You are Anointed and Your Personal Growth Matters to the World
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan
Your personal growth matters to the world. Your understanding of who you are makes a difference. The world needs you to embrace your potential and fulfill your purpose.
I believe you are anointed to do something; this is why you need to have your very own personal breakthrough as it concerns your identity—you must respond to the call of God on your life—this is the season of becoming and of manifesting your destiny.
I think of Jesus in the synagogue when he stood up to read from the Book of Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).
And then He said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21).
What has the Lord said about you that is being fulfilled today? What has the Spirit anointed you to do? What has He sent you to accomplish—to proclaim?
As the Year stretches before you, and you move forward in your life I want you to be mindful of “what” the Spirit of the Lord is upon you to do. Be specific. How does that define you and the choices you make?
You may have had many vocations, business ventures, interests, relationships, goals, jobs, passions, partners, and gone down many and varied paths in life—but this is the season that you must AWAKEN!.
In biblical numerology, thirteen is the number that bonds multiplicity into oneness. For example, there are twelve tribes bonded into their father Israel, the thirteenth being Israel; there are twelve apostles bonded together in Christ; the thirteenth being the Lord Jesus. The meaning of the number thirteen is the bonding of many into one. This whole year 2013 is somewhat of a message to you and me… 2013 means “a year of coming of age—a year of fulfillment”.
There are twelve aspects of your being that are bonded together into your identity. It’s time to identify your calling, build your character, expand your capacity, and explore how you can be a catalyst to transform people.
What is the Spirit of the Lord upon you to do at this particular time in history? Someone once said “Lead yourself first with such authenticity and depth that other people will choose to follow.”
Part of personal growth is to become strong where you are weak. Every action you take will either strengthen or weaken your power. For example, many people are tempted to make foolish financial decisions and purchase things that they don’t need. In the moment, it’s very easy to get ourselves in to debt and purchase that expensive car or that new shirt or dress or that cool gadget and then later on wish we had made a different decision- We have all done this. Sometimes we even make fast decision with relationship and later regret it. But here is the real problem – every time we give in to any impulse, our ability to resist it in the future becomes weaker. Anytime you are tempted by any behavior that is in contradiction to what you desire, you have a strengthening choice or a weakening choice. Instead of looking at such options as a temptation to overcome, I want you to begin looking at those moments as opportunities. You have an opportunity to strengthen your ability to become an overcomer. Think – if you make that strengthening decision just once, the pain of it will be only very brief, but the strengthening of your ability to make choices that will support you instead of defeat you will last you for the rest of your life.
As you practice this every day, these decisions will become easier and easier because you will trust the “Flow”, as a result, you will become more and more powerful by the minute. Put God first in everything you do live with passion and I will see you at the top! firstname.lastname@example.org
Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email email@example.com or by visiting www.miraclecenterventure.com.