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Dishonour and familiarity will stiffle the flow of the anointing

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | May 5, 2023 | Matthew 13:53-58


“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Matthew 13:55 (NIV)


Amazingly, congregations often appear to believe that a visiting pastor has greater power and anointing than their resident pastor. I have heard some ministers bemoan and wonder why there is usually a powerful move of God when they visit other churches for programmes, but they occasionally experience a drought in the flow of the power of God in their ministry with their home congregation.

In our text for today, Jesus travelled to his hometown and taught them with such wisdom and performed mighty works among them. People who knew him as a boy and traced His family tree back to its origins couldn't accept the new grace He carried and the new authority He wielded. So, even though he began doing mighty works among them, the text concludes, "He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief." The account in Mark 6:5 states this much clearer.

Acts 14:9-10 narrate a story of Apostle Paul healing a crippled man. Paul saw that the man had faith to be healed and that triggered the healing anointing that got him jumping up to walk.

There are many instances in the life of Jesus when He had to ask the sick if they believed He could heal them, and their response resulted in a miracle.


There is a direct relationship between HONOURING the vessel God (the man/woman of God) will use to perform the miracles, and you receiving your miracles. FAMILIARITY is another factor that may prevent us from receiving our miracle from God’s vessel. When we are overly familiar with God's vessel, we are prone to taking God's Grace for granted, which breeds doubt in our souls and stifles the flow of God's power towards us. Familiarity and dishonour stifle the flow of your set man of God’s anointing towards you.

So it is not because your Pastor is not anointed or powerful; it is just because you are too familiar with them. You are not seeing the miracles and receiving the testimonies others are receiving; maybe you are not honouring them as you should. Remember familiarity they say, breeds contempt.


Heavenly Father, forgive us for not honouring the gifts of the ministers you have blessed us with. Please help us from today, to honour them. Lord, also help us not to become familiar. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen



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