DO YOU WANT SUCCESS OR THE ANOINTING?

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:8 ESV

I was talking with a young leader recently about following the call of God, and in the midst of our conversation I heard the Lord say, “DO YOU WANT SUCCESS, OR DO YOU WANT THE ANOINTING?” I had never considered this comparison before, but it went straight to the heart. 

Success by today’s standards – especially in the Church – seems to be measured by a prestigious title, a recognized name, or the size of one’s social media accounts. And yet, all of those are “rubbish” if they don’t carry the presence and aroma of The Anointed One. We’re being reminded of this higher call that doesn’t look anything like the world’s.

Success may bring you invitations, but it’s the anointing that will set the captives free (Luke 4:18). Success may bring you a large following, but the anointing can disciple entire nations (Matt 28:18-20). Success may bring your name before stars and celebrities, but the anointing brings a King’s reward (Psalms 45:7). Success may bring notoriety and monetary gain, but the anointing will secure a crown for all eternity (2 Tim 4:8). Someone successful can market their strategy, but the anointing cannot be bought, nor does it come cheaply.

[We are] always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11

This tangible force that can change an entire generation only comes through a life that has been humbled, broken, and willing to lose it all for the sake of One. It only comes when one is willing to bypass the good, and even the better, in order to obtain the best. And it usually takes longer. For those who choose the higher road, the process of waiting is what purifies the oil within and increases its value for its appointed time of release.

To those feeling overlooked or forgotten in fulfilling your destiny, know that you have not missed it. Your time of being hidden is not a sign of rejection or an indication of failure. Rather, it is an invitation to the anointing. Embrace the season of preparation and allow the oil of His presence to saturate your being. It is the anointing that breaks the yoke, and it is those who are willing to yield to its process that will be the carriers of that promise.

This generation does not need someone successful or well-known to set them free. They need someone who carries the oil of heaven. Those thought to be small in the world’s eyes are about to release heaven’s fragrance, and the aroma will bring all men to their knees.

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Wanda Alger

Wanda Alger

Wanda has been in ministry for over 35 years as a worship leader, teacher, author, deliverance counselor, and speaker.

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27 Responses

  1. Amen and Amen.
    May God bless you and yours richly, as you are being used by Him for His glory. I love your teachings, and am learning so much. And greatly encouraged by your very timely words.

  2. Wow!!! This is beautifully written, you have a true gift from God. I am a writer too. I am writing a book for the Lord right now. I am in agreement with you about this. I am being hidden right now. I am finally emerging into the world as God has opened a door for me into the mountain of business. I could use some prayers to show his love and shine the light of his beautiful and bountiful glory. Thank you in advance. I saw you in one of my dreams. You were orchestrating a wedding ceremony for me and my husband to get remarried. You had been making some dry plant decorations for me that cost $100 and the wedding cost was $325. I gave you $500 because we had extra and we had a lunchbox full of cash. I don’t know what all of it means, but it is a dream i am supposed to include in my book. Please let me know your thoughts.

  3. Wow!!! This is beautifully written, you have a true gift from God. I am a writer too. I am writing a book for the Lord right now. I am in agreement with you about this. I am being hidden right now. I am finally emerging into the world as God has opened a door for me into the mountain of business. I could use some prayers to show his love and shine the light of his beautiful and bountiful glory. Thank you in advance. I saw you in one of my dreams. You were orchestrating a wedding ceremony for me and my husband to get remarried. You had been making some dry plant decorations for me that cost $100 and the wedding cost was $325. I gave you $500 because we had extra and we had a lunchbox full of cash. I don’t know what all of it means, but it is a dream i am supposed to include in my book. Please let me know your thoughts. Oh, I was pregnant and that is why we decided to get remarried. I delivered my husband from a demon by laying my hands on his head and he manifested.

  4. I choose the anointing. All my life I haven’t felt like a success by the worlds and even the church’s standards and now I am so thankful that I have not! God always sees me through and I feel I’m beginning to fulfill HIS plan for me and know He has been from the beginning even when I strayed from His way. To God be all the glory through Chris Jesus in the Holy Spirit! Thank youWanda for sharing His message…..

  5. Thank you for sharing that with us, I do feel like I am being hidden in Christ, as I am intentional to spend time with the King 👑 every morning 🙏🏽🙌🤲🏼 and read and meditate on His living word.

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