“He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 2:22).
Christians throw around the word “anointed” often, but please understand that there is a price to pay for the anointing.
Alone but not alone
Some anointed people spend a lot of time alone (even with people around), and they tend to feel out of place at times.
John the Baptist seems to fit this description. The Bible says, “John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey” (Matthew 3:4). Mark 1:4 tells us that John also lived in the wilderness. Moses can relate to this, right? (Exodus 3:1)
Also read the books of Jeremiah (chapter 38) and Ezekiel (chapter 4). Those great prophets understood this life of solitude.
God calls you
You don't call yourself. You don't choose yourself. God selects you and sets you on a journey, sometimes you are oblivious about “this journey” until years later. Then you begin to perceive the connection between your trials and your purpose, and your life starts to transform right before your eyes.
Get in line with God
If you delay in getting in line with God’s perfect plan, the enemy will scatter you in confusion, breaking your heart, defiling your reputation. However, once you realize your purpose, nothing can deter you.
The moment you set your heart on obeying God, your eyes will open, and you will stop feeling sorry for yourself because of all the mistreatments you had to bear.
You will finally recognize you were in 'ministerial school' and will see that God was training you for the souls who would desperately need what He placed inside of you through those adversities.
The anointing destroys the yoke of bondage. So, before God uses you for ministry, He will first use that same anointing to cleanse you. Is this often painful? Yes. Will you feel discouraged? Yes. Is this a long process? Sometimes.
Listen, find the most abused Christian who is still honoring the Word and you will discover that he or she is flowing in the power of God.
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