Monday, April 18, 2011

The Anointed Author

“An author can pen a book without the anointing, but only the anointed author can write words that carry the weight of God to accomplish eternal purposes in the lives of readers.” -Priscilla Shirer, Anointed Tranformed, Redeemed Workbook

I recently took a study on David called, Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur. Yes, three amazing women teaching about an amazing God! I was excited to hear Priscilla, because she used examples of mothering and writing as she spoke on being anointed. Right up my alley!;)

 I write this post to give Christian writers encouragement to continue on this path, with the awareness that you are chosen to live an anointed life in all you do, even in writing!

Natural vs. Supernatural
As believers in Christ, we are all anointed to live in a “supernatural way” in our daily lives. Priscilla illustrates it in the following example:

The Task: Mother two small children
The Natural Accomplishment: Take care of their daily needs, and    provide a home for them
The Anointed Accomplishment: Instill in them a love for the Lord and a desire to serve Him

As a Christian fiction writer, I follow in her example and write:
The Task: Writing novels
The Natural Accomplishment: Create stories with word pictures, intriguing plots and characters.
The Anointed Accomplishment: Weave Christ through the story to touch the heart of the reader and bring glory to God

Sometimes I sit and struggle with weaving spiritual truths into my writing. I get swept away with the plot, the characters, what I assume the reader wants, and then realize I have turned my back on my anointing.
God is faithful though, and I know I am truly anointed to display God's truth in fiction, because of the unsettled feeling I have when I write away from His will. When I submit to Him again, He blesses me with an A-ha moment that knits His truth so perfectly in my writing.

Opposition to Our Anointing
Just yesterday, I was getting back into my wip, after a month hiatus (yikes!) and started down a path that wasn't necessarily against God's will, but was more of an easy way out for me as the author, and could have stolen away the impact I would have on my reader and ultimately fall short of bringing God His glory. Priscilla talks about opposition to the anointing, using King David's constant opposition as an example. But we all know that we have an enemy, and if we are doing something to bring God glory, that enemy will certainly show up! She says:

“We have an enemy. He seeks to divert us from the course set for us by our Father. Once we are saved, our enemy cannot destroy us, but he will work hard to distract us. It seems he most likes to startle us when we have just closed our eyes and turned our chins upward to enjoy a sunny patch in our existence.” Priscilla Shirer, Annointed, Transformed, Redeemed Workbook

For a writer, that “sunny patch” is when the writing pours out, or your work advances in a writing contest, or you get a new idea for a story you can be passionate is at these moments that you protect your calling, cling to prayer, focus on the God you seek to bring glory...because at these moments, opposition to our anointing will attack at full force.

In the study workbook, Priscilla says:
“We can stand firm against the Enemy's attacks because we stand on a foundation of unwavering faith and trust in the truth of God's word.”

Remember, Friends, you are writing for a divine purpose as an anointed author. And even though we can stumble, even in our fiction, in our salvation we can't fall so far that God steals away His purpose:

“Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:57-58, NASB).


Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

It is so easy to question the annointing. So often, doubts arise and we loose sight of our purpose in writing. Thank you for the reminder! Great post.

Casey said...

Oh very true, Angie! I know I often get to those places where I forget to put God first in my writing. And I have found if I take a few minutes to pray over my words before writing, I have much better results. Now that is God working! :-))

Angie Dicken said...

Yes! I can tell when I look back at my writing, what is God-driven and what's not. The difference is amazing!

Joanne Sher said...

What an incredibly helpful and thought-provoking post, Angie. I needed this reminder. Thanks.

Ralene said...

Blessings! I loved this post. It was a wonderful reminder of who we are in Christ and what we are called to do. Thank you so much for sharing your insights!

Angie Dicken said...

Thanks Joanne and Ralene! I never thought of the annointing until I took this study. Good stuff! :)

Mary Vee Storyteller said...

Thank you for keeping us on the straight and narrow. Great post:)

Julia M. Reffner said...

Sorry I'm checking in late, but great post! What a wonderful reminder for us as writers but also for other aspects of your life. I haven't read Priscilla, but have done Kay's studies and read some of Beth's books. Wow, what power with the three of them! The Lord has been showing me a lot about calling as a mom lately so I may need to pick this one up!

Angie Dicken said...

Julia, I will say that the Kay Arthur part of the study came around right when Libby was born, so I can't say much for that part...but I really liked Priscilla...and Beth Moore is always amazing, although I was 9 mos and counting at that point, so my focus was off. :) If you need any Mom book suggestions let me know...