The Will of God: Location! Location! Location!

In my series on breakthrough, I discussed the concept of reaching “the promised land”. This promised land was figurative for the manifestation of the vision God gave you; however, the will of God involves an element of location which is more literal. You can call this element territorial and the concept a territorial anointing.

What is a territorial anointing?

The Greek word for anointing is actually the root of the English word charisma and it’s chrisma. Chrisma refers to “the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit, guiding the receptive Believer into [the] fullness of God’s preferred-will”. So, the territorial anointing refers to the physical location where you access God’s preferred-will.

There is a certain physical location {or place} where you must be in order to access the perfect will of God. Some of you may have trouble with this concept because you are thinking that you don’t have to do anything to receive from God, you receive by grace not by works. This is true. You do receive from God by grace, but that grace is accessed through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

Think of the concept of bythrough like this: you are on a journey, going from DC to Florida. Florida is your end point. You get there by car and travel through different states (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, etc.). Grace is your car and you’re traveling through faith. {that was a sidebar}

Back to the concept of territorial anointing…

This concept is well illustrated in the Book of Ruth.

Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. (Ruth 1:1, 2 NKJV)

Elimelech and his family are living in Judah when a famine comes upon the land. To avoid the famine, Elimelech moves to Moab, bringing his wife and two sons. It would appear as though he did the logical thing. There’s no food in DC and there is food in Florida. Let’s move to Florida. However, the logical decision is not always {and actually it is rarely} the right decision. Elimelech moves without consulting God.

Then Elimelech, Naomis husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband. (Ruth 1:3-5 NKJV)

The story is quite ironic really. There’s no food in DC, there’s food in Florida. You move to Florida to avoid starvation. Over the course of 10+ years you and your sons die anyway, leaving your wife and daughters-in-law widowed. Do you see the concept of territorial anointing with the element of faith?

God promises that He will bless His people (Deuteronomy 7:12-26; Deuteronomy 28:1-14); but that promise {anointing} was not active for Elimelech and his family in Moab. Why? Because the territory where their anointing operated was Judah, not Moab.

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. (Ruth 1:6, 7 NKJV)

If they had remained in the territory God had called them to, they probably would have survived because in spite of the famine, God provided for those who remained in the location where their anointing operated.

If you continue reading, you will notice how God still utilized that situation for His ultimate purpose. If you have made decisions without consulting God, removed yourself from the territory in which you were called, do not fret or beat yourself up about it. It doesn’t mean complete doom for your life. Seek God on where He wants you to be. Go there. Stay there. Circumstances will arise that may present you with the logical decision to leave; however, God wants you to stand on faith.


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