Do you wear your waistcloth every day?
So I bought a waistcloth according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. And the word of the LORD came to me a second time, "Take the waistcloth which you have bought, which is upon your loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock." So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.
And after many days the LORD said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the waistcloth which I commanded you to hide there." Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took the waistcloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the waistcloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing.
The waistcloth in Hebrew 'ezowr' was an inner garment which in the Old Testament depicted God's authority over kings, which in turn means anointing (God given ability to do a job). An anointed man was called a Man of God in the Old Testament and was respected even by the kings. The Lord told Jeremiah to take this new waistcloth, go all the way to Euphrates - in Hebrew 'per-awth' which means 'fruitfulness' and hid it in a hole. After many days when he was again told to go and check out the waist cloth and on doing so, he found it totally damaged and un-useable.
Today we too do the same thing, the waistcloth (anointing) which we receive at services and retreats we keep it in Euphrates (fruitfulness) which for us is the venue itself, far away from us. After a long time when we go back to again to wear the waistcloth, we find it does not benefit us or others. Our fruitfulness in God is only at services and retreats; therefore we leave the anointing we receive at the venue itself, getting back to normal life. Doing this regularly we will find that the anointing does not help nor affect us. We then will find ourselves soon becoming like mannequins attending services and retreats.
When we receive the anointing of God it has a purpose, we should take it with us and use it in our everyday life. The anointing gives us an overhand our problems and our service unto others.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, I am sorry for the many times I have experienced your anointing over me and I failed to use it for my benefit and for the benefit of your kingdom. Lord, let me not harden my heart to lose You. I make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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