Anointed and Appointed
A Prophetic Illustration Using the Life of David
How many times have you asked yourself the following questions:
How will I know when I am in a ministry office?
If someone has prophesied over me that I am a prophet or apostle, does this put me in office?
What is the difference between being in ministry and office?
How can I move from functioning in ministry to office?
It is very commonplace in this day and age to receive prophetic direction concerning your calling. Perhaps the Lord revealed your calling to you personally and you now want to know what to do with it all! So where do you begin? Are you a prophet now? Are you an apostle now? Where do you start?
Well I am going to take my favorite bible character and paint some pictures for you. Let us take a look at King David. He was the greatest King who ever lived, but when we first meet him, he is not upon the throne, but in the meadows looking after his father's sheep. He is called to Samuel and there in front of his brothers, he is anointed king.
Now you might find that strange. Why was there no ceremony, no party, no uprising to throw Saul off the throne? The answer is simple: David was not ready yet. That very anointing that came upon him as Samuel anointed him began a work in that Shepherd boy to shape him into the king he was to come.
Not at all, what this means is that from this day, the anointing that was poured upon you, will now begin forming you into the image of Christ and will be preparing you to take the throne of office!
Prophetic Ministry Preparation
After that, it is easy to become full of pride and to say, "I am a ‘prophet’ or an ‘apostle’ now because the Lord said so." Sure enough, David was told he was king as well, but that did not make him king did it? He was not called King David was he? No, the first lesson David learned after being anointed was humility. After he was willing to go back to the sheep, the Lord began training David for his ascension to the throne. Where did his training begin? As a servant in the court of Saul!
Was this not the perfect opportunity for David to usurp Saul and to take the throne? But what you might not know, was in that humility, David watched and learned. He learned what the responsibility of a king was. He learned how to submit and what to do as a king. He also learned what NOT to do as a king. In the background, the Lord had begun training David to take upon him the office of king!
Prophetic Training 101
So was David ready now to become king? He had learned everything he needed to know about kingship. He had studied and got his degrees. Was he ready now to become king? I have unfortunate news for you – this one step is the smallest in your ministry training! This was just the Lord giving you a picture of things to come, now comes the real training!
Perhaps you have already experienced this. Perhaps the Lord has opened the way for you to flow in your gifting and to minister them forth publicly. Does this put you in office? Does this make you king? No, all that is happening is that the Lord is using this time to train you for the ascension to come. There is much more to being king, than to take down a few Goliath’s with your sling.
Prophetic Leadership Training
From this time forward, David was whisked away into Saul’s court and made a commander in the army! He had arrived! He was even offered Saul’s daughter as a wife. Surely now he was king? Surely now the Lord would hand him the throne? The people sang his praises and there was not a single man under his leadership who did not admire and respect him. He was popular, he was anointed…but was he appointed? No, his time had not yet come.
Training to be King
Then the impossible happened! David was thrown out of Saul's court to live in the cave of Adullam! All seemed lost. Who would he lead now? How would he exercise his ministry now? How could the Lord possibly use him in the desert? Yet the Lord had everything in hand and had a very special plan for David. Here David learned how to overcome the system within his own heart. For the first time he got to be a true leader and to stand up for his convictions.
Will You Become the Enemy?
During this time, David had the perfect opportunity to become the enemy of Israel! The Philistine King Achish, gave David and his men Ziklag as a place for them to stay. Here David was with the enemy on his side! Now was the time when he could use these means to become king! But did he?
No, even in his banishment David fought for the people of God and went out destroying neighboring Philistine cities – not leaving a single survivor! King Achish would ask him of his conquests and David would reply that it was the cities of Israel he had been destroying, when in fact he was killing the enemy right in their midst!
Now you have a choice to make. You can either use this time to try and puff up your own kingdom, by tearing down other men and women of God. Or you could use this time to undermine the enemy and take back the land he has stolen, so when the time comes for you to rise up as king – you can take the spoils with you!
Eventually after many years of trials and tribulations, there came a time when Saul fell into the hands of the Philistines and the tribe of Judah sought David out to be their King. Seven years later the entire nation of Israel sought David to be their king!
He had endured his season of affliction. He knew how to be abased and to abound. In fact, David had been through so much in those years that I think that he had given up the thought of being king quite a few times! Yet when David had come to the end of himself and was willing to just do what God had told him to do, the Lord arranged the circumstance for David to ascend to the throne.
This pattern remains the same right through to the New Testament where we see Paul and Barnabas being set aside for the work by the laying on of hands by direction of the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus was appointed by a prophet the day he was baptized by John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit descended upon him as a dove and remained. You see, it takes more than the appointment of man to set you in office. It takes the appointment of the Holy Spirit and being released by a prophet or an apostle of God who is already in office.
Until you can recall a specific time and date where the Lord set you into office and appointed you to the throne, as it were, then you are not functioning in office and cannot wear the titles of that office. You have not yet arrived and still have a path of training and preparation to walk. I thank the Lord that there are steps and progressions to be made in your calling!
Further, Higher, Deeper!
What an exciting life we live, knowing that there is always a higher level to attain to! The day you become complacent and do not desire to move to the next level, is the day you stagnate and remain on that plateau for the rest of your life. Know that right now there is another phase. A higher mountain to climb, a higher office to attain! NEVER be satisfied with a single portion. Never be satisfied for the Lord to just pour a single measure into your life. Desire more, hunger after it and take a hold of it!
Yet the greatest excitement we have is that this is simply the tip of the iceberg, that the expectation we feel in our hearts is but a taste of things to come. No matter how high we go, how far we reach and how many great men and women of God we raise up and appoint into office through this ministry, we have yet to grasp the fullness of what the Lord has for us.
Men and women of God, NEVER settle for anything less than the fullness! It is available to you through the Lord. Do not stop at just being anointed and think you have arrived. Press on through and step into the office the Lord has for you. Then when you stand and say, "I am a prophet of God," or, "I am an apostle of God," you can say it with the fullest assurance that you are anointed, appointed and set in place for this end times move!
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