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Probing the mystery of "the anointing" in a sermon.
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Every word rang true.
An encouraging but convicting article that has the Spirit's stamp upon it.
So that's what it is - unction. Sometimes I would think I am just too serious pleading with God to anoint me with His Word and not mine. I thought it was spiritual immaturity or maybe it was God gave more to one gender over another. I never wanted to preach until I felt what I called "God's stamp of approval", but now I know it is called unction. Thank you for this comprehensive article. It is excellent teaching.
I don't always know when I have unction in the pulpit, but I have a much better sense of when the Spirit is at work refining the spoken and written Word in the hearts of my flock when members tell me afterwards what spoke to them. Sometimes it is a thought, image or a circumstance connected to their lives that my preaching provokes that has less of a correlation to my main message, but is that which the Lord has for them that particular morning. This reality at first was a bit disturbing because I assumed people were not listening, but I found through asking people that they did indeed hear the main message and thrust, but it was not that main message that always connected but instead led them to another insight. This reality has diminished my all-too-frequent aim to be clever or "relevant" for the renewed purpose of now aiming to being clear, Christ-centered and letting the Scripture speak more often on its own terms.
good article. i would recommend to anyone wanting to preach the word
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