John 16:1 NIV
“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.”
The Anointing of God is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit operating through you to accomplish whatever God will be asking you to do for Him.
Jesus Christ always knew the anointing of God because He always did the things that pleased God. The complete obedience to the will of God is the hallmark of His ministry.
According to the word of God, every born-again, Spirit-filled child of God has the anointing in His life. But I believe that every child of God is responsible for keeping and increasing the level of anointing. This brings me to the question; Is it possible to lose your anointing? The answer is yes, through disobedience, rebellion and pride.
Pride can prevent you from experiencing brokenness. Mark 14 talks about the importance of brokenness. For one’s life to be acceptable to be God’s carrier of His anointing, one must be broken. As long as a person keeps pride, he cannot carry and maintain a high level of the anointing in his life. Get rid of pride, or you will stop the flow of God’s anointing in your life. It is said that the devil reigns supreme over all the pride of the earth. All who are tolerating pride in their lives are making the devil their master.
Stubbornness leads to rebellion, rebellion leads to pride and pride leads to destruction. When someone is stubborn (stiff-necked) satan controls his strength, and the flow of God’s anointing in his life commences to be dry. If you have grey areas in your life, God will speak to you many times to make readjustments and to repent. If you disobey and become stiff-necked, it will lead to rebellion. The door will be opened for the devil to sow the seed of pride. When pride’s seed is fully grown, then destruction will begin.
Submission is the path to humility and humility is that path to promotion. A continuous walk in humility will cause a double portion of God’s anointing to flow in you life.
YOU must contend to stay within the calling of the Lord. Do not let any thing take it away from you. There is a price to pay to carry a high level of anointing. You will lose your reputation by those you consider as friends, and you can be abandoned by everyone around you. It will seem as if you are living in the wilderness, but you will be able (by God’s grace) to stand long periods of drought. Not many have passed the test of the wilderness. “For it is impossible [to restore and bring again to repentance] those who have been once for all enlightened, who have consciously tasted the heavenly gift and have become sharers of the Holy Spirit, And have felt how good the Word of God is and the mighty powers of the age and world to come, If they then deviate from the faith and turn away from their allegiance–[it is impossible] to bring them back to repentance, for (because, while, as long as) they nail upon the cross the Son of God afresh [as far as they are concerned] and are holding [Him] up to contempt and shame and public disgrace.” (Hebrews 6:4-6 AMP)
For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) God does not revoke the gifts, callings or anointing on a person’s life even when they are disobedient. However, a person may abandon that anointing or calling by his or her own willful choices. Through pride, disobedience, rebellion and compromise, you ultimately surrender your anointing to the enemy by your own willful decision resulting in your loss of supernatural power.
Let’s look at the old testament story of Samson. Samson was called and anointed by God to be a Judge and a Deliverer for Israel before he was even born. (Judges 13:2-5) An angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s mother announcing Samson’s birth and the purpose of his life: “For behold you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head for the boy shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” (Judges 13:5) The word Nazarite means “one separated” or one set apart from others for service to God.
As you study the life of Samson you see a pattern of compromise of his Nazarite call. Though he had a great anointing from God in the area of supernatural strength which was intended to be used to deliver Israel from the Philistine oppressors who had ruled them for forty years, Samson did not seem to value it. This is evidenced by his continuous rebellion of his Nazarite lifestyle. For example; In Judges 14:2 we find Samson choosing a wife(Delilah) for himself from the Philistines. This was a violation of his separation to God as Jewish law forbid intermarriage with the Gentiles. The New Testament also speaks to believers in the same way when it says, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” (2 Cor. 6:14) Samson started out his adult life by wanting to compromise his holy calling so he could have a relationship with an unbeliever. Many people compromise their God-given standards for a fleshly relationship that they desire, but God forbids. Every compromise you make, affects the anointing on your life.
Many people, just like Samson, think they can compromise “a little” and not end up being destroyed. This is a deception. Your adversary Satan will press you and torment you daily once you have opened the door of compromise until you flee from it or give in to it.
What Samson didn’t realize is, Delilah was bribed by the enemy to entice him to be overpowered and defeated. After being lulled to sleep on Delilah’s knees (a picture of sin’s deceptive allure) Samson was overcome by the Philistine. And he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison. (Judges 16:20-21)
Samson’s continual compromise cost him his anointing from God and resulted in bondage. Blind, chained and a puppet of the enemy, Samson had surrendered his precious calling from God. Any type of flagrant disobedience to God’s instructions are willful choices that place you on a path leading away from God’s anointing on your life.
Have you felt a lack of anointing or power in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any area, small or large, where you may be compromising God’s holy standards in your lifestyle. Then repent for that compromise, and get back on the road of God’s purpose for your life. God has given you an anointing to fulfill His divine assignment for your personal destiny. Don’t miss it!
Scripture of the day: Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” ~ Acts 2:38-39
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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