Protecting the anointing upon your life is a very important thing. This is not just for pastors but for all believers. The enemy goes after pastors and leaders in even greater measure. Sometimes it's not so much an all out "attack" -- just a distraction. Enough distractions piled up can become fatal to your spiritual walk. Leaders have such an effect on other believers, that's why he really tries to affect us, so that it will create a domino effect on the body of Christ. Some pastors don't really have to be knocked out of the race completely, just a simple distraction unchecked, will do. I tell you, it's not good enough for me just to finish the race without falling into some immoral trap! I don't want a distraction to mar my effectiveness either. It's not just what some might consider "big things" that can render us ineffective...like the Bible says, it's the small foxes that ruin the vineyard. (Song of Solomon 2:15)
Protecting my heart and the anointing upon my life has to go to a whole new level if I want God to flow through me especially on days like today. It's not even a question that there will be people at our service today who need the Lord, healing, deliverance, and a plethora of other things. The leader sets the pace for what's going to happen in that service. We have to show up READY. Yes, it's Jesus who accomplishes the work and He is counting on leaders who will be there, "game on" to be sensitive to His spirit.
Showing up ready with our game on means that our mind or our spirit isn't sullied by things that aren't good for us. It takes fortitude to safeguard what God has entrusted to us.
All that to say, I've guarded what's entrusted to me and I'm ready. Whatever God chooses to do at Celebration Church today, I'm in position -- body, soul, mind and spirit.
Romans 8:6 says, "the mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace." Something one of my mentors, Sis. June Coker, taught me is that many believers wonder why they have no peace even after much bible reading and prayer and the answer is, if you let your mind run wild or allow just anything to be exposed to it, even if you're reading and praying -- no wonder you aren't at peace. You have to take authority over what you allow in, for a spirit controlled life to be possible.
Someone once said, "Don't put in front of you, what you don't want inside you." That can go for ANYTHING in life that's not good for you. If things are a hindrance to you, don't expose yourself to them. Especially for those who are begging God to show up and do something and use you in any part of it, it's a great word to the wise.
"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil."
On guard, Jesus! Ready, ready, ready for what you want to do today, in me and in Your church!!!