Often times in the church or meeting, God will send His power, yet we fail to recognize the anointing or disallow it from being used. The Holy Spirit once showed me a picture of a meeting. Around the room were many people. God had chosen a person that He wanted to use. They had their hand up saying use me. We cry out to the Lord for His presence and power to come; yet we fail to realize that it will comes through people. The Lord in the meeting had his hand up as the people were crying out for Him to come. He was saying, ďCan I speak?Ē. He was not allowed, as man wanted to be in control. The Lord then left without accomplishing what He wanted to do.
Man in control is a problem in the church. The control comes from many possible issues. It may come through pride, self-glory, insecurities, fear, unbelief, or distrust. I realize that a pastor or leader has a responsibility to protect the sheep, yet He also has a responsibility to feed them. A pastor or leader that is truly called of God, must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to flow through whomever He chooses. The pastor or leader is only what they are because God gifted or anointed them. It is not really them in leadership, or should not be. It must be the Holy Spirit. They are no different than anyone else without the anointing. God chooses who He wants to use and anoint. I have found for me at least that I do not care whom God uses, as long as He gets done what He chooses to do in the meeting. It is all about the Lord and His will, not about man. If we are truly crucified with Christ, it will be Jesus in us as pastor or leader of a meeting. Jesus did what He saw the Father do. He laid down His will and did only the will of the Father. We must do the same if Jesus is truly living and working through us. It is not our ministry. It is the ministry of Jesus through His Holy Spirit that gets things done Godís way. We must learn to let go of what we want and allow the Holy Spirit to lead in what ever way and through whomever He chooses if we are to have a church that is powerful and accomplishing the will of the Lord. There may be an anointing to preach, teach, pray, exhort or other things. It is not about one person. We are to work as a team and even though we feel in leadership, we must allow the people to function in their gifting and anointing if we are to have a God kind of church or meeting. We must take the limits off of God that say it must be done a certain way or it must only be through me or the one I choose. God seems to rarely do things the way we think. He said that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours are, so we must learn to yield to the anointing in whomever God chooses to use. What we fail to realize is that when we donít allow God to use people that He anoints that we are saying ďnoĒ to God as we want our own way. This is rebellion and disobedience and can put us in dangerous territory, as we are actually in agreement with the enemy. Did not the devil want to exhalt himself above God and be in control? Is that not what we are doing when we disallow the Holy Spirit free reign? We really need to look at our choices much closer. Our rebellion or disobedience will always cost us something. Obedience is better than sacrifice. We could sacrifice our health or life if not careful. God has things that He wants done and I donít want to be the one that stands in His way. Godís will, will get done, with or without us. Are we going to agree with Him, or go our own way and pay the cost?
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