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The Dual Anointing for the Marketplace & Church Ministry

Dr. Nathan Culver
In the body of Christ we primarily associate the anointing with the ministry of preaching. This is a huge misconception because the anointing is not only for preaching or to enable us to operate in spiritual gifts. The anointing of God is the enabling power of God given by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of fulfilling the assignment God has entrusted to us.

In the body of Christ we primarily associate the anointing with the ministry of preaching. This is a huge misconception because the anointing is not only for preaching or to enable us to operate in spiritual gifts. The anointing of God is the enabling power of God given by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of fulfilling the assignment God has entrusted to us. Therefore, whatever task God has given to us He gives us the ability and enablement to accomplish this through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

 

We see clear examples of this throughout scripture. For instance in the account of Samson he was anointed by God to slay the Phillistines so that Gods people had victory over their enemies. It was with the jawbone of a donkey and the anointing of the Spirit of God upon Samson that he killed thousands of men without an army. The anointing of God through the Holy Spirit enables you to do in the flesh what is humanly impossible.

 

This generation of Christians rely more on their human abilities, intellect, education and gifts then they do on the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In the book of Daniel we see that Daniel and his friends while they were in Babylon were noticed for a number of things but one of them was there intellect. It was clear that they were very intelligent and full of wisdom. However, it wasn't there intellect and wisdom alone that caused them to be successful but the anointing of God that was on their life. Daniel operated in the dual anointing of prophet and government leader.

 

The call of God on the life of Daniel was more than that of a prophet. He was called to utilize his mantle as a prophet in the political arena. Daniel and his friends are hand selected to serve in political office not just because of their prophetic insight but also because of their success in academia.

 

It is important to note that we must also spend time sharpening our intellect so that we are able to communicate intelligently biblical truths and principles that will cause the world to take notice and inquire about our God.

 

In order to be effective in marketplace ministry we must learn to lend our gifts, intellect, ability and knowledge to Holy Spirit because He is better able to get the maximum use out of them for the glory of God then we will ever be able to. I believe the church of today has become so dependent on their own ability. Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." I firmly believe that when we trust in our own ability we put restrictions on God's ability to work in and through us.

 

It is also my observation that in the church we have adopted this same mentality. We have become more focused on performance, applause, and fanfare that we will ignore the need for Holy Spirit's enabling power. The point we need to see here is that we can't afford to continue doing anything for God without the anointing of Holy Spirit because if we do then we are merely just performers hungry for the next applause of a crowd that lacks the ability to discern the absence of the presence of God.

 

Holy Spirit is our source for success in every and any endeavor we attempt for God that we say we have been led by Him to do. However, we must realize that there are many in the body of Christ who are anointed by God for both the marketplace and church ministry. This we see in the life of the many leaders in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament leaders.

 

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