God has anointed a new king. So what we have to understand is what is it that God’s anointing, cause that’s where I am. Not what is it that God’s gifted because in our culture we obsess with the gift. Who’s the best gifted, who’s the best talented, they’re going to be up front. It is so amazing, a gift entertains, a gift gathers a crowd… Why do we have a church without power? It’s because we have gifted people and not anointed people. It’s only the anointing that breaks the yokes, and the chains and the bondages in people’s lives. God doesn’t want the same old thing, another generation of powerlessness that’s going to result in nothing.
These are the bold words of Christine Caine when she preached at Bethel’s Heaven Come Down Conference. It was such an on-time word because in this time of shifting, man’s chosen are being exposed by God’s chosen. In this season, many church leaders have positioned individuals based on their works or gifts, but few have taken the time to really pray and see if the people chosen are really who God would have for that particular position. The danger in choosing people based solely on their gifts, is the religious and legalistic spirits that begin to fly around… your Pharisees, Jezebels, and Sauls begin to run rampant through the church, having a field day and trying to control everything.
Every time I think about it, I’m reminded of Saul and David. Saul was chosen by the people. 1 Samuel 8 talks about how Israel raised a fuss because they wanted a king just like the other nations. God being the gracious Father he is, granted them a king of THEIR choice, but through Samuel, he warned them of what would go wrong having this particular king. Soon, Saul came into the picture and unfortunately he failed to be obedient to God’s word. In 1 Samuel 15, God commanded him to go to battle and spare no one, but Saul’s flesh kicked in and he started doing his own thing. Upon his disobedience, Samuel was immediately sent by God to educate Saul on his wrongs and to let him know that God had rejected him.
20 And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the Lord. I have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” 22 And Samuel said,
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has also rejected you from being king.”
24 Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me that I may bow before the Lord.” 26 And Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you. For you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
~ 1 Samuel 15:20-26
In this passage, we see that Saul who was chosen by man, sought to only please man. Even after he was anointed, he chose to be obedient to the people who chose him versus God who anointed and covered him. I find it funny that when Saul was first approached by Samuel, he was very proud and confident in his performance. The sad part is that his performance went against the will of God.
I wonder how many leaders walk around with their chest poked out swearing up and down that they have done something great for God, not realizing that what they’ve done is not for God, but for acknowledgment of man and/or self-gratification. Samuel said it best in verse 22, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” It doesn’t matter what you give up or do for God. What’s important is the heart behind what’s being done. Is it to be obedient to God or are you simply just doing what you think feels, looks, and/or sounds good.
Once rejected by God, Samuel was sent to anoint David who was strategically anointed and appointed by God. David’s whole process is interesting because he spent years being prepared to be king before he was actually positioned as king. As David grew in his gifts AND relationship with God, Saul became jealous and he began to draw farther and farther away from the will of God.
You see the shift taking place is not happening without a little turbulence. The Sauls are getting jealous and upset which honestly is a reflection of their own faults. They are attacking and trying to remove those who God has been preparing in the secret place for years. The Davids have risen and God is placing them in the places he anointed them for.
David spent years running from Saul who wanted to kill him simply because he wasn’t ready to release his control and position to the person it belonged to.
I say all this to say, leaders be mindful of who you position in certain places, and be aware of those who God may be saying need to be repositioned. Certain people may have been chosen based on their works and gifts, but you need the ones who God has chosen based on his anointing.
May God give the body of Christ eyes to see and ears to hear what he is doing in this season. May we not be deceived by works of man or the enemy, but rather be exposed to the plan God has for his children. In Jesus name amen!