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You Become the Answer to a problem | Marked (8 April 2018)| Michael Todd

Anointed before you are positioned - Marked (8 April 2018)| Michael Todd

Today we are going to talk about Pastor Todd’s third step in his sermon,
Marked, from 2018, which is, You Become the Answer to a Problem. I talk about the previous steps in the following blog posts:

1. Approved in Private – Marked| Michael Todd

2. Anointed before you are positioned – Marked (8 April 2018)| Michael Todd

In this sermon Pastor Mike is talking about the fact that sometimes when you are marked, there are hits that come your way that you have to be prepared for. The devil is trying to distract you from what God has marked you for, and for you to live to your potential, you have to be aware of some of the hits coming your way. This is so that if by any chance one of them knocks you out, you know that it’s not the end, you can get up and keep going.

Pastor Mike uses the story of David who was a shepherd but was anointed to be king by Prophet Samuel in 1st Samuel 16.

So lets go ahead and talk about the step we are looking at today.

If you are marked, you become the answer to a problem

Pastor Mike starts by pointing out that David went back to the field after he was anointed.

When you don’t feel like you know what to do, do the last thing you know God told you to do and spend time in the presence of God

Pastor Mike said that David was back in the field doing the last thing God told Him to do and spending time in the presence of God. And while he was there, he becomes the answer to a problem.

Pastor Mike explains that when King Saul was being tormented by evil spirits, someone suggested they get someone to play music to torment the spirits. They then suggested David, who was always playing music in the field, when he was taking care of the sheep.

18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”

1 Samuel 16

David did not fill out an application to go to the palace. He was doing the last thing God told Him and spending time in God’s presence and they sent for him

David did not use connections to get to the palace. Instead, he spent his time perfecting what was in his hands. When you are doing the last thing God told you to do and spending time in His presence, you will never have to vie for your position, this is what happens:

They will send for you – opposite to the hustle and grind of today

In today’s culture, people are extremely ambitious and concerned with doing more and grinding more, but they sent for David while he was doing the last thing God told him to do. They will send for you if you do the last thing He told you to do and spend time in His presence.

David did not go with anything to the palace, he came as the answer to a problem

Pastor Mike said that some of us are sitting so deficient in skills God gave us. You don’t even work on it anymore. If David did not know how to play, he would not have been called to the palace. In the pasture, he was working on what was in his hands.

He did not go to the palace as a king or prince, he went as a servant.

David went to the palace, the place that he already knew he was called to be in, not as a Prince or a King, but as a servant

God will allow you to test your future, not as a person of interest,  but as somebody to serve.

Many times we get frustrated because we have to serve before we take our position.

“The platform is just a raised position of what you would do down here; if you don’t do it down here, God is not going to allow you to do up here”

Pastor said God is saying I need to go ahead wherever you are to be the answer to the problem.

You need to serve people and ask for nothing, become the answer to a problem

“Ain’t no connections in this, it’s because God is moving and molding and making my heart right now. I don’t need your approval because I was approved in private. I don’t need your title or your position because I am anointed before I am positioned. And what I am doing right now, I am becoming the answer to the problem.”

Pastor Mike said that David was qualified for another level of position because he:

David tormented what tormented his leader

To get to another level, find somebody who you call a leader and torment what torments them. Don’t ask for anything in return because God is trying to work on your heart.

Okay so here are my thoughts and feelings about this one.

Becoming the answer to a problem is an awesome thing, especially when you get give glory to God by doing it. However, to be honest, when I was listening to this I was thinking of a particular situation I was in and I kind of was not so thrilled about becoming the answer to that problem. If I am supposed to go back to the last thing God told me to do, I would stay in that situation, and I didn’t want to be the answer to that problem.

But that is just me being petty, and maybe more than a little bit prideful, because I picture myself being the answer to a problem in a different, fancier capacity. I guess that’s just that human nature or flesh in me. I know that God is constantly working in me the willingness and the ability to do for His good pleasure so I need to just let go, and do it His way. Plus I am really just being demand focused and not supply focused; if I was more supply focused, it wouldn’t be too much of an issue. It would be an issue…just not too much.

But being an answer to the problem for God and for HIS GLORY, that is something I would love to be. Serving a purpose for Him. I am just going to have to receive His willingness and His ability to do it.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. 

Phillipians 2:13

Now, as for doing the last thing God told you to do and spending time in His presence – only the spending time in His presence has been somewhat easy for me. I tend to forget sometimes what the last thing He told me to do was. Even when I write it down, I don’t always remember to look. Instead, I find myself confused and doing things to try to make things work, or make sense of things.

I somehow fall into a works mentality, because I am so focused on the fact that I cannot fail this time and maybe there is something I have to do to stop myself failing. While at the same time, praying to God and asking Him to lead me and have His way in my life. Only now I am anxious and stressed out, and fighting for something I know that on my way I cannot achieve.

But as for spending time with God, I listen to sermons as many times as I can and also listen to worship music and I just love singing to Him.

I am totally still waiting for someone to send for me though, cause no one has. I know God can open doors and I can find myself in situations where I have favor with opportunities I didn’t apply for or go looking for, but I haven’t ever experienced that. Some day…

This is where I could get all stressed about the fact that maybe it’s because I am not doing the last thing God told me to do but …oh well…the battle is His. Again, that willingness and ability are needed, and a Holy Spirit-reminder so that I know I am doing the right thing…

And I confess that I am also not always good at practicing the thing that’s in my hand. My whole past is filled with me giving up on things after a failure or after I hit a roadblock. So I definitely not have been ready anyway if they called for me…unless if it was one of those we will teach you on the job situation…wishful thinking?

I don’t want to be that person who does those things anymore, so I am going to rest in His promise that as He is, so am I, and that He is working in me the willingness and the ability to do for His good pleasure. The truth is, I cannot, but He can.

One thing I can say though is that doing it for Christ is one thing that can make it easier to practice what is in your hands. I have heard from a sermon preached by Pastor Prince that David when He was singing and playing in the field, was doing it for, and unto God. And even when he became King, he never stopped doing it. David was not ashamed to praise and worship God, even in a manner where others thought he was embarrassing himself.

20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

2 Samuel 6:20-22

He was a man after God’s own heart, who worshiped and praised God no matter who and where he was. And sometimes we see in the Psalms that his worship or his prayers did not always start on a positive note, but they always ended up there. And that was because that is what he had practiced, even in the field while taking care of his father’s sheep. He had mastered it when no one was watching so he could do it when everyone was looking.

The last point I am going to talk about it the service one. There is no doubt that in Christ, being a person of service is a good thing. Even the Lord Jesus Christ came to serve and not to be served, and He encourages us to that for others. And because as He is so are we in this world, this is a part of our nature.

And I have to say, when it comes to my dreams and vision, the things I want to do, I would not mind working on, whilst working for someone else, that is, if it is in line with what I want to do. I know I am not the best writer out there, my lettering still sucks and my drawing skills are still kind of non-existent, so working under someone would be a dream. Plus, I haven’t made any videos or recorded any audios as I wanted to do.

I have a lot to learn and I am willing to do so, as long as I am still doing something that gives glory to God and blesses His people. At the end of the day that’s the goal.

So if God was to give me such an opportunity, I would welcome it with both arms wide open.

On the other hand, because we still have the flesh in us, I do have a part of me that would love to skip that service part…especially if I am not sure if it’s a God opportunity. Like I would just be wondering just how much service that would have to be.

But then again, the way I need money right now, if I was to get a writing job, as long as it does not directly go against my purpose of giving glory to God, I will be tempted to take it, just for the money. Even if I wasn’t sure if it was from God.

That is kind of hard to admit because I want to depend on God’s provision, but the way I have been stressed for a while now, the temptation will be real. So I have to pray and trust God to keep me in peace, and for me to be led by the Spirit in all the decisions that I make.

But that’s it for this post. What do think about today’s step? Does it in any way resonate with you. Comment down below or send me a message, lets talk about it.

Anointed before you are positioned - Marked (8 April 2018)| Michael Todd

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