ENRAGED Yet ANOINTED??
"And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the
company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as
appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers
of Saul, and they also prophesied... And he went thither to Naioth
in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went
on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he
stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in
like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night.
Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?" (1 Sam 19).
The question has come up. Can a man of God operate in the flesh
and yet have the blessing and anointing of God in their life? Can
they display the workings of the Holy Spirit one time and operate
like the devil himself at other times? Or worse yet, can the man of
God or teacher or preacher speak with the Holy unction and at the
very same time speak falsehood while under that unction?
King Saul was a man after the people's own hearts. They had
refused God's desire and divine purpose which was to be their King
and Lord personally. They wanted a man they could see and touch.
One they could lavish their love and praise upon. God told Samuel
to give them what they want. Give them their heart's desire. But at
the end of the day, they'd wish they had made a better decision.
God even warned them about their folly in chapter 8.
Saul took his armies to battle and won victories right and left. God
surely must be pleased with the 'new program', right? Wrong. It
still wasn't God's perfect plan or purpose.
We have today, what I call, a 'church gone wild'. Tithing, titles and
tiers, and might I add, tears. Tears of those who are suffering under
an abusive system of control, greed and arrogance. And yet God
does tend to His out of sync flock in spite of 1700 years of ignoring
the N.T. plan and mould for the 'body elect'.
Even as Saul was NOT God's desired progam, yet His helping
hand remained upon Israel. In these few verses we read about a
very evil, arrogant and envious man who God appointed over Israel
only because of their rejection of God's position in their midst.
The time did finally come when God said 'enough is enough'. He
was about to replace Saul with David, a man after His own heart.
David was anointed and humble. Disinterested, only caring about
what God wanted. This drove Saul nuts with rage and jealousy. We
all know the story here.
But look at this. Saul sent his messengers to find David and take
him captive and bring him to Saul so he could destroy him. This
leader's closest companions had no real problem with this. But
when they came upon Samuel and the prophets prophesying, the
Spirit of the Lord came upon them and they spoke under the
unction as well. They returned unto Saul and told him that the Holy
Ghost had come upon them and they had a mini revival. Saul sent
other messengers two more times with the same results.
Yet we do not read where these compadres had any change of
heart about their mission. Finally Saul made the journey and when
he arrived the Holy Ghost came upon him as well and he
prophesied all night long. What a gloroius time in the Lord. What
power displayed. Yet this man never reversed his plan to kill
humble David, to rid himself he thought, in so doing, of conviction.
David flees to Jonathan crying [my paraphrase] ' What have I done?
What's wrong with me that God's appointed leader doesn't like me
or want me around? I have honored him. I have behaved myself in
humility around him. I have surrendered all to my God...I have..."
Uh Oh!! There it is. A sure plan of action for rejection by God's
This has not changed, trust me. I have witnessed this first hand
many times in the modern institution we call 'church.' The more
humble you become, the more surrendered to God you strive to be,
the more anointing you obtain, the more proof you make of your
ministry, the more cold shoulders from the hierarchy of organized
religion you will witness.
So the premise of this piece is, can the true anointing be in play
while a heart full of wickedness is still maintained? According to
what we just looked at in the story of Saul, the answer would be
yes. Can the same scenario exist today under the new covenant?
My opinion would be yes, definitely.
[Sad and tragic, yet manifestly true - Ed.]
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