Why did King David’s newborn son meet his untimely demise? It could be because he was the son of an adulterous relationship. It could be because David had his lover’s husband killed. It could be because David stepped on the roof and lusted after a married woman. Or the ROOT cause could be that David was out of place. The King should have been out to battle but instead he was home taking a nap. He abandoned his place as a warrior and defender. He became at ease. He was in the flesh, his mind was carnal, his nature was calling, and the devil catered to his urges.
There are people whom I call ‘pain traffickers’ who thrive upon the business of being there when someone is going through a tragedy in their life. They are not consolers with a pure heart, though. Instead, like a leech feeding off of blood, pain traffickers feed off the pain of others. They get a ‘high’ from being needed. This mostly stems from being rejected in their own life and they are seeking a place of prominence in the lives of others. Now, pain traffickers aren’t usually accepted by the average person because they are relatively ordinary people, but to those who are in pain, they become a ‘savior’ of sort, guiding the afflicted person through their pain under the guise of being sincere when in all truth, they want to be involved in your life during your most weakest and vulnerable moments. They pretend to care but are gathering intel about you to use at some later point. When you emerge from your pain and walk away from them in the strength of your healing, they cling on to the person they found you to be. They won’t accept the rehabilitated you and will constantly remind you of how broken you were, how you need time to heal, and that they are still there for you.
A person with the gift of healing functions completely opposite of a pain trafficker. First, we must assume that the gift of healing is not limited to the physical realm, but to the mind and spirit as well. A person gifted with healing will indeed provide stability when you are in your place of pain but they won’t use it to enslave you. They will pray with you, counsel with you, encourage you, and provide resources for you to become whole again. Once you are healed, they realize that their season in your life is over. Just as a doctor releases you from their care when your condition has improved, so does the person with the gift of healing. When you are able to stand on your own, handle your own stuff, and move past your pain, the healer moves on to make themselves available to others. They may check in on you from time to time, but for the most part, they have moved on. A pain trafficker, on the other hand, is not so. Once they become a part of your life, they are there to stay unless you insist otherwise. There is a counterfeit for everything holy. A pain trafficker is a counterfeit of a person with the gift of healing. Equip yourself on this wise and watch accordingly.
In his Sunday morning message, my husband made reference to the people of God who don’t move when the cloud of God moves. The cloud of God represents His glory, His anointing and it is expedient that the people understand that our God is a God of movement and timing. What has stunted many of us in the faith is that we have missed the movement of the cloud. We have camped ourselves out in a matter and some of us have been on that same camp site for so long that we have become comfortable, stubborn, and resistant to change. When the cloud of God moved, Israel moved. They kept their eyes on the movements of the Lord and followed the Lord where He led them.
You will miss your hour of visitation when you become comfortable in who you are because you won’t perceive the reason to change. You will miss your hour of visitation when you become relaxed because you are too comfortable to move. When a person is comfortable and relaxed in who they are and God brings change, they fight. Why? Because you are tampering with their comfort.
Jesus said in John 5:19, “I assure you: The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way.”
Jesus knew the movements of the Lord. He knew the cloud of God and wherever God was, He went. It didn’t matter to him whether He had to confront devils, human agents of devils, the sick, the dead, or the immoral. If God moved in a certain area, Jesus followed pursuit. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Why are we still here….when God is ….there? Let us discipline our spirits to follow the Lord wherever He leads us. Let us remain open to change. Let us have an ear to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the church.
A disturbing trend I am noticing is that when the people of God come together for corporate prayer, many of them are waiting for someone to ‘lead’ the prayer. Although there is nothing wrong with a lead intercessor, there is still a responsibility for the others to pray too. Corporate prayer is more than saying, “Yes, Lord. Have your way, Lord. Yes, in the name of Jesus”, it is calling out the petitions of the prayer group aloud and agreeing with others as they call them out too.
When a church or group gathers for prayer, everyone should pray. Not only does this foster the ‘touching and agreeing’ the petition needs, but it also shows how strong our personal prayer altars are. It shows how well versed we are in ‘prayerology’ and it INCLUDES us in the offering up of the matter unto the Lord.
Many have said, “I don’t know how to pray”, but they can talk on the phone all day long about nonsense. Prayer is communication with God. If you can communicate with people, you can pray. While there are many intense methods of prayer, advanced prayer vocabulary, and prayer accessories, the main thing about prayer is the actual praying.
Jesus told us to pray that we enter not into temptation. Why are so many falling into temptation? They don’t pray. When you don’t pray, you don’t have the God-conscience you need to make intelligent decisions. Jesus said to seek Him early. Many of us, however, seek Him late; after a matter has occurred. Prayer makes us proactive while prayerlessness causes to be reactive.
Family, we have to learn how to pray. There is nothing wrong with prayer lines, prayer calls, prayer groups, and etc. if they are truly in touch with the Lord. But if YOU don’t know how to pray for yourself, you will always wait for a ‘prayer leader’ or find yourself parked in someone’s prayer line waiting for someone to do the praying for you. Get to know the Lord personally. Build your own prayer altar at home and keep it burning in the fire of God. If you do so, when you join the corporate prayer, you can truly ‘touch and agree’ versus ‘yessing’ and ‘amening’ your way throughout the entire prayer.
God forbid that a child has to suffer for the parent’s sin but this is what happened. Anytime we move out of place in the Lord, we put our home in danger. Our marriages sometimes are suffering because one or both spouses are in rebellion. Family relationships suffer and finances suffer many times when we move out of that set place. David was king. He had a seat to occupy. He had a work to do. He had a great assignment on his life yet when the Lord required him to stand in the day of battle, he pulled back and rested. He napped. He enjoyed the luxuries his wealth and prosperity offered and he slipped into a spiritual coma. By the time the enemy was through with him and when he came to his senses, he was found to be a murderer, conspirator, and adulterer. The one who was a worshiper was now a murderer. Why? Because he was out of place when God needed him and the enemy had legal right to touch his life.
Saints, God hates a lukewarm man. Either you are in or you are out. There is no shaded gray place where you can straddle safely. David became lukewarm and people lost their lives in the process. How many souls are perishing because of your lukewarmness?
If David reported to battle like he was supposed to, there would not be a dead son. There would not be a dead husband. There would not be an adulterous woman and God would have never sent Nathan to deal with David’s sin. Being in the right place at the right time is safe. Being outside of God’s will is always dangerous ground and if the person does not return to the Lord before the enemy catches wind of the breach, there is bound to be a casualty of some sort. Just as flies love to feed on flesh, when we walk after the flesh, demons are attracted to our lives.
Thank God David repented and returned to the Lord. God forgave Bathsheba too and gave them ‘peace’, namely Solomon but look at what it cost them. You don’t want to pay that price nor do you want anyone you love to suffer because of you. Get your life right with the Lord. Return while He is drawing you and let Him wash the guilty stain of sin away in the blood of Jesus.
Our current church generation is saturated with many who claim a call to ministry. While many whose claim to the call is genuinely authentic, there are a great many more whose claims are invalid. Today’s minister face more in the line of temptations than any other preacher generation before us. Many are in competition with one another, spying on other ministries’ social media sites, and even attend conferences as peeping toms just to duplicate what they deem ‘successful’ ministry. With the ever increasing number of ministers with a claim to the call, there is hardly sufficient evidence of proof. Is there is an ever increasing number of souls translated into the Kingdom of God or turned to hell? Answer honestly. Churches are emptier than ever before. Churches are under attack of gun violence like never before. Sin is prevalent in our churches like never before and compromise has not only raped our pulpits, it has swept across the entire congregation. If as many ministers are truly called as they have claimed, why aren’t our nation’s laws affected by Godly influence? Where is the thermostat of our ministers’ prayers for this nation set? We are cold.
We have more prophets than any other time on the face of the earth but we don’t see the Malachis turning the people back to the Father like we should. We don’t see the Elijahs tearing down pagan altars like they should. We don’t see the John the Baptists calling the people to repentance. We don’t see the Daniels ministering to kings and national leaders. We don’t see the Jeremiahs weeping and travailing for the sin-sick condition of our land. Something is off.
We have more apostles than any other time on the face of the earth but our churches are more out of order than ever. Doctrine has been replaced with sugar and we are spiraling out of control. We are not seeing healings, deliverance, salvation, and signs and wonders that are supposed to follow the apostles. When was the last time you have seen anyone in your church baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost? Demons cast out? Restoration of family, community, nation?
Many of today’s ministers lack spiritual maturity. They are newborn babies who caught a whiff of the glamor? of a title and ran with it. Many of them have never been personally mentored. They may have internet connections but there is no one standing with them who knows them personally. Jesus personally mentored His apostles. They were not internet sons and daughters, they were personal and up close with Him. He needed to see them on their good days in ministry and their not so good days in ministry. He needed to see their reactions to situations that occurred in their lives. He needed to see them lose their temper, make mistakes, fight and argue with one another, and witness their family relationships so He could better show them what it takes to be a true apostle of the Lord Jesus. Where has that gone? Who can take the rebuke that Peter took from Jesus and remain a son? Who can take being called a faithless and perverse generation and still follow Jesus? Where are ‘those’ people who can take a lick and keep on ticking? Instead, we have a generation of hypersensitive, overgrown babies wearing collars (or not) standing on a platform instructing someone how to live a life of faith that they, themselves, have not tested and tasted firsthand.
Saul/Paul was taken down his high place because he was in error. He was zealous for the work of God but didn’t fully and personally know God. He was humbled and blinded until further notice. He was not allowed to return to life as he knew it. God got a hold of him AND made him suffer for the Lord since he was such a nuisance to the Church. God forgave him but he still had a price to pay. Even after being called, and as knowledgeable as Paul was in the Holy Scriptures, he still had to wait fourteen years until he was released into public ministry. Jesus waited thirty years. David waited fifteen years. The apostles waited three and half years (they tutored under Jesus – go figure) but many of today’s preachers won’t wait six months. Do you see why there are so many problems among the people of faith today?
Paul wrote to Timothy, his spiritual son, and gave him instructions on setting leadership in place. 1 Timothy 3:6, “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” Paul made it emphatically clear that a leader must be a person of experience or else he will fall into the trap of the devil. A novice is a new convert, a newly saved person, or someone inexperienced in a thing. I can’t tell you how many times I have personally seen a person claim a call or receive a ‘word’ from some great one telling them they are called, and instead of them submitting to discipleship, they print business cards and run for the hills. Saints, that is not the God-prescribed formula for leading ministry and this type of hastiness in ministry will not only leave that person vulnerable to satanic attack, but the people to whom they are ‘called’ to serve are just as vulnerable. The Lord is not returning for a ‘bastard’ house – a house without the Father. He is returning for a Bride – a woman (church) of submission. We have to set our ego and pride aside, rend our heart before the Lord, and get back in order. It is better to repent now and do your first works over than to continue in sin and face serious consequences later.
Sometimes being knocked down off of your high horse can be the beginning of a beautiful thing. Paul knew the law, he knew the ordinances, he knew the feasts but he didn’t know the Lord. For many of us, myself doubly included, it will take a very humbling experience to draw us into that place in the Lord where we are called. It will take a shift; a paradigm shift in ours lives that ensures and makes certain that we will NEVER be that same person again. Before Christ, I was a selfish person, would curse you out a the drop of a dime, had a violent, fighting spirit, and was very loose in my conduct. After my Damascus experience, though, I became a changed woman. God knocked me down, blinded me in many areas, and would not relent until I gave Him a yes. And even then, my yes only came after two months of hospitalization, a broken home, a death threat against my daughter and me, and extreme poverty.
To the one who thinks they are running from the Lord, you are only asking for a Damascus experience. To the one who thinks they know more than God, you are asking for a Damascus experience. To the one who thinks they can hide and get away from what you KNOW you were born to do, you are setting your own-self up. To the haughty one, like I was, where no one can tell you anything,…….honey, let me tell you, it is coming. When the Lord wants a yes, He is unrelenting. When He has predestined a thing for you, good luck trying to get away with it. And here is something else for you to ponder, even when Paul surrendered, one of the first things the Lord told him was that ‘you are going to suffer for me’!! In other words, if God has to wait for you, you are going to pay for it. Samson can testify of that too. Here is a hint for you if this your message, the day you hear His voice, harden not your heart. Rend your heart unto the Lord, repent of your ways, and give God a yes. Your yes will not make you perfect, God knows I am far from it, but your yes will qualify you to get picked up off the ground and turned in the right direction.