David Is Hiding In The Woods

Every true call of God begins with salvation- Passover. Enters into Pentecost- Fire. Then onto a journey of unbridled trust, and abandonment to God- Tabernacles.          

Those who do not advance forward, through all of the above, become the former, who persecutes the latter. King Saul ended his journey plagued with stubborn disobedience. Unlike David who accomplished his journey with a correctable heart, in obedience to God. Saul, forgetting their common enemy relentlessly pursued David. At one time, David was as a son to Saul, one of his own household. They sat at the same table together. But Saul’s heart began to turn against David, the Lords anointed, until David’s life was in peril, and he had to go in hiding. 

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Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”

1 Samuel 9-28 The Connection between Saul and David, Pentecost and Tabernacles.

As simple as I can put it, Saul was crowned king during Pentecost. Later, David, escaping Saul, did so in the tradition of the festival of booths. Hiding in the wilderness under an open heaven. The picture we have here is that the Pentecostal experience must keep moving forward as an unfolding movement, not a destination. It is not the end of the trail, to end all trails! Saul was sent to find his Father’s donkeys, during that time he crossed paths with Samuel and began to prophesy. The bible says this encounter began to change him! But Pentecost is a feast of first fruits, so Pentecostalism is only the beginning of the process. Tabernacles is an end of harvest celebration that is commemorated out doors as The Festival Of Booths. Reminding the Jews of the faithful provision of God in the wilderness. This process, this wilderness training, is needed for the saints of God to obtain the promised land of their inheritance. Entering into abundance while remembering who is the provider.

We see in this story in 1 Samuel beginning in chapter 9 that Saul became God’s anointed King, losing his crown to David because Saul supposed he could think for God and  “fill in” for the priest, conducting his own sacrifice. In other words, he assumed an “I am all, be all attitude; David, immediately, there after, was anointed to replace Saul after this sin.

1Samuel 15:22-23 Has the Lord greater delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to HEED than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”

It is an age old battle, and continuing saga illustrated in the story of David and Saul.

Allegorically, it’s reflected in many aspects of life where one authority has lost its crown and called to make room for another; from world dominions, to church sanctuaries, and beyond. More specifically where the Lord has departed from disobedience and has found a place for His Spirit to rest upon others, in their obedience. Where His favor has shifted, or His striving has lifted, from an unrepentant stiff necked soul, church, or nation. Of whom were given much in days gone by. It has a broad spectrum of application in its spiritual lessons from shepherds to kings.

For this narrative David’s character Is the one in Christ’s own image, even HIS CHURCH, as God’s anointed whom Christ is the head, yet who dwells (in these end times) as lambs among wolves, in a day of many towering steeples, under a Saulinian rule. Saul was chosen by God, anointed, he was head and shoulders above the rest in stature, a celebrated warrior King, full of destiny. But Saul disobeyed God. 

This story played out in God’s own house when jealous Saul became embittered over the unlikely, rising star, David. Saul understood the favor David had with God, and man, because he once had it; sadly, he lost his privilege by disobeying the Lord and his commands, as if Saul’s judgements were superior to the Lord’s instructions. We see this same kind of attitude in what’s suppose to be Christ’s Church, when leadership attempts to handle the moves of God, and the manifestations of His Holy Spirit, according to their natural understanding. Often quenching the Spirit. On a much larger scale they do this according to their self organized counsels, posturing over manifestations of his presence, and outpourings of His Spirit, as if they were of their own making.

Supposing to preside over moves of God that are birthed from the unseen realm of the Spirit.

This Saul type wants David’s exploits counted as his own. He sees the Lord’s favor on him and knows not to trifle with David. Saul puts David in battle after battle to destroy him, but David wins because God is with him! While David is serving Saul, he is winning the favor of the people. Nothing Saul does against David works. His jealousy and anger invites an evil spirit into Saul, and now his work against David is empowered by the demonic. David finds it necessary to retreat from Saul’s growing opposition against him, as God’s anointed.

 David, loving, gifted, beautiful David, slipped out of Saul’s grasp, and went hiding in the woods. 

This story is not unlike those buffeted, persecuted, and martyred as John the Baptist, Elijah, and the saints of old; including reformers to this present age. Seeking refuge in the wilderness, in caves, in catacombs; those of whom the world was not worthy, fleeing lands, and property; going into hiding. Captured, jailed, like John the revelator. Martyred as John the Baptist, James, Peter, and Paul; later, reformists like William Tyndale, and Jan Hus who was burned at the stake. Non conformists who were ordered not to preach, imprisoned for obeying God rather than man. Such as John Bunyan of Pilgrim’s Progress, and George Fox who preached among the puritans in the colonies; among the Quakers who brought prison, and asylum reform, as well as education; who  taught against oppression towards women, Native Americans, and slaves; who worked for the freedom of slaves.

These revolutionary, nonconformists, lovers of God; brought renewals, revivals, awakenings, and reformation, to the old and new world. In order to do so they went into Tabernacles. 

Most importantly they brought freedom to the oppressed. But not with out a price. The old regime, the former moves of God- solidified into the monuments they do always seem to become, persecuting the prophets of (God ordained) change. These that do this cannot move on with the Spirit. Many even now, recognize manifestations of former glory, but slowly become strangers to the present glory of God who is a pillar of fire by night, and a cloud of glory by day, that was the Israelites day of Tabernacles!  God himself leading them out as one massive river of people, ever moving the saints, by HIS Spirit onward and upward!

But this progression cannot be void of prophets, the more controversy we face in our life, the more abrupt the change, the more it is evident that we have NOT had that anointing operational in our midst. Seamless transitions to bigger and better tomorrow’s are made easier by the consistent work of a prophet’s anointing in the house. A house void of this anointing, set in the church, for a long period of time goes no where of any significance, and will begin to erupt with conflict and controversy when a true prophet comes to set among them.

It’s the difference between what is done when a house is under consistent maintenance or gross neglect. One is a smooth operation of transformation; however, the neglected house abruptly turns into a construction site.

Had the Body of Christ, simply been allowed to function freely in all its gifts and anointings the house would have been kept in impeccable care. One man, one platform, one microphone is not the body. Never was. Never will be. These Saulinian types often resist full body functionality, preaching against God’s prophet’s rather than for them. What ever the anointing is that has charge, under a Saulinian type, the higher anointings of greater service are consistently eliminated, until they are worked out the door. No one will ever achieve equal status, nor be mentored and released, for a similar work under the Saulinian type, unless full contribution and/or loyalty towards Saul’s achievements are rendered. Remember, Saul’s reign has no posterity. No one will take Saul’s place from his Saulinian line. When King Saul died, that enhanced operative to control, embitter, and batter, reserved itself for an end time seat, to reside over twice the sons of hell that he was. In religious Churchianity all over the world. Driving their Davids into Tabernacles, and reinforcing their Saul’s that hate them.

Saul and David is a whirl wind dynamic that began with the fall of man. No one is with out sin. However, some learn to live, happily, with the  Spirit of Christ draining from them.

God in his mercy towards the sheep cycles in prophets, and then out again, at various stages of growth and maturity, in His attempt to shepherd his flock out from under the power and control of those whom increasingly find the Davidian company in the cross hairs of their own jealousy. While seeking to preserve and/or temper His prophets in patience, God releases them to seasons of seclusion in order to heal.  While working for all to unify them with the rest of the body. We cannot blame true sheep for revolving doors, sheep are just looking for someone to lead and feed them, they are the first indicators of how barren the pasture may be, or scary it has become. In the same way we cannot blame prophets for retreating to their hiding place, under a hail of stone throwing. To the pharisees Jesus said, “You do always kill the prophets”.

The New Saulinian Establishment 

This same Saulinian spirit, in this present generation, rides in on the anointing, while in the association of many prophets, and continues in office on a vapor, even while the lamp stand of the Lord is whisked away. This Saul is able to create an illusion of greatness and power, by form and font, by animation and mirage. By young admiring Davids lending enthusiasm, music, poetry, and song. While the warmth and glory of the Holy Spirit is subtly replaced by something “other” in these sanctuaries, so familiar to us all. It seems to have everything better, in this electronic age. Lighting, and digital media, displayed on monitors around the sanctuary. Electronic wind, waves, and fire subtly replacing God’s glory- His waves, His wind, His fire.

In these places a political current emerges where natural charisma, the smooth tongued, and flamboyance replaces appointments; persecuting genuine anointings, polluting the house where God’s power was once displayed, with a POLITICAL spirit. This begins with the same way it started with Saul. 

Where David is a threat, yet a required asset to keep the lights on, and the passion burning. Devoted admiring young Davids love Jonathon and Saul. But, promotion and promises graduate to what serves Prophetic Saul best on the outward appearance, of his own reputation, rather than on the quality of the inward man, and God’s plan. It raises havoc against instruments of renewal, restoration, and deliverance. Releasing cycled intervals of expectation and hype; that rises and falls. Revolving doors that never stop sucking sheep, emotionally fleecing them, while they are rotating out, still looking for that green pasture, where they can belong, and offer their fleece for God’s glory. They are left exhausted of what is erroneously thought to be Christian service. Many institutions like this, and their leaderships are prisoners to what once was, serving the monument of yesterday’s former glories. Forgetting the God that breathed power into them.

They are worse than dead churches, most formal. In these pulsating, clamoring walls, where there are few lasting relationships nurtured beyond the foyers and parking lot … God is gone and no one notices.

While the remnant, seemingly, does not exist and this is taught to be so. That is too exclusionary! But, they do not perceive the hour and the season they are in. The Davidian remnant does as David in the territory of the Giants. Dominions are being displaced in the outskirts of the land belonging to heathen entities, David is taking them one village at a time from a stronghold resting in obscurity, because God is with HIS anointed.

1 Samuel 21 – Ahimelech the priest- David, fleeing from Saul, comes to the city of Nob.

Now David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech was afraid when he met David, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one is with you?” So David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has ordered me on some business, and said to me, ‘Do not let anyone know anything about the business on which I send you, or what I have commanded you.’ And I have directed my young men to such and such a place.’

Commentary described this as a lie, but was it? Who’s King David referring to? It seems to be Saul, but in this allegoric commentary it is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Calling the Church into hiding on an assignment. God is displacing the enemy, and no one knows. Not Saul, nor those great men of war near by. What plans and pursuits given to David and His band of brothers in hiding, belong to them to steward. David isn’t giving that away. For Saul is looking for David.

Promotion Comes From The Lord

As Pharaoh, Herod, and Saul, sought to slay God’s anointed in their youth, so this same spirit desires to destroy new beginnings and fresh anointings, in their infancy. What makes Saul’s form of betrayal in the Church more poignant is that Saul’s fellowship with David was once sweet, David loved Saul and Jonathan. At one time Saul called David his son, Jonathan’s soul entwined with David’s in brotherly love. Many destinies of those anointed have suffered the piercings of Saul’s jealous javelin, by believing this elite’s table is where their promotion comes, or where God is going to fulfill his plan with them. Enduring years of abuse, and promised rewards; as Saul promised David his daughter, only to give her to another- so this same kind of operative never delivers on promised platforms and promotions; but rather, when the time to deliver has come, jealous barbs like flying spears sail. For this Saul spirit recognizes the anointing that displaces him. David was empowered by God, His favor rested upon him.

He That Overcomes Will I Make 

The furnace of much affliction has its chosen, for iron there is silver, for brass there is gold. Even David once sat at Saul’s table and served him. The Saul spirit does greater damage in the kingdom of God than Pharaoh’s magicians and Herod’s henchmen, for he understands prophetic accuracy. He knows exactly who has inherited his place, and he has them marked. Unlike Pharaoh and Herod who only knew by omens. Saul, recognized David’s anointing, for he once walked with God. It is far better to part company with Saul, and join David in obscurity, un wanted and unrecognized, than sitting as subjects of politically fueled religious associations. Where their own relevance is carefully guarded; seeing to it that new works, and the anointings that bring them in, never arise. That they never get past their infancy. Thank God for the reformers that threw off religious restraints, who brought forth the capacity for God to do a new thing in the earth. Thank God that He warns his anointed, for those Davids, who go hiding in the woods.

Among The Prophets  

This anti type is a spirit that operates characteristically, as a Saulinian influence over many churches today. Saul who ran with a company of prophets, and even prophesied with them, before taking his position as King, started out right and went wrong. David was a prophetic psalmist set apart, as a shepherd, that God replaced Saul with. So it is not astounding that these two “types” are found in the camp of the prophetic, among the most prolific and apostolic moves among the nations, even now.

Those gifted by association and those gifted by grace. Even while Saul persude David to kill him, he couldn’t prophesy David’s demise. 1 Samual 19:24  

when Saul happened upon the vicinity of Samual, Saul by association began to prophesy. Saul was asked of, “Is he a prophet as well?” Saul was moved by other prophet’s prophetic gift to prophesy, but that source was not with him, alone. As it is now many people have prophetic encounters, when in the company of strong prophetic anointing. That is why the camp of the prophetic is like no other camp, no other anointing can slip so easily into occult darkness than those who once walked in the presence of strong prophetic influences, as Saul had with his company of prophets, and his personal advisor Samuel. And then suddenly find themselves in the dark, when the Samuels and Davids of this world who are generators of that gift are gone. How can a young man searching the hillsides for his father’s donkeys, suddenly find himself as an anointed king graced with the spirit of prophecy, and favor- how can he not finish with great gratitude, and humility, for being chosen? Saul wanted a perpetual crown, perpetual power, and he could have had it. But Saul disregarded God’s anointed. The priest he assumed position of, and the king called to replace him.

Laying it down. Giving it up. Letting it die. 

His reliance upon the power of his office, rather than the one who gave him that power displaced Saul’s crown, and transferred it to another.

Yes he was once the Lord’s anointed but no longer was he God’s chosen point man to get the job done for his people. Ministries, churches, and denominations, can thrive forever with out the spirit of Christ in them. The organization can run like a well oiled machine but what kind of oil is it? Synthetic or the crushed fruit from the pure vine? Processed and purified, this is the anointing that drips from the brow of those who seek Christ, rather than reputation. This the result of being set apart. This is David hiding in the Woods.

Draped In Controversy

Many have recognized the struggle between the anointed, who stands appointed and approved, and the anti anointed, un appointed, and unapproved. The Davidian anointing waits upon the Lord for promotion, and continues to pray for resolve …  That God will handle the turmoil of the deposed, with His own right hand of RIGHTEOUSNESS while sparing His man or woman, that HE approved, in the controversy; as He did David. The bible tells us that offenses will come, but woe to him by whom they come. David and Saul were men among their own!

Still the principle is in play with a multi- faceted application. Who will wait upon the Lord, who will trust in Him, who will advance His kingdom? Who lives as His anointed, called, and chosen?  The Church triumphant will emerge from obscurity and take the reigns of spiritual conquests in these end times. Saul, on the other hand, realizes His great error in a rude awakening after seeking a witch. But not soon enough.

You see, the most devastating error lies among those who have seen the power of God and have fallen away from it.

The evidence of His love, HIS hand in the supernatural. When the Spirit of God departs from such a one as he did Saul, who himself prophesied, and even couldn’t help from prophesying … Yet, in all of that Saul suffered in a famine of the WORD! God quit talking to him! Jonathan loved David, but continued his loyalty to Saul, his Father, as many offspring of Charismata movements do the same. They cannot depart from the amazing first house, the one becoming the stronghold of Saul.

This is much like those who beget sheep in a form that welcomes David’s worship- is enamored with him, but stays with the model that has all the bells and whistles, all the lights and glammer.

Saul’s legacy falls with him, as his posterity, as well. Nothing from his rule remains, that can stand, and continue, with David. The two shall not mingle. Jonathan’s dream to rule with David flys away, as he lies dead gathered with Saul. Far better it would have been for him to be with David; in the shadows of the rock, in the heat of the desert, rather than in Saul’s assembly; if only Jonathan, himself, went in hiding. He would have had to betray his heritage, but his heritage fell into error, and Jonathan would cling to both David and Saul. This is the fly that spoils a barrel of ointment. For this reason it would have been better for Jonathan to defect, and go into exile, leaving behind the polished world of Saul’s estate. To be with God’s anointed, the lowly shepherd King. With David hiding in the woods.

For this narrative, this allegory, the Saulinian rule is still at large among the religious elite today. Even among our prophetic circles, word oriented camps, worship and healing movements, born of the last century. These beautiful moves of God provided the Body of Christ with so much. Solidified into monuments of brick and mortar. A stone cold rigamortis, persecuting their Davids, and sealing the fate of their Jonathan’s. 

Systemic Babylon, Saul’s Harlotry, And Anti-Christ

These systems blow around the globe like weather patterns shifting atmospheres in and out. David, God’s anointed, suddenly, un expectantly, encounters Saul. Saul is casing David’s movements from a far, his messengers feed Saul with updates he seeks to snare David with. He says to himself, “If I can only corner David in a city with gates and bars!” How much the institutional CHURCH desires to detain the Davidian Anointing!  But, David retreats into the woods, the clefts of the mountains, the wilderness, and plains, where the warfare is on Heaven’s terms, he knows his hiding place is in God. There is no boundary of possibilities there, for hiding, for resting, for drinking from the cool springs in the garden of En Gedi; no wonder a water fall is named after him there. A place for God’s anointed far from the royal table from where he once fellowshipped with Saul, with in his walls. Apart, David lies low for planning, for watching through the trees, he studies the open landscape where he can see from where Saul’s men come, while he waits on God. DAVID is trusting the Father, among his band of brothers with him. David is hiding in the WOODS.

The Appointed Has Become The Imposter 

The roll-out from Saul’s influence over to David’s full scope of authority breeds political persecution from the Saulinian regime that presents itself in the atmosphere of many Churches, today, and denominations in these end-times. Saul is warring against David. David’s headquarters are rustic, hidden; a hollowed ground by the tears of a psalmist who pulls on heaven above as his soul longs for God. The kingdom is in David’s hands, as is Saul’s life. Saul stands in a place that has been taken from him, in spirit; still, the Saulinian rule seems dressed, robed, crowned, and revered, while the dew of the morning wets the young King’s garments sleeping in the wilderness. Nevertheless, favor and the anointing rests on David. Of David’s own people, and of this world’s god, are the enemies of the Davidian reign.

Jesus said, If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. But, that doesn’t take away from Christ whom sits with heaven as HIS throne, no more than it takes away from the Lords feet, that rests upon its footstool, which is the earth.

The king “IS king” from crown to toe. Of him that is not recognized, of him that is persecuted in the earth, of him who has been rejected as David; the powerful warrior King, the one truly advancing the kingdom, will be revealed in the day of HIS appearing when He comes. Christ the head is crowned sitting upon His throne, His feet subduing the earth under the canopy of obscurity, one life, one village, one soul at a time. The Kingdom is not something that can be observed, let us go over here, let us find it over there. But like leaven in bread it rises and overcomes un observed. They that walk in the Spirit, that do not the works of the flesh advance the kingdom, every where the foot treads …

The Parable of the Leaven Mathew 13:33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened. 

Luke 17: 20-24 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst. And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See he’s here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 

As David Did So Do We. 

We sing, we dance, we wait on God to subdue our enemies before us. Saul will be dealt with by God, David will not touch Saul’s crown. He doesn’t have to. Saul is stirred by envy and jealousy, he is fixated on destroying David; yet, David’s worship once settled Saul’s soul. But, David cannot yield to Saul’s summons, his invitations to come and perform his music; to sit at Sauls table where Saul is the head-

Not because David cannot honor Saul, but because Saul cannot control his jealousy … David must remain in the woods, in the wilderness, in the caves, and bathe in the streams of the En Gedi.

God’s once appointed and anointed who set up his own altar, on his own terms now eyes his predecessor; while heaven is brass to Saul, and he begins to wonder after other voices for lack of hearing any more- Saul standing in the holy place, an ordained position in the office once graced with the decor of God’s favor from dominions to the altar of God-  is now being defiled by a stranger, standing in the Holy place of seeking.

Out of desperation to hear from Heaven in a draught of HIS WORD … those standing in the same place as Saul, have turned to a spirit of divination, while all along persecuting the house of DAVID. Hoping David will seek the comforts of a city of gates and bars, not unlike our religious institutions rigid in form and formality, where the Saulinian rule can corner and counter God’s anointed vessel. A place that boasts of comforts, is designed to kill what sets apart David from Saul. But, David listens to the voice of the Father. David goes hiding in the woods.

The bricks, stones, and mortar of Saul’s empire in all its applications stands out the most in our denominations where the temple of the Holy Spirit is replaced by an institution, where His Spirit is no longer sought out, where His voice has been replaced by another. Where the very walls mock  and persecute the lingering faithful … In every place the Holy Spirit is second to men and women who put their agenda above the Father’s. Still, David waits and accomplishes the Lord’s directives under the shadows from where he hides, dodging Saul’s campaigns while he battles the enemies of The Cross. The House of David moves like a river flowing seamlessly, as one, all the gifts and offices are in use. Each man and woman in their positions and call. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.

Extending the reach of the Father’s dominion, with a remnant of the broken; David, anointed to be king with the disparaged, and disenfranchised, waits upon the Lord, in obscurity, much like many of the saints down through the ages, of whom the world is not worthy; powerfully prophetic; amazingly apostolic; manifesting Christ in the earth. 

A Mighty warrior, pursued relentlessly by a standing King from whom the Lord has departed, Ichabod! The remnant in these end-times is as David, and his rogue band of brothers. Dwelling as citizens of a kingdom hiding in plain sight. Ever increasing in glory and power. While Saul driven to madness searching a closed heaven, in a famine of the WORD, seeks out a dead prophet through the witch of Endor. Sealing his demise. He that despises God’s anointed seeking to confine him in a fortress of gates, and walls made of men; only desires to eliminate what he sees as a competitor. It was Saul’s delight to hear that David was in the city, he knew he could corner him there. Not unlike the walls of our own strong opinion where those called by God are held in captivity. Ruthless, religious cities, godless Christian institutions, heartless slave powered corporations, fleecing the people to keep their mammoth fortresses lit up, while making their disciples twice the sons of Hell, that they are. These raised up bearing Christ name who came out from us, but are not of us, are rather aligning themselves as associates of the Great Whore Babylon. The cry of the Father is, “Come out from her my people; why should you suffer in her judgments?”

Do you think there are not houses for God, even now, being conditioned to follow the voice of the stranger?

Still, the first to embrace David was Saul’s own offspring. This is that great decision, that exodus, the fleeing out of Babylon, before her fate is sealed. Finding true fellowship among the Davidian Company. Where the Lion of Judah prepares for his open reign beginning with the remnant. As King David was recognized first, of JUDAH, so the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, is revealed for all eyes to see Him, whom they have pierced; along with those who drank of HIS cup in the fellowship of HIS sufferings. Unfolding that which was concealed in the Old Testament, and revealed in the new. Israel will see HIM, and mourn for HIM.

Brought from obscurity, delivered from the grave, raised the third day … In His likeness God’s anointed knows rejection, knows well the clefts of the mountain. The hiding places, the caves, the woods, the deserts, and streams each place named; the Father’s favor and demonstration of power rests upon those who obey, for obedience is better than sacrifice, and seeking to be known by Yeshua, the God who Saves, is far better than to be known by reputation, title, or position.

Psalms 2:7-9 The Earth is the Lord’s

Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!

Many have obtained greatness under the banner of the cross, but the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ resting in the clefts of the Rock, is triumphant and true, shrouded in the rolling mist of His glory, that pours down the ravines of the mountain of the Lord. From this place goes forth the dictates of HIS throne, the one whom the world hides from, is the one whom the remnant nation sits with, in high places. This place the Saulinian rule cannot obtain, cannot breach, cannot control, but has become disqualified in sharing in the bounty of David, his spoil. The kingdom of God so near, so wonderful, so great, visibly impacting the earth from unseen realms, peers through the eyes of the obedient saints, who reflect God’s glory.

Soon and very soon we shall see the King, and His anointed subduing dominions, the house of David, will no longer be hidden in the woods.

Nevertheless, as an ode to all former rivals that once cleaved to Christ, and came from those among His, the establishments, the denominations, and alliances; the beauty and honor of David’s lament mourns former friendship, companionship, and fellowship, that once was found in the House of Saul, in the early days of Charismata.

David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan 2 Samual 19:17-27

David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):

“A gazelle[a] lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty have fallen!

“Tell it not in Gath,
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.

“Mountains of Gilboa,
may you have neither dew nor rain,
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.

“From the blood of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
Saul and Jonathan—
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.

“Daughters of Israel,
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.

“How the mighty have fallen in battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
more wonderful than that of women.

“How the mighty have fallen!
The weapons of war have perished!”

 

The Vexed and Possessed. Encounters.

When Devils Cry Out

The most powerful and affective way to fight spiritual battles is to declare the Word of God over our lives, and focus on the Good news of His Word, and who we are in Him. Not only because we need to hear it (faith comes not, but by hearing, and hearing the word of God …) but because the devil is a trespasser, and he operates illegally, he will surely take advantage of any double mindedness or vocalizations that fortifies the problem and not the answer. This is how that trespasser gets a foothold, to work where he really has no right. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, as the scripture says. A faith filled  report speaks of  the fruit  and its availability.

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The evil report  focuses on the giants  in the land, that cannot be overcome. It is   the difference between obtaining the promises of the covenant, or wandering in the wilderness. If doubt and unbelief comes out of our mouth, then out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks … This is why we search the scriptures to know Christ, to understand what His will is for our lives, and to know the character of God. This is so  we will not align ourselves with the enemies lies. It is imperative that we fill our heart with God’s promise, so that when we are under pressure, his word will come out of us.

 Sins, Sicknesses, and Bondage.

I think we can get into bondage if we are constantly probing around trying to figure out some deep seeded reason for this or that, when all we need to do is tell the devil, and generational curses the buck stops here! We can declare: I am in covenant! I am a new creature! The failure of my fathers  will not have this generation! Why stumble around in the basement rummaging through old suitcases for an answer, when we can stand on the roof top, and proclaim HIs Word over are lives, and to the next generation? It just seems to be a better way. Believe me, I have witnessed the endless rummaging.  No sooner do they rid themselves of one thing, than they are after another. Have you ever met someone who has gone to counseling and therapy for years? Meetings after meetings for their addictions for decades and never seem to get free?  Dwelling on the problem can never be the answer. We can sweep the basement clean, addressing these things by name, but if we do not fill it up with the LIGHT of Gods word, (according to scripture) the unclean spirits will come back to the house they came out of with seven more stronger.  Mathew 12:43-45 We must live in the Word of God, and speak its truth into our lives, this dispels the darkness  and fills us with light  from the words of our mouth.

2 Corinthians 5:16-18 (New King James Version)

Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation …

Isaiah 43:18 (New King James Version)
“ Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth. Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness. And rivers in the desert.

(He replaces our wilderness and desert with  RIVERS!) Out of YOUR belly shall flow RIVERS of living water!

Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Like I have stated before the devil is a trespasser, his operations are illegal. If we let him, he will pass through generational lines. He will pass through them even if we are born again, because we have to assert our rights as believers. We must take possession of the promises of God full throttle, as the children of Israel had to take possession of Canaan. It is the way we deal with the enemy, and generational devils (better known as familiar spirits) that revisit family lines. These unclean spirits seek habitation to manipulate human weakness, error, and infirmity, in a (known to the familiars)  family tree. Even Godly family lines can carry on mind sets from one generation to the other, that  limit growth in the kingdom. Remember, the traditions of men can make the word of God of no effect, even good practices can hinder, when they are not God ordained direction for that season, or situation.

Mark 7:9 -13  New International Version (©1984) And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! … Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. 

What we have seen with our eyes and  touched with our own hands … the Word of LIFE!

Generational sin has left its carnage in the jails, prisons, and streets, where we have gone to minister. Men and women  incarcerated, whose parents were incarcerated, or laden with addictions, are carrying on the family tradition. Many of these people have suffered abandonment, rejection, attempts of suicide, and  mental illnesses; that have not only plagued them, but their  family lines as well. When you bring a deliverance ministry into those places with a (a zero tolerance for demonic activity)  there is more manifestation because the devil knows Jesus is coming to cast them out. Ministries who are assertive against demonic oppression, manifestations, and control, do not have to go looking for devils to cast out. “They” will cry out when the deliverer comes who is Christ in us. If you are not known in the spirit realm to cast out devils, then the unclean spirits have nothing to fear when you are around. It is when they learn of your reputation as being one that will drive them out, that bazaar circumstances will begin to present themselves around you. Jesus said, the works that I do you shall do also … and greater works shall you do because I go to my Father.

We know that devils cried out when  Jesus walked this earth, and they still do to-day, if you will only believe in his name, and discern when they manifest. Often they will play on your ignorance and comply with anything that does not bring attention to the fact that they are there, if they know it is not your habit to deal with them. In many of our churches today, they actually cater to the enemy, letting devils manifest and disrupt  services by odd behavior and distraction, yet the leadership does nothing about it.   On the other hand if you do as Christ did when he ministered in the cities, your reputation will ferret them out, even more so your discernment.  Jesus himself said, “these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name they will cast out devils … Mark 16:17.

Preaching on the blood will get a reaction.
Once when I was preaching on the blood of Jesus in an institution, a man who had lived in a  catatonic state, began to roll his wheel chair from the back of the room towards me shoving through every one in  his way until he was able to ram himself  into the speaking podium I was standing behind. He rolled back and came at me again with eyes glazed over  in a fixed stare.  We bound the unclean spirit that was manifesting through this man, finding out later that he would reach out and grab hold of some of the patients, and not let go. His eyes and facial expression remaining in a fixed state. After we prayed for him this violent and unusual behavior stopped. Our team gained a reputation for solving some of the odd  incidences that would take place in this institution, and we began to be sought out by the nursing staff for our help. We were asked to pray through the rooms vacated by some of those who had died.  The nursing staff  began to notice insanity was acting like a virus, when patients would begin to parrot  vocal similarities, of a tormented person, who had died in the room before them.  They would cry out the same words, or act out non verbal expressions. The nurses finally began to realize that this was demonic activity. Thankfully, God had positioned people with discernment to work there.

Your reputation will proceed you.
In one particular visit  in this facility, we walked into the building from the west wing and heard a patient crying out our family name on the east wing. No one could have possibly known we were there.  As we passed the nurses station one of  them hurried over and pulled us to the side, she was upset and asked us if we believed in  demon possession. We explained to her that we have been commissioned by Jesus Christ to go into all the world, and preach the Gospel, casting out devils was part of that ministry, as well as laying hands on the sick. She began to explain to us that one of the patients was demonstrating very curious  behavior, when nurses would check on her she would seem to have expired. The nurses would run out and signal a code-blue only to find her sitting on the edge of her bed laughing with a hideous, animated laughter. They could not understand how she was controlling her vital signs, appearing to be near death. The nurse said she was having a hard time getting other nurses to check on her. She asked us if we could do something, we had already met her in our other visits and had already suspected that she was heavily tormented.

When we entered into her room she immediately reached over to the draperies on the window and attempted to climb up the draperies. This frail woman in her 80′s probably weighed a 100 lbs. Her strength was beyond natural, as she began to lift herself up the curtains. The nurses helped her back down, rolled her into the middle of the room and hurried out the door leaving me alone with this poor woman. As I looked into her eyes I saw the demon  manifest a shadow face over her own, looking like an extreme insomniac version of herself. I said, “You have not been able to sleep have you?” With a pitiful whisper she said,” No I haven’t. I said “You have been up for days haven’t you?” She said, “Yes, I have”.  I said,” Well, that is going to stop now, and then I spoke to the unclean spirit and commanded it to  leave her now in the name of Jesus Christ.  Immediately, I felt peace come into the room. It was that simple. This woman who was once a pastor’s wife that had pastored a church in that city many years earlier, was now able to pray with me in the name of Jesus, I left her alone thanking Him. Few deliverances  have been that simple but in this instance it was.

Interestingly enough, this was my last visit there. I was about to take a maternity leave off from the ministry to focus on our new baby who was due in just days. One year later we walked into the institution, went to the nurses desk and the first person I asked about was Mrs. ______    the nurse said, “Oh well, you must have walked right past her she is over there”. I turned around and saw the same woman we encountered a year earlier. She literally looked 10 years younger! Not only was her hair done up, but she was wearing a nice dress sitting  quietly and composed. She did not recognize me but she seemed very peaceful and content. We saw lives changed in forgotten places, because we dared to believe in the full gospel of Jesus Christ. To often ministries go into these places just to comfort. Of course comfort is a big part, but that is not the full package deal. Go ye!  If you can’t go then support some one who can it is just the same! But make sure they are bringing that great commission of Christ to the lost, that they be utterly healed, set free, and filled with His Holy Spirit.

First bind the strongman then spoil his goods.
We have seen revival break out in prison, to the extent that guards were set inside the doors of the sanctuary of the chapel; an unusual sight being that the chapel would normally be occupied by a handful of inmates with one guard watching through the window. We were not afraid to interrupt the meetings with prayer when we felt opposition in the atmosphere. In most services ministers, usually, just plow through the hard ground and try to eek out a formidable attraction. We learned to stop and take authority over that kind of atmosphere, and would nail it all night if we had to. After all it is not a performance we were there for. Our whole reason for being in these places was to fulfill a mandate to reach the lost. If you have to stop and war to do that, well, that just comes with the territory.

If we were faithful not to bow under the atmosphere, God was faithful to show up every time with a move of His Spirit, where people were falling out, getting healed, and filled, right where they were sitting. Many times, when we stopped the service to pray we would take authority over witchcraft, and all most every time we would have a runner that would flee the sanctuary. This became a signature move of the Holy Spirit in our meetings. A sign to those in the jails, and prisons that the power of God was present, normally those who would run out were exercising controlling powers over other inmates and was there to keep tabs on them. You see, a lot of people would be upset that two or three people would jump up and run out of their service. But I fully enjoyed the wolves who have no wish to do anything but devour the sheep, were being chased out of the flock. That proved to me that the Good Shepherd was in charge. People will do one of two things in the presence of the anointing. They will run to it, or run a way from it. It is when they run to it that their devils cry out. The unclean spirits are suddenly brought into the presence of almighty God and they start acting up, because the heart and the will of the one they are tormenting, is turning themselves over to God.

Walking in the Glory
To be affective in what God has called us to do is to command that kind of atmosphere around us in the Spirit, where the glory of the Lord is so strong that spiritual awakenings are able to rock the unseen world every where our feet tread the ground. We should have a zero tolerance for demonic activity all the time. We should pull upon heaven until it fills our world with God’s Glory. Living this way is definitely not boring. Something as simple as going to a restaurant, or walking downtown, will draw out the desperation of those who need deliverance. The less there is of us the more there is of Him. Christ will be recognized! And the devil will be exposed!

No harm will come to you.
Years ago we were having meetings in our home,(and this was during the time when we had just begun homeschooling our children) there was a new face in the crowd she was a rather large woman and very severe looking. I felt a check in my spirit regarding her. I was told that she worked for the state in child protection services, by a friend, and as the meeting went on, I noticed that she was not participating with the rest of us in worship and just didn’t seem to act like one of the sheep. I began to wonder if she was taking advantage of our open home, to sniff around over this home schooling thing, and I felt uneasy. We continued to worship the Lord, and I lifted it all up to God, and pretty soon the glory began to fill our living room as we all became lost in worship. The next thing I know, I hear this tremendous thud hit the ground, and an awful groan. I opened my eyes and this woman who was in the back of the room, was now in the front of the room just inches away from me. She was on her hands and knees, and moaning. She stood there like that for the rest of the night shaking, sobbing, moaning, and crying. A couple of sisters continued to pray with her until the end of the service. They helped her out the door and to her car. I never saw her again, and until this day I do not know her story. Who was she? Why was she there? All I know is that God had his way that night. Not man. Not devils.

… and He escaped out from the midst of them … 
More recently, I walked into the post office to check our mail box when all of a sudden I was ran up upon by a man and a deranged woman in her 30′s, she was tall, and had her hair in dreadlocks. There was absolutely no one around, I tried to keep it cool and walked them out towards my car, to get out in the open. I briefly spoke to the man and bound unclean spirits off of him and then blessed him, he immediately left on down the sidewalk. The woman approached me after him, as she stared me down with a murderous gaze, nose to nose, she asked me for the exact change I had in my hands. How did she know how much money I had in my hand? I was dealing with a powerful spirit, and began to pray in tongues, she began to chant in gibberish. The spirit of the lord moved me to raise my hand level to her forehead and say (with authority) “Peace be still in the name of Jesus Christ”. When I did this, peace filled  the space between her and myself, she dropped her head and shoulders, closed her eyes and let out a sigh. The woman then put her hands in a praying position as a “hush” over her lips. For several seconds she seem to come into composure, and back to her senses, turned around and moved away like any normal woman walking down the street. We must be instant in season and out, always. Only God knows what we may encounter on any given day.

Cut  the chase!
It saddened me to go to a convention of world renown ministries, and see the people there unable to handle a demon possession that the deacons carried out of the sanctuary and into the lobby. I’m not saying it was any one of these ministers, but rather those that were  in charge of the altar work. The first mistake they made was taking her out of the presence of the anointing. Unless the altar workers are able to carry over the same anointing that exposed the demon in the first place, it is serious error  to take them out of it.   Pastors and church leadership from all over the world were attending these meetings. Several names known from television were preaching. We happened to be there waiting for our van to take us to the air port, when a commotion came crashing out the doors of the sanctuary, right at our feet this woman landed, snarling, vomiting, and thrashing around, she had at least six men and women right on her, praying in tongues, praying: “Oh Jesus” “Oh Jesus”, she jumped up and ran a muck through the lobby, and into the women’s bathroom. They drug her out of the bathroom, and she ended up on the floor in the lobby again. I thought if they keep praying like that they might as well call the paramedics. It’s a wonder she didn’t leave a couple of them naked. It’s a wonder she wasn’t naked. That evil spirit was in control and he was running the show! They kept praying “Oh Jesus”, “help her Lord, help her Lord”. I could not believe what I was hearing, but I had to stay out of it. I was not invited into it, and theses places have their order. I don’t think Jesus would do that. You can see for yourself  He rarely barged in on other people’s business. I thought, I’m staying out of this. But it wasn’t to long into this fiasco that the Lord began to speak to me a word of wisdom. He said, “Don’t turn around, don’t look at them, don’t posture yourself one bit, just yell out above the noise and command the evil spirit to leave the woman”. So I did, I yelled at the top of my voice, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you unclean spirits leave this woman now!” It got quiet for a moment, some one caught on, pretty soon they all began to directly address the unclean spirits in Jesus name, and command them to leave. They didn’t even know where that voice came from. The power of God came in, she began to settle down, and they were able to bring order into the situation. About that time our van came. Praise God in the Highest! For that name that is above every name!

Acts 19:13-19 (New International Version, ©2010) Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.

Why do you look for Him here among the dead? He is RISEN!

1 Corinthian 10:3-7 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ …

I have seen ordinary christian people who know a lot about psychotherapy, and very little about the word of God. They have come to us for ministry yet chose to continue to dwell on the curses, instead of dwelling on the CROSS of Christ where ordinances written against us were nailed! If only they would stand and point to the Lamb, and say. “Satan, Christ bore my curse”. We have to get ourselves full of God and his word! This is the LIGHT that displaces darkness. Text book knowledge and deep studies are not going to do it. We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the WORD of our testimony (profession). I would rather tell people how to stand in their freedom in Christ, and how by the sword of the Word you can sever generational bondage (calling them by name, and telling them they cannot have you.) Rather than the alternative, which to me has been reduced to nothing more than sessions upon sessions of psychological witch hunts. Inner healing ministry gone viral. Balance is the key here. Word based and Spirit lead. The key to it all is believing that God really loves you, and that his thoughts toward you are for good and not for evil. That he will fulfill every bit of the covenant he has made with us, sealed by blood. In Christ set free healed and delivered. It is already done, we just need to contend for what is ours and walk in it.

How do we prepare ourselves to become dragon slayers in a possessed society?

How we affect the world in our prayer closet is how we will impact the world in the market place.  You see, in the spirit realm we live up to our reputations, real or devised. In the world we can hide what we really are if we are not true to ourselves, and honest with God, and man. We can dress for success and have an appearance of power. We can give ourselves titles that cause men to tremble in our presence. We can use our money to buy prestige and favor. However, kingdom authority cannot be achieved in any of these ways. Even the disciples could not cast out some devils. Jesus rebuked them for their doubt and unbelief, but also, reminded them, “these come not out but by fasting and by prayer“. In fact, there are many who stand behind the platforms and pulpits of christian churches today who occupy the offices of church authority, work in ministries, and services, that would be shredded alive had it not been for the dragon slayers, who cover them in prayers, those behind the scenes intercessors weeping before the throne, wrangling in battles of life, and death, for those whose prayer lives do not match their call. These warriors, these unassuming, untitled, so-called unauthorized, are changing the world around them …they are those, known in the spirit realm by name, of whom the world is not worthy … they are the unsung heroes that are impacting the earth in ways that will never be understood, this side of heaven. They are bearing fruit by investing in others  and their fruit will remain. This is why no man can glory, only God knows all that is involved in our victories. Nevertheless, a true and effective ministry will not shrink back from casting out devils, but will find many healings attached to taking authority over unclean spirits. Don’t be deceived, there is a devil behind most of the ills of mankind, and you will see more success in your ministry if you take authority over them.

Luke 6:17-19 (New King James version)who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,  as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.  And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

John 14:12 (New International Version (©1984)
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.         

Deana Barnes             If you were following  a link from NeWine Pouring  you can return to that page here.

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January 4, 2011 at 12:53 am