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The Spoils Go To The Temple

1 Chronicles 26:27 – Out of the spoil won in battles did they dedicate to repair the house of the Lord.

In this Old Testament passage, the house of the Lord was ‘repaired’ through some of the spoils won from the battles.  They recognised that it was God who had enabled them to win these battles, so part of the spoil rightly belonged to Him!

It works the same in our lives – the victories that we win our lives which are won through the strength and power of God help build our ‘temple’.  We get encouraged and built up through seeing God move victoriously in our lives.  It helps to ‘repair’ areas of damage or discouragement in our own temples.

It also serves to remind us to remember the Lord when we’ve won a battle.  How have we said thanks to him for all that He has done for us – not only in word but in deed?

Music And Prophecy

1 Chronicles 25:1 – Moreover, David and the captains of the army set apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with stringed instruments, and with cymbals…

There is a strong link in Scripture between prophecy and music.  In 2 Kings 3:15, Elisha calls for a minstrel to play as he brings a prophetic word for the king.  Music and worship bypass our mind and connect directly with our spirit. 

It’s interesting to note here that it wasn’t just David who set apart these men to play and to prophesy – but it was also the captains of the army. They recognised the power in worship and prophecy, and obviously saw a connection between that and warfare. 

Thousands of years later, nothing has changed – music and prophecy are still linked closely together and it’s a formidable weapon against the devil and his plans!  When we devote our heart to worship and set our mind to believe the promises of God yet to be fulfilled – we unleash tremendous power in our lives for change!

The Wrong End Of The Stick

1 Chronicles 19:3 – But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Think you that David does honor your father, in that he has sent comforters to you? Aren’t his servants come to you to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?

Hanun is the king of of Ammon, and his father has just died.  Out of compassion, David sends messengers to comfort Hanun.  But his nobles and leaders say to him that they have come not for comfort, but to spy out the land and to attack Amnon during this time of weakness.

Insecurity will inevitably lead us to the wrong conclusions about the actions of others.  Even genuine good deeds rooted in love can be interpreted as potential threats by an insecure person. 

The way out of it is to know the eternal goodness and blessing of God in your life.  When we put our position, possessions and our power in the hands of God, we find an eternal security that man can never touch!  This place of peace and rest means that we are more adequately able to interpret the communications and deeds of others. 

So get the right end of the stick today – find your security in the power and abundance of your Heavenly Father!

A House Or A Tent

1 Chronicles 17:1 – It happened, when David lived in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord dwells in a tent.

Every great endeavour starts with a great concept.  The temple of the Lord which was built by Solomon had it’s inception with a nagging thought that bothered his father David. 

The Lord had given David victory on every side.  David had built a magnificent house for himself in Jerusalem, and for all intents and purposes had truly ‘made it’.  Yet he was unsatisfied.  As he looked out his window from his own glorious house – he saw the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, the very dwelling place of God – living in a tent.  David questioned himself ‘how can I live in glory, when my God is dwelling in a tent?’. 

Thus began the process of building something glorious for God. 

It works the same way with us today.  When we turn our eyes off ourselves, and look to see what is happening around our lives to ensure God’s glory and fame – it’s a brewing pot for ideas that are not only fantastic, but the kind of ideas that can literally change history!

Concrete Plans

1 Chronicles 28:11-12 – “Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of… all that he had by the Spirit, for the courts of the house of the Lord…”,

In the transition of leadership from David to Solomon, David gave his plans for the temple of God to Solomon.  David had not been allowed to build the temple, but it didn’t stop him dreaming, praying and preparing for it!

It’s interesting that the plans that the Spirit of God had given to David were for solid, immovable objects.  There are some who think that God never builds anything concrete – that the Spirit only leads us to wispy, ethereal things.  But it was the very Spirit of God who moved on David’s heart to have this temple built.  The plans he made were triggered by the same Spirit!

What’s good for us is that this shows us that God has concrete plans for our lives – for the things we are to do – and that the Spirit of God will lead us into these things!

God is not vague – He is certain and knows what the future holds for each one of us.  Let God breathe on you today, and give you some solid assurances for your future with Him!

Don’t Settle For Less!

1 Chronicles 5:26 – The God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath Pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river of Gozan, to this day.

This is a verse that may not look particularly fascinating unless you know a bit of the history. 

When Israel was coming into the Promised Land, the Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manasseh all asked Joshua if they could have their inheritance not actually in the promised land, but just outside of it.  They had found a spot they liked and they wanted to live there. 

So hundreds of years later, when an enemy king is roused against Israel, then these tribes were separated from the rest of Israel by the river Jordan and were like sitting ducks for the enemy king. 

God has a best plan for our lives – but sometimes He will allow us to take less than what His best for us is.  But when we do that, we will always regret it later on. 

Hang in there for ALL that God has promised.  Don’t settle for anything less!

Transitioning Leadership

When David was drawing near to the end of his life, he put in place certain things to transition the kingdom to Solomon well.  As leaders, these are vital keys for us in the transition from one generation to the next. 

1 – David gave Solomon the vision and showed him his part in it and why he has been chosen (1 Chronicles 22:7-10).  David desired to build a temple for God – but he had been a man of bloodshed which precluded him from being able to build the holy temple.  But the Lord had promised that through his son, that the temple would be built. 

Upcoming leaders need to see the vision, see the part they have to play, and hear the voice of God calling them to it. 

2 – David prays for and blesses Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:11-13). To transition leadership, our heart must be for the next generation.  Our prayers and blessing must be put on them. 

3 – David shows him the materials he needs for the vision (1 Chr 22:14).  We must be able to show upcoming leaders what we have done, and what we have prepared for the future.  This prevents generations to come from rebuilding what has been built. 

4 – David shows him the relationships and workmen he needs for the vision (1 Chr 22:15).  The raw materials were only part of building the temple – Solomon needed the workmen and the relationships that had been set up in order for it to succeed. 

Upcoming leaders need to be brought into the relationships that the previous leader had, so that they may benefit from them. 

5 – David commissions Solomon to begin right away (1 Chr 22:16).  Smooth transition means that upcoming leaders get the chance to lead!  David’s command to Solomon was ‘arise and get on with it!’. 

6 – David commands the ‘old guard’ to come together under Solomon (1 Chr 22:17).  In order for a leadership transition to be successful, the ‘old guard’ of leaders must recognise and be prepared to work with the new leader.  If this isn’t clear, then division and political games can ensue. 

We will all need to transition leadership at some point in our lives – whether we’re training another person for a job we’ve done, or transitioning something we’ve been doing into the hands of the next generation.  David managed to pass the baton on, to such an extent that Solomon was able to go far beyond what David had ever achieved!

Leadership In Giving

1 Chronicles 29:3 – In addition, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, seeing that I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,

David was an extraordinary leader, and continually demonstrated his heart for God in everything that he did. It was his vision to see a temple for God’s glory to be built – but the Lord made it clear that it would be Solomon, not David who built it.

Yet David not only prepared all the resources that would be needed for the temple, but he also donated his own treasure of gold and silver to the temple as well! Why? Because his affection was set on the house of God.

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). We want our heart to be caught up in the kingdom of God! We can start to pull our affections and hearts into the kingdom, by sowing into the kingdom! 

Great Imaginations

1 Chronicles 29:18 – Yahweh, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of your people, and prepare their heart to you;

At the dedication of the new temple – Solomon prays this prayer – that God would keep the temple forever in the imagination of the hearts of the people. 

Imagination is an amazing tool that has been given to us by God.  Imagination and faith are linked – because to imagine is to perceive something that does not yet exist, to dream about something that has not yet come to pass!  It is a tool that can either drive us toward God or drive us away from Him. 

There are great imaginations and there are vain imaginations.  The building of God’s house is a great imagination and leads to the preparation of a person’s heart toward God. 

But the building of our own dreams/empires simply creates strongholds and vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5) which end up exalting themselves against the knowledge of God. 

Spend your life imagining how to ‘build his temple’.  How your life can become useful in God’s plans!  That’s where the greatest imaginations are!

How To Be Strong, Wise And Influential

1 Chronicles 5:24-25 [These were] mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers` houses. They trespassed against the God of their fathers, and played the prostitute after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God destroyed before them.

They may have been ‘mighty men of valor’ – but according to who?  Contrast this with Gideon, whom God called a ‘mighty man of valor’ (Judges 6:12).  He was the least of the least, but through Him God led Israel to great victory.

Paul alludes to this concept in 1 Corinthians 1:25-27.  He calls the Corinthians to look back to when God called them, and remember that not many of them were wise, mighty or noble according to the flesh.  Then he concludes that God chooses the weak things and despised things to put to shame the strong.

There are two things we can learn from this verse.  Firstly, our security should not come from being surrounded by those the world perceives to be wise, strong and influential – for in fact it is these people who are the most likely to lead us away from the simplicity of devotion to Christ.  They put their trust in their own resources and abilities, and encourage us to do the same. 

Secondly, it’s important to understand that whatever strength was to our advantage before we came to Christ is likely to be a weakness when it comes to following Him.  If we possess great natural wisdom, it’s easier for us to lean on this than to hunger and seek after the wisdom that comes from above.  The same can be said for natural strength and the power of influence. 

When we rely on who we are and what we can do, we become limited to the extent of our own resources.  But the more we rely on who God is and what He can do, the more we tap into the limitless expanse of His resources.  It’s then we start to really become strong, wise and influential!!

So today ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make Your paths straight’