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A Kingdom Shift, by David Demian, October 11, 2009
 

 

I believe that this Rosh Hashanah (September 18-20) marked a significant
shift in seasons and we have now entered the era of the establishment of the
kingdom where Jesus will reveal Himself not only as Saviour and Bridegroom
but as rightful King and honoured Head of His church. And if there is one
word burning in my heart right now it is this: fear God.

*A Kingdom Shift*

*Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word
of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of
the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David
son of Jesse. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14*

The Hebrew year that just passed was 5769. The number nine in Hebrew means
to turn. I believe we have entered a turning point where God Himself is
about to "put Saul to death" and establish the kingdom of David. Saul was a
strong king, a mighty man. He was even the Lord's anointed - remember God
warned David not to touch Saul. But Saul never inquired of the Lord - he
didn't seek God because he was a man after his own kingdom. And the spirit
of Saul is that which has exalted the plans, desires and wisdom of man in
the church.

But throughout the body of Christ there is a faithful remnant who are tired
of playing church and who are longing for the presence of God. And there is
a cry that has been arising from this remnant for the Lord to take His
rightful place as King and establish His spiritual kingdom, a kingdom where
Jesus is not a figure head but a real Head who is honoured not only with
lips but with fully surrendered lives by those who have pledged allegiance
to the King. And just like God heard the cry for deliverance of the
children of Israel in the day of Moses, I believe the time has come when God
has determined to deliver His Bride from the kingdom of Saul.

*Not Only God's Will But God's Way*

In contrast to Saul, David was a man after God's own heart, whose life was
characterized by the purity of absolute surrender and seeking the heart of
the Lord with unfettered worship and adoration. David's first desire upon
becoming king was to bring back the ark.

*Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it
during the reign of Saul." The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it
seemed right to all the people. 1 Chronicles 13:3-4*

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But David, even though he had a good heart and good motives, was not careful
to be obedient to the Lord's instructions about the ark and his venture was
met with disastrous consequences.

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*They moved the ark of God from Abinadab's house on a new cart, with Uzzah
and Ahio guiding it. David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all
their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines,
cymbals and trumpets. *

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*When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand
to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. The LORD's anger burned
against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the
ark. So he died there before God. 1 Chronicles 13:7-10*

When I read this passage I began weeping. The Israelites were so consumed
with celebrating, they didn't even realize that they were displeasing God by
their disobedience. God had given very clear instructions how the ark was
to be moved; upon the shoulders of the priests and not on a cart. And David
and all the nation learned a very costly lesson. Even when we are venturing
with a good heart after the presence of the Lord, we don't have the right to
do whatever we want, however we want. We *must* inquire of the Lord and
obey the steps He shows, as He directs. If not, we are guilty of the same
sin as Saul.

*We Must Humble Ourselves*

If you have been living as a Christian but with areas of your life not fully
in submission to His Lordship, this is the hour to embrace the fear of the
Lord and bring your life into total surrender and alignment. If you humble
yourself He forgives and forgets. Don't harden your heart at this time. If
you're thinking "Well, I have heard all this before and I didn't repent and
nothing happened," I'm pleading with you: don't test God's grace. If until
now God has given you the grace, don't exhaust your chances.

And for leaders in the body of Christ, I really believe in this season, God
is going to call us to account in a whole new way. Now is the time to
humble ourselves before the Lord and ask him to reveal to us if there are
ways in which we are walking after the order of Saul in our ministries.
Being leaders doesn't give us the right to do whatever we want. We must
walk in the fear of the Lord always inquiring of Him and refusing to do
anything until He gives us clear instruction.

*He Has the Plan*

In this season, we can rest in knowing that God is not waiting for us to put
the plan, He has had the plan since before the foundation of the earth that
will bring everything into accordance with the purpose of his will
(Ephesians 1:11). God is only looking for us to surrender all to Him - our
time, our finances, our family, our dreams, our desires - and to come into
alignment with Him. This is the turning point - the end of the kingdom of
Saul and the beginning of the kingdom of David. It's the end of man's
initiatives, man's programs, man's plans. The next era belongs to those who
will inquire of the Lord, who will keep His word, who will follow His
prescribed ways.

All my love

David

*This article was drawn from a message David Demian preached at a gathering
of Chinese churches on Rosh Hashanah. To download a copy of this
message, click
here <http://www.thepromise.ca/Media/Kingdom/A_Kingdom_Shift.mp3> or to
listen to it live streaming, click
here<http://www.thepromise.ca/Media/A_Kingdom_Shift.m3u>
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