What is the anointing and what is it for?
Acts: 1:7 He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth‘.
The Anointing is the power of God for Service.
Let us begin with the definition of anointing, anointing is the application of a balm or oil.
The Holy Spirit is usually defined by Water or Oil
Acts 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit’.
John baptized with water symbolising the new birth and until Jesus was crucified and died would the baptism by Spirit occur. The baptism by water for repentance referred by John is Salvation and the second baptism is for service. John’s Baptism was a reflection of Salvation when Jesus resurrected which would be complete in Spirit.
Matthew 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
There has been an argument whether it is a single or dual occurrence. I believe it is a two stage process (1) when you receive Jesus as your saviour Salvation (2) when you are commissioned. The disciples were not saved and got saved in John 20:22 And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’. He then instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem to receive power.
The oil can only be applied where the blood has been applied. You can research this in the Old Testament rituals for sin, guilt and other offerings towards God. In Leviticus 14 you see this that after the blood was sprayed on the Israelites the oil was applied thereafter.
How do you get the anointing?
You are anointed
The anointing, the power of God is birthed by the presence or Glory of God.
In order to understand this you must understand what God’s glory is. God’s glory is his attributes/ characteristics. This is explained when Moses asked God show me your glory and this was his answer:
Exodus 34:5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.‘
In this scripture God refers himself as The Lord, The Lord, the double use of Lord indicates his Divinity, Creator and Owner of the human race.
He is Gracious: Grace means He does what he does no other reason other than that He is love and He can do so. Love being the person and the action. Grace is unmerited favour where God turns and chooses to give you or reveal himself to you because He chooses to. Ref: Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’. I must make you laugh, when I first read this, I thought how arrogant of Him and that is the truth and His answer was “I am good and full all by myself,”. Clearly my Papa has no people pleasing issues.
God’s glory is His abiding presence in your life. The word abide in this instance is the verb (the part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most languages. We serve a moving God therefore abiding is (1) To remain in a place. (2) To continue to be sure or firm; endure. (3) To dwell or sojourn.
You can have the abiding presence and have no power. Do not despair when the time comes, God will initiate the search which will lead you to receive His Power for work.
He is merciful and forgiving: God is merciful slow to anger even when we go against His will. Lamentations 3:22 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
Psalm 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. 9 He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge. 10 He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
He does not make as an enemy or destroy us. He is forgiving Psalm 103 and 2 Samuel 14:14 We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. And God does not take away life, but devises means so that he who is banished may not be an utter outcast from Him.
He is Love: To be loving you have a way that demonstrates that you value them. John 3:16. Forging an intimate relationship with Him via prayer and studying his word is your act of love towards God and He in turn changes you to look more like Him, Jesus.
Fast forward to the New Testament: God is love and his characteristics are shown in: I Corinthians 12:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Another example of the effect of His Presence and Glory is: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
If you take time to review the scripture references these are the characteristics you grow into with the help of the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit reveal the wonderful interplay of His person of the Old Testament to the revealed work of the Holy Spirit that helps you grow into his character.
God’s glory affects your person and His anointing affects how you deal with others. It is important to note that the anointing is with available for a reason and a season. It is not a feeling it is a knowing.
Through the Glory you change send bearing fruit in your character. John 15.
As stated earlier the anointing comes for a reason and a season and affects your actions towards others:
Here are some examples:
- David killing Goliath
- Gideon changed from the last born of the smallest tribe to a mighty warrior
- Moses before Pharoah
- The Apostles in Acts when attacked for preaching the gospel: the more the attacks the more the Power of God works for you.
- Jesus healing the sick, making the lame walk, the blind see and even raising the Lazarus
The anointing affects others and as you walk with the Lord it grows affecting the areas below progressively:
- Jerusalem – your home and family
- Judea – your environment work, friends
- Samaria – non believers and
- The ends of the world
If Jesus walked in the totality of the power 24/7 there would have been visible effects of this power, can you begin to imagine the graves that would have just opened!!. Can you imagine what the anointing would do if it was on you 24/7 people would walk out of beds in hospital, children will fall over 24/7, you personally would probably be crying all the time or falling over. God did not give us the anointing so we could not live a normal life, we would affect the world. You cannot walk around with all that power activated but importantly as you grow into it becomes stronger and if God left it on you 24/7 as humans we could abuse it or it would be abnormal and people would keep falling over.
Affecting others – New Testament Romans 12: Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The Power gives you the Gifts of the Holy Spirit vs the fruit of the Holy Spirit birthed by the Glory/Presence. Homework: Read I Corinthians 12 to find them.
How do you attain the anointing
- Prayer by seeking God: Matthew 6:33, Jeremiah 33:3 and Isaiah 45:15
- A hunger for God that is instigated by the Holy Spirit to search for God: Study the Word
- Faith – at salvation the Holy Spirit will convict you to look for God. Each one is given a measure of faith but once you receive Jesus as Lord, your faith increases as you enter into a intimate daily relationship with him.
- The blood – once you are saved the mark of the blood sanctifies and separates you for carrying the anointing.
The results of the anointing
- Revelation of the Bible Exodus 25:6
- Supply to your need I Kings 17:14-16
- Cancellation of bondage and debt 2 Kings 4:1-7
- Deliverance from Enemies Psalm 23:5
- Blessings in all you do: Psalm 133
- Empower your faith Isaiah 21: 5-6
- Healing to your life Luke 10: 33-34
How do you identify someone with the anointing: Psalm 104: 15 one of my favorite scriptures.