Having read II Samuel 23 & I Chronicles 11 & 12:8 about King David’s warriors of renown, I noticed a pecking order. There were the three most valiant, honourable and chief of mighty men whom David had. “These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord….” I Chron 11:10
There were another three; “of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he was their captain: howbeit he attained not to the first three.” I Chron 11:21.
These men were recorded as having done great feats, destroying unusual numbers of the enemy. What struck me this day was hearing, “God is raising up an army…”. With that, I saw that those who were closest to the King did most valiantly. Those who were singly focused, faces like flint in establishing the Kingdom had a great anointing that brought them into their place and position. These men were driven by the Holy One.
Immediately I was challenged to being close to the King. This is the cry of my heart every day, but at the same time, I’ve noticed that we are in a season of great warfare. Now I am all the more encouraged to do the warfare; to watch what comes out of my mouth; to guard my heart from believing the worse in given situations; to guard my mind from negative thoughts and to not allow scenarios of strife etc, from running through my mind. The Word also states that we are to abstain from all appearances of evil. This is a broad spectrum and so necessary!
Why? Because I want the great anointing of the Lord to be upon me! I want it all!
I’ve counted the cost.
So, are you going through battles and setbacks that may or may not even make sense? Be encouraged this day. God has promised (and He keeps all His promises) to pour Himself out on the earth in such a supernatural way to bring fields at a time to His throne. The harvest is indeed ripe for the harvest. We are on the brink of a great outpouring.
God is watching over His Word to perform it.
God is watching each of us to see who will pick up His sword and Cross, and keep themselves honourable, and faces like flint to establish His Kingdom here on earth. This means you may have to make new decisions (remember this is a year of new wineskins) which will cause new reactions to the same old stuff going on in your life.
It doesn’t matter if it is a health issue, physical or mental pain. Perhaps your heart is aching with good cause. But put on the new wine skin! CHOOSE to react differently. Embrace the sufferings of Christ and CHOOSE to fall upon His Word no matter what until you receive the victory for whatever you are battling in your life. God is watching. God cares. He’s provided the way for each victory. He has provided the grace.
God’s grace gets implemented WHEN you make the first move. Die to your understanding. Die to your desires. Get serious about God and come into the place of milk and honey. Yup, right here on earth.
This is a season to march forward and be different. This difference will not only make you victorious, joyful, wiser and load yourself up with understanding, but will cause you to attain the greatest goal and victory of all… to be like the Master King Jesus!!!
This is the Master’s desire for us day to day, line upon line, glory to glory!
Now to God be the glory!!!