Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 24:10
“… I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the Lord’s anointed.”
O Lord, we pray for the reality of your Presence in our thoughts, words, and deeds. May your Presence make us whole, so we can think wholesome thoughts and do right things. Father God Almighty, you know the challenges that we go through daily on our walk from earth to heaven. Give us individual revelation of our circumstances so that the man of the earth will no longer oppress, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
What is reverencing the anointing and how should we use it in the face of authoritative oppressions? I pray that God will give us the grace to do what David did when Saul contrived to kill him. David did not take advantage of the opportunities that were presented him to deal with Saul himself. David suppressed the urge to avenge his enemies; he left it to God.
In your weakness, you can deal with your enemies, but the words of wisdom in this message are that you allow God, in His strength, to deal with them. You do that by reverencing the anointing.
I am speaking particularly to those who are feeling spiritually oppressed by a pastor or ministry leader. This person is oppressing you and you are crying, “Lord, this is my enemy, I want to deal with him.” If you are provoked and act against the person according to their provocation, your sin is not justified. Their action does not eliminate the fact that you have fallen into sin, anger, or evil action. Do not deal with the person who is anointed. Learn from David and let God deal with them. The wisdom of reverencing the authoritative enemy is true, whether it be in the secular or spiritual arena. If you are in a corporation and the chief executive is after you, what should you do? You would be foolish to hit back. If you are in a spiritual organization and the carnal part of your leader is oppressing you, what should you do?
When you have an authoritative enemy, particularly a spiritual one, increase your prayer for them. Do not go about complaining, abusing, or running him or her down, because that person is still anointed by God. Instead, stop and pray that God in His mercy will forgive everything you have done against a spiritually anointed authoritative enemy, and then hand that person over to God the way David did. In this wisdom, you will get several blessings. Proverbs 16:7 says that when a man’s ways please the Lord, He causes his enemies to be at peace with him.
O Father God, give us the wisdom to walk this higher way. Not all can walk this way, but I am encouraging you today that God knows what you are experiencing everyday through this oppression and He will deliver you with His strong hand. May this be your reality in Jesus’ name.
But above all I pray that you reverence the anointing. Do not sin against God! When Joseph was tempted by his master’s wife he said, “how then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?,” Genesis 39:9. I pray that God will give you a divine revelation of the might and power of God that is higher than any of the oppressors, no matter what offices or authorities they hold. Reverence the anointing, reverence the authority and watch God deal with your strong enemies.
You cannot do this without the power of the Holy Spirit and you cannot get the power of the Holy Spirit without giving your life to Jesus. Therefore, if you have never given your life to Jesus, pray along with me now, “Dear Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour. Write my name in the book of life. Bless me with the born-again experience. O Lord, in my life be magnified, fight for me and let me hold my peace in Jesus’ name.” Amen.