• Five Ways of Contending for the Fullness of the Prophetic Anointing

    Five Ways of Contending for the

    Fullness of the Prophetic Anointing

    While the power dimension of the faith that Jude describes includes much
    more than just prophecy, let’s focus in on the five ways of how we can contend
    to walk in the fullness of the prophetic anointing.
    1. Have a clear vision for the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
    We contend for the fullness of the prophetic anointing by maintaining
    a clear vision for it. I find many in the body of Christ who do not have a
    vision for this. They have a vision for a “little bit more,” but they do not want
    to contend for the quality of the prophetic anointing that the early apostles
    walked in. We must fight to have a vision to walk in everything that God
    will give the human spirit in this generation with a holy pain concerning our
    powerlessness and spiritual barrenness (Matt. 5:4).
    Jesus tells us in Mark 4:24 to “take heed what you hear. With the same
    measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more willbe given.” In other words, we must be careful with what we hear or in what
    we believe is God’s measure of fullness for our lives. We must be careful in
    determining what we will contend for in our experience in God, as most of
    us are too easily satisfied with bigger churches or better worship music or a
    few personal prophecies sprinkled throughout our services when the Lord
    desires to release so much more.
    I believe the Lord has such a radically different vision for the fullness of
    the prophetic anointing than what we call the prophetic anointing in the
    church today. We must align our vision with His vision for the prophetic
    anointing instead of trying to manipulate Him into our meetings and values.
    I remember when one pastor was really frustrated and confused by this. He
    talked to me afterward and said, “I don’t get this. I just don’t understand
    what you’re trying to say. It’s as if you’re expecting something dramatic
    to happen.” I responded, “No. You do get it. You are listening. I really am
    expecting something dramatic to happen.” He thought my response was
    weird, but I believe it was the biblical response.
    The type of approach that God is looking for is to burn our boats, burn
    our bridges, and have the mentality that refuses to retreat under any circumstances.
    We must determine in our hearts to press in until we die and meetthe Lord or until the Lord visits us with power and prophetic anointing.
    2. Cultivate a spirit of gratefulness and faithfulness in smallness.
    We contend for the fullness of the prophetic anointing by cultivating
    a spirit of gratefulness and faithfulness for all that the Lord has already
    released to us, no matter how small it may seem. While we must have a clear
    vision for the fullness, we must not despise the day of small beginnings. (See
    Zechariah 4:10.) We must contend for more because we see what we lack, yet
    we must give thanks for what we do have, no matter how little or insignificant
    it may feel. As we are faithful in the little, God will release more and
    more of the prophetic anointing on our lives (Luke 19:17).
    3. Live a life of fasting and prayer.
    We contend for the fullness of the prophetic anointing by pressing in
    with a lifestyle of fasting and prayer. We must determine to give ourselvesin prayer and fasting in such a way that we refuse to back down in any
    way. We must press into God through prayer and fasting and settle theissue, “Why not me?” If you won’t do it, who will? If it won’t happen in our
    lifetime, then when?
    Right now, the Lord is orchestrating a worldwide movement of prayer
    and fasting mingled with worship. Now, prayer and fasting do not earn us
    more blessings, but prayer and fasting position our hearts in such a way to
    more fully cooperate with Him in releasing His blessings to us and our cities.
    I believe that the Lord is calling us right now to shift out of the common
    mode of Christian ministry into a spiritually violent lifestyle of fasting and
    prayer (Matt. 11:12). To many in the church today, a lifestyle of prayer and
    fasting seems counterproductive to seeing the kingdom of God break into
    our cities. However, Scripture is clear that we enter into greater realms of
    prophetic anointing by the simple weakness of prayer, fasting, serving, and
    bearing up under persecution (2 Cor. 11–12).
    The message of voluntary weakness through prayer and fasting is an
    offensive message to the church. The problem is that when we begin to walk
    down the path of weakness, the power does not always break out immediately.
    The Lord tests our faith with a divine time delay. After a while of
    praying and fasting, but not seeing the immediate fruit of our prayers and
    fasting, we often want to draw back. At that point, we often give into the lie
    that the pathway to God is not really prayer and fasting and that we can skip
    that step and do it our own way.
    Most ministries end up believing the lie that there is more power found by
    bypassing the weakness of prayer and fasting and engaging in frenetic activity
    rather than taking the road less traveled and pouring our time through
    prayer and fasting into the presence of God. Too often, they measure in the
    hear and now, but in the big picture of church history, it is clear that when
    people have persistently chosen to pray and fast, God has always proved true
    by releasing a greater dimension of His power. It may take years, sometimes
    even entire lifetimes, but it happens without exception.
    What do I mean by the “weakness” of prayer and fasting? Think of it this way. When you
    invest yourtime and energy in prayer, you are “forfeiting” valuable hours and energy you could
    be using to build your ministry, your business, or your lifestyle in some way. When you fast, you
    are giving away your physical strength4. Seek to fully obey God without compromise.
    We contend for the fullness of the prophetic anointing by seeking to fully
    obey God without compromise. We must choose to walk out lives that reflect
    the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7), living free of any compromise by
    declaring war against all known sin in our lives.
    Many times, people who desire to be free from all compromise grow
    discouraged because there are one or two or a few issues in their life that
    they do not feel they can get free from. The issue is not whether or not you
    still struggle with sin in your life, but that you are actively warring against it
    and seeking to be set free. I have never met a single person who is completely
    free from all the hidden sins and issues in his or her life, but I believe that if
    we seek to be free from compromise, we will find freedom in time.
    I know of many people who jump into the prayer and worship movement
    and wear it as a badge of honor, thinking that they have joined some elite
    group that does not struggle with sin and compromise. They go to prayer
    meetings thinking they are free from compromise because they attend the
    prayer meetings, but their private lives do not correspond with what they
    are saying in the prayer meetings. Prayer and fasting can never serve as a
    substitute for a lifestyle of obedience in all the other areas of life. In order to
    receive the fullness of the prophetic anointing, it is imperative that we war
    against sin in order to live lives free of compromise and full of integrity.5. Bear the reproach and stigma of the anointing.
    Last but not least, we contend for the fullness of the prophetic anointing
    by bearing the reproach that comes with God’s power. This is no small thing.
    Over the years, the Lord has allowed me to witness and even be a small part
    of a God-orchestrated stigma and reproach that accompanies the prophetic
    anointing. We have this false idea that when God releases the prophetic
    anointing and power, we will have dignity and honor and look “cool” in
    everyone’s eyes. However, what I have noticed over the years is that when
    God releases His prophetic anointing on His vessels, they also become targets
    for both demons and men, sometimes even from good and godly men. This
    is not necessarily a judgment of God against them, but His mercy to keep
    them humble as He releases greater measures of His unusual supernatural
    manifestation of power.
    Even the apostle Paul bore the stigma of the prophetic anointing. He madethis clear in 2 Corinthians 12:7 by writing, “Lest I should be exalted above
    measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given
    to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted.” This stigma can
    serve to keep us from pride and arrogance as God protects us by hedging us
    in with such reproach.
    We must learn to take a stand and bear the approach before and after God
    releases His prophetic anointing. God will allow us to look foolish for our
    own sakes, so we must not wait around until it becomes popular to seek God
    with spiritual violence. Join in with those who are taking a stand, or be the
    first to stand now.
    There are many scriptural promises of God releasing His prophetic anointing
    to the generation in which the Lord will return. I believe that we are living
    in that generation. We do not contend for the fullness of the prophetic
    anointing because it merely adds excitement to our meetings, but because
    the Lord promises that He will release His Spirit and we desire to cooperate
    and partner with Him in His purpose for this generation.