I will put my spirit within you—Ezekiel 36:27
I recently watched the movie Sampson. The movie was entertaining but did take some liberties with the scripture text. The one thing that the movie really brought out was the importance of the anointing. Sampson was obviously indecisive and a very flawed human (aren’t we all) but was turned into another man when the anointing came upon him. Seeing the incredible exploits of Sampson made me think about the role of the anointing throughout the scriptures. Men of God were just men until the Spirit of God came upon them. Think about it, what would have become of David without the anointing? There would have been no Psalms and he never would have gotten past the giant Goliath. And of course there was Peter. Peter turned from a coward into a lion of God preaching like he was from another world on the day of Pentecost. Then there was Phillip translated by the Spirit, Steven being martyred while under the anointing, John in the Spirit writing the book of Revelation, and Paul’s writings inspired by the Holy Spirit. How much more do we need the anointing today? We need him in our day to day activities. Here is how A.B. Simpson describes it.
“Would you not find that a blessed rest when you are worn out from struggling in your own strength? Do you not feel the need of an invincible man to conquer the strong man of self and sin? Do you want a leader? Do you want God Himself to be with you, to be within you? Do you want rest? Are you conscious of this need?
Are you weary of this sense of being beaten back, of longing, wanting but not accomplishing? That is what He comes to do. Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you (Acts 1:8). Better than that, “Ye shall receive the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon you…. You shall not receive power yourself, so that people will say, “How much power that man has!” You shall not have any power whatever, but you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you.”
The anointing is available to all of us today. We desperately need His power in this wacky age that we live in, trying to live in our own strength will never be enough.