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The Heart of The Anointing

The Heart of The Anointing

1 Samuel 16:6-7,12-13(KJV) -When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”..... So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the LORD said, “This is the one; anoint him.” So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

What does it mean to be anointed by God? Is it the same thing as being gifted? Have you ever thought about that? I have. In fact, there was a season in my life when I was totally confused about it. I once heard a popular gospel artiste introduced on a live CD recording as one of the most anointed men in all of gospel music. Immediately, The Lord told me that there is a difference between operating in a powerful gift and walking in a powerful anointing.

God said that the gospel artiste in question was indeed gifted but sometimes people confused that with the anointing on his life. Several years later he was in the middle of a major scandal after admitting his choice to pursue a homosexual lifestyle. He still continued to produce music of the same quality but his impact was lost. As The Lord said, he was still gifted but he was no longer anointed.

Anointing

Romans 11:29(NLT) - For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.

The Greek word used here for gifts is cavrisma which means; a favour with which one receives without any merit of his own; grace or gifts denoting extraordinary powers, distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ, the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating on their souls by the Holy Spirit.

God's gifts and His call are given without any regard for a person's character. Regardless of your relationship with God you already have specific gifts that enable you to fulfill His purpose for your life. However, what you do with those gifts is your choice. Like many people do right now, you can abuse God-given gifts and use them to do whatever you want to do.

You were born with those gifts and if necessary, you will die with them. You can live in sin and go to hell with those gifts. Why? You are gifted in spite of your character. You don't qualify for gifts. They are freely given by God to whomever He chooses. They will never be withdrawn. So the presence or absence of gifts cannot be a reflection of one's relationship with God. On the other hand, the anointing is completely different.

1 John 2:27(KJV) - But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

So what is the anointing?

The Greek word used here is chrisma (khris'-mah) which means an unguent or smearing, i.e. (figuratively) the special endowment ("chrism") of the Holy Spirit:

The Heart of The Anointing

The anointing is not something God gives to men like a gift. It's the residue of The Holy Spirit when He rests upon someone. In 1 Samuel 16:12-13, immediately after Samuel anointed David something specific happened. The Holy Spirit rested upon him. The oil itself meant nothing. It wasn't about the oil. It was about The Spirit of The Lord resting on the man whom God told the prophet to smear with the oil. Hence, the oil was just a sign that represented God's choice for His Spirit.

In 1 John 2:27 those who are anointed are instructed to abide in God. Pay close attention to that because there is something important there.

People have to qualify for the anointing. In 1 Samuel 16:6-7 God made it clear to Samuel that there was one specific criterion He used for awarding the anointing. He looked at a man's heart. Unlike His free distribution of gifts He did not take lightly the character of the person upon whom would receive His anointing. How can I be so sure? The same way God gave His anointing to men who qualified, He took it away from those who did not. If the anointing was the same as gifts, The Bible would contradict itself. Gifts are given without repentance. The anointing is given and is taken away.

The Heart of The Anointing

1 Samuel 15:1, 10-11, 20-23(NLT) - One day Samuel said to Saul, “It was the LORD who told me to anoint you as king of his people, Israel. Now listen to this message from the LORD!... Then the LORD said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the LORD all night....But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

1 Samuel 16:1,14 (NLT) - Now the LORD said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”.... Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and the LORD sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.

Do you know that at one time Saul was God's anointed? Do you also know that the time came when he no longer qualified to be God's anointed? When Saul's character fell below God's standard God took His Spirit off of Saul and with it went the anointing to be king. This is a deeply personal message because I've seen this happen. God's gifts are free and are ours to keep but His anointing comes with a very high price. It's a privilege to be God's anointed. It's not something to be taken lightly.

Do you have the heart for The Anointing? Think about that today. We'll continue from here tomorrow.

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