This is a really important insight. John Maxwell would articulate the insight above with the words, ‘Everyone communicates, few connect’. I’ve observed many anointed people over my lifetime but what separates those who hit the bullseye of people’s hearts and those who don’t is their ability to communicate what that anointing is. Your communication carries your anointing into people’s hearts. You maybe greatly anointed but if you are unable to articulate to others in an effective way, your anointing is inhibited. The anointing is the person and power of the Holy Spirit on you and in you for the purpose to which he has called and gifted you. The anointing is linked to your calling, gifting and purpose. Develop your capacity to communicate cause it will either help or hinder the potential of your anointing to minister to people’s lives effectively.
What do you do first thing in the morning? This is a question I’ve often asked different people over the years. I’ve been very interested in how people answer this question because I’ve been a long term believer in what you do in the morning hours sets up your entire day. I want to encourage you to rethink your morning routine. Too often I see, one of two extremes, either chaos or lethargy define people’s morning routines but there is a third option = A sustainable rhythm that invigorates you and makes you feel like whatever else you do today, you’ve already accomplished so much. Jesus modeled to all of us a healthy morning routine that set him and his ministry up for the day. He spent time in his Fathers presence before allowing the busyness of life overtake him. I encourage you to focus on 1 of 3 things in the morning hours. One is developing yourself, another is developing your relationships and the third is developing your career.
Developing yourself can look like exercise, prayer, bible reading, book reading, meditation or anything else that centers you and gets you a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Developing your relationships can look like making family breakfast time an opportunity to chat and get closer to family members. It can also look like meeting up with a close friend or work colleague for a coffee at a cool cafe and just chatting.
Developing your career can look like reading in your field, writing a blog or book, scanning news and reports, formal study or anything that will help you improve in your field.
It’s time to seize the day by seizing your morning hours. What you do from 6am-9am everyday can make or break your day. Don’t just settle to be a night owl. Body rhythms and sleep cycles will all benefit from making the shift to a morning routine. This is what successful people do to set up their day.
We’re living in difficult times. The day and age we live in can be summed up in the fact that we love ourselves more than we love God. The more infatuated we are with ourselves, the more difficult our times will become, because self-centeredness produces death, whereas, God-centeredness produces life. The bible records that in difficult times, people who carried the power of God rose up to penetrate the darkness with God’s light. Pharaoh had a form of power but Moses had God’s power. Goliath had the form but David had the power. Ahab had the form but Elijah had the power. Sadly, in our current day, some of the modern church has a form of godliness but not the power of godliness. We have the ritual but not the relationship. We have the ‘want’ to change but not the ‘will’ to change. Our Gospel has become way too polished, as if we’re ashamed of it. We are all dressed up with no power to show. A form of godliness isn’t going to bring lasting change. We need the power of godliness. Paul said, ‘The kingdom doesn’t consist in talk but in power.’ Don’t settle for an imitation of power, pursue intimacy with God and you’ll possess the real thing.
All of us know what it’s like to experience connection problems when it comes to technology. Be it with our cell phone coverage, wi-fi access or computer server interruptions, we all disdain the frustration of breakdowns in connection. The same can happen in our spiritual walk with God. Sometimes we can find ourselves in a rut that we feel like we can’t get out of. We pray persistently but don’t receive. We give consistently but don’t breakthrough. We witness passionately but don’t see fruit. What could be the issue? Jesus spoke to the disciples and asked when he returns, will he find faith on the earth? This implies that faith in God would be a rare commodity. Faith is an endangered species and yet its the divine connector between heaven and earth. Faith is the currency of heaven that joins heavens resources to earth’s needs. Spiritual connection problems can occur for a number of reasons but faith in God and his Word reconnects us to the supply line of the miraculous.
One of the key issues that undermines what we are believing for, from becoming reality is the misalignment of our speech with our faith. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. You don’t help your faith by a wrong confession. For our faith to operate powerfully, it must be complimented by our confession.
It isn’t just a case of thinking positively or even speaking positively, it’s a case of becoming clear in your own mind and heart what you are believing for and aligning your confession with it.
If you look hard enough, you can find a multitude of reasons to be negative and critical in this world but if you are focused on walking in God’s call for your life and seeing his promises be established in your daily reality, then you will to need to be intentional about what comes out of your mouth.
I must admit, there have been too many times in the past when I have been careless, even downright reckless with my words. I’ve observed that the more tired or insecure I feel the more careless I become with my words. Just cause you can say it doesn’t mean you should. It’s a rare person that can tame their tongue at all times. In fact James 3:2 says, ‘If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, also able to bridle his whole body.’ Apparently there is a direct correlation between how we use our mouths and how we control our entire lives, including our bodies.
If there is one constant pattern I see repeated in Scripture and also repeated in the lives of great people around me is that if you want to see a manifestation of what you are believing for, then you must pay attention to your confession. Your confession leads to your manifestation.
We have been made in the image of God and when God wants to get something done, he uses his words to do it. When God declared, ‘Let there be light,’ there was light (Gen 1:3). Hebrews 11:3 says, the universe was created by the words of his mouth, so that what is seen was not made out of what is visible.
If we have been wired up the same way, then in 2013, do something wise and watch your mouth. Loose lips sink ships whereas a tight tongue hits the home run.
Never underestimate the power of being faithful in natural things. In the kingdom of God, its first the natural and then the spiritual. Natural law reflects spiritual law and we can’t say we follow Jesus and then be lazy in our practical responsibilities. In some weird way, it can be easy to excuse tardiness and slackness by pointing to God’s grace but this would actually reflect a poor theology of grace. God’s grace empowers us to live holy and be faithful, not to make excuses for self-centered living.
In the context of handling money, Jesus said (Luke 16:10), ‘One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.’ How we handle little responsibilities says a lot about how we would go with bigger responsibilities.
All throughout my ministry I have been committed to doing whatever it takes to fulfil the mission and make a difference in people’s lives. As an intern, I would set the chairs and staging up and then preach on it later that night and then unpack it afterwards with a small team of people helping. Little did I know at the time but this was all preparation for planting and leading a thriving church in the future, where I would have to do much of the same. I so value teams of people around me that give sacrificially of themselves to the practical side of ministry.
We must seek faithfulness in the practical side of life because Jesus see’s everything as having spiritual significance. What has God put into your hands now? Rather than looking at the future alone, look at what is in front of you now and put your hand to it. Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all of your might (Ecc 9:10).
2 Kings 5:13:20-21 “So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.”
The Universal Truth is that everyone of us are going to die. It doesn’t matter if you’re handsome, gorgeous, smart, wealthy, charismatic, conservative, black, white or even anointed like the prophet Elisha, what man can live and never see death (Ps 90:48)?
When you are in the last moments of your life, the question isn’t only what did you do with your time, talent and treasure but what did you do with the anointing of God’s Spirit resident within you?
The anointing is the person and power of the Holy Spirit moving in and through your life. I don’t think most of us really appreciate the value or power of what God has lavishly given to us in his anointing. Each believer has been anointed by the Holy One and the anointing teaches us everything (1 Jn 2:20, 27)
The prophet Elisha was anointed by the Spirit of God. He was called by God through the mentoring of Elijah and he asked for a double portion of his spiritual father’s anointing. It’s recorded that Elijah performed 7 miracles and up until his death, Elisha performed 13 miracles and 1 after his death. Soon after Elisha died, a man was buried in the same grave as Elisha (traditional custom) and when his dead body hit the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood up on his feet.
Wow! You may suggest that this is incredible, however, I think leave nothing in your bones. There’s an ‘organ donor’ saying that says, ‘Don’t take your organs to heaven, God knows we need them on earth.’ Don’t take your anointing to heaven, God knows this planet is a spiritual war zone and we need your anointing down here to turn death into life. Leave nothing in your bones.
Eternity is a long time and life on this planet is short. We have all eternity to celebrate a new heaven and a new earth but what we do with the anointing now is what is most important in eternity.
People’s spirits are dead in sin. The anointing of God’s Spirit is meant to be poured out for their benefit, not our enjoyment, alone. If you had the cure for cancer, you wouldn’t keep that cure to yourself but you would give it away to someone who desperately needed it. God has given us his anointing to give away to sick people to help minister life, truth and freedom to them. The anointing breaks the yoke of Satan’s bondage and agenda in people’s lives and that’s why we need to leave nothing in our bones.