If you’re a Christian, you know what this post is all about. The anointing is the power behind the service of a believer. It is daily being led by the voice of God, that inner voice that brings so much peace and assurance of our decision.
But throughout life, you will encounter seasons of lost anointing. Some times you will be at fault, and at other times you won’t. You may lose the anointing due to sin, or a stupid mistake. The anointing may even be absent due to situations beyond your control (i.e. not in the right place, not met the right person, not the right time, etc.).
So what is a Christian to do when the anointing feels lost?
1. Realize your mistake is not beyond God’s grace. Those who once operated in a powerful anointing and then go long periods of time feeling dry usually go through a grieving process. First you begin a relentless search in your thoughts trying to figure out what you did wrong. If you find that you did something wrong, let me remind you of the gospel that you at one time so whole-heartedly proclaimed.
Jesus paid it all. You may have backslidden or simply made an unwise decision that caused great backlash. Whatever the case, there is nothing that has been done that can’t be forgiven. Once you figure out where everything went wrong, repent.
2. Begin where you left off. There has never been a marathon judge who looked at a fallen runner laying on the ground and said, “You need to go back to the starting line to begin again”. Instead, he says the same thing God would say to you today, “Get up from where you fell down, and begin running again”.
3. Your mission and purpose has not changed, although the strategy may have. God has a mission and a purpose specifically for you when he decided to bring you into the world. Whatever that is, it has not changed. Romans 11:29 says:
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
Take for example someone that is called to teach God’s word. During certain seasons of their life, this may be carried out through preaching, blogging, writing books, online podcasts, leading a small group, etc. The mission and purpose has not changed, but the strategy through which they are fulfilled may change many times throughout the course of his life.
4. Fellowship with the right people. There are gifts within you that must be stirred up again. There are certain people that stir my spiritual gifts every time I get around them. These are people that are in someway connected to your ministry. They carry a similar anointing. Paul talked about this with Timothy:
“…I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” –2 Timothy 1:6
Rather than fellowshipping with the right people, maybe you need to sever some ties to people who are pulling your desires towards things that are not related to your life’s mission.
5. Be patient. God has not forgotten you. You are far to precious to him. If you feel that you’ve been placed on the shelf, continue to faithfully seek after him. Jeremiah 33:3 reminds us “Call unto me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
How have you handled those seasons when you feel you’ve lost the anointing? Please feel free to share. You may be able to help someone else.