WHAT IS DIVINE
by Marsha Burns:
Divine: Proceeding from God
Order: Lots of definitions, but one (as a noun) that fits here is authoritative direction.
So, divine order is being directed by God.
We’ve talked a lot about this season of order, and we talked again last week about chaos and crisis revealing places where we are still out of order.
Concepts relative to Divine Order:
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Be willing to embrace God’s will and purposes above the lusts of the flesh.
Divine Order is divine government; God in control.
Divine Order is the flow of the Spirit as we yield to His guidance and direction.
Divine Government is the Word (truth) active in our lives.
Divine Order is living in covenant power – right standing with God.
As much as we understanding this concept of God in control, many times when we hear a message or think about order in our lives, we still think about cleaning the garage.
And, the enemy would love to beat us up with the tangible things in our lives being in disarray.
This is a perversion of the spiritual principle of order.
Another perversion of this principle is that the enemy wants us to believe that coming to this New Plateau, which includes divine order, means that we have to be more and more perfect – that not only does the garage need to be cleaned, but God sits on His throne with a more exacting view of what we need to do to please Him.
If we take this particular perverse view of our own lives, we will see God as a task master with a precise list of those things in the natural that need to be accomplished, and if we fail to do what we believe He has said to us, He will be displeased. So we set up a series of hurdles that we need to jump every day to make sure that we have pleased Him.
This perversion is the strongest in people whose earthly fathers were strict and exacting, or those who don’t really know or understand the Father’s love for them. They feel as though they have to prove their worthiness through achievement and performance and earn God’s love. And, in order to come higher their performance has to increase.
Because this is a perversion (perverse spirit is the devil), the result is greater bondage as self-consciousness and condemnation increases. This will wear you out!!!
I want us to come into the truth of this spiritual principle – Divine Order.
Jesus is the epitome of Divine Order:
Acts 10:38 "…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
17 Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."
18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets.
20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.
He called people to be His disciples – to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth.
21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught.
22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
He taught and brought truth.
23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,
24 saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are––the Holy One of God!"
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"
26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him."
He cast out demons where He found them.
28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.
29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once.
31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon–possessed.
33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
He brought healing where there was sickness and disease.
34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
He prayed and stayed connected to the Father.
John 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
John 5:30 "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
This is Divine Order!
When we go through life with a good measure of self-effort, we are most likely not even available to hear the Father. When we serve God out of a fear of failure, we’re out of order.
So the “coming up higher”, New Plateau, Divine Order stuff isn’t about how good you are or how bad you are. It’s not about what you do; it’s about what God is able to do through you. It’s about complete freedom from all bondage – even the self-imposed bondage that comes through trying to please God by proving your worth.
It IS about coming into rest.
Matthew 11: 28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
It IS about His work and our cooperation in yielding.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Divine Order is all about the moving of the Holy Spirit and being unencumbered enough to hear His voice and being flexible enough to go with the flow.
Recently, Bill and I believed that God rearranged our schedule to buy groceries after church instead of waiting until Monday. A little thing, but we did what we discerned to be divine direction. On Monday the storms where we live were horrendous and we had other things that required out time and energy. That was divine order! Being in the right place at the right time to accomplish what is before us.
Divine Order is trusting God to give you discernment, to lead, guide, direct, protect, and give you wisdom.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.
Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.