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Character with Anointing: A Recipe for Avoiding Burnout

Jason Vallotton makes an argument for ministers to intentionally focus on taking care of their own needs and the needs of their families in the following video segment.

This practice is about having a character to match God’s anointing on your life or the supernatural gifting he has given you. “When our character matches our gifting, our gift won’t be a negative. It won’t be a weakness to us,” Vallotton says.

Vallotton gives examples of some of the great revivalists of the 20th century. John G. Lake is one of the ones he mentions. Lake had an incredible ministry in Africa and all over the world. Vallatton says that Lake would get “caught up in the presence [of God] so much so, that his kids started to feel neglected. The presence would come, and he would just check out,” Vallatton explains. Worshipping God is not a bad thing, but in the case of Lake, his kids weren’t getting the attention they needed, especially since their mom had passed away.

Reading a passage from the book “God’s Generals”, Vallatton states “many miracles wrought at his [Lake’s] hands were personally unfulfilling and not worth the loss of his family. John’s strength in ministry to God cost him his family because he wasn’t aware of his personal needs and the needs of his kids.”

Vallatton then explains he has personal experience with this habit of ministers to continuously give out of lack, neglecting themselves or their families. This practice resulted in a nervous breakdown for Vallatton.

“If we really want to steward what God has given us, we have to actually take care of our body, soul, and our spirit.” This, essentially, is about being able to pass on the ministries we have received to the next generation and equip them to be able to sustain them.

Vallatton concludes with 3 John 1:2: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

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