Preparation is a key for this month. It’s three months to a new decade. So we are on edge of accelerated growth. What can we do now, to see our dreams fulfilled? David’s journey of transporting the Ark of the Covenant provides ten helpful steps to seeing your vision manifest. And the prophetic word for September 2019.
“When they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.” (2 Samuel 6:6) Because of Uzzah’s error, God struck him dead. In the Old Testament, there were serious consequences for not following the law. Thankfully, because of Jesus, we live in the time of Grace. Hidden in this event, are six steps to apply on our own breakthrough journey. Here is some of the word for September 2019.
1. Be Still
David didn’t seek the Lord on the specifics, he made a mistake by placing the ark on a cart. Only priests could carry the ark on poles, according to their law. The Ark of the Covenant is a symbol of Jesus. You are carrying Jesus inside of you. Christ in You, the hope of Glory. So it’s imperative to hear the voice of God each step of the way. God speaks to you in the silence between your thoughts. Be still. In addition, I need to listen to God’s ideas instead of my own. His ways are higher.
The disaster happened near the threshing floor. Threshing is a place of action, separating the good from the bad chaff. This is the time to examine your activities/schedules. What do I need to pursue or lose to improve my life? For me, it’s putting my phone down during the entire dinner process. Then I have more time in the evenings to work on my goals or spend family time.
The place where this tragic incident happened was a town named Nachon, which means establish. Based on streamlining your activities/schedule, establish new routines. Set and stick to your new routine. Therefore, I try to get up at 5.00 am every day.
The oxen stumbled, causing the ark to wobble, Uzzah reached out to help steady the ark. Bam, he’s dead. Not fair. But Like Uzzah, whose name means strength. I can stir up things with my own hands, in my own strength. Unlike poor Uzzah, I am alive, but my dreams, at times feel dead. Even after I’ve done all the right things, prayed, read my bible, and diligently worked, the plan is stumbling. On the other hand, the relationship is worse. Whatever I am waiting for is stalled. That’s when I need to put my hands off the situation and trust God.
After Uzzah’s death, David was angry at God and afraid. David ditched the Ark along with his dream at Obed-Edom’s house. Obed, the priest, attended the ark. I admit I have been angry at God for when My dreams seem shattered. It’s scary what you hope for isn’t materializing, especially when you have invested time and money. Moreover, you doubt yourself and the ability to hear from God. Obed means to serve, later he was appointed a doorkeeper of the ark. “To be a leader, one must serve.”(Matthew 20.26) Don’t give up when you’re at a standstill. Serve others, while still serving/attending to your dream. On the other hand, the ark sat at Obed’s house for three months Obed and his entire household received blessings. During the waiting period, trust God will bless you and your household.
After hearing how the ark blessed Obed, David reassembles the procession to complete the journey to Jerusalem. This time David learned his lesson, the men are carrying the ark on poles. After they walk just six steps, David stops and offers a sacrifice. It seems David is listening to the Lord every step of the way, and making adjustments. Once David reaches Jerusalem, he makes more animal sacrifices. Usually, a sacrifice is made after you have arrived. Moreover, David regained his confidence, not letting the first failed attempt to stop his journey. Now, David is listening and obeying God in each step of the way. It’s a success the ark makes it to Jerusalem. A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. Psalm 16.9
7. Blessing Others
Once the ark was in the tent, David blessed the people in two ways. He spoke a blessing over them and gave them food. “He gave each Israelite man and woman a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins.”(2 Samuel 19). Certainly, David was a generous spirit and spread the joy of reaching his goal with others.
8. Not Being A People Pleaser
King David danced and leaped before the Lord. His wife Michal was offended by his behavior calling him an undignified person. David retorted, “I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!”(2 Samuel 6:23) To reach my destiny, I can’t care what I think or what others think. As a reformed people pleaser, that’s one of my hardest hurdles. Moreover, I have to make a conscious effort not to slip back. I have to redirect my thoughts aimed towards an audience of one.
9. Judging People
Now the flip side, Michal judged David’s behavior. Jesus warned us about judging. “Judge not and you will not be judged, For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7). Michal was a pawn between David and her father causing her bitterness to bubble up. “So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.”(Samuel 2:23) Tragic but Michal was under the law, once again I’m grateful for being under Grace. The name Michal means a brook, reminding me of a babbling brook. Goggle defines babble “as talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited or incomprehensible way.” Michal’s babbling cost her. I need to monitor my word. When I am tempted to judge a situation or someone, I try to turn my thoughts into a blessing. I admit not always successful.
David wasn’t alone he surrounded himself with people who loved the Lord. David found joy in the journey. The entire contingent worshiped the Lord by singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Moreover, they celebrated despite the heartaches along the way. The joy of the Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8.10)
September is preparation month with blessings along the way. It’s three months until 2020. So the three months is how long the ark sat at Obed’s house. Consequently, there is plenty of time to enact the ten steps, be still, examine your activities, establish routines, trust God, keep serving your dream while helping others, be obedient, bless others, no people pleasing, not judging and be joyful. So practice the word for September 2019 and keep continue for 2020.
Prophetic Word for September 2019 And Prayer
In Jesus’ name, I pray the Lord to show me when to move forward or to stay still. Show me if I need to do something differently, bless my mistakes. I pray You to help me set aside time to listen to your voice. Show me what to pursue or what to lose. Help me establish new routines. Show me how to trust You at a higher level. Help me attend the dream You placed in my heart, but not lose sight of helping others. Help me to be obedient each step of the way. Assist me to be a blessing to others and not caring what others think. Help me keep my thoughts and words free from judgment. Thank you for filling me joy and a worshiping heart during the journey. Amen
Praying this word Blesses you!