Nicky S. Raiborde
A teacher reading statistics about her class mistook her students’ locker numbers for their IQ scores. She demanded much from her students, challenging them to engage and excel in class. Their skill levels progressed, attracting attention from the school principal who asked her what she did differently with this class.
The teacher replied that when she saw their IQ scores, she just started expecting greater from them. Even though those students did not have high IQs, they lived up to what she believed of them.
Well the truth is God believes in You. He thinks the world of you. The scriptures tells us that ‘you are the apple of God’s eye”, “You are loved”, “You are wanted”, “You are cared for by God”. God has designed a wonderful plan for your life. He not only has plans for your life, but He empowers you to fulfill those plans. Last week we looked at the empowerment that comes from God as the anointing. The anointing causes you to become the person God has in mind, and also to do the work God has called you to do.
We are defining the anointing as the manifestation of the authority and power of the Holy Spirit that empowers a person to be who God has called them to be and accomplish the purposes of God
To gain a little more understanding of the anointing I want to take a brief look at King David’s life.
In 1 Samuel 16 we find that Samuel the prophet secretly went to the home of David’s father Jesse, because God had told him that he would find Israel’s next king there. This was a process fraught with danger, since there was not actually a vacancy for a king at that time, and King Saul, the present incumbent, was unlikely to greet a leadership challenge with very good grace. We read that Samuel had seven of Jesse’s sons appear before him one at a time, as he prayed and asked God to show him who the new King was to be. Finally David, the youngest son, appeared before him, and God said “This is the one.” Then Samuel anointed him with oil.
Anointing with oil is talked about a number of times in the Bible in a variety of different contexts. It is a symbol which has several different applications – unity, worship, healing – but most of all it is a sign of the presence or anointing of the Holy Spirit. God pours out the Holy Spirit upon people. He anoints people with His Spirit, and the oil is a picture of that. When a person is anointed with oil, something is also going on at the spiritual level as God anoints with His Spirit.
The Anointing oil was also used figuratively in the Bible to portray different character qualities that would receive the empowerment from God. Most of the time when we hear about the anointing it is only talked about in terms of the gifts but God also wants to develop in us the fruit of the Spirit so that there is a balance in character (integrity) and ability (power).
Some of the most important character qualities which the Bible connects with receiving the anointing of the Spirit:
Leadership influence. “Thou anointest my head with oil” (David carried a shepherd’s heart for the sheeps’ welfare) (Psalm 23: 5b).
Giving. “The liberal (giving) person shall be made fat (filled with oil)” (Proverbs 11: 25).
Diligence. “The soul of the diligent shall be made fat (filled with oil)” (Proverbs 13: 4).
Trust. “He who trusts in the Lord shall prosper (be made fat with oil)” (Proverbs 28: 25).
Righteousness. “Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God, even thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Psalm 45: 7).
Courage. “They (the enemy) set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; ‘Rise up, captains, oil the shields,’ for thus saith the Lord to me, ‘Go station the sentry’ ” (Isaiah 21: 5,6).
Obedience. “O mountains of Gilboa, let not dew nor rain be on you, nor fields of offerings. For the shield of the mighty was defiled, the field of Saul, not anointed with oil” (II Samuel 1: 21; I Samuel 15: 22).
Submissiveness. “This is the law of the leper (a type of the sinner) in the day of his cleansing. Now he shall be brought in to the priest. . . then the priest shall take . . . the log of oil . . . and present them as a wave offering before the Lord” (Leviticus 14: 2,12; see also oil in vs. 10,14-18,21,24,26-29).
Unity. “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head” (Psalm 133: 1,2).
Humility and Brokenness. “And behold there was a woman in the city who was . . . standing behind Him at His feet, weeping . . . kissing His feet, and anointing them with the perfume” (Luke 7: 36-50).
So all these characteristics we find connected to the symbolism used of a person anointed with Oil. In the next teaching, I will continue to talk a little more of the symbolism of Oil, but for right now, I want to to see what the purpose of the anointing oil for david was.
In Samuel16, the Prophet Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David for three primary reasons and they become the same foundational reasons for us…
1. Firstly, there is anointing for a calling.
1 Samuel 16:10-12 (NIV) “Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these." 11 So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives." 12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."
We see that God had not chosen any of the first seven sons of Jesse, but he had chosen David. David had been called by God for something. Anointing of the Holy Spirit is often for a particular calling.
In the New Testament, you see that God has a call for each and every one of us, and he anoints us with His Spirit for that call. It doesn’t matter whether you have been a Christian for ten years or ten days, there is a call for you. What might God be calling you to do and to be to serve him?
2. Secondly, there is an anointing for gifting.
You see, David was a shepherd. He was a nobody. He was the last possible person you would think of as King. When his father got the boys together to see whom Samuel would anoint, he didn’t even bother getting David in from the fields. Yet David became the greatest King in the history of Israel. How come? Because God gave him the gifts he needed. He gave him the abilities that he would need to be a good king.
If I asked you to make a bookcase from some pieces of wood, you might be able to do it. If I asked you to make a bookcase, and then gave you a small screwdriver and a biro as your tools, you probably wouldn’t be able to do it. You need the tools for the job.
If God calls us to serve him in a particular way, he knows we need the tools for the job. That’s what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are. You can read about them in 1 Corinthians 12-14. He gives us these gifts by the anointing of the Spirit. We aren’t supposed to do these things in our own power.
3. Thirdly, the anointing of the Spirit is for power.
1 Samuel 16:13 (NIV) “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah”
The Holy Spirit wants to anoint us with power. When Jesus was walking around on the earth he had a series of power encounters. He met demonized people, he confronted the demonic power, and he set them free. He met sick people, he confronted the power of the sickness, and He healed them. He faced the power of death itself on the cross, He took it on, and He won. The early church on the day of Pentecost were anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit. It meant that now they were effective. Things happened when the early Christians were around. People were astonished at the power they saw in them. Now God hasn’t changed since then. The same power He gave to the early church he wants to give to the church of our day so that we might make a difference, so that things might happen when we are around.
As I bring this teaching to a close, I want to end by giving you seven proofs of a person who loves the anointing. In the book of 1 John, we have characteristics that match of a person who has intimacy with God and we need to realize that in order grow in the anointing in deeper levels, it comes out of deeper levels of intimacy. So here are my seven proofs of a person who lives in, with, and by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Seven Proofs of a person depended on the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
[1 John 2:15-27]
1.He cannot love the World System
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
2.He commits himself to a local church and refuses to withdraw or live independently.
1 John 2:18-19 (NKJV)
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
3.He discerns between truth and error.
1 John 2:20-26 (NKJV)
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us--eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.
4. He has a teachable spirit and a open heart.
1 John 2:27 (NKJV)
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
5. He Practices Righteousness
1 John 2:29 (NKJV)
29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
6. He has the spiritual power to destroy the works of the enemy.
1 John 3:8 (NKJV)
8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
7. He has honor for leadership!
2 Peter 2:10
10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,