Unfortunately,when someone confronts you after you have done something in the Spirit of God’s calling on your life and praises you with “Oh my God you’re so annointed”, it can be that very attitude in well meaning people, who think they are encouraging you, that actually are setting you up for a spiritual attack!
If God uses you specifically on occassions to minister any of His gifts, such as healing, people who misunderstand the way God uses you/us tend to want to label you/us as healers or prophets etc ,which while it is true that God has worked through some of us that such statements can begin a personal spiritual battle within, targetting us with a ‘spirit of religion’,or a ‘spirit of pride’, or ‘spirit of elitism’ and ‘others’ that can become the ‘fly in the ointment’ to our ministry over time.
Many men of God have at times been given gifts and used to do marvelous things only to later on become victims of hero worship and some feel inwardly isolated or that they begin to feel pressures to have to perform for others even when the annointing is not upon them.It can place a heavy yoke on them.
Although God does not repent of His gifts, He has mercy on whom He has mercy and there are times when a gift is used that is specific for a situation and yet some then misconstrue it and attempt to make a method or formula to cause the ‘gift’ to be operated on demand, which can and often leads to ‘showmanship’ and what can turn into a ‘sideshow act’.
I have seen men and women of God who when they first started out and gained some notoriety for specific gifts bestowed on them or miracles they have received, go on to later on present ‘stale manna’ in place of what God had done for them maybe decades earlier.
I have also on specific occasions been used by God to do some marvelous things to others on His behalf yet not something to be repeated on any grandscale levels.
Even men like Benny Hinn who said many years ago that if he could he would walk into hospitals and heal the sick, but he knew that God didnt always bestow action of the gift of healing simply at a man’s will or man’s desire.
He set out in growing worship services and during that worship it was asked that the Holy Spirit come upon them and sometimes did. Later his ministry grew and things changed.People came from all around expecting to be healed .Some were, some weren’t.
Betty Baxter was miraculously healed by Jesus as a child and had a great testimony of how Jesus visited her often only to later on when her ministry became more like a travelling side show where people expected a miracle every time she spoke, but again God doesnt work like that.
We are not to become like some Gehazzi’s, seeking reward from those who received the gift’s benefit such as healing as did Naaman the leper who willingly gave good to Gehazzi for what the prophet did. He receieved a curse in exchange for that blessing.For our actions here on earth as we obey the calling of the Holy Spirit, we are not to seek a share of the profit, which would become a stumbling block to many who start out to sincerely serve God.
People often want to give to someone they see as really operating in the gifts of the Spirit,and want to elevate such a person, holding them in high esteem, which often causes oppressive spirits to speak thoughts of self rigthteousness, elitism,grandiosity,false witness,pride,religion,self validation,defensiveness,evasiveness,spirit of doubt ,spirits of revelry,deceits,depression,despair,idolatry and so on that can actually separate us when others begin to say things like ‘you are so annointed’.
It is only in true humbleness before God and meakness before both God and man, balanced by being bold in the spirit before the Lord, like the apostle Paul, who was strong in the faith and not afraid to speak his mind~ yet he reminded whomever he was confronted with, that it was Jesus, His Holy Spirit that was at work through him and that he of himself was nothing without Christ.
Likewise we too must not set ourselves up through a sense of emabarrassment, when receiving such accolades, but with thanksgiving in our hearts, that the Lord chose to operate through us, to keep our own spiritual house swept clean and to be like Samuel the boy, sitting and waiting to hear from the Lord~ and to speak only what the Lord has given us to say.
“Speak Lord,your servant listens~!”
We can not put God into a box and pull Him out when others expect us to perform, nor when we seek a private interpretation for ourselves or someone else.
Paul had a thorn in his side,God’s grace was sufficient for him, as we all who serve the Lord also have that spiritual or physical thorn in our flesh, there to remind us of who we are and not attempt to use the gifts of God which were made manifest in us for our own personal gain.
Like Daniel operated in humility and his trust in the Lord, or Esther when she confronted the King, or even when Jesus was before Herod, who demanded him to perform ‘tricks’, we are His servants and are to perform as He did and then can do the things He did.
When He wants to speak through us, when we keep our vessels clean and our inward man is right before God, we can be prepared in our hearts to do His works purely and not as hirelings who are rewarded for such here on earth.
The Lord speaks through whomever He will, even the rocks would cry out, if He commanded or even speak through Baalam’s donkey, we need to teach others how God is ministering through us and how they too should prepare themselves to become vessels fit for honor before God and not just men.
Jesus said His burden was light and so it should be for us.
When someone tells me that I am so annointed, I can only reply that it isn’t me, but God choosing to work through me as being receptive and waiting on the Lord, not by anything I am or do, but by what He is, when He chooses to work through me.
The wind blows where it wills and you can hear the sound of it,so it is with everyone who walks in the Spirit of God and not walking in the spirits of their own self worth or pride or any other vanity that they do.