“But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil” (Psalms 92:10 NKJ).
We should all possess a yearning for a fresh work of God. I remember the years when everything was fresh and new. It is very easy when one has been in the ministry for a number of years for things to become mundane, routine, and professional. A trap that any of us can fall into is to learn a system of ministry and/or a message and content ourselves by equating that with anointing.
When God raises up a person in obedience and anointing, his first anointing is that of a servant. It is only when one has a servant’s heart that he can be trusted with greater things. All too often, personal zealousness and ambition will assert themselves to dominate one’s priorities–ultimately causing his heart to grow cold. A person should constantly keep in mind that the word “ministry”, in the NT Greek, is better translated “servant”. A servant is one cares for the needs of others. Continue reading “Anointing With Fresh Oil”
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Life consists of much more than what we can see with our human eyes. In fact, the visible is merely that which is transitory and corruptible. The invisible world of the Father is that which is permanent and incorruptible. Continue reading “Beyond the Tangible”
On one occasion, Jesus the very penetrating and pertinent question, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:8)? That question is very thought provoking, especially since the scriptures teach “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
According to 1 Corinthians 3:13, the primary concern of the Judgment Seat of Christ is “What sort or kind of works we have done while on earth.” “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work OF WHAT SORT IT IS.” It seems to me that the works that will go with us into Heaven as the basis of our rewards will be evaluated based on three primary motivations:
- Whether they have been done exclusively for the glory of God.
- Whether they have been based sole on obedience to the expressed commands of Jesus.
- Whether their motivating and enabling factors have been faith.
- Unfortunately, much of our “Christian” activity as well as that of many churches seems to be devoid of faith. The disciples once asked Jesus “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God” (John 6:28)? Jesus answered with a very straightforward reply: “This is the work of God, that ye BELIEVE ON HIM whom he hath sent” (John 6:29).
Continue reading “A Faith Driven Life”