Looked over and left out….

Have you ever been looked over for a promotion or a position that you know you were qualified for? Have you ever been left out because you weren’t part of the in crowd or the clique? Have people ever said to you, let’s get someone more qualified?

You talk about a slap in the face, or a punch in the old gut, being a victim of any of these can really put you in a bad place. But what I’ve learned over the last nine years is that, as long as you’re following and trusting God, “What God has for you, will eventually come knocking on your door! Yeah buddy, you want have to chase it down, nor will you have to market yourself, God will open the door so that you can walk right in…

In 1 Samuel 16, we see biblical evidence of this spiritual truth. God had a very powerful and prominent position open, and He also had someone anointed and appointed to fill it.  So He sent Samuel, the priest/prophet to Jesse’s house, because there resided God’s man, God’s choice, God’s chosen. God gave Samuel some specific instructions in this process of filling His position.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”…1 Samuel 16:7

As I read this passage, the Lord led me back to verse 5, “And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice. Here God said, “Look, Jesse had 8 sons, but when Samuel presented himself to anoint the next king, Jesse only had 7 of his boys with him. David wasn’t even with Jesse, he had been left behind, in the pasture, keeping the sheep. He completely LOOKED OVER and LEFT OUT, David. I’m not going to add to or take away from this passage by forming my own hypothesis, but the noteworthy thing we can deduce is that David was looked over and left out, because Jesse didn’t say to Samuel, wait a minute, let me go get my other son, David…

But as I stated before, “What God has for you, will eventually come knocking on your door! Yeah buddy, you want have to chase it down, try to follow the crowd, and nor will you have to market yourself, God will open the door so that you can walk right in…

So after Jesse brought 7 of his sons before Samuel, and after all 7 of them were rejected by God, Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”…1 Samuel 16:10-11

LOOK AT GOD…

Not only did God have the position, God knew how to fill it…

“And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”…1 Samuel 16:11-12

Beloved, this passage gives me goosebumps of hope and encouragement, knowing that at the SET TIME, God’s will, will ALWAYS be done and His choice will ALWAYS be selected for His position. Being looked over and left out NEVER feels good, but in the process of God, sometimes it may feel this way, but if it does, it just means that God has something better for you.

I don’t know why Jesse only presented 7 of his sons, but I do know that from that day, the one who was looked over and left out was sent for and went forth, doing what God had anointed and appointed for him to do…

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward…1 Samuel 16:13

David didn’t have to go chase down his position, God sent for him. David was keeping the sheep, but God opened the door and David walked right in…

Beloved, here’s a word for somebody, “KEEP TENDING THE SHEEP, or keep preparing for the position”. God knows where you are and He’ll come find you at the SET TIME…

I hear the Lord saying, just like I knew where David was and what he was doing, so do I know where you are and what you’re doing, so “JUST WAIT FOR ME!”

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my nameRevelation 3:8

 

 

God’s directions and instructions have benefits: Do we Believe and do we Obey…

I glanced at an article recently about being a Christian Atheist, and thought WOW! Although I didn’t read much of it, the Lord began speaking to me saying, look at the words…

  • Christian…..relating to or professing Christianity or its teachings…
  • Atheist……..a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods…

After taking a look at the words Christian, one who professes, and Atheist, a person who disbelieves or lacks belief, God said it seems as if many of us are just that. We profess or confess that we are born again believers in Jesus, but evidently we don’t believe His word, because we don’t obey it. Just look in the mirror of our everyday lives, and look at our communities! We live life the way we want to, we say what we want to say, and we do what we want to do. We say we love God, but have no true love for our brothers and sisters. We even have the audacity to want and expect the bountiful blessings of God, with no obedience to His word.

Jesus described such behavior as this: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.”…Matthew 15:8-10

Beloved, it’s time to be really honest with ourselves about where we really stand with God. It’s time for us to really begin seeking God and seeking to live according to His word. Many of us have been getting by for a long time, but it’s time to stop gambling with the time God gives us, before it’s too late. Lip service doesn’t save you, and it certainly won’t get you into heaven, it takes a heart change. “You must be born again…John 3:7

When we’re truly born again and truly seek to live according to the word of God, we’re catapulted by Christ, into another realm of living, spiritual living. The word of God then becomes a lamp unto our feet, light on our path, and health to our bones. A spiritual metamorphosis takes place in our hearts, and it saturates spirit, soul, and body. Our talk changes, our walk changes, and we take on a Christ-like identity. When all of this GOD-goodness takes place, we begin to desire to live according to the word of God! AND WHEN WE DO THIS, something supernaturally begins to happen…

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God…Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Do you BELIEVE, will you OBEY?

He Made a Way….

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”…Exodus 14:13-14

Prior to receiving these instructions from God, Moses and the children of Israel had been on an amazing journey, following God. They had seen and heard God in ways that many hadn’t. They had experienced the awesome favor of God and seen many miracles performed right before their eyes. So then the word came to Moses, encouraging and instructing them, so that they would be in position for one more major miracle, that would change their lives and future generations forever…

  • Don’t be afraid….ENCOURAGEMENT
  • Stand still…..INSTRUCTION
  • See the salvation of the Lord….The MIRACLE

Beloved, when God give us instructions, they aren’t up for debate, they’re to be obeyed. I know His instructions may be challenging, and may even challenge everything we know and how we feel in the natural. But we must obey God! One of the awesome things about this passage is the fact that God didn’t just give them a word of encouragement, nor did He just give them instructions, He also gave them a GUARANTEE, a PROMISE. He said, “SEE MY SALVATION!” This should have struck the cord of remembrance and reminded them of ALL that God had ever done during their journey…

But wait a minute, look at what else God said, “For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see NO MORE AGAIN FOREVER” God just told them that the bondage they once endured, they’d never have to worry about that again. He just told them that shrewd treatment that they experienced, they’d never be mistreated like that again. Having taskmasters to afflict them, wouldn’t have a place in their future. Bitter bondage, in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field, God said He was taking care of all of that… (Exodus 1)

Beloved, here’s the deal. All they had to do was obey the voice of the Lord and His commands. I know it was difficult! I know that in the natural, it seemed as if this was a setup for defeat. I know they probably questioned whether this was the voice and instruction of the Lord. But based on God’s track record and how He’d led, directed, guided, protected and provided for them before….hmmmm

What God was getting ready to do, was going to be history changing. This message would go far beyond Moses and the children of Israel, it would extend to generations upon generations, to us today. Not only would this message be light to our many different paths, it would also speak volumes to those who would serve as Egyptians, who come against God at work in our lives.

Beloved, on that day, God “Made a Way” through the Red Sea. He didn’t use concrete pillars or asphalt, He used faith as the infrastructure. He didn’t need the Corp of Engineers to build a dam, levy or retainer walls, “He caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind ALL that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, and the waters WERE A WALL to them on their right hand and on their left…Exodus 14:21-21

What are you facing?

How has the Lord instructed you?

Pause right now and think back to the many times He worked on your behalf, and guess what? If He did it before, He’ll do it again…

I don’t know how God’s going to do it, but I do know, He’s going to do it!

OBEY GOD…There’s a blessing in your obeying….

Discovering what’s inside…the purpose is within…

I remember years ago hearing the Lord say to me, “The most expensive piece of real estate in any community is the grave yard.” To this I asked, “Why Lord?” He went on to say that the grave yard is the place where untapped potential is buried….

  • Many live life doing a lot of things, but never walking in their God-ordained purpose.
  • Many are cumbered about, ripping and running, and burning the candle at both ends and in the middle too, but they aren’t walking in the will and way that God’s ordained for their lives.

My true heart’s desire is to see the people of God, walking in the purpose of God. Hence, I share everything that God does for me, through me, in me, and places in my heart to share. To some it may seem like God overload, or too much, but it’s really not, it’s my reasonable service. What some don’t realize is that once you truly tap into your God-ordained purpose, all of heaven, including God’s angels, work on and in your behalf in all things. This is an available and attainable place for ALL of us…

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways………….Psalm 91:11

In this place, God sovereignly and supernaturally shifts things in your life, and then He guides you along His way. You better believe it, God’s better that OnStar, Waze, and Expedia! He’ll get you there. Then He gives us a personal assistant, confidant and concierge, called the Holy Spirit,that even Siri and Alexa can’t even compare to. And here’s the AMAZING part, there’s no subscription or renewal fee, because the price has already been payed in full, on Calvary…

How do we get there?

How do we discover our God ordained purpose in Christ Jesus?

“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors….Deuteronomy 8:1

What next? Follow God, follow His plan, and endure the process…

“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands”….Deuteronomy 8:2

Then God will reveal and you will discover what’s in your heart….

8 words that will change your life forever, when they come from your heart….

How involved is God in the everyday dealings and decisions of your life?

  • Do you pray through all your decisions, and wait for God’s answer?
  • Do you seek God’s guidance in what to do, when to do it, and how to do it?
  • Do you decide to do things, and then when they don’t go as planned, you seek God for help and assistance?
  • Do you seek God’s steps for your life?

If I can be perfectly transparent, I’ve been guilty of praying and not waiting for God’s answer most of my life. I’ve also done what I wanted, when I wanted to do it and how I wanted to do it, without the guidance of God. Guess what, I’ve done a lot of things, and when they didn’t go as planned, I sought God for help and assistance. But a few years back, something happened. God began speaking to me in an unusual way. He began revealing some things to me in His word that for years I’d read, but “I reasoned” and said that’s not practical, so I glossed over them. But something happened! God showed and taught me that praying and waiting for His answer is very much practical, even though it’s not the worldly or religious norm. He then began giving me instructions, commands, and step by step directions for my EVERYDAY life! Beloved, following the steps, commands, and directions of God became just like connecting the dots. And GUESS WHAT, there was a blessing attached. Some tangible, but the majority intangible, but worth more than all the money in the world. Those intangible blessings I soon discovered were the true riches and keys of the kingdom…

“If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?…Luke 16:11

And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” …Matthew 16:19

Beloved, when God began revealing this and directing my paths, this is when my life began to change. I no longer just did things on a whim, I prayed and petitioned God for His divine guidance, and I waited for His answer. When I read “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, I began looking to God to show me what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. This wasn’t something that I just woke up and decided to do one day, it was a place that I recognize I was called to by God, but it’s a place where He wants us all abide….

The shift that I experienced was like Saul being knocked down on his journey to Damascus. Saul didn’t leave home that day with the plan on surrendering his life wholly to God, because for years Saul traveled that same way, and did his own thing, persecuting Jews. He was accustomed to making his own decisions and following his own plan. But that day, SOMETHING HAPPENED and his life totally changed.

“So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”…Acts 9:6

Those 8 words changed Saul’s life. Saul then received a complete overhaul in his heart. Not only did he cease from doing his own thing, to seeking God’s will for his life, God also changed his name to Paul. He went from being a persecutor of the Jews to penning a great portion of the New Testament. The words that God gave Paul to pen were so powerfully anointed and appointed by God, that they are still pricking and turning the most callous hearts TODAY, to God…..When your heart is changed EVERYTHING changes…

Here’s the beautiful thing about discovering this God ordained and God purposed place in our lives: You don’t have to wait to be knocked down. You don’t have to wait until tragedy strikes and calamity comes. No sir buddy! All you have to do is go to God right now with 8 words and say from your heart, Lord, what do you want me to do?”

For me to begin to discover that this was a very practical and achievable place that God wanted me to walk in this new millennium, it took a divine disturbance in 2008, but for somebody else it could be that nudge that you’re feeling right now as you’re reading this simple message. It could be that tingling feeling that you have on the inside. Beloved:

God does order our steps….

God does have a plan for our lives….

God does want to lead you every step of the way….

When we pray, we are supposed to wait for His answer….

God will call us out of our comfort zone….

What are you waiting on?

Today is a great day to begin to be INTENTIONAL about seeking God’s everyday will for your life, obeying God’s word, and following His commands.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths…Proverbs 3:5-6