PASTOR’S CORNER

PERFECTION DEMANDS PREPARATION:

PREPARATION DEMANDS PERSONAL VISION (B)

REFERENCES: I SAMUEL 9:17-27; 10:1, PROVERBS 23:1-2, NUMBERS 22:41, II SAMUEL 22:34

As we walk into our year of divine perfection, we must understand that we have a part to play in bringing that word to reality in our lives.

Perfection demands preparation. God desires to perfect all that concerns us this year, but we must prepare for His work of perfection.

The level and depth of a man’s preparation is determined by the level and depth of his vision. The bible says that those who err in vision stumble in their judgements. This means that you cannot prepare beyond what you see.

You have to see well to prepare well.

Speaking to a multitude demands a different level of preparation than is needed to speak to 5people.

This means that the size of your vision will also determine the level of your preparation.

Your ability to see the size and magnitude of your destiny will determine how well you prepare unto perfection.

 

I Sam 9:17-27; 10:1

The ability to see well, and thus prepare well will be discussed today in relation to divine connection.

When purpose is not understood, abuse and waste are inevitable.

Many are connected to the grace of God upon my life, but do not understand the purpose for it.

The first thing to understand is that you are connected to this grace because I invited you through prayers. Everything that happened to bring you to this ministry and connect you to me was a divine set up to ensure that you honour the divine invitation.

Saul’s journey that morning seemed to be in search of missing animals. His servant’s suggestion that they seek a seer may seem to have been the invitation that led Saul to Samuel. Yet, when Samuel saw him, note what God said to him

And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! This same shall reign over my people.

What was a chance encounter to Saul was an expected and awaited one to Samuel. Although his servant has made the suggestion, both men had been invited by Samuel.

Understand this: whoever it was that invited you to TRPM, I invited both of you- the first to invite the other- by the Spirit of the LORD.

Note also that God did not say, ‘behold the men’ but ‘behold the man’.

Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.

Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is. And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.

When you walk with a man who dwells in the high place, be careful to understand the purpose for the connection, so that you do not abuse it.

Saul stood before the seer and did not know who he was. However, the seer knew who he was, and had prepared for his arrival.

And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found.

It is time to get rid of the idea that your problems drove you to TRPM. You are not here because of what troubled you. You are here because I invited you.

This also means that your problems are inconsequential in comparison to the divine purpose for God called you.

And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house? And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

Saul wondered at the words that Samuel spoke. When he considered his present reality, he struggled to see how that declaration of greatness could refer to him.

Have you also ever wondered at the prophetic declarations made concerning your life, especially when you consider your background and your problems?

And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.

I am here to let you know that God has called me to take you to the high place. I therefore declare that you shall get to the high place, of wisdom, power, prosperity, dominion, and might.

And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul.

In Israel, the shoulder is the portion of the priests (Lev 7:32-34).

This means that, not only did Samuel invite Saul to the high place, and set him in the best seat, he also had the priest’s portion reserved for him.

At this time, Samuel was the priest, prophet and ruler in Israel. By offering Saul the shoulder, he initiated him into priesthood.

Note that it was not placed before the servant of Saul. So, although the servant invited Saul, and he did get to eat at the table, it was Saul God was looking for.

It is possible to invite someone to TRPM, but have them occupy a higher position than you. Do not take offence at that. Remember that they are there at the invitation of God, not yours.

If you are the one who has been invited and have been set at the chiefest place of the table, and served priestly meals, you will do wisely to consider the purpose so that you do not abuse the opportunity.  

Understand that you are not here because someone invited you; you are not here because of your problems. You are here by divine appointment, and it is important that you see well in order to do well.

And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day. And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

The priestly portion had been prepared and set aside for Saul long before the asses went missing. Samuel had him in mind before he invited the others. Saul should therefore have been at the high place sooner, but he was delayed. The missing asses were therefore nothing more than a set up to get him to his place, portion and purpose.

Your portion had already been set aside for you before your arrival here.

Considering all that the prophet said to him, as he ate, did Saul really understand the significance of what was before him?

You know God brought you to me, to be fed and prepared for destiny. Do you take time to consider the weighty words you hear, the strong meat of the Word you receive, they hardness of the discipline you are called to endure?  Do you consider if they are for you, and if yes, why?

And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

So it was that Saul was anointed king after he had been anointed a priest and a prophet by reason of the shoulder he ate.

Like Saul, David was also anointed to be priest, prophet and ruler in Israel. The difference was that Saul did not understand what he had been given and he abused it.

Saul is gone, but you are here.

Pro 23:1-2

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Saul, when you sit to eat with Samuel, consider what is placed before you. Ask questions: why have you set this before me? Why is he speaking these words to me? Why is he giving me these revelations?

Consider, diligently, what is set you before on this mountain. To do otherwise, to care only about eating the food, without paying attention to the message, is like putting a knife to your throat.

There are some people who will only take you to their low places, but Samuel took Saul to his high place- to the place of power, wisdom, dominion, victory.

You cannot be in the high place and be insignificant in your world. Christ has made you priests and kings, but you need a priest to take you up to his high place and feed you with the shoulder.

At the high place, no enemy can prevail against you. Saul learnt that the hard way when he chased David to the high place of Samuel.  

Num 22:41

And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.

Every kingdom has its high places. You also must get to your high place in wisdom and power. Your high places are higher than where you are at present.

While many Christians fail to lay hold of the high place, the wicked understand and use it to get maximum results.

When king Balak desired to have Israel cursed, he took prophet Balaam to the high places of his idols. He understood that, to see well, shoot well, and deliver maximum damage to your enemies, you must stand on the high place.

From that vantage point, Balaam could see the cover of God over Israel. He also saw that the way to get them was to lure them into pollution and defilement, because he was on the high place.

If you also desire to see and know the enemy, to gain the upper hand against them, you must also go up to your high places.

When you go to the high places, you will see, you will hear, you will prophesy.

Do not make the mistake Saul made. When you get to the high place, consider well what is set before you.

II Sam 22:34

He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places.

Standing on your high places demands that your legs be trained. Like a soldier, you must submit to drilling in order to get your legs lean and strong- like the deer’s feet- for the journey up.

God is saying, ‘for you to stand on the high places of your destiny, I need to train your feet.’ Many are in dire need to an overhaul. Their inner man is too soft for the journey to the high places. They are too encumbered with irrelevant things and too lax in their judgement about their destinies.

Your feet must be made, your soul must be drilled in order to be set, established on your high places.

Saul did not return to the high place, but David went back.

Make your journey to the high places your priority.

Train for it.

Consider what is set before you there.

Live from your high places.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My Father, feed me with Your raw fire and take me to the high places.
  • My life, receive sufficient power to go the high places.
  • Holy Ghost, open my eyes to see and hear well. Open my ears to hear and see well.
  • Every attack against my life, from the high places of the devil; I scatter and slay you by fire.