Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Prov. 3:5-6)
Today’s message is primarily directed at faithful Leaders who form part of the five fold ministry. On another level, it is also directed at Believers who have been entrusted with various responsibilities in the Body of Christ.
King David and the Census
After having defeated the Ammonites and the Syrians; even after having slain giants, King David did one thing that was very displeasing to GOD. He took a census – he numbered the people of Israel – which had not been ordered by HIM. Regardless of the many explanations and biblical commentaries that have been brought forth, the main reason GOD was displeased was because David had been disobedient. It caused a critical fracture in GOD’S plans for him. David’s disobedience (and I am hearing his Pride) opened cracks through which the enemy entered. It incited him to rely on his own efforts, his own human strength, his own strategies. And it cost him and the Israelites dearly. (1 Chr. 21:1-17)
King Jesus and the Census
During these latter days a great number, a great harvest, of souls will be coming in and with it tremendous responsibilities for those in leadership positions. I am moved to remind the faithful ones that whatever battle you might be confronting during this great time of harvest, GOD is on your side, is in front of you, behind you, in you and above you. HE sees and knows all the tactics of the enemy, all the details of the battle, what you can endure and where you can or cannot go. One day while battling something that was clearly out of my strength and control, the Lord spoke these relieving Words of Wisdom: “Trust Me”. The Lord had released me from the pressure and responsibility that was causing this Believer to become weary. It was a burden that was never mine to carry, regardless of apparent circumstances and the outcome.
In the natural, a census is something that is required by law. And because Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law, we are no longer under legalism. In light of this, the Church – regardless of what roles and offices members occupy – is called to not legalistically nor pridefully lean on its own self merits and efforts during these final days of the great harvest. Yes, it is certainly encouraged to be alert and do its part in battling the enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy the final harvest. A harvest fit to be numbered only by King Jesus to populate the New Kingdom. But it is, first and foremost, called to acknowledge and trust the Lord in all its ways lest it consequentially steps outside its boundary of responsibilities. If we do our part, Christ the Lord will do His part. Trust Him. Biblical history bears witness to that fact, to that truth.
Keep the Faith,