THERE IS AN ANOINTING FOR THAT

1John 2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

The word ‘anointing’ is one of those Bible words that is often misunderstood. People will say that someone who has a talented voice and hits those high notes is anointed. I have heard public speakers that are quite passionate and even entertaining referred to as anointed. Sometimes, people that build huge organizations or ministries are referred to as anointed. In each of these cases someone may or may not be anointed, human talent sometimes is mistaken for the anointing.

What is the anointing? It is the tangible presence of God that comes and rests upon a person for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God. The anointing came upon David to worship, write songs, and kill the giant. The anointing came upon Samson to perform feats of strength. The anointing empowered Peter to preach on the Day of Pentecost and caused Stephen’s face to shine like an angel while he was being martyred. The anointing is the supernatural enabling to do the impossible for the glory of God.

There are different kinds of anointings. There is an anointing to overcome weaknesses. Rom. 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness”.

There is an anointing for prayer. Rom.8:26 – “For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words”.

Peter said that there was an anointing to help us through times of persecution and suffering. 1Pet. 4:14 “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you”.

Isaiah even said that there was an anointing that breaks the power of the enemy. Is. 10:27 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”.

The good news for all of us, we live in a time that the anointing is available for everyone. The measure of His anointing will be in proportion to His calling and our yieldedness. He is more than sufficient for whatever you face.

Eph. 3:20 ¶ “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us

STRANGE WORKS OF GOD

Lk. 9:29-31 – And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

Obviously, we don’t have everything figured out yet. Just when we think we have it all sorted, the Lord throws us a huge curve ball. Who could have seen this coming. Casting out devils, healing the sick, even raising the dead; we kind of get that. Transfiguration? What is that anyway? Jesus and three of His disciples were praying when suddenly Jesus’s whole body began to shine with glory like Moses’ face when he came down from the mountain. Not only that, Moses and Elijah were there with Jesus out of nowhere talking about the Lord’s coming death. The disciples were still stuck on sorting out this life, they had no idea about kingdom glory.

What is the message in this passage for us today? It seems like church services today have become shorter and shorter and the emphasis on the kingdom of heaven has gotten less and less. We hear about finances and goals and family and success but not so much about glory and rarely a word about kingdom come. Jesus being transfigured sort of changed the conversation that day. What is transfigured anyway? Transfigured comes from the word metamorphosis. It is describing a total change from one being into another. It’s kind of like a butterfly coming from a caterpillar, it just doesn’t get much stranger than that. The Lord wants to bring a transformation into our lives. Paul used this word and idea in 2 Cor.3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit”. In this passage Paul actually says that there is a metamorphosis in our lives as we are transformed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

So there it is, it is that anointing thing again. Maybe the anointing seems strange and insignificant to some but there is no way for us to be transformed or transfigured without this strange work of God. Maybe its time for us to be still in our services and allow this strange, transforming work of the Spirit to come into our services. This is the only place our disintegrating culture can be restored.

I NEED THE ANOINTING

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.

ANOINT ME WITH OIL

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PSA. 23:5 ¶ You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.
David knew the importance of the anointing. Ever since that day when Samuel visited his family and anointed David with oil, the anointing had become a huge part of David’s life. He saw the importance of the anointing when facing the lion and the bear, fighting the giant, running from King Saul, fighting the Philistines, writing the songs of the Lord, and reigning as the King of Israel. It was the supernatural enabling that kept and empowered David all of his life.

Today, that anointing is available for all of us. Whether we are facing temptation, challenges in our work or ministry, the anointing of the Lord will equip us for whatever we face. Charles Spurgeon shares about the importance of anointing with fresh oil everyday.

“Thou anointest my head with oil. May we live in the daily enjoyment of this blessing, receiving a fresh anointing for every day’s duties. Every Christian is a priest, but he cannot execute the priestly office without unction, and hence we must go day by day to God the Holy Ghost, that we may have our heads anointed with oil. A priest without oil misses the chief qualification for his office, and the Christian priest lacks his chief fitness for service when he is devoid of new grace from on high.”

I love what Spurgeon said, “every Christian is a priest”. This was a cardinal doctrine of the Protestant Reformation, the priesthood of every believer. The anointing with the oil of the Spirit is critical for the ministry of the priest. Think about it, David instituted 24 hour worship and ministry to the Lord in his tabernacle. Ministry to the Lord is the first duty of the priest. The priests needed God’s empowering and intoxicating anointing to minister on a daily basis. Stepping into His daily anointing equips us for our ministry of worship to the Lord. Secondly, the priest has a ministry to the hurting people all around us. It is the anointing that puts the compassion in our heart for those around us. This compassion spills over in pouring out the love of God to the suffering people we see everyday. Just like David saw the importance of the anointing to face his daily challenges, we too need His help everyday.

TAUGHT BY THE ANOINTING

1John 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

Jesus taught His disciples about the role the Holy Spirit would perform after He was gone. One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit that Jesus emphasized was on teaching us. This is how Jesus explained the Spirit’s role in John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you”. The Holy Spirit is upon us and in us after we are born again. As we nurture a relationship with Him by studying His word, praying, and spending time in worship we begin to experience this benefit of the anointing of the Spirit; He leads us into all truth. In this verse the word anointed is referring to the anointing or presence of the Holy Spirit. Here is how Wuest explains this blessing.

“The word “anointed” is chrisma. The word refers to that with which the anointing is performed, the unguent or ointment. Here it refers to the Holy Spirit with whom the believer is anointed. The two words meaning “to anoint” in the New Testament, aleiphō and chriō, refer to the act of applying something to something else for a certain purpose. Aleiphō was used, for instance, in the papyri of the act of greasing the yoke-band of an ox, namely, the act of applying grease to the yoke-band so that it would not irritate the sleek hide of the ox. Chriō was used of the application of a lotion to a sick horse. Thus, the anointing with the Holy Spirit refers to the act of God the Father (applying to the believing sinner) sending the Spirit in answer to the prayer of God the Son to take up His permanent residence in the believer.”
When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives He becomes our teacher. He teaches us as we study the written word, He speaks to us by His inner voice in our spirit, and He also confirms God’s word to our hearts as we are taught by His anointed ministers of the gospel. So whether we are reading our Bible or sitting under godly instruction, the Spirit’s work is still essential. He opens up our understanding and presents Christ to us. John 15:26 ¶ “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me”. That’s what He does, He always points us to Christ.

RECEIVING THE ANOINTING

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How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head. Psalm 133:1–2

Understanding and walking in the anointing is critical if you are to experience and live in the supernatural. In the church world today the anointing is often replaced with structure, style, and human talent. What you get is what Paul called a ministry which has the form of godliness without the power of God. If you want to experience the anointing in and through your life there are two things that are critical. First, your life has to be centered on Jesus the Son of God and honor His place at the right hand of God. Peter said that what they experienced on the day of Pentecost was a result of Jesus “Being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing”. What they were seeing and hearing was the result of the outpouring of the anointing. The second critical ingredient is to be connected closely with the local church. It is in flowing in unity with His church that the anointing flows freely. Watchman Née describes this in his comments on today’s verse.

“Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents, sung three times a year by those going up to worship at Jerusalem. There were all kinds of people on that road, but they had one thing in common:

“they were all heading for Zion, the abode of God. These men in their great variety were all brothers in unity. How? The illustration explains. It is like the oil.

There is one “holy anointing oil”: the Spirit of God Himself. And the flow of oil is down (133:2) not up! In other words, His anointing is not directly on the members but upon Christ the Head. The Spirit finds rest and satisfaction in Christ and nowhere else. Hold fast the Head, obey Him in all things, and you will be found walking in step with all who do the same. Rules may be good in society, but the body of Christ has one law: the law of the Spirit of life. Only disregard the anointing Spirit, and all is unease; obey Him, and peace fills your heart.”
Nee brings out both aspects of receiving the anointing in his comments. Our eyes have to be on the glorified Son of God. We also have to be closely connected to His church. The oil flows from the head and down upon the body of Christ.

THERE IS AN ANOINTING FOR THAT

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1John 2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

The word ‘anointing’ is one of those Bible words that is often misunderstood. People will say that someone who has a talented voice and hits those high notes is anointed. I have heard public speakers that are quite passionate and even entertaining referred to as anointed. Sometimes, people that build huge organizations or ministries are referred to as anointed. In each of these cases someone may or may not be anointed, human talent sometimes is mistaken for the anointing.

What is the anointing? It is the tangible presence of God that comes and rests upon a person for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God. The anointing came upon David to worship, write songs, and kill the giant. The anointing came upon Samson to perform feats of strength. The anointing empowered Peter to preach on the Day of Pentecost and caused Stephen’s face to shine like an angel while he was being martyred. The anointing is the supernatural enabling to do the impossible for the glory of God.

There are different kinds of anointings. There is an anointing to overcome weaknesses. Rom. 8:26 ¶ “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness”.

There is an anointing for prayer. Rom.8:26 – “For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words”.

Peter said that there was an anointing to help us through times of persecution and suffering. 1Pet. 4:14 “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you”.

Isaiah even said that there was an anointing that breaks the power of the enemy. Is. 10:27 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”.

The good news for all of us, we live in a time that the anointing is available for everyone. The measure of His anointing will be in proportion to His calling and our yieldedness. He is more than sufficient for whatever you face.

Eph. 3:20 ¶ “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”

WARRIORS, WORSHIPPERS, AND KINGS

Psa. 23:5 ¶  You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

“Do you have any other sons?” The words of the Prophet Samuel to Jesse after he had checked out all the other sons. “The youngest is out in the fields with the sheep”, Jesse responded.

“Go get him!”, Samuel boomed.

When David walked through the door Samuel knew this was the one. In a moment he took out the oil and poured it over David’s head. The rest is history, The Bible says, “The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David”. David would never be the same, his head had been anointed with oil.

Have you had your head anointed with oil? If you have, you would surely know. This oil of the Spirit is life changing. It turned David into a warrior, a worshipper, and a king. What has the anointing turned you into. This is where the work of the Lord begins in you. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this heavenly anointing oil.

“Thou anointest my head with oil.” May we live in the daily enjoyment of this blessing, receiving a fresh anointing for every day’s duties. Every Christian is a priest, but he cannot execute the priestly office without unction, and hence we must go day by day to God the Holy Ghost, that we may have our heads anointed with oil. A priest without oil misses the chief qualification for his office, and the Christian priest lacks his chief fitness for service when he is devoid of new grace from on high. “My cup runneth over.” He had not only enough, a cup full, but more than enough, a cup which overflowed. A poor man may say this as well as those in higher circumstances. “What, all this, and Jesus Christ too?” said a poor cottager as she broke a piece of bread and filled a glass with cold water. Whereas a man may be ever so wealthy, but if he be discontented his cup cannot run over; it is cracked and leaks. Content is the philosopher’s stone which turns all it touches into gold; happy is he who has found it. Content is more than a kingdom, it is another word for happiness.”

The Lord is still anointing warriors, worshippers, and kings; which one are you. Are you a warrior, advancing God’s kingdom on earth? Or maybe you are a worshipper, ushering His people into His glory. Or possibly you are a king, reining in life with Jesus our Lord.

HE ANOINTS MY HEAD WITH OIL

Psa. 23:5 ¶ You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.
David was a man of the Spirit. His whole life and ministry where an outflow of the anointing that was on his life. From the lion and the bear, to the Philistine giant, the jealous king, the rebellious son, and the Philistine armies; David was able to rise above and conquer every foe. He understood exactly what he meant when he penned the words, “You anoint my head with oil”. Today’s church has majored on programs, ministries, and principles with little or no mention of the anointing. The anointing is the weapon of our warfare to do damage to the kingdoms of the world and to establish the kingdom of God. Martin Luther spoke of the intoxicating effect of the anointing of the Spirit and the powerful effect it has on our world. Check out Luther’s thoughts on the anointing of the Spirit.
“The Holy Spirit makes them not only courageous and bold, but also so secure and happy that they get drunk with a great and boundless joy. David is thus speaking here of spiritual power, joy, and intoxication-the power of God; and a joy in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul calls it; and a blessed intoxication, in which the people are filled not with wine, for that is debauchery, but with the Holy Spirit. And this is the armor and the weapons with which our Lord God equips His believers against the devil and the world; that is, He puts the Word into their mouths and puts courage, that is, the Holy Spirit, into their hearts. Unafraid and cheerful, they attack all their enemies with that equipment. They smite and conquer them despite all their power, wisdom, and holiness. Such warriors were the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. They stood up in Jerusalem against the command of the emperor and the high priest and acted as though they were veritable gods and all the others mere locusts, and they pressed forward with all strength and joy, as though they were intoxicated, as some actually mocked them and said they were filled with new wine. But St. Peter showed from the prophet Joel that they were not filled with wine but with the Holy Spirit. Afterward he flays about with his sword; that is, he opens his mouth and preaches, and with one stroke he rescues three thousand souls from the devil.”
The one thing that can change the world is the one thing that has been ignored and even despised in church. We must have the anointing  if we expect to change our world. The Lord has given Victory Fellowship a sharp sword to use in our battle in New Orleans. That sword is a production called Beyond the Grave. What is the source of the impact it has enjoyed? It is the outflow of Holy Spirit intoxication from the years of saturation at our church. Oh Lord, anoint our heads with fresh oil!!!

A SIGN SPOKEN AGAINST

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Luke 2:26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Simeon knew first hand about persecution that comes in response to the anointing. According to Matthew Henry, Simeon had been an important religious leader in Israel. Supposedly, Simeon’s dad was Hillel, the founder of the Sanhedrin. Simeon had somehow received a prophetic anointing of the Spirit and had changed his thoughts about the role of the coming Messiah. Rather than a political leader, Simeon began to talk about the Messiah as a suffering servant, not exactly what the religious leaders with political aspirations had in mind. It is said that Simeon was removed from his position because of this anointing upon his life. Simeon knew first hand about the power and the price of the anointing. Here is Simeon’s prophesy about Christ and comments made about it from Arthur Wallis.

“‘Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising up of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against . . . that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.’

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“Thus spoke the aged Simeon as he held the long-promised Savior in his arms. Thirty years elapsed, and then the prophecy was fulfilled as Christ stood in manhood in the synagogue at Nazareth with the roll of the book in His hand. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” He read, “because he anointed me to preach good tidings . . .” (Luke 4:18). Then He began to preach, applying the Word in the power of the Spirit to the consciences of His hearers. Soon their wonder gave place to wrath, and they “cast him forth out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill . . . that they might throw him down headlong” (4:29). Thus, from the time that He commenced to preach and work in the power of the Spirit, He became “a sign which is spoken against . . that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”

As much as the world changes, nothing ever really changes. Just as Simeon experienced persecution because of the anointing, so did the Lord Himself. From the first day He announced “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…”, He was a marked man. Today is no different. Revival always brings a response, usually it starts with the religious crowd. The anointing is not the way to win friends and influence people, it is the way to change the world.