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Paying The Cost
Why do some carry a greater presence of God than others?
Why is the anointing more powerfully seen through some than through others?
Because some are prepared to pay the price that others are not willing to pay.
Some are ready to sacrifice more of themselves, and all of themselves, their time, and their lives upon the altar of God’s obedience!
The full measure of the anointing (Christ’s person seen, felt and experienced) requires our full consecration (being set aside to him and yielding to His Will and His Spirit to lead us in every way, every step of the way, every day).
Are you ready to pay the price?
Kathryn Kuhlman talking about The Cost.
Not all Power is Holy Ghost Power!
Sadly, many are mislead by a show of the flesh and an emotional experience that is subtly simulated and accepted by many as the Anointing (the true Authentic Person and Presence of Christ being present in Person).
Most of the time it is the power of suggestion. The power of manipulation. The power of the soul dimension, and of course, in some cases also demonic power that is at work, accepted by the majority as the Anointing, because it appears “powerful” and “supernatural” in nature.
Things such as screaming, shouting, jumping, coming across as powerful and being intimidating, combined with the right “moves”, sells a story that many times is merely accepted as the “Anointing”.
The true Presence of God brings a Holy Awe, causes deep humility and brings people into an undeniable experience of His Living Presence being among them.
It is far more than a power-trip and far more than manifestations — it is about the experience of standing in His Living Presence and being transformed in the process thereof.
Unless a man lives a crucified life (being dead to himself and alive to God), do not expect the Ressurection Life of the HOLY SPIRIT to be seen or experienced in Him or through him.
When it’s all about “power” and not about Christ, there may yet be a power — but not Christ’s Power!
Self-idolization (positioning yourself so others can see, celebrate and adore you, rather than Christ) is witchcraft (making yourself into an object to be exalted and celebrated is bearing the identity of Lucifer himself).
Why Does Some Carry More of the Anointing (God’s Presence) Than Others?
Each of us, being Spirit-filled, have a measure of the Anointing manifesting through us, that measure is directly proportional to the degree of our own personal and individual consecration (in being set aside in dedication) to God.
The Anointing is available to every individual in exactly the same measure.
It is a matter of personal hunger, passion and desire that determines to what degree we are willing to consecrate ourselves and our lives to God, and in proportion thereto, how much of His Living Presence He can express both in us and also through us, to others.
Some are prepared to give God access to only a little of themselves, their time, and their lives.
While others consecrate themselves to a greater degree, sacrificing much more in terms of what is known as living an ‘ordinary life’, to be prepared as vessels for His Presence, filled with His Person.
The Anointing is never greatly expressed without personal cost or sacrifice.
As with Jesus, it requires time spent in solitude with the Father, and if we are truly hungry to walk in a great dimension and Revelation of His Spirit – then there must be much time spent with the Father, and much of ourselves given in sacrifice upon the altar of obedience to Him, and much in the way of being led by the Holy Spirit, to live and to move in harmony with His heart.
“You are my hiding place,” Psalm 32:7.
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven is in South Africa. He has been serving the Lord in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America. He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa. For more information about him and his ministry visit Fellowship of Believers or Revival.