The Philistines heard the sound of the war cry and asked, “What’s this loud shout in the Hebrews’ camp?” When the Philistines discovered that the ark of the LORD had entered the camp, they panicked. “The gods have entered their camp!” they said. “Woe to us, nothing like this has happened before.”– 1 Samuel 4:6-7
Does your presence strike fear in your enemy? Does your church or ministry ignite fear in the heart(s) of God’s enemy(ies)?
When the Philistine army learned that the ark of the covenant had been moved from Shiloh into the Israelite camp, they trembled with fear. The ark had a fearsome reputation. They knew that wherever it went, there was the promise of victory for Israel and destruction for her enemies. Usually, the ark meant that God was present and, of course, His presence included His power and might. Yet, in this particular case the Philistines had nothing to fear, because even though the ark was in Israel’s camp, God … was … not. His glory had already departed.
Could it be that God’s enemies have nothing to fear from our churches or ministries? Oh, the buildings and programs are there (like the ark of the covenant) and some are quite beautiful, but God’s glory has apparently departed. The same might be said for entire denominations. Could it be said of yours?
God does not come in a box, building, or program. He comes through hearts or He does not come at all.
I have withstood the power of convictions a long time; and therefore I fear I shall be finally left of God. – David Brainerd
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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