Anointed – Transformed – Redeemed: Week 2
1. The Anointing
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. – I Samuel 16:13
When someone was anointed in the Old Testament, it meant they were set apart and consecrated for divine service. Priscilla defines anointing as “a divine enablement to accomplish a divine task or a supernatural empowering to accomplish supernatural goals.”
As believers, God calls us to accomplish divine tasks for His glory. We must have the anointing of God’s Spirit.
This doesn’t meant that all Christians will be able to heal the sick or raise the dead. It isn’t the wacky stuff you see on TV. It just means that you can do all things and meet all challenges because you have the Holy Spirit living in you. God might not be calling you to be the next Billy Graham. Your divine task may be to just be the best wife and mom you can be. But you still need God’s anointing to do that effectively and to do it the way He has ordained for you. For example, a daily task that I have in my life is to take care of my husband and son. I can do this in my natural ability by doing things like making sure there is food in the fridge and cleaning up after them. But I need the Spirit’s anointing to be able to teach my child about God and to respect my husband even when I disagree with him.
2. Opposition to the Anointing
A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. – John 10:10
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. – I Peter 5:8 (NLT)
Just like it is hard for some people to believe in a God they can’t see, it is also sometimes hard for Christians to believe in an enemy we can’t see. Sure, we know that Satan and demons exist, but they aren’t really “real” to most of us. That is why when we are just bopping along, living our lives, and something bad happens to us, our first reaction is to ask “Why, God?” as if He somehow is causing out trouble.
I have learned that when things seem to be going smoothly and we are growing closer to God, that is often when the enemy will attack in an attempt to draw our eyes away from God and the plan and purpose He has for our lives. Priscilla says:
We have an enemy. He seeks to divert us from the course set for us by our Father. Once we are saved our enemy cannot destroy us, but he will work hard to distract us. It seems he most likes to startle us when we have just closed our eyes and turned our chins upward to enjoy a sunny patch in our existence . . . And make no mistake about it . . . the enemy will attack. In fact, his attacks are more sure to happen to those who determine to fully engage in living the anointed life.
We must prepare ourselves to resist and withstand these attacks. There is a prevailing thought in the church that if you are really spiritual or really right with God, then you will be immune from Satan’s attacks. The problem is that that thinking is not Biblical. The Bible is full of people whom we consider to be pillars of the faith and who faced tremendous attacks from the enemy – David, Job, Peter, Paul, the list goes on and on. Jesus Himself was tempted by Satan for 40 days. If Satan tried to attack Jesus, whom he didn’t have a chance at turning, you’d better believe he will come after us.
The awesome thing is that we don’t have to worry about him winning. Sure, he may take a battle once in a while, but the war was fought at cavalry, and Jesus won. Satan knows that, and is just being a sore loser. We can stand firm against him when we stand on God’s Word, because it tells us how the war ends:
The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. – Revelation 20:10
And Satan can kick and scream all he wants, but he knows how it ends, too.