Today we are going to talk about Pastor Todd’s second step in his sermon,
Marked, from 2018, which is, Anointed before you are positioned. I talk about the first step in the blog post titled, Approved in Private – Marked| Michael Todd.
In this sermon Pastor Mike is talking about the fact that sometimes when you are marked, there are hits that come your way that you have to be prepared for. The devil is trying to distract you from what God has marked you for, and for you to live to your potential, you have to be aware of some of the hits coming your way. This is so that if by any chance one of them knocks you out, you know that it’s not the end, you can get up and keep going.
In the sermon, Pastor Mike uses the story of David who was a shepherd, but was anointed to be king by Prophet Samuel in 1st Samuel 16.
So lets go ahead and talk about the step we are looking at today.
Anointed before you are positioned
David, when he was anointed, did not go to the palace with Samuel, instead, he went back to the field with the sheep. We see this in the following verse when Saul sent for David.
1 Samuel 16
19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”
David went back to the pasture after he was anointed
We are anointed before we are positioned. When David was anointed, from then on, the spirit of the Lord was upon him, but he still went back to take care of the sheep. So we may be marked and anointed by the spirit of the Lord but we do not jump to become what we have been anointed for immediately.
And honestly, if you really think about it, this makes sense. When you are anointed you don’t usually have everything you need to survive that position, while still giving glory to God and staying His. I really feel that sometimes God does keep us from doing certain things at the wrong time when we don’t necessarily have what it takes to survive.
I can use myself as an example in this, if I had kept up with my writing all those years back, years that, to be honest, I do regret wasting, I would have been writing things that did not necessarily give glory to God. And if I had gotten enough success to be able to feed myself and take care of myself, would I have been able to let it go, and to write what God wants me to write?
Or if I had put my all into it and proceeded to fail over and over again, would I have survived that? I am only just managing to get over my fear of failure right now and stop condemning myself so I don’t know if I would still be writing today if I had gone through that kind of failure with the mindset I had.
Or maybe this is just me rationalizing my failure to write and take advantage of the resources I had when I first got access to it? In 2012 I had both a blog and a Wattpad account that I ended up abandoning in favor of concentrating on school and later work. And I even had a little bit of a following but I stopped, also maybe because I was more concerned with looking for places where I could get published, but the rules and chances of getting traditionally published were just so overwhelming and discouraging.
I do believe that the fact that I wasn’t ready, both emotionally, and in what I was writing did play a part in me not getting any type of success but I won’t discount that I made a lot of bad decisions also. I may have let anxiety and other problems control my life for too long.
Anyway, moving on with the sermon, Pastor Mike also said that:
God will anoint you and send you back into the sphere of influence you were in for you to make a difference there
Pastor Mike says that God sends you back where you were to make a difference there with the anointing you have. He said that we need to be light in that place of darkness we have been sent back to. You need to represent God wherever He has you at the moment.
What God wants to do in your life, He wants to get the glory for
Pastor Mike also said that you shouldn’t even be working in your own might to get to what you have been anointed for. Because what God wants to do in your life He wants to get the glory for.
I think we are all a little guilty of this, in one way or another. Lord help me because I cannot, only You can. There is a really thin line between waiting on God, and moving forward in faith and I often find myself struggling with this.
Next Pastor Mike talked about how we are in waiting; and if we are not going forward and doing things in our own power, how are we waiting?
How are you waiting: it’s a heart check, you have to serve where you are.
Your posture as you wait for God to lead you forward is important. Stop complaining while you are in the waiting. Instead, serve the Lord in that place of waiting. Whether it’s in the place He sent you back to, or if it’s something else He shows you to do.
This, I think can be hard too because I often wonder how long it’s going to take, or maybe if there is something I am supposed to be doing that I somehow missed. You know that there are people who hear directly from God and know where they are supposed to be, and what they should be doing. And there are those who know for sure that they have heard God and it’s not just their mind making up things.
I am somewhere in the middle of both of those, sometimes I think I know, but sometimes I am so confused and unsure. And sometimes I have no idea because all I can think is that none of the plans I have ever had worked out before so if I can’t be sure I have heard His voice, how will I ever know? But this is me, do you always know when you have heard God?
But either way, it really just does take letting go at the end of the day and trusting that He is with you and will lead you in the right direction. I have to often remind myself that I need to serve Him and give glory to Him. And I need to stop asking myself if this will get me where I want to be. It’s still a little bit of a challenge but well, not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit oh God.
Especially when I find myself in places that look nothing like where I am going.
He can send you to a place that doesn’t look like where you are going to be
That’s the battle because:
This is the place where what you are seeing doesn’t meet your expectations
So things may not look as you think they should, but you need to keep at it. God is the miracle worker, and all He needs is your obedience.
Expectations not meeting reality? I do believe that this is the story of my life, has been for a while now. I actually do not remember a time when it wasn’t. And I don’t think that I am the only one who feels this way and sees this. I do know that God is the miracle worker though and I have put my trust in Him. For me, the problem has always been moments of wondering if I am doing the wrong thing, or what the right thing is.
But I recently just had to come to the place where I reminded myself that even if I lost my way, He would get me back to where I need to be. In Psalms 23, David said that even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with me. So if I am on my own path, I have to remind myself that He truly is with me even if I am going in the wrong direction. I just realized guys, that I really do have fear of disappointing God by not going in the way He is leading me to go.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
But the truth is, when God sees me, He sees me in Christ, He sees me perfect. The Lord Jesus Christ is my High Priest, His sacrifice is my sweet smelling aroma to our Abba Father. So I have just got to let go, and remind myself of how loved I am, no matter how far I stray, He’s got me.
Pastor Mike gave us the following verse to emphasize that it truly about our hearts, even as we obey Him. Not our actions or our own wisdom.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a]direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5 – 6
Trust in the Lord and His waiting process with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Know that it’s not going to make sense, you are not going to be able to figure it out.
He is looking for a heart posture, not a plan from you
So trust in the Lord with all your heart…He will direct your path.
So there you have it guys, trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. My understanding says I am way in over my head and I truly don’t know what I am doing. But that’s okay, because that is not what I trust in, I trust instead that He will lead in the way I should go and teach me to profit in all that I do.
Isaiah 48 :17
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
Thanks for reading, and comment down below or send me an email on what you think about this step and the points I talked about it under the step. Let me know what you think, let’s chat.