Character That Matches The Annointing
The Bible tells us over and over again that this Christian life is a walk. It is a walk of faith, hope and love. Jesus told us in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” We can walk through the pressures of life with joy and come out on top every single time because we are hooked up or one with Jesus.
Now the Scripture tells us that we are God’s anointed people and it’s by the anointing (which is the person and power of the Holy Spirit) that we can destroy the yokes of bondage in our life and in the lives of others. Now this is the point that I want you to understand – there is a character that needs to match the anointing. Peter told us in 2 Peter 1:4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Lust is putting self first at the expense of others.
The next portion of scripture in 2 Peter 1:5-11 really explains why anointed people don’t live anointed lives. We must add to our faith diligence, virtue, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. In other words we need to develop some character! “For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble or fall: for so an entrance will be abundantly supplied to you into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.” Don’t think God is talking about the sweet bye and bye. He is talking about right here and now, experiencing the kingdom in fullness. Do you see it? The entrance into all the fullness of the kingdom here and now is to make our calling and election sure. What hinders us? Our character. Lusting after other things. Not being about the King’s business.
I only know of one way of accomplishing Christian character. It’s by looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith! Hebrews 12:1-2, “Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus paid it all and he freely gave Himself and all that he accomplished for us as a free gift, which is what grace is. But Christians don’t walk in that because they have gotten their eyes off of Jesus and the prize of the high calling of God. They compromise the character that matches the anointing. Let the Holy Spirit develop your character and you will walk and live this life in the fullness of His anointing that He intended for your life.