-extracts by Clay Sikes

For many in the Church today there is knowledge that something is
wrong. “What is it?” we ask. “Is it me?” “Is it my Church?” “Is it my
Pastor?” The knowledge that something is wrong pervades the Church
from Savannah to Siberia, the Internet and many prophetic lists
confirm and link us to this truth. Be comforted that your situation is
neither unique nor unusual, but of greater significance, be aware that
God is signaling CHANGE. A new Davidic order is rising up and out
of the existing Church, replacing the order of Saul…

The key to solving a myriad of problems in the Church is found in
solving the main problem. When the main problem is dealt with, in
an almost cataclysmic fashion, things will begin to dramatically
change as God’s people begin to walk in God’s power. The problem
that glares at us constantly is a powerless Church; a Church taunted
by Satan on a daily basis much the same as Goliath taunted the
Armies of God. Financial hardship, defeat, sickness, sin, divorce,
jealousy, vain ambition, hype, programs, formulas, and relational
failures permeate the Church from the pulpit to the pew. Since we
know this is true, let us examine accurate, word filled, Holy Ghost
inspired prophetic revelation for our solution.

In facing the powerless Church question, understand that the human
resources are now in place to release this great power, but the old
system (Saul’s armor) under which these human resources operate
will not permit them the freedom to be used. Just as Saul’s armor
constrained David, so too has the old order constrained those who
are called to demolish Satan’s strongholds, strapped with the heavy
cumbersome equipment of Saul. I feel the solution is prophetically
answered in I Samuel 17. As you may recall from these verses,
David was appalled that Goliath so freely taunted God’s people. With
confidence he prepared to face Goliath, yet quickly recognized that
the old order (armor) would not work. Similarly, as we recognize that
the old order will not work for the Church, we too must seek the new
Davidic order that God is raising up in this hour. To have what we
have never had, we must do what we have never done. Much
prophetic revelation is found in the meaty verses of I Samuel 17.

“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor
on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword
over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to
them. I cannot go in these, he said to Saul, because I am not used
to them. So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose
five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his
shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the
Philistine” (I Samuel 17:38-40).

As with David, we must recognize that God is doing a new thing to
bring victory to a less than victorious Church. Let us examine further
the prophetic implications of these scriptures – “ I cannot go in these,
he said to Saul, because I am not used to them. So he took them off.
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream…”

The order of Saul was built upon a one-man system, the direct results
of men directing God. This one-man system of Saul had more to do
with man’s leadership than God’s. As a downward spiraling parallel,
we see the Church dissolving from the powerful First Century Church,
utilizing the entire five-fold ministry, to the one fold Pastor led system
of today. Through the traditions of men, we have systematically
eliminated four folds of ministry to the Body of Christ and of equal
importance, knocked countless thousands out of attaining their destiny
and purpose in the earth. Many powerful, destiny filled ministries sit
idle in pews, bound and constrained by an order that does not
recognize any calling except Pastor (See Ephesians 4:11,12).

David realized, as we must, that victory would not come through the
way battles were typically fought. David dared to look to a different
non-traditional manner to attain victory against Goliath, so too must
the Church. In more than a twist of irony, let us look again to the
word – “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones
from the stream…” I submit to you that as the Davidic order replaces
the order of Saul that a true victorious Church will emerge as the five-
fold ministry begins to find its way back into the Body of Christ. As
David reached into the stream he pulled five smooth stones to the
surface. Symbolically, many of those who are being raised up in
this hour will be those that have been hidden from the Body,
submerged for years, yet washed by the water of the word until all
rough edges have been smoothed. Any stone that David chose was
enough to bring Goliath to the ground…

The Church cries out for solutions to its problems, BUT IS IT READY
FOR REAL ANSWERS? Much of the solution will require change from
those in the old order of Saul, and many like those in Saul’s company
will be ever so reluctant to join David the anointed and called King.
Any change that has ever affected this world began in the hearts of
men, so too will this move of God begin in the hearts of men.

All change must begin within each of us seeking change. At the risk
of sounding redundant, let me state again THAT THOSE DESIRING
WE MUST Be WILLING To CHANGE. The willing and obedient eat the
good of the land and fulfill their predestined call. Just prior to David’s
Kingship he held up in the cave at Addulum (I Samuel 22). What a
choice his followers had to make – a cave with David or a Palace with
Saul. The palace represents a close parallel to decisions faced today:
Saul offered comfort, stability, safety, prominence, position, power,
influence and acclaim. David offered a cave, actually a hole in the
side of a mountain, but deep in the hole was a dream. The order of
Saul deals in the seen; the order of David in the unseen.

Those with an affinity for the external will likely stick with Saul, while
those with the eye of the Spirit will follow David to the death. “All those
who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him,
and he became their leader” (I Samuel 22:2). The Davidic Order WILL
NOT attract those who are happy with things just the way they are.
We now live in the age of the Laodicean Church – “To the angel of
the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the
faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your
deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one
or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold –
I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, I am rich; I have
acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realize that
you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:14-17).
In summary, the spiritually contented will stay with Saul, while the
spiritually discontented will hold up with David.

Several years ago the Lord spoke to me over a period of time and
said several things that changed my life. First he said, “Anything
growing will change – be open, be flexible, be willing to change.”
This phenomenon is true in both the natural and the spiritual world.
GROWTH REQUIRES CHANGE. Though all change isn’t a sign of
growth, all growth is a sign of change!

Our growth will require change, but even more importantly and initially,
our willingness to change. He then said, “Ignorance often comes
disguised as tradition.” With those words, when combined, I realized
that traditional thinking is dangerous in dealing with spiritual matters.
I had hindered my own spiritual growth by my own preconceived
traditions, much of which emanated from my soul. He then said a final
word that has changed my life forever. “The sin of presumption often
hides itself in noble purposes.” As with Sarah, I have been guilty of
trying to help God by assuming roles that God had not assigned me
(See Genesis 16:3), but because the purpose appeared noble and
good, I presumed it to be God. This incredibly dangerous error, in
my opinion, has stopped more people from fulfilling their destiny and
walking in the real power of God than any other aspect of Christianity;
evangelist acting as pastors, businessmen in ministry, ministers in
business, teachers acting as prophets, programs in place of prayer,
organizations in place of an organism, etc.

Much of the modern day Church is a result of works of the flesh
(Ishmael). Said differently, presumptive decisions based on noble
purposes run most churches today…

A major characteristic of the Davidic order rest in the fact that God
does the leading. David always sought God for specific direction
after learning that he was not only to get the direction of the Lord,
but also the ‘how to’ within the confines of that direction (See
II Samuel 6:1-13). Saul took matters into his own hands and lost
his kingdom, not only for himself, but his heirs as well. Sadly,
Jonathan stayed with his father, Saul and met an untimely death.
How many who linger in the house of Saul will birth spiritual death
for themselves and their families? During a recent time of praying
in the Holy Spirit for several hours, I heard the Lord say that He is
raising up a victorious Church, a warrior like David who operates
in the true power and strength of the Lord…

Begin to look for the Davidic Order – it is soon coming to a town near you!

REVIVAL List is published by-
Andrew Strom,
West Auckland,
New Zealand.

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