23 Pt. 15

     “Thou anointest my head with oil.” Psalm 23:5

     It struck me as I finished writing yesterday that there may be those among us who are unfamiliar with the term anointing. The anointing, in short, is the touch of God on a person’s life that equips and empowers them for a certain work. In the Old Testament it was received when a prophet poured a specially mixed oil over the individual chosen by God for a certain work: Aaron was anointed by Moses as High priest. Saul and David were both anointed by Samuel as kings. Elisha was anointed as prophet by Elijah and so on.

     We are explaining what the anointing looks like by using the acronym C.A.R.E..  Yesterday we explained that the anointing  complicates  life. Aaron, Saul and David all discovered this after they were anointed. I guess that makes the anointing sound bad, but really the anointing is a thing to be greatly desired. While it may complicate things, it also assures!

      Let me tell you something, when God calls you to something and anoints you for the work your success in that endeavor is assured! The truth is, if God is behind you in a work ( and that is what the anointing means) there is absolutely no possibility that you will fail. The world may stand against you. Satan himself may show up to nay-say your endeavors; But if God has ordained and anointed your work it will succeed and nothing can stop it.

    In David’s day not everyone was anointed…but today in the New Testament EVERYONE WHO HAS ACCEPTED JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR IS ANOINTED!  

      We know this is true because of the Scripture. You see, the oil used to anoint Aaron, Saul, and David was symbolic. It was not the oil that gave them power; It was the Holy Spirit whom the oil symbolized that empowered them. Once these men were anointed the Holy Spirit came on them to assure them of success as long as the men stayed faithful to their God.

     Here’s where it gets exciting for us as New Testament Christians Paul the apostle writes, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Eph. 1:13, 14 NIV

     Hallelujah! Those of us who believe are anointed with oil of the Holy Spirit!

     Christian arise and realize that if you follow Him into the things He has anointed you for then your success is assured. You may battle but you will not fail!

Tomorrow: the anointing requires!

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13 thoughts on “23 Pt. 15

  1. Pastor J, I didn’t know that we were all considered anointed. You have given me much to think and pray about! Thank you and God bless you for your ministry to us!

  2. Just knowing God as the victory my mindset instantly changes to a victorious one versus “woe, is me and will this battle ever end.” This doesn’t mean the battle is instantly over by no means but I fight differently. I try to keep my eyes fixed on Him in the battle and not what the enemy wants me to focus on. God is so good to His children, so when the next battle comes and it will, fear not, for God already has the Victory. Thank you God for covering my back.

  3. “In David’s day not everyone was anointed…but today in the New Testament EVERYONE WHO HAS ACCEPTED JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR IS ANOINTED!” I was going to write that as a comment to your last post but wanted to see where you were going with this. Glad i waited:) I find “anointing” interesting as I compare it with grace as found in the “New Testament.” Grace is defined as His divine influence upon our soul and it’s reflection in our lives. With that definition it is easy to see how grace “empowers” us to do things that may even seem impossible. Now, as Christians who have the Holy Spirit living within us, we walk in confidence that we have ALREADY been given everything we need to live a holy life and do the exploits that God has called us to. We do not need to ask God to not let His Spirit depart from us like David did. Now, as God’s children, we are the walking anointed of God…we are revival…we have been given everything needed…we just don’t know it yet. We truly are anointed! How assuring!:)

    • It is a reassuring thought Matt! In that vein so much of prayer becomes confession and intentional reception and not begging. It is about releasing God’s will through our earthly vessels. This is the requirement.

  4. Pingback: Lord, Double My Anointing « Paulette's Blog

  5. Without the anointing, our gifts and talents, and ministries do not affect change in the lives of others. It is the anointing, the Spirit of the living God, that makes the difference in our lives, and destroys every yoke of bondage! Lord, please anoint me with fresh oil today! I provided a link back to this post, from a post I titled, Lord, “Double My Anointing.”

    Thank you Pastor J. This is one of my favorite topics! Looking forward to the next addition!

    Paulette

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