Going with the Flow: The Power
of God's Anointing
By Laura Bagby
There is no other word for it -- God is truly amazing.
A couple of months ago I was complaining to my friend that I didn't feel
close to the Lord, that God hadn't seemed to be talking to me, and that I
was at a spiritually dry place. I missed being anointed for ministry. Sickness
and busyness and fear of man had made it hard to move in the prophetic and
I felt badly that I wasn't doing what God had intended.
God chose the most unusual time and way to answer that prayer.
In the midst of a busy day, I was asked to help with worship at one of CBN's
staff chapels. I agreed, though I lacked spiritual exuberance. While my coworker
was expectant that the Lord would move mightily in power, I was hoping chapel
wouldn't go too long because I had a lot to do. Knowing that I was unprepared
for what the Lord might do, I prayed that God would just allow me to worship
Him and not worry about what anyone else thought of me. I prayed for God's
peace and for His anointing -- never expecting that God would come in power
an hour later.
And God did come, at first very gently. As the Holy Spirit swept through
that chapel room and into my heart, the tears flowed, slowly and then steadily.
Soon I was an embarrassingly soggy mess of brokenness before the Lord -- in
front of a large crowd of people. There was no hiding my face, but that was
OK, because I knew that it wasn't for man to judge my tears, not this day.
I was in the presence of the Almighty. I couldn't explain why the dried up
well suddenly sprang to life except that it was God being gracious to answer
But that wasn't the end of it.
Faith rose up within me, bolstering what God had begun. I sensed God's presence
strongly in love and in peace. I felt ready to do battle for the Lord. It
wasn't about the singing. It wasn't about performing anymore. This was about
the Lord and His business.
I felt God nudge me several times while I was singing, compelling me to pray
and prophesy over people, but at first I was a little unsettled. After all,
I wasn't an "intercessor." There was a team in place for that. I watched as
those needing prayer came forward toward the intercessors. As soon as one
came up, someone stepped in to pray. I was almost disappointed, because I
really felt led to walk off that platform and pray for them myself! Now that
is audacious. But sometimes God calls for that. God doesn't care about our
rules or even about us saving face or looking good in front of others.
Yet still, I watched and waited. The room was abuzz with intercessors speaking
prophetic words and those prayed for weeping and praising the Lord. The spiritual
decibel level was high. Maybe this wasn't my time to pray, I wondered.
But I noticed that there were those who were waiting to be prayed for. They
were waiting and waiting. What are they waiting for, Laura? God seemed
to be speaking to me. Get out there and pray, and I will give you the words
So off I went into the wild blue yonder of God's grace, along with those
intercessors who had boldly gone before me, to the throne room of God. It
was a little scary. I am new to this spiritual gift. I am not a prophet. I
certainly dont have "a word" in every corporate meeting. I don't claim
to know all things. If I did I would be God. No, but God has given me the
mind of Christ, as He has you, dear saints of Christ. And when you and I have
His mind and He brings His power to match it, amazing things happen, simple
as that. And this day I guess God wished to use me as one among many. It didn't
happen because I was somehow chosen. We are all chosen. I am not more special;
I would be thinking about myself more highly than I ought if I thought that
I am beginning to understand that you can't be afraid when God asks you to
speak over someone. Fear snuffs out faith. I experienced a bit of that snuffing
when nervously praying for the first individual that I saw who needed prayer.
I was worried about offending the individual and about saying the wrong things.
As the words came out from my lips, I wondered if I had made a terrible mistake.
It didn't seem right. But instead of walking away like I was tempted to do,
convinced that I should leave the work to one more experienced, I decided
to press in further by asking the Lord to grant me wisdom and faith so that
I would know what to say.
And it was amazing. God met me every time. God is such a personal and specific
God. He knows the hearts of those who love Him. And though we don't always
need a word from God to get us moving -- most days we just must obey, relying
on His word -- a word of edification or exhortation or healing can be just
what we need to build our faith, to turn our cold hearts again to a God who
is truly concerned for us, or to step out in a new direction with boldness
And the second thing I have begun to learn is that you can't bottle up the
power. The Israelites tried to do this when God sent them manna from Heaven.
Some gathered more than a day's worth of the bread. They were trying to bottle
up God's anointing. God was not pleased. God gives us our DAILY bread. We
need His new perspective every day. Those Israelites who stored more food
than was necessary for the day had moldy bread.
Likewise, when you are moving in the realm of the prophetic, you can start
to think you have a bibidee-bobidee-boo wand of spiritual insight that you
can wave over people any time you want. Not true. Only Jesus has that kind
of anointing. We as humans must rely on His impartation and His timing.
God's power is never meant to be some warm and fuzzy sideshow. To do so would
make a mockery of a God who is so holy that we can't stand before His presence
without the robes of Christ. We must be careful not to go about proclaiming
that we are Prophet So-and-So or Prophetess So-and-So, wanting to justify
our actions and bring the glory to ourselves. Have we forgotten this is the
Lord God we are dealing with?
We do this not for ourselves. We don't speak a word over another like some
misguided psychic trying to piece together an individual's future. It is not
intended to please man, but to do the will of God, as is the case when we
use every spiritual gift. If we do so to seek the praises of men, then we
have missed the point entirely and are in grave danger of deceiving ourselves
and of disillusioning others. All the gifts of the Spirit, whether they come
in power or in gentleness, in meekness or in strength, are all about God.
It isn't about us.
All I did was show up and obey. God did the rest. And that, my friend, is
all you have to do, too.
If God is calling you, nudging you, or compelling you, and it lines up with
Scripture, go out and do what He asks of you. Lay hands on sick people if
that is what God is speaking to you. Give your entire paycheck to the poor
if God is directing you to do so. Speak a word of knowledge that is directed
by God. And do it all humbly, giving thanks to God and praises to Him. Expect
nothing in return except God to show up and accomplish His purposes. You will
stand in awe of what He can and will do in your midst.
"So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall
not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall
accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing
for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11, Amplified).
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