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Is Your Wood Wet?

I have heard the phrase "If that doesn't fire you up then your wood is wet!" It is a very telling saying and it speaks to the lack of excitement about Jesus and the daily walk we have with Him. Personally I believe we should be excited about Jesus and seeing Him move in His church. Scripture speaks to this very subject in 1 Kings where Adonijah was wanting to be annointed king, but David had told Bathsheba that Solomon would be king. All of Adonijah's manipulating couldn't bypass God's plan for Solomon being king and all of the background political manuevers were not successful and David annointed Solomon king. If Adonijah had succeeded in making himself king, the taste in the mouth of the people and in David's mouth would have been bitter and sour. No celebration, just confusion and disgust. But when Solomon was annointed king by David there was a great celebration by the people and by all who trusted God's plan. He was the true king. 1 Kings 1:43 “Not at all!” Jonathan replied. “Our lord King David has just declared Solomon king! 44 The king sent him down to Gihon Spring with Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, protected by the king’s bodyguard. They had him ride on the king’s own mule, 45 and Zadok and Nathan have anointed him at Gihon Spring as the new king. They have just returned, and the whole city is celebrating and rejoicing. That’s what all the noise is about. 46 What’s more, Solomon is now sitting on the royal throne as king. 47 And all the royal officials have gone to King David and congratulated him, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s fame even greater than your own, and may Solomon’s reign be even greater than yours!’ Then the king bowed his head in worship as he lay in his bed,48 and he said, ‘Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who today has chosen a successor to sit on my throne while I am still alive to see it.’”

In our world we see that the enemy is always trying to be crowned king, but he cannot be king because our Lord Jesus is the KING of kings. No greater annointing than the one of God to His son, Jesus. Sadly though, some believers have bought into the human lie that there are other ways we should consider when thinking about who should be the king of our lives. The enemy will sometimes try to manipulate even God's people to quit following the direction of Jesus and try to lead us down the path of politics, but that will never work. That kind of positioning by satan will always leave a bad taste in the mouth of believers because the Holy Spirit shows us that something is "just not quite right." All of this is even more complicated when believers look like they just ate something sour when they serve the Lord, or sing to the Lord. There is something not right when a group of believers can't get excited about Our King. King Jesus!!! I'm not talking about "faking it" for looks, but a genuine excitement about serving and worshipping the King of Kings.

Here is what excitement about the true of King of Kings caused when Solomon was annointed instead of Adonijah. 1 Kings 1:9 Then all of Adonijah’s guests jumped up in panic from the banquet table and quickly scattered. 50 Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, so he rushed to the sacred tent and grabbed on to the horns of the altar. 51 Word soon reached Solomon that Adonijah had seized the horns of the altar in fear, and that he was pleading, “Let King Solomon swear today that he will not kill me!” Just think about it this way. The more we lift up the name of Jesus the more it puts fear into our enemy and he knows he has no place in our lives. All of the enemies worldly manuevers can be counteracted with "simple praise" and lifting up the only King of Kings, Jesus. Satan has to bow before Jesus and our excitement (real excitement) blocks any foothold satan might have planned. That is why when I lift up the name of the Lord in worship I compel and challenge others to sing out to Jesus because He is worthy of our total expressive worship that challenges the enemy. This is a spiritual battle and those who think in spiritual ways see it readily and we know that the beautiful taste of God in our lives compels this kind of service to our true King. Psalm 34:8 says Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

This joy is contagious and we all need to "catch it!" Then our fellowship will be as complete as God intended. A hot fire burning in the hearts of God's people who follow their King, Jesus.

The world is always trying to convince us that we are crazy for trusting Jesus and giving our lives for Him, but we do not falter and we do not fail. In fact, we lift up Jesus with excited voices together even more. In Revelation 17:14 scripture says Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.” There is a final battle coming, but we are in a battle now for the souls of man and we must proclaim His gospel and be excited about His work. God is faithful and will give us the power to share that message if we will submit to His authority in our daily walk. Paul wrote to Timothy about this coming time when all we will be revealed in 1 Timothy 6:15 For, At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Just to know that is coming should get us excited NOW!! GET ON FIRE!!!

The Pilgrimage continues....

David Warren

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