Overcoming “Anointed” Self-Deception

DeceptionOne of the most common reasons why Christians may divide into different camps even within their own ministry networks or denominations is how they perceive what God is doing in their lives and ministries. Believers can have tunnel vision, where they only see their perspective. For example, when a Gospel minister operates under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, God Himself is flowing through them to preach, teach, or heal. When we minister like this it can be exhilarating to know that a mere mortal, can be used by Omnipotence to affect another person’s life for eternity. This anointing allows us to experience real results as we operate under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit.

There is no mistaking what is flowing through you now; you know this is God and the people’s response seems to validate it. Not only has this touch of God blessed those you were ministering to, but it also greatly affected your life as well. Fresh in your mind is the new contrast between the “normal you” and the “empowered, anointed you.” Suddenly this contrast exposes weeks, months, even years of un-anointed preaching or teaching in your ministry. Now you are really sure you know what is God and what isn’t God. This is like your first teenage crush; often the emotions are so overwhelming you aren’t even aware of how you are acting.

This “anointed” endorsement convinces you that this fresh view of God certainly must be the ultimate one. This often results in the strong human desire to start building something, by trying to package what you’ve seen and heard or even by starting a new ministry. Read Matthew 17:4:

Then Peter answered and said to Jesus “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Here we see Peter beholding the transfiguration of Jesus, plus Elijah and Moses. “This is really anointed!” Yet Peter’s desire to build a monument (or a ministry) to this revelation wasn’t the “anointed” thing to do. Peter’s excitement blinded him to the whole purpose of what God was doing. This is “anointed self-deception” and it occurs to all of us at one time. Anointed self-deception is when you are so amazed, even intoxicated by what God is showing you that you are convinced you have the whole picture. You think your understanding of God’s ways is now the way. Our human nature easily gets these things messed up. This can be especially true if you and I have been rejected in the past and are longing for some kind of affirmation or validation. Most of us need to be delivered from hidden psychological wounds and issues before we can successfully minister at higher levels. Even the great apostle John, upon seeing the most amazing revelations from God, missed it in Revelation 19:10:

And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!”

John almost worshiped a man instead of God. He probably would have been convinced he was right to do so. After, all, he had seen all these marvelous revelations from God Himself; surely he wouldn’t be wrong. Oh yes he would be wrong! John even blows it a second time in Revelation 22:9. Even things God has clearly given to us can become stumbling blocks or idols such as the “bronze serpent” fashioned by Moses in Numbers 21:4-9. It was a symbol of healing in his day, but in 2 Kings 18:4 it had to be destroyed because it became an idol.

If you are a believer, a pastor, teacher, prophet, an apostle or evangelist and you have given yourself to the Lord to minister to others, He has no doubt at times anointed you to minister to His precious Body. You must remember that you are only seeing a part of what God is doing — not the part. The Bible says now we know in part.

Excerpt from “Working Together For Jesus”

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5 comments

  1. I really enjoyed this. I know I have to pray for humbleness daily, the days I don’t I start thinking I see ” the part” not “a part”! It brings much joy to see “all the parts” working together.”..NOW THAT IS TRULY ANOINTED! Praising today for all those God is using in growing the kingdom, and glorifying HIM. Have a great day.

  2. Pastor jeff – I have been soaking in all that God is saying…this is a beautiful look at the Body of Christ – I swear I see it more clearly – all the more important for me to hear and see what He is saying and doing – to stop striving…a superb word in a perfect season of my life. Thanks.

  3. Pastor Jeff,

    I am very wary of hearing “My pastor is anointed”! It sounds like there is no other Pastor as good or that maybe my pastor doesn’t measure up to his because of ‘selected’ Spiritual Gifts or huge numbers vs small numbers in the worship service. The competition can get very intense at times.

    Another issue I have with anointing pastors is that when they are not held accountable for their own sinful and sometimes, criminal, behavior. Anointed men can become superior in their lifestyle.

    This anointed blessing came to our home a few years ago. We had been vocational missionaries for over a year when our property was vandalized and some things were stolen. My dear wife said, “Those thieves harmed the Lord’s anointed”! That context was more acceptable to me. When harm is brought to a missionary family. By the way, the thief was caught and sentenced to two years.

  4. Great point – That’s why I wrote Working Together for Jesus – With so many in the Church today impressed with so called “anointed” people it is important to point out that many of them are unaware they are doing harm to themselves and others.

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