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.”
As the character of Christ becomes ours, maturity comes. Character is revealed in the midst of trials. It is then, that it is formed as well. Our faith is tested and patience is produced. We are placed in situations just to know we do not react the way we used to. We also recognize the areas in which we are not yet changed.
To be the way we are, while knowing we are not yet as we will be, keeps us hungry for more. We yearn to be whole. We look forward to what is to come. Our transformation appears to be slow, when in fact, it’s more than we can grasp. We often do not see ourselves maturing when we are going through the process. It’s after something has changed in us that we notice it has happened. Pride might cause us to see maturity when it’s not really there, while humility prevents us from recognizing our development.
In the Lord we are complete, fulfilled spiritually as we grow into that fullness. We grow because we sense something is missing, and we long for it to be realized. The trials we face will be used by God to show forth His glory. Christ will fulfill the work He has begun in us. Let’s consider not only what was, or what is, but also what will be, from glory to glory!
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We proclaim and declare the gospel of peace in all situations. This is challenged when our differences are such that our peace is troubled. When we are confronted with disagreements that turn into arguments, our character is tested. Will we react the way Jesus would? Will His light still shine through? How do we walk the talk when what is talked about stirs up strife?
The only way to maintain peace is for Jesus to be placed in the forefront, at all times. When we focus on the Lord first, we are able to focus on the person instead of the problem. When we are in disagreement with someone regarding an issue, the person has to remain more important to us than what is discussed. We can attack the problem, go through the pros and cons, and analyze a subject without attacking the person. The person matters more than the issue at hand.
In Christ, we can agree to disagree through the love we have for one another. We can lay aside our differences when we care about pursuing peace more than we care about being right. Even though it’s difficult to separate the person from the problem at times, it’s necessary in order to pursue reconciliation. We need to be convinced of what we believe; we cannot convince others. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal and teach truth. As we walk in the love of God and demonstrate His reality, He is able to do much more than we can. Let us pursue peace, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation …”
Nothing is hidden from the Lord. When we think of hidden things, we may think of negative things; but it’s the positive things we want to meditate upon. What we do for Him, He sees even if no one else sees.
When He tells us to do something and we don’t obey Him, no one else may know, but He knows. What we say or don’t say that no else hears, He hears. God knows all that we do for Him, and from Him we will receive the reward of the inheritance. What is done in private is rewarded openly. When the motive of the heart is to do something in order to be seen or rewarded, the reward can be immediate, but fleshly. As a child of God, we do what we do heartily, without complaining, with great joy and passion. We do whatever He leads us to do as unto Him, irregardless of whether those around us see it or not.
To be hidden from the world, but seen by the Lord, is so much more fulfilling than being seen by the world but having no reward of our inheritance from the Lord. Integrity of character is often answered by the question: “What would we do if no one would ever know about it?” To ambassadors of Christ, the question is: “What do we do even if no one ever knows about it except the Lord?” That we answer: from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
The Lord has hidden treasures, and He blesses us when we least expect it as we walk in obedience to Him, in whatever direction He gives us.
When Rebekah met Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, by the well where she came daily to draw water, she gave him and his camels water to drink–without knowing what effect this small act of kindness was going to have on her life. Eliezer was looking for a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. He was looking for the fruit of a godly character, someone who would give water, not only to him, but to his camels. When she obeyed what her heart was telling her to do, she unknowingly made the way for her to meet her future husband. She also didn’t know the camels were carrying the wealth of Abraham. As we obey the Lord, by and through love, the Spirit of God gives us unexpected treasures.
Great treasures are discovered while doing small things. A mate is met, a child is conceived, provisions are found… and so much more is hidden in our labor of love in the Lord. The Holy Spirit is preparing the Bride of Christ with an anointing for His calling. He is bringing forth precious and glorious treasures, from glory to glory!
Genesis 24:17-18 “And the servant ran to meet her and said, ‘Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.’ So she said, ‘Drink, my lord.’ Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink.”