One of the things that plagues the Western Church is complacency. There is not a passionate contending for the fulness of God’s anointing in our lives and ministries that I think is available and needed.
Jesus said, ‘He who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these he will do.’ (Jn 14:12) The church is supposed to walk as Jesus walked. We are the body of Christ. We must not settle for anything less than what Jesus has promised us as his people. Too many of us dismiss Jesus’ words as hyperbole or already fulfilled in the book of Acts but I think we are mistaken.
We have a tendency to excuse our lack of power by filling up time with more religious activities, trends and techniques that are ok on the surface but distract us from our higher calling. Unfortunately, the words of Paul to Timothy are coming true of our generation, we are ‘lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its power.’ (2 Tim 3:4-5)
Jude 3 exhorts us to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. We have limited contending to sound doctrine and holy living. These two are foundational and vitally important but if we don’t demonstrate the power of the doctrine we profess or outwork our righteousness, than we aren’t fully contending. We need the power of God to deliver spiritually impoverished people.
I think it’s integral that we contend for all 3 elements of true faith: Biblical ideas; Biblical lifestyles; Biblical experience. Contending for the fulness of God’s anointing looks like:
- Ask God for a vision of what more looks like
- Don’t despise the day of small things
- A lifestyle of prayer and fasting
- Hear God clearly and obey God boldly
- Be prepared for the attack that accompanies the anointing