This prophetic word for February 2023 is titled Saul’s Armor.
Who is this word for? Those who are leaders or believe they are being called to be leaders in one of the areas of the 7 mountains of society. The mountains are family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business, and government. If you believe you are called to step into a leadership position in any of these areas this word is for you.
I’m sure you know the entire world is going through a shift right now. I believe everyone knows that we need a change in all of these mountains. Things cannot stay the same as they are right now. This transition is very uncomfortable because we have no idea what it will look like in the end and we are all just waiting on the Lord to see how it will look in the end.
I can tell you that even the unbelievers know that we need a change. It’s like the world is crying out for it. If you look at governmental mountain in America, Obama won on his slogan was Hope and Change and his party voted for him because they wanted that change. Trump, the same thing. He won because his party also wanted a change, so they got someone with no political ties or experience. So, if there is one thing we can all agree on it is that we all want a change. We don’t want the same thing anymore.
All of this is a setup from God for a transfer. Yes, this is a part of the wealth transfer because leadership in all these mountains are about to change. The transfer that is happening is not a Moses to Joshua type of transfer but instead it is a Saul to David transfer.
What is the difference between the two? Joshua was mentored by Moses, God approved this mentorship and the two had similar traits. David was not mentored by Saul, he was completely different from Saul. You should read the entire story of Saul and David to see how the two were different. Take notes because you are going to need this to understand how you should be when you take over the role. Start with when Saul got anointed 1 Samuel 10 and read until he dies and look for the differences between the two men. I’m listing only a few of them below, not all.
I was sitting with the Lord and asking Him about these transfers of power. I saw the world and it was all lit up with lights and then I saw sections start to go dark. It was complete darkness like someone turned the lights out. Then the Lord said
“I’m putting the lights out on the Sauls and putting an end to their reign.”
Notice He said Sauls, I don’t believe there is only one Saul on each of these mountains but several holding seats of power on each of these mountains. These structures and systems don’t stay in place with just one person. They need several people to be in agreement to keep them in position.
Then He started to walk me through the difference of the transfer that happened with Moses and Joshua compared to Saul to David.
You see Moses was chosen of the Lord and when he went to meet with the Lord, God allowed him to bring Joshua up the mountain with him. Joshua was able to see and observe how Moses led (Exodus 24:12) They fought battles together (Exodus 17:8-16). When this transfer happened, it was peaceful. They mourned for the loss of the leader but by then Joshua was well trained and could take over easily. There was no ism and schisms between the two men it was a seamless transition.
The transfer between Saul and David was not the same. The two men were completely different and handled their business in a very opposite kind of way. There was really no real mentorship and training for David because he spent a lot of the time running from Saul because Saul was jealous of him.
David was actually showing Saul’s flaws to everyone because they were two different leaders.
What the Lord is saying now is that those He’s raising up are there to take over because He’s not happy with how the “Sauls” have been handling those mountains. So this transfer that is happening now is actually Saul handing over to David. As such, you need to understand that because the removal of this old system is being done by the Lord you can have nothing to do with it. God is not going to put you in that position if all you are doing is replacing them with more of the same. You are being put into that position so that you can do things the way that God wants to do them, not the way Saul is doing it.
The transfer actually happens in the spiritual realm before you see it in the natural.
1 Samuel 16:13-14
“13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.”
As soon as David was anointed king, God’s anointing and Spirit left Saul. That transfer of power happened in the spiritual realm. There are people occupying seats and God has already selected the replacement. This happens in the church all the time but unless you are discerning you won’t pick it up. When the leader falls, is not when the leader fell. He fell a long time ago. It’s not an overnight thing. Do you know that song by Casting Crow called Slow Fade? That song.
And it’s really logical, if a business fails you can’t take it over and run it the same way the old owner did or it will fail too. You have to change something there.
You are the change maker. God’s instrument of change.
So many start out well but then one day the temptation comes and it’s so subtle when it happens too. You just can’t put on Saul’s Armor. Because if you start dressing like him and you start walking in that thing. You are Saul.
1 Samuel 17:38-40
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
What happens is that the Sauls have done it for so long and it worked for them using their strategies and systems and programs. It worked! But then God puts an end to it and sends you in with HIS way of doing things. BUT, but, but, but remember now that Saul doesn’t stay in power by himself, he has a whole team of counselors, advisors, experts that THINK JUST THE WAY HE DOES. So how you get caught up is that you start asking them for advice and they start advising you like they advised Saul. If you don’t have your head together, you start doing the same thing. It is at this moment that you need to be really prayerful in your decision making. You have to know when to take advise from people who have done it in the past and when you need to hear from the Lord on how you should be doing it for HIM.
If you are already in that industry then there is a possibility that you’ve done it a certain way in the past, now you have to consult the Lord on everything so that you don’t continue on the same path when God is calling you to change some things.
Saul, won many battles in that armor. So, of course, he’s going to offer it up. In his mind he thought he was doing a good thing. It looks like he’s honoring David in a way. But, that was not the way that THE GOLIATH was supposed to be taken down. You have to remember that God has already written everything before the foundations of the earth.
“Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.”
When David arrived, it was written down that he would kill that giant with a stone and a sling in his hand. What would’ve happened if he used Saul’s armor? He would fail because GOD already planned out how it was supposed to happen. He cannot align himself with the old system that God has put the lights out on. The minute he touches that, he’s done. It’s not going to work out for him. And it’s not going to work for you either because He didn’t call you to do more of the same. You are the change maker, remember? God’s instrument of change.
If you know within your knower that God told you to go and take over and bring change to an old system or structure that He is removing, you can’t touch Saul’s Armor. You have to do it God’s way.
Keep in mind that the evil also knows the world is calling for a change so you need to keep your head on swivel because there’s always going to be a usurper (the Adonijah’s of the world) lurking somewhere. Read 1 Kings 1.
What happens in the church is that people become so enamored with leaders and in their attempt to “honor” them they end up adopting some of the same things that God wants to change.
And get ready for them to mock you and even get offended when you don’t take their advice “look at this young whipper snapper, wanting to come change things here“. Get ready for them to think you’re crazy. I’ve seen young preachers, prophets that God is raising up get invited to those big conferences or they’re sitting on some television set, that turn into the opposite of who they are. Some of them flip in a second because they get blinded by the lights or they want the platform, and they lose themself in the journey on the way up.
I remember back in the 2008, I had this famous Christian TV show call me up and they wanted me to come on and pray for the upcoming elections on the show. I made it clear to them that I am happy to pray but I won’t be praying for any specific person to win. You see God has clearly showed me that I should not use my anointing for that. He said that He has people on both sides of the political fence. I am called to the religion mountain, not the governmental mountain. There should be no division on the religion mountain because we’re supposed to be there for both sides.
You can be a Christian that is called to the governmental mountain and serve on one side or the other using your Christian values to mold and shape policies and decisions. Yes, you can do that on the governmental mountain. But the religion mountain shouldn’t be operating like that. We should only be influenced by God, not a political party. There’s a difference. Two different mountains. I don’t have anything to do with division, I’m not feeding that spirit. The problem is the church has engaged in this for so long that they don’t even realize that they are so deep into the division. Needlesstosay, after that conversation with the TV show, they never called again. And, I don’t care.
They are constantly begging people for money to keep going. Why? Because it is the flesh that is keeping them in position. The grace of God is not there. They put on Saul’s Armor.
“Are you so foolish? Having begun-with the Spirit are you now perfecting-yourselves with the flesh?”
When God puts you in position, you won’t need to strive to stay there. The mantle and anointing that is on your life keeps you in position. The minute you start looking like the old system, God can’t use you to change it. He’ll just go find someone else.
Saul didn’t train David, David was trained by God and came prepared to do the job.
1 Samuel 17:32-40
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
When you arrive at that position it may look like you came there overnight but the truth is you have been training for years! Your training just looks different from your predecessors.
I’m going to show you a few ways in which Saul and David were different.
1 Samuel 16:15-21
“15 Some of Saul’s servants said to him, “A tormenting spirit from God is troubling you. 16 Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and you will soon be well again.”
17 “All right,” Saul said. “Find me someone who plays well, and bring him here.
18 One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.”
19 So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son David, the shepherd.” 20 Jesse responded by sending David to Saul, along with a young goat, a donkey loaded with bread, and a wineskin full of wine.
21 So David went to Saul and began serving him. Saul loved David very much, and David became his armor bearer.”
From reading this passage in 1 Samuel 16 it is clear that Saul knew who David was and where He came from and who his father was, right?
But here he is again, 2 chapters later, 1 Samuel 18 and it’s like he’s never met David before
“55 As Saul watched David go out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the commander of his army, “Abner, whose son is this young man?”
“I really don’t know,” Abner declared.
56 “Well, find out who he is!” the king told him.
57 As soon as David returned from killing Goliath, Abner brought him to Saul with the Philistine’s head still in his hand. 58 “Tell me about your father, young man,” Saul said.
And David replied, “His name is Jesse, and we live in Bethlehem.”
Huh? This young man? You don’t know his name? He’s been working for you this whole time. Saul already knew him and his father. Why didn’t he recognize him? Well, there is a very big difference between a harpist and a warrior that can slay a giant that no one else could. When David was a harpist, he was inconsequential to Saul. He was “just a harpist”. Once he becomes a warrior, he’s now a threat. Now Saul has to sit up and take notice.
He doesn’t care about the little guy. The least of these. (Matthew 25:31-46)
How can you be working in government and you don’t care about the least of these? How can you be a leader in the church or have a ministry and you don’t care about the least of these? You don’t have to look far to see this. It’s plain for everyone to see.
When God assigns you to a role at the top of one of those mountains, remember why you are there and who you are there to serve. Sometimes people can get so high that they lose touch with the common man, and they become completely out of touch with the reality of what regular people are experiencing.
When you get to the top of that mountain, what are you going to do?
When you are in the media your job is to tell the news. The real news. The truth. Is that what is happening? No. We are getting a one-sided story that fits an agenda. They tell us what they want us to hear and hide the rest. We ALL know it because it is so out in the open. They just don’t care anymore.
When you get to the top of that mountain, what are you going to do?
I know, this is scary stuff. That’s why it’s a GOLIATH. And, you can’t take it down with Saul’s Armor. Beelzebub cannot cast out beelzebub, so you gotta have a different strategy.
God has already written it in HIS book, how it gets taken down. You just have to ask Him and follow through with it.
This is why you can’t be sitting in the Candyland church, eating cotton candy and expect to take down an old structure. Nope. You’re gonna need solid food for this.
The way the two men treated people was very different. Saul was always trying to kill David (1 Samuel 18:10-11). Yet, when David was given the opportunity to kill Saul he didn’t. (1 Samuel 24:8-13)
When Saul needed to hear from the God and the answer wasn’t coming fast enough, he turned to sorcery (1 Samuel 28). David did not engage in such activity.
David was humble. Even after becoming a warrior and winning battles do you know he still went back and played the harp for Saul? Just imagine Saul watching that, here is this warrior that people loved and praised “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands” and he came back from war picked up the harp and continued to play? David didn’t think he was above it, even though he was above it!!! He served where he was needed. He was humble.
Sometimes people can mistake your humility for stupidity, let them! Generally, it is prideful people that will think that way. They don’t have the ability to recognize humility because this doesn’t exist in them. If the shoe were on the other foot, they would never do what you are doing. So, let them think you’re stupid. Playing the harp, didn’t make David any less a warrior… or a king for that matter. “I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than to dwell in the tents of wickedness“. If Jesus could set aside His divinity, step out of heaven, put on human flesh, to take on the role as Savior of the world, to serve us, while washing dirty feet… then you too can take on any role. It’s just a role, it doesn’t change who you are. (Philippians 2:5-11)
He couldn’t stand it any longer and then he tried to kill him (1 Samuel 18:10-11). And, he couldn’t kill him. Then he became afraid of David because here is a warrior, who worships God, he’s humble, people love him, he’s married to his daughter, lives in his house and he can’t kill him!!! How in the world did the harpist do that??? It had to freak him out when he realized he tried to kill David several times and couldn’t but David had the opportunity to kill him and didn’t.
Saul had no integrity. Did you know that Michal was not the first daughter promised to David? No, Merab was promised and then he didn’t follow through with what he promised. (1 Samuel 18:17-19). He’s not trustworthy. You can’t take him at his word.
David on the other hand, was told to bring 100 foreskins to marry Michal, which was really a trap to get him killed, yet he returned with 200. He went over and above what was expected of him.
I could go on and on. Saul had some serious character issues. It wasn’t just that he consulted the medium that led to his replacement. No, he had some serious character flaws. Consulting the witch was just the last straw. And if you compare the character of the two men you can see there is a vast difference between the two of them.
So how then could David ever take any advice from Saul? He can’t touch anything from him. Saul set a bad example for everyone around him.
Now, if you know God called you to take over something and for some reason you started, and it appeared to have stalled. There is a possibility you may have picked up Saul’s Armor. This doesn’t necessarily mean you are automatically rejected by God. No. Another major difference between Saul and David is that Saul was unrepentant. He was stubborn in his sin. You know what he did when he realized he messed up? He lost his appetite and cried (1 Samuel 28:20-25). All he cared about was keeping his power. He never cared about what God wanted. David cared about what God wanted. THIS is why he was a man after God’s own heart. You cannot do God’s work and not care about what God thinks about what you are doing and how you are doing it.
Did David sin? Of course, he did! He’s human. He’s flawed like the rest of us. But the minute he recognized that he made a mistake do you know what he did? He repented. He made a 180 degree turn and went in the opposite direction. Read 2 Samuel 12 to see how he responded to sin.
You are not going to get it right 100% of the time. However, it is what you do after you mess up that matters. You are not rejected. It is your next step that makes you the change maker. God’s instrument of change.
All you have to do is sit quietly and pray asking God to show you if there is something you did, implemented or touched that was not what He wanted you to do. He will reveal it to you, then you repent and ask Him how you can turn it around. That’s all. He will show you what to do to get back on track. You cannot finish in the flesh what was started in the Spirit.
After the Lord walked me through all the differences of the two men, He said
”I’m going to give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the times”
This means that there will come a time when you will need to do or implement exactly what He told you to do. Because as impossible as it may seem to implement what He’s shown you, they will accept it because He knows the hearts of men….and the timing. He knows when they are ready to receive what you’re carrying. When you reject Saul’s Armor you’ll have the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of what to use in its stead so that you will have the solution to the problem & act as the change maker implementing God’s change.