DUE ORDER – DIVINE PRESCRIPTION FOR FRUITFUL MINISTRY
“The LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order” 1 Chron. 15:13
The “new cart” is man’s device to keep the move of the Spirit steady–free from error, free from false doctrines–and to keep the ark of His presence and glory from going on the rocks yet it is diced with earthly methodology, philosophy and copy catting what seem to be the good old way [Jer. 6:16] but in actuality it is earthly, sensual and void of the Spirit. Many follow the voice of their distorted human spirit or the idol of their hearts thinking that they are being led by the Spirit of God
MAN’S STRENGTH VERSUS GOD’S WISDOM
“Uzzah and Ahio” who were the sons of Abinadab” drove the new cart” 2 Sam. 6:3
They seem to be quite knowledgeable about the ark but familiarity brought contempt and one died untimely. After all it had lain in their father’s house for many, many years and they thought they can touch the Ark anyway. “Uzzah” means “Strength,” and “Ahio” means “His brother.” They could give the proper watch-care and guidance that the ark required. They did not profess to be bringing back the ark, the oxen were doing that. They were just strong, able, seemingly qualified men of God [having many Bible School degrees but void of intimacy with the Messiah –Governor of the Church], they thought that they knew exactly what to do if things went wrong alas it is head knowledge! And so when the oxen stumbled near Nachon’s threshing floor the ark was shaken and the strong man put forth his hand to steady it, and God smote him dead.
Invariably this happens when men invent new carts, new fellowships, new movements—or whatever-to keep the move of the Spirit from falling on the rocks. Some strong man is right there on hand to keep things steady when the way gets rough, and this leads to disaster. Many uses natural strength, power, wisdom or articulations to do works that we must get specifications and “how to” from the Throne Room of God, else we end up invoking death instead of life for the only way is …
“See that you do the spiritual works according to God’s ordained pattern that you have received as authentic way of doing God’s work on the Mount”
“The wisdom of the man of good sense makes his way clear; but the unwise behavior of the foolish is deceit” Prov. 14:8 BBE
We must contact wisdom which is profitable to direct to do good or what to do in order to get good and godly result from the LORD. Sons of Issachar were spiritually intelligent men, they have expert knowledge of times and season having connected deeply with the mind of God by the Spirit such that all others tribes respect their judgment and follow what they spoke as God’s oracle per time knowing that it came from the Lord and that it is in their best interest to follow such instructions to the letter.
KNOWLEDGE OF TIMES AND SEASONS
“And of the children of Issachar, there were two hundred chiefs, men who had expert knowledge of the times and what it was best for Israel to do, and all their brothers were under their orders” 1 Chron. 12:32
God is very jealous for His own glory. And no man can touch it, no matter how great he is, titles or accolade of men without bringing disaster into the work and into the midst of God’s people. We may all point our fingers at some great man, some great ministry, and give our version as to how he went wrong. But it is not always his fault only. It is often also the fault of the people who idolize him. The market women tried to idolize David by singing he killed ten thousand while Saul the king only killed one thousand but David behaved himself wisely. It is often the fault of the religious system that men feel they must try to uphold. And it happens over and over again because we are ignorant as to how exceedingly jealous God is for His own glory. Ministers are middlemen that are put in place to bring men to Jesus who said “Come unto me…all who are burdened and heavy laden and I will give you rest”
HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
God hasten the day when God’s people will come to the solemn realization that the Spirit of God is in the earth today as the Representative and Rector of Christ in the Church, and that He must have His due Lordship in the midst of His people. True God raises up leaders from among the people; but we must know that their leadership is only valid by virtue of the Anointing they carry, nothing more and nothing less. “Uzzah” means “Strength.” It is invariably the strength of human leadership, not their weakness that extinguishes the spiritual flame that had been kindled by the presence of the Lord.
“The angel told me to give Zerubbabel this message from the LORD: “You will succeed, not by military might or by your own strength, but by my spirit. Zech. 4:6
God’s power is made perfect in man’s weakness–not in his strength. God does not require the strong, dynamic, charismatic personality but a willing vessel, with a humble and contrite heart who trembles at the WORD of the Lord. He requires one who like Jacob of old has been robbed of his natural strength by the touch of the hand of God, and who then arises from his confrontation with the Lord a different man, bearing a different name–“Israel.” Israel means “Power with God.” And from that day on he bears about in his body the indelible mark of his confrontation with the Lord of Glory.
PATHWAY TO DIVINE BLISS: BROKENNESS
From that day forward Israel walks with God with faltering step because of “the sinew that shrank,” a constant reminder to him of that day–or rather that night when Almighty God crippled him by the touch of His mighty hand. It was that night that Jacob died and Israel came alive in God. We must undergo “BROKENNESS”, when the old carnal lifestyle, fleshly behavior and all carnal mindedness must die and give way to being transformed to be changed into the image and likeness of Christ. Only then can we bear fruit and be capacitated to hear and obey the dictates of the Spirit. It is the charismatic fruit of the Spirit that is more highly important than the charismatic gifts. The former infuses the character and nature of Christ in us while the later makes us a pawn in the hand of the Lord to be used for the works of the ministry. It means you can be highly anointed and still end up in hell fire. Jesus Himself said… depart from me you workers of iniquity, I know you not.
David was afraid of the LORD because of this sudden, drastic action on God’s part, and he left the ark in the house of Obededom the Gittite. There it remained for three months. But a strange thing happened. The LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had, because of the presence of the Ark of the Covenant. David had to seek the LORD to discover just what went wrong… and why. Many of God’s people have been discouraged and dismayed when they have witnessed some strange calamity take place in the Church, where once they had witnessed God’s blessing.
SEEKING GOD ARIGHT
Seldom do they call a halt to it all, and seek God for answers like David sought the Lord for the godly way of carrying the Ark; they just make another new cart and carry on as if nothing happened. They look for new methodology or what is working in the other camp. The mindset is, if that did not then let us put another in place maybe it will work. We also have the likes of Uzzah the King who left their estate or calling to venture into another man’s calling. He was a king who ventured into the priests duty and was struck with leprosy.
Usually we are going to discover that it is a case of human leadership who, because of their great office and gifts, feel they have a mandate to supervise and control and exercise lordship over the people of God because of that office. They are defiant of spiritual protocol, pattern, procedure, due order and understanding the mindset of God per time.
METHODOLOGY OF GOD
After seeking God, David soon found out the reason for the calamity. He discovered that the Ark was to be carried upon the shoulders of the Levites, and in no other way. David acknowledged, “The LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order” [1 Chron. 15:13]. When are we going to learn that God does not originate new carts, new movements, new fellowships, new organizations, every time He would do a certain work in the earth? It is really man’s attempt to keep things under control… to keep the revival from falling apart… to keep the doctrines pure… to keep the people from getting scattered like king Saul performing the sacrifice meant for the Priests to do … but in the long run it hinders what God is doing because it is not God’s leading, not God’s way and not initiated by God, and it comatose the works of God.
THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR TRUE MINISTRY
The Ark of God on the shoulders of anointed men? A sturdy cart on wheels, and a well-organized program, would seem to be much safer. Oxen are much stronger than men. And Uzzah the strong man can keep things in order. Now the “shoulder” is the place of strength, government shall be upon our shoulders like Jesus [Isa. 53]. And the shoulders of the priests would speak of men who are strong because of their priestly character that is the priestly anointing they carry and their priestly garments of righteousness. This is God’s way… God’s only way. “Lord, please bring us to the place where we learn to walk with You, and abide in Your Anointing.” For we need no other credentials for ministry in the House of God, apart from the Anointing that God supplies … the Anointing that comes down upon us from the garments of our High Priest in the heavens, Who has been “anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows.” There is no question about it, the Ark of the Covenant was heavy. The mercy seat on the top of it was made of solid gold, one of the heaviest of all metals. But God’s priests cannot delegate their burdens to others. Godly ministers today carries the “burden of ministry” on their shoulders and the Lord provides the incredible strength and grace to do the works of God effectively.
UNAUTHORISED KINGDOM WORKS AND WAYS OF IMPLEMENTING DIVINE WORKS
The real problem is simply this: God’s people, and the ministry in particular, are inclined to take burdens upon themselves that God did not authorize. God’s intention is that each member of the Body of Christ should find their place of ministry in the Body, rather than delegating their task to some strong man.
EACH JOINT SUPPLY
We are “members in particular,” and each member must find his or her place in the yoke of Christ, when we do, EACH JOINTS SUPPLYING DIVINE NUTRIENTS – their own part of the overall need in the body that there will be no lack. As we abide with the Lord Jesus in His yoke, the burden will be one we can carry on our shoulders; for Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The author of the union of the members of Christ’s body to one another is the Spirit of God, by him they are baptized into one body; the cement or bond of this union is the grace of love wrought in their souls by him; and the means are the word and ordinances, and these convey a supply from Christ the head to every member, suitable to the part it bears in the body, according to the energy of the Spirit, who makes all effectual: and so. Every members must sync with Christ the head, receive divine supply and now use the divine deposit in their silo after the due process to do greater works