Servanthood and anointing by Dr. Leon van Rooyen

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Servanthood and anointing by Dr. Leon van Rooyen

Last night I heard a powerful teaching by Dr. Leon van Rooyen from Global Ministries and Relief, Inc.  www.gmrinc.org   This was part of the Kings Fire Revival in Kingston, NY. This is a revival that is touching many lives with the Power of the Spirit, and has been ongoing for many months now.

We sang a song before the teaching called “From the Inside Out.”  by Hillsong.  The chorus is:

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
my heart and my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

That is what we are seeking to do with God, to live and love Him from the Inside out.

Pastor Leon asked those who were attending who wanted a double portion of the anointing.  Needless to say, most raised their hands.  The way to an increased level of glory is to not quench God.  God’s Word is like a two-edged sword.  What God wants is not for us to be posing in our worship and service to Him, but to be who we are.

God does want to raise us up in leadership, power and authority.  But not for the acceptance, approval, and promotion of man.  Many look more to outward appearance and acceptance, and are working for the approval of man, which is not what the real work of God is.  What we need to be doing is from loving God, and seeking God’s approval.

The same intensity that we approach worship and praise to God should be the same intensity we approach ministry.  We don’t want to quench God.

Quench means to put out the flame.  We are the ones who put out our flames.  God gives us the flame, but we have the power of choice.  We want to connect to the place where our vision meets God’s plan for our lives and then the flame will burn brighter.

The truth is, THE WAY UP IS DOWN.

Some go into pseudo humility, or service that is not from the heart of love of God.  We may fool those around us, but God sees through us.  What we are seeking is not earthly rewards but crowns to cast at Jesus’ feet.  What we do needs to be done from the Love of God.

There are Christians who try to do the least possible and call it grace.  True grace empowers us for ministry.  We want to embrace ministry with faith and delight.

To receive a double portion will be determined by our motives, our attitudes, and or love.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

The anointing never came to one lazy person in the Bible.  Moses was looking after his father-in-law’s sheep (not an easy task to work for your father-in-law), Elisha was plowing the field, the fishermen were mending their nets, Matthew was collecting taxes.

We want to be hungry to do the will of God.  Acts 13:36a “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers,…”

We don’t want to die and not be able to say, “I did all that God entrusted to me.”

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

It is the blood of Jesus that saves us, and the blood speaks louder than guilt or shame from our past.  Every sin has been dealt with by Jesus taking our place on the cross, and His work is FINISHED.  We are a new creation, with new priorities, new motives.  The old has passed away and we are growing by the Word of God.

Sometimes though we forget our first love, we lose the passion that came when we were first born again and we need revival to help us get that born again passion, again.

We can’t live out of our past experience, but we need to live out of the present work of God and advance. God wants to raise us up to be powerful.

Pastor Leon read from Acts 2:17-18 out of two translations New Living Translation and King James.

Acts 2:17-18 NLT ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.

Acts 2:17-18 KJV And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Pastor Leon told us that significant works of God draw children and youth – that they see things.  Children are the future of the church.

Notice that God poured out his spirit specifically on SERVANTS.  Why?  Because the rest do not care a rip.  Servants serve out of love.  Remember the bondservants, who, when their time was up would go to the doorpost and let their master pierce their ears with a nail, showing that they would serve their master for life.  We go to the cross to be pierced because we love Him.

Know that God does not think of us as servants, we are a sons of God (daughters of God).  We are not servants in relationship to God, Jesus secured for us intimacy with God through His sacrifice on the cross. We can approach God with boldness. Our approach to God is no different from the relationship that Jesus had with His Father. We can approach God with a sense of inclusion and acceptance.  We do not grovel, for we have this inheritance through Christ.

I approach the Father as son/daughter.
I approach the Church as servant.

We know who we are in Christ, but when we come to the church and the world we come as servants.  Yet we also have the right to stand before God as Son.  We can stand before any man without a sense of inferiority for we know Who and Whose we are.  His Spirit resides in us.

If you look at Paul’s epistles you see that he often addressed his letters, “Paul a bondservant and Apostle.”  Notice the order, servant first than calling.  Paul was a servant of love, not of slavery. Paul was a servant by choice.

God pours out His Spirit on servants for He wants people healed, delivered, set free.

Modern day church people are often consumed with self, carnality, apathy.

Jesus was the son of God.  Philippians 2:5-8  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

If people would humble themselves there would be less church splits and leadership problems. There would be peace and unity in the house.  We want to make ourselves a servant so that we can win more for Christ.

Pastor Leon told us that the outer garment that we wear is not the garment of our anointing, but the garment of the servant.  If we want to be able to minister in the strength that Jesus ministered, we need to be servants.

Phil. 2:5a Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…

In our attitude we want to be a servant.  In Greek the term servant is “doulos”. It means one who serves even to the point of disregarding their own needs and interests.

The power of the Spirit is poured out on a servant.  Servant hearts attract the anointing.

John 13:2-3 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,

Notice that Jesus knew who He was, that He had come from God and was going to God, and that God had given all things into His hands.

John 13:4-5 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded

Jesus knew who He was.  He wasn’t going through an identity crisis when he took on the servant’s role of foot washing.  Jesus had nothing to prove and nothing to lose.

We can’t serve with a right attitude if we do not know who we are or there will be a motive attached.

When Jesus served it was not to build his reputation or to seek the opinion of man, but what Jesus did was connected to the heart of the Father.  Most of us are trying to gain something.

IF YOU SERVE WITHOUT BEING A SERVANT YOU ARE AN OFFENSE WAITING TO HAPPEN.

If you are serving from the self, without a servant’s heart, it is only a matter of time before someone offends you, doesn’t applaud you enough, promote you soon enough, and you will stop serving for you will be offended.

We want to be like what it says in acts 2:18  And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. for it is on servants that the Spirit is poured on.

God can trust servants, for servants serve one another.  Servants can be promoted for they are serving from the heart of God.  If you can’t serve in your local church and community, how can you think you can serve in the ministry field?

Leaders lead.  Servants serve.  If you are a servant you will serve, if you aren’t a servant in your attitude you will be offended.

John 13:12-17 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

We want to serve like Jesus served.

2 Kings 13:11b So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”

Elisha was the personal servant of Elijah.  Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah’s anointing.  We need to realize that Elisha was the SERVANT of Elijah for 17-20 years.  He worked in the kitchen, and did whatever helped Elijah.  Joshua also was the servant of Moses, and assisted him.  Joseph served Potiphar and in prison before he got raised up.

As people serve with the right heart, God learns that He can trust us with authority and power.

When Elisha was close to death, 2 Kings 13:14 Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. Then Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over his face, and said, “O my father, my father, the chariots of Israel and their horsemen!” 

Joash knew the right words to say, repeated what he knew Elisha said to receive the double portion.  Joash was hoping that words alone would cause him to receive the anointing and mantle of Elisha.

Every believer ought to be serving their church.  The term minister means service.  We are to be equipping the saints, to be sanctified and set apart for God’s use.  We are not being equipped for our own personal edification, but to serve.  When the servants are serving with the right heart it causes growth and stability.  We will see souls saved, lives changed.  Service is not just doing things to keep busy, it is doing what God wants us to do, using our gifts in the service of His kingdom.

We all want to be reproducers and world changers, but in order to do that we must first be a servant.

Elisha served Elijah, Joshua served Moses, Gideon served his father’s house.  Everyone who had a mantle come upon their lives was serving.

Notice in verse 14 of 2 Kings that Joash came and wept over Elisha speaking of the chariots.  We need to realize that the anointing does not come from speaking the right words.  Speaking the right words would not get Joash what he wanted.

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

We need to believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Elisha, after serving, kept going with Elijah wherever Elijah wanted him to go and serve.  Joash wanted to get the mantle and thought he could hoodwink God and the prophet.  But what is inside of you will be revealed by words, by acts of your hands and by the direction of our feet.

Elisha gave King Joash every opportunity to get what he desired.

2 Kings 13:14-16 Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. Then Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over his face, and said, “O my father, my father, the chariots of Israel and their horsemen!” And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and some arrows.” So he took himself a bow and some arrows. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So he put his hand on it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.

Elisha put his hands on the hands of King Joash.  This was to pass the anointing – Elisha’s hands were anointed.  But the touch of anointed hands without an anointed heart to receive it does not get a mantle passed.

2 Kings 13:17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the LORD’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.”

This was a prophetic direction from Elisha – that you will strike the enemies, victory is in the heart, victory is in your hand.  This was a prophetic key for King Joash, saying that there would be victory over the nations.

2 Kings 13:18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped.

Notice that Elisha did not tell King Joash how many times to strike the arrows.

2 Kings 13:19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”

Elisha was furious for Joash only struck three times, not five or six times.  Notice that three is one half of six.  This showed Elisha that Joash was HALF HEARTED.  Half hearted people are carnal, rowdy, weak, and not fully seeking victory.  Joash would have partial victory.

When we are half hearted we only get partial victories, we only get what our heart is capable of receiving.  We are to be living from the inside out, the heart issues of life, heart words, heart filled obedience to the Lord.  The heart creates our capacity of what God will trust us with.  He wants us to have the right hearts so we can change our world and grow the church.

2 Kings 13:20-21 Then Elisha died, and they buried him. And the raiding bands from Moab invaded the land in the spring of the year. So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.

This shows us that Elisha had plenty of anointing that he could have passed to King Joash, enough that even his bones could raise a dead man. But the amount of anointing received by King Joash was proportional to the capacity of the king’s heart, not Elisha’s anointing.

We want to have the hearts of servants. If we want to get great, we need to serve.  The mother of the son’s of Zebedee wanted her sons to vie for seats next to Jesus, but their hearts were not ready for that.  They would have to share the cup of what Jesus had, and even that did not guarantee them special seating, that would be determined by God and the condition of their hearts.

If you want to do great work for the glory of God, it is possible.  Anyone can do great things for God, but what limits us is the capacity of our heart, the right motives and the nature of the servant. On the day of Pentecost there were those in the upper room in one accord with servant hearts, which is why the power of the Holy Spirit could impact their lives.

Mark 1:29-31 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.

Aren’t you glad that Jesus lifts people up?  Notice that Simon’s mother-in-law was healed and then she SERVED THEM.

When you serve someone else, you serve Jesus.  You can only serve THEM, and when you serve THEM, you serve HIM.

We can’t love God and hate our brother.  If we love our brother it is the same as loving God.

To receive the anointing we MUST START WITH THE BOWL AND TOWEL. Put on the garment of servant and do what needs to be done, to serve others.  As we serve others, He raises us up.  But the first thing that we must do is SERVE HIM. This reminded Pastor Leon of the hymn, “He touched me.” When Jesus touches you, you want to serve.

Many people want the touch of God, but without the responsibility and service end of it.  They want to be called into ministry and empowered, but not to serve God, just to glorify themselves.  Jesus comforted people, healed the sick, cast out demons, walked on water, and WASHED FEET.  What Jesus did here on earth HE DID TO THE GLORY OF GOD.

You spell MINISTRY – HARD WORK.

We want the double portion, but it won’t come to someone unless they are willing to do what God wants them to do.

Before Elisha got the mantle, Elijah took him to Bethel, Gilgal, and other spots.  Elisha refused to leave Elijah, and because of his faithfulness and service, Elisha did get the double portion.  Elisha had the heart of a servant.

Luke 12:48b For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

Romans 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord

We want to keep our fires fueled, and keep ablaze by serving the Lord. This is not by effort TRYING to do something to the glory of God, but by developing what God gives us and what he has given us the fire and passion to do.

Romans 7:6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

The motto of the Salvation Army is SAVED TO SERVE.

Peter began to preach.  We need to begin to do, not just enjoy the anointing (although there is a time and place for that and the joy of the Lord), but we want to get on with the work of God.  Love makes us a servant, and that servanthood is done with grace and empowerment.  The law cannot make us a lover of God, it makes us a victim of judgment.  The Grace of God and the Love of God, and the Passion for God is what causes us to serve.

If we fall down and worship God, we get to the place of servanthood for worshippers must become servants.  We can’t serve before we worship.  The power of God changes us and we get revived, changed and empowered for service.  We want to be conformed to be like Him, to serve like He served.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

God wants us to serve Him and be in His perfect will. He wants to give us a yoke – not a miserable yoke, not forced slavery, but that we choose out of love to serve Him.  The right way to serve God is from love.  We want to remember that He served us at the Cross, that he took our place, died for us so that our sins could be forgiven. We want, for love of God, to go the second mile, not for earthly rewards are applause, but because of love.

Jesus told the sons of Zebedee that they would be baptized with the baptism that Jesus would receive, but that he could not determine where they would be seated in heaven.

To be great, we need to be the servant of all.  Without the heart of the servant, the things we do will end up in squalor.

These revival meetings that we are having here at Kingston are not just a series of meetings, not an experience for our lives, but they are also meant to change the entire region by the Spirit of God. To shake it to its core.  God wants us to do great works.

God believes in you. God trusts you.

We would not be here except for the forgiveness of God.  But for what purpose?  So that we can carry the power of God to the generations, so that His Church can grow. The prodigal’s return was a choice.  God brings change into people’s lives and hearts, delivers them from hell.  This is a testimony of the blood and power of the Cross.

We want to be like Jesus.  Jesus made himself a servant.  He took it upon Himself.  He did what was needed to be done to accomplish God’s will.  Jesus humbled Himself. He didn’t do what He did to be selfish or ambitious, but He did it for God, so that God would be glorified.

The church in America is bound by selfishness, and we want to learn to become selfless.

Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father

We want to look out for others with the right heart.

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;

We are the body of Christ, and as such are servants of all people for God’s glory.

Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

God is wanting to raise up anointed people.  Don’t be like King Joash, seek the greater anointing through service.

Pray that God helps you to empty yourself of everything that is not of Him.  Less of me and more of God.  All of God, none of me.  John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

Jesus knew who He was.  John, Paul, Jude, etc. were bondservants and apostles.  Know that we will get greater power when our servant heart is increased.

Superstar preachers like we see at times, who are so glitzy, expect to be served by others, and do not have the heart of a servant.  The greater you are in the Kingdom, the greater the degree that you serve.  Your become greater and your responsibility to serve also becomes greater.

Ministry is I SERVE YOU, not you serve me.

The love of God keeps us together, and we serve because of the love of God and our love for God.

Praying this teaching convicts and blesses you.  It sure did bless and convict me.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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