"Are you taking the
steps to walk under God's anointing?"
Lee Ezell's father was a raving alcoholic who
physically abused his entire family. When she was 17, Lee
convinced her mother to take herself and her sisters and to leave
They had just got themselves established in a new town when Lee
was raped and became pregnant as a result of the rape. She was
unable to tell her mother of the rape. She only got as far as
telling her mother that she was pregnant, when her mother, unable
to cope with any further pressure, ordered her out.There
she was, just gone 17, homeless, penniless and pregnant as a
result of rape. Shortly before this, she had started
doing some Bible study. The verse they were studying was, "Commit
your cause to the Lord, trust in Him and He will act on your
behalf." Ps 37:5
Lee decided to stake her life on that verse. In her horrific
situation, she decided that she would trust that Jesus would find
a way forward for her. Thus began one of the most beautiful
Christian adventure stories ever told.
The key moment was when she decided to "commit her cause to
the Lord and trust in Him."Committing one's cause to
the Lord also involves a decision to seek to do things His way. One
hasn't committed one's cause to the Lord if one is prepared to
lie, cheat, bully or pull fast ones to get one's own way. You
cannot bring about the Lord's plan by the devil's means. That
is the mistake that most of us at first make. We ask the Lord to
bless our project, then we seek to give Him a helping hand by
compromising in some way. This is a very human thing to do - like
the student who makes novenas asking God to help him pass the
exam, and then slips a book into the exam hall and copies from
it. Which of us hasn't at some stage combined prayer with
compromise:- asked for God's help, then cheated in some way, or
asked for God's help in a dispute and then argued like a pagan?
In the early stages of the spiritual life, God understands this.
He may even protect us from the consequences of our own actions,
if He knows that one day we will repent and learn to walk with
Him. Last month I wrote of the amazing protection that surrounded
a former IRA explosives expert who now walks with the Lord -
protecting both himself and others. His protection was assisted
by the fact that he was being steeped in prayer (and miraculous
medals) by his mother. Protection however only last for a period.
If God sees that we are not going to respond, or are too slow in
responding, it may be withdrawn at any time, and then we may
God does understand this tendency to ask His help and then
compromise, but He also wants us to stop compromising, and the
sooner we stop compromising, the further we will go in the
spiritual life. We may come under protection while still
compromising, but we will not come under anointing. Protection merely protects us from some of the consequences of our
compromising - and it will only last for a limited period. Anointing
is where God begins to bless us in our personal lives and in our
work or ministry. Without anointing we can still be
successful, even do great things for God, using human means and
resources. Such work however will not have eternal significance.
St. Paul warns us that if our work is not "laid upon the
foundation ... which is Jesus Christ" then it will be burned
up, "because ... the fire will test what sort of work each
one has done." (See 1 Cor 3:10-15). Our work for God
will only have eternal value if done under God's anointing. Setting ourselves to walk under His anointing, involves a
decision to commit one's cause to Him, to enter on a life of
walking with Him, and to trust Him enough to do things His way.
This also involves learning to listen to the Lord, and seeking to
be guided by Him in all things. This doesn't mean that we will
always get it right. Sometimes, while genuinely seeking to be
guided by God, our human emotions or our other inner voices, will
lead to us getting it wrong. God understands that too, but
desires that we take the appropriate steps to be able to
distinguish His voice from other voices.
At other times we will start out with good intentions, but when
faced with a particular situation, we give in to temptation, and
act or speak in a way that is unworthy of the Lord. A
good rule of thumb is:- if you couldn't tell your confessor what
you plan to do, then don't do it.What is of the Lord can
be brought out into the light. When a genuine Christian is
tempted to do something that is not of the Lord, he or she will
likely do it secretly. Of course, those who have never given
their hearts to Jesus often have no difficulty doing shameful
things quite publicly. But the person who has given his/her heart
to Jesus will be tempted to cheat, or lie, or enter on an
inappropriate relationship, or whatever under the cover of
secrecy. If one gives into this temptation, one steps from under
the Lord's anointing - though sometimes, the Lord's protection
may continue to surround you for a period.
Walking under anointing also involves seeking to
live a life of deep union with Jesus. It involves seeking to
reject everything that is not of God, and desiring total inner
Walking under anointing requires taking
responsibility for one's past mistakes, making reparation where
possible, and interceding for anyone we have hurt spiritually or
morally - including those we have indirectly hurt by neglect or
bad example, and those who got hurt because we hurt someone else
(including those we hurt by bad example etc.) who then hurt them.
Walking under anointing requires learning to
spend real time with Jesus, and growing in our love for Him and
Walking under anointing requires working in
harmony with Jesus' plan for his Church, and in obedience to the
authority structure established by Jesus. (See across re role of
Peter.) It also involves distancing ourselves from those not
walking in such obedience.
Walking under anointing requires making a
decision that one is going to trust Jesus in all things, for all
things and with all things.
Walking under anointing requires learning to listen to
the voice of God, as spoken through the Bible, the Church and the
Walking under anointing requires seeking to
become open to all the graces that Jesus offers us each day.
Walking under anointing requires seeking such
inner union with Jesus that one becomes the living presence of
Jesus in the world.
But Jesus is so good, that even while we still have a long
distance to travel to fulfil these requirements, we will often
experience glimpses of anointing upon our work, for He anoints
not just on the basis of what we are, but on the basis of what we
are destined to become.
So set yourself the aim of walking at all times under God's
anointing, then trust that He will enable you to do so.