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Saturday, March 25 2017
The Anointing

 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. Isaiah 10:27

The anointing oil breaks the yokes. I have had the privilege of owning my own businesses for many years. I have had my fair share of working in different environments and different personalities.  It has gained me a perspective on people and their management styles. During my years of working, I found it is very rare to work in a setting that really allowed its employees to risk...to take chances and learn from their mistakes. These leaders are generally performance oriented and risking requires appearing foolish and that flies in the face of performance-oriented individuals.  When those people are put in positions of authority the environment lacks creativity and becomes a "no risk zone" because we can't have mistakes. The environment becomes hostile and fear becomes a dominating force.  

There is an anointing for leadership.  I have found that God does not anoint those who protect their turf but anoints those who have His heart.  In a business setting or ministry, the most crucial environment that you can create is a safe place for people to grow, to risk, to be challenged without fear of repercussions.  A place that people can be free from fear of mistakes and failures.  When you have an anointing you can't fail at what God has placed upon you...unless you try to move out from under that anointing and begin using the arm of the flesh. 

One of the most liberating things I have discovered in different working environments is we are not competing with each other. In the Kingdom of God, we are not competing with each other. Zechariah 4:6 says "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit; Says the Lord of hosts.  Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel, you shall become a plain!  And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"  Humility attracts the grace of God.  When you are trying to protect your turf through fear and intimidation grace is not there because God resists the proud.  

I am reminded of the story of David.  He was anointed King while Saul was still King.  God was looking for a  man after his own heart.  Saul appeared shoulders above the rest in the natural.  Saul started out his reign right with God but ended up disobeying God.  His failure to obey God cost him his rulership.  He became exceedingly jealous of David and tried to kill him. When you fail to operate in an anointing you will begin to hate the one anointed.  

In the Kingdom of God we each have a place and in order to be successful at "building His Kingdom," we need to find our place.  The bible says a man's gift will make room for him and bring him before great men...Proverbs 18:16. 

Let our life pursuit be after one thing...His heart.  Let's seek the heart of God and let him anoint us for our purpose so we can be free from fear of failure and instead be given wings to fly, to create, to DREAM.  You can't dream in an oppressive environment because all you can do is put all your energy into controlling the environment because you are afraid to fail.  Fear should never be the dominating force in our life. God wants us free from fear so that we can dream.  When fear is removed from the environment you will find people once again dreaming, risking, growing, creating and most of all learning to work as a team after the same goal.