It is one thing to talk the talk, but it’s another to walk the walk for Christ. We can look good on paper, but many times it’s not an actual representation of what truly is. Thank God for His anointing that covers us, and empowers us in every area of life to walk worthy of Him and in a true likeness of Him. Last Sunday’s message was a powerful word as usual, basically a follow up to the previous Sunday’s about being Anointed by God. This time, the continuation dealt with the different or seven purposes of the Anointing. Respectfully, there’s an inward anointing that’s for the purpose of fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit and then there is an outward anointing that enables and empowers us to go forth mightily, dominating in purpose and to also minister to the needs of others. Elder Kevin offered all seven purposes of the anointing as follows:
- To Meet the Needs of people. This is an outward anointing for ministry - Acts 10:30. Luke 4:18-19
- To give us Spiritual Insight and Revelation - Revelation 3:18. Ephesians 1:17-18
- To Know, for the purpose of knowing, giving us knowledge of things that’s going on around us and what’s to come and not by natural reason or natural means. This is not an external anointing, but it’s inward, it’s a fellowship. John 20:22; 1 John 2:20;27
- To Stand, standing in the midst of trials, sickness, adversity etc. - 2 Corinthians 1:21 (Greek word for establish in the scripture means to stand).
- To Rule; for leadership whether in the church or in the marketplace of even both - 2 Samuel 5: 3-4
- To Receive the Blessing of God, in order to receive and handle the blessing of God, you have to be anointed - Numbers 18:8-14
- To Deliver, not only in the four walls of the church but out in the world as well - Isaiah 10:27
While we may be already aware of the various purposes that the anointing provide, it’s always good to have a reminder, as reminders reinforce and in some cases they reactivate.
But what really permeated my heart and bore witness with my spirit was when Elder Kevin began to talk about how when the outward anointing for ministry- Acts 10:30. Luke 4:18-19, comes upon a person, it’s distinctly for service or to help someone. This ministry anointing comes upon a person, it rests on them for the purpose of service and it does not last, it’s temporary unlike the fellowship anointing that’s inward, because it’s for a distinct purpose to help others. Under this anointing individuals have power and tremendous energy. This outward anointing is not for the one operating in it, but for the people that experience it. The recipients are blessed greatly by it. This is how ordinary people do some extraordinary things, but when this anointing lifts, since it’s temporary, they’re just ordinary sis/brother so-n-so from down the street and they’re drained and tired. They’re weak and they’re susceptible because of all that’s given out when operating under this type of anointing. And a lot of times what ends up happening when people flow in this, is we magnify or exalt the persons flesh and we miss the purpose of the fact that because we’re not realizing that this is God operating on a person we go into disenchantment and shock when we hear of transgressions, shortcomings and mistakes in the person’s life and then we get all messed up saying how in the world can God use them so mightily and they did that or they got that issue.
Beautiful people of God, I have been on both ends – serving at the altar on Sundays & mid-week service, praying for saints helping to encourage them, helping them to break through etc and the virtue has been zapped right out of me AND I have had a hard time with individuals that I honor & respect in the Lord having flaws just like me and being able to understand that my leaders are wrapped up in humanity and are not perfect, also just like me. FYI Sybil, they’re only superhuman when they’re operating under the anointing. God let me know that the same goes for you Sybil, you only move in supernatural power when the anointing comes upon you.
God had to teach me to not look at them, but the God in them and to cover them. This was, and still is part of my process of being prepared for true servant leadership with the Father’s heart. Not only saying it in word, but really being my brother’s, really being my sister’s - keeper. As an intercessor and a spiritual midwife, I not only have the awesome responsibility of helping to birth out people, but I have to cover them, whatever that thing is that’s to be covered. And we all have some sort of ‘thing.” After all, no man is just - Ecclesiastes 7. When we see things, we have to take it to our closets in prayer. I told a sister on the other day, "That it’s my just & reasonable service to hold her in prayer and to cover her." And it is. Thankfully someone covered me. We as intercessors, as God enforcement agents here in this earth through prayer, have to serve, protect and break the enemy’s neck. That’s the bottom line. I have to love unconditionally not only in word, but in action and in deed, as God does, and see people the way He does. I have to be quick to repent, quick to forgive and quick to restore one that has fallen, with no contingencies attached.
Let’s truly honor our spiritual leaders and the brethren and pour back into & sow seeds of love into their lives. (Remember those that rule well are worthy of double honor – I Timothy 5:17.) Someone not only covered me, but they poured back and imparted into me. Even Jesus would leave the multitude and go and pray tapping into that fellowship anointing to be refreshed, restored, and strengthen so He could return to flow again in the ministry anointing. Whether leaders or not, people can give out a lot, and they get tired so I have to, we have to, replenish one another and build one another up. This is the only way, along with truly covering them, that God is to trust me with the hearts of people. And it’s my heart’s desire that I wholeheartedly be trusted by our King and to be found trustworthy by people where there heart is concerned. I long to exhibit the heart of the father, to be fit for His use, and help turn people to Him. Lets cover and undergird one another people of faith.
Saintly Style is not only in those sweet words we speak, email or tweet, but it’s in the actions we take. Actions that magnify God’s style, which is His word and His unconditional, never ending love.
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