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The Chain of Command

  • RHM Devotional: The Chain of Command from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about the chain of command in the Kingdom of God. When we began RHM, I was blown away by some of the prayer requests that we received. Many people confused God with Santa Claus. I remember one in particular that asked us to pray for them to get a new brick house, fully furnished, and paid for, along with a new Cadillac Escalade, fully loaded and paid for, parked in the garage. That is a distorted view of how the Kingdom of God works. We are to seek His Kingdom first, and then things are added to us, not vice versa. Delight yourself in the Lord first, and then He will give you the desires of your heart. Give and it will be given to you.

    God is not a genie in a lamp we can rub, He is our Commander-in-Chief. God is not on our team, we are to be on His. He is not obligated to support what we are doing, unless He told us to do it. God is not a republican, or a democrat, or in the green party. God is not a vegan. He doesn’t listen exclusively to old english hymns, and Jesus didn’t read from the King James Bible, which was written 1600 years later for another king named James. These are just some personal preferences that I have seen turned into distorted belief systems over the years.

    I want to cover a couple of examples from the life of David:

    And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the LORD has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” And David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer. 2 Samuel 5:22–25 ESV

    The Philistine army invaded the Valley of Rephaim and David asked the Lord what to do. The last time David had faced the Philistines, he met them straight on in battle, but this time, the Lord told him to flank them and He would help. The Philistines had dominated parts of Israel since the battle of Mount Gilboa, when King Saul and his sons were killed in 1 Samuel 31. In David’s battle with the Philistines, the Lord was the One in charge. David followed His orders, and the mission was successful. They pushed the Philistines completely out of their land. It was a great victory.

    This is an excellent example of how we are supposed to work with God today. When we face a problem, we pray about how to deal with it, and then give God a chance to give us wisdom in the situation. James said that if we lack wisdom, “let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) and also “we have not, because we ask not” (James 4:2). We have to be willing to be wrong, and His plan comes before our own.

    In the very next chapter, David decided to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Here is a little history about that. This was the Ark of the Covenant, which God had commanded Moses to build more than 400 years before David’s time. It was a wooden box overlaid with gold. The word ark means “box” or “chest.” It had an ornate gold lid known as the mercy seat and cherubim on either side, facing each other. The ark of God was approximately three feet, nine inches long by two feet, three inches high and wide.

     Inside of it were stored the ten commandments that were carved on stone tablets, which Moses had brought down from Mount Sinai, a jar of the manna that had fallen from heaven, and Aaron’s staff that had miraculously budded almond blossoms overnight as a confirmation of his leadership. It was the Holiest artifact in Israel.

    Once the Ark had been captured by the Philistines, but they all came down with hemorrhoids and made haste to return it (1 Samuel 5:12). After this, the Ark was taken by the men of Kiriath-jearim and placed in “the house of Abinadab” who put his son Eleazar in charge of it (1 Samuel 7:1). The Ark sat there forgotten for seventy years, and after Saul died, it became trapped behind enemy lines. Kiriath-jearim was located about nine miles west of Jerusalem roughly halfway between Geba and Gezer, the area that David had just reclaimed from the Philistines. It was time to return “the glory”  to Israel (1 Samuel 4:22). David was so sure this was what God wanted, that he didn’t bother to ask Him the details.

     David assembled the largest group of elite troops that he ever had before, over 30,000 armed men, and went to get the Ark. Though the ark was designed to be carried by four Levites (Exodus 25:12), David had a new cart built for it that was pulled by oxen. While David and everyone was celebrating with songs and harps and cymbals, the cart hit a bump in the road, Uzza reached out to steady it and was instantly struck dead. God was angry at David. David was angry at God. They abandoned the project.

     The point that I want to make clear is that we have to align with God, and not expect Him to align with us. Yes, there is grace to cover mistakes, but a mistake is still a mistake, and they waste valuable time and resources. Take the time to ask first before you make a big decision.

     We are not automatically acting “in His will” because we are on a mission that we believe is from God. That is what the crusaders thought they were doing as they depopulated and pillaged innocent villages. We are pray and get His advice, then try and follow it. Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice” (John 10:27). If you pray and pray about something and He will not talk to you about it, then change the subject for a while. Find what He does want to talk about today, and listen. We get through this life one day at a time, our hand in His.

     You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please guide me. I am sorry for not involving You in my decisions. I want what You want. May Your Kingdom come, and my kingdom go, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!

December 17, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Heavenly Father please guide me Amen

December 17, 2018
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  thank you Jesus! 

December 17, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please guide me. I am sorry for not involving You in my decisions. I want what You want. May Your Kingdom come, and my kingdom go, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Thank you

 

 

December 17, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen! Thank you for this message Pastor Dion.

December 17, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God 

December 17, 2018
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David & Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,God is awesome.

December 17, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

December 17, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Jesus is King and learning to let Him be in charge is hard for humans. Thak you Lord for your guidence. 

December 17, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear Father please guide my grandchildren. I’m just an old woman with limited knowledge and resources. I need you to open doors for them and give them confidence and the wherewithal to progress. In the name of Jesus, Amen

December 17, 2018
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

December 17, 2018
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

December 17, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, help me to surrender all to You! Amen.

December 17, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I need You to be in charge of my life. Give me the wisdom needed and to follow Your designs, You know my desires and I will wait for Your word. Speak to me in a way I understand, in Jesus name I pray. Amen 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional, God bless. 

December 17, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

This was extremely powerful and a real eye opener!  Thank you Father in Heaven for this message, in your most precious Son’s name I pray Amen!!

December 17, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 17, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

December 19, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! What a powerful and much needed sermon that we all, especially me, needed to hear, thank you Pastor Dion! Prayer: May Your ways be my ways, may I always put my trust in you and lean not unto my own understanding and way of doing things! May I always seek your will for my life, may I always listen and hear your voice and obey your will! I ask and pray in the most holy name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, Amen!

December 20, 2018
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

December 21, 2018