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When The Lord's Anointed Go Rogue

The Heart of The Anointing

We started off the year with a fascinating study of The Anointing. It's also this month's topic in the devotional "New Every Morning" published by Divine Destiny Worship Centre. Click here for yesterday's installment, "Ask Donnell - How Do I Recognize The Anointing?" It's a fascinating topic that can take us a lifetime to exhaust.

Nonetheless, when I asked The Lord for His Word for today, He said, "When The Lord's Anointed Go Rogue". Throughout history, many have received The Anointing and then completely rebelled against The One who anointed them. Let's study what happened to them.

Today's blog comes directly out of my latest book, "Faith Science". If you haven't read it yet. You're missing out. 🙂

Samson: The Connection between Obedience and the Anointing

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine or strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for this child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Judges 13:3–5 kjv

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Judges 13:24–25 kjv

The angel of the Lord prophesied to Samson’s mother before his miraculous birth, and it defined his life. As long as she believed what was said, it came to pass. Our hypothesis states that biblical faith is “complete trust in the invisible evidence provided by the Word of God confirmed by commensurate action.” This story is interesting because it shows us the truth about the invisible anointing and how one prophecy controlled the future of Israel.

There was nothing Samson did to deserve it, but God used him to teach the Philistines a lesson and deliver Israel. Study Judges 13 and 14, and you will see a man with total disregard for the things of God. All the same, God used him and turned his anger and lust into tools of despair for the Philistines. Samson must have looked like a regular man because few were intimidated by his appearance, but when the Spirit of God came upon him, everything changed. He knew what God had said about his life, and his faith in those words was all he needed.

And the spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house … And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords, that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.
Judges 14:19, 15:14 kjv

God used Samson’s temper to put a beating on the Philistine army. Even so, he always places limits. There was only one instruction that Samson had to follow to keep the anointing. Unfortunately, one day he disobeyed it. Out of all the case studies in this book, this one demonstrates what happens when the gift of God’s invisible anointing is abused.

And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up this once, for he hath shown me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. And she said, “The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.” And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, “I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself.” And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
Judges 16:18–21 kjv

Have you ever heard the story about the straw that broke the camel’s back? If not, let me give you the short version. The load on a camel was increased to its maximum capacity without any problems. Somehow, the wind blew a single straw on top of the load and the camel collapsed with a broken back. Was it the straw that broke the camel's back? Well, yes and no. Yes, because if it wasn’t there the camel would have been competent to carry the load. No, because it was all the other weight that caused the camel to be fully loaded in the first place; the straw just topped it off.

I know that God is forgiving and his mercies endure forever. However, there comes a time when he has had enough. People can push him but one day they will wake up without the power of the Holy Ghost. They might try to do the same thing they used to do successfully, but at that moment they’ll fail. If they have no anointing, they have no superhuman ability. Samson was caught in the trap set by the enemy and did not even know what hit him. That’s because the anointing is just like the blessing of God. It’s invisible and cannot be evaluated with human senses. Interestingly, Samson was not the only man to openly lose the anointing.

When The Lord's Anointing Go Rogue

Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel saying, “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments.” And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. … And Saul said unto Samuel, “Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.” And Samuel said, “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
1 Samuel 15:10, 11, 20–23 kjv

Saul disobeyed a clear instruction from God, which tipped the scale just like Samson. God knows the standard he set for Saul, and eventually he decided to act. If you pay attention to legal proceedings, you would understand the role of a precedent in the decision made by a judge. If a similar case was given a specific verdict sometime before, the judge is compelled to do the same. God made the same decision with Samson’s case as he did with Saul’s. What do you think he’ll do with one of us? The good news is that God always responds to repentance.

And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
Judges 16:28–30 kjv

This is a great way to end the case study on Samson’s faith. God will restore his purpose into your life once you reject your sin and return to him. Samson ended his life with a bang (pun intended) because he repented and repositioned himself to be used by God. If Samson, with all of his imperfections, was recorded in the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11:32, there must be room for you. The lesson learned from the faith of Samson is that God responds to repentance.

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