"Anointed, But Not Ready"
About the Book
everything. Just because you’ve been anointed to be a king, doesn’t mean it’s
time to be king. You could be “anointed, and not be ready”. This book
outlines in detail the progressive steps one takes before stepping into their
God-given “anointed and appointed” assignment. I use the life of David as he
transitioned through his process from a little shepherd boy to King of Israel.
I drew frequent parallels in regards to your very own assignment as well.
As I speak
on the concept of being anointed, I want to clarify exactly what I mean. First,
I want to say that all believers are anointed as the Apostle Paul stated in 2
Corinthians chapter 1 verse 21 “Now he which stablisheth us with you in
Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.” The Apostle John also stated in 1
John chapter 2 verse 27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him
abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same
anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as
it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. So, as believers, we all have
the anointing. This should not be confused with “The Anointed One” (Luke
4:18; Acts 4:27; Acts 10:28) – that identification belongs to Jesus Christ
alone. The Bible however gives several instances where the tabernacle,
tabernacle instruments, the altar and a shield were anointed for the service of
the Lord. We also see where the sick were anointed for healing and where the
dead were anointed for burial. In addition, we see how the priests, prophets
and kings were anointed for temple service, as messengers of God and leaders for
God’s people. In this book, my focus is not to address the anointing per say,
but rather what God has anointed you for. Again, I am not speaking of the
anointing that we all have as believers but of an endowment we receive from the
Holy Spirit for purpose. Yes, I am mindful that there are numerous assignments
that God would have us to complete as believers. However, as I speak of this
assignment, I speak of the one in which you were born to complete; the one to
which existed in the mind of God before you were created; the one thing in which
He equipped you with, before you were conceived in your mother’s womb; and the
one thing to which no one else would ever do quite like you. I’m speaking of
CHAPTER ONE: HUMILITY
Furthermore, in regards to assignments, there
are those who have been sent by God and those who simply went on their own.
Those who were sent by God endured what they had to go through and qualified
themselves to go forth. The others, however, are those who were called by God
but violated the fundamental nature of time by becoming anxious and jumping
out there too quick. Both groups are anointed. Being anointed, however,
going forth or accepting a position. You will get what God has for you, but
it will be in His time. Until then, patiently wait on the Lord. God has
declared the former things over your life from the beginning and suddenly they
will come to pass (Isaiah 48:3).
A critical key to maintaining patience and walking in
humility is living a lifestyle of brokenness. This brokenness is not
connected to being out of order, fragmented, cracked, dilapidated, decrepit or
falling to pieces. I am speaking of a submission to God that enables you to
minister more effectively to others. If you are going to be anointed and used
by God, remember that the oil doesn’t flow if the olive has not been crushed.
The oil would have never been poured on Jesus’ head if the alabaster box had
not been broken (Mark 4:3). If we want the anointing of God to flow freely
through us, we must brace ourselves for the process of brokenness. Now, to be
crushed or broken doesn’t mean God is going to annihilate you either. It
simply means that by virtue of a series of events, situations, or
circumstances, you have resolved to humbly accept the will of God for your
life. During this process you will no doubt feel isolated and alone. Perhaps
you will feel like no one even care. You may even feel abandon by God but
this is the process where you learn to depend on Him and in Him. It is
through brokenness that you finally surrender all; that you are quick to
forgive and quick to admit when you are wrong; that you give God all the
glory; that you recognize a desperate need for God’s mercy; and that you
recognize knowing Him is more valuable than all the things you could ever
acquire here on earth. It is this process that enables you to effectively
minister to others.
“After coming to Christ, let the light shine in you.
That area you see is not for your condemnation – You’ll never go higher than
your ability to be broken in that area.”
Pastor Steven Hodge
Apostle Paul said, I counted up my credentials. I counted up the things I’ve
acquired and the things I've gone through in my life. But when I was finished
counting, I came to a resounding conclusion that when comparing them to
knowing and being accepted of Christ, they mean nothing.
With The King And Be A Blessing!