In June 2014 I share this message “RAMAH – A Place of Refuge” at the CFM lunchtime meeting. Many came to give their support. It was nice also to see my daughter in law Kerri present at the meeting. Here’s the summary.
Thank you all for coming to support me yesterday. By your presence you have greatly encouraged me. But let it be known that we are all a part of the Body. We need to and should continue to keep in fellowship to encourage and stir up one another to grow in strength to finish the race we have been assigned with.
Here’s the 3 main topics that were shared:-
1) The 3 Great Men of God
Father Abraham, King David and the mighty Joshua. In Abraham, we learn faith and his close fellowship with God. He was called “the friend of God’. Such a great man we can learn much. How he walked with God, growing from little faith to great faith. Paul spoke of him in Romans 4:17 …He called forth things be not as though they were.
On David, we learn to grow to love God. We learn from the Psalms he wrote on how to worship and praise God. We learn to stay still and meditate on Psalms 23 before we start the day. O, how awesome to be recorded in the Bible that he was the man after God’s own heart!
And Joshua, the Mighty Warrior, the man who taught us how to be strong and courageous in serving God. How to meditate on the word, day and night and never to move to the right or to the left, but to stay focussed on God and the assignment entrusted to us.
These great showed us how to have faith in the promise made, how to love, worship and give praise to God for His mercy and grace. How not to live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth.
2) Making A Decision
They taught us to make a choice, to stay in fellowship with God, to grow in the knowledge of His word and His ways. Making a decision to walk after the Spirit, rather than to seek the things of the world. Always preferring to be in His courts rather than in other places partaking in worldly matters. Yes, always going to a place called “RAMAH”.
3) A place called RAMAH
Let’s consider the scriptures in 1 Samuel 19:-
Naioth in Ramah
In the story on David and Saul, Saul had reached a stage where he had turned his back on God. He led a reckless life, fulfilling his own desire rather than God’s will. When he heard that David had been anointed by Prophet Samuel to be king, he became jealous and started to scheme to kill David.
So he sent his men to search for David.
18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to “Ramah”, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.
(Note : Prophet Samuel’s home was in Ramah. He had set up a School of Prophets up in Naioth of Ramah. Ramah was a place of refuge for David, each time he needed a place to hide from King Saul and his men)
19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.
20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
(Notice the strong presence of God at NAIOTH in Ramah. It was the present of God’s prophetic anointing affecting anyone coming into its presence)
22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
When Saul’s messengers entered Ramah, the Spirit of God came upon them affecting them to such an extent that they could not do what they were assigned to do? Another group of messengers was sent the 2nd time and they too were affected by the power of God and they failed to do what they were sent to do. Now on the 3rd time, they too failed, and Saul decided to go himself to finish the job! When he reached Ramah and entered Naioth but he too were over-powered by the presence of God. Notice that as long as he remained there, he could not carry out his purpose, all day and that night!
Do you see the Power of God at “NAIOTH in RAMAH?”
It is the house of God where His Presence dwells. It is a place we all need to be in, whether to seek refuge or otherwise. Going to the house of God is for every believer, a place where all can gather to study God’s word, to fellowship and encourage one another.
“Psalm 84:10 – 10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Yes, let’s stay under His Divine Guidance and Protection!
“Psalm 91:91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Let’s go to RAMAH, to God’s Refuge. Let’s learn daily to spend quality time in His Presence to seek His will and listen to His “Still Small Voice”.
When you are in the Most Holy Place, He will commune with you and show you His plans and purposes for you!