Five years ago, God gave me a dream to create Anointed Magazine, which comes from the verse Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news.” After graduating from college this past May, I turned my full attention to growing Anointed because I believe that Anointed is a part of God’s anointing on my life. But during the three months following graduation, I allowed this anointing to overshadow my relationship with God.
I was so consumed with making Anointed into a business that I had lost sight of the original vision God had given me — to proclaim His holy name to teen girls. My character was also suffering because of my fixation on becoming a business woman rather than a godly woman. I was anxious, stressed and frustrated with God for not opening the doors I was pushing against. Then God reminded me that His anointing on my life must first be aligned with my character.
A few years ago I attended a Sunday evening service at Grace Midtown Church, located in Atlanta. The speaker’s message that night was on having good character to match your anointing. He said that each of us have a specific and unique anointing on our lives “to bring good news” (Isaiah 61:1). God gives each of us an anointing on our lives, but first He refines our character so that it’s align with that anointing.
There are many well-meaning Christians (myself included) who have dived head-first into their anointing before allowing God to grow and strengthen their character. We as followers of Christ cannot rush our anointing ahead of God’s timing. When we do jump ahead of God’s schedule, we experience major setbacks and frustrations that could have been avoided had we simply waited on the Lord and surrendered our anointing to Him.
Many times God chooses to refine our character through trials. Just as gold is purified when heat is applied to it, so are we purified through difficult times. Yet no matter how difficult these times may be, we can rest assured that God is right there alongside us. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
We all have an anointing on our lives “to bring good news” (Isaiah 61:1). If you are unsure of what your anointing looks like, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. When you know what that anointing is, don’t rush into it until God has given you clearance to do so. Allow Him to refine your character. And above all else, surrender your anointing to the One who gave it to you for your identity comes from Him, not from your anointing.