Title: DON’T LET ANYTHING MAKE YOU DISDAIN WHAT SHOULD BLESS YOU
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heavenJohn 3:27
John’s disciples had just discovered something and they rushed to their leader, “That guy you baptised and bore witness of is on the other side of the River baptising folks. And a lot of people are coming to Him”, they said. John looked at them all and part of his response is what we see in our opening text above.
I want you to know that any spiritual authority you have the opportunity to bear witness to and which is proven to be from God, carries God behind it. No matter what you know about them or your relationship with them, it doesn’t invalidate what they’ve been bestowed with. Challenging or disdaining it can be very detrimental to your life, ministry and destiny as a whole.
In Numbers 16, some spiritual leaders, men of renown who were very close to Moses, the servant of God. They had eaten with him, seen him taking correction from his father-in-law, worked side by side with him and even represented him in carrying out leadership functions. They could say they ‘knew‘ Moses, the man. Therefore, they challenged Moses and Aaron’s leadership.
They said something many of us still say or think today, we think it’s okay, but we need to learn from John the Baptist. Here is what they said, Numbers 16:3, “They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”
Can you imagine such audacity? Please let me show you something that you should remember everyday: God’s appointing upon a person is meant to bless whoever he/she comes in contact with. If you touch it and bless them for its sake, it will touch you back and bless you. But, If you fight them or oppose them, it will fight you back and destroy you. God told it to Abraham and it worked even when Abraham went out of God’s plan by travelling to Egypt. They took his wife and his anointing rose against the house of Pharaoh (see Gen. 12:3, 14-17, and chapter 20).
What about when Miriam and Aaron rose against Moses behind his back. He wasn’t even there to hear or defend himself, but Someone else heard it and rose against them. They paid for that (Numbers 12). These scriptures confirm what the Word said in Psalms 105:13-15, “When they went from one nation to another, From one kingdom to another people, He permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”
If they carry it, God requires for us to honor it. There are blessings attached to being respectful and to honor anyone God brings into our lives with some level of spiritual authority, your friend, husband, wife, father, mother, in-law, etc., whether they are pastors or not. Once you notice that oil of God’s anointing, reverence it for your own good. Do they have to be perfect? No. Will they be the nicest of people? Probably not. Will they provoke you? As humans, they might. You know why? Their anointing or appointing to do God’s purpose didn’t make them angels and didn’t change them from being human.
People will make mistakes or do odd things despite their spiritual or physical offices. It’s not for you to attack or curse or cast stones at them, no matter how many people are doing this. It would be better to even distance yourself from them and pray for them when they go wrong or behave wrongly. The above scriptures have to be clear enough to you that God doesn’t joke with His outpouring on His selected people.
Here is the core blessing attached to doing this: I Samuel 2:30, “…for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.”
If you can carry the mindset of John to believe that whatever authority a man is given by God came from God and must be honored as God’s, then you’ll be sure to have that anointing stand for you because your heart is not against it. But if you allow what people think of him to make you rise against it too, expect it to fight you back. Take the blessing and avoid the curse.
Father, may we be wise like David to honor the anointing you give to us through men so it may bless us, amen.