*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*DETERMINANTS OF ANOINTING (3)*
Matt 8:20 *And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Money or other possession is not a determinant of anointing.
Money, the abundance, or lack of it is not a determinant of anointing.
What the money you do have can never buy for you, anointing can give you much more at no cost, ref Isaiah 55:1-2.
There are some scriptures that tell us about money and riches.
Without any doubt, money is important, and the presence of it does facilitate easier running of operations in any arms of the church, the economy, and the workforce today.
Solomon says in Eccl 10:19 *'...money answereth all things.* Money, however, does not solve all things.
Jesus says in Matt 19:24 *"....It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.* He said this because the rich trust more in their riches than they trust God.
Jesus is not saying those who are rich will go to hell. There is no other reason why they should go to hell other than their total trust in their riches than in God. Even the poor, when they do not trust in God, will go to hell.
There are instances in the scriptures where vessels of God did not live in affluence, yet they were mighty in the hands of God, 2 Kgs 1:8, Matt 3:4.
Elijah *"....was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins.*
So did John the Baptist. These were indicators of a life in the wilderness or life in places that may not be satisfactorily comfortable and habitable.
Jesus did not have a publicized, comfortable place of habitation, Matt 8:20.
As important as money is, its importance has so much outweighed the importance of anointing.
lt has been used as a way to determine anointing. The rich vessel of God is considered most anointed.
The rich church is considered the most anointed.
Before the anointed is considered most influential, the rich are often mentioned first.
We must give anointing its place and respect it for God to do His supernatural through His anointed.
Not to say that Pastors of big chuches do not carry an anointing, but we must not justify the presence of the power of God by the abundance of what people have or not have.
Luke 12:15 says *.....for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.*
We do not see the way God sees.
in Jesus' letter to the Church in
Laodicea, He wrote them saying in Rev 3:17 *Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:*
The anointed can invoke riches, yet he may not be rich.
Some not-well-to-do Pastors do refuse riches, though they have nothing in their hands.
The request by God through His anointed to seek support for the Church does not make God a poor God, neither does it diminish the power of God in His anointed, Exd 25:2.
God's vessels' anointing and the encouragement for others to give is a priority. Elisha told Gehazi
*Is it a time to receive money and to receive garments, oliveyards, vineyards, sheep, oxen, menservants, and maidservants?*, 2 Kgs 5:26.
Whatever we despise can not work for us. A calculated revolt against the vessel of God will not go away without painful regrets and reprisal, come what may, 2 Sam 16:7, 1 Kgs 2:9, 2: 36-46
Money could buy most things that life needs, but it can not speak life to live through them.
The rich can not command the barren to bear, but the anointed can!
Respect the vessel of God irrespective of their affluence or not.
Are you willing to receive the anointing?
Though the provision required may not be presently in existence, anointing can bring it into existence, Gen 22:8.
*Call to Word action.*
Anointing can do what money can never do!
John 6: 11-12 *And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.*
*When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Anointing ended the famine in Samaria. The king and the economic planner could not, 2 Kgs 7:1.
Lord anoint me over riches. Let me not lack either, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.