King David always brings a smile to our faces and a warm glow to our hearts. We see a man’s man. One who loved the Lord yet willing to pick up his sword and do battle at a drop of a hat to protect God’s people from insult and injury. We see a man who unashamedly worshiped and praised God in the face of all men and undeterred by an odious and prodding wife’s sneer. Who could not love a man bent on pleasing God no matter what the cost.
King David knew firsthand the dependable, steady, loyal, helping hand of the Lord was as near to him as a prayer which is clearly demonstrated in Ps 34:4 when he said,
“I sought the Lord and he answered me, he delivered me from all my fears.”
No better friend could the prophet Nathan be to David than to point out his sin concerning Bathsheba. The prophet knew the king’s sin was separating him from walking in the fullness of what God intended for the Nation. Israel was at war and the king was in sin. If there was ever a time to be in right standing this was it. Sin hinders our ability to hear clearly from the Lord. The lives of people often depend on our hearing by the spirit. Even in sin, David was quick to repent and ask for forgiveness, thus restoring that right relationship with the Lord once again. By doing so he was able to “hear” for himself and to receive instructions and guidance for the nation.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Heb 12:1 -2
In these scriptures we are admonished to lay as (cast off, put away from us, stop doing) anything that would hinder our walk with the Lord. Never forget sin is a weight to carry. Sin bogs you down in your thought life, in your prayer life, and it generates loss of confidence in your ability to hear from the Lord.
Like King David, we must be quick to repent and quick to keep in step with what God is saying today. Each of us has a part in what God is doing in this hour. We are the Joshua generation, we are the prophetic voice.
“And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;” – Gen 35:11
In the above scripture God is speaking to Abraham. He is letting him know of the generations to come forth out of his loins. When you are able to hear and speak the Word of the Lord you are touching a nation, and nations. Yes! A nation is dependent on your hearing. Everyone God instructs you to minister to is a nation. In this day an hour your spiritual realm of influence extends to not one nation but nations. The time is soon near to our Lord’s coming and he has expanded voice. Each of us must stand before the Lord with a clear conscience of a repented life, a “Hearing Ear”, and a clarion voice.
May God’s Grace Abundantly Rain In Your Life!
-Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele