Nov 13, 2023

The biggest challenge that God had with the children of Israel which is very common even among believers today is that they had very little memory: they always forgot what God had done for them too fast.

When God reaches out and sets us free during our times of trouble, we often celebrate for a short time and with time we let whatever God did for us become ordinary.

This is what kept the entire nation of Israel in the desert for forty years.

Numbers 32:13 So the LORD’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone.

Be honest with yourself and take a look at what Jehovah has done in your life.

There are things that used to be your prayer requests but are now part of your daily life. Do you think that is ordinary? No!

We trivialize the testimonies of yesterday because we are now overwhelmed by the current situations and troubles; that is why many saints do not experience higher heights in God because they get so used to what God has done.

1 Kings.18:43-44 [43] and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” [44] Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, “Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.”‘

The servant did not need to see the whole cloud for Elijah to be convinced.

Most of us have failed to see the whole picture because we are not grateful for the little that we see. That which you call little, God is about to bring a whole storm out of it but your attitude towards what God has already done is poor; You trivialize everything God has done and forget it used to be your cry.

That is what keeps many believers in the same place and prevents them from seeing the fullness of the manifestation of what God has for them.

The fist which you despise is what grows into the cloud that waters your entire life.

Exodus 16:2-3 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.[3] And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Complaining and murmuring is what kept the entire nation of Israel in bondage; they were so ungrateful that the pressure they were experiencing made them forget and despise what God had already done in their lives.

There are things that now appear normal to you yet they used to be your prayer requests. When you despise and are not grateful for them, it becomes your hindrance to experiencing the richer dimensions of what God wants to do. Without the little, you can not see the big.

2 Samuel 6:11-12 The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household. [12] Now it was told King David, saying, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.

The ark of the covenant that changed the life of Obed-Edom within three months was first in the house of Abinadab for over twenty years but it never helped him at all. (2 Samuel 6:3-4).

How do you respond to the presence of God and what He does?

There is a way Obed-Edom treated the ark of the covenant that caused God to move and change his life forever. He triggered the power of the Presence of God through his godly reverence.

2 Samuel 6:13-20

When David took the ark of covenant, he sacrificed for every six steps and danced to the Lord until his garments fell off and when His wife Michal saw him, she despised him in her heart.

If the king of an entire nation danced with all his might, then who are you not to, or even be ungrateful?

Let no one restrain you from pouring out yourself before God, waste yourself on Him in worship and praise like that woman who broke her alabaster jar of perfume and poured it on Jesus. (Luke 7:37).

Many people secure their places in God by their worship. (2 Samuel 6:21-22)

Michal died a barren woman because she despised a worshipper (Never look down on a worshipper). She even never participated in the praise and worshipping of God but watched on through a window. That was familiarity and ingratitude.

 2 Samuel 6.23.

There are miracles that only worship can obtain, not even prayer, fasting or any other divine protocol.

Do not allow yourself to get used to the things that God has done for you. I pray that you maintain a child-like spirit to what God has done for you.

Read Genesis 28 and Genesis 31:13

Genesis 28:16Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. ”

Jacob had spent the night at the very gate of heaven. God was in that place but He could not tell or sense Him. God had to reveal Himself through a dream. What a sad place to be. May we never be in a place where we cannot sense, feel or recognise God or what He is doing in our midst. Fortunately, Jacob responded well. It is how he responded after the dream that determined how his entire life turned out to be. May you not miss your encounter with God Genesis 31:13.

Do not be like Michal who trivialized and held back on her worship. Give Him your whole and be thankful for all, the big and small. Always remember that everything that you need is found in His presence.

The biggest challenge in the life of a believer is getting used to the things God has done for them. That is how they plateau.