Don't Touch

"He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, He reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." (1 Chronicles 16:21-22)

One of the super-serious declarations of God. It's true in everyday life, too. As if the events of both testaments were somehow removed from the same mundane we face day in and day out. They weren't, actually. And when God spends years and years getting someone ready, strong enough to bear His anointing and ready to distribute it how He will among those who want it, He takes great offense when once another person would seek and appropriate (read: steal) it. Jesus turned and said "who touched me?" (Luke 8:45) when the woman sought to soak up some of His healing anointing. As Jesus is the source and she knew it, He let her go free ("Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." verse 48). I find though, that, anytime someone would want to lay a hand on one of God's people--if their heart is not right with the Lord--the system of His judgment begins. Granted, Jesus said to "turn to him the other cheek also" (Matthew 5:39). But there is also the law of sowing and reaping as applied toward anyone who would hurt one of God's kids.

"Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to me Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." (John 20:17)

A little different case but it carries the same idea. Holiness is impossible to gain and maintain--without the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had just arisen and He was brand new (again) to the world. Carrying in His person whatever it was--the atonement for our sin, that's what it was--He had secured having gone into the depth of the earth and taking back from the devil what he stole. He had nothing against Mary embracing Him. When you see Jesus, that's all you want to do, I should add. Throw your arms around Him and give Him a big hug. But at that point in His life, the purity of His station had to be kept from any worldly influence. There would be plenty of time for hugging it out, after He had

"Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure." (1 Timothy 5:22)

Paul tells Timothy here to think twice before touching someone. That's literally exactly what he's saying. If you get a bad feeling about a person, doesn't mean you have to act socially awkward or off-puttingly weird, just be careful what you do with the anointing that resides in you. It's there for a reason and if you don't respect it, it will sluice through you without your knowledge and after a while you'll wonder why you're so miserable. Because you let the Holy Spirit out of your sight. I've done this and let me tell you, not only was I miserable beyond imagining. I also encountered a depth of oppression that I had never sensed in all my life. Hell is real, ladies and gentlemen. Don't touch it.

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2:13)

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