Many are serving God in their natural strength while the "the flesh profits nothing." (St. John 6:63)God is very attentive throughout the earth, to choose those who are truly seeking him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength to serve him all the days of their lives. "My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: He that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me." (Psalm lOl:6) Those who are walking in their natural strength are offering "filthy rags righteousness" unto God. Those who call themselves God's servant without having earned the calling into Sainthood, are deceiving themselves and those who believe them. You cannot be the servant of God unless you "walk in a perfect way" in the Spirit of Christ. (Psalm l06:6)
In old Israel, there were many who knew the mysteries of God. The forty years in the boiling Sinai desert was a spiritual journey for old Israel. Manna rained down for their food and they had no ground to sow seed in nor production to encourage buying and selling, so all all of the time of many ultimately became fixed on the Spirit of the Lord. Thus, God was able to speak through the Prophet Jeremiah in years following: "Thus saith the LORD, Stand (ye) in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein." (Jeremiah 6:l6) God's people today are like old Israel. They also do not wish to make a total commitment to the LORD. The big question is: Are you being honest about it? Or, are you claiming all those wonderful promises belonging to the Saints for yourself? If so, you are on your way to a day of reckoning before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Those who point to their outward works as proof of their anointing in Christ will be found naked before the Lord on that day when Christ comes to be glorified in his Saints, then, he shall set those who reign with him spiritually in this lifetime to rule over his global Kingdom in his divine Presence and they shall make many of the first last? For those who are first in the Church through the follies of religion are the robbers and thieves Jesus spoke of, going into the congregation in their own strength. (St. John lO:l) They reign as kings in this lifetime (l Corinthians 4:8) in the corporate might and financial power of the Church without the Spirit of the anointing. They teach a form of religion while denying the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5) quenching the Spirit in their own lives and those of their followers. The resurrected will no longer follow blind guides once their eyes are opened to see the Glories of God manifest in Saints set over them by the Lord in his thousand year reign, and those who deceived them will be held in contempt. "The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable fo the earth." (Isaiah 23:9)
"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death: if by an means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." (Philippians 3:7/l5) There is no looking back in the anointing. It is a rule. (Philippians 3:l6) The living sacrifice presses on after the Spirit to apprehend Christ and be apprehended by Him in perfect oneness with God. He cannot afford to look back nor to take thought for tomorrow. He cannot afford to wear a watch nor to make appointments, for he is not to subject to the things of the earth, but to the Lord of Glory.
Holy Job wrote: "Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; when his candle shined upon my head, and when by his Light I walked through darkness; as I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; when the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; when I washed my steps with butter, and the Rock poured me out rivers of oil; when I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!" (Job 29:2/7) The holy man was not speaking figuratively when he perceived the candle of the Lord shining upon his head. It was the Glory of Christ in him. The holy man was shining like an angel like others mentioned in the Scriptures. He was seeing into the unseen to perceive the things of the Spirit. It is another world experience to walk in the anointing of Jesus Christ. You must give all of your life if you wish to walk in his Life.
There are many writings by Saints pointing to their supernatural relationships with the Lord. Listen to what Saint Augustine had to say a long time ago: "But now let me try to tell you of my own experience, as I set out to do. I speak as a fool; and yet I must admit that the Word has come even to me, and that many times. But never, when He has thus entered into me, have I preceived the actual moment of His coming. I have felt that he was present; I remember afterwards that He was then with me; and sometimes I have sensed His coming in advance. But never have I been aware of the particular moment when he came or went. Whence He came from into my soul, or whither He goes on leaving me, or by what road He enters or departs, I know not even now. Certainly it was not by my eyes that He entered, for He has no colour; nor was it by my ears, for He made not a sound, neither was it my nostrils, that discerned His presence, for His sweetness mingles with the mind, not with the air. The sense of taste did not detect Him either, for He is nothing that one eats or drinks; and touch was likewise powerless to apprehend Him, for He is utterly intangible. How, then, did He come in? Or did He not come in, perhaps, because He never was outside? For He is not one of the things that exist exteriorly to us. And yet how can I say that He comes from within me, when I know that in me there is nothing that is good? I have ascended to the highest in myself, and lo! the Word was towering far above it. My curiousity has led me to explore my lowest depths as well, only to find that He went deeper yet. If I looked out from myself, I saw Him stretching farther than the farthest I could see; and if I looked within, He was more inward still. So I recognized the truth of the apostle's words, "In Him we live and move and are." Well, here you have Augustine pondering his experiences with the Spirit of the Lord entering into him to manifest the anointing as it is written also in the Old Testament of the Prophet Ezekiel: "And the Spirit entered into me when he spoke unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spoke unto me." (Ezekiel 2:2)
This document was written to encourage real discipleship
unto the Lord in every nation. In closing, the most important
counsel you who are potential disciples can consider is:
"Take nothing" (St. Luke 9:3) with you when you are called
into Sainthood. The reason for such a command from the Lord is:
It makes you totally dependent on his Spirit who will show you
all things. And when you are not attentive to the Spirit, you'll
find yourself suffering, so you'll quickly become attentive to
gather the little you will need as you go. Do it the Lord's way.
Just as soon as you put a sixty pound backpack on your shoulders,
you will be slowed down considerably; and diverted from following
the Spirit. The maintainenance of your inventory will require
it of you. May God help you study to show yourself approved of
him and to the know the difference between serving God through
religion and serving Him through complete obedience to his
Spirit. "Glory and honour are in his Presence,"
(l Chronicles l6:27) in the anointing.
THE 30-60-100 FOLD ANOINTING:
You may have wondered at the severity of the trials God put Job through. At the end of his book, we find that God doubled the riches of Job. Were we spiritually minded, we would grasp the concept that God not only doubled Job's materialistic riches in making him the wealthiest man in the Middle East again; he doubled him spiritually; so that Job went from the 30 FOLD ANOINTING to the 60 FOLD ANOINTING.
We are told in holy Scripture: "BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE STRENGTH IS IN YOU; IN WHOSE HEART ARE THE WAYS OF THEM... THEY GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH. EVERY ONE OF THEM IN ZION APPEARS BEFORE GOD." Psalm 84:7
In a very real sense, the Scripture could read 'THEY GO FROM ANOINTING TO ANOINTING." The severe trials Job went through of simultaneously losing his children, his wealth, and his health increased his ability to trust God. So it was he graduated to another level of the anointing.
What this points out for anyone attempting to build the anointing of Christ in their life, is the need to make ready in your heart for a severe test such as Job passed through; if you are to also graduate to another level of anointing.