18 Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?” 20 And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”22 So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great 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. 23 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.”(1 Samuel 15: 18 -23)
In your own time please read 1 Samuel 15 until the end of the chapter.
Child of God, I want to begin by making you aware that you are on a mission. God wants you to know that as a disciple of Jesus Christ you are sent out on a mission. We need to understand why we are disciples of God. In the times of King Saul, the Amalekites were the enemies of Israel. Their assignment was to cause God's people to sin by disobeying God and to cause Israel to do their own will instead of the will of God. So God sent King Saul to eradicate the sinners once and for all. He told King Saul what his mission was and how to execute it. He told him to fight against the Amalekites until they were totally destroyed.
Likewise in our days, Christians are facing the same enemies of old. The Amalekites represent sin like the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of the things of this life. They represent the desire for worldly things, the fleshly mind, the things which we love more than Jesus Christ that that separate us from Him.
God told King Saul to destroy the Amalekites as well as all the things they owned. However King Saul instead saved the chief of the Amalekites, King Agag. Israel also kept the plunder of livestock and the best of spoils which they purposed to offer to the Lord. Prophet Samuel had to then deal with the evil king once and for all according to the purpose and will of God. God was angered because King Saul disobeyed His instruction which He had given through the prophet Samuel. Saul obeyed only half of the instruction. Half of his heart was in the kingdom and the other half was in world and the things that the world can offer. He still wanted to please man instead of God. Because of disobedience he was dethroned, King Saul lost his kingdom.
From Scripture we see that God calls disobedience rebellion and rebellion is as witchcraft. It goes on to say that stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. These are serious matters in the eyes of God.
Child of God, pause for a moment and ask yourself this: “what has God instructed me to do?”
God speaks to us in many ways. He can instruct us through our leaders, through our dreams, through prophecy, His Word and in which way He chooses. In the above case the instruction came through King Saul's leader. Instructions by God are always to be carried out in honour of God and for His glory.
The next questions you should ask yourself are: “am I doing what God has called me to do or am I busy with my own things? Am I doing my business or am I doing God's business?”
In the next portion of Scripture we are reminded that there are things in our lives that need to be dealt with. There are 7 spheres of influence in this world; religion, family, education, governmental, media, cultural and economic influences. I am sure that all of us fit in somewhere within these spheres. And so today God wants us to pause for a moment and ask: “am I doing what God called me to do or am I doing my own thing?” From this it is important to see that God is more pleased with our full obedience to Him rather than giving half-hearted efforts. Doing something halfway is as good as not doing it at all. Our offerings and sacrifices to God must be coupled with complete obedience. King Saul was disqualified because of the Amalekite that he spared and it cost him his throne. The things that we don’t deal with will eventually overcome us and cost us dearly. So then friends, God doesn’t want us to pursue our own missions but His missions. He wants us to be spiritually minded.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)
WHAT DEFINES A PROVEN LEADER?
1. A proven leader is first of all spiritually minded and not earthly minded. Hence they can be trusted by God. To be carnally minded means to look on the things of the world. God wants us to look at the things which are in heaven where Christ is seated at His right hand.
2. Secondly a proven leader fears God rather than man. As a proven leader God wants to make sure you deal with fear of man in your life otherwise you will seek to please man. A proven leader reverences and respects God over man. They honour God rather than man.
3. Thirdly a proven leader does not blame others but takes responsibility for their own actions.
Have you done what God has instructed you to do or have you put it on hold? Have you perhaps already forgotten about it? Have you taken it lightly and decided to rather do your own things first? Maybe you said to yourself: let me first build my own house; let me first buy my own car; let me first make my own profit; first become a millionaire and then I will do what God told me to do. It does not work this way when it comes to the things of God. God's mission should be priority and should always come first.
In Mark 16:15- 18 Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into the entire world and to preach the gospel to every creature. This commission still stands today.
The question is, are we obeying God and obeying our leaders?
King Saul and the people stooped down on the spoil and this caused them to fail. After this he was asked why he disobeyed God, he blatantly blamed it on the people. He did not take responsibility for his actions and then he went on to say it was because he feared the people.
Child of God, God has sent you on a mission just like King Saul. God needs you as His vessel and the world needs you too. Your mission requires full obedience to your Leader that God has placed over you. We obey God by obeying the leaders that God has placed over our lives. Preaching can take many forms. It is about releasing the message that God has put inside of you to others. We are in partnership with God. We are working with the Lord and the Lord is working with us. We are not alone on this mission. In whichever spheres God has called you to through your gifting, He is assuring you that you are not alone. God is with you. You may be a leader in a school, company, church, and so on, no matter where God has planted you, are you should be doing what God has called you to do and remember you cannot do this half-heartedly!
We cannot serve God as His disciples casually. We cannot follow God's instructions when we feel like it and how we feel like it should be done. We have to follow God's instructions as it has been given to us. Let us not be stubborn in wanting our own way. You see King Saul still wanted his own way. One leg was in God's kingdom and the other leg in the world. We cannot serve God that way. We cannot carry out God's mission while our eyes are on stuff and our own desires. We need to put God's desires first.
There are other qualities that represent the Amalekites in our lives which we will cover some other time by God's grace.
DECREES AND DECLARATIONS
Father I come to You in the name of Jesus and I renounce anywhere in my life where I was disobedient and where I put the lust of my flesh above Your instructions to me. Please forgive me.
Now accordingly to Job 22:28 I decree and declare that:
· I am in covenant with God
· I am a co-partner with God
· I am working together with the Lord
· My priority is God's priority
· God's desires are my desires
· Because I do my part, I am honoured by the Lord.
· I am totally surrendered to the Lord
· I am dead to my own lustful desires
· I am able to give up the best of things when God commands me to so
· I am divorced from the king of sin, King Agag
· Sin has lost its power and grip over me
· I am willing and obedient
· I seek to please God rather than man.
· I am a servant of the Lord and I serve Him with reverential fear
· I am a faithful servant of God
· I honour the Lord with my time, money and possessions
· I am humbled and delighted in serving others
· I know the voice of God and I listen to it
· I am called for greatness and I am on a big assignment
· I am not selfish, I have the interest of others at heart first
· The bitterness of death is past
Heavenly Father we thank You today for Your grace upon our lives. Thank You for choosing us. Thank You for making us aware that we are on a mission and that this mission is not to be taken lightly. Thank You for making us aware that You are pleased with us when we seek Your will first and not our will, when we seek Your business first instead of ours. Thank You for reminding us that we are already blessed. Thank You for reminding us that You called us and that You believe in us. That You have chosen us and have empowered us to carry out Your assignment to completion for Your Glory. Thank You for making us capable and with Jesus Christ we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. We believe in who You believe us to be. We believe in the things that You've showed us whether it is in dreams, visions, by prophecy or through Your Word. We believe what You've spoken to us. We believe it is real. Help us to carry out our assignment and to obey our leaders whom You have placed over us. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ we pray.