In the film Facing the Giants, the head football coach at Shiloh High accidently walks by a private meeting to oust him as coach. Devastated by this revelation, a conversation with the janitor the next day changes his perspective. This wise man recalls a parable of farmers waiting for rain to plant crops. Only one man plowed his fields in expectation of God’s answer to prayers for water. The janitor asked this coach at the end of his story, which one are you?
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him, 1 John 2:27.
Author Gary Smalley wrote a book entitled the Blessing when I was in college. A friend suggested that I should read this before getting married. During a marriage encounter seminar that Leanne and I attended while engaged, this resource was confirmed as a must read. The book examines the Old Testament practice of Jewish fathers passing on a blessing to their oldest son. However, in the case of Isaac and Jacob, the youngest deceives his brother to receive this special anointing.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” Luke 4:18.
Due to a breakdown in the American family, absentee fathers aren’t around to bless, develop and raise their own children. Meanwhile, the passing of the torch from one generation to the next is being dropped. Subsequently, young men are being robbed of this blessing. These circumstances have created a mood where doubt reigns. Until this atmosphere changes, no one is preparing for the anointing of God due to a lack of hope and faith. May divine intervention reverse this trend.
by Jay Mankus