The Anointing (Part 1)

October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,

Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—

What God has arranged for those who love him.

10But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.

The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along – I Corinthians 2:9,10 (MSG) 

            You are God’s Favorite. You carry a weighty, unfathomable, call on your life, placed by God himself. God has called you to do something that is impossible. God has called you to fulfill something that is beyond your natural ability to accomplish. Maybe you look at the call of God and its makes you realize your inability to fulfill it. You think its beyond you to see the plan of God fulfilled. Well, that’s all right.  God has the power and ability to use us the way we are and cause to change into a person that He intends for us to become. Looking at scriptures, God has used people of all types and race who have had a history of weaknesses, some were adulterers, others deceptive hearts, and yet some selfish.  The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 (NKJV) that “…God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.”

            I know a lot of people who claim that they are not found in this list. Some think it would be considered humiliation to come in the context of that list. I, however, feel like I fit in one or more of these categories. I don’t feel any sense of humiliation because I look at how God worked in the lives of people and made them into vessel of honor that were used by God.  God doesn’t intend for us to stay weak, foolish, lowly, and despised.  His intent is to work in us and through us to make us people who will display His glory.

            I’ve heard preachers use a common phrase, countless numbers of times, which says, "God is not looking for our ability, but our availability." So many people avail themselves to God who do not have the ability. Later on, what happens is they try to do God's work without any ability and they don't succeed. Maybe the idea behind the phrase is that if you avail yourself to God, God will take the initiative to empower you. 

            When you study the scriptures, you realize the call of God upon your life can be fulfilled with God’s help.  God sent His Holy Spirit to be along our side.  The Holy Spirit is our coach. The Holy Spirit is our mentor. The Holy Spirit is our best friend.  More than anybody, the Holy Spirit desires to see the call of God fulfilled in our life. 

            The person of the Holy Spirit has the authority and the power to work along our side to help us accomplish the purpose of God in our life.  This empowerment is known as the anointing.

I like to define the anointing as the manifestation of the authority and power of the Holy Spirit which empowers a person to accomplish the purposes of God.   

The scriptures tell us that God anointed Jesus. “How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him” [Acts 10:38 AMP] Not only God anoints Jesus, but He anoints us. “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God” [2 Corinthians 1:21 NKJV] 

In Old Testament which was originally written in the Hebrews language there are two common words for ‘anoint’. One is the word ‘dashen’ which means to fatten, and the other is the word, ‘mashach’ which means to rub with oil.  

The New Testament which was written in the Greek Language has similar meanings, and the most common word is “chrio” which means to smear, paint, or rub with oil.

The common denominator is all these words, is the Oil is used as a symbol of the authority and power of the Holy Spirit. I remember when we were living in India, every year we hired a person to come to our house to oil all our wood furniture like the cabinet, tables, chairs, etc.  The oil would protect the wood from cracking. My uncle used Oil in his bicycle to make sure the chain on the wheel was smoothly running. So when use the word ‘anoint’, we are talking about you being rubbed, smeared, painted, and consecrated with the authority and power of the Holy Spirit.  The psalmist says, “I have been anointed with fresh oil” [Psalm 92:10 NKJV]

Let’s look at some of the characterisics of Oil as it relates to the anointing. 

  1. Oil evaporates if it is not replenished regularly; it will eventually disappear. Likewise with the anointing, we must constantly allow the oil of the Spirit to flow over our lives, refreshing our spiritual lives. You can do this through prayer, and through reading the Word of God, and fellowshipping with God. The anointing will only stay on your life as you continue to walk and talk with the Lord. As you spend time in his presence, the rich oil of the power of God will flow over your life, refreshing and renewing your life 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalms 27:14 KJV)

  1. Oil leaks if there is a hole in the vessel. The hole may be tiny or undetectable to the naked eye, but if there is a blemish or impurity in the vessel, the oil will find it and leak out. 

In Ephesians 4 we are cautioned about any potential "holes" in our vessels:

Neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27 KJV)

The word "place" comes from the Greek word for "avenue" or "window." So we are to give no avenue to the devil. Don't allow the holes of bitterness, unforgiveness, self-pity, to creep into your life, for the precious oil of the Spirit will drain out. These "holes" that attack your vessel of the Spirit are so subtle at the beginning that they are difficult to detect. Bitterness can creep in almost unnoticed. As we walk in the anointing it is imperative that we guard against these holes and concentrate on keeping your oil fresh.

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.  (Psalms 139:23-24 KJV)

  1. Oil is that only fresh oil has the proper density -- thickness -- to serve an engine or machine well. This thickness is called viscosity, and it's important, for it measures the ability of the oil to withstand heat and pressure and to reduce friction or stress. The lower the viscosity, the less will the oil protect under certain levels of pressure. It is important to change the oil in your car on a regular basis, so important that some manufacturers recommend changing the oil every three to five thousand miles to get maximum benefit. Otherwise, in addition to getting dirty, the oil also gets thin and discoloured and can harm rather than protect the engine.

So also with your anointing, it will wear thin under the heat of the spiritual battle that we are all involved in. That is why you must give daily attention to prayer and Bible study. It's the only way to build and maintain your spiritual thickness and strength. There is nothing that can take the part of these spiritual disciplines in our lives. The only way that we are going to be able to stand up under the pressures of the battle is to continually be anointed with fresh oil.

  1. Oil keeps away insects and bugs. David declares, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” [Psalms 23:5 KJV]

David wrote this with the imagery of the shepherd and his sheep in mind. Shepherds regularly anoint their sheep with olive oil to keep the insects from harassing them. There are many bugs in the Holy Land, and the only way to give the sheep any peace from them is to rub them with oil. This symbolizes for us the power that the anointing gives us from the power of the devil, the "insects" and "bugs" that he puts in our paths to try to get us to be destroyed. This is another reason why we need to be anointed with "FRESH" oil daily.

Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.  (Ecclesiastes 9:8 KJV)

So, how fresh is your oil? Are you constantly adding fresh oil, or are you operating with an old anointing? Is God's touch on your life stale? Is it beginning to evaporate? Is your vessel cracked? Does it leak? Attempting to exist on yesterday's anointing only brings about a slow and very deceptive form of spiritual death. There is nothing worse than to watch someone who is trying to fight the good fight of faith with old, stale oil in their life. When your oil is fresh, it has a beautiful, fragrant aroma.

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