Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Men of God are men of substance.
Men of God that have the Word rooted in them are men of substance, because that Word is the Bread of life , that Word is the living Word, and that living Word is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the root, and cause of our success.
With Jesus we are alive, without Jesus we are nothing but dead men walking.
With Jesus we are a somebody, without Jesus we are a nobody.
“Now David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech was afraid when he met David, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one is with you?””
I Samuel 21:1
“So David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has ordered me on some business, and said to me, ‘Do not let anyone know anything about the business on which I send you, or what I have commanded you.’ And I have directed my young men to such and such a place.”
I Samuel 21:2
First of all I want us to focus on this;
And Ahimelech was afraid when he met David
1 Samuel 21:1
How could Ahimelech the priest be afraid of a young man like David?
After all, it must’ve been very rare for a priest to tremble at the sight of a young man.
Priests in those days were of much importance, in fact they carried much power and influence.
So why was Ahimelech afraid when he met David?
David always knew who he was.
He was a young and humble shepherd boy, but he was never meek nor was he timid.
David being a shepherd boy never stopped him from knowing who he was in God.
That is why you must never allow your current situation to dictate your potential destination.
David knew his God, therefore he always knew the power, dominion, and authority that he had.
Men of substance are as bold as a lion, and they are as humble as a lamb.
Was this not young David a shepherd boy, when did he begin speaking to a priest with so much authority, and power?
I’ll tell you when it all began, it all began by David always knowing who he was in God, and he knew exactly who his God was and is.
He knew that God had given him power, authority, and dominion, and he showed himself approved when he
first faced the lion and the bear.
But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,
1 Samuel 17:34
You just need to understand, and know who you are in Christ.
Men of substance show themselves approved by their works of faith.
We all know faith without works is dead.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
David needed to prove himself to king Saul, there needed to be evidence that he was more than a conqueror, and he had that.
David proved that he had faith strong enough to move mountains.
Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
1 Samuel 17:36
Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
1 Samuel 17:37
David proved that he had the credentials to defeat the enemy, and he did.
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:45
Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.
1 Samuel 17:51
Men of substance are about their Father’s business.
When a man is about his Father’s business then he is favoured in whatsoever he does, and it really does not matter about his credentials or his past experiences, all that matters is his personal walk with the Lord.
A man of substance is favoured by God and men.
That is why even a priest trembles in the presence of such a young man like David.
A man of substance is a man of faith, and his faith cannot be defeated.
A defeated man, is a man that lacks faith.
When David defeated Goliath king Saul asked him this question;
“And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” So David answered, “ I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.””
I Samuel 17:58
Know who you are in Christ.
For you are more than what your current situation dictates.
You are more than a conqueror.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
King Saul later grew jealous of David, and jealousy is nothing but fear.
So the women sang as they danced, and said:
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands. 1 Samuel 18:7
Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”
1 Samuel 18:8
So Saul eyed David from that day forward.
1 Samuel 18:9
When God chooses you amongst the few the eye of the enemy is on you, but the Hand of God is upon you.
Therefore no weapon fashioned or formed against you shall ever prosper.
When God’s Hand is upon you, then He shall surely see you through.
The enemy fears those that are on fire for the Lord, never lose your fire.
King Saul sought to destroy David but The Lord favoured him, and Saul continued to fail.
“Therefore Saul removed him from his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.”
I Samuel 18:13
“And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him.”
I Samuel 18:14
“Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.”
I Samuel 18:15
When God says yes no man can say no.
King Saul tried to throw David in the deep end, by giving him something that he believed would be too difficult for him to handle, but the Lord God Almighty favoured him.
“‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.”
When you are in God’s perfect will He will empower you with wisdom.
King Saul grew jealous, he was afraid of David and so he appointed him as captain.
Can you see how foolish the enemy is?
When the enemy is afraid of you he will challenge you, and that challenge will propel you into greatness!
When we are way out of our depth we often fail to activate our faith, and realise that we are in a place of promotion.
The enemy will try and test you but the Lord will prove that you are true, and He will promote you.
King Saul was foolish he tried to intimidate David, but David knew who he was, he knew the good thing that God had said concerning him, so now David was a captain in the presence of the priest and that is what made the priest tremble.
Favour changed the countenance of David, and favour is what caused the enemy to pursue David but the enemy always failed.
David was brought before great men and women at a young age, and he was appointed as captain something that king Saul never believed he would be able to do it, but the Lord equipped him to do it.
When you are in the perfect will of God when he has chosen you then he shall surely equip you in whatsoever you do.
“Now therefore, what have you on hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatever can be found.””
I Samuel 21:3
“And the priest answered David and said, “ There is no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread, if the young men have at least kept themselves from women.””
I Samuel 21:4
“Then David answered the priest, and said to him, “Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in effect common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel this day.””
I Samuel 21:5
Men of substance are unique, they are set apart, and consecrated.
I pray for a generation of young men that we rise up and serve the Lord in spirit and truth.
These men kept themselves away from the temptations, lusts, and devices of satan in order to be used as vessels for the Lord.
Young man of God I want to ask you, have you really received the Bread of life?
The Bread of life eradicates everything from you that is not of Him.
Are you really willing to be used as a vessel by God, or do you simply just want to be like everyone else?
Men of substance are anointed, and the anointing requires resistance.
You must resist and overcome the works of satan.
Jesus is the Bread of Life, and He is holy.
To be set apart you must first let go of yourself, you must die to self and receive Him.
You must be humble.
You must desire purity, and allow the Lord to create in you a clean heart and to renew a right Spirit within you.
Purity precedes power.
Without purity we have no power.
Repent, only when you turn away from the things that do not please God will you become the righteousness of God.
Remember many are called but only few are chosen.
David a young man of God was set apart, and young men followed him.
Young man of God influence and empower a generation in the ways of The Lord.
“So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.”
I Samuel 21:6
For the Priest to give David the Holy Bread, and for David to receive it was a prophetic act, also bear in mind that Jesus was a descendant of David.
The Lord shall remember you, and His best shall never be kept from you.
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all.
So they all ate and were filled.
And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.
Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.
Those who eat of His Body, (The Bread of Life) will be filled with His Spirit.
The twelve baskets of fish and fragments, prophetically represents the twelve disciples who were followers of Jesus, but they were divided, fragmented, and broken.
Until The Lord shed His Blood and broke His body for them, later filling them with His Spirit which united them, set them free, and made them whole.
They later became fishers of men.
Not only did they become fishers of men but also the church, the body of Christ which we now are.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
“from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Glory be to God!
We have become one body in Christ.
Thank You Lord for this deep prophetic revelation.
The Word of God indeed speaks mysteries, that are unfathomable unto man.
His Word is Truth, and is sharper than any two edged sword!
There is no one like the Bread of Life.
Bread of Life.
Sent down from glory.
Many things He done on earth.
A holy King, a carpenter;
You are The Living Word.
God with us the living Truth.
And what a Friend we have in You;
You are The Living Word.
These are the characteristics of a man of substance, a man of substance is a carrier of The Bread of Life.
He desires holiness, purity, and Truth.
He is humble, but he is a man of faith, and is more than a conqueror.
He is a great leader, and influences others to also become great leaders.
Most importantly, he knows who he is because He knows who His God is.
Brethren, do not be afraid for the Lord is with you.
The Lord shall lead and guide your steps.
The Lord shall empower you for greatness, He shall empower you to do exploits.
The Lord shall favour you, and equip you with wisdom.
Receive Holiness, receive Power, receive the Anointing.
Receive The Bread of Life.
Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.
Give us this day, our daily Bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
God bless. ❤️