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The man after God’s own heart ( part two)

Posted by appolus on November 11, 2013

The Man After God’s Own Heart (Part Two) —-Bro Allan Halton

As we read the story of Saul we discover that he wasn’t a man who had much of a regard for learning God’s ways. His own ways were quite good enough for him—as they were for the Gentile kings. No one told them what to do. And, after all, wasn’t he a king just like the nations round about? Isn’t this what the people wanted in the first place? But this was God’s kingdom, and the two “mistakes” we highlighted in the first part of this message cost Saul the kingdom. He made others beside the two we have spoken of, and they were all rooted in the same soil—a heart that was ready enough to sideline God and do what was reasonable in its own eyes. As we said last time, we see this same heart of Saul on every hand in the leadership of the churches of our day, and because of it an immense collapse is inevitable. The thing is… finding fault is easy enough, but knowing where others are missing it is of no value if we are not searching our own heart. If we want to make sure we ourselves don’t get caught in the looming disaster it will mean two things:

1) We must wait for God when waiting is so difficult. In the press of desperate circumstance when God is nowhere in sight we must resist the temptation to do what is expedient in our own eyes; we must wait for God—for His direction, for His help, for His strategy… for Himself, His Presence. Our churches are chock full of things that men decided to go ahead with when God was absent, was silent; there are countless programs and methodologies that the Lord of the church had absolutely nothing to do with bringing into being. We must repent of this evil, and get on our knees with a broken and contrite heart and seek the Anointed Jesus our Lord to come to us once again… and with His anointing help us offer the burnt offering.

2) We must obey God when it seems so unreasonable to obey Him. We must put under the ban—total destruction—all that God has put under the ban. If He says that nothing of the natural man can have place in His kingdom we are not to make room for it, even though it is “good” in our own eyes. This is what Agag and the best of the sheep and oxen represented. For example… surely God could not mean that my great career in professional sports can have no part in His kingdom; no, I’ll pursue that and sacrifice it to the Lord; I’ll use it for His glory and share my fame on the field with Him. Or… surely He cannot mean that now that I’m a Christian my rock music has to go; I’ll keep that alive and offer it to Him and hold Christian concerts and get His name in the lights along with my own. Or my promising career in politics. I know I heard God say He wants me to part ways with all that now, but what a waste! I know what I’ll do! I’ll continue my career and use it for the advancement of the Kingdom of God…

The church is full of this kind of thing—Saul’s sacrifice. Saul’s disobedience, that is. God says it is anathema, for at Calvary He carried out a total ban on the natural man; He doomed him to utter destruction, the destruction of the Cross; that was His decree and judgment on the earthly man and all his doings and ways. Remember what the aged Samuel did to the king Saul had spared? “And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal” (1 Sam. 15.33).

Beloved, let the same fear of God motivate us, and not the fear of man. Saul reigned for some time even after Samuel had told him God had taken the kingdom from him and given it to another man—a man after His own heart. The same is true in the churches; there is a time when those who lead the way Saul led—doing what is right in their own eyes—they seem to prosper, and it even seems that God is with them, and goes along with them in their agendas. At the same time there are others out in a spiritual wilderness who sometimes wonder if God is with them; they are chastened and tested and tried all the day long. Even so they have set their face like a flint to do the whole will of God whatever the cost. They are not taking things into their own hands; they have no intention of taking the kingdom by force. They are waiting God’s time; they know what is coming.

For, there came a time when God removed Saul.

“And when He had removed him, He raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also He gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will” (Acts 13.22).
So we have the two kings, Saul, who did his own thing and called it the will of God, and David, who delighted in the will of God, and with this testimony was prophetic of the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of David. Ultimately it is He who is the Man after God’s own heart, who in the days of His earthly ministry fulfilled all the will of God… even when it meant the Cross. If we are awake, we overhear Him praying in Gethsemane (and hopefully we are praying with Him), “Nevertheless not My will, but Thine be done.”

This Man after God’s own heart is now seated on the Throne of David in the heavens, and—make no mistake—with all authority in Heaven and in earth He will continue to fulfill the will of God till all things are put under His feet. This means there are mighty and awesome and world-shaking things before us, both in the world and in the church. We, then, who lay claim to His being our king… if we are to be part of this wondrous unfolding of His will, we must have the same heart. A heart like His own. A heart that is set like a flint to do all the will of God, not just a part (which, as we have seen, God calls disobedience). The obedience of the Cross must be our own standard. Daily. We must be totally committed to doing all the will of God, not revising His will (as Saul did) to suit ourselves. Only thus are we involved in the increase of the kingdom of Christ the Son of David in the earth.

Lord Jesus Christ, we know that you always test and try those you love, those you are preparing for your kingdom. And so we know the test will come… as it came to Saul, as it came to David. And we know the potential is in us to go our own way, to do our own thing, to walk in the ways of Saul. And so we cry out to you, dear Lord, deliver us from ourselves, we want to have the heart of David who cried out “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Amen.
Allan Halton

2 Responses to “The man after God’s own heart ( part two)”

  1. steffiedotorg said

    See, this. This is so beautiful to me to read. This is what drives me in my walk with the Lord now and when I look back and see how I used to treat my relationship with Jesus as a “marriage of convenience” where I got all the benefit and He got whatever scraps or leftovers I was willing to throw him, it breaks my heart.

    I never knew that it was possible to actually *delight* in being obedient, because I never really loved Jesus before I began to spend time in fervent prayer with Him. I fall in love again every time I think of Him now, each moment of my day is spent wanting more of Him and less of all else.

    I wonder if you can explain that to someone who’s never experienced it and them actually understand it. I’m beginning to realize though, that maybe you can’t. They have to taste and see for themselves how amazingly good the Lord is.

    Thank you for this write.. what a blessing.

  2. Allan Halton said

    That’s a very precious testimony, sister. It inspires me afresh to make that my one goal in life– to please Him… to delight in His will. Thank you.

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