J. S Baxter:- "What God chooses, He cleanses. What God cleanses, He molds. What God molds, He fills. What God fills, He uses."
When God anoints a person, a pattern of testing appears to take place at specific times in that person's life. God often takes each person through 4 major tests to determine if the person can achieve God's ultimate call on his or her life.
The person's response to these tests is the deciding factor in whether he or she can advance to the next level of responsibility in God's kingdom.
Control is one of the first tests. Saul spent most of his time as king trying to prevent others from getting what he had. Saul never got to the level with God in which he was a grateful recipient of God's goodness to him. Saul was a religious controller. This control led to his disobedience unto God and ultimately he was rejected by God because he no longer was a vessel God could use. 1 Samuel 28:17, "The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors - to David."
Bitterness is one of the most difficult tests to pass. Every major character in the Bible was hurt by another person at one point or another. Jesus was hurt deeply when Judas, a trusted follower, betrayed him. Despite knowing that this was going to happen, Jesus responded by washing Judas' feet. Every anointed person will have a ‘Judas’ experience at some point in his or her life. God is watching to see how we will respond to this test. Will we take an offence? Will we retaliate? It is one of the most difficult tests to get through.
The other tests will be on power and greed. Jesus had all the authority in heaven and earth, so Satan tempted Jesus at the top of the mountain by challenging Him to use His power to remove Himself from a difficult circumstance. Yet, he did not use it. Greed is a tool for destruction. Money has the ability to have great influence for either good or bad. Very few can thrive spiritually under prosperity.
As leaders, we must be aware when and how we are being tested. You can be confident that each one of these tests will be thrown your way if God calls you for His purposes.
Elisha faithfully served Elijah and stayed on with Him for many years to be prepared as his successor.
An American seminary principal and lecturer with a PhD left his high paying job to be with his new mentor, attending to him for 18 months. For all his faithfulness, the man of God caught the healing anointing from his mentor, and today the church that he has founded is a rapidly growing church in Taiwan.
Our mission in CKRM is to prepare His warrior brides whom He leads to the ministry, to be cleansed, purified and unblemished through the fire of baptism, so that His vessels will be full of the Spirit, ready to be released to work with Him for His glory. His purified vessels will be flames of fire (Hebrews 1:7), ready to fight the enemy as stated in Psalm 97:3, "Fire goes before Him and consumes His foes on every side."
Reinhard Bonnke: "While the church appoints, God anoints! God may not bless church appointments. To avoid disappointment, the appointed must be anointed. When the apostles wanted to choose people who could do practical work in the church, they chose those who were 'known to be full of the Spirit' (Acts 6:2-3). For leaders who do much more than practical jobs in church, being full of the Spirit is the top criteria. God never calls without anointing. Nothing can take its place. Education, enthusiasm, talent and energy are very important, but without God's anointing, they mean nothing in the Kingdom of God."
Will you pass these tests? Ask for God's grace today to walk through these tests victoriously and if you are called to CKRM for this season to be prepared as His last days’ warrior brides, just be faithful and be like Elisha: stay on until you are ready to be released for your calling.
The 12 disciples stayed faithfully with Jesus and when they were ready, He first gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and cure diseases. Then He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:1-2).
When one is not full of light and try to cast away darkness, chances are it will take a longer time to do it. When one is full of the glory of God, often one word from God will expel the darkness.