Pastor Mike started by talking about how there is more to life than the mundane, God has marked you for purpose, marked you for impact, marked you for destiny. He has anointed you and called you to more than you can see right now, but you have to realize it because the enemy has come to tell you to stop.
He reminds people that no matter what the denial or trial you are facing, you are marked.
Then he moves on to look at David who was marked, but there was a process to the throne. He talks about how, many times, what the enemy cannot destroy, he distracts. This was really to point out that we are marked in Christ in a way that the devil cannot change. And so because he cannot destroy that marking, he distracts you from it. Pastor Mike encourages us and tells that when you stop believing the lie, then you can believe the truth that no matter what you have been through, you have been marked.
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
1 Samuel 16:1
Pastor Todd then talks about King Saul, who was initially anointed but then God removed His anointing when Saul started doing things his own way instead of God’s way. So God sends Samuel the prophet to go anoint another person as King. However, God had to direct Samuel to His choice because Samuel was looking at the sons of Jesse in the physical. The ones Samuel would have chosen were all not God’s choice.
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16: 7
The Lord does not see as man does, people judge by the outward experience but the Lord looks at the heart.
I love this reminder in this sermon because sometimes we get stuck in our guilt and our behaviors but we need to remember that God accepts us not because of what we have done or what we look like. So the world might not always find us acceptable, but He does.
So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
1 Samuel 16 :11
Pastor Mike then talks about how Jesse did not even call David by his name and only described him by what he did. He explains that many times when you are marked, people try to sum you up or describe you in a certain way, describing what you have been through instead of who you are.
There is never a hit like the one you don’t see coming.
Then Pastor goes into a personal story which he said God reminded him off to teach him that there is never a hit like the one you don’t see coming. The hit you don’t see knocks you out. Then he addresses people who are listening, and he says whoever has been knocked down, you need to know you are marked by God, the fight is not over, get up and keep going.
Pastor Mike then explains that there are hits of life that are coming but if you know that the hits are coming, you can be ready. If you don’t think the hit is coming you will not be guarding yourself against them.
Here is the first step he gave us; if you are marked you are:
Approved in private
*Everybody doesn’t need to know. You don’t need to put it on Instagram
*What God wants to do in your life is something He cannot do on display when it’s in seed form
*The easiest time to kill something is when it’s in infant stage; when Jesus was a baby they killed every boy under the age of two
*Just because everybody doesn’t know doesn’t mean you ain’t marked
*David wasn’t even invited to the party, he was busy doing the last thing God told him and he was spending time in the presence of God. And he was marked in private
*If you don’t see that hit coming and you start doing things to try to let other people know, and somebody will speak death to what God called to live
*God was with David because David was always with Him. God is knocking on the door and waiting for you to invite Him in and make room for Him, you’ve got to let Him in.
*You need to do the last thing God told you and spend time in His presence to be approved and marked.
Thinking on the above points, my first question would be how do I know I am marked? But then immediately I realize that I know that I am marked because that is what the word says. The bible tells us that we are chosen.
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”
John 15: 16
So as the branch we are chosen, and appointed by Him to bear much fruit…got it. But I am still human and I’ve got to ask, how do I know what I have been marked for? Cause here is the thing, there was no doubt in David’s situation that he was marked being to be king. And yes, I know, we have been made kings and priests and our ultimate calling is to praise God and give glory to Him, but…how am I personally going to be doing that? In what field?
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1 Peter 2:9
In my mind, I know the answer to this because I have heard Pastor Joseph Prince preach more than once that whatever God wants you to do, He puts the desires on your heart. And if you are not sure what you should do, pray to God for Him to guide you and He will give you more desire and peace towards one direction than the other. Shooting stars and some weird phenomena are not be trusted as your confirmation. But here is the thing, what if you are just failing and things are not working out even when you are working towards what you believe God put on your heart?
Yeah yeah, I know, that’s the whole point of this step – to tell you that sometimes you are going to be underground for a little bit and the results are not always going to be visible to everyone. I guess part of me just feels that they should at least be visible to me. And I am not talking about doubting that God can bring you through, but more doubting myself sometimes?
But even as I am typing this I am reminded of my previous post, See supply not Demand, and I realize that this is just one of those situations too. I think I see myself getting lost sometimes because of the lack of results. But isn’t it amazing to know that no matter where you are lost, God is still with you directing you where you need to go?
I guess that this is where the last point comes in, that you are supposed to do the last thing God told you to do and spend time in His presence. Of course for you to have been pursuing something in the vine life, then you believe that is what He told you to do. So do that, and spend time in His presence and He will direct you where you need to go or what you need to do next. And if you misheard Him last time, as you spend time in His presence, He will clarify things for you.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4: 12
In the book of Hebrews, it is written that the word of God is a double-edged sword that can pierce even to the division of soul and spirit. I know the passage wasn’t exactly talking about us being marked, but let’s just talk about the fact that the word can swift through all that is in you. So you might have some personal desires that may be clashing with what God has purposed for you but as you spend time in the word, it will become clear what is from Him and was is not.
But back to Pastor Todd’s first step – Approved in Private.
This sermon wasn’t actually the first time I heard David’s story talked about in this context. I listened to a sermon by Joseph Prince where he used this story to explain how we are supposed to be diligent. He talked about how David worshipped on his own, while with the sheep, before he did it for the king and as a king. He was diligent in the little, so God knew he could be trusted with a lot. He gave glory to God where he was before he did it as someone of influence.
Now the reason I am mentioning this is that for me, this is the place where it seems like my own dreams have been killed over and over again.
The easiest time to kill something is when it’s in infant stage.
Pastor Mike said that it’s easiest to kill dreams in their infant stage and I gotta say, this has been something I experienced once before. And for me, my fear of failure and my experience of failure both fed into me getting distracted from what I wanted to do. I have started doing, and stopped doing so many times that I have lost count. Maybe because I always have this thing of wanting everything I do to be perfect for other people.
So having this mindset that I am doing what I am doing now for the glory of God, without thinking about anyone else, is what I need. If I concentrate on creating just for God and for myself, I think I will less likely be stopped by the fear of rejection by others. Because even in writing, when you think about writing something that gives glory to God, you think about whether when someone else reads it, will it be giving glory to Him? So when you do things knowing it’s just for you and Him, there is way less pressure. So that will help me right? Maybe?
But either way, it’s in private so that just makes it easier for me to try out things.
Another thing I want to talk about is the point where you can open doors for people to speak negatively in your life. When you try to share what God is doing in your life before its time to be shares, people get the chance to say what they want and speak into your life. I definitely experienced this when I started talking to people about my dreams. I was seeking validation and to just have someone excited for me, and with me. I got the exact opposite reaction.
And I had already listened to this sermon when I started sharing, but I forgotten that little fact. It does make weary on sharing in blogs though because this is another form of opening yourself up to criticism right? Now I have to always wonder what is okay to share and what’s not. Am I strong enough to take people’s comments?
But you know what, His grace is sufficient for me, for His strength is made perfect in my weakness.
So I guess right now I just need to stick doing the last thing He told me to do and just spend time in His word.
Thanks for that reminder Pastor!
So what are you thoughts on this step? Have you experienced this before? Comment down below or send me a message, let’s chat.
The second step can be read here – Anointed before you are positioned – Marked (8 April 2018)| Michael Todd