What makes life interesting is that everyone of us have a unique testimony, a unique story or a unique encounter. We refer back to the Bible. Moses came in contact with God by the burning bush, Jacob wrestled with an angel until day-break, Saul was struck to the ground by a bright light from heaven and was spoken to by Jesus Christ and John who was on the isle called Patmos, for the word of God was caught up in the third heavens and received the revelation concerning the seven churches, and things to come. All these men had their struggle even though they had encounter with the Divine God.
The encounters and the anointing does not eliminate struggles. It gives power to deal with struggles and that is apart of our growth process. To increase in the fruit of the spirit takes time and there can be struggle in our patience because we all would want to reach that level were we totally live above the flesh. David was anointed king but he had to exercise patience before he could reach the throne. After David was anointed king there come a battle he had never faced before. So many times we experience the power and the anointing and we feel good thinking this is it but the enemy will all go back to device his plans against us. Being able to continuously exercise patience is very vital as we see David did. David could have fortified the divine plan of God and fight back against king Saul who tried to kill him, but he patiently humbled himself and waited on God.
No one gain muscle by looking at the weights in the gym. You have to defy gravity by lifting them. You have to hold strain against the pressure. We cannot become who God wants us to be if we don’t make ourselves pliable in His hands. The experiences will be unique and that makes us authentic. He is the potter, He shapes us as it pleases Him.
After a battle we have rest, but how do we rest? We have to fight the good fight of faith. The Bible says “If any man strive for mastery yet he is not crown except he strive lawfully. David had strived lawfully he did not fight a carnal battle to get to the throne. In many churches today there are power struggles. When we are anointed and living for Jesus Christ and we know our calling we would be wise to keep that which is committed unto us. We would not be fighting and pushing to be at the forefront, that is carnality. David after being anointed went back to bush to take care of the sheep. In the fullness of time David came on the scene to defeat the giant that was defying the Most High God and Israel. David didn’t say here I have power now, he didn’t let all that the people said get to his head “Saul kill his thousand and David his ten thousand. He being a shepherd boy went back to deal with the sheep. Shepherd and anointed king. In the due time he would have to experience palace life. He came to the palace and played music so that the evil spirit could leave King Saul. Right there David life was in danger and he had to run from King Saul.
As I am writing I see something clear in the scripture. We know David was anointed king. We know he fought the lion and the bear and later face the giant. These signify levels of growth. The lion represent ruler, the bear represent strength and the Goliath the giant represent military might. David overcame all these and he has his authentic experiences. Well he is anointed to be king but now he was placed in a position to supervise the men of war (1 Samuel 18: 5). It look like elevation from tending to sheep and now being in high rank position in the army above his brothers. Sometimes people or leaders can limit you because you are more anointed than they are and God have to stir up trouble for you to break forth. The women sang “Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousands” (1 Samuel 18: 7) Saul was very angry because the people ascribed more to David than him. The Bible went on to say in 1 Samuel 18: 10 “And it came to pass on the morrow that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul and he prophesied in the midst of the house” David had to play music for the evil spirit to depart from Saul as other times but no King Saul tried to kill him. This stirring up had push David out of a comfort zone of being a military supervisor. The battles David continued to face led him to his rightful position chosen and anointed King of Israel
Moses was privileged to grow up in the palace in Egypt, being a Hebrew and was heir to the throne. Moses was born and ordained by the Almighty God to be the deliverer of Israel but he was also position to become the king of Egypt. This is where flesh and spirit would wrestle because he knew the wealth and glamour that comes with being the king but to step out into the unknown would be less than an unexpected choice. God had to allow trouble to be stirred up to get him positioned and become a spiritual leader. Moses killed an Egyptian and had to run away. The kingship position awaiting Moses was forfeited so he could be processed to walk in the will of God. Moses struggled with an anger problem as seeing in Exodus 32: 19. He threw down the two tables of testimony that was written by the finger of God when he came back and saw that the people had gone into idolatry. Again in Numbers 20: 8 God told Moses to speak to the rock so that the people could get water but Moses instead smote the rock in anger because of the behavior of the people.
Jacob who was born into a covenanted lineage because his grandfather Abraham had established that covenant with God. As Christians we know the Bible speaks of God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This Jacob was apart of the foundation of the covenant of the establishment of the nation of Israel. He was known as a sup-planter or a trickster, so he struggled with this bad reputation. When he had that encounter with the angel he decided he would not let go until he get a blessing. Jacob knew something was wrong in his life, he had to oppose the cursed reputation and request a blessing. The angel asked him what his name and he said Jacob. The angel said ‘Thy name shall be called no more Jacob but Israel; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” (Genesis 32: 24- 28) We see even thou Jacob was in the will of God and walking in covenant he was struggling with limitations
Saul after his encounter with Jesus Christ name was changed to Paul. He was feared because he was authorized to go through and persecute the church. He consented to the death of Stephen. After his encounter he had many great experiences. He was even caught up in the third heavens but he had a thorn in his flesh. Paul said in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9 ‘ And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. As anointed as Paul was he and to live with the struggle, but God gave him grace enough to sustain him.
John doing the work of the Lord and was very effective was banished to a an inhabited island called Patmos. The Bible said he was sent there because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Can you imagine doing the will of God and then have to suffer being cast way by those who you are trying to help because they reject truth. John is no super human but he had a made up mind not to compromise the gospel. God must have been please with him. It is said that this same John was cast to this island was because they tried to kill him and he couldn’t die. According to https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Patmos John was banished (presumably to Patmos) after being plunged into boiling oil in Rome and suffering nothing from it. It is said that all in the audience of Colosseum were converted to Christianity upon witnessing this miracle.
Jeremiah was prophesying as God would instructed him, but it can become lonely when you seems odd to the mass. In Jeremiah 20, Jeremiah was smote by the governor of the house of the Lord because of his prophecy and then was placed in stocks. Jeremiah said in verse 7 of Jeremiah 20 ” I am in derision daily, everyone mocketh me” Jeremiah also believed the God had deceived him because of the pressures he faced. He reach the point where he decided not to prophecy in the Lord’s name anymore. Even though he said that he notice according the verse 9 of Jeremiah 20 ‘ But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. He was weary with the shame and the ridicules but he cold not stop prophesying. He is struggling but anointed. The anointing does not eliminate struggles.
So how do we rest after after a battle. We rest being vigilant in worship and thanksgiving because even though we have just won a battle the war is not over. Our worship draws the presence of God and His angel and our thanksgiving show God how grateful we are to all he hath done and expect to do. This opens the heavens for our miracles. We have to be always on the alert because the enemy is out there as a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. Jesus said in Mark 8 :34 “Whosoever will come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”
The Christian life is one of warfare. It is a wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the force of darkness that want to draw us back into sin. We have to be on our double watch to escape the wiles of the enemy. We can only overcome by the Blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ, because the anointing does not eliminate struggles.