10 Signs You’re Operating Under The Power Of A Religious Political Spirit.

10 signs you’re operating under the power of a Religious political spirit.

While politics is politics in the political arena, church government should be under an entirely different influence. No such spirit should occupy the atmosphere among the saints of God. All positions, offices, and responsibilities, are occupied by appointment, through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Accessed through prayer and seeking. It’s not a democratic process. One assigned by God  needs only His vote, and the witness of two leading elders to confirm the will of God, in an appointment. It’s not unbiblical to have the assembly of the faithful, involved in prayer and support in appointments and commissionings. The Church is not a political party or a business. The employees in a business are not of one blood. Each  and every one of us in the Church are blood bought. We are of a kingdom not of this world. We need to remember that, and stop emulating and integrating world systems into the Church. We have done that because something is amiss. The original intent, ordained by God, of how we should look as the Body of Christ hasn’t always been followed. This has created a mixture and hybrid of a people apart from what we are suppose to be. It allows another spirit in. Our DNA as one Holy race, needs to remain undefiled. God has never approved of mixed seed. We have allowed the world to come into the sanctuary of God. We’ve allowed the work place too. How many of us have heard the teaching we need to run our churches with the professionalism of a business? Well if your church is a business than I suppose you do. But, the Church is not a business. It’s a body, and Christ is the head. When we recognize it that way, when we all answer to Him in good conscience, we our a living breathing organism. That organism has a natural function. It governs itself, it reproduces itself. It has it’s own defense mechanism built in. We can call it a supernatural immune system. Every part is connected to the head and no part functions independently of the other. It’s not professionalism we need, but a spirit of excellence. Every person in the body of Christ was pre wired, and pre determined, to fulfill a particular function among the body of believers. 

Psalms 139: 14- I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well. My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

We see that not only did he fashion us in secret, but God prepared Christ a body. That body was not only His physical body, but The Body of Christ! The saints! So the word here is for you and I; yet, it speaks of Christ in a messianic prophecy. On a greater scale it describes the pre ordination of the Church, or the Body of Christ! We are not a business. A network, a club, or a team. We are an intricately designed body of believers. Penned in His book, before there was even the womb to be formed in! As it is said, “Before the foundations of the earth.” The following list describes 10 signs you may be operating under the power of a religious political spirit. These two operatives are described in the entire chapter of Mathew 23 and Mathew 22:15-22.

 10 Signs you’re operating under the power of a political spirit.

  1. Who’s who? Among the body of Christ your eye is on the most influential. You watch for influence, power, and money to associate yourself with. Rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit in your relationships. Or, positions in your church seem to be dominated by personality, wealth, and influence. Rather, than elderships and anointings.
  2. Chameleon tendencies. You change your tune or mode of interaction depending on who you are with, and the group you are among, to qualify yourself in various circles. I once was warned in a dream that I was encountering a chameleon spirit when I saw a minister’s coat rotating in colors as I spoke. As if his chemillion tendencies were searching for a compatible color to engage me with.
  3. You campaign to always be above whom you assume you are above, and you labor to convince those you aspire to be equal to, that you are their equal. Rather, than simply being yourself. Letting God make your connections with others, on a genuine level, it’s a lot of work when we are not being ourselves, and being a respecter of men. We just need to love, and give honor to whom honor is due.
  4. You polarize peoples. A political spirit operating amidst the Body of Christ is usually the source of division, as contrary views trigger that spirits mechanism of polarization, drawing people toward their own standing. In other words a political spirit fixates on differences that divide, and exploits them to rally a support base, rather than nurturing commonalities that unite.
  5. A political spirit is competitive, and performance driven. This mindset over rides the leading of the Holy Spirit, and prayer for guidance is replaced with meditations of strategic menauevering.
  6. Giving and receiving isn’t out of obedience or compassion. What you do and what you give is not Holy Spirit led, but is based on strategy. For the retainment or advancement of position in your Church.
  7. You enjoy the contest of one upmanship. In leadership such a mindset spawns political agendas, and becomes the inspiration that spoils true righteous acts of the saints. It is a source of defilement of Godly motives. You have a political spirit that has replaced the Holy Spirit leading in your life, if this kind of activity no longer grieves you, but actually energizes you. Repentence is paramount on many levels for your deliverance and healing, because a spirit of perversity is finding a stronghold.
  8. A dog eat dog mentality has replaced your peace. You campaign and jockey to displace others, as much as you fear and strive not to be displaced. A political spirit has no rest, while the political landscape is constantly under their surveillance to seize upon opportunity. And circumvent opportunists. Purity in relationships is gone.
  9. You serve a rigid public profile. Your image, your interactions, your movements, among the saints, have unspoken rules. You have no problem being seen praying for people, but are subjective to who is seen praying for you. Or even casually conversing with you. Or ministering to you. They must have a name and title. Because of the political atmosphere that dominates your assembly, or your own spiritual ambitions. You meddle and munipilate the natural, and honest, course of  human relationships, and interaction.
  10. Everything is a PR opportunity. You are either under the oppression of a religious political spirit or operating in one when you adopt a position of limited or measured acts of adoration and worship among the assembly to maintain an air of importance. In other words-.Worship is not on your mind as much as who sees you, is. This can also work both ways, political jockeying may motivate contrived acts of worship, and public acts of devotion. All in all, in the pew, down the isle, at the altar, and on the platform, your image is all you think about, and the public who sees you, is an idol you serve.

The final result of an organization people might call a church, that is operating under a religious political spirit, is a body count, a carnage of destiny. Those that wake up to the atmosphere and stronghold of a religious political spirit, will migrate out of it.  But that doesn’t end the endless  rotation of people coming in, pouring out their resources, and then going back out, again. Including those that for what ever reason just cannot compete with what is already established there. Naturally, for those who have an anointing or enablements of God to serve, but do not engage in the atmosphere of political maneuvering, they are not going to find a place mat (for themselves) at that particular table. While fresh hopeful faces are greeted by professional greeters through one door. Worn out, depleted, and disillusioned saints, quietly slip out another. The pay to play team is at their best and their well trimmed image welcomes the masses. And this is that dynamic, well oiled machine, that has looked so similar to the real and genuine Church. For the fleece of the faithful is cast over it. They come in believing their talents, offerings, and abilities, will be utilized, and go out frustrated, and often disillusioned,  feeling conflicted about what they feel pressured to do, verses what they feel  (obedience to the Father) is asking them to do. They also find that standing up for righteousness sake does not promote them, but displaces them. In other words standing up for what is just and true, is relinquishing your seat to another. Often, couples are at different places in their willingness to compromise their ideals, and under the oppression of a religious political atmosphere an otherwise good marriage begins to unravel,  because the non compliant spouse is being  judged as back slidden. When in all actuality were they out of that environment they would be flourishing in Christ. Men and women act differently under that kind of opression when they want out. Men drop out, women (in their desire to submit) do so in private misery.  Where one spouse is energetically jumping through political hoops while the other may be  pulling back, in conviction. Often, that conviction is mixed with confusion and personal feelings of resentment, that makes it harder for the Saint to discern  what is really at play, in their inability to unravel the profane from the holy. Many times a spouse unable to engage the political arena successfully, or not wanting to, begins to feel disenfranchised. They will step back and this causes conflict in the marriage. The compliant spouse may fall into controling behavior over the other to keep their political profile beaming, while there relationship is falling apart. In many cases (but not always) the spouse missing is usually the husband in the family, and the wife is usually the one that has found reasonable favor and acceptance, or a place to thrive. Many times this is because the Church is run by an alpha male whose dominance in everything has little room for other strong male leadership, or a body of leadership, surrounding him. If this political figure (behind the pulpit) is surrounded by other men, it is only because he has found men in full political compliance. As King Saul, Ahab, Jezebel, and Herod the Great, as well as the Pharisees of Jesus day, dominated their environment, and ran their corporation. A stand up guy in a religious political atmosphere is a threat and will be persecuted. While women are drawn in by positive male affirmations from the pulpit, the political entanglement is often deception for her. For her husband he may see it, but backs out of the conflict altogether. Out of all of this there are no true sons and daughters born and launched out to ministry, because an anointed counterpart or replacement is a threat not a protege’ and will be under the watchful eye of a contender, not a father or teacher. Unless, they are in full political compliance to recreate the system all over again. Becoming twice the sons of hell! Studying the characteristics of Saul, Ahab and Jezebel, Herod brings more understanding, on what is at play when a spirit of pride, idolatry, and disobedience, is in charge over a Christian ministry. True Christian relationships are not characterized by the Bible as a company, team, or club. But rather a family, or brotherhood. (Sisterhood.) To identify our selves as being anything other than the body of Christ misses the point. For in a body every part supplies what is needed to the whole. We are intricately woven together. A club or team member is positional, a body part is relational. Jesus is the Head of the Church. The fullness of the Godhead bodily. In Him we live, and breathe, and have our being.

What if all of the above or some of the above describes you, your church, or denomination? Even a little bit? First of all if you see any of this in yourself, you have just accomplished a remarkable feat. Only because most of those steeped in this kind of environment, believe it’s normal, and don’t see that any thing is wrong. Many new births in the faith are born into this, and when they are- they are in need of a reboot to get away from performance driven works. Where pleasing man is part of the system that promotes you. Unless, you have had a genuine experience belonging to a functional body of Spirit filled believers, the chances are you will not see the plank of error in your eye. It will really take a true desire for truth and humility for a person under the control or power of a political spirit, to recognize that they are.  All of us of the western culture, no matter what church you go to, all of us need to examine ourselves and ask God for discernment and eyes that see. Look again at these 10 signs, and reflect on your own behavior. Because none of us are completely exempt, and unless we truly belong to a fellowship where every part has its place, in Him; the levaning of the Pharisees, (Jesus warned us about) is spreading among us. Mathew 23. Simply because our journey has taken us through 2000 years of brick and mortar institutions that was not always built with tempored mortar, or plummed to the cheif corner stone.  However, I believe God has always had a remnant of reformers to keep the line plummed. To overcome every kind of doctrinal error we need to embrace, teach, and pursue, the true order of God’s blood bought family, described in Ephesians 4. When we do that our supernatural immune system maintains a healthy Body of Believers. 

Ephesians 4:11-16   And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [e]edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Romans 3:3-5

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Because there is no corporate latter climbing, there is no contest. But only acknowledgement, discipleship, and Spirit led placement. For the Spirit knows every gift and ability of every child of God, and He has a plan. Love, is the center piece in the true family of God because Jesus is Lord. The greatest among you is servant to all, and everyone wants your best, because we are a family.

Question: What if my church operates in all 10 signs of being under the control of a religious political spirit? Answer: Get Out!

Finding Prophetic Alignment   

David Is Hiding In The Woods

 

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!”