“I raised up some of your sons as prophets and some of your young men as Nazirites. Is this not the case, Israelites? This is the LORD’s declaration.” Amos 2:11 (HCSB)

God has always looked for those whose hearts are completely His. In fact, His eyes search the earth for His wholehearted lovers in order that He may strengthen and lead them (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Throughout the Old Testament there were prophets and priests who via blood line or direct calling of God had set themselves apart for God. But there is a group who chose to consecrate themselves, and give themselves wholeheartedly to God. These were the Nazirites. Sure, there are some, like Samuel and Samson, who were Nazirite by birth. But there were many, MANY others who chose to do it, to be different, to be absolutely committed and set apart for God! Out of love and zeal for God they chose to be consecrated for Him! Today God is looking for His Nazirites, His remnant, those who will wholeheartedly chase after and obey Him. Jesus said, “My sheep will hear My voice and follow Me” (John 10:27). Will you be one who intentionally choses to set yourself apart for Him, for His purposes, for this generation? Will you be a radiant one in this hour of darkness!

Nazirites will stand out in this time of deep gross darkness. Jeremiah says, Her Nazirites were brighter than snow. And whiter than milk; They were more ruddy in body than rubies, Like sapphire in their appearance” (Lamentations 4:7 – NKJV). Nazirites are radiant ones. David wrote that “Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed” (Psalm 34:5). Nazirites take time to fix their eyes on Jesus, in His glory and are transformed by it (2 Corinthians 3:18).

The word Nazirite actually means, “being set apart, purified, made to reflect God, raised above the norm and given authority over the nations” (Nazirite DNA, Lou Engle). The Nazirite took a special vow of consecration (Numbers 6). Being a Nazirite does not happen accidentally, it is a choice one must make! And there is a cost to walk it out! The Old Testament Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on Numbers 6 reveals that the Nazirite was a foreshadow of the New Testament priesthood of believers. The only qualification to be a Nazirite was a heart that intensely desired it. We are all invited, but few actually choose to step into it!!! You can be a “Christian” and not a modern day Nazirite!

The Old Testament Nazirite had three requirements. They were to not drink alcohol, they were not to touch anything dead, and they were not to cut their hair (Numbers 6:1-6). What would this look like today? Obviously, it would mean that you choose not to drink alcohol and believe me, that would set you apart from your friends and the world around you. And you are not to touch anything dead, meaning the things of this world. It will mean that you can’t just watch anything you want, go wherever you want to go, or do whatever you want to do. You probably will need to cancel your Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ channels. It is not just the bad, perverted wicked demonic things you can’t watch. But even good things that will keep you from the best thing, Him! Anything demonic or tainted by the world needs to be avoided! And lastly, don’t cut your hair!!! You’ll need to seek the Lord about what that means for you. Obviously, these outward expressions of your consecration mean nothing if your heart is not in it!

The Nazirite vow can be for a specific season, that is, for allotted amount of time. Or it can be for life. You can set apart weeks or months to seek Him, fast and pray and walk in deep consecration. In Acts 21, Paul sets himself apart under a vow and when it was over he cut his hair (Acts 21:22-24). Likewise, you can do the same, and/or you can choose to live the fasted lifestyle, being set apart unto the Lord.

God is looking for His longhaired ones. When Deborah went to war against Sisera, we’re told that, When hair grows long in Israel, when the people give themselves willingly, bless the LORD” (Judges 5:2 – International Standard Version)! Other translations refer to longhaired ones as leaders. The phase “when leaders led” literally means “the longhaired ones who let their hair hang loose!” Of course, he is referring to the Nazirites! It was the practice of warriors to not cut their hair as they went out to battle. These longhaired leaders, were the warriors of Deborah’s battle against Sisera. They had made Nazirite vows in order to prepare themselves for the battle coming! Huh? Maybe that’s something we need to do! I know Shellie & I are praying this through!!!

Are you feeling stirred to be one of Jesus’ radiant ones, who have set themselves apart, holy unto Him in this hour? Please pray about this and see if the Lord would have you be set apart for a season (i.e. a specific number of months, perhaps the rest of the year), or for life. Please count the cost – giving up all alcohol, dead things, and not cutting your hair will come across as extreme. As Nazirite’s stood out, so will you. But the benefit is, you will be used greatly in this season. Will you be one of His longhaired ones?

(For more please check out Nazirite DNA by Lou Engle)