By Jerry Olson
I have been shown an additional component for an anointing from God. And it appears as if not all, called of God, are given the same degree of anointing. In addition, just because you had, or were anointed by God at one time, is no guarantee that this anointing will continue. If God chooses to anoint someone, it would seem to reason that the anointing would be blessed, as to the way it is applied. God wants obedience and honor from His people. We are going to examine the Scriptures to see how compromise plays are large roll in the anointing power and blessing from God. It can be devastating to allow yourself to compromise your position, beliefs, truths, obedience, honor, and the word of God. When we compromise, we limit and can possibly destroy our relationship with God, a relationship where we must honor God with respect for His sovereignty and instruction for the way we are to live. If we love Him as our eternal Father, and we love our Lord Jesus as well, we will try very hard to not compromise with what we know is right in the eyes of God. For example, Mat 26:33 “Peter answered and said to Him, ‘Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.’ :34 Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’” Peter thought he was ready to make a strong stand, however without the Holy Spirit we are very weak indeed. John 20:21 “Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ :22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” You may not have thought about it in the past, but I believe that when one receives the Holy Spirit, you are receiving an anointing from God. Special power and privilege are given to each individual that is blessed with this unique, setting apart, as a member of the family of God. Mat 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called but few chosen.”
Peter became more anointed as his ministry developed with greater faith and love for our Lord, and the purpose of his calling. Act 9:36- 43 In this account Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas, full of good works and charitable deeds, became sick and died. But Peter put them out of the room, knelt down and prayed. “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. This is the same Peter that had denied Christ Jesus not long before. He had compromised because he was weak at that point; however he became powerful in the Lord, at a later time, with the Holy Spirit from God. Eventually, Peter understood the purpose for his calling; he became anointed with even greater power from on high.
Act 5:15 “so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. :16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.”
God our Father decides who is to be called and anointed with the Holy Spirit of God. He too is the gift giver, and places each in the body as it pleases Him. God only, chooses who will be king, governor and president. He alone determines who will be apostles, prophets, teachers, and ministers of God, He decides who is and who is not anointed. Anointing is giftedness, a power, a blessing, a privilege, an authority, determined by God, for His purpose, His will, according to His timetable, desire, plan and under His authority.
Gen 12:1-3 “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” Gen 17:3 “Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: :4 ‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. :5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. :6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. :7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.” Gen 22:1 “Now it came to pass after these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ :2 And He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’” Gen 26:3 “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.” :5 “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statues, and My laws.”
Psalm 105:6 O seed of Abraham His servant, You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
Luke 19:9 “And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; :10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.’”
Gal 3:13 “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’) :14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Gen 37:3 “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. 5: Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. Now it came to pass that Joseph’s brothers sold him to Midianite traders. And they took Joseph to Egypt where he was sold to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.” Gen 39:2 “The Lord was with Joseph, :3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him. :7 Now it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, ‘Lie with me.’ :8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife…:9 ‘There is no one greater in the house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’ : 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 41:1 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. : 13 ‘And it came to pass just as he interpreted for us; so it happened:’ 14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph. : 25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of the Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. :33 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. : 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. : 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word;’” Joseph had many opportunities to compromise his obedience to God. However, he honored God, he kept the faith. His anointing remained with him his entire life. And he asked that his bones be carried to the Promised Land, which took place 400 years later.
Num 13:1 “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of the fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” Num 13:27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. :28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. :30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, ‘Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.’” :31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” Num 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, ‘If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in the wilderness!’ :6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; :8 ‘If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey. : 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord,’ :26 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying, :27 ‘How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who murmur against Me?’ :28 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: :29 The carcasses of you who have murmured against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. :30 Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.’” Because Joshua and Caleb did not compromise and show weakness, and because they trusted in the Lord, the Lord blessed them and they were the only adults above 20 years of age to enter the Promised Land. They did not rebel, they kept the faith and God anointed their faithfulness. Joshua replaced Moses and lead God’s people into the Promised Land.
Now Hannah was in bitterness of soul because the Lord had closed her womb. I Sam 1:11 “Then she made a vow and said, ‘O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me, and not forget your maidservant, but will give your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.’ :20 So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, ‘Because I asked for him from the Lord.’”
I Sam 2:1 And Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
:2 “There is none holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
:3 “Talk no more so very proudly;
Let no arrogance
Come from your mouth,
For the Lord is
The God of knowledge;
And by Him actions are weighed.
:4 “The bows of mighty men
And those who stumbled
Are girded with strength.
:5 Those who were full
Have hired themselves out for bread,
And those who were hungry
Have ceased to hunger.
Even the barren has borne seven,
And she who has many children has
:6 “The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to the grave
And brings up.
:7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
He brings low and lifts up.
:8 He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the beggar
From the ash heap,
To set them among princes
And make them inherit
The throne of glory.
“For the pillars of the earth
Are the Lord’s
And He has set the world upon them.
:9 He will guard the feet of His saints,
But the wicked shall be silent
“For by strength no man shall prevail.
;10 The adversaries of the Lord
Shall be broken in pieces;
From heaven He will thunder
The Lord will judge
The ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to His king,
And exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Hannah asked for an anointing from God. In response, she received a double portion (blessing) from Him in a sense. Not only was her womb opened so that she conceived a son named Samuel, but her son grew up to be a wonderful example of a servant that served with absolute dedication to God never wavering from his calling.
I Sam 3:19-20 “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord.”
I Sam 9:15 “Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying, :16 ‘Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel, that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me.’” I Sam 10:1 “Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: ‘Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? :8 You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.”
But Saul did not wait on Samuel as he was instructed. That is, he did not obey the word of the Lord. I Sam 13:9 “So Saul said, ‘Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.’ And he offered the burnt offering. :10 Now it happened, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him. :11 And Samuel said, ‘What have you done?’ And Saul said, ‘When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, :12 then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.’ :13 And Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. :14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
I Sam 15:10 “Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, :11 ‘I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as King, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.’ :17 So Samuel said, ‘When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel? Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord?’ :22 Then Samuel said: ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? : 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.’”
This represents an anointing from God lost, because of haughtiness and disrespect for the Word of God and the anointing power of the Most High God.
David was just a youth when he heard the words of the Philistine; however, his love for God, his respect for God and his great faith in the Lord, gave him strength!
David would not allow the disrespect for God, shown by the Philistine champion, to go unanswered. King Saul should have been the first one in line to challenge the call. However, David could not stand by and not defend God’s honor.
I Sam 17:26 “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
I Sam 17:37 “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine”.
I Sam 17:45 “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.”
I Sam 17:46 “The Lord will deliver you.”
I Sam 17:47 “ The battle is the Lord’s, He will give you into our hands.”
The entire army of God cowered in the face of the great Philistine warrior. But David would not compromise when he heard the giant defy the armies of God. The Lord anointed him that day with power and the giant and the Philistine army fell before them.
I Sam 24:2 “Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from Israel and went to seek David and his men in the rocks of the wild goats.” Saul wanted to kill David.
I Sam 24:4 “And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. :5 Now it happened afterwards that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. :6 And he said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.’” Many would conclude that David was justified in killing Saul; however, David would not compromise with such an act against an anointed of the Lord.
Daniel was another young man we read about that was very strong in the Lord. He would not compromise his beliefs and the Lord blessed him and anointed him as a leader that served God for 60 years, because of his faith and honor for God.
Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the kings delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
Dan 3:12 “There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. These men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Dan 3:15 “ If you do not worship, the image I have made, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the God who will deliver you from my hands?”
Dan 3:17 “If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.”
Dan 3:19 “Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, Therefore he spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.”
Dan 3:25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
In these biblical accounts we have read where God does the anointing according to His will. He anoints individuals with knowledge, wisdom, understanding, authority, position and power as He desires and for His purposes.
And in I Samuel 2:30 we read where the Lord God of Israel is speaking: “Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me, I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.”
What about you and me?
Do we dare to stand alone?
We will never be alone if we choose to stand with our Lord! He will provide. Fear not for God knows what His people need, even before we ask.
“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ-He is Lord of all – that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
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