Responding & Stewarding The Presence
RESPONDING & STEWARDING THE PRESENCE
How do we steward HIS presence whilst in discouraging times?
How we choose to steward His presence has the power to break the hold of discouragement and disappointment. I want to give you a few keys to breakthrough. I’m certain that there are many more, but these keys have carried me through many tough seasons..
The key of sacrificial offering
2 Samuel 24:15-25
18 So Gad came to David that day and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the Lord had commanded. 20 Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him; Araunah went out and bowed his face to the ground before the king. 21 Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the Lord, that the plague may be held back from the people.” 22 Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, the oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. 23 Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.” 24 However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.
David (who is the man after God’s own heart) shows us here a Kingdom principle that makes it through the Cross. Sacrifice. Not bulls and goats, bless God! But the sacrifice of the heart.
Let me explain:
There are some absolutes in scripture that we hold dear, for example, GOD IS GOOD. God is extraordinarily good and He happens to be good ALL THE TIME! (John 10:11) and the devil is bad all the time (John 10:10)
If God is good all the time, He is NOT the author of the trouble, destruction or chaos in your life. He simply isn’t. A good father would not break his child’s arm to teach them a lesson.
In spite of the trial, (which He didn’t cause) we bring praise to Him for who He is….even when we can’t see His hand in our circumstance. Does this sound like a sacrifice to you?
The key of rest
On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
You know you’re walking in victory if you are at rest and in peace regardless of your storm.
With the Lord, there is nothing that can threaten His rest. There is nothing that can shift Him from peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace after all. Jesus can sleep in any storm and rise up and command the storm to muzzle its mouth.
The key of testimony
“Your testimonies are my delight, they are my counselors”
As we meditate on, mull over the things He has done, we are learning about His character and nature. Remembering what He has done brings wise counsel into our hearts.
The key of declaration
The world started with the spoken word, the declared word of God (Genesis 1). Jesus overcame temptation with the declaration of the word of God (Matthew 4). Jesus taught us how to pray with the declared word of God. (Matthew 6:9-13)
I think it is safe to accept that declarations are important.
The key of presence (the most important key of all)
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with [a]all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Without the presence of the Holy Spirit, everything I’ve shared is simply a good principle. God is faithful to His word so we will have a measure of success if all we do is declare the truth, meditate on testimonies, guard our rest time, and offer sacrifices of praise. And you know what, there are times when all we can do is stick to the principles of the Kingdom because we’ve been so beaten down by our circumstances.
Taking the time, with nobody leading you to gaze into His face, bringing a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, when chaos and destruction are knocking at your door. This posture of complete dependence and trust, when all your fight/flight instincts are firing at a thousand rounds/hour is so contrary, but here is where breakthrough is found.