To recognize means to identify someone or something from a previous encounter; to know again. It also means to identify from knowledge of appearance or character. The anointing is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the more we know the Holy Spirit, the easier it is to identify what is anointed–what comes from the Holy Spirit.
We develop our relationship with the Holy Spirit by spending time in fellowship, prayer and worship. We learn to know His voice through our reading and hearing of the word of God. As born again believers we have the Holy Spirit in us; therefore the anointing is in us and bears witness from within. We become acquainted with the way He leads, and we are able to discern and recognize His ways.
Many times we may find ourselves in a situation where some people are doing things of the flesh… and others by the spirit. As we recognize what is of the flesh, we recognize the leading of the Holy Spirit. We would not be able to recognize the false without the truth. We can trust the leading of the Holy Spirit as we keep our eyes on Him, and Him alone, from glory to glory!
John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
It is often said that actions speak louder than words, and when it comes to the gospel that is surely the case. As Christ reigns in our lives, we begin demonstrating the Kingdom through our actions, not in word—but in power.
The Kingdom is the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled. It’s where Christ rules. Until the day the Kingdom is fully established, it is shown and revealed through us as we become doers of the Word, not hearers only. The world system (its values, rules, ways, and idols) is being brought low as the Kingdom’s values, principles and reality are demonstrated. As the gospel is seen, not just heard, many surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. An anointing is released by God to free those who are bound to walk in signs and wonders. We miraculously escape the fires of the enemy. When God parted the Red Sea for the children of Israel, He used those same waters to swallow their enemies. Now, rivers of glory come to bring us out and destroy what comes against us. Not by our might or power, but by the Spirit it becomes clear the hand of the Lord is upon us.
The rivers of glory accompany the Word. It moves most powerfully when the Word is exhibited through our actions. When our deeds align with the Word of God, we often don’t recognize it because the supernatural has become the natural to us, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 4:19-20 “But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.”
Because our war is spiritual, it can only be fought in and by the Spirit of God. It is when we reach new spiritual heights that we are hindered the most. We are above and not beneath. Whatever we encounter, let’s get over it and stand in our place of authority in Christ.
When we are moving to higher places in the realm of the Spirit, the devil fights us from the opposite direction. This is confirmation that we are going in the right direction. That direction is vertical, not horizontal. Everything will line up in front of us when we attain what is from above. In looking at direction, in addition to the vertical focus and growth, the inward transformation should be counted on more than the outward. We do not always see our progress and this is a lie the devil uses often. When he does, it is because the reverse is happening. We might not identify our growth as we should, but we can rest assured our inward man is being renewed by the Holy Spirit daily.
Let’s ask ourselves, “What is the real reason for the battle?” The answer surely is because we are growing in Christ and advancing His Kingdom. We go upward to go onward. The inward growth helps us go forward, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
As we call upon the Lord surrendering completely to Him, we can expect everything to change. God leads us to do specific things for specific reasons in specific timings. We are called for a purpose.
The enemy wants to stop that purpose, so he bombards us with accusations. He quickly says: “You’re not wise enough; you’re not mighty enough; you’re not noble enough; you’re despised; nobody likes you; you don’t know what you are doing.” The enemy is relentless when bringing charges against us, trying to get us to the point that we are no longer able to walk in God’s calling because we are looking at ourselves. We begin to feel unworthy, unrighteous and unable. As we focus our attention away from the accusations and onto our King, we see the lies for what they are: a futile attempt of the enemy to stop us from fulfilling our purpose.
When we feel weak, we remember we are mighty in the Lord. As we stand strong in His might, the things that have been sent to stop us come to nothing! It is when we are helpless we are reminded…it is our God who has called us. Of course we are not able, not enough; but God is more than able, more than enough. Then, as we step forth according to His calling, we walk in a tangible anointing, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
If we are a child of God, we are called by God. To be called means to be summoned. The Lord has summoned us and is sending us forth as His vessels of glory. The calling is to be believed and received. Truly, it unfolds by His grace.
First and foremost, when we are born again, we are called out. We are called out of our past, our old habits, our mistakes and what we used to be. We are translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. We are summoned out of the old into the new; out of despair, into hope; out of blindness, into sight; out of war, into peace; out of rejection, into acceptance. At the same time we are called out, God calls us into all that we are and have in Him. With God, there is no calling out without being called into something divine. There is no going back. Everything the Lord does is to bring us closer to Him.
He calls off everything in our life that might be a hindrance to what He is calling us to. The specifics might be unknown, but the call is loud and clear. He uses situations in our life to get us to call upon Him in new ways. He then answers with a reassurance of the call on our lives. We are called by God, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”