Lesson #1
Work within Your Anointing

"For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body...For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Perfectly Cut Out For

Many years ago I was in a Bible study and the teacher showed us some cookie cutters along with the exact shape of sponges she had cut out, one for each empty space reflecting a position within a ministry or church.

The teacher explained and showed us how PERFECTLY each sponge, which represented a position, fit into each shape it was designed to fit.

Then she picked up the “star” and showed how easily the star could fit itself into every other cookie cutter shape, even though it always showed it left a few gaps in it.

I knew right away that I was that “star” who volunteered for everything and began feeling guilty. I knew God had indeed given me MANY talents and I thought I was always careful to make sure I used what He had given me. But it’s then that I realized that I often didn’t sit back and wait for the heart to fill a position perfectly suited or anointed for a heart position, nor the moon to take her rightful spot—since each of them didn’t move as quickly as the shooting star could move—which is why my hand would quickly shoot up to volunteer for everything. What I never realized was that by volunteering for things I was not designed to do, I was blocking the opportunities designed for others to fulfill.

Some of us are more suited and anointed and designed to do ministering tasks, while others administrative and technical tasks. 

“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:20-22

Lusts are simply urges and impulses to do things that are not led by a mature spirit. 

Thankfully the teacher helped me feel a bit better by explaining it wasn’t entirely the star who was to blame. Each person needs to step up and fill her own position, tasks and opportunities she is anointed and called to do, because very often it’s because they don’t step up, which then pushes the star to do it all.

Yet, it wasn’t until I was a much wiser woman that I fully understood the significance of stars in our galaxy of ministries and churches. The Lord showed me how He had been using me to step forward, work with Him to start something new, but later to find the right person for that job or task or position—which, as it turned out, was designed specifically for them. For instance, I started more than 2 swim teams that are still going strong today—years after I started them. 

There was an older woman who needed income and who was a much better swim coach than I ever would be. It was her life. So when my 3 Restoration babies began coming, and I also had my ministry that was growing, I asked her to take it for me. And as I said, I recently saw they are still number 1 in the area, because I was willing to be used to start it, but equally as important, know when it was time to find someone else who was better suited for that position.

You may have noticed that my ministry has also changed from not really ministering myself, but instead to focus on training ministers, which is why I began RMIOU. So rather than do the tasks myself, instead, I generally work with Him, to get something started, but then step back and find the ministers who fit that position and can fill it much better than I ever could—because they are “perfectly cut out for” it.

Nevertheless, if any of us who are stars continued doing what we were not “cut out” to do, we will block and prevent those who will be blessed by fulfilling His call on their lives. But also, without us letting go at the proper time, and training someone to fill that position, we would be unable to do the next thing and the next thing and the next thing He is calling us to do. Again, in the same way, if those who are called for a task do not step up, and fail to fill the positions they are cut out for, then it will mean the body, this ministry, is not functioning as it should and we become handicapped.

No matter what your anointing is, be sure you don’t play into the enemy’s hands and help him to “wear out the saints” by not stepping up and faithfully fill the position you were perfectly cut out for. 🙂

💗 Are you more anointed and have a heart for ministering? 💗

If the Lord has given you a heart for ministering, don’t try to fill the positions and tasks that require a minister who is anointed technically. If you do, you will not only cause mishaps from occurring, but you will rob other ministers who are being called to help administratively.

🔶 Or are you administratively gifted? 🔶

Then realize that without you, our Online Ministry Team would cease to exist. Never believe for a minute the lie that says you are not really a minister. Because without ministers who are gifted and anointed to build and maintain our website and all that goes into providing it to be so easily accessible to women around the world, how could what we share be experienced?

⭐ Are you like me, always shooting forward to volunteer; do you sense you may be used as a star? ⭐

No worries and this isn't time for false humility. Our ministries and churches NEED those who are highly gifted. Just remember, your job is to be willing to step forward and fill the position first, so you know how to do it well enough to train others. Then SG to FIND the right minister to take your place: train and then encourage her until she is situated. 

* The pitfall to a star is when you’re too busy doing, doing, doing and fail to see those who are around you who are probably better suited to fill that position you’ve mastered—ministers who need you to train and encourage them. 

**Of course there are stars who suffer from a bad case of pride 🙁 but that’s easily remedied by just remembering who is the piano and who is the Composer and Pianist!

So, stop now and SG for wisdom to know how perfectly and wonderfully He made you! 

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it [until it is finally finished] [bringing it to full completion] until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 AMP

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14

“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance.” Psalm 139:16

“And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30

Don’t be ashamed if you were made a star (as I have often felt). Instead, begin to understand that He’s calling you to learn, but then find and train and encourage others to fill the position once you’ve mastered it.

If you are anything of the other MANY shapes, again, don’t you feel ashamed or less of a person, because each of us plays a unique and very important part in the body. A body or ministry is “handicapped” only when it lacks a hand or a foot or even just one finger or toe. So each of you—step up and say “Here I am, use me!” when you know you fit that position or can learn to fill a position that needs someone who loves the Lord like you do—someone just waiting to be used.

* Pay it forward. Don’t hold on to ANYTHING you have been trained to do. 

"The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 

In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

All of US together are His body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

first are apostles,

second are prophets,

third are teachers,

then those who do miracles,

those who have the gift of healing,

those who can help others,

those who have the gift of leadership,

those who speak in different languages.

Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in other languages? Of course not! So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.

But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 NLT

Apart from ME you can do NOTHING

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:3

Many of you are wonderfully using your God-given talents as volunteers, here or somewhere else. After working in His FLOW, after seeing what He can do with someone who has no real “talent” but has His heart, we’ve come to the point that unless we can sense and witness clearly that you are abiding in Him, that you are tapping into His anointing and He is Who is leading you, we simply don’t want to settle for less and we will be led to ask that you use your time elsewhere—maybe focusing on your own ministry.

True, it’s not the way most Christians work, and it’s not something that is readily taught or required when volunteering for a ministry or church. But we are not like any other ministry or church. 

Are we above them? Actually no, we are the opposite. 

We know we are nothing apart from Him! Since beginning this ministry I have known—after experiencing walking through so many deserts and valleys (many that you to have traveled)—that I am incapable of doing anything on my own. And that’s why I must depend completely on the Lord for every decision, and every single task I do. These aren’t just words, this is the honest truth.

That’s why when I read a thank you or a praise with my name, the words mean nothing to me because I know I wasn’t the one who did anything—He did it all. It’s like a piano taking credit for a masterful piece of music that everyone is standing and cheering for. We are the piano, but HE is the Master, the Pianist.

One of my favorite verses reminds me that He has chosen the foolish people, me, used to confound the wise. 

"But God hath chosen the foolish of the world to confound the wise.” John 1:3

"But God has chosen the foolish things [and people] of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong." 1 Corinthians 1:27

One of my older brothers actually doubts the existence of God, so I’ve said to him on different occasions, “So if there is NO God” I say “you know what a FOOL I am, so how do you account for all that you see has happened in my life?” 

Even the wisest man I ever knew, a bible scholar, who was our first publisher who compared the RYM book to the works of John Bunyan, the writer of Pilgrim’s Progress I said, “But you know me, and you know I’m a fool, confounding you, the wise—who else but God wrote it, even choosing to use a very poor typist, me” when he laughed heartily. And I assure you this is not cloaked vanity, it’s simply the truth and if no one else sees or believes what a fool I am, I do.

Prior to walking through the desert and valleys (where He also led just about everyone He later was able to use), I was trained to use my God-given talents too—but it was a far cry from Him working through me—once a broken vessel, fit for His use.

“He leads me”

Psalm 23:1-3 NKJV—

“The Lord is my shepherd,

I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.”

Kate and I love to share how amazingly we work in His flow—when the river picks up speed and we are able to do something that’s so amazing we all are stunned and have to pause to grasp what had just happened. When we are in His flow, and are not trying to paddle upstream, the most AMAZING things happen. We are continually in AWE of what He accomplishes. And as a result, we can’t stop praising Him!

Whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re called to volunteer or minister, this FLOW is the way we want to teach each of you how to work. Each of you have come through a similar valley of tears and been through the desert of affliction. We’ve witnessed you following Him, allowing Him to guide you—being dependent solely on Him in your Restoration Journey. BUT when some of you begin to use your talents, just as you do at your place of work or even in your home—we can sense its void of Him. 

We are not in AWE of what you can do. 

Our Ministry Team knows and can see the difference. Only when we are in AWE of what you’re doing, can we witness what He can do through you, proving you are completely dependent on Him.

So when we see this happening, when we sense that you are working in your own strength, due to error and confusion and struggling, we really have no choice but to relieve you of your position for a time. We prefer instead and must work with someone who has no talent but who is instead completely dependent on the Lord. Only then will we be in awe, only then will we see Him working, only then will He be given the praise He deserves.

When anyone is dependent on Him, everyone can sense that the praise you give Him is real too. It’s not flowery or fluff (like an empty junk food cupcake), it’s tearstained fireworks lighting up everything around them. It is what gets the attention of everyone—especially those still lost and living in a dying world.

What we hope to do is lead by example and teach you to depend completely on Him, rely on Him, flow in Him so that your entire existence, and everything you do IS Him. To settle for less would be an imitation or worse, a counterfeit.

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3 thoughts on “Lesson #1 Work WITHIN Your Anointing”

  1. poderosa lección trabajar con unción, con la unción de nuestro amado, el es quien nos guía, en este salmo 23 Dios me ha puesto a vivirlo en estos últimos meses, gracias mi amor por tanto.

    powerful lesson to work with anointing, with the anointing of our beloved, he is the one who guides us, in this psalm 23 God has made me live it in these last months, thank you my love for so much.

  2. Thank you so much for this lesson.
    I know that I am nothing, and cannot do a thing without the Lord.
    I am here because I would like to help women find the truth with the help of my Heavenly Father.
    I know what I went through before I knew the truth, and I do not wish that upon anybody.

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