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A no-stick anointing

from JO’s sermon tonight:

in life, we all have to deal with negative comments, disrespect, people that are critical;  no matter how good of a person you are, somebody won’t understand you, somebody will make fun of you, try to lessen your importance.  maybe a coworker, it’s not so much what they say, but how they say it, always condescending, like you’re not smart enough.  maybe it’s a relative;  they celebrate everyone in the family, but they would never give you one single compliment.  too often we respond the wrong way;  we get offended, we let that sour our day.

Psalm 45:7 (NLT)

You love justice and hate evil.
    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

when you’re oiled up, nothing can stick to you;  I call it a no-stick anointing.  that means when the disrespect comes, it doesn’t have to attach itself, you can choose to either hold on to it, let it sour your life, or, you can let it slide right off of you, and not give it the time of day.  that coworker that’s talking behind your back;  you can get in there and try to straighten them out, no, when you have the no-stick anointing, you realize your time is too valuable, you are not who they say you are, you are who God says you are.  that relative that leaves you out on purpose;  you could be offended, let that change who you are, no, you’re like a teflon pan, nothing can stick to you. somebody gossiping about you, no big deal, God will fight my battles.  somebody talking about you, trying to make you look bad, that’s alright, God is my vindicator.  that family member left you out again, trying to belittle you, “I’m not worried, what God lifts up no person can push down.”  Every morning before you leave the house you need to spray on your Pam, so to speak;  “Father, thank you that nothing will stick to me today, no matter what people say, no matter what they do or don’t do, I’m not going to be offended, get upset, I’m gonna to stay in peace and enjoy this day.”

you have to make up your mind at the start of that day that nothing that comes your way is going to steal your joy.  you’ve gotta have a made-up mind you’re not going to let one negative comment, disrespectful coworker, classmate that’s makin’ fun of you, ruin your day.  no, decide ahead of time, “I’m gonna spray my Pam on before I leave.  I’ve got this no-stick anointing;  any disrespect, negative comments, are gonna slide right offa me, I’m not gonna give it the time of day.”  the attitude we should have:  somebody talking about you, tryin’ to make you look bad, don’t get upset, don’t lose your cool;  the more they talk, the more God’s gonna bless you.  they’re trying to push you down, God’s gonna use them to lift you up higher.  there will always be people that don’t understand you, that are critical;  you have to be strong enough in who God made you to be that you don’t let these negative comments change who you are.  if you succumb to that pressure, and you try to adapt to their comments, fit into their mold, please every person, all that’s going to do is keep you from your destiny.

some people, they don’t even know you, they’ve never spent time with you, they never heard your heart, yet they’ve already judged you from a distance, and decided what they don’t like about you, and what you need to change, and what’s wrong.  don’t make the mistake of taking that personally;  they don’t even know you, don’t let their opinion make you feel less about yourself.  your attitude should be, “you don’t even know me, if you knew me you would like me, if you knew me you would want to be my friend.”  you’re never going to please everyone, you might as well be who God made you to be.  people will always find some reason to be critical;  they’ll always find something to make fun of you about.  if you’re not secure, and you dwell on these comments, it’ll change who you are.  God made you like you are on purpose.  God gave you your smile, wear it well.  God gave you your personality, nationality, looks, style;  quit worrying about what other people think and just be who God made you to be.  if you will run your race, God will take care of your critics;  you don’t have to fit into their mold, argue with them, try to convince them that you’re ok, just be who God made you to be, and God will take care of your enemies.  this is what Elisha did:

2 Kings 2:23 (KJV)

23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

Elisha didn’t fight with them, didn’t start thinking he was inferior, he just kept doing what God called him to do (this is not quite true;  as the next line shows, Elisha cursed them, and he had reason to believe that God would take action on that curse.  also, isn’t mauling by a bear a tad harsh of a penalty for teasing?)

2 Kings 2:24 (NIV)

24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.

that teaches me 2 lessons:  don’t ever make fun of bald people, and God will fight your battles.  God will take care of the people who are making fun of you.  God hears the disrespect, He hears the hurtful, negative comments, and God will not allow one of His children to be continually disrespected.  you may go through a season that’s not fair, people are pushing you down, making you look bad, but that season will come to an end.  God will vindicate you;  now you do your part and keep the no-stick anointing on, let those comments slide right off of you, don’t give them the time of day, and God will do His part;  He’ll take care of those who are trying to push you down.  God’s calling on your life cannot be stopped by people;  it doesn’t matter what a parent has said about you, what a friend said, what a teacher said, what a spouse said, what a coach said;  all that matters is what God says.  you may have had negative words spoken over you, but that disrespect, lack of judgement, cannot stop God’s plan for your life.

God doesn’t judge by the outside, God looks on the inside.  people will judge you by your appearance, nationality, what family you come from;  God looks past the superficial things, and He sees the potential on the inside.  God sees the seeds of greatness that He has placed within you.  it’s one thing when people you don’t know very well are inconsiderate, and dishonoring, but David was disrespected by his own family.  David was dishonored, disrespected, by the people he loved the most.  one reason David was a champion is he understood this principle;  he had a no-stick anointing.  he let the disrespect, judgement, gossip, slide right off of him.  for a season, David was made fun of, disrespected, but because he did the right thing, that season not only came to an end, but God paid Him back for the disrespect.  God knows how to pay you back, how to take care of your critics;  if you will stay on the high road, God will always give you the last laugh.  when it’s all said and done, the people that were making fun of you, sowing seeds of strife, gossip, judgement, disrespect, they will see you promoted, in a place of honor, fulfilling your destiny.  God is a faithful God. quit letting what somebody said about you sour your day.  put on the no-stick anointing and let that slide right off of you;  your day of vindication is coming.

people don’t control your destiny;  what they say or do does not affect your future, God is in control, He has the final say.  He’s not only gonna bring you out, but because of their comments, He’s gonna bring you out better.  what they meant for harm, God’s gonna use to your advantage.  the more success you have, the more opposition you will face.  everybody can’t handle your success;  all your family members, friends, relatives, they’re not going to celebrate the favor on your life.  they were fine as long as you were at the same level, but when you get promoted, instead of being happy for you, knowing that if God did it for you He can do it for them, many times it stirs up jealousy.  if you don’t have this no-stick anointing, you will get involved in battles that don’t matter.  you’ve gotta let the criticism, disrespectful comments, slide right off of you.  it may be difficult, what they’re saying may be very hurtful, but God always gives you the grace for the season that you’re in.  you gotta remind yourself, “I have the power to overlook this insult.”

one of the greatest marks of maturity is to not be critical towards someone who is being critical of you.  human nature wants to get in there and fight that battle;  “they’re talkin’ behind my back, I’m gonna talk behind their back.”  when you are critical of someone who is critical of you, you’re letting their poison get on the inside.  the scripture says jesus did not answer his critics;  he let it slide right off of him, and he just kept running his race.  he knew not everybody would understand or like him, but that was ok.  shake off the criticism, everybody is not going to understand you or like you, and that’s ok;  you don’t have to prove to them that you’re alright,  don’t answer your critics.  we get involved in many battles that we’re not supposed to fight;  when people are critical, disrespectful, that is simply a distraction.  the coworker that’s talking about you, you could easily spend all your time and energy thinking about what they’re saying, trying to figure out how you can pay them back, or how you can change their mind, no, that’s a distraction, it’s a battle you’re not supposed to be engaged in.

God has given us a solution;  it’s the no-stick anointing.  let it slide right off of you, don’t think about it, don’t try to pay them back or convince them that you’re ok, let it go, and God will fight your battles.  God has the right people in your future, you should not waste your valuable time continually trying to convince somebody to like you.  go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.  quit trying to win over a person that just tolerates you.  they’re not really for you, deep down the truth be known they’re kinda jealous of the gift God’s given you;  no matter what you do, they’re not going to be 100% behind you.  you may convince them for a little while, but as soon as you don’t perform perfectly they’ll find something that you’re doing wrong.  you don’t need their approval, you have almighty God’s approval.  you may have some relatives that are never going to celebrate you like they should, they’re never going to give you the respect that you deserve, and that’s hard, but you have to accept the fact that you don’t have to have their approval.  you don’t need them cheering you on;  be kind, be respectful, but dig your heels in and say, “I’m going to fulfill my destiny in spite of who is not behind me.”  The scripture says:

John 7:3-5 (NIV)

Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

that must have been difficult.  he left where he was tolerated and went to where he was celebrated.  some of you are spending too much time trying to win people over that are never going to be won over;  they should be for you, but they’re not.  human nature longs for the approval, we long for the acceptance, but you cannot waste your time trying to get something from someone that they’re never going to give you.  you keep moving forward, and you will come into the right people, people that God has ordained, people that will celebrate you, be for you.  you’re never going to please everyone

Romans 12:18 (NIV)

18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

some people don’t want to have peace with you;  they have their own issues that they’re not dealing with, quit trying to win over somebody that doesn’t want peace.  you’ve done your part, you’ve gone the extra mile, now just back away;  if they don’t wanna have peace, it’s not your problem, it’s theirs.  you are not responsible for somebody else’s happiness, you’re responsible for your own happiness.  but if you go around trying to keep everybody happy, meet all their demands, win over their approval, the one person who is not going to be happy is you.  some people you have to love from distance;  they’re your family, yes you love them, but you can’t be with them every day.  they don’t wanna have peace with you.  don’t frustrate yourself trying to make something happen that’s never going to happen.  that’s not being rude, disrespectful, that is being responsible with the gift God has given you.  you have a responsibility to use your time, energy, emotions, and alent for the right purposes;  you should not continually be trying to convince somebody to like you.  when Jesus sent his disciples into the different cities, he knew not everybody would understand them, so he told them:

Matthew 10:14 (AMP)

14 And whoever will not receive and accept and welcome you nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or town, shake the dust [of it] from your feet.

he didn’t say “try to win everybody over, make sure they know that you’re ok,” he said, “be kind, be respectful, but if they don’t accept you, shake it off and move forward.”  he was saying in effect, “don’t stay where you’re tolerated, don’t try to win over all your critics, don’t try to convince all your family members to like you, just shake it off and go where you’re celebrated.”  don’t let one family member that won’t show you respect cause you to lose your focus to where you spend all your time and energy trying to win them over.  don’t let one neighbor, coworker, classmate, cause you to get distracted and miss your destiny.  if they won’t respect you, shake it off, if they try to belittle you, shake it off, if they’re finding fault, trying to make you look bad, shake it off, your destiny is too great, your assignment too important, your time too valuable, to let these negative comments, gossip, criticism, weigh you down.  it is simply a distraction.  some of you are engaged in battles that you’re not supposed to fight, trying to win somebody over that’s never going to be won over;  it’s time to shake it off and move forward, don’t stay where you’re tolerated, go where you’re celebrated, you don’t have to have their approval, you have almighty God’s approval.  before we leave the house, spray on the Pam.  decide ahead of time;  nothing that comes your way is going to sour your day.  if you will keep this no-stick anointing on, let any negative comments, the disrespect, slide right off of you, then God will do for you what He did for the prophet;  the more people talk, the higher God will take you.  they’re trying to push you down, God will use them to lift you up.  no person will keep you from your destiny, no disrespect will stop God’s plan, no negative comment will hold you back;  you will overcome every obstacle, defeat every enemy, and become everything God’s created you to be.

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