Friday, August 26, 2016

Who Are The Anointed Ones?




Who Are The Anointed Ones?

Each Wednesday prior to praying over our city, our Pastor has allowed me to present a short teaching.  The Holy Spirit has been giving me something different for each week.  I do hope this message ministers to you.
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2 Kings chapter two tells the story of Elijah and Elisha.  The Prophet Elisha had witnessed his mentor Elijah GO UP into heaven in a chariot of fire and a whirlwind.  He picked up the mantle of Elijah that fell off from him, and went back, and stood by the river bank of Jordan; Taking the mantle of Elijah, he hit the waters and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?”  As he struck the waters, they parted from one side to the other, and Elisha went over. Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah does rest on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.  They offered him honor and respect.  This was because they recognized He was an anointed Prophet.

Elisha went from there to Bethel. As he was on the way, some youths came out of the city and mocked him, and said to him, "GO UP, you baldy. GO UP, you baldhead." 

Elisha had just experienced honor and respect from the sons of the prophets, and now this !!  Behold a bunch of rowdy young men having a bit of fun ridiculing the anointed prophet. 

Let me tell you, this did not set too well with Elisha and also with God.  God is not pleased when we gossip or speak wrongly about those who are anointed.  Elisha spoke a curse on these young men and 42 perished that day because they showed disrespect to the anointed prophet. 

Elisha did not touch the young men, and it challenges us to allow God to take vengeance when we are wronged. 

Who are the Anointed? 

First off, you would probably say it is the Pastor, and the Spiritual Leaders, and you would be correct.  However let us consider who else is anointed. 

We as Christians are Anointed by the Holy Spirit.

1 John 2:20  But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

2 Corinthians 2:21  And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 

With this thought in mind that all Believers in Jesus are anointed, then let us be cautioned to be careful of what we say about one another.  This includes making jest and joking about our brothers and sisters in Christ.   

There was an instance in David’s life when he was running for his life because King Saul was chasing after David to kill him.  David and his men hid in the back of a dark cave, and behold, here came tired King Saul to find a sleeping place in the same cave.  David’s men told him, “Now is your chance to kill King Saul because it appears God has delivered him unto you.” 

Again we must be careful when we interpret what is God’s will and what is not. 

David may have thought long and hard, but in the end he said this:
1 Samuel 24:6  “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.” 
 
When King Saul woke up, David followed him out of the cave showing the King a part of his robe David had cut off.  King Saul realized he was wrong in trying to kill David - - because David was ALSO anointed. 

How can we apply this lesson?  Watch our attitudes and our words using caution to not spread gossip or participate with those who stir up trouble.  We must give our ministers the respect and honor they deserve and understand that they seek God for direction.  Therefore we follow our Pastors as they follow Jesus.   Paul said this:  “Follow me as I follow Christ.” 

How can we apply this lesson as we pray over our city?  We are reminded to humble ourselves as we come to pray; and to confess our sins and to seek God’s face.  It is then that God will hear our prayers and answer according to what we have asked.
 
You are Anointed to Pray and to Intercede for the Lost in our city.
 
 
You Are Anointed to Intercede for the Lost
 

 

1 comment:

  1. I sure liked this! I've been reading a lot re: Elijah and Elisha for lots of years. I always smile re: them and what they were doing and how they were strongly involved with the Lord. AND others you put on here were also worth a wonderful smile to see this. Thank you MUCH!!!

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