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Protect The Anointing

Protect The Anointing!


“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (1 John 2:27). 


         Ignoring the Lord’s instructions could hinder the flow of the anointing in a man’s life. For example, on a certain occasion, a prophet from Judah prophesied to king Jeroboam, but the prophecy got the king offended, and pointing at the prophet he demanded that he be killed. But immediately, the king’s hand dried up and became stiff. Terrified, he said to the prophet of God, “…entreat now the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me. And the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before” (1 Kings 13:6). 


  

           Something instructive is recorded for us when you study the entire account in 1 Kings 13. This same prophet had been commanded by God not to eat bread, drink water or return through the same way by which he came to the city. The prophet affirmed this himself when king Jeroboam invited him to his palace, to reward him for restoring his hand; he declined (1 Kings 13:9). However, upon the invitation of another “senior prophet,” who deceived him, this man of God went in to eat bread, and drink water, thus disobeying the instruction he had hitherto received from the Lord (1 Kings 13:19). 


         The Bible records that when he was through, “a lion met him by the road and slew him, and his corpse was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it; the lion also stood by the corpse” (1 Kings 13:24). The same anointing that protected the prophet from the anger and wrath of king Jeroboam could have protected him from the beast but it didn’t because the prophet didn’t protect the anointing. Was it God’s fault? No! God already laid the principle; He said in Ecclesiastes 10:8, “…whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” The prophet breached the hedge by not following God’s instruction. 


       God wants the best for you at all times; He’ll never give you a task without ensuring that everything you require to accomplish it is available to you. He is good; He’s a perfect planner that you can trust, but He requires you to protect the anointing so you can be fully established in your life and ministry.

Prayer


Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for being a perfect planner I can trust and for calling and anointing me unto good works. Blessed Holy Spirit, I thank you for empowering me and for also giving me the divine ability to accomplish things beyond human ability in Jesus Name. Amen.


FURTHER STUDY


1 Kings 13:1-34 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible reading plan: Mark 4: 1-20 ; Leviticus 15
2 Year Bible reading plan: Acts 20:1-12; Psalms 29-30

Aisha Ahmad

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