There are many Christians who are anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit, and it is evident in the everyday things of life that there is something special, excellent or exceptional about them. Unfortunately, too many are often overlooked or held back by the human powers that are in the position to point them to their destiny.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. Psalm 45:7 (NKJV)
Today I have a burning desire to reach someone who is anointed, know that they have a divine destiny in Christ but is beginning to feel discouraged, even imprisoned by the circumstances or people in their life. Now if you have been reading my other posts, you may assume I’m going to refer to my favourite Bible character, Joseph. Honestly I’m tempted, but the inspiration for this post came when I was flipping through a very old note-book of mine. I’m about to pull some of the words off of one of the yellowed, pages, add some more to them and stick them up here for you.
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:13
David, anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the king of Israel, but there is one problem, King Saul is still on the throne. Funny enough, the day he was to be anointed, his father didn’t think he was qualified to be anointed and therefore didn’t call him to the line up when the prophet arrived. God doesn’t make mistakes, nor judge according to man’s standards and the one He chose, got the anointing in spite of what others may have thought of him.
After David was anointed by God, there was no significant change in his life. God allowed Him to be anointed, the prophet Samuel anointed him, his family saw him being anointed. So what did David do? He went back joyfully to tend to his sheep. Business as usual. There he not only took care of the sheep well, but he played such good music that his first appearance before the throne was because of his music. You could check it for yourself in 1 Samuel 16:14-23. David’s diligence (Proverbs 22:29) got him noticed.
He didn’t sit around grumbling that he was too anointed to tend to stinky sheep. We didn’t hear him give a grand speech about his anointing experience, when he was first taken before the king. We do not hear of him going about bragging and boasting that he was too anointed to obey his father, when he was asked to carry food for his brothers in battle. He didn’t remind his oldest brother, Eliab, that he was the anointed one, when he was insulted by him in 1 Samuel 17:28. He never bothered to mention to Goliath that he was anointed of God, before knocking his senses out of him with a stone. Instead, whether in menial or great tasks, David did all he did in humble excellence and allowed God to be glorified through his life.
His ascent to the throne took time and much painful, dangerous and life threatening situations. How many persons or circumstances threatened to abort his mission? However, if we study the life of David we realise that there was only one person on earth that could have destroyed David’s destiny and that was David himself, based on the choices he made. He chose to trust and wait on God’s timing and when the time was right, God’s anointed ascended to the throne and fulfilled his God given destiny.
2 Corinthians 1:
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
We live in a time where it seems that the verses such as that above, which reminds God’s children that they are anointed and chosen by God in Christ Jesus for good works, are taken and reserved for few who have been blessed with lavish ordination ceremonies and position and accolades. Frankly I see nothing wrong with people being given positions they have worked for and deserve. However, I am very concerned that the ordinary persons who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour and are humbly living and giving their best to bring Him glory, are often pushed down, discredited, overlooked and often times slandered and maligned by those in the Church, who should be recognising that they too are God’s anointed. They are being frustrated at every turn. Their works are being destroyed by jealous, overbearing, bitter, hypocrites just like what the apostles went through in the book of Acts. Today they may not necessarily use imprisonment and beatings in the Church setting, but all manner of deception and strange deeds they piously refer to as ‘spiritual warfare.’ They refuse to even acknowledge that God never asked His children to fight against one another. As a matter of fact James 4:1-2 points out clearly that their warring and fighting is because of their lust. They crave attention for themselves and their cohorts, not for the true body of Christ.
Child of God, anointed one, these type of people have existed since the days of Cain and Abel and they will always exist till Christ return. Often time they are people you trust and love and who you thought loved you. Note that in 1 Samuel 16:21 we are told that Saul loved David greatly, yet when he noticed David’s anointing, jealousy crept in, he tried to kill David. You have a responsibility to choose to trust God to preserve your destiny regardless of set backs, hold backs or whatever tactics our true enemy might use to destroy you.
The people who come against you are strategically assigned by the devil and his evil forces to stop the plans of God for your life (Ephesians 6:12). They may have chosen to open the door to him operating through them, by not guarding their hearts, not obeying God’s word and dealing with the cravings of the flesh. Pray for their deliverance from deception and never forget that if God is for you (Romans 8:31-32), who can really stop you if you keep your focus on Him, choose to trust Him and wait on His timing?
The words of Jesus in Matthew 24, when He spoke about the signs of the end of time, are penetrating my mind at this time. As I read them in the Message Bible, I felt like weeping, for I have seen these things happening.
Matthew 24:10-14 (MSG)
9-10 “They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name. And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other.11-12 “In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people. For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in—nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes.13-14 “Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.
I simply echo, “Stay with it to the end”. Hold fast to your faith in God, refuse to quench that Spirit in you. Whether your task is menial or great, keep doing it with humble excellence as unto God. Let your anointing be used to glorify God. You will be rewarded in His time.
Heavenly Father, today I pray for Your anointed servants who are being persecuted, held back, slandered, hurt by other brothers and sisters in the faith, who are jealous or simply craving attention. Lord help them to endure and not be disheartened. Where they have become weary and discouraged, where the doubts are beginning to set in, send Your word and strengthen them today, remind them how much You love them. Lord I pray for those who have opened themselves to be used by the enemy, Father, in Your mercy deliver them from deception. Thank You for Your grace and mercy today Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.