Summary: You can lose your anointing from God if you turn your back on Him.
Keeping the Anointing Behind Enemy Lines Series
Revoking the Anointing
Aug. 2, 2009 FBC, Chester Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A Recently, a man was on his way to work and for NO apparent reason he just ran of the road, hit a tree, & died.
1 An autopsy showed no good reason why he’d ran off the road.
a A sharp doctor noticed a small pin prick behind his ear.
aa A Wasp.
bb The exact spot where the wasp stung was on a nerve that struck the driver with a flash of pain that literally blinded him.
b Usually a grown man could swat off a wasp, but this one the spot & destroyed him.
2 David stung Saul in the right spot, EGO, and it destroyed him.
a Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul. I Sam. 18.12.
b You have the LORD with you too!!
aa 1 John 2.20 “You have an anointing from the holy one, and you all know.”
B Saul was Israel’s first human king.
1 Having a king wasn’t God’s idea or plan for Israel.
a Israel saw that surrounding kingdoms had kings, & their trusted leader Samuel was getting old. Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah;5 and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."6 But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the Lord.7 The Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. 1 Sam 8:4-7 (NASB)
b God gave Israel their way & sent Saul. Now a day before Saul’s coming, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel saying,16 "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me." 1 Sam 9:15-16 (NASB)
2 Saul was a big man before he was ever king.
a 1 Sam. 10:23 tells us that he was 8-10" taller than his other countrymen. So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 1 Sam 10:23 (NASB)
aa Literally head & shoulders above everyone else.
bb Age & appearance is not an indicator of spiritual maturity.
cc He was a midget compared to David or Jonathan (he lacked their spiritual maturity).
b Resulted in lack of confidence in himself & God.
aa Fuel his ego
bb Wanted people to fear him
c Saul’s big head cost him his kingdom, anointing, & eventually his life.
aa David’s coming on the scene didn’t create problems...it just revealed them.
bb People loved David, & for an unstable/insecure guy like Saul, David was a major problem.
cc ...being a double -minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 (NASB)
3 In 1 Samuel 13, Saul’s preparing to do battle with the Philistines & apparently Samuel told Saul, “Don’t go into battle until I can pray over you & offer a burnt offering. See you in seven days.”
a On the 7th day, no Samuel & the soldiers got restless. Saul took it upon himself to offer the burnt offering. He operated as a priest, outside of his anointing.
b Saul had no right to do this, had not asked God...didn’t know the will of God because he didn’t ask Him! ...therefore I said, ’Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering." 1 Sam 13:12 (NASB)
aa Samuel said to Saul, "You have acted 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 endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you." 1 Sam 13:13-14 (NASB)
bb Saul’s anointing is revoked (physically in the palace, he was spiritually behind enemy lines).
c This is the beginning of Saul’s decline, defeat, & ultimately his death.