Wednesday, 16 May 2018

What Blocks the Anointing?

Scripture:  Revelation 22 v 19: "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things that are written in this book."

Galatians 3 v 2 - 5: "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
 3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
 4  Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 
 5  He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"

The name CHRIST means The Anointed One. The One God the Father anointed to carry out a unique mission.  God's Son had to leave Heaven, putting aside His throne and life in Heaven, He became the Son of Man, being born as a baby.

His mission was to serve mankind by revealing the Father to us, and teaching us the truth about the god of this world, Satan, who is already defeated but we need to know how to overcome his last desperate attempts to cling to the power he had over us.  His lies, fears and doubts within the minds of people still causes grief.

The ultimate victory over Satan was the crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross, followed by His resurrection and ascension to Heaven. 1 Corinthians 2 v 6 - 8: "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
 7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
 8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."

The princes of this world are Satan and his demons, and if they had known how God would use the death of Jesus to defeat them they would never have allowed it.

All those who follow Jesus Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit are anointed. This means that His followers are anointed to fulfil the plans God has sent us to do.  So what are the things that cause the flow of the anointing to dry up? Its important to guard ourselves against any blocks so that the work of God proceeds without hindrance.

Disobedience is a huge block. When you break God's commandments the anointing is blocked until you repent of that sin and receive forgiveness.  If you continue in disobedience it opens a dark door through which many evils enter in.

Jesus said a little bit of leaven leavens the whole lump. Leaven is sin. Just a little sin can contaminate our whole lives and affect our family and church.  If the pastor commits sin like drug addiction or adultery, the anointing shuts off and that sin contaminates the whole church, affects his family and ministry in very negative ways.  If we are serious about following Jesus we must do our best to be like Him. Holy and sinless.

When the anointing is blocked pastors and prophets have to manufacture their own brand of anointing to "keep up appearances". This leads to all sorts of strange things being mixed into the truth. Over time these other doctrines become a whole new religion or cult.

Every religion is man-made! Only the Law of Moses and Christianity came directly from God. In Jeremiah 31 v 31: "Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah." Therefore to be in God's perfect will you have to follow His Son Jesus Christ.

There is a huge move for Christians to live under the Judaic law, keeping the Sabbath, keeping all the feasts, keeping laws pertaining to the Jews.  When Jesus cried out on the Cross, It is finished!, He was referring to the bondage of the Law.  

He raised up Saul of Tarsus to be Paul the Apostle because he was a Pharisee of the Pharisees and very bound by the Law.  Jesus opened his eyes to the truth about life lived in the Holy Spirit being far above the restrictions of the law.  He wanted Paul to explain it thoroughly to the New Testament believers.  Followers of the Law in churches today have compromised their salvation and blocked the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Any deviation from the simplicity of Christ and our complete surrender to Him will cause a block to the anointing and this will cause more division in the church. We are in the last days and it is vital that the church become united around the central truth of the Lordship of Jesus.

We can't have the truth according to some televangelist feathering his own nest or becoming a popular speaker. The entertainment centres that pass for church nowadays are an abomination to God. Jesus overthrows them as He did to the tables of the moneylenders in the Temple.

The Temple was supposed to be a house of Prayer. Through prayer our connection to Father God is kept sweet and fresh and anointed. It keeps a strong flow like a swift river and much is accomplished for His Kingdom. 

The more willing and obedient we are to the Lord the more He can accomplish through us. The pure anointing flowing through a surrendered heart can touch the whole world. A manufactured substitute of anointing can bring the house down and sow error and terror in many places.

There is a lot of mingling going on in the spiritual dimension.  Christian, Interfaith, Catholicism mixed with Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Voodooism, tribal witchcraft et al are becoming normal religious practices in many places.

Numbers 3 v 4: "And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the sight of Aaron their father.

We serve a God that is unchanging in His holy righteousness.  What is sinful in the Old Testament is still sinful under the New.  Strange fire comes when the doctrines of different religions are intermingled with gospel truth.  These priests,Nadab and Abihu, offered strange fire and died before the Lord.  

In 2 Corinthians 7 v 17: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you."

We need to thoroughly examine our own lives and places of worship, and place all before our Holy King and ask Him to remove the unclean things from our lives which are stopping the flow of His anointing. Ask Him to unite the church in truth and love and give it proper direction.

Prayer: Father God its time for us all to come clean and allow You to remove us from wrong spiritual experiences into Your absolute truth and holiness. Our survival depends on it. We need the full anointing to make it home and to help others who are struggling. Hear our cry today O Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.