I realize people may think I’m a goofball for saying this, but I’ll say it anyway.
When I tell you what it is you may try and correct me by telling me I should have said “SomeONE” is missing; because the Spirit of God is a Person.
What’s missing? The Anointing of God.
The Anointing is missing!
The Spirit of God isn’t missing; He’s here and will be for some time. But His tangible magnificence, the kind that changes lives, breaks addictions, and destroys all the works of the devil is, by and large, missing.
It’s not God’s fault.
It’s our fault.
It’s the church’s fault.
It has nothing to do with a politician’s sin, or Planned Parenthood’s ruthless and unconscionable practices.
It’s not the result of liberalism creeping into the church. And yes, liberalism is making great inroads into the church.
But that isn’t why the anointing is missing.
If the anointing was evident, as it was in the early days of the church, hell would be rocked back on its heels, trying to find some way to put out the flame of God’s Spirit.
But for all practical purposes, the flame’s extinguished.
It’s not because pastors wear jeans, drink coffee, or have a piercing or tattoo.
So why isn’t there as much evidence of Heaven’s power today, as in days of old?
Well, primarily because we, the church, don’t need it.
We’ve developed better ways to reach the masses and build our churches.
We really have a much better understanding of life’s difficulties than say, a hundred years ago.
There’s really no need to humble ourselves before God any longer.
We’ve got it all figured out.
And that’s why the anointing is missing.
Yes, God has always had a remnant. There have always been people who don’t have any qualms about taking God at His word.
And there are people like that today.
But before you pat yourself on the back, or high five your deacon board, ask yourself this:
Are we experiencing ALL God has?
If you believe you are, then I’m sorry for you. Pride and arrogance have found their way into your heart.
But if you believe there’s more, as I do, then the next step is the step of faith and humility.
He fills those who are emptied of self and are hungry for His ways.
And He is STILL able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or even think.
And THAT is what we need.
Here are some words to a little song I wrote years ago, along with a few supporting scriptures.
“There is an anointing,
Your precious anointing,
It heals the broken-hearted,
And sets the captives free.
It’s like a river flowing,
The lowest places filling,
Yielded hearts receiving,
Your precious anointing.
You fill the hungry with good things,
The humble receive from Your hand
We acknowledge our need for Your blessing,
Fill up our hearts, heal all our pain,
We don’t look to ourselves,
But call on Your Name…
We need your anointing,
Your precious anointing.
“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” (Psalm 107:9 ESV)
“he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.” (Luke 1:53 ESV)
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;” (Isaiah 61:1 ESV)
“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38 ESV)