Walking in the Anointing
There has only been one time that I’ve gone against the Lord’s will for my life and the ministry since returning to the Father’s house. When we started JAMA, the one thing He told me to do was to give everything away for free (books, bibles, sermons, music, food, etc) and He would always provide for the ministry. Some how we convinced ourselves we could sell t-shirts and that would not violate what He had asked us to do. So we went ahead and had them made up and attempted to sell them.
Attempted is probably the best way to put it, because they did not sell even though folks had told us they would buy them. I think we only sold 2 or 3 before the conviction of what we had done set in. We gave the rest of them away and attempted to find the person who had bought them so we could give them back their money…unfortunately we could not find them.
That was a huge lesson in learning what NOT to do when it came to the commands of the Lord in our lives. We repented and have not violated that directive since. He has been faithful at every step of our journey with Him. When we need something for the ministry, the money shows up. Yes, it’s that simple.
The action of faith has also translated into our work life. When we need something, He opens doors of opportunity, we simply have to walk through them. Sometimes it’s a no brainer to do what He asks, other times it’s a huge step of faith. Each time we obey, it strengthens our trust in His path for our lives. Where do you find yourself today, striving for the goal or resting in the arms of the Lord as He asks you to step out?
Walking in the Anointing
by Os Hillman
“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power….” 1 Samuel 16:13
Has the Spirit of the Lord rested on your life? Can you cite the time when God’s Spirit began demonstrating His power through you?
David knew the day the Spirit of the Lord began a special work in him. That Spirit was different from most leaders. Instead of seeking power and control, he led in response to a need. Instead of being a perfect person, he learned from mistakes and acknowledged them among those he led. Instead of placing confidence in his own abilities, he sought wisdom from the only real Commander in charge. David never lost a battle through his many years of leading Israel. He failed God by sinning with Bathsheba and by numbering the troops, but he learned from those failures, and he had to pay a price for them. However, God’s Spirit never left David. He never left because of David’s willingness to keep a soft heart toward God, even when he failed.
God wants to do the same in you and me, but He will not allow that Spirit to rest on us if we seek to control outcomes and manipulate out of our need for power. Servant leaders know that they are only a tool in the Master’s hand. They do not value themselves more than they ought. David’s heart was fully the Lord’s. Is your heart fully the Lord’s to do with what He wills?