Many believers place confidence in their anointing and gifts and mistakenly assume it to be a safeguard against falling. Trust Me, it is not!
Within hours, a believer can move from an anointing, to being possessed by a devil. Lust is an open door for demonic traffic to pass through and must be sealed at all times. “When Samson came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.  And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith,” Judges 15:14-15.
But this same anointed man of God had a lust problem and opened a door to an evil woman and told her the secret of his anointing. She then lulled him to sleep so his hair could be cut and then woke him up screaming, “The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that My Father was departed from him.  But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house,” Judges 16:20-21.
Jealousy was a door that demons walked through and possessed the anointed king Saul filling his heart with murder. “And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.  Because of his jealousy My Father sent an evil spirit upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.  And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night,” 1 Samuel 19:1,9-10.
Because the door of pride was opened in Peters life, right after a great revelation from My Father, Matthew 16:16-19, and I offered him the keys to the kingdom, Satan himself walked through the pride door and he became bold enough to rebuke Me, Matthew 16:22-23. Then I had to shut him up and tell him the truth about himself, that he was not the anointed hero he thought he was, but a betrayer.
You may be gifted and anointed today but if your character is not transformed you will leave a door open and demons will walk in tomorrow and bring you down.
Never judge your spirituality by your gifts and anointing. In order to fulfill My purpose, I will anoint a jackass if I need too, Numbers 22:28-30.
Let My Spirit purge you, break you, melt you and mold your character, so you can bring forth the fruit of the Spirit and even much fruit, John 15:1-2. Then you can move ahead and develop your gifts and and My anointing will bless you, rather than destroy you, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|