THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Theme: The Anointing
Topic: Empowering Factors - Motive
2 Kings 5:20-24
1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
As already indicated in the last study, spiritual symbols and tokens do not have power in themselves. In the next few days, we want to consider some of the divine principles that form the basis for the efficiency of the operational tools of the Holy Ghost. The first one we shall consider is motive.
It is on biblical record that Gehazi took silver and garments from Naaman the leper after his master Elisha had refused them. He took undue advantage of the miraculous healing of Naaman to enrich himself. This act of corruption occurred in a situation where he did not minister to Naaman directly (2 Kings 5:20-24).
Gehazi took advantage of a situation in which he did not contribute much to the miracle. In the case where he carried the staff to the Shunammite woman’s son, had the boy been raised from the dead, he might have sought to receive heavier sums of money and other rewards. It is clear from Elisha’s life that he was not in the ministry for material gain. When Elisha healed the sick or worked miracles, he did so in obedience to his heavenly calling.
Your motives will determine whether you will obtain results or not. Selfishness denies the miraculous the ability to express itself. Why do you want to perform miracles? Why do you desire the manifestation of the Spirit? The spirits which motivated Balaam, Judas Iscariot, Ananias and Sapphira, and Gehazi have not ceased to exist. Anyone who yields himself to these wrong spirits will be readily absorbed by them to his or her own destruction. The anointing is not in the staff which is not supported by godly motives.
Pray that your motive in doing anything and everything for God will be right.
“Accessing the Anointing” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)