MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 2 December 2019 – Enemies Of The Anointing
TOPIC: Enemies Of The Anointing
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 42-44; 1 John 1
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 8:23-27
MEMORY VERSE: “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” – James 3:16
MESSAGE: Yesterday, we established that the anointing is a must have for every believer who wants to succeed in life and ministry. If Jesus needed it and prospered by it, you need it also. Your success in life is dependent on your ability to access and correctly use the anointing. However, the anointing can be obtained and it can be lost. The truth is that it is easier to lose the anointing than to receive it. Lucifer, Saul, Samson and Judas, to mention a few, all lost their anointing. There are forces called the enemies of the anointing. These are what we also refer to as the anointing deactivators. Beloved, the anointing can be activated and it can be deactivated. Let us examine some of the enemies of the anointing or anointing deactivators.
The first enemy of the anointing is fear. In Matthew 8:23-27 and Matthew 14:24-26, the disciples of Jesus exhibited fear where they should have demonstrated faith. In Matthew 8:26, Jesus asked them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” The reason the disciples could not do what Jesus did was that Jesus had faith while they had fear.
Fear deactivated their anointing and they were not able to rebuke the contrary wind or still the storm that arose and threatened to capsize their boat. Faith activates the anointing while fear deactivates the anointing. You must not allow fear to take root in your life because it shuts off the anointing. You have not been given the spirit of fear, but of love and power and of sound mind.
Another enemy of the anointing is pride. It was pride they made Lucifer to lose both his position and his anointing. Similarly, Saul, the first king of Israel lost his anointing to pride. He offended God several times, but pride would not let him genuinely repent of his misdeeds. Rather, he would pass the blame to others and give lame excuses.
David, on the other hand, also sinned against God a couple of times. But David was a humble personality and he was quick to repent. While pride cost Saul his anointing, humility preserved the anointing of David.
The anointing is exclusively for clean and holy vessels. Therefore anyone who lives in secret sins like sexual immorality, abortion and alcoholism will lose the anointing. David knew this after his sin with Bathsheba that he cried to God, “Cast me not away from your presence, O God. Take not your Holy Spirit from me. Return unto me the joy of your salvation and renew a right spirit within me.” David was simply begging God not to take away the anointing from him.
In addition, living a life of carelessness, indiscipline and outright disregard for spiritual instruction will make anyone lose the anointing. Samson’s birth was announced by an angel. He was heavily anointed and had supernatural strength.
However, he lacked the discipline necessary to preserve and guide his anointing. He touched unclean and dead things at will, womanised at will and failed to jealously guard his Nazarine vow. In the end, he lost his anointing and became a play thing in the hand of his enemies.
Finally, in James 3:14-16, the Bible tells us that where there is strife, there will be no anointing and there will be every evil work. Beloved, the enemy does not want you to fulfil your destiny. That is why he is out to destroy your anointing. Do not give the devil and his cohorts any place in your life. Guard your anointing jealously with prayer. You will always prevail and prosper, in Jesus’ name.
FAITH IS A CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH THE ANOINTING FLOWS.
POWERS ASSIGNED TO DEACTIVATE YOUR ANOINTING SHALL FAIL WOEFULLY.
1 Enemies of the anointing in my life, somersault and die, in the name of Jesus.
2 I overcome the spirit of fear and its work in my life, in the name of Jesus.
3 I kick pride out of my life. It will not deactivate my anointing, in the name of Jesus.
4 Spirit of envy and strife assigned to deactivate my anointing, die, in the name of Jesus.
5 I command the measure of my anointing to increase and never decrease, in the name of Jesus.
6 I shall not be careless with my anointing, in the name of Jesus.
7 Agent of satan, targeting my anointing, die, in the name of Jesus.
MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 2 December 2019 was written by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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