(This content is taken from my new book "Financial Glory for the Believer" set to be released in July of this year! I pray this revelation blesses you and encourages you in your walk with the Lord!)
In our previous article released last week on financial glory, we began to unwrap the revelation which I received when the Word of the Lord came to me saying, "Where does money come from?" In this article we will continue unfolding this revelation on how to best tap into the desire of God and in turn, be financed by heaven, being completely dependent on God, and completely free from the fear of man. We will use the life of Saul in comparison to David to see both the consequences and rewards associated with what fuels our kingdom building.
When you study the creation and manifestation of the kingdom of Israel in the Old Testament, which is a form and type of the kingdom of heaven on earth, you see that it has its origins in the desire of God. Samuel was an incredible seer prophet that God strategically placed in Israel during a time of major kingdom reformation in the earth. The time was drawing near when Israel would have its king installed, from whose royal bloodline would spring the Messiah! But the people began to cry out for a king before the right time. Listen to the desire of the people found in these passages of Scripture and how God responded.
1 "There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
2 And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people."
So, picture a giant Brad Pitt, or for younger people, a giant Zac Efron! Saul was quite literally the biggest, best-looking man in all of Israel. Being tall may not be much of a big deal today, but for Israel's day, in a warrior society, where quite often the king was expected to be a fighter as well, Saul was absolutely the ideal candidate for the king in the eyes of man. And that's exactly where the issue is. This is what God wants us to see. Saul was man's choice, not God's. Let's keep reading.
18 "Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, "Please tell me, where is the seer's house?"
19 Samuel answered Saul and said, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and tomorrow I will let you go and tell you all that is in your heart.
20 "But as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not be anxious about them, for they have been found. AND ON WHOM IS ALL THE DESIRE OF ISRAEL? Is it not on you and on all your father's house?"
17 "Then Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah,
18 And said to the children of Israel, Thus says the Lord God of Israel: I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all kingdoms and from those who oppressed you.
19 BUT YOU HAVE TODAY REJECTED YOUR GOD, who Himself saved you from all your adversities and your tribulations; AND YOU HAVE SAID TO HIM, 'NO, SET A KING OVER US!' Now therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans."
Saul's kingdom represents the things that men build in the earth that are built based on their own desires. These things, by nature of the laws of God's kingdom, cannot last. When a man rises to power by the desire of the people, he continues to be controlled by the people. That's why ultimately Saul lost his kingdom. When it came down to obeying God, Saul chose to act in response to the pressure of the people, and he sacrificed before he should have (1 Sam.13:8-13). The fear of man led to his impatient, poor decision making, which ultimately cost him his kingdom. This is why the heavenly kings that are emerging in this hour will exercise the key of patience. When you exercise the key of patience, you aren't controlled by people or agendas in the earth. It turns out that the very thing that started Saul's kingdom off on the wrong foot, the impatience of Israel in waiting for King David to emerge, was the very thing that ultimately led to the demise of his reign.
I can't help but think about the church today in comparison to this paradigm offered in the biblical account and think that we're still doing it in our time. Who are the leaders that we elect in the church? Who are the pastors, the teachers, the television personalities that we most flock toward, which in turn empowers them to rise to influence in the body of Christ? Is it not the most handsome, the best looking, the most charismatic, the ones that in our eyes are head and shoulders above the rest? Are we not guilty of elevating celebrity preachers that resemble our Hollywood idols as a nation, instead of the pure uncompromising ministry of Jesus?
When you consider this truth, it's easy to see how the church operates primarily based on the economy of man and not the economy of God. How so? Because as men and women are elevated by people through popularity, charisma, giftedness, and "star power" so to speak, they then have to maintain that position through pleasing people. When people elevate you, you have to keep pleasing people in order to stay in power; you have to keep serving people, supplying what they demand, in order to keep the money flowing. Without that money you can't have the influence, you can't maintain the power. But what if a company of leaders emerged in our day that learned to operate by the economy of heaven and not man's economy? What if a new breed of preacher arose in today's body, that had access to supernatural funding because they only sought to serve the desire of God, and not man? What if our leaders in the highest realms of influence in the church were not influenced at all by man's desire and man's money, but were purely moved by the Word of the Lord and the desire of God? I think the change would be drastic. I think the nature and tone of our messages would be very different. I think we would hear more of the pure Word of the Lord spoken in obedience instead of the overabundance of self-help material which in many cases deviates from the gospel which has the power to save. I think we would hear sermons concerning what we need to hear not what our itching ears are after.
Am I saying that every prominent minister who has a television show fits this paradigm? Absolutely not. Am I saying that everyone who is successful in the church is guilty of the motivation of seeking to serve man above God? No, I am not. In fact, I believe that more often than not, the deceptions of the enemy working at these levels of ministry are very subtle and wrapped up in good intentions. Many Sauls won't even know they're a Saul until God decides to take their kingdom from them and give it to David. But make no mistake about it, saints, these are very real scenarios and God is really serious about it. As men and women of God, we are charged with continually laying our hearts and lives upon the altar, asking God to search us within, expose any wrong motivation that there may be, seeking to always please God above man. This is why I'm convinced that with the rise of revelation on financial glory, will also come the exposure of leader's hearts and motives, revealing from where the money is truly coming. The next move of God will be cleansing for the House of God, which will expose people's hearts, and bring about a necessary contemporary apostolic shift, likened to the governmental shift which occurred when God transferred power to David during Saul's reign.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;"
"But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you."
This moment in Scripture when Saul's kingdom was taken from him was only two years after its inception. As quickly as it had formed, that's how quickly it was taken. As a general rule in the kingdom, those things that come cheaply often don't last. In Israel's haste, they put all of their desires not on the Lord and His heart, but on the office of a man (1 Sam.9:20). God is seeking Davidic-type kings to rise and reign in this hour building their lives and ministries on the firm foundation of the desire and will of God. Only upon this foundation, the desire and will of God, can anything of the Kingdom of Heaven last on this earth.
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