Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26:9–11
“And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.”
Father God, you are all we need or want. Lord, we pray for the reality of your Presence in our lives. Let your Presence make us whole so that we can think wholesome thoughts and do the right thing. Give us the wisdom to let you avenge our anointed enemies. Give us the grace not to avenge ourselves. O Holy Father, give us that revelation individually in our challenges so that the man of the earth will no longer oppress us in Jesus’ name.
Today, I speak particularly to those who are feeling spiritually oppressed by someone. Perhaps the oppressor is a pastor or a leader in a ministry. It is best that you do not deal with this person because he or she is occupying an anointed position.
Perhaps you are in a corporation and the chief executive is after you. It is foolish to retaliate; this person is anointed by God to be in an authoritative position. Instead, give it to God and let God deal with that enemy. This is what David did with Saul, the king.
David’s strong enemy was Saul, an anointed authority of Israel. Though Saul had tried to kill David numerous times, David suppressed the urge to avenge himself; he did not try to kill Saul in return. In fact, David had the wisdom not to laugh at the fall of Saul; rather, he genuinely mourned his death. He left all vindication to God.
When God deals with your enemy, you will feel so sorry for that person that you will cry for them. When you deal with your enemy yourself, you will be history if the enemy is a strong one. The word of wisdom in this message is that you allow God to deal with your enemies. You do that by reverencing the anointing of leadership. Do not complain about, abuse, or run down that leader. Instead, pray that God will forgive everything you have done against any spiritually anointed authoritative enemy. Pray that you will hand them over to God the way David did.
There are at least five blessings of handing over your enemies to God:
Beloved, this path is a higher way. I am encouraging you today to understand that God knows the oppression you are experiencing every day and He will deliver you with a mighty hand: but do not sin against God.
You can do this only with the power of the Holy Spirit and you cannot get the power of the Spirit without giving your life to Jesus. If you have never done so, pray with me, “Dear Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour. I confess and forsake my sins. Cleanse me from my sins with your blood. Write my name in the book of life and fill me with your Holy Spirit. O Lord, in my life be magnified; fight for me and let me hold my peace in Jesus’ name.” Amen.
Father God, give your children the grace to reverence the anointing of those you have placed in authority even if they are our enemies. Keep us from avenging, and help us to trust you.