Thursday, April 14, 2016

God Loves Order

God's obsession is order. - Mike Murdock

God delights in order and He expects His children to be organized.
* Noah was given precise guidelines on building the ark. “Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks” (Genesis 6:14-16 NKJV).
* Moses received specific instructions on how to build the tabernacle. “Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it” (Exodus 25:8-9 NKJV). God gave instructions concerning the material to use for the tabernacle, the precise dimensions, and even the formula to be used for the sweet smelling incense. 
* The priests were told the proper way to offer sacrifices.
* The high priest was instructed to enter the Holy of Holies in a certain way. 
* Moses was instructed to hit a rock to produce water. But later, he was instructed to speak to a second rock. When Moses disobeyed this small instruction, it cost him his chance to see the Promised Land.
* God gave Joshua specific instructions for overcoming Jericho. God’s instructions were to:
1. Walk around the wall once each day for six days. 
2. Remain quiet while you walk.
3. On the seventh day, walk around the wall seven times.
4. Shout and blow the trumpets.

Jesus was ordered. He made his bed every day of his life. At the tomb after his resurrection, the cloth was folded. You don’t do that unless it has been your habit your whole life. You can imagine the angels waiting for him to finish. Right after Jesus achieved his greatest victory, he stopped and took time to fold the clothes he was wearing.

Heaven values protocol (another word for “order”)
Once I was invited to play golf at a country club. I showed up wearing shorts, the same attire that I wear to play golf at the discount golf course in my hometown. The country club refused to allow me to play because they have a “dress code” for playing golf.

If you were to visit the White House, you would be given detailed instructions on how to maintain proper protocol around the president of the United States.

Heaven has a dress code (white robes) and proper protocol that must be followed. We are instructed to Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4 NKJV). To gain an audience with the King of Kings, you must follow proper protocol. 

When you get to heaven, do you think you will see a candy bar wrapper laying on the gold streets? Do you think the angel who is assigned to meet you at the gate will be late? Will God have your mansion ready in time?

Biblical characters reveal the benefits of order.

Solomon’s Wisdom Brought Order to His House  
Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Let’s look at how wisdom was manifested in his house. “Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions…And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers and their apparel, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her” ( 2 Chronicles 9:1-4 NKJV).

Look at what the Queen of Sheba noticed:
1. His wisdom. Solomon’s wisdom was visible in the way he did things.
2. The house he had built. His house was beautiful, luxurious, and well made.
3. The food on his table. The food he ate was perfectly prepared and delightfully arranged.
4. The seating of his servants. His servants sat in order.
5. The service of his waiters and their apparel. She noticed their clothing. They were all dressed the same.
6. His cupbearers and their apparel. The cupbearers had their own uniform as well.
7. The entryway to his house. Even the doorway to his house was a manifestation for his oppression with order.

When there is a lack of order, there is confusion. The Bible says, For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV). The Greek word that is translated as confusion in this verse means disorder. Some churches have services where no one on the worship team knows what songs will be sung. The pastor does not know what he is going to preach. No one is assigned to take up the offering. There is confusion throughout the entire service. How can God move in a church that is so disorganized?

Order increases anointing. When the Corinthian church was out of control, Paul instructed them, Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). The Corinthian church majored on the spiritual gifts but they were in danger because of their lack of order. Paul writes two full chapters of instructions to help them get their spiritual gifting in order. Paul does not tell them to stop functioning in their spiritual gifts, but he does say to get it in order.

The anointing on your life will increase as you increase the order in your life. Disorder decreases the anointing, order is a magnet for more anointing. Order is more important than anointing. People ask God for more anointing but what they need is more order.

When I visit a church, I can usually tell how well it is doing by how clean the foyer is. If the front of the church has lots of overgrown weeds, then generally speaking, the church is not flourishing and growing. If the platform has lots of random cords laying all over the place, then usually the music is not very anointed. But, when I enter a church that is clean and in order, then I can tell that God is going to move in that church. 

Part of Paul’s ministry was setting things in order. “…the rest I will set in order when I come…” (1 Corinthians 11:34 NKJV). I heard one preacher say he does not like to study. He just gets up and says whatever God puts in his heart. This is a sign of disorder in his life. The anointing is just as much in the time of preparation as it is in the spur of the moment.

Paul instructed the Corinthian church to put their finances in order. “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem” (1 Corinthians 16:1-3 NKJV).
Order is created through Paul’s instructions concerning:
Who: Everyone is to give. 
What: Everyone is to give “as he may prosper.”
When: Everyone is to give on “the first day of the week.”
Where: Everyone is to give towards those suffering from famine in Jerusalem.
Why: Everyone is to give in advance so that Paul does not have to receive a collection when he arrives.
How: After everyone is finished giving, the offering is to be taken to Jerusalem, accompanied by “whomever you approve by your letters.” Paul asks for names of qualified people to be submitted in writing for his approval before they are trusted with the money. This documentation was due diligence on his part.

Paul sent Titus to the island of Crete to bring order. For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you” (Titus 1:5 NKJV). Some things in Crete were lacking; they were incomplete and missing. By increasing order, Titus was able to speed up the work of God on Crete.

Order allows you to fulfill instructions. God usually gives us one instruction at a time. It is useless to ask God for a new instruction if you have failed to obey His previous instruction. Once you complete one step, He will show you your next step. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV).

Order brings revelation. And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23 NKJV).

Order proceeds multiplication. Jesus asked the multitudes to sit down in groups of fifty before he multiplied the bread. If you want to multiply, put what you have in order.