Thursday, October 31, 2019

Chosen and Anointed

Submitted by Lara Cook
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.  1 Samuel 16:13

To be anointed means to be ordained or chosen by God for a specific purpose.  David was a shepherd boy that was anointed to be the king of Israel when he was just 10-12 years old.  It was years before he would actually step into the role, but the vision was cast on his life and the Bible says, “and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.”  From that moment on, David went on to do great things.  He lived with no fear, fighting a lion and a bear with his bare hands, and after that he took out Goliath with no armor and no weapon but a slingshot and a handful of stones.  It was evident that God’s hand was on him and David lived like he believed it. 
God’s hand is on you and me too and we have been chosen and anointed like David, but we don’t fight our battles in the anointed power of Jesus Christ.  As Christians we have received anointing from Him so that we will be equipped to do everything He purposes for us to do.  We probably won’t be slaying literal lions, bears, and giants, but there will be many “giants” in our lives that try to take us down.  We need to claim the anointing that is ours and fight our battles in His power.  Like David, He has a purpose and plan for us that He has anointed us for also.  
We are chosen, anointed, and set apart.  How would you fight your battles differently if you fully claimed the anointing that is yours?  If you could comprehend the vision, He has cast over you, the claim He has on you, would you ever be afraid?  Later in his life, David made some bad choices and mistakes, and he forgot his anointing for a little while.  Did you forget your anointing?  Have the wrong choices you have made stolen from you the assuredness of His claim on your heart?  There is nothing that will snatch you out of His hand.  You are chosen forever, anointed for eternity. The bears and lions and giants will come.  Fight them with the power of the anointing you already have.  

And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you, but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.   (NASB).  1 John 2:27

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