Summary: What the anointed of God can do.
First we must understand that there is a difference between the Holy Spirit and the anointing of God. Jesus said, “The Spirit is upon Me because I am anointed.”
To be anointed simply means consecrated, or set a part, for service. The Holy Spirit then gives the anointed the empowerment to operate in the anointing. Usually this anointing was to appoint kings and priests. Spiritual anointing with the Holy Ghost is conferred upon Christians by God. “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God” - 2 Cor. 1:21. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One” – 1 John 2:20
“Anointing” expresses the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit upon Christians, who are priests and kings unto God.
“…from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – Revelation 1:5-6
The anointing is an assignment, but in order to fulfill the assignment, there must be an alignment. The greatest outpouring of the anointing is around the hem, not the head.
Homes – husband is the head, wife and children receive the greatest outpouring
Churches – Christ is the head, transferred to the pastor down to everyone else
· Be transformed from a nobody to a somebody
“Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen these." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here." – 1 Samuel 16:10-11
David was a shepherd. The only socially lower class of people than shepherds was lepers. David was a nobody that nobody noticed. David was overlooked by his own family. From the moment David was anointed, his life was transformed.
· Overcome criticism
Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, "What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" And the people answered him in this manner, saying, "So shall it be done for the man who kills him." Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, "Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle."
It’s one thing, and it’s to be expected to be criticized and ridiculed by the enemy, but it’s another thing to be put down by those in your own house. Not only did Eliab criticize David, but he also tried to belittle him “few sheep”.
And David said, "What have I done now? Is there not a cause?" Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.