Summary: the events that led to Saul losing his anointing and position in God
Intro: the bible is full of sad stories about people who failed God. The Word of God is full of biographies of men and women who missed the mark. One of these people is King Saul. We find his story of failure in I Samuel chapter 13 and 15. He started off so good, but ended up so wrong. By looking at his story, we see a perfect example of how to lose the anointing in your life.
How A King Lost His Crown
Our story starts in chapter 13 where Saul and his armies are in Gilgal waiting on the prophet Samuel to come and offer sacrifices before they went to war. They waited seven days but Samuel hadn’t come yet so the people got worried and many scattered. At the same time they were scattering the Philistines had gathered 30,000 troops to fight against them. Saul gets impatient and offers the sacrifices instead of waiting on Samuel. When Samuel arrives Saul is rebuked for operating in haste, and told his kingdom was coming to an end because God would seek a man after his own heart.
In chapter 15 we see Saul blowing it again, this time he was told to smite the Amalekites and totally destroy everything, including the animals and all the goods. But Saul spares King Agag, and animals and goods. God tells Samuel again to go to Saul and let him know his kingdom was over, that he had sinned again in disobedience to God.
Now that you know the two stories: I would like to give you the reasons why Saul lost his crown or how we can lose the anointing in our lives.
v.11—when I saw the people scattering—here is the first statement that reveals how you lose the anointing in your life. Saul saw his army on the run and he panicked. He basically tells Samuel that everyone was leaving him, so he had to do something, even if it was wrong. Saul’s first sin was something we all must guard against and that is where we place our faith. Saul had stopped trusting God because things were not going the way he thought they should go. Samuel calls this foolish, because his trust as King of Israel should have been in the Lord. The Lord could save with many or few.
v.11b—and that you didn’t show up on time—here is another key to Saul’s failure, he got ahead of God. When we try to put God on our timetable instead of us being on His timetable, we will miss God every time. Saul told Samuel, if you would have shown up on time I wouldn’t have done what I did.
v.11c—the Philistines were gathered together—here is another part of Saul’s failure, he looked at the enemy instead of God. God demands faith, without faith it is impossible to please God. We all must guard against looking at our problems, our enemies, instead of trusting God. Saul made a terrible decision, he let his enemies decide his moves instead of God.
· in verse 13 Samuel tells Saul that the Lord was about to establish him in this situation. I believe Saul didn’t realize that his faith was being tested. When we are in difficult times, when we face hard situations, we must realize these are the times where our faith is being tried. God never promotes us until he proves us. Saul didn’t realize God wanted the odds to be stacked against Saul, so that God could prove that no situation was impossible if you will trust God.
v.14—Samuel tells Saul that God wants someone who goes after God’s heart. This is an indicator that Saul had lost his sensitivity to the Spirit of God and was trying to operate in Saul more than God. Every minister must guard against operating in their talents, gifts and abilities, instead of total reliance on the Spirit of God. It is the anointing that destroys the yokes in people’s lives.
The Story now moves to Chapter 15 where Saul messes up again. This time the kingdom is rent from him because he was operating in rebellion against God.
v.13—blessed be thou of the Lord, I have performed the commandment of the Lord. This is so sad, Saul had come to the place where he was comfortable in partial obedience. You will lose the anointing when you get comfortable with doing things half way. Every minister must evaluate their ministry to make sure they are doing what God is directing them to do. Anything less than total obedience is not obedience at all. Samuel calls it rebellion, and as the sin of witchcraft.
v.15-when Samuel hears the bleating of the sheep, Saul says, we saved the sheep to offer up for sacrifices. Here is the biggest anointing killer of all, it is called compromise. Every Pastor, Evangelist, Missionary, Church leader, must guard against this above any other sin. It is the sin of compromise. It is saying, I know God wants me to do this, but surely He wouldn’t mind if I did this too. Every area of our lives must be examined by the Holy Spirit to prove what sort it is.