Who is closest to you? Someone whose conversations or speech carries the grace and seasoning you love. I am drawn to people who speak my language of Kingdom. Our conversations are similar. If you want relationship with certain people you cannot force it, it happens naturally through the Law of conversation.
When you find who speaks your language you have found your next companion.
How did Jonathan and David’s relationship began? It was after Jonathan heard David’s conversation with his father.
When he [David] had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” 1 Samuel 18:1
So, fill your conversation with grace and seasoned with Salt. Because certain divine connection will not happen until they hear you talk!
Will You Be Found Wanting?
Tekel (means “weighed”): You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. –Daniel 5:27, New International Version
This is the writing that was inscribed: ‘MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.’ 26 “This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE: God has COUNTED your kingdom, and brought it to an end. 27 TEKEL: you are WEIGHED in the balances, and are found wanting. 28 PERES: your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” Daniel 5:25-28
The Father is weighing our lives during this Harvest Season , “You are being weighed”.
The powerful truth we see in the life of this pagan king, was that Elohim ‘counted’ his kingdom, but ‘weighed’ him. The result of the weighing was that the king was empty, he didn’t measure up, he was deficient. Consequentially, YeHoVaH divided his kingdom.
Our Kingdom, our ministry, our lives, is sustained by our weight. Those who build a great business, ministry and life in the Kingdom of men but weigh nothing in the Kingdom of YeHoVaH will eventually have to suffer lose when God starts counting.
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Yesterday I was given a prophetic word for the season. Suddenly, I was reminded again!
Son, I heard the Father say to me, “Do you know I have a sickness free plan for My family?”
Many have accepted sickness as a ‘normal way of life. Even those I have bless with finances never move to the next level of My blessing,’ A sickness free life. ‘ I am releasing finances, I am blessing the bread and water of My children who have been serving Me. But, one thing is missing– their children are sick, their wives are sick, the husbands are sick, the mothers and father are still sick. Sickness have not been taking from among them yet. Many of those who serve Me do not yet experience this. This is My plan, Would you accept it?? “” “
The Shunammite story is about how God reaches out to people whose hopes are dead. It’s a story of a woman who felt her case was closed and how God reopened her case. It’s a story of how the things you feel you will never have because of the disappointments and delays you have been through are the things God will resurrect!
Through the Shunammite generosity she opened the door to a man who becomes God’s key to open the door of barrenness for her.
When you have waited for a particular thing and nothing seem to change. When you have prayed for it, fasted for it, believed for it, sowed for it, yet nothing changes your hopes gradually dies.
The Shunammite hopes of having a child was dead. Even when Elisha told her she was going to have a child, she told him not to lie to her. She is tired of another prophecy, another prayer, another preacher saying things will change but it never does. She pleads with Elisha not to touch that part of her life:
And Elisha said, At this time in the coming year you will have a son in your arms. And she said, No, my lord, O man of God, do not say what is false to your servant” 2 Kings 4:16
Yet she conceived and had a son at the time Elisha said she would. Her hope was resurrected and given birth to.
But that wasn’t all, the devil the thief of hope creeps in and kills her child. Often what we have waited and hoped for is the same the devil will attempt to steal from us.
The devil doesn’t want you living with your hope.
The boy grew and one day he went out to see his father who was with the harvest workers.
19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!” His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”
20 So he picked him up and took him to his mother. He sat on her lap until noon and then died.”
FIGHT FOR YOUR HOPE!
This time the Shunammite is prepared to fight for her hope. She places the boy on Elisha’s bed. The bed of hope. The bed of generosity. The bed she gave to God’s servant becomes significantly a place of restoration.
As the child laid on the bed of hope, she goes in hot pursuit of Elisha, the man of hope. At this point, the Shunammite have become a woman of hope. In the face of her loss, she declares, “IT IS WELL!””
People of hope see differently, they believe where others fear!
When she got to Elisha, she grabbed a hold of his feet.
” But when she reached the prophet on the mountain, she grabbed hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the prophet said, “Leave her alone, for she is very upset. The LORD has kept the matter hidden from me; he didn’t tell me about it.” vs 27
To lay hold of the knees or feet has always been thought in the East to add force to supplication, and is practiced even at the present day. It also means to hold another responsibility for an action.
Then she tells the prophet: “”My master, I did not ask you for a son’, she said. ‘I said to you, “Do not cause me to hope (for a son).” Vs 28
She holds tenaciously to Elisha, compelling him, obligating him, demanding him to go resurrect her child of hope. She was directly telling him, “I am going no where, I am not following Gehazi your servant. You must go yourself.”
And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her” Vs 30
Like the Shunammite you must hold tenaciously to God. And refuse to let Him go, until He breathes life back to anything dead in your life.
Hannah prayed one of the greatest prayer ever uttered:
“”She vowed a vow, and said, “LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget your handmaid, but will give to your handmaid a son, THEN I WILL SET HIM BEFORE YOU AS A GIFT until the day of his death. And he will not drink wine or strong drink, d and no razor will come on his head.”” 1 Samuel 1:11
Hannah’s story starts with her pain, it starts with her disgrace… But it doesn’t end that way. Hannah is loved by her husband, yet the one thing she wanted the most is denied from her. Hannah is barren!
To make matters worse the writer of 1 Samuel records that, ” Her rival taunted her severely, to irritate her, because the LORD had shut up her womb” 1 Samuel 1:6
Hannah lived with a stigma only few woman, if not all woman cannot cope with; barrenness. She is mocked, and she is laughed at.
But the beautiful thing about Hannah was that her pain drove her to Elohim. Her pain gave her direction. Her pain taught her one great lesson, “When you give back what you want most to Elohim, Elohim gives you the best.”
In the womb of this seemingly barren woman was a prophet. Hidden deep inside Hannah was Samuel, one of Israel’s greatest prophet.
When Hannah no longer needed a child for herself, when she lost her self centred motivation. When her source of joy shifted from desiring a child because a woman is ‘supposed‘ to have a child, to wanting a child to serve Elohim’s purpose, YeHoVaH opened her womb.
When you only want a child for yourself, when you only want a ministry for yourself, when you want a husband for yourself, God may leave our womb closed. Because He doesn’t bless your personal agenda.
Whatever you want you must want it for God. If you keep self centred traits rooted within your hearts God may keep your womb locked up.
When Hannah vowed to give back to God what she needed the most. God opened her womb.
This message will change your life forever!
It is commonly said, that behind every great man is a woman. Truly, the quality of the woman that stands with a man determined his victories. The kind of man Moses became was profoundly shaped by a great woman who stood behind the scene. She submissively took back stage, and empowered Moses the man of Elohim. That woman is Zipporah wife of Moses!
She married Moses as a tenderer of sheeps, father of her children. But one day, Elohim rearranges their comfortable home by giving Moses a commission. The day Elohim met Moses was the day Zipporah lost Moses to Elohim.
She stood with Moses, as he obeys the commission to go back to Egypt. She stands with him as a pillar, as an encourager.
Zipporah is brave. She takes on this new assignment with her Moses.
“Now on the way, at a place where they stopped for the night, the LORD met Moses and sought to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off the foreskin of her son and touched it to Moses’ feet, and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me.”
So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” referring to the circumcision.)” Exodus 4:24-26
Zipporah becomes Moses intercessor, his protector, and a preserver of the ministry of Moses. Many ministry’s fail because wives are unwilling to be Zipporah’s for their Moses. Many wives will refuse to make geographical, occupational, lifestyle change to help their husbands fulfil God’s purpose. Zipporah is proactive, when Moses is passive. When God sought to kill Moses, she responds by circumcising their son.
Zipporah’s live for a greater cause; to follow her Moses anywhere God leads him!
ABIGAIL, A WOMAN OF WISDOM AND BEAUTY!
Near the end of the book of 1 Samuel, a woman emerges, a beautiful woman. Abigail doesn’t have a book written in her name but this woman will play a major part in the journey of David.
At the heat of David’s anger Abigail gave him the wisdom and patience to find understanding. Abigail saved David from avenging himself and from bloodshed.
When Abigail saw David, without a word, she fell on her face before him, bowing herself to the ground. Falling at his feet, Abigail delivered the most humble, heartfelt plea for David to spare her husband’s household. But her request was not made from a heart of fear, nor was it from a heart of anger toward her husband. Rather, while she admitted that her husband was a man of bad character, she reminded David that his life was in the hands of God. His enemies would be destroyed because of God’s justice, and his own house would endure. She only asked in return that, when God had fulfilled everything He had promised, that David remember her.
Abigail’s humble response turned David’s heart. He saw the error he was about to make. He himself had just recently spared the life of King Saul, who sought to kill David. Yet David had been quick to exterminate the household of a man who had merely insulted him. His life of exile had angered him, and this anger had nearly driven him to seek vengeance against a man who was not the real enemy.
David heeded Abigail’s wise words. He respected her for the great respect she showed her husband’s household, despite his faulty character. He sent her away with a blessing, promising her safe return home and the preservation of the men of Nabal.
Abigail found her David in the midst of conflict. A woman of beauty and wisdom will always end up in the hands of God’s Davids. God preserves Abigail’s for men after his heart.
FIVE QUALITIES OF THE LIFE OF THE LEVITE PRIESTS WHO CARRIED THE ARK OF YEHOVAH.
Carrying the Presence of God is our primary responsibility in ministry. As long as minor things distracts your heart, you can’t carry God’s presence far.
The priests didn’t stop moving when they felt tired, they stopped when the Ark say do. The Ark determined the distance not the priests. The priests carried the Ark but didn’t direct the ark. To know where the ark was going, their whole attention and affection was to be on the Ark. To carry God’s presence we must be priestly-minded people.
Then David said, “No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the LORD has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever”” (I Chronicles 15:2).
To understand the secret to carrying God’s presence, we can learn from how the priest carried the ark of the covenant. The key is this: “”The Priests carried what they didn’t direct!””
“And they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ARK OF THE COVENANT of the LORD your God with the Levitical PRIESTS CARRYING IT, then you shall set out from your place and GO AFTER IT.”Joshua 3:3
The people were commanded to GO AFTER IT [ARK], not GO AFTER THE PRIESTS.
Though the priests carried the ark, the people didn’t follow the priests they were following the Ark. It was the Ark that gave direction and guidance not the Priests. The Priest only yielded their shoulders to carry it. To carry God’s Presence all He needs from us is our yielded shoulders!
The Priests didn’t listen with their heads, they listened with their shoulders, because the future and destiny of Israel was resting on their shoulders.
To become carriers of God’s Presence in the 21st century, we must know that we don’t direct or guide the Presence, we carry what we can’t direct. Therefore, we only YIELD not LEAD.
Many year ago the Spirit began to show me the difference between rhetorical wisdom and Practical wisdom from the book of Ecclesiates. Night and day I would pray Father, give me practical wisdom not a rhetorical wisdom, until eventually I was given.
Rhetorical wisdom will make you look and sound clever with nothing to show for it. You can even use rhetorical wisdom to impress others or even give them sound counsel while you are sick, poor, confused and depressed.
“Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. ” Ecclesiates 9:15
Practical Wisdom is the builders wisdom. It will benefits the carrier. It will reflect is family, health, finance and relationships. It will express itself in things people can see.
New Living Translation:
“So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.” Ecclesiates 9:16
Eventually Rhetorical wisdom without practical wisdom will lead to people eventually dispising your works.