BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 15:1-6
INTRODUCTION: The presence of anointing in your life destroys satanic yokes and burdens. It can enable you to preach powerfully and obtain results for God’s kingdom. When God has clearly given you a message for the congregation, if you lack the appropriate level of anointing to deliver it, your effort may be in vain. This is why the church, which should be a spiritual clinic that impacts life, has become a graveyard where the word is released without anointing and therefore kills the hearers – Jn.6:63; 2 Cor.3:6.
THE DILUTED WORD
Diluted word involves deliberate omission of salient transforming truths, trivialising weighty issues of the kingdom and twisting the truth to suit personal purposes – Mk.7:7-8, 10-13; 1 Kgs.22:5-14. Some of the characteristics of diluted words are:
i. It ministers to the flesh – 2 Tim.4:3-4.
ii. It fails to rebuke sin.
iii. It provides a safe haven for all manner of spirits in the congregation.
iv. It is always applauded – Acts 12:21-22.
v. It kills – 2 Cor.3:6; Acts 12:23.
THE ANOINTED WORD
The word in the mouth of an anointed preacher has propensity to root out, pull down, destroy, and throw down, build and plant – Jer.1:10. Some of the characteristics of the anointed word are:
1. It is easily received and absorbed into the spirit man – 2 Tim.3:14-15.
2. It increases knowledge – Prov.2:1-2, 6.
3. It acts as spiritual calcium to build spiritual bones – 2 Tim.3:16-17.
4. It touches the soul and generates a sincere response from the inner man – Lk.19:8.
5. It transforms e.g. Saul to Paul – Acts 13:9.
6. It gives life – Ezek.37:1-10.
7. It is celebrated – Acts 8:6-8.
Is your congregation a haven for all sorts of spirits? Check your word and your anointing level. Make amends where necessary. The Lord will restore you and His word in your mouth shall be fire ready to purify you and the congregation.
Pastor E.A. Adeboye
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