Protecting The Anointing
On a daily basis, as feats are recorded in the technological world, so many people take it as a sign to lower moral standards. And as children of God, so many looking at these feats believe God is lowering His standards, thus anything goes as long as it ‘seemingly’ glorifies God. What exactly glorifies God? That is another topic for another time. However back to our discourse; the Bible makes us to understand that His word is eternal and it stands forever. No wonder God declared that He honors His Word above His name; thus, God’s word is His standard and cannot be lowered for any generation no matter how technologically advanced they are. Jesus Christ in Matthew 3:13-17 went to John to be baptized, John with the mindset of the world that the greater is the one that baptizes, refused as he had recognized and pointed Him out as the Mighty One that will cleanse God’s threshing floor. Christ’s reply was expository - “But Jesus said ’It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.’ So John agreed to baptize Him” Matthew 3:15 (NLT). The question that may readily come to mind is what requirement to be fulfilled was Christ referring to? It was necessary and expedient for Christ to be baptized by John because it was the principle and standard of God. This was the introduction for Christ to move on to the next stage of His work of saving man. Likewise, when Paul was blinded by the Lord Jesus Christ, he was instructed to seek out a little known ‘brother’. Praise God that Paul did and his sight was restored to him. In the same vein, Paul after 14 years in ministry having been taught by God Himself returned to Jerusalem to present the gospel to the Apostles privately (Peter, James and John) “so that I might not be running or have run in vain.” Galatians 2:2c. The Bible expressly tells us that certain offices were created in the Body of Christ for the equipping and building up of the saints. Why did God do that? These offices carry within them anointing and the Bible tells us in Isaiah 10:27 – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” Why then as children of God are we quick to despise the anointing? We must rise to honor and protect the anointing of God in our midst or we would be defeated by the enemy. The devil knows this that is why he goes out of his way to malign and exaggerate whatever the leaders in the Body of Christ do. We as followers of Christ must be discerning at all times to these trickery. It is quite unfortunate that so many despise their Leaders in their hearts and at the same time go before them to feed from God’s Word and be prayed for! No wonder it looks as if prayers are not answered but the truth is that the hearts of the people are not right. God has a standard and principle and He will not violate it. Rather than despise your leaders in your heart or actions, if you are unable to deal with it then leave the place so as not to hinder your own prayers. King Jehoshaphat understood this that was why he declared in 2 Chronicles 20:20 – “Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, ‘Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in His prophets and you will succeed.’” It is time to honor and protect the anointing and stop despising it so that you may succeed and as The Message Version puts it: “you’ll come out on top.” God bless you.