What you see in others could be what hinders your ability to receive from God. Do you see through eyes of familiarity, or eyes of faith? In John chapter 2 the wine ran out at the wedding of Cana, which Jesus was attending. His mother, Mary, approached Jesus with a request. “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does
your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4).
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
would seem that either Jesus did not know His time for ministry had
arrived, or perhaps the question He posed to his mother was a test.
Although Mary knew many years earlier that she had given birth to the
Son of God, it could have very easy for her to only see Jesus as her
son. By this time Jesus was a grown man. Many years of mothering could
have dulled her faith and caused Mary to ignore the anointing that had
been hidden in Jesus' life. We must remember that even in the life of
the Son of God, there was a set time
for him to enter the ministry phase of his life. Mary had to make a
choice to stop seeing Jesus only as family and start seeing Him as the
anointed one. It was a choice she made by faith. Now, consider the fact
that up to this time Jesus had not worked any miracles. So for her to
come and press Jesus to produce a miracle wasn't something she had seen
him do before. It was faith that caused her to reason within herself
that because He was the Son of God there had to be power
available to change the situation at hand. Once she determined that
anything was possible, she wasn’t going to be deterred. It was Mary’s
faith that pressed on the anointing and caused power to be released.
chose to honor the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life and the
result produced a miracle - not for herself, but for others at the
The presence of the Holy Spirit in a
person’s life fills them up like liquid fills a cup. When a person
places a demand on the anointing, that “need” presses down like a weight
being pushed down into that cup. It’s like dropping pebbles into a
glass of water and watching the water level rise. This same principle
causes the anointing to overflow. The need increases the level of
anointing until it flows out of the vessel and onto the person that
touches the cup. Think about it…At the wedding of Cana when did the
water change to wine? In other words, when did the supernatural change occur? When faith and obedience presented itself to the Master.
Understand that the “Master’s hand” is upon His servants. When you
press in to touch Him (coming by faith with your need), you are drawing
close to Him, and He will likewise draw near to meet you. The anointing
in the life of a man or woman of God is there.
It is enough to change the situation at hand in your life, but how you
see others could be the very thing that determines your ability to
receive what you need out of the anointing. Perhaps, like Mary, up to
now you have not been able to see the anointing at work. Perhaps you
have said, "Ah, but they are just my friend, that person is just my
gardener, my accountant, my uncle, my spouse, ect. That may be true, but do they
have the presence of God within them? Are they full of the Holy Spirit?
Greater is He that lives within us than he that is in the world.
How easy it can be to discount a promise God wants us to have when the declaration of that promise comes from someone familiar. Familiarity often breeds contempt though, even if we don't realize that is the way we are treating the presence of the Holy Spirit. Recently the Lord reminded me of a promise that had been spoken to me, but because it didn't come to pass when I thought it would, I lost hope and began to come up with reasons why it hadn't been fulfilled. The same word had also been given to me by another person that was close to me, but the very nature of the promise was almost too good to be true so I thought maybe it came out of the human heart rather than from God. Again, when it didn't come to pass right away I started to explain away the reasons why BUT I came into agreement with unbelief rather than faith. Unbelief won't produce the promise! God showed me that I was like Sarah, who laughed when she heard what God was going to do for her and Abraham. It was too good to be true, or so she thought. It was so far beyond what she could imagine, she laughed! Isn't that just like God to blow our mind by giving us a desire of our heart that is so deeply personal, so unexpected, that we disbelieve it could actually happen? Sometimes we see the impossibility of a situation and think it is too big for God to do something about. But if God is crazy enough to say it, can we be crazy enough to just believe, "Wow, He's going to do it?" With every prophetic promise, it will enter a season of contradiction. Every promise has to fall into a dormant season before it will come to pass. With the promise comes restrictions. The promise goes into captivity and we have to CHOOSE TO BELIEVE in spite of what it looks like in the natural. When it comes time for the promise to be fulfilled, God will encourage us to believe again. He will cause us to wrestle against whatever those restrictions are that have come against our promise.
Every impossible situation is simply there so we will believe.
Every impossible situation is simply a set up so that we can receive! Come on now, God wants you to get a new set of eyes so you can see in the Spirit with eyes of faith. Faith agrees with God. Faith dreams with God and lets our heart really believe the dream, the deep desire of your heart is going to come to pass!
That is why we have to actively seek those that have strong faith and will pray a prayer of agreement for that promise to come to pass. And, if we have been like Sarah, who laughed, then we need to understand that God loves to delight us and bless us in ways we can't hardly imagine. But if we have treated the promise, or the person who gave us the promise with contempt, we really do need to ask God to forgive us for disregarding the Holy Spirit. It's really Him who gives the promise, after all. It's when we resolve the issues that have hindered the promise from coming to pass that faith will rise to the top and believe. We need to seek out the servants of the Lord and be like Jacob, who wrestled with God and declared, "I won't let you go until you bless me!" This is the type of insistent urgency that Mary put on Jesus at the wedding of Cana. She wouldn't take no for an answer. Her insistency pressed into the anointing and pulled out a miracle. Mary was just a woman. If she could press the anointing and get what she needed, so can you.
me ask you, "How do you want others to see you?" "Do you want them to see
the Jesus in you? Do you want others to put a demand on the anointing in
your life so that power and anointing flow out of you?" Faith sees with
the heart, not the intellect or the natural mindset. Faith does not
measure a person by what they know of them; faith is led by the Holy
Spirit to act upon the guidance and conviction of the Holy Spirit -
regardless of what the natural mind may argue. Faith acts; faith moves
forward to seek the Jesus in the human vessels God has placed around us.
God does not leave us without the remedy or the ability to find the
answer we need. Look around. It is there in plain sight - you just need
eyes to see where your answer lies. What you want to see has
everything to do with whether or not you respond in genuine faith. You
can choose to see others through the eyes of familiarity and discount
them in your estimation; or you can choose to see them as an anointed
servant of the Lord. When you determine that because they have the Holy Spirit in their life, there must be power
to change the situation at hand, your faith will release the power of
God and virtue will flow. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
Without faith, it is impossible to receive from the anointing. Today
could be the day you open your eyes to see people in a new light.
Sometimes, miracles are waiting to happen and they're standing right in
front of us. God is just waiting for us to ask for new eyes to see
others as He sees them. Wouldn't we be surprised! I think our faith
would increase substantially and miracles would be commonplace. If only
we had eyes to see.
me for seeing others in my life as so familiar that I discount the
anointing in their life. Truly, where You dwell, there is power. Forgive
me for treating Your presence in the lives of others as common. Holy
Spirit, please forgive me if I have shown You disrespect. Lord, I know
You have placed certain people in my life that are full of the Holy
Spirit. Let me see them through new eyes. Help me recognize the
anointing in the lives of others. Give me faith to press in and receive
the answer to my need. In Jesus name, Amen.