He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”
13 “He made him ride in the heights of the earth, that he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock…
Dear Friends and Family,
This month begins the season of Resurrection. We can see this spiritual reality in the earth as the flowers and trees begin to bud and blossom and the little creatures and the birds begin to reappear before us; but Resurrection is also clearly seen in Scripture as a reality for every believer. In order to have the reality of resurrection in our individual lives we need to allow the cleansing process of God to take place in our inner man bringing about purity and a transformation that maks way for a “new birth” of fruit and character to blossom in us. I would like to begin a teaching on the things in each of our lives that hold us back from God’s plan of transformation and resurrection. Hebrews tells us to:
…..lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us
This Scripture goes on to say that in order to do this we have to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. We MUST keep our focus on Jesus. Whenever we allow our focus to come off of Jesus and on to something else, even things ABOUT Jesus, even “good” things, we will get off the path that brings us from the earthy to the heavenly.
King David loved his son Absalom very much even though Absalom tried to destroy David and steal the Kingdom from him (1&2 Kings, 1 Samuel). God’s anointed king was almost destroyed by this Absalom, the one he cherished so much. God had made David King and had anointed him for that purpose. David was God’s anointed child. Absalom wanted to steal the anointing and the Kingdom from David. David represents you and me! We are the anointed of God in the New Covenant; we are Kings and Priests unto God and called of God for that purpose. Absalom represents any sin or anything you cherish and love more than the will of God for your life. This sin comes to destroy God’s Kingdom and God’s anointing in you. Many times when we think of sins we think of the big things – lying, stealing, murder, adultery, etc.; but there are more deceitful sins than these. These deceitful sins are those little secret things that we’ve confessed; but not renounced, repented of, and totally forsaken. It’s the things we make excuses for and continue to hang on to even after we’ve confessed them to God. It’s the things we love more than we love God. Repent means to forsake, to turn around and go the other way. It means to have a change of heart and mind which then affects your outward actions. When we just confess things without repentance they are still very much in our lives.
Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom . NASB
It’s the little, secret sins that we desire to hang on to that are spoiling the vines in the vineyard of the Lord. Unconfessed, “little foxes” are what is destroying us. They are destroying the blossoming of the character of Christ within us and they are destroying the transformation process causing us to remain earthy, earthbound in our thoughts, actions, and decisions. Absalom was to David, just like sin is to us, pleasing to the flesh. 2 Samuel 14:25 says he was beautiful to look at, intelligent, and handsome. Sounds like Eve with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden doesn’t it. Scripture says the fruit was desireable to look at or pleasant to the eyes, and it also says that it was something that she thought would bring her some earthly benefit. Sin is just that way, you enjoy it, it’s pleasurable for the moment, and it feels good, but afterward it has a bite that brings with it a poison that will destroy your life if the antidote of repentance is not applied.
Absalom’s hair was one of the greatest manes anyone ever had. They would cut his hair each year and it was so heavy that it filled 200 shekels worth of weight and measure. Absalom worshipped his hair, and he was proud and arrogant because of his physical beauty.(2 Samuel 14:26). Sometimes, the “little” sin becomes “the” most important thing in our lives. It doesn’t seem like this “little” sin, this “little” deviation from the course, this “little” affection we have for something other than God could hurt our walk with the Lord; and besides we really love it – this is what we REALLY WANT to do or have. It pleases your flesh, fills a need, feels good, so you keep it there in your life and entertain it and feed it day after day. It could be a wrong thought pattern, a habit, a pleasure that is out of priority, a responsibility you should not have taken on, a person that means so much to you that it causes you to begin to compromise, any of those things and more. But Absalom, like these sins, was conspiring to steal his own father’s Kingdom and anointing.
Sin simply means to miss the mark. Anything in your life that causes you to miss the mark of the call and purpose of God for your life is sin and must be repented of and left behind no matter what the cost.
2 Samuel 15:2-6
And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was [so], that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city [art] thou? And he said, Thy servant [is] of one of the tribes of Israel. 3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters [are] good and right; but [there is] no man [deputed] of the king to hear thee. 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! 5 And it was [so], that when any man came nigh [to him] to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. 6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel
Verse 2 says that Absalom used to rise early and stand by the gate to the city. In Scripture “gate” often refers to the mind, an opening, an entrance, the place of government or authority. As believers, it is our minds, (the opening or entrance to our souls) that need to be renewed so that we can allow the authority or rule of the Lord in our lives. Whoever has your mind has YOU.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? KJV
As Absalom stood by the gate and enticed the men of Israel to follow after him, verse 6 says, “Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.” Sin waits, as Absalom did to seize hold of your mind in order to steal your heart and draw you away from your King and His purposes. It entices you with its “pleasurable qualities” and deceives you into following its way. When you are deceived, the very nature of the word means that, you do not know it!
But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown gives birth to death.”
There is a way that seems right to a man but the end of that road or that way are the ways of death.
All the little unconfessed sins in your life begin to slowly take dominion over the Kingdom of God and the anointing in you. Just as Absalom slowly won the hearts of the Israelites away from King David, so sin, left undealt with will slowly steal the Kingdom of God from you. Oh, you may still go to church, you may still pray, you may still worship Him, but your heart will be far from Him because it is focused on your priorities and not His.
Jesus said the Kingdom of God is Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. He said the Kingdom of God is WITHIN you. The Kingdom of God is the sphere of influence that God has in your life and consequently over your circumstances. That Kingdom can be destroyed by one little unconfessed “sin” sitting outside the gate of your mind undealt with or made excuses for. Day after day it will take a little more and a little more of the Kingdom of God within you. Stealing a little more of your peace, robbing a little more of your joy, preventing the righteousness of God (which is HIS way of being and doing right) from permeating your life, leaving in its place shame, fear, and destruction. Because David would not deal with his sinful, carnal offspring, the work of his flesh, his son Absalom, Absalom was left to destroy him. Whatever you don’t destroy will destroy you!
Repent of your “sin,” turn around, and go the other way and draw near to God. How do you do that? Submit yourself to the will of God in each and every situation. Do not be lead by carnal, worldly, thinking, but by the Spirit of God. Speak the Word to that sin when it rises its ugly head at the gate of your city (your soul, your life) and tell it you won’t open the gate (of your mind) for it to come in and dwell there. You wont even let it visit! Think of it as a thief, a murderer, a criminal coming to steal all you have and your very life as well.
Submit therefore to God, Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts you double-minded.” (NASB)
Double-minded is the Greek word Dipsticks (pronounced dip-soo-khos), and it means two spirited, vascillating (waivering) in opinion or purpose. We can’t have two spirits, two waivering voices within. We have to make quality decisions, strong commitments to go God’s way and submit to Him. We cannot allow the circumstances or life to cause us to waiver from the path he set us on. We can’t change course in the middle because our circumstances change. If we don’t know what to do in a situation then we should ask the Lord for HIS wisdom, but we must not waiver from our stand of obedience, commitment, and righteousness in the Lord.
Next month we will continue this teaching by looking at what happens when we do waiver and how to get back on the path.
In His Love,
Solid Rock Ministries