Text on grey background with quote God is turning criticism into an opportunity for His gloryHas this ever happened to you?
You launched out in obedience to God, gave the best of your gift, and poured out your heart. And then, someone criticized you. Or questioned your priorities.

There was no kindness in it—and you knew that comment was wrongly motivated.
But still, it hurt.
And it may even have caused you to step back, for a while.

But God who called you sees your heart—He celebrates your gift! And He is turning that criticism into an opportunity for His glory.

A Purely Motivated Gift

It is Mary’s personal offering to Jesus—and the sacrificial gift she brings to the table.
John writes, “…Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” (John 12:3, NKJV)

This gift means more than anyone in that room can imagine!
For it is prophetic in nature and timing.

And yet, right, smack in the middle of that wonder, Judas Iscariot throws in a negative remark.
He challenges Mary’s offering, saying: “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” (v5)

When You are Sensitive to the Atmosphere

It is a thinly veiled accusation and Judas’ negative words cut across everything of beauty and glory taking place at that moment.

For those of you who are discerners, and are sensitive to atmospheres, moments like this can be doubly grieving.

  • In one moment, you are rejoicing in the wonder of what God is doing—and in the Holy Spirit’s anointing
  • Then in the next, you realize the atmosphere has been defiled, as the accuser has made his presence known

And someone has released words—that may be demonic in origin—into the space you occupy.

4 Ways God is Moving to Turn Criticism Around

Yet this is the power of redemption! That God can take what has caused you pain and use it for gain—for the advancement of His Kingdom.

In Jesus’ immediate response to Judas, he models Godly wisdom to His disciples, which speaks to us today. Here are four insights from this story, to aid when you (or someone you lead) has been unjustly criticized:

1. Look to Jesus First

Jesus immediately speaks on behalf of Mary. He defends her and praises her actions.

And it’s a reminder, that when criticism comes against your anointed ministry, God’s perspective is what matters!

Remember your Father is for you, and He’s in control, even when a negative interruption has thrown you off guard.
And that Jesus Himself is your shield.

Sometimes, we need to hold our breath and wait to hear what He is saying.
And to know, there is power in a pause!
For it enables us to respond out of God’s wisdom.

2. The Anointing Exposes What is Not of God

As John narrates, he explains that Judas’ motive is based on greed, saying:

“This he [Judas] said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.” (John 12:6, NKJV)

Now, we can lean in, to see an advantage—which is that light reveals what has been hidden in darkness!

And at this moment, Judas’ true nature is made visible.

What’s more, we can see this is a consequence of the Holy Spirit’s anointing at work.

  • One person’s intimacy with Jesus will expose another person’s ungodly attitude

As Paul wrote,
“But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” (Eph 5:13, NKJV)

3. It Provides an Opportunity to Speak Truth

Thirdly, the open attack provides an opportunity for Jesus to directly address it.

Criticism is an expression of disapproval. And it usually comes with some “line of reasoning”.
It may sound persuasive, but God has a higher viewpoint and it’s time to declare it.

And Jesus says, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” (John 12:7-8, NKJV)

The opposite of disapproval is favor and the acceptance of God!
And that is your true portion.

4. Criticism Allows for Refocus on God’s Plans

Judas’ comment invites debate. And it could easily distract people from what God is doing.

But Jesus doesn’t allow this to happen. Instead, He takes the opportunity to refocus on what God is doing.

And in His reply to Judas, Jesus speaks once more about His purpose—and what is about to take place.

“Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial”

Another Time, Another Criticism

It’s interesting that this is not the first time Mary is criticized. Earlier, her sister Martha also questioned Mary’s priorities (Luke 10:38-42).
And there are other parallels:

  • Both implied Mary should be doing some other form of service
  • Each time it took place in her own home (this also speaks of her identity coming under fire)
  • And Jesus Himself defended Mary in both instances

And I believe there are some “Marys” who are reading this right now.
You are the worshiper, the prayer warrior, devoted to Jesus—but sometimes, you feel misunderstood.
And others don’t always value the offering that you bring.

A Purely Motivated Gift

Receive His touch today. And be assured—NO device of the enemy can interrupt the destiny of a worshiper!

For when God‘s favor has established you, no one‘s criticism can remove you.

This is a time for the anointing to pour forth—the ministry of the Holy Spirit—and He will pour out. For nothing can stop the work that humbly honors Jesus. And criticism cannot quench an anointed gift.

Instead, the full power is breaking loose out of this moment, and out of this time and season.
From earth to Heaven—the hearts of God’s people in sacrificial worship. And from Heaven to earth—in the revelation of our Savior.

Finally, if you can relate to this today, let this word encourage you:

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.” (Is 54:17, NKJV)


This example, and the theme of this post, is of accusation that is sourced in the kingdom of darkness, coming against a purely motivated, selfless, and anointed gift. This doesn’t mean, of course, that there is never a place for constructive criticism (It’s all about the source).
For today, I’ve kept the focus of this message on the simple framework provided by John 12 and the insight I received while studying it. Which was fresh to me—and I believe is a specific word for many.

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48 thoughts on “God’s Favor FOR You is Greater Than Criticism Against You”


    Shalom Hellen,
    Thank you so much for your message for me its very rhema. I have been facing criticism and accusation from people who have been friends and had shared a lot and it has been very painful thus am thankful for God using you to share.
    I pray for favor and honor.

  2. Thank you for this word, it has spoken straight into my heart. My husband and I have experienced veiled criticism from leaders and it has stung. I have made a point to go to Jesus with it and have been asking that He show me if what I am experiencing is conviction or condemnation.
    This post has helped me to see that yes, some of the criticism has brought conviction, but some has been really harsh and that has brought the condemnation. I know what to about the comments that have brought condemnation.

  3. Good day Helen
    Oh what a powerful revelation!
    I spend my days crying as a result of vile criticism from my husband. It hurts deep when it’s coming from someone who should be supporting me as I build my business from scratch. This is affirmation that God is indeed standing with me. Amen

  4. Olagbaye Daniel
    Thank you for the prophecy, it seems you know what is happening to me now at my working place, I am really facing criticism by my supervisors, but am trusting God for best opportunity and Divine connection. Jion me in prayer for God to destroy every spirit of promise and fail in my life . Thanks ma’am

  5. Thank you Helen, this word is such a confirmation of God’s word to my heart. It gets hard at times, but I stay focus on God to bring me thru to the other side of his favor! God bless you richly

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