“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11)
I’ve known pastor after pastor, and servant after servant who has posed this question at one time or another in their days of ministry. No, I cannot answer the question for you, but what I can say is that we can cause the anointing to flee when we make the wrong decision for our lives in regard to choices of this world. This happens when the things of this world become more valuable to us than the presence of God. If we have been holding on to addictions, unreconciled convictions, and deliberating about God instead of deliberately following His will, we will find ourselves, one day crying out, “Oh God, do not take your Holy Spirit from me!”
The Church is in dire straits my friend. We are no more ready for the return of Christ than we were ten years ago. The Bride is not spotless, as we have opened the doors to false doctrine, sensationalism, gossip, envy, complacency, strife, selfish- pride, jealousy, and even hatred of the brethren. How can we pretend to be seeking revival, renewal or spiritual awakening when we are constantly tearing at each other’s anointing? Why must we sense that we are in competition with the family of God? It is evident that the church is suffering from a crisis of character.
The anointing always comes with a price, and with that anointing will come warfare, spiritual warfare. Let us, as the Body of Christ choose to be on the right side of that battle, interceding, standing in the gap, encouraging, holding up the arms of God’s man or woman, following the
straight and narrow, and loving the family of believers that God has given us. Let us not nitpick at
someone’s anointing until they feel hen pecked, belittled, unproductive and unloved by the family of God.
There is room in God’s heaven for every one of his children to carry the anointing that He has purposed for them. Discouragement can be the catapult that causes God’s servant to lay his or her
anointing down. When discouragement sets in and takes hold, it can cause the anointing to flee,
because it often leads to man trying to please men, instead of God. When I sense discouragement coming upon me, I begin to pray hard for a word that will keep me out of the pit. When we are called by God, anointed for His purpose and walking in that plan, we can expect barriers, believers, and doubters of our calling to surface.
If you are asking today, “Where has my anointing gone?” chances are you laid it down somewhere in the midst of a battle or fleshly decision to follow after your own desires and not the desire of God for your life. King David must have formerly been in possession of the Holy Spirit to be pleading
with God not to take His Holy Spirit away, as we see in our focal verse. If we have discovered that we are standing alone, it can be a very frightful revelation, for to be without His presence can be the worst separation for a believer while here on earth.
There is no anointing without the presence of God, dear one. Let us remember to cultivate our relationship with God daily, so that we can not only observe and sense His presence, but so that
we can walk in the anointing of His presence. The Church, as a whole, has forgotten her First Love, and thus she is suffering from a lack of the anointing given only through the Holy Spirit. It is the most sobering admission when we find ourselves outside of His presence, for that is where doubt, discouragement, frustration, and compromise begin to have their way. Let us repent beloved, and let us never dare to allow His anointing to part from us again. Let us make a choice now, never to turn back once we are called by God to fulfill His holy mission. The anointing will see us through, if we are set to hold on to the truth!
by Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!