I am about to do some dissertation and sermon writing. I have two sermons in my heart. I guess this weekend I have wanted to write…thank you Lord! As I was preparing myself to do these things, the Lord reminded me of the story of Mephibosheth in II Samuel 9. He is keeping me in the Old Testament for some reason. Mephibosheth’s name means shame destroyer and he was Jonathan’s son and the grandson of Saul. II Samuel 4.4 tells us that Mephibosheth was hurt at 5 years old when his nurse dropped him and he became lame. She was fleeing because his father had just been killed and she feared for their lives that the Philistines would seek after Jonathan’s son, so in haste, she dropped him. His nurse ends up taking him to a place called Lo-Debar which means not a pasture or without pasture to Machir’s house which means sold. Lo-Debar is a place of fear, hurt, pain, disease, disability, you name it. The Lord reminded me that we are born royalty but because of our circumstances we become shameful and lose our inheritance or more literally, we lay our inheritance aside and take on shame, disappointment, etc. Mephibosheth became this way and he already had it (royalty) but he didn’t know it. He was supposed to be the shame destroyer, but was overtaken by shame. He was born royalty…he didn’t inherit royalty. But instead he took on the personality of his situation, his environment, his circumstances (whooo…preach girl)! Some of you reading this right now have done the same. There is greatness in you, but you cannot see past yourself and your circumstance. Don’t sell out to your circumstance and jeopardize your future blessings. When King David sent for Mephibosheth, he wanted to restore his royalty to him. What is the Lo-Debar in your life that is keeping you from your royal priesthood? Get up! Shake yourself off, and put on your royal robe. It is time for you to depart Lo-Debar and begin to walk in your priestly design! Hallelujah! Santo!
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