On the morning of February 3, 2004, I was given a vision to help highlight a spiritual emphasis for this coming season. There have been a number of revelations coming that will be strategic for this year and the years to follow. This particular warning was also given on a previous Day of Atonement revelation. However, this reminder of a subtle ploy of the adversary is of great significance, particularly for pastors.
The following is the revelatory word that was given in the 2003 Shepherd's Rod.
These conditions will have a triad application within the spirit, soul and body of both those in the Church and outside, if we do not follow the Lord's prescribed way.
Many times the pressure placed upon leadership to continually expand, grow, and generate greater capacity can lead to a spiritual "blowout." This can be characterized by leaders attempting to expand their ministry beyond the spiritual grace and authority allotted to them from Heaven.
The spiritual burnout occurs when people become so involved in doing things for God that they often forfeit the opportunity of doing things with Him. Very often, when the enemy sees that he can no longer withstand something, he then alters his strategy to get behind it and press it beyond its prescribed parameters. This can lead to a "works" mentality characterized by the Lord's friend Martha. It emphasizes "DOING" at a time when the Lord desires us to have a "BEING" mind-set. That is, being the possessor of His nature and character through seasons of intimacy and fellowship. From that place we emerge with fresh anointing and minister from a place of rest.
It would be the plan of the enemy to have individuals so involved in ministry that they neglect the times of intimacy and prayer with the Lord that brought them to the place of anointing. Such a condition would lead to spiritual bankruptcy. When this occurs we inherently began to minister in our own strength and the gifts given to us, rather than the anointing.