“An ounce of anointing is more precious than a thousand tons of talent.
When I say anointing, I’m talking about the supernatural enabling of the Holy Spirit.
If you’ve got it, you’ll do greater things for God than you can imagine, and live a remarkable life for His glory.
If you don’t, you won’t.
If you’re anointed by God, you’ll do things far beyond your capability. You’ll live in a constant state of humility, because you need the Lord for every step, every breath, every situation. You’ll live in constant amazement at all the ways He comes through for you.
If you’re not anointed by God, even your strengths will become weaknesses in time. You’ll still do good stuff, maybe even impressive stuff. But it won’t have eternal power in it, and it will be just a small slice of what you could have done, if the Lord was doing it through you.
Talent is a great thing to have. It’s a gift from God.
But having talent without anointing is kind of like having seatwarmers in a car but not having an engine under the hood.
God can work in spite of our lack of talent. Through the anointing, even our weakness can become a playing field for the Lord to show off His strength.
But talent alone isn’t enough to get the job done if you don’t have God’s power behind it. You’ll come up short in the end.
Ask Samson. “ STEPHEN FURTICK
I feel like too much of my life I have relied on my talent, my family, my money, or my relationships with people and haven’t sought out the anointing and power of God in my life. Maybe its because I too often think that as long as things are going “well” that I can do enough good on my own without God’s power in my life. Its pretty sad that I have so many times believed that. I wish I wouldn’t have wasted so much of my life in that place. The truth is that we were never created to live without anointing, its just that this world has convinced us we don’t need it. Its the fuel of a life worth living for Jesus, it’s not surprising to me that the Holy Spirit is directly connected with our sense of self, hope, and mission. It’s the adventure and the excitement of living a Christian life. This anointing is only for those who have surrendered control of their lives to Jesus, it’s a free gift, but is not forced upon anyone who doesn’t ask for it. We have believed we can live the Christian life on our own strength. Maybe you are like me and wonder why you keep just doing good stuff and not God stuff. Or why your walk with Christ is mundane and boring sometimes? I would contend, like Stephen Furtick writes,that it is because we have not sought to submit our lives fully to Jesus, to begin to believe the truth about our identity in Christ, and then ask God for a fresh anointing and be open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. You might not be familiar with the term “Holy Spirit” but quite simply it is just the part of God that lives inside of us, that pushes us to do great things for God, that operates as a moral compass, that ignites our heart for God and the things He cares about, that gives us wisdom, and that reminds us of what we have to live for, and lastly it gives us power to conquer any battle we face! Anointing doesn’t come naturally, it must be sought after, but I believe God is wanting to anoint us to live lives that will matter significantly in the kingdom of God, it’s not too late for you and I ask God to do a miracle in our lives and give us the best gift ever this Christmas, the gift of a deep relationship with Himself. Let me warn you though, if you seek the Holy Spirit and a deep relationship with Jesus than there may be moments where your character and the very deepest parts of your heart may need to have an overhaul. This is a process that is worth going through, but can be extremely challenging, and is well worth the process of beginning to live a life of eternal purpose and significance for God’s glory. How do we start this? It begins with opening the Bible, reading and believing the truth of what God says about you and open your heart to Him. Here are a few I have decided to start with 🙂
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
2. John 1:12 I am God’s child.
3. Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
4. Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
5. Romans 8:1 I am free from condemnation.
6. 1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
7. 2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
8. Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
9. 1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
10. Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
11. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.