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Sunday, March 20, 2011

God Protects His Anointed

Dear beloved: Some people in the body of Christ feel it is their duty to attack and malign others who are serving or ministering in the body, primarily because their methods or anointings are in some way different or unfamiliar. Or in other instances, the manifestations of the Holy Spirit come to ministries in ways in which we are not familiar. Beware making judgments about God's anointed, for in so doing you may be doing the work of Satan in bringing down the movement of God.

In speaking of Abraham sojourning in the land of Canaan, God speaks in Psalm 105:14 He suffered no man to do them wrong; yea, He reproved kings for their sakes; v15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. God protects His chosen and His anointed, it is His sovereign right to choose His prophets and to allow them to minister, even in ways that we may not agree with or acknowledge. When Saul pursued David into the cave at Engedi in 1 Samuel 24:1-6, David had an opportunity to take Saul out (v4) but instead chose to cut off the edge of Saul's robe secretly. v5 And it came about afterward that David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's robe. v6 So he said to his men, "Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my Lord, the Lord's anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord's anointed." v7 And David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, and left the cave, and went on his way.

When we speak against other ministries and God's anointed, Satan just stands back and watches with glee, content that his dirty work is being done by those who profess to be part of the body of Christ. So it just makes his job that much easier, and it also gives justification for unbelievers to mock the body, saying, "look at the way they tear each other down, where is the love and compassion they preach?" Mark 9:38 John said to Him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to hinder him because he was not following us." v39 But Jesus said," Do not hinder him, for there is no one who shall perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. v40 "For he who is not against us is for us." So Jesus is saying leave them alone, God is big enough to take care of them if they are not of us, but in the meantime do not discount their work.

Beloved, all those who are ministering in the name of Jesus need our prayers, not our snap judgments and condemnation. When we judge incorrectly or hastily, we bring condemnation on ourselves as well as the body of Christ. Why don't we pray for each other instead? Pray for those whom you may have disagreements with, or whom you may question their methods. Just because the Holy Spirit manifests differently under a person's anointing doesn't mean it is not of God. Pray that God would anoint in an even greater way those that He has chosen. Let us be about building each other up in the body of Christ. God bless you, in Christ, Jim

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