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Don't Feel Pressured To "Prove" You're Anointed

Today's blog is an excerpt from Revelation Unplugged.

Mark 6:4-6(KJV) – But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief, And he went around the villages, teaching.

It’s important for you to minister with the confidence you get from the Word of God because if you’re not leaning on God, people will shake you. It’s rare for people in this world and in The Church to just receive ministry. It’s in our human nature to question everything. That is not a bad thing at a certain level, so you should prepare yourself. People questioned Jesus even though they knew exactly what He had done to help them all. Nonetheless, it is clear that the attitude of each recipient of your ministry determines your effectiveness in that person’s life.

Therefore, as I said before, never discount the need to have a firmly established foundation in the Word of God and a strong personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. For instance, you may be anointed to heal the sick but in a particular place they may question your anointing and then expect you to prove yourself before their eyes. Don’t do it! It’s a trap! If they don’t believe that you’re anointed then they won’t receive healing from God. Therefore, they will make you look like a phony. You do not need to prove anything to a group of skeptical people. God can prove Himself whenever He chooses to.

James 1:5-8(KJV) – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

People with limited faith based on the Word of God will find it difficult to receive any ministry. They will not see consistent results in their lives and may choose to point fingers at you. Always remember that God is the ultimate minister so even if people do not receive from you let them take it up with God. I don’t claim to know everything and I don’t always say things right. However, I know what God has called me to do and that is exactly what I am doing. The ministry being presented at The Cracked Door Foundation Inc has blessed the hearts of many people and has also offended others.

At one point, I became confused when the same message revolutionized the life of one individual and totally angered someone else. Do we all read from the same Bible? Do we listen to the same Holy Ghost? It’s important to walk with confidence because if you’re unsure, you’re ineffective. You can’t blame people for not believing in you if you don’t believe in yourself. You also can’t blame people for not seeing God in you if you don’t see God in yourself. That’s why you should always place the focus on God so that regardless of your flaws, it will never be about you. You don’t want to get the glory when it’s good and you don’t want to be culpable when it’s bad.

Matthew 4:1-7(KJV) - Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

The devil was very subtle and made an attempt to destroy the ministry of Jesus by a simple method. He tried to get Jesus to prove Himself. That’s how people get themselves defeated in ministry. They let the enemy bait them and then find themselves trying to prove that they are anointed. They push people down in a prayer line. They declare generic prophecies that will definitely come to pass. They preach messages based on proven sermon notes they found on the Internet or bought in a bookstore.

They make exorbitant claims about their integrity that are unnecessary. They use credit to buy material possessions to create an illusion of prosperity. They try to manipulate people into giving money using pressure tactics. I can continue this list with ease because I have witnessed them all. However, I think you get the point. Jesus did not let the enemy trick Him. He established a precedent that we should all adhere to. Do not prove that you are anointed or that you are called by God. It’s not a good idea. Continue to operate in integrity and remain genuine. If you are good at something, you don’t need to force it.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16(KJV) - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

Now let me bring some balance. If you’re trying out for a position and you’re being evaluated by a superior then you have to do your best. That’s the only time when it’s worth proving yourself. Your pastor may want to hear you minister in his office before he puts you on the stage so in that case, blow his mind. He may want to discuss the topic you plan to preach about, so prepare your notes and nail the interview. You may be trying to get your dance ministry off the ground so if you’re trying out for a show then dance like David danced. Outside of that, stick to your ministry goals.

Don’t let a person who really does not want to receive anything from you intimidate you into proving yourself. The devil knew that Jesus was the Son of God but he asked Him to prove it anyway. The anointing is very easy to recognize so many people who question you may have already noticed it. In addition, if people are not walking in the Spirit, you’re wasting time trying to get them to understand. Nothing you do can convince a carnal person of your spiritual capabilities.

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