Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

Your Anointing

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
“…you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” (1 Jn 2:20)
“…the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 Jn. 2:27)

The anointing within – will teach you! What an incredible reality… God has established the anointing for instruction in our spiritual journey. Like many cars rely upon a GPS (Global Positioning System), so also you and I can learn to rely upon our internal guidance system – the Holy Spirit. You know things simply because Jesus lives in you and He is the very personification of wisdom. The Holy Spirit comes to reveal everything Jesus taught and He dwells in you for the purpose of unlocking the mysteries of the Father’s will (Jn. 14:16–17). And this is the anointing that will guide you into all truth (Jn. 16:13).

Ongoing Activity:

The word “anointing” is a gerund, a Latin active noun that expresses ongoing action. This means that it is still happening right now. Today, God leads us by the inner anointing… the presence or absence of peace on the inside. This anointing which abides in you will teach you concerning all things. It will teach you about your finances. It will teach you how to position yourself for breakthrough, it will teach you about your relationships, and best of all, it will teach you about walking with God and offer promptings from the Spirit.

Discernment & Growth:

This doesn’t mean that you don’t need your Bible or spiritual mentors and teachers. We still need to have the Word of God, because the Scripture outlines our direction and purpose, very much like the way a railway directs the train. The Holy Spirit inside you is like the engine of the train where the power to control and propel comes from. For example, you could be listening to some teachings, and the verses that you hear confirm what you know on the inside. What the Apostle John is saying is: “You don’t need anyone to teach you to know God’s leading. The Holy Spirit will teach you.”

  • So, when you meet someone who appears very charming, but you feel uncomfortable on the inside… ask the Lord for His guidance.
  • Before you sign a contract, and there is an absence of peace… ask the Lord for wisdom.
  • Before you make the final decision… ask the Lord for spiritual discernment.

His love offers you this guarantee… your anointing will speak to you!

To Lean on God

“Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” (Rom. 4:21)

The question for every heart is… “will you believe, will you become persuaded?” Reasons might fail and facts might lie, but God will not allow you to stumble and fall from His grip, if you are willing to be persuaded that He has power to do what He has promised! Never give up and always remind yourself that you are being trained to do only one thing… to lean on God! What you will discover is that its the greatest adventure of your life.

New Opportunities:

This can be an exciting time, as change brings new opportunities and a fresh season in God. Our energy and sense of purpose are intensified when we feel like God is handing us a new assignment… often it feels refreshing. Yet – I want to encourage you… set your face like flint and be fully persuaded in your “promise”. You need to understand that as you are moving into new places, new levels of conscious decisions are required. God says, “All things become new”. Not all that you have understood up to this point will be of value in the next season and not everyone will share your new found joy. Some of your former mentalities and relationships might even try to oppose or stop you if they can!

Leaning on Others:

As we are serving the Lord in our daily assignments, ministries and lifestyle choices, we have learned to lean upon others and others learn to depend on us and watch us as we move forward. They have learned to depend on our character and become comfortable with how we work or how we respond to life in transition. Something is always changing, but in Christ all things are established for our peace and consistent increase. Beyond the expectations of others, is the Highest Calling we know – to lean on God! In reality, we can bless others more when we bear evidence of a life that is fully persuaded. Our influence becomes most effective when we are fully persuaded by what God is saying… fully persuaded by what God is doing… and even fully persuaded when we are unaware of where it will lead us! I often have to remind myself to never set my heart by the opinions of man.

Move in the “Now”:

When the time comes for a change, many find it hard to believe that it is the will of God for you and they may even speak against it. Those who do not speak faith words are not to be listened to. You are wise to surround yourself with people who pray and find their greatest hope in God. They believe in your success and pull blessing into your path. Every time they speak your name in the Throne Room of Heaven, something is happening for your good in God’s purpose. It’s at this point that you will discover who is on the Lord’s side! Lean forward into your “now” moment and allow the momentum of grace to shift your thinking and your living. You have never been here before and you will only know the direction by hearing God’s Voice.

Your King, Jesus will pass before you! (Mic. 2:13) The Lord is calling you “up” and “out” to a new place where He can enlarge your influence!

Restoring A Safe Place

“I will restore or replace for you” says the Lord, “the years that the locust has eaten… the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame. And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:25-27)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Although the past is irreversible and overwhelming at times… God is the restorer of broken dreams and shattered lives! He has declared a New Day available for all of humanity! God has laid a foundation of hope in Christ – He is saying we can be a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)… and our old ways can be in the past! There is a new beginning waiting for us, filled with new chances, new opportunities and new expectations (Isa. 43:18-21). God will wipe away our rotten past and restore that which was lost, stolen or destroyed by sin, brokenness or the devil.

Restoration begins by Believing!

As the Savior of mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ has done all to rescue us from the things that diminish or destroy us. If we can but believe – hope opens the door! There is a restoration coming into our spirits, minds, bodies, relationships, and other aspects of our humanity. Believers can be delivered from oppression (Acts 10:38) and rest in the safety that effects spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being (Mt. 11:28-30).

Come, you weary, broken and lost and find a place of safety in His loving care for you.

Hope is a Destination!

Run into the arms of your Father in the Spirit! There you will have plenty and be complete, satisfied and whole. He wants you to know the truth and the freedom of walking in His Presence! It is His joy to reveal His heart toward you! He is a Father… like no other. He will not allow His people to be orphans or feel ashamed anymore. This is a profound truth that no one else can claim.

Let Him speak this into your heart today… “I the Lord am your God and there is no one else!”

The Search for God

When the Apostle Paul arrived in Athens, a city full of idolatry, he found opportunities to teach them about the One True God. Paul revealed to this region an unfortunate truth… that God was, “an Unknown God” (Acts 17:23). His announcement was clearly that God does not want to be unknown to us or any of His creation. This is why He knit into our being the desire to seek after Him. Our greatest quest is to find God… to know Him as Creator and Our Source of Life! Paul explains this to those in Athens:

“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26-27).

God’s Desire:

God wants us to seek for Him, but we all must realize that He is not far away. We can seek after God in whatever way we wish, but there are ways that make our search more effective and will not leave us frustrated and unsatisfied. Let me explain through a story about King David. When David planned to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem, the ark was placed on a new ox-driven cart to be transported. During the journey the oxen hit a bump and Uzzah placed his hand on the ark to steady it. When he touched the ark God struck him dead (2 Samuel 6:3-8). You might ask… why? They were doing something that was good (returning the ark) in a way that seemed to them to be effective (on an ox-driven cart). Uzzah’s attempt to steady the ark would have been a natural reflex.

Why was God upset?

It was because God had given a way for the ark to be handled and David hurried in without knowledge of God’s desired pattern. David’s plan side-stepped the will of God, who he really wanted to honor. Notice, David corrects his mistaken actions with sober obedience, “No one may carry the ark of God, but the Levites, for the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever” (1 Chron 15:2). Then he calls for the Levites to sanctify themselves and make preparation to carry out their duty in accordance with God’s plan. He says, “…because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order” (1 Chron 15:13). Having the best of intentions were irrelevant and actually lead to the death of David’s friend. The way in which David initially chose to move the ark violated God’s ordinance.

Instruction and Patterns:

Even though this happened in the Old Testament, the point is the same for us… we must seek God according to His instructions, rather than according to the way that seems best to us.

When we consider our position as “a seeker” it doesn’t really matter if we are a novice or a well trained disciple of Christ, we must always humble ourselves and seek Him with an open and yielded heart.Drawing near to God in an appropriate way always gets His attention and response. God gives grace to the humble and lifts them up (Jm 4:6, 10). Jesus said, “…seek and you will find” (Mt 7:7). Paul even said that everything he had found in life up to the time of gaining knowledge of Christ, he considered as “rubbish” just to gain Christ and be found in Him… “that I might know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil 3:10).

The Real Goal:

Jesus reminds us that the Father’s delight is to give us the Holy Spirit (Lk. 11:9-13). Remind yourself in your search for God, that the goal is to host the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16)(Eph. 2:19-22). To make Him feel welcome in your life, means you will need to yield yourself to His preferences. There are some wonderful depths of peace and joy to be found, when a person seeks God in a way that pleases Him. God’s pleasure is what makes us effective seekers.

Mouth Full of Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial, and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).