BUILDING ACCORDING TO GOD'S DESIRE, NOT MAN'S, PT.2

By Stephen Powell

(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 the article on financial glory that was sent last week, we talked about the difference between seeking to serve man’s desire versus the desire of God, and how it affects your ability to flow in financial glory. We saw key and valuable insight into this truth through considering the life of Saul, and how He was exalted and chosen by man despite God’s desire being for David to be king. In this article, we’ll look into the life of King David and see the contrast between the two kings.  We’ll also see how David sought to build according to the desire of God and not man!

 

DAVID FLOWED IN GOD’S DESIRE

 

Consider the life of David in contrast to Saul’s. David had a history with God in the fields, which is not seen in Saul’s record of preparation. This is why exercising the key of patience is so important when building the kingdom. Building the foundation required to fulfill the desire of God in the earth must come from a deep work of the heart that springs from relationship with God. Man looks to fill a position, God looks to fill a man. Israel hastened to fill the office of king that they could sense was coming, but God was seeking to fill the man deeply and intimately so that when he did take the throne he would take it with the Lord. God is after an enduring work in your and my life, not a cheap display of rising power that does not last. Listen to these words once again spoken by the prophet Samuel revealing the difference between David and Saul:

 

(1 Sam.13:14)

“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.”

 

David was seeking God’s own heart from the beginning, and that became the basis upon which he built his kingdom. When David aligned himself with the heart and the desire of God, he effectually aligned himself with the kingdom purposes of God in the earth, and that is precisely what brought the kingdom rule, the kingdom reign, as well as the kingdom resources of heaven into David’s life for the advancing of God’s work in the earth. The desire of God is truly where kingdom resources come from!

 

THE TEMPLE IS BUILT IN THE EARTH OUT OF THE DESIRE OF GOD

 

(1 Ki.8:17-20)

17 “Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

18 But the Lord said to David my father, whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.

19 Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.

20 So the Lord has fulfilled His word which He spoke; and I have fulfilled the position of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised; and I have built a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.”

 

Do you see how the temple came forth from the heart of David, how it came forth from the desire of David? Where did that desire come from? It came from His relationship with God. When you have intimacy with God you begin to share His heart, you begin to share His desires, and He begins to share His plans and ideas with you. This is what effectually equips you to build with Him. This is what David was able to tap into, so resources began to flow to make this happen.

 

Notice also how this desire to build the temple became a generational mantle that was passed down to Solomon, David’s heir. The kingdom of God in the earth being displayed through the kingdom of Israel was able to go to the next level because these kings were faithful to steward the desire of God from one generation to the next. God is looking for this today. He’s looking for multi-generation stewardship of the desires and building projects of the Lord in the earth.

 

THE HEART OF BUILDING IN THE EARTH

 

The temple was an actual structure, a building which God erected in ancient Israel as a dwelling place among His people. But we understand as New Covenant believers that we are that same temple in one sense (1 Cor.6:19). When Jesus boldly declared that He would destroy the temple and raise it again in three days (Matt.26:61), He was of course referring to His own bodily death, burial, and resurrection. But we are that temple as well because we have forever been joined to His body. Our lives are hidden in Christ (Col.3:3). In understanding kingdom building and kingdom funding, we have to understand temple building and how this plays out today. I believe that this refers to both the spiritual and the physical. Let me explain.

 

In one sense we know that God is still in the business of “physically” building things on the earth, even though we know scripturally that there will eventually come a new heaven and a new earth and the old shall pass away (Rev.21:1). But of course, God still wants to build churches to facilitate the Gospel, orphanages to meet the needs of the fatherless, hospitals to help the sick and the ill, and governmental facilities to administrate law and order. In this way, I believe that God wants to facilitate heaven’s resources to fulfill these purposes for our times, and to empower God’s people in their individual calls in this hour. But what I’m looking for is the glory to fill these structures!

 

I believe that when you build according to heaven’s blueprint that you will not only have heaven’s resources but also heaven’s blessing and presence in a special way. As this presence increases in manifestation, we call it the glory of God. The glory of God has many purposes. In the Old Testament it was often called kabawd which means “weightiness.” I believe the God of glory whom we serve wants to fill what we build with His presence and glory, and also rest on what we build with His weightiness that is revealed through His influence, grace, favor, and blessing. Every child of God needs to understand this as they engage in earthly projects with the Lord. The other part of this kingdom building dynamic, which is understanding how to tap into heaven’s resources to be strengthened in your work, deals with the heart of God’s work in the earth. That work is the Gospel.

 

Going to back to Solomon’s encounter with the Lord, His glory along with those resources were poured out in Solomon’s life not for his sake but for the sake of the people. God is in the business of building people, helping people, ministering to people, not just building stuff in the natural that will eventually fade with time. If you want to step into the flow of heaven’s resources and stay in that flow, you must always keep the main temple building project as the priority, which is mankind. We serve God, and when it comes to what God wants versus man, we must always choose obedience and follow Him. That’s understood now. We don’t want to become a Saul serving man over God. Instead we must keep the ministry of the Gospel our focus in our main “Temple-building” so to speak. In this way, the temple is the family of God throughout the earth that is built up together to display the glory of God in every nation (Eph.2:21-22). That is God’s main building project in the earth now and we must keep this in focus lest our natural building projects be erected in vain.

 

(You’ve just finished reading content from my new book “Financial Glory for the Believer,” set to be released in July of this year! I pray that it has been a blessing to you!)

 

In His Service,

Stephen Powell

 

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