BIBLE READING: NUMBERS 12:1-13, MARK 6:1-6
But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Acts 5:3-4 (NKJV).
Familiarity, they say, breeds contempt. What this means is that every one of us can find ourselves in a state of knowing a person so well to the extent of beginning to disrespect them, their views, instructions and everything that is related to them.
In Acts 5:3-4, when Ananias and Sapphira lied, they initially thought they did so against Peter their leader. However, through the Leading of the Holy Spirit, Peter had to bluntly bring to their awareness that such an attitude – prompted by familiarity – wasn’t an offense before men but a direct demonstration of untrustworthiness towards the Holy Spirit: “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, Satan has filled your heart. When you claimed this was the full price, you were lying to the Holy Spirit”. (Acts 5:3 TLB).
Familiarity is one of the greatest insulators to the Anointing or Power of God (see Mark 6:1-6)
From the day you start getting familiar with a person and allow that to affect you negatively, they stop being a blessing or source of inspiration to your life. This ultimately halts the Sonship Process.
When you study Numbers 12:1-13, you can see God’s Conversation with Miriam and Aaron [The elder blood sister and brother of Moses] related to their exhibition of familiarity with respect to their relationship with Moses. He candidly pointed out the following:
Firstly, Moses’ appointment to be in charge was entirely God’s Decision. By this, God meant to say that issues related to sentiments as a result of family ties should never be allowed to supercede their readiness and willingness to show prompt obedience to Divine Instructions emanating from His leadership platform.
Secondly, speaking against Moses would be regarded as an indirect way of speaking against the One who appointed and anointed him. As far as God is concerned, such an attitude would inevitably attract divine judgment which may assume any form, especially those that are least predictable and traceable.
The following are seven key signs of familiarity:
(1.) A constant desire to want to preempt one’s leader in a presumptuous manner i.e. predict the person’s next word[s].
(2.) An unwillingness to obey instructions, especially those given by the person with whom we are familiar.
(3.) The tendency to underestimate one’s leader’s words.
(4.) Disregard for leadership.
(5.) The tendency to discuss behind the scene while one’s leader is talking in a meeting.
(6.) The desire to always be obtrusive when in front of the leader i.e. to want to make a show of yourself in an unpleasant way.
(7.) A fault-finding mentality.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting in Jesus’ Name. Amen.