Extreme Obedience

“If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5

There is none who can train like the Lord to the one who He has anointed, separated and appointed for His cause.

Such calling is great but the price is very steep!

Prophet Jeremiah in Old Testament had such calling. Apostle Paul in New Testament had such calling. These men were constantly picked up, constantly encouraged directly by The Lord Himself.

These men risked their lives, were often in near death, beaten brutally, went unconscious in dungeons, betrayed, mocked – all for one reason: they spoke what the Lord told them to speak without altering one word.

After all they went thru’, the normal human emotions expects pity, soothing words – but the Lord gave a pricking statement that made them to run far stronger than before!

What is this strange love for God! What is this extreme obedience for God!

Prophet Isaiah expressed it, our Lord Jesus exhibited it!

The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. Isaiah 50:5-6

What excuse can we have for our disobedience to His word? How hard is it for us to obey compared with these extreme obedience these men had?

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The Anointing Retained

“Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.

Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him. “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.” 2 Samuel 1:14-16

David feared God and had a superior understanding of the rank, roles and authority of God, Samuel, Saul and himself towards the people of Israel. This was the sharp contrast between him and king Saul.

David had such a great reverence towards God that he respected God’s anointing on the individuals like king Saul even when he knew Saul is full of hatred towards him and was determined to kill him.

The very reason David never fought for his rights or position during Saul’s threat was his trust in God and the anointing He had placed on his life.

David full well knew that the Lord had determined to kill king Saul, but never took advantage of any opportunity to do it himself rather left it as God’s role. He was clean to a point that it was not even in his mind – that he became so angry to hear from the Amalekite that he killed Saul even though Saul himself had pleaded him to do so!

David’s character (man of God’s own heart) excelled for this one determination – never judge the Lord’s anointed, even when there are thousand reasons to judge.

None of us have the right to be judgmental on anyone, no matter who they’re or what they did. This determination is a true respect for the Lord’s anointing upon our own lives.

The anointing will be tested in the way the authority is exercised. The only way to retain the authority is to know and not violate our rank, role and responsibilities.

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” John 8:7

The Anointing Rush

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:34-37

Clubbing a lion or a bear by grabbing it by its jaw is beyond human-boldness and natural strength.

This is not an adrenaline rush either; adrenaline rush may help one run in above-normal speed and escape being mauled but not what David did to those lions and bears!

This kind of strength, boldness, authority comes from God’s anointing thru’ His Spirit, which is supernatural for that moment or a season.

Samson tore a young lion with his bare hands, killed 1000 Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone, when God’s Spirit came upon Him powerfully for His reasons/purposes.

Just the way anointing in our lives can’t be realized unless we are on the constant “go”, this supernatural strength can’t operate unless we realize our authority in Christ Jesus and our responsibility to destroy the works of the devil in others lives, especially the people of God we work with.

Goliaths are out there only for Davids to be raised into power, and not to be afraid of!

Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. Luke 10:19