There are times that I read passages in a book and a shiver runs down my spine (don’t worry I don’t read horror genre books.) But at times the writer seems to have passed from the realm of being an author to being a prophet. Gene Edwards in A Tale of Three Kings does it regularly. Below is an extract from chapter 15,
What kind of man was [king] Saul? Anointed of God. Deliverer of Israel. And yet remembered mostly for his madness.
Saul was one the greatest figures of human history. He was a farm boy, a country kid who made good. He was tall, good-looking, and well-liked.
He was baptized into the Spirit of God.
He also came from a good family. In his lineage were some of the greatest historical figures of all humanity. Abraham, Jacob, Moses – these were his ancestors…It was Saul who took these people and welded them into a united kingdom.
Saul united a people and founded a kingdom…He created an army out of thin air. He won battles in the power of God, defeated the enemy again and again, as few men have ever done…Furthermore, he was a prophet. The Spirit came on him in power and authority. He did and said unprecedented things, and it was all by the power of the Spirit resting on him.
He has everything people today are seeking to be…empowered with the Holy Spirit…able to do the impossible…for God. A leader, chosen by God with power from God.
Saul was given authority that is God’s alone. He was God’s anointed, and God treated him that way.
He was also eaten with jealousy, filled with self-importance, and willing to live in spiritual darkness.
Remember, God sometimes gives power to people for unseen reasons. A person can be living in the grossest of sin, and the outer gift will still be working perfectly. The gifts of God, once given, cannot be recalled.
If you are young and have never seen such things, you may be certain that sometime in the next forty years you will see. Highly gifted and very powerful men and women…reputed to be leaders in the kingdom of God, do some very dark and ugly deeds.
What does this world need: gifted men and women, outwardly empowered? Or individuals who are broken, inwardly transformed?
Keep in mind that some who have been given the very power of God have raised armies, defeated the enemy, brought forth mighty works of God, preached and prophesied with unparalleled power and eloquence . . .
And thrown spears,
And hated other people,
And attacked others,
And plotted to kill,
And prophesied naked,
And even consulted witches.
My most frequent prayer is “Purify my heart O Lord.” For me this is based upon Psalm 51 (where David was praying after his adultery with Bathsheba), I know my greatest need in every area of my life is that my heart might be pure so that i might seek, and dwell in, God’s presence all the days of my life.