The ark of God symbolises the presence of God. Wherever the ark dwelt, there
were tremendous blessings. Consider Obededom. The ark remained with his Family for three
months, and the Lord blessed him and his household because of this.
And the ark of God remained with the
Family of Obededom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obededom,
and all that he had. 1 Chronicles 13:14
The presence of God was what made the difference in Obededom's Family. His
presence will keep the heavens over you perpetually open. That is why the enemy constantly
tries to get you out of God's presence, so that he can oppress and afflict you. But as
long as you remain enveloped in God's presence, all oppositions are converted to
opportunities! (Ps. 114:3-7)
God's presence is the answer to an open heaven! It was His presence, I
believe, that brought about a mental, psychological and intellectual awakening in
Obededom. He must have been so prosperous that David saw it and envied him and finally
brought the ark into the city of David (2 Sam. 6:12).
God's presence always triggers off envy, because His presence is always
announced by blessings.
Thou wilt show me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Please understand that the Church is in the midst of an outburst of heavenly
blessings, where a little one among us will become like a thousand and a small one, a
strong nation. As you celebrate the arrival of the ark, you will step into fullness of
joy. Why? In His presence is fulness of joy, and at His right hand there are pleasures
(not pressures) forever more! When God came in the midst of Israel, their captivity of
four hundred years was turned overnight and gold became their luggage! In the wilderness,
because God was with them, their heavens remained open. None was feeble among their
tribes. They were not permitted to thirst, for the Rock that produced water followed them.
They never hungered, because God rained Manna for them daily. They were covered by a cloud
in the day and the pillar of fire by night. They were guided and protected, and the wild
beast had no access to them; God's presence was their sufficiency. If God is with you, you
must have proofs!
God's presence is always announced by blessings. And when He blesses, it is
forever! God blessed Obededom, it was eternal. You too will encounter such blessings as
would last you a life time! In the Acts of the Apostles there was none among them that
lacked. Why? God's presence was so strong. All that retain the ark have blessings as