I was quickened by the Holy Spirit this morning about the importance of being mindful as to what's going on in the natural. Sometimes we can be so caught up in the spiritual realm that we are not observant to what's happening around us. Even as I write this message, a signpost flashed before my eyes. I was taken back to an experience where I missed a turn because I failed to notice the sign. Obviously, the purpose of this mind vision was simply to reiterate the importance of this message. Please, take heed and don't miss it.

It's amazing to see gas prices continuing to soar. People are greatly affected by this. I remember reading an excerpt from a consumer report that stated gas prices have been consistently higher. The unrest and turmoil of society continue to escalate. People are finding themselves having to make adjustments. The things and places that were once viewed as a necessity are now being re-evaluated. Do I really need this? Do I really need to go there? Are there other options to produce power/energy? It's about changes. Everything seems to be changing. Wow, doesn't the fact that God never changes become even more exceptional. Praise God.

There's an astounding message written in 2 Samuel 24:24: Then the king said Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. Here, David chose not to take the easy way out. He was willing to pay the full price. What about you? Don't miss it! The anointing is going to cost you something. I'm challenging you to look beyond monetary value for a moment and mull over other areas where it may cost you. Is it your action? Is it your decision? The point here is that there is a cost associated.

The analogy of today's fuel prices equates so well with the cost of God's anointing. At this point, allow me to make the correlation between the two. The hike in the price of fuel has affected folks in many ways such as pursuing vacations closer to home, reducing errands to as needed, searching for lowest fuel prices, trading over-sized vehicles for economy vehicles, utilizing other means for travel, etc. All these variations are personal choices and not mandated. The reason people make such choices is to increase their ability. The same principle applies to the anointing. If your desire is to strengthen your gift, it's going to cost you something. Are you willing to stop settling for mediocrity? Can you separate yourself from the things that are not faith builders? There is a reason why Romans 12:6 stresses the fact that our gifts work according to the proportion of our faith. Apostle Paul knew that the anointing comes with a price.

Often times I'm stunned by what people desire of the Lord but in return aren't willing to give up certain things. As they mature spiritually, somehow they tend to think their level of commitment should remain the same. They want the dunamis power at the same price as when they were babes. This is similar to expecting the same amount of mileage at today's prices as compared to when fuel was much cheaper. It's not realistic.

I hear the Spirit of the Lord say- It's time to think soberly. It's time to bring forth your best to the table. It's time to bring forth your best to the altar. Allow your worship to become costly for you. Allow your praise to come with a cost. It's time to step away from mediocrity and move into higher expectations. It's only fitting to give your best. I say to you- those who are willing to pay the price will increase in faith and see the manifestation within the operation of their gifts. Do not fret to lessen your inventory. These are the things that are setting forth limits to your faculties. These are the things that are placing ceilings to your gifting. Take the limits off and see the faithfulness of God.

-Frank Berry, Frank Berry Ministries