We had just met for the first time since she married some months ago. But what she did struck a chord on my inside, and my spirit blessed her. In the view of everyone, in a rather public place, she knelt down on her two knees to greet us. She would not stand up until my wife said, “please, stand up.” She was unashamedly honouring God’s Grace on our lives.

Friend, the anointing you do not honour cannot bless you. One of the things the devil uses to cheat people of their blessings in God is to block their eyes from seeing what God has for them in the people that He placed in and around their lives. One of the signs of the blessing is that your eyes are opened (2 Kings 4:9).

“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh…” (2 Corinthians 5:16). The truth is, people are not who they look like in the physical. Beyond the surface, there is something more. This is why you need to pray that God would open your eyes to see people beyond the flesh. Until Peter saw Jesus in the anointing of His calling, he could not step into the blessings that God had for him (Matthew 16:16-19).

There is the anointed and there is the anointing; the anointed is a person, the anointing is the Grace that he carries. The way you receive the anointed will determine if you would partake of the anointing that he carries. Did you notice that Jesus could not do any mighty works because of people’s unbelief (Mark 6:5-6)? I suspect that Jesus wanted to bless his people but he could not.

A man of God may want to bless you but his anointing is not blessing you. My spiritual father once shared an instance when he prayed for someone after which he became troubled. The Lord later told him to go and withdraw the prayers and blessings; the anointing was not blessing that person. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is very sensitive to how you treat it.

You need to know how to relate in closeness with the carriers of the anointing without getting familiar. The sin of familiarity is a grave sin of destiny (2 Kings 2:1-15). Most people would not have problem with someone they do not know being anointed, but it becomes an issue if it’s their childhood friend, spouse or someone they used to know (Mark 6:1-6). You must pass the test of familiarity if you would partake of the anointing.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria