and spear. Our battle is not in the physical realm. Our battle is Spiritual and those who are warring in the flesh have nothing to fight with.
When Goliath started toward David, Goliath's outward
appearance was intended to bring fear upon David. This is satan's only weapon. But David courageously ran toward Goliath with his sling,
David knew the Spiritual weapons that would overcome the Philistine giant. He chose five proven smooth stones and his Spiritual sling. They proved to be mighty weapons that defeated the uncircumcised Philistine. Goliath fell on his face under the power of God. Every time in the Bible when the power of God slew someone in the Spirit, that person always fell on his face. When a person is in rebellion to God they will always fall backwards.
David took Goliath's sword and cut off his head. The only thing the sword of the flesh can bring is destruction. Those who are depending upon the armament of the flesh instead of their God will be destroyed by that sword. Jesus proclaimed,
When David slew Goliath it brought him great honour. He became the hero of Israel. God was preparing himself a king. But before David could become king, there were many trials and tribulations ahead of him.
Saul also bestowed many honors upon David,
David was set over all the men of war. David was the anointed king. God will always set his anointed over his army. David was successful in every battle. David behaved himself wisely in all matters. He was accepted by the people. As his fame spread, the women began to write songs about David,
When Saul heard this, he became very angry and jealous of David because of this recognition. When God blesses His anointed, those who have refused to deal with the old, wild ass nature will allow anger and jealousy to become part of their lives. David was the obedient servant of the king, and because of this, God was blessing him in whatever he set forth to do.
Saul had promised his eldest daughter to the one who slew Goliath. But when it came time to give his daughter to David, Saul refused and gave her to another man. But...
It pleased Saul that Michal loved David. Saul began to conceive an evil plot against David using his own daughter.
Saul was pleased with giving his youngest daughter, Michal, to David to wife; not because he thought it would make her happy, but because he thought she would become a snare unto David. Michal had always been loyal to Saul. He never considered her love for David would change her loyalty. Every thought that Saul had was wicked and evil before God.
Before God destroyed the world with the flood, he revealed,
Today, it seems that every thought of the worldly man is evil beyond imagination. The more vile and wicked the thought, the better they like it. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul stated,
Paul was speaking of the day in which we live. Evil abounds more and more. Man's thoughts have turned away from God to sensuality, carnality and every wicked device. The Word of God is truly correct when it states, "man will get worse and worse." But those who know their God will come into a perfect relationship with Him.
David's whole heart was turned to God. His motives were pure.
But Saul's jealousy and anger would continue to devise ways to destroy God's anointed. This same spirit was in the earth when Jesus was born. Herod killed all the children two years and younger, thus trying to destroy God's anointed. When Jesus' ministry began, the religious system was determined to destroy God's anointed. The same is true today. Government wants to be our god, and they will come against all those who will not bow down to their golden calf. The religious systems who have a form of godliness, but deny the power will also ostracize those who are walking in the life of Christ. Paul informed Timothy to turn away from those who have a form of godliness but deny the power, *** II Timothy 3:5.
David truly had the anointing of power, and the shepherd's heart. Saul's jealousy and anger turned to hatred. Twice the evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul. He tried to pin David to the wall with his javelin. Every time honour was bestowed upon David, it invoked Saul's anger and wrath. Eventually David had to flee into the wilderness. In our day, those attempting to rule over God's people in the flesh, attempt to pin God's anointed servants to their doctrinal walls by the misuse and misapplication of God's sword, the Word of God. The physical sword of man continually seeks to destroy God's anointed power.
The cave is the lowest part of the earth. This is the place of "depression". David was put into a place where he must learn to overcome depression. David had to leave all. He left his good job, his wife, his home, his security. He left the people who looked up to him, who admired and respected him.
David had a challenge set before him. He must fight and overcome the spirit of depression. Today, many who are called by the name of Christ are in this cave, not knowing how to deal with and overcome depression. Those in a depressed state need Spiritual help. Many run to a psychiatrist instead of their Lord Jesus Christ.
David knew not what was ahead for him. He had overcome the bear and the lion. He was victorious over the giant of sin that stood before him. He had defeated the fleshly opponents. Now he faced an inner battle, and this enemy was "depression". God was preparing himself a king. Those who will come into the kingship realm must overcome this giant in their lives. They must deal with the inner man and bring him into subjection.
All those who had failed in the world, all the discontented, all those who were burdened with debt joined David in the cave. David's army consisted of all the dissatisfied, malcontents and failures in the world. But it was David's life that was a testimony to them. David's testimony would help these to overcome their depression, also.
When we have come to this low place in the earth we will truly need each other. Those who are in the same place want to join themselves together with those who have learned how to overcome. This work must be accomplished in the maturing sixty fold, suffering realm of God. Those who have gone through great suffering and trials become the strength for others, who are being broken, to hold on to. The word Adullam means "a testimony to them". David's life was a testimony before them. David would mold these into a victorious, overcoming army.
David was able to overcome depression. All God's anointed must come to this witness in their lives to lead others out of the world and its strongholds. Many in the church today could qualify for David's army; the dissatisfied, who are determined to follow God's anointing. Many have been put through suffering after suffering and question, "Why, Lord? Why, are these things happening to me?" But Paul knew the overcoming principle of suffering when he stated,
Peter also tells us,
David was hated, rejected and hunted. David was a picture of the early church. After they received the anointing and men began to follow their witness, Herod began to persecute, hunt down and torture God's anointed. The church was scattered, and persecution was the medium that spread the gospel over all the earth.
When persecution came, David was forced to flee to the wilderness. The early church also was forced to flee and survive where they could, worshipping in the catacombs, caves and in private homes; hiding from the government and the religious system. Today, God's anointed will suffer at the hand of these same institutions in the not-too-distant future. Persecution is coming and God's anointed need to be prepared. We need to know how to battle depression. We need to follow the testimony and witness of God, our King.
God's anointed today are becoming a victorious, overcoming army able to withstand depression and persecution; not with the physical armament of the flesh, but by the power of the anointing of our God. These will make up the Body of Christ, bound and bonded together by love. Nothing or no one will be able to separate them. They will grow stronger and stronger.
David's army was not held together because of what David could give them. They were cemented together by love and God's anointing. Love is what will hold God's Body together. David's army knew that if they were captured by Saul's army they would all be put to death. Today, God's people must learn there is something worth dying for, and it should be the same thing we are living for.
We don't know how long David was in the wilderness, but we do know why he was there. God was raising up a king after His own heart who would rule and reign over His kingdom. David suffered much persecution at the hands of Saul. Today, God has a people all over the world who are being persecuted for their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We may ask, "What is God doing?" God is raising up kings and priests in the earth. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos that God loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
God's purpose for sending Jesus to the earth was that He might have a people who would bring all glory unto Him. Jesus is our way back to the Father that we might regain that which was lost in the garden; and that was dominion. God had given Adam and Eve dominion over the whole earth. When they fell into disobedience, they forfeited their dominion. Jesus revealed to John God's purpose to raise up kings and priests:
God is training His kings and priests now in the wilderness. Those who have come into the sixty fold suffering realm are learning to hear the Father's voice. Many have speculated on how long David spent in the wilderness. David was only there long enough for God to accomplish His purpose in David's life. This is the length of time necessary for us to remain in our wilderness. We must stay in the wilderness until God has taught us how to rule and reign in our earth. Then we will rule and reign on the earth.
David was anointed king, but he could not exercise that anointing until God said so. Two times David could have become king by his own hand: once in a cave where David was hiding and another time when God had put a deep sleep on the whole military camp of Saul.
The first time David could have killed Saul was when Saul entered the cave David was hiding in. Saul was unaware of David's presence. Saul was helpless before David. David's men wanted David to take Saul's life, saying, "The Lord has delivered Saul into your hand that you may become king." But David only cut off the hem from the skirt of Saul's robe, *** I Samuel 24:4. David would not touch God's anointed. David did this to show Saul that he was not his enemy.
The second time David could have killed Saul was when David and Abishai crept into Saul's camp at night. God had put a deep sleep on all of Saul's army in the camp. David and Abishai walked right up to Saul and could have thrust him through with the sword. Instead, David took Saul's spear and cruse of water; again to show Saul he was not his enemy. Abishai said to David,
David could have allowed Abishai to have killed Saul, but the anointing was on David. David was in command. If David had allowed Abishai to kill Saul, he would have been consenting to Saul's death. The guilt would have rested upon David. David's answer to Abishai was...
Who can touch the Lord's anointed and be guiltless? David refused to become king by his own doing. After all, God had anointed David, and if David was to be king it would be by the hand of God.
David made many stops in his wilderness journey, but he finally came to dwell at Ziklag. Ziklag means "enveloped in grief". David went from the lowest place in the earth, to an even lower place in the earth. Ziklag was in the land of the
Philistines. David, who had victories over the Philistines, was ready to join them to defeat Israel. He was ready to fight on the enemy's side. In his mind, he thought it would be better to have the Philistines rule over Israel than to allow Saul to continue to plunder, tax and enslave God's people.
David still had his army of dissatisfaction, malcontents and worldly failures who refused to function in the kingdom Saul had created for God's people. Today, there are a multitude of people who have left the church because they cannot worship their God in the religious system which has been created. They refuse to stay in bondage, to be plundered, taxed and enslaved by religious man- made orders. Many have fled and have become part of the church in the wilderness.
David had come to his lowest place of grief. In this place, David would lose everything. David had come full circle; from having nothing in the wilderness while caring for his father's flock, to living in the king's palace, to again having nothing in the wilderness. David remained in this Ziklag experience for 16 months.
David became very much a part of the Philistine situation, to the point that Achish, the King of the Philistines, entrusted David as his own personal body guard. Achish remarked to David...
But Achish's heart was not pure. Achish's motives were to bring God's anointing upon David under his own control. He told his men,
The world can do nothing without an ulterior motive. Achish wanted David to battle on his side. The Philistines were ready to attack Israel. The battle was set in array. The Philistines gathered their army and Israel gathered their army; and David was on the side of the Philistines. It would appear that God's anointed had changed sides. But this was God's way of bringing His Word to pass. Saul had become so wicked that the things the Philistines did even looked righteous in comparison. Today, many activities of those who are called by the name of Christ, make the world look more holy than what they are.
The two armies were ready to do battle,
God was through with Saul. Saul's voice was no longer heard before the throne of God. God was about to bring David, His beloved, to the throne of Israel.
Saul did all he could to try to regain favour with God. He put away all those who had familiar spirits. He put the wizards out of the land. All those who dealt in witchcraft had been outlawed. But now Saul was desperate. He told his servant to find him a witch who could foretell his future. Saul was acting out of fear. All hope of regaining the kingdom was gone. Samuel had warned Saul that rebellion was the same as witchcraft. And now Saul's rebellion had come to the full. His old, wild ass nature had turned totally away from God to the point that he sought comfort from those who practiced witchcraft.
Even through this, God allowed the witch of Endor to call Samuel back from the grave to tell Saul of his judgment. Samuel told Saul that he and his sons would be killed the next day and that Israel would be totally defeated. *** I Samuel 2:8-19
The battle was set in order. David, soon to become king, was still in the Philistine camp ready to be part of the destruction of God's people. But God had other plans for David because he knew David's heart.
God was about to raise up the princes of Achish to question David's loyalty to their king. The princes confronted Achish, "Is not David the servant of Saul? In the midst of the battle will he not become our adversary?" *** I Samuel 29:3. Achish tried to defend
David's presence, but:
At this counsel, Achish dismissed David and sent him back to Ziklag.
And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way." *** I Samuel 30:1-2
At this low place in David's life, he could have indeed questioned if he would ever rule as king over the land. Everything David had was gone: his wives, his children, all his belongings were gone; his house was burned to the ground. David surely must have felt God had totally forsaken him.
David returned to Ziklag on the third day. All that David had was destroyed on the second day. At the end of the second day, God will bring judgment on the whole earth, and all worldly influences in our lives will be destroyed. On the third day, God will raise up His temple of saints. This will be the day when God's people will be required to lose all things. This is the message that the church has rejected. Isaiah the prophet proclaimed,
The church has made a covenant with death and hell. Many talk about dying and going to heaven. They have come into agreement with death. Today, many have their hope in dying or escaping the things that are coming upon the earth. But all Jesus spoke of was living and being with Him; becoming that overcoming, spotless and blameless people.
Isaiah also stated that the church had made lies their refuge and that they were hiding under falsehoods. Many churches today teach an escape plan called the Rapture. They have made this lie their refuge. They hide beneath this falsehood to avoid the change God is demanding in their lives. When suffering is mentioned, they want no part of that message. They only want an easy message. Isaiah went on with this promise,
When God's judgment comes, He will sweep away the refuge of lies in which people have taken their refuge.
The covenant God's people have made with death will be disannulled. The agreement God's people have made with the grave will no longer stand. When God's wrath passes through, those who have their hope in such things will be trodden down. God is looking for a people who are after His own heart, not a group of rebellious children who will not hear the Father's voice.
Jesus' life was left to us as an example. Jesus stated,
Much of the New Testament speaks of the suffering of God's people to prepare them to enter into His kingdom. Jesus was our example of suffering. Paul was also our example of suffering. He spoke much of the suffering and the loss that will come upon God's kingdom people. In Paul's letter to the Philippians, he proclaimed,
At one time, Paul was probably a wealthy man. But his walk in Christ cost him all things: his wealth, his reputation and his standing in the religious system. Paul stated that these things were but dung that he might win Christ. In Paul's second letter to Timothy, which was his last letter before being beheaded in Rome, Paul stated,
These are promises. All who live godly and are preparing for the kingdom shall suffer persecution. Peter, who was given the keys to the kingdom, proclaimed,
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." *** I Peter 1:20-21
Christ is our example of the suffering that must be in our lives if we are to overcome the old, wild ass nature and become part of His glorious kingdom. Peter went on to say,
When we are allowed to suffer for the cause of Christ, we are to glorify God in that suffering. When God's people come to the realization that suffering is part of their Christian walk and that it is a requirement if we are to enter into His presence, they will not question, "Why Lord? Why are all these things happening to me?" They will rest in God's hammering and shaping at the quarry to prepare them to take their place, fitly framed and shaped for the Master's use in His temple of living stones. We must learn to glorify God in our times of sufferings, for it is in these times that God is making us strong.
Paul and Silas were beaten and whipped; their flesh was cut to the bone. Yet they sang praises to God at midnight in their prison cells. What a different attitude than in God's people today. How this "no suffering" message came into the church and has been so wildly accepted by so many denominations is hard to understand. Peter proclaimed,
If God does not judge His house, He cannot judge the world. If He does not deal with the sin and sin nature in those who are called by His name, He will never have the people He promised by the mouth of Paul,
No one can put on the new man until the old man is crucified with Christ. Then, and only then, can the new man, which is created in righteousness and true holiness, be given power and authority in God's kingdom.
God had to bring David to the loss of all things. The chastening process had to be complete in his life to see if David loved God above all his earthly possessions.
Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep." *** I Samuel 30:3-4
David, and all who followed him, had suffered the loss of all things. They sat in the ashes of their burnt homes and ruined lives and wept until they had no more power to weep. How much like God's people today. They not only mourn the loss of earthly possessions, they blame God for the loss and complain to God because their lives are so hard.
The men who followed David, his good friends, his loyal followers, those who had fled to David because they could not make it in Saul's kingdom, began to speak of stoning David. They were hurting, so they wanted to strike out at God's anointed because their souls were grieved. *** I Samuel 30:6
David was greatly distressed. It would seem that all had left him. He stood alone in the angry mob.
God's people need to know that, when all seems to be lost, and there is no one to stand with them, they can be encouraged in the Lord.
While David was mourning his loss, God was using the
Philistines to make David, king. Saul and his sons would be killed that day, and Israel would be scattered. God would regather Israel and set over them a man after His own heart, His beloved who had the shepherd's heart. God has promised the same thing for this generation. God's judgment is about to come upon the house of God.
God will gather the remnant of His flock which is left, and He will set up shepherds over them who will feed them the pure Word of God, instead of fleecing them. The true shepherds that God will establish will meet the needs of the flock, instead of the flock meeting their needs. God is raising up His Davids in the wilderness, those who will rule and reign with Him for 1000 years, *** Revelation 20:4.
David would be anointed king in Hebron over the house of Judah. David had first been anointed king in his father's house. David's second anointing as king was over Judah, the people of praise. David would also receive a third anointing as king, seven years later, when he would be anointed king over all Israel. *** II Samuel 5:3
David's first anointing was God's promise of kingship. David's second anointing was the firstfruit anointing where he was to be further instructed in ruling and reigning. This was the cleansing anointing to prepare him to be the king. David's third anointing would place him in full authority as king over all Israel.
David was made a promise and God fulfilled that promise in David's life. He did nothing to become king. The people
recognized the anointing. Today, many are willing to settle for the cleansing anointing and believe they have it all. But if the cleansing anointing is not permitted to do its complete work, then we will never come into the position of kingship to rule and reign with Christ.
We must allow God to put us through the wilderness to refine us, to accomplish His purposes in our lives. It is only through this time of suffering and complete separation that we can become perfected to take the position of power and authority in God's kingdom realm.
David's desire was to build God a house in which God could dwell. But David could not build the house because David was a man of war and had shed much blood. But God promised David that He would raise up a son to build the house and this He did through Solomon. Solomon would be the builder of the house.
BUILDERS OF THE HOUSE
David's desire was to build God a house, a permanent dwelling place. Israel had worshiped God in Moses' tabernacle for about 450 years before David became king. But David's desire was to build God a house (temple) in Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the city God had chosen where His name should dwell, *** I Kings 11:36. Jerusalem was
also the place God had chosen for David's throne. David's throne was on Mt. Zion. David could not build God a house because David was a bloody man who had fought many battles. God had promised David a son who would build a house (temple) for Him.
David drew the plans for the temple. He gathered much of the building materials and amassed a great amount of the wealth needed to build the temple. But he could not build the temple. David was a foreshadowing of Jesus. Jesus came to build a temple out of living stones.
Paul recorded this purpose in his letter to the Ephesians,
Jesus came to show us the way, the truth and the life. But He could not build His temple because He had to shed His blood. The house would be built through the Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God, the Power from on High. Jesus was the blueprint and He provided all things needed to build this temple, but He could not build it. This temple will be built of living stones which are the Body of Christ coming together through the Holy Spirit into a habitation of God.
The design of this temple is to be patterned after the life of Jesus. Peter recorded,
God sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost to prepare the living stones. When this preparation is complete, God will build His temple that He will inhabit for all eternity.
David ruled Israel for forty years. At the end of David's life, Adonijah, his son, declared himself to be king. But God had spoken to David that Solomon was to be king in his place. So upon hearing that Adonijah was trying to usurp his kingdom, David made haste to anoint his son, Solomon, king over Israel.
God was raising up the builder of the house. Solomon's name means "peacefulness". God has promised us the peace of God that passeth all understanding, *** Philippians 4:7. It is through this peace that God will build His house.
Solomon received another anointing. Saul had been anointed from the flask or bottle. Saul was the king the people had demanded. Saul's anointing was in the thirty-fold realm. In the thirty fold realm, the people never overcome their old, wild ass nature. They always want to be free. They do not want to be under the Lord's direction.
David was anointed from the horn. David was anointed into the sixty fold, suffering, overcoming realm. David overcame the old, wild ass nature. He learned to bring the beast nature under the control of the Holy Spirit. When David told Nathan to anoint Solomon, he told Nathan to let Solomon ride upon his own mule. The donkey was no longer called an ass, but a mule. The mule is the servant of man and has come under God's obedience, His will and God's nature; no longer running wild, doing its own thing. It has become a useable vessel in the kingdom.
David was the king chosen by the people because of the mighty exploits he had done in Israel. Solomon had accomplished no mighty exploits, nor had he any prior anointing. Yet, he was made king by the King.
David chose Solomon, his son, to be King. Solomon had a different calling and a different anointing. His anointing came from Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet, who were God's chosen vessels to administer the hundred fold anointing to Solomon. Solomon was the spirit filled, all-wise son of the Beloved. This is the anointing that is awaiting those who come through the sixty fold, suffering realm, readied by the king, and chosen to rule and reign with Him for 1000 years.
When it came time to anoint Solomon, Zadok, the priest, took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon, *** I Kings 1:39. The oil used to anoint Solomon came from the tabernacle.
The only oil in the tabernacle was the oil used as fuel in the candlestick. Solomon received the anointing of light; or the anointing of wisdom and revelation of which Paul spoke in his letter to the Ephesians,
The anointing of light is the anointing of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of our God, Christ Jesus. Solomon's anointing came from the tabernacle. Solomon, like David, his father, was anointed from the horn. His anointing, as his father David's anointing, was with power and authority. But Solomon was anointed by Nathan the prophet and Zadok the high priest. Solomon received not only power, authority, wisdom and revelation, he received the prophetic and priestly anointing. This reveals the outpouring of the Double Portion anointing that is to come upon God's people; the early and the latter rain together.
There was another man at Solomon's anointing, and that was Benaiah. Benaiah means "built or brought forth of Jehovah", the all-knowing God has brought forth that which was to be built by Jehovah. Benaiah was chief over all of David's mighty men. He was also chief over the Cherethites and Pelethites, David's personal body guards. Not only was Benaiah close to the king and his most trusted servant, he had the power of protection at his disposal.
When Zadok, Nathan and Benaiah went to anoint Solomon, the Cherethites and Pelethites were there. All who were close to the king were put in Solomon's hand. Everything close to the king was put around Solomon. In the hundred fold anointing, nothing will be held back by the king when He anoints those who will rule and reign with Him. All His power, authority, wisdom, revelation and protection will be upon those who will make up God's holy temple that He will inhabit for all eternity.
David had prepared for Solomon to build the temple many years before Solomon would become king. Solomon knew, as he was growing up, that he was being prepared to build the temple.
David had prepared Solomon and instructed him in his immaturity how to build God's temple. God is preparing us in our immaturity to become his temple of living stones which He can inhabit when it is complete. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians,
Paul went on to reveal to the Ephesians
There is a growing up if we are to come to the fullness of Christ, *** Ephesians 4:15. God is shaping His temple in our immaturity to become completed, Spirit filled, all-wise sons of God. Solomon was instructed and encouraged by the king to build God a house.
When David was on his death bed he called to Solomon,
David had many things that must have occupied his thoughts at this time. He was king over all Israel. He had financial affairs to think about. He had military offices to think about. He had servants. He had fifteen other sons, eight wives and many concubines to think about. He had his own house and his throne to think about. But what were his instructions to Solomon? "Build the House! Build God a habitation!" This was the most important, uppermost thought on the king's mind; "Build the House!"
This is the Father's cry to us today, "Build the House!" This should be the uppermost thought in our hearts; "Build the House!" In all our business, the most important task we need to teach ourselves and our children is to "Build the House!"
God had promised David that his son was to build the house before Solomon was born,
Solomon was a man of peace, in a place of peace, in a time of peace. It was in this time and in this place that God would build His house. When Solomon became king, his most important job was to build the temple of the living God. And he began to prepare the place for the temple.
David had purchased the threshing floor of Ornan to offer sacrifices unto God to stay the plague that God had sent upon Jerusalem because David had numbered the people. The threshing floor of Ornan was on Mount Moriah. Mount Moriah was the place Abraham had offered up Isaac before the Lord. Ornan's threshing floor could have been on the very spot where God, our Jehovah Jireh, promised to supply the sacrificial lamb. Jesus Christ was the Sacrificial Lamb of God supplied for all mankind. It was God who ordained where His house would be built.
Solomon prepared the place for the temple on Ornan's Threshing floor on Mount Moriah. Ornan means "a perpetual light". Moriah means "my teacher is God". Those whose teacher is God will receive the anointing of His perpetual light on Ornan's Threshing floor.
Solomon began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign. Solomon had made an agreement with Hiram, King of Tyre, to furnish timber, stone and workmen for the temple.
All the work on the stones for Solomon's temple was done at the quarry. No work was done on the stones when they came to the temple site.
There was no shaping done on the stones at the temple site. If the stones did not fit they were rejected and destroyed. They were not reshaped. All the work on the stones was finished before they became part of the temple. Today, God is preparing His living stones so when they come to His temple, the work will have already been completed. If the work of the cleansing anointing, (the cloven tongues of fire anointing) has not been allowed to complete its work in our lives, our stone will be rejected and not used in God's temple.
Jesus spoke of this preparation when He addressed the Pharisees. When they demanded that Jesus tell them when the kingdom would come, Jesus answered,
God is preparing His living stones for His temple; and it is not with observation. He is not doing it with hammer or ax, nor anything that will draw attention. He is doing it within a people.
It is the change from the outside that is being brought about by the Holy Spirit cleansing fires in our lives. This is being accomplished in our immaturity, to prepare us to become living stones in God's temple.
It took Solomon seven years and six months to complete the temple. *** I Kings 6:37-38
The temple was completed to its perfection in the seventh year of construction. God's Spiritual temple will be completed on the seventh day of God's creation. The seventh day is figured from the creation of Adam. The Holy Spirit spoke through Peter to give us the revelation of God's time. He wrote,
A day in the Lord's time is one thousand years in man's time. The seventh day figured from creation of Adam is the 7000th year.
Jesus also spoke much of the third day. The third day and the seventh day are the same day. The third day is figured from the time that Jesus came as the first Adam to bring perfection back to His creation, man. It has been almost two days of God's timing since Jesus completed the work that the Father had given Him to accomplish in the flesh. The writer of Hebrews proclaimed the Spiritual truth of the seventh day to us,
The Holy Spirit directed the writer of Hebrews to speak about a place of rest, a time of rest, and a people of rest. Those who enter into the place of rest, in the time of rest, have ceased from their own works, as God did from His, *** Hebrews 4:10. These are those who have ceased from their own works and are doing the works of the Father. God entered into His rest on the seventh day. The living stones of God's temple will come into their resting place that has been prepared for them by God on the seventh day.
The writer of Hebrews stated, "He limiteth (determined) a certain day"; that day is the seventh day. God spoke through David and said, "To day"; God was speaking of His seventh day. "If ye will hear His voice, harden not your heart;" do not become insensitive to God's voice. God is desiring a people to come unto Him and enter into His rest.
The writer of Hebrews also stated, "If Jesus had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day." Jesus did not bring this rest. God's rest must come on another day. This is the seventh day. In His own words, Jesus stated,
Jesus did not come to bring peace, even though He is the Prince of Peace. He came to bring a sword, and that sword is the Sword of the Spirit, *** Ephesians 6:17, which is the Word of God. The writer of Hebrews spoke of that sword,
The two-edged sword spoken of in Hebrews is the sword of the flesh. The sword that Jesus brought was sharper than any sword of the flesh. The sword that Jesus brought was the sword that was set at the entrance of the Garden of Eden. This was the flaming sword that turned every way to keep man from the tree of eternal life. This sword is quick (living) and powerful, and it divides between the soul and the spirit.
Man was made a living soul, but the soul must come under the control and direction of the Spirit. The Word of God divides that which is soulish in our lives and that which is Spiritual. This sword discerns between the thoughts and intents of the soulish heart of man.
God does not look on the outward appearance. This includes not only our outer man's looks, but also what we say. God looks upon the heart, and lines up what is in our hearts with His flaming sword, the Word of God. He turns this sword every way to
completely check our thoughts with His Word. Those who have clean hands and a pure heart will ascend into His holy hill. These shall stand in His holy place, *** Psalm 24:3-4. God has set His way before us. He gave Jesus as our example. The writer of Hebrews stated,
Many will come short of His day of entering in because of unbelief. The gospel of the kingdom preached to them did not profit them because it was not mixed with faith. These are destined to be cleansed and purified in God's wrath.
Jesus came to be an example to show us how to enter into the Holy of Holies, the 100 fold realm of God. Solomon is also our example of coming into the hundred fold realm, the fullness of God;
into His presence, His blessing and abundant provision. The Lord spoke to David about his son who would build him a house,
The question we must ask, "Did God establish Solomon's throne forever?" It should be clear that God had promised David a son and that this son would build the house and throne that would be established forever. This promise was not for Solomon, nor for the house that Solomon built. The promise was foretelling the coming of the building of God's Spiritual house, the temple of the living God. Matthew recorded,
The very first scripture in the New Testament records that Jesus was the son of David. When the angel appeared unto Mary, he revealed to her,
The son that was promised to sit on David's throne was Jesus. It should be obvious that it was not speaking of Jesus in His fleshly existence, but in His exalted position in the Spirit of Christ Jesus. On the Day of Pentecost Peter spoke to the assembly concerning Jesus in His exalted position,
Christ is the anointing, the Holy Spirit of God, the anointing that sits on David's throne. It is Christ Jesus who will raise up the temple God will inhabit for all eternity. God is erecting His Spiritual house. This house will be fitly framed together and grow unto an holy temple in the Lord; builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. *** Ephesians 2:21-22
God will build His temple through the Spirit, the Anointing that occupies David's throne. The temple could not be built with the anointing that was upon David (the cleansing anointing), the anointing that overcomes the old, wild ass nature. The temple will be built by and through the Double Portion Anointing. This is the prophetic and priesthood anointing in power and authority. This anointing is referred to as the Double Portion Anointing; the Early and Latter Rain together, or the Fullness of the Spirit.
The anointing that Solomon received came from the presence of the Father. When Jesus was baptized on the banks of the Jordan, He received the anointing of the dove; the anointing of peace. The Father spoke, "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Everyone is looking for sonship. There will be no sonship until we receive this same anointing.
Jesus did not receive the cloven tongue baptism because there was no sin in His life that had to be dealt with. Jesus received the "dove" anointing; as John recorded,
Jesus was given the "Spirit" anointing without measure; Jesus received the fullness of the Spirit. This is the anointing God has promised those who have allowed the first fruit anointing to have completed its work.
Jesus spoke much of the Spiritual temple that would be built in the earth. When the Jews confronted Jesus, seeking a sign of what Jesus was proclaiming, Jesus' answer was,
The Jews proclaimed that it took forty-six years to build this temple, and said, "Will You build it in three days?" The Jews had no Spiritual understanding of Jesus' words. Today, many in the church have no Spiritual understanding of what Jesus was speaking. John went on to relate,
Jesus was not only speaking of the resurrection of His physical body, but the building of His Spiritual temple made with the living stones. These stones were not the work of man's hands, but the changed lives that come through the Spirit.
Just before the Jews stoned Stephen, he proclaimed,
Paul, who held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, proclaimed this same message on Mars Hill to the Athenians,
And yet many are proclaiming the building of what they call "The Tribulation Temple" in Jerusalem. God's Word states very emphatically that He is finished with physical temples. He will not, again, inhabit a physical temple.
Many will say, "But we are the temple of God." This statement is futuristic. We are not yet the temple of God. We are becoming the temple of God. We are still stones in the quarry being shaped and prepared to become that temple. Paul wrote:
Paul went on to say,
If the body we now occupy is the temple of God, can any say we have not, in one way or another, defiled this body? Then, if we are now the temple, why has God not destroyed it? Peter, who was given the keys of the kingdom, knew he was still tabernacle.
The word tabernacle means "temporary dwelling place, or tent".
We are tabernacle (flesh) until the change comes to this body in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Paul revealed in *** I Corinthians 15:52 our hope in becoming God's temple when this change comes. In his second letter to the Corinthians, he wrote,
There is a day when Jesus promised He would raise up His temple. He said in three days He would raise it up; His temple will come into existence on the third day. The third day lies directly ahead of us. God is going to anoint those who have allowed the Holy Spirit cloven tongues of fire to cleanse their lives with the Double Portion anointing of light. God is desiring that we build His house, His temple, that He will inhabit for all eternity. Jesus tells the parable of two men who built houses,
To build on the rock, we must dig down and get on the solid rock, the sure foundation. The foundation of the house that God is going to build is the apostles and prophets, *** Ephesians 2:20. The apostles and prophets spoken of by Paul is the Old and New Testaments; the Word of God. If we are going to build a house (temple) that God will inhabit, it must be built upon the Word of God; not the precepts and doctrines of men.
Jesus spoke of a second man who built his house,
The sand is the flesh. This man built his house on the things of this world. He had no solid foundation to build his life upon. Whatever felt good, that is what he did. God reveals what will happen to these two lives. The storm that is coming is the "Wrath of God", or the "Judgment of God". The man who built his house on the Word will be able to weather the storm,
The storms do not affect temples because temples are constructed of stone. Temples will weather the storm no matter how severe. But those who have their lives built upon the sand of flesh and religious doctrine will perish,
The storm is coming and those who have founded their life on the rock as revealed through the Spirit will stand and enter into the joy of the Lord. Those who have built upon the sand will be cast out into outer darkness (the wrath of God) where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
God will erect His temple on the third day. This temple is His Body; the Body of Christ. Our way to enter in is to follow the example left by Jesus. The writer of Hebrews proclaimed,
The way into the Holy of Holies is by the blood of the Sacrificial Lamb of God. He prepared a new and living way to enter in, not by way of death, or the grave; but a new and living way to go through the veil into the Holy of Holies.
The veil is the flesh of Jesus. We must come to the end of our fleshly understanding and our fleshly worship of Jesus, if we are to go beyond the veil of this flesh. The veil is an obstruction of our vision. If we are to have clear vision, we must go beyond the veil of flesh, and witness the ascended Christ sitting on the right hand of the Father. Jesus prepared the new and living way for us to enter into the presence of the Father.
When Solomon was anointed king, one of the prophecies given, was...
Solomon was promised that his throne would be greater than his father, David's. Solomon could do the greater works because he received a different anointing than David had received. Jesus made the same promise to those who will enter into the anointing that God is going to bring upon the earth,
Today, many are proclaiming, "We are in the third day." But this tabernacle has not yet become temple. We are not yet doing the greater works. Man is still going by way of the grave. But God has a day and a people, and this day lies directly ahead of us.
We must tarry in Jerusalem (the place of true worship) as God directed the early church, so that we might be endued with the power from on high.
When we are endued with power from on high, we come into His place of protection. When David sent Zadok, Nathan and Benaiah to anoint Solomon, the Cherethites and the Pelethites were placed around Solomon. The word Cherethites means "the cutters off". The word Pelethites means "separation". God has those He has called unto Himself. He has separated them unto Himself, cutting them loose from all outside influences in their lives. These have ceased from their own labors and have come into the complete protection of the Father.
The writer of the ninety-first Psalm spoke of this protected place in God,
God will bring us under His total care and protection if we will only allow Him. When Jesus stood before Jerusalem, He lamented because the people had rejected His care and protection,
Have you ever observed a hen gathering her chicks under her wings? This lesson in nature helps us to understand what an important promise God has made to His people. When a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, her total body is used to protect the little ones. As we begin to see the picture that Jesus was portraying, we can visualize His protective covering in our lives. John recorded,
"Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth." *** John 17:17
The word sanctify means "to set aside in a Spiritual realm". This is the example of the Cherethites and Pelethites being placed around God's anointed for protection. God will place His anointed in a place of total protection, under the shadow of His wings. Our Heavenly Father is our only protection in the days ahead. Moses came to this place in God. When Moses spoke to God, he requested,
"I beseech thee, shew me thy glory." *** Exodus 33:18
God told Moses,
"Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock," *** Exodus 33:21
The only safe place in God is to be founded upon the rock, and that rock is Christ Jesus and the anointed Word of God. That is the only foundation we can build our Spiritual house upon. All other foundations will fail. God went on to relate to Moses,
When God's glory passes by, we will be hid in the cleft of the rock and God's hand will cover us. This is the perfect place of protection that we can only enter into through the anointing of light that God will bring upon His people to do the greater works of the kingdom age.
We need to allow God to prepare our stone now, that when He builds His temple, our stone will take its proper place in His living temple. There will be many unfinished stones that will have to be rejected because the finished work has not been completed in their lives. These will go through the cleansing wrath that God is bringing upon the earth. Jesus informed us,
If we are not counted worthy to escape those things that are coming upon the earth, then we have not founded our lives upon the rock, nor are we covered by His hand. The writer of Hebrews stated,
Those who have come short of entering in, did so because of unbelief. Today, many are unbelieving believers. They believe there is a change coming, but they do not believe it strong enough to change. God demands change, and those who refuse to change, or will not allow their stone to be shaped, will be rejected at the temple site as unusable in God's construction.
God has a plan, and He has prepared the way so we may, again, enter into a place of dominion in Him. When God created the earth He gave man dominion,
God created the earth that man may have dominion over it. He has not changed His mind. The original Adam forfeited his dominion when he fell into disobedience to the voice of God. Jesus came as the first Adam to reclaim that which had been lost, so that He may again re-establish man's dominion in the earth under the direction of the anointing of the Father of Light. David the Psalmist wrote,
God is mindful of man. He created man to have dominion over all the works of His hands. God will re-establish this in the earth when He raises up His Body to inherit the earth. Those who tarry in the true place of worship will receive the anointing of light.
Those who were off doing something else on the Day of Pentecost, not tarrying in their designated place, received no anointing. God cannot and will not anoint disobedience.
God has a day and a place of entering in. It is a Day of Rejoicing for those who have overcome the old, wild ass carnal nature, and have totally ceased from all their own labors, and have come into the perfect will of God.
These will build His house. The prophet Malachi prophesied of this day,
" ...the one whom ye seek..." The whole Christian world is looking for the return of Jesus. But the one we are seeking will come suddenly, in the moment, in the twinkling of an eye, to His temple. And those who have become the temple of the living God will delight in His presence.
Jesus prepared the way to the Father's presence. We must walk in this way if we are going to enter into God's presence. Begin today to dig down to the solid rock to lay your foundation. Then when you build your house the coming storms will have no effect on you. Your house will stand the storm that is coming before the third day. Begin today to "BUILD THE HOUSE!"
At the time of Israel's return from Babylonia, the prophet Haggai recorded;
The people of Haggai's day are like the people today who are saying it is not time to build the Lord's house. Perhaps it will be the next generation,
The Lord spoke, "You are content in your comfortable existence while the temple of God is lying waste." God's people today are not interested in their Spiritual temple. They are too comfort- able in their way of life to be interested in what God is trying to do in their lives. But Haggai spoke God's Word,
As God's people we need to consider our ways. Are we pleasing before God? We need to arise and build on the solid rock. We need to establish our solid foundation in the Word while there is yet time. Then, when we build our house, the coming storm will not destroy it. Our works will be tried as gold and silver and precious stones. Will our stones stand the fire? Or will our works become wood, hay and stubble to be destroyed in the fire.
Arise and build the house! Let the Sword of the Spirit be by your side as you deal with the enemy of self. Prepare your stone now for God's living temple. Today is the day to "Build Your House!" Allow the cleansing anointing to reign in your life so the anointing of light can be brought forth from the Father. You can become the builder of the house God has promised will be built.
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