I think most of us would agree that it is an honor to do what we have been called to do. It is an honor to serve the Lord, it is an honor to lead and to teach. As I was thinking about this post, God gently told me
” Karen, I have children to protect, don’t think that your position does not come with requirements. If you do not obey, I have an obligation as a good father to take away your role”
Jeez, what does that even mean Jesus?
See, it’s very easy to get on the platform God has given you, to then forget that He is the one that gave it to you. It is very easy to get to your destination to then leave God instead of clinging on to Him. The Lord reminded me that He loves His children very much, my disobedience can lead His children astray and this would not be tolerated. You are part of God’s bigger plan, and when you don’t follow His rules, you become a danger to the Kingdom. The Lord cares too much about you and His children to allow you to continue in your rampage.
We need not forget who is the one that brought us to our destination when we get there. We need to obey what God tells us to do because it is through this obedience that he can entrust us with more. Without obedience, we are in jeopardy of losing God’s blessing & annointing. It is by listening to God’s gentle whispers that we may impact people the way He wants us to. Our success should not be by our strength but from His.
King Saul ( 1 Samuel )
The Lord pointed me to Saul to emphasize this important lesson. Saul was king before David, but Saul’s foolishness caused him to loose God’s anointing.
How did Saul loose his anointing? Saul picked and choose what he wanted to do, he was disobedient. The Lord sent Samuel to anoint Saul as King, but before then God asked Saul to go and strike Amalek and destroy everything that Amalek had, every man and women, child and infant, and animal. ” But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and oxen and of the fattened calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.” ( 1 Samuel 15:9).
Saul gave himself authority over decisions finalized by the Lord….NO NO NO. How can we expect God to bless our work when we disobey his word! How do we expect Him to trust us with more? Put yourself in God’s place for a minute ( you really can’t, but bear with me), how would you feel if you gave someone the ability to lead a group of people, meanwhile you gave guidance to this leader but they would disobey each and every time, they would never come to ask for help, they ignored you….why in the heavens would you promote this person! I wouldn’t, that leader is dangerous, whose to say that if I give them more, they won’t act worse?
Some of you are saying ” welp, I am not a leader, so this doesn’t apply to me” Wrong, we are ALL leaders. If you are a teacher, you are leading students in the classroom. A mother leads her children, a doctor leads his patients, a musician leads thousands if not millions of people through the words that are spoken in their songs. YOU are a leader and must follow the orders of the one and only almighty leader, lest you may loose God’s blessings.
Losing God’s Anointing
The Lord chose Saul, but Saul’s prideful heart led him to lose his anointing. The Lord told him ” Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being King” ( 1 Samuel 12:23). Saul could no longer have the protection of God, decisions became riskier, those that were for him became against him, his health deteriorated and he was forced to seek guidance in unholy places ” and when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by his dreams or by Urim, or by prophets” ( 1 Samuel 28:16). Now that is painful!
This is not to make anyone scared, but it is a warning! Your position comes with requirements, you must be guided by God in everything you do, only then will you be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your business will never be the best it can be, your classroom will never be as lively as it should be, your healing abilities will never be as powerful as it could be without God!
All Things Are His
The Lord has a kingdom to protect and will take away that platform that you thought was yours. Let’s be reminded that everything in this world is owned by God, it is an honor that He allows us to borrow them. Your money, success, and platform are all from God, treat them as the prized possessions that they are. Don’t allow pride to cloud your judgment.
Serving is harder without the strength of God. I would not be able to write these posts if it wasn’t for the Holy Spirit. I would not be able to manage all that I have without the guidance of God. New levels, new devils. As we move from glory to glory to glory, there will also be new and bigger battles to fight. We cannot fight these battles without the Lord’s direction. So how do we ensure that we stay under God’s anointing and not lose God’s blessing?
Prayer should be the routine of every Christian. The bible tells us to pray without ceasing. When we pray, we can give our burdens to God, and He can refill us. Secondly, we must pause, yes pause. So often, we rush through life, not giving the Lord the chance to speak to us and guide us. Are you so busy that the Lord has no way to redirect you? are you so focused on the words of people around you that the Lord’s whispers are muted? Lastly, Worship! it puts the devil to shame.
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods.
1 Chronicles 16:23-25
Your success is dependent on the anointing in your life. Seek God and his protection at all times, don’t walk out without the Lord’s blessing, lest you will fall.