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    -D. Leesley.

    "And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the

    company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as

    appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers

    of Saul, and they also prophesied... And he went thither to Naioth

    in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went

    on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he

    stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in

    like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night.

    Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?" (1 Sam 19).

    The question has come up. Can a man of God operate in the flesh

    and yet have the blessing and anointing of God in their life? Can

    they display the workings of the Holy Spirit one time and operate

    like the devil himself at other times? Or worse yet, can the man of

    God or teacher or preacher speak with the Holy unction and at the

    very same time speak falsehood while under that unction?

    King Saul was a man after the people's own hearts. They had

    refused God's desire and divine purpose which was to be their King

    and Lord personally. They wanted a man they could see and touch.

    One they could lavish their love and praise upon. God told Samuel

    to give them what they want. Give them their heart's desire. But at

    the end of the day, they'd wish they had made a better decision.

    God even warned them about their folly in chapter 8.

    Saul took his armies to battle and won victories right and left. God

    surely must be pleased with the 'new program', right? Wrong. It

    still wasn't God's perfect plan or purpose.

    We have today, what I call, a 'church gone wild'. Tithing, titles and

    tiers, and might I add, tears. Tears of those who are suffering under

    an abusive system of control, greed and arrogance. And yet God

    does tend to His out of sync flock in spite of 1700 years of ignoring

    the N.T. plan and mould for the 'body elect'.

    Even as Saul was NOT God's desired progam, yet His helping

    hand remained upon Israel. In these few verses we read about a

    very evil, arrogant and envious man who God appointed over Israel

    only because of their rejection of God's position in their midst.

    The time did finally come when God said 'enough is enough'. He

    was about to replace Saul with David, a man after His own heart.

    David was anointed and humble. Disinterested, only caring about

    what God wanted. This drove Saul nuts with rage and jealousy. We

    all know the story here.

    But look at this. Saul sent his messengers to find David and take

    him captive and bring him to Saul so he could destroy him. This

    leader's closest companions had no real problem with this. But

    when they came upon Samuel and the prophets prophesying, the

    Spirit of the Lord came upon them and they spoke under the

    unction as well. They returned unto Saul and told him that the Holy

    Ghost had come upon them and they had a mini revival. Saul sent

    other messengers two more times with the same results.

    Yet we do not read where these compadres had any change of

    heart about their mission. Finally Saul made the journey and when

    he arrived the Holy Ghost came upon him as well and he

    prophesied all night long. What a gloroius time in the Lord. What

    power displayed. Yet this man never reversed his plan to kill

    humble David, to rid himself he thought, in so doing, of conviction.

    David flees to Jonathan crying [my paraphrase] ' What have I done?

    What's wrong with me that God's appointed leader doesn't like me

    or want me around? I have honored him. I have behaved myself in

    humility around him. I have surrendered all to my God...I have..."

    Uh Oh!! There it is. A sure plan of action for rejection by God's

    anointed leader.

    This has not changed, trust me. I have witnessed this first hand

    many times in the modern institution we call 'church.' The more

    humble you become, the more surrendered to God you strive to be,

    the more anointing you obtain, the more proof you make of your

    ministry, the more cold shoulders from the hierarchy of organized

    religion you will witness.

    So the premise of this piece is, can the true anointing be in play

    while a heart full of wickedness is still maintained? According to

    what we just looked at in the story of Saul, the answer would be

    yes. Can the same scenario exist today under the new covenant?

    My opinion would be yes, definitely.