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The Application of Spiritual Discernment of Christian Hip-Hop
Do Christian Hip-Hop artists operate “under the anointing?” How can you discern if your favorite artist is operating “under the anointing?” How should we respond if not?
Does it even matter?
As a preacher, singer, and pastor in the church, I am painfully aware of the difference between when I am serving in the flesh (operating in my own strength), and when I’m “under the anointing.” When I’m operating under the anointing, God uses me to preach truth, expose sin, and exalt his praises. He answers my prayers and often times heals the sick and blesses those I intercede for. He inspires my messages and speaks through me with power. There’s no worse feeling than trying to do ministry in my own strength without the power of God; to know I have grieved the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30)! If I’m not prayed up, well-studied, and walking in obedience, the responsibilities I have in the church become difficult and near-to impossible for me to accomplish. If I am harboring bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, unconfessed sin, or spiritual pride while I’m serving, I get convicted. In my spirit, I immediately know I have “quenched” the fire of the Holy Spirit (1st Thess. 5:19).
Without God I’m nothing, but with God, I can do all things! (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13)
What is the “anointing?”
The anointing is the manifest presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (Acts 1:8). When we choose to operate in obedience to God and surrender to his will, we operate “under the anointing.” Through the Holy Spirit, God uses us to do the work of ministry. The anointing is not talent, gifts, or skill. You can be talented, gifted, and skilled and still not have the anointing. The anointing is not intelligence, eloquence or knowledge. For knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1st Cor. 8:1) and the kingdom of God is not about talk, but power (1st Cor. 4:20). When we operate “under the anointing,” the Holy Spirit uses us in our unique calling to do God’s will.
The anointing of God is not mystical. Everyone operates under a spiritual influence. We either operate in our flesh (under the control of the spirit of this world) (Eph. 2:2-3), or we operate “under the anointing,” (under the control of the Holy Spirit) (Rom. 8:5). The sure-fire way to test whether or not you are operating in the spirit is to just check your thought life.
Romans 8:5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.