As we progress on in our series; we’ll learn Moses, along with Jesus and Paul will form our baseline case studies for this “Revelatory High Calling”. Let us begin now by considering as these “Revelatory Nazarites” they were transcendent transformative characters with elusive spiritual birth certificates solidly revealed in foundational scriptures.
The revelatory is, it signifies those who in gratitude press in and past even themselves; to come sincerely worshipping Him; determined to withhold nothing. Thus, we’re to be willing to give ourselves away to be used by Him, to in the process; be that same blessing unto others. Such “true worshippers” are acceptable; as is what we may have thought of as being just a little we had; God declared much; when given from pure hearts; not merely following form, spiritual protocols dictate; or by rote, for as learned habits they have no basis of gratitude for giving.
Encouraged Himself: this is a powerful word “chazaq” which implies although David was greatly distressed by what he discerned; suddenly remembered what mattered most; the fact that the Lord God was yet still with and His grace was the 1st key enabling him to behave wisely again; to then boldly, turn his 2nd key to begin to “chazaq”; encouraging himself!
We further condense Bishop Jakes’ 1st combined Friends & Supporters Category of the “Distant Comrades & Constituents." We go on now to consider his calling them as but “scaffolding” in life. But under the light of revelation we examine how spiritually; we’re all predestined to form some manner of “strategically positioned permitted scaffolding” for those the Lord assigns us unto; regardless what these categories seemingly limit us to being seen as!
We begin by defining another revelatory concept we refer to often in this series; that of being “predestinated." It’s significant spiritually for it forms the basis for getting an understanding, about how the Lord works His “strategic positioning” in, ordering events and “permitted” and usually temporary “scaffolding” to form about us. “Predestination” directs His Word; our encounters, experiences, family, friends and supporters He sends to directly impact the steps of all men; but especially all those He knows as “His”. 2 Timothy 2:19-21
Throughout scripture we can see proof how the Lord and His spiritual protocols are extremely strategic and lay out the spiritual sense of decorum we must have to be those who behave wisely; thus, will walk circumspectly; as it affects all our ways.
Consider a time when a few chosen Jews were sent from Persia to participate in the “God ordered” great work of rebuilding His temple. It had laid in ruins 70 years while Persia had held them in prophesied captivity. But now God, providing for what He orders; opened a great but effectual door. It gave ordered opportunity for those chosen to go work out their own portion to accomplish exploits of His great work. Yet, they did face great opposition from the mixed population the enemy permitted to occupy Judah’s Jerusalem in the interim of captivity. The Jewish historian Josephus signified these opposers were of the same ilk David saw come in having gathered themselves together; to come “help” him as he hid in the wilderness fearing Saul. They were in fear too as those in distress, in debt; so discontented. 1 Samuel 22:2
Today we consider another key applied that strategically positions us in the safest place for us; which is the will of God. so, we travel back again to revisit David’s backstory; to the time where he’s finally been anointed king over all Judah and Israel. Consider David in his first great act he thinks to do for the Lord in gratitude. Bring the ark of the covenant back home to the now city of David. It had been captured in 1 Samuel 4;11
Consider; it is spiritually significant and foundational for us to continually seek to truly get understanding of how the Lord always has those “spiritual there’s” He strategically positions us to must cross over unto; to occupy, endure or go through unto increase we’ll need; to accomplish and prosper in whatever He opts to send us to be used to do.
The Holy Spirit not only strategically positions us for; but directs us as well in any truly diligent study into the ways and thoughts of our Lord God; for they are higher than ours. He is scripturally the source and provider of the gift of discernment; which is our check and balance in whatever we’d consider to be spiritual enlightenment.
Bishop Jakes taught many sermons from 2008-2017 citing 3 categories of friends & supporters. His first in the combined categories are “Distant Comrades also called Constituents”. Secondly; he teaches about those he calls the “Designated who’re also our Confidants”! In this series we consider the part his categories understood play in our lives; when seen in the revelatory light God will shine on His predestinating us; through the intelligently designed moves He makes; affecting each life, as He strategically positions us all; to do greater works.