Good afternoon! Grace and peace to you in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of rule.
1 Chronicles 29v12 Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
David said this in a prayer to God in the presence of the whole assembly. You can understand his relationship to God and how he knew God had control of everything. When you look back on David's life you can see how God guided Him, gave Him blessings and took blessings a way for God's purpose of David to rely on Him only. God wanted David to have faith in Him, His plans and ways given to Him through His prophet Nathan. David was a humble Shepard boy and knew all he had was given to Him by God. His strength and power came from God and David was exalted only by the power of God and David knew it. This is why God gave Him everything because David knew everything came from Him. The promise God made to David we receive from Jesus Christ. He is the promised line from David that all people can have a new relationship with God a kingdom that will last forever. We no longer have rely on a prophet to speak through, we can speak to God personally and personally be His servant for Him to work through. God creating a Kingdom that can not be shaken because it is by His power that Jesus Christ is our redeemer. By faith in God being who He is we receive all we are because of what He did for us on the cross. God in human form took upon himself all of our sins so we might become the righteousness of God by His promised gift of the Holy Spirit He lives through us because He is our Lord and ruler, He rules through us. We get our strength, wealth, and power from Him so others may see our lives and then turn to God to receive their true identity of being made into his image. We have a better promise than David, we have God himself living within us making a home not just visiting from time to time. Jesus Christ asked his disciples and important question because of their greed, He asked them, "For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves?" As far as the world goes most would say the one at the table is greater, but we are not to be like that. David knew where His power and strength came from.(Luke 22v26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.) David was the youngest and he was like the one who serves God by serving His kingdom justly and fairly, praising God everyday and giving sacrifices for Him everyday. God gave David a kingdom and through his Kingdom came our Savior Jesus Christ. When we we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior through faith, we too belong to His kingdom, so we are able to eat and drink at His table in His kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. That was God's plan from the beginning and it was fulfilled through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Are we at the table here or are we letting Him work through us by us getting out of his way. It is by His power we are servants, His purpose, His strength, His wisdom, His peace given to us to bless His kingdom with. For Him to work through to deliver people from Satan to God. Are we giving ourselves to Him to work through because we have received all of His provisions for our life, through His gift of grace, so He can serve through us? If we are not His servants by faith in Him making us who we are so He can work through us here, then we will not rule with Him there in Heaven! Read Luke 22 and 1 Chronicles 29. I love you with all the grace he gives me for you!!