Honouring the Anointing!

Matthew 13:57 ‘And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.’

Jesus arrived at his hometown, Nazareth, to minister to them but they didn’t receive his ministry or honour the anointing on Jesus’ life because they couldn’t get past the fact that he was raised amongst them and yet possessed such a powerful anointing.

The result was offence and hardly any effective ministry took place in Jesus’ hometown. What a tragedy! Jesus marvelled at their lack of honour and unbelief. You know it’s serious when Jesus starts to marvel at your unbelief.

A lack of honour for the anointing of the Spirit on Jesus restricted the power of God from moving freely in Nazareth. There was not only a lack of honour for Jesus but also for the message he came to declare and the anointing he carried to the people (Isaiah 61:1-4).

If a lack of honour hampered Jesus flow in the anointing while he walked the earth, why do we get amazed to find that a similar lack of honour restricts the anointing in our present day ministries and churches? It’s never been about just honouring people for their sake alone but honouring the Spirit of God’s grace, call and anointing upon people’s lives.

What we honour determines the reward we will receive. Matthew 10:41 ‘The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.’

I’ve observed the reality of this revelation in action when I preach in different church atmospheres. Where I am received as a prophetic ministry, I find great freedom to flow in the anointing of the Holy Spirit through preaching, prophecy, words of knowledge and miracles. But where I’m not received, its like chewing concrete, painful to say the least.

It takes real security in one’s self, humility and discernment to honour the anointing upon someone’s ministry. In other words, it takes spiritual maturity. When you open your heart to honour the anointing, you will receive a mighty reward from that ministry. Let’s not be hard-hearted like Jesus’ hometown but lets appreciate the different grace God extends to individuals and when they come to minister to us, honour the anointing upon their lives. It will be well worth it.

The Oracle!

Importance of Spiritual Authority

Hebrews 13:17 ‘Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.’

I think many of us in the church take the issue of spiritual authority far too lightly. There’s no doubt spiritual authority has been abused in the past and because of the brokenness of people, still will be but that doesn’t mean we throw it out the window and deem it unnecessary or irrelevant.

I’m coming to understand so much more the importance and significance of coming under Godly spiritual authority no matter what stage of life or ministry we are at. We imbibe of the spiritual authority we are under. The grace and authority God gives to the people who oversee us is critical to our spiritual vitality and ministry influence.

As goes the leader, so goes the ministry. We reproduce who we are. Leaders, your ministry is a reflection of you. This might be the cause of great anxiety for you because we all have things God is taking us through, to help us mature and grow in him but I can’t expect to see fruit in a particular aspect of my ministry if I’m not personally growing in that area myself. My life and leadership is a lid on others and if you want those you lead to excel in life and ministry, then you need to excel as well.

Apostles play a key role in the area of spiritual authority, especially, as it relates to prophets and all the other ministry gifts within the body (Eph 4:11-12). Apostles are sent of God to a region or regions to carry spiritual authority to establish and build the church, as well as, father people in the faith and release people into their ministry. Apostles are especially gifted to carry the weightiness of churches and have exceptional capacity for church expansion. We can learn a lot from the ministry of the apostle and they are integral to the exercising of spiritual authority in the church across entire regions.

Whose spiritual authority are you under? Do you have any oversight speaking into your life?   I have learnt so much and gone far further through the blessing of oversight, than I have on my own. You will too.