“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22
We have been on the subject of Judah for several months now. As a leadership team, we pray that you have been blessed by the messages and inspired as we have endeavored to unlock this for you.
Today I want to talk a little more about, “Judah Within”. We have explained the aspects of Judah that deal with a corporate sound, Praise, demonstration, declaration and how this unlocks a realm of glory and breakthrough. These aspects are vital to understand, but just as important and vital is to understand the heart within and that Judah is a lifestyle.
Praise is who we are…it’s our very breath, our very lifestyle and heartbeat.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 34:1, “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”
As Pastor Tonya read from this and pointed out this past week, this was written in a time when David was being hunted like a dog. Saul was on the prowl and out to destroy him. The threats of javelins being thrown were just a small thought of the past; this was all out of pursuit and war to destroy David. In the midst of this, he said, “Your praise will EVER be on my lips!”
When we look at the issue of Judah, it is all about obedience. We can come to church, shout, praise our guts out, sing, declare, prophesy and more, but if our heart is not right, it’s just noise. It’s like a crashing cymbal! It cuts and pierces the ears and minds, but never reaches the heart.
As we have said many times, this season is all about possessing your inheritance. When the Israelites were to posses their inheritance, Judah went first. But in every instance (there are many) when this phrase is used, it was always out of the context of obedience. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
“Who shall go up for us Lord?” “Lord, we inquire of you!” “Lord, we seek you, what shall we do?” Every time the people of God came to a place of needing to conquer and possess, the issue of obedience was paramount.
Many times activity can be the enemy of strategy. We are busy with doing and fulfilling and conquering, but is it all at the command of the Lord? Is it born of obedience or is it ambition and just, “good ideas.” Good ideas are good, but if we obey God ideas and inspiration it will change the world, shift your life, family and situation.
Be blessed! Victory is yours. Pursue, overtake and recover ALL.
Pastor Benjamin Deitrick