KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:57 (KJV). “And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.”
(Pls Read Matt 13:54-58)
The Lord remarked that a prophet is not without honor except, in his own kindred or among his own people. I am saying, this statement should not be associated with you. You should not dishonor the anointing, because of your association with the anointed. Don’t allow that natural relationship you may have with a man you clearly identify God’s anointing, to make you treat him as an ordinary man. The Lord Jesus had grown up in His home town among His friends. They knew him when he was a young man. They knew His brothers and sisters. They asked, where did he get these powers from? Many people miss their blessing and divine visitation because they fail to see the anointing and rather focus on the man.
In Jesus day he could do no special miracles over there. “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folks, and healed them.” Mark 6:5 (KJV). This means the Lord had wanted to do some mighty healing, yet he could not, because they could not believe in Him. They could not relate with the anointing, because of their relationship with Him. Dear child of God, never get too familiar with your pastor. Note, the degree to which you value a person would determine the virtue that would flow from him to you.
Never join the people who may be saying all kinds of unpleasant words about their pastor. “And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.” — Numbers 12:1 (KJV). Miriam and Aaron chose to oppose Moses, because they could also prophesy. Meanwhile Moses was their younger brother. The familiarity issue was playing over here too. Many people have crossed the path of the Holy Spirit, bringing unwanted problems into their lives, because they felt too familiar with the anointing. (Miriam was afflicted with leprosy)
There are certain men who may be clearly misbehaving and may not be functioning by the power of the Spirit. You may not fear such people. Their fruits evidently reveal who they are. I am speaking about those who live by the Spirit. Do not get too familiar with such men or women, less you miss what God has for you, through them.
I give the following narration to explain my point. A close relation of mine came to me and said, his father was in a critical condition at the hospital. I decided to pray over an handkerchief and asked him to send it to the Father (Acts 19:12). I asked him to just tell the father that, a man of God has prayed over that cloth and asked him to bring it to him, and he would be well. I told him not to disclose who that man of God was. This sick man knew me from childhood and would have easily treated that anointed cloth with disdain, if he knew it was coming from me. This time he reverently received it, and by the next day, he was discharged. Familiarity could have robbed him off that divine encounter.
Father, I pray that all children of God will learn not to allow familiarity to rob them of their blessing and visitation.
1 Samuel 17:28 (KJV. “And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.”
Mark 6:4-5 (KJV). But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.