Monday, June 26, 2006

Unto Whom Have You Entrusted My Presence?

1 Chr 15:1 DAVID MADE for himself houses in the City of David, and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.
1 Chr 15:2 Then David said, None should carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.
1 Chr 15:3 And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.
1 Chr 15:4 And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites:
1 Chr 15:5 Of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 kinsmen;
1 Chr 15:6 Of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 kinsmen;
1 Chr 15:7 Of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 kinsmen;
1 Chr 15:8 Of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 kinsmen;
1 Chr 15:9 Of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 kinsmen;
1 Chr 15:10 Of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 kinsmen.
1 Chr 15:11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites--Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab,
1 Chr 15:12 And said to them, You are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, both you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it.
1 Chr 15:13 For because you bore it not [as God directed] at the first, the Lord our God broke forth upon us--because we did not seek Him in the way He ordained.
1 Chr 15:14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel.
1 Chr 15:15 The Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses commanded by the word of the Lord.
1 Chr 15:16 David told the chief Levites to appoint their brethren the singers with instruments of music--harps, lyres, and cymbals--to play loudly and lift up their voices with joy.

My Father really dealt with me last night about the disrespect we have for His glory and His presence. He gave me this Scripture and began to express His anger about so many things we have done in the Body of Christ to disrespect His presence, His anointing and His glory. I literally cried and hurt in my body over the disrespect and neglect the Lord showed me.

When David prepared to have the ark of the covenant placed in the temple, he stated called on the Levites, the CHOSEN priests of God, to carry the ark. This is so significant. The Levites were dedicated at birth and raised in total and complete holiness to serve the Father. The ark of the covenent represented God's presence - His glory. David was determined to follow the will of the Father in handling His presence.

Prior to this, David states in verse 13, God brought judgment upon the people because they did not handle the anointing the way God ORDAINED. Hmmm... The people did not seek His presence nor handle His glory as they were instructed. So, not only did the Father refuse to show up on their behalf, but He allowed calamity to come against the people.

Yes, God dealt with me so heavily about this last night. He literally spoke to me for hours about why His presence is lacking in the earth. God said it's because His chosen people have entrusted His presence and His anointing into the hands of UNHOLY VESSELS. My God! Yes, we have allowed the world to taint the presence of God. We have given them access when they were not entitled.

For some of us, God has anointed our children and chosen them from birth, just as He did the Levites. Yet, we allow the world to taint them. They watch and listen to anything the world feeds them. Then, we allow secular artists and worldly influences to come into the church and teach them. God is not pleased.

Then God began to show me Pastors. Pastors who have prayed and labored over a vision. God anointed them and birthed ministry to them. These leaders then turned around and placed His ordained works into the hands of worldly people. They seek worldly financial advisors. They place leaders on boards simply because they are family members, knowing that have no relationship with the Father. God is not pleased.

What about the many of us who have been called into ministry, but allow the world to shut our mouths? Yes, THIS ONE STUNG ME. God told me He has anointed some of us. He has called many of us. He has placed His hand of favor over us. Yet, we take the very anointing and presence of God that is within us, and make it subject to man. Yes, we allow the world to shut our mouths. We allow unholy vessels to tell us we are not worthy.

Unto whom have you entrusted my presence? To whom have you given access to my glory? God is saying we must follow His protocol and protect the anointing. We must value His presence again. "Cast not your pearls before swine," says the Father.

Saints, we must stop accepting everything that comes within church walls. Notice in the Scripture that the LEVITES chose who would praise and worship God in the temple. They were appointed to anoint singers and dancers. STOP LETTING THE WORLD DICTATE WHAT WE DO IN THE FATHER'S HOUSE!!! God's way or no way! Just as the Father chose the Levites, today He has chosen who will carry His anointing and carry out His work. We must realize - NOT ALL ARE CHOSEN. When will the Church stop lying to people? Not everybody is anointed. Not everybody is called. We cannot entrust the anointing to unclean vessels. Let God be true, and every man a liar. If we really value His presence, we will protect it from unclean access.

Saints, so many are wondering why we are praying without results. Why is God's presence not coming forth during praise and worship as it should? Why are the prophets not hearing and the seers not seeing. I keep hearing God say "Tainted, they have been tainted." My God! Sanctify yourselves.

People of God, I am begging you. Get holy. No, you can't watch everything. No, you can't hang out with everybody. No, you are not everyone's friend. No, you can't listen to what you want. No, you can't end your fast just because your family is having a cook-out. WAKE UP! It is time to make a choice. HOLINESS. SANCTIFICATION. Set yourself apart. Get in God's face, and have respect for His presence, for His glory and for His anointing.


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