Merchandising and Trafficking the Anointing (CD)
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. Ezekiel 28:15-19 KJV
The devil was cast out of heaven because iniquity was found in him. He was a merchandiser and trafficker of the anointing – defiling and contaminating that which is pure and good. Greed, arrogance and lust are the hallmarks of his nature. He uses the temptation of wealth and power to lure, manipulate, control and trap those who lust after these things. Those who yield to him, give him authority over their lives and even their eternity. The devil even tried to trap Jesus, by offering Him the wealth and power of the wordly kingdoms. He took Jesus up onto a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and offered them - their authority and glory - to Jesus if He would worship him. Of course, Jesus refused him because the Lord our God is the only one worthy of His, and our, worship and service.
Every one of us must make the decision whom we will serve. Will we submit every aspect of our lives to the Word of God and keep our heart and life pure? Or will we give in to our fleshly desires and sell out to the devil and the world? Many Christians – even many preachers – have already compromised and given place to the devil even though they claim to be serving God. If the devil even tried to tempt Jesus with this, how can we expect to walk in freedom and righteousness except by the power of the word and the Holy Spirit?
This is one of the most important series you could ever experience. Every Christian – every preacher – should hear this message and ask themselves some important questions. This series will definitely change your life!