Why is it that when one preacher preaches, there is great spiritual impact, with lives surrendered to Christ, healings and deliverance from evil control , while nothing happens when another preacher who is well versed in the Bible, preaches from the Word with good preaching techniques and information, but with no power? Over the years I have discovered the difference must be the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the life of the speaker as well as on the Word that is preached, for the preacher cannot give what he does not have. A lecture delivering Biblical information from the pulpit is different in spiritual impact, from a message that comes from a heart of compassion and love and a changed life which only a Spirit filled person can testify of.
Anointing, as described in the Bible, has sometimes been defined as “God on flesh doing those things that flesh cannot do.” It is God doing those things only He can do, and doing them through a flesh-and-blood, earthly vessel. II Corinthians 4:7 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
In the Old Testament, anointing with oil was used in consecrating a person to the service of God, and was considered as symbolic of the gifts and grace of the Holy Spirit.
In the NT, in John 3:3434 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[a] gives the Spirit without limit, God gave Jesus the Spirit without measure. He was anointed, or set apart, by God to carry out what He came to earth to do which is why, in Luke 4:18,18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, when Jesus quoted from Isaiah 61:1-2, He said He was “anointed” to do certain things.
The basic meaning of the Bible word “anoint” is “to pour on, smear all over or rub into.” In the Old Testament Saul, and later David, was anointed with oil by the prophet Samuel when God revealed He had chosen him to be king of Israel. When King Saul rebelled against God and tried to kill David, David refused to harm him because Saul was “the Lord’s anointed” (I Samuel 24:6).
To be anointed by God is not only to be picked, but also to be empowered by Him for the task or position to which He has called you.
The anointing is God’s presence by the Holy Spirit. The anointing on Jesus was by the Holy Spirit (see Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38). The anointing we have received from Jesus is by the Holy Spirit. (Compare I John 2:20, 26-27; John 14:26.) The anointing is God’s Spirit and power for service in this earth. Jesus has provided the same presence of the Holy Spirit for us in our earthly ministries that He had in His earthly ministry! The word “Christ” is not just another name for Jesus, but a reference to the Anointed and the Anointing that was on Him and in Him. In the same way, the word “Christians” means more than just followers of Jesus. It means “the anointeds.” The same yoke-destroying Anointing that was on Jesus is available to us.
1 John 2:27 ESV 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. Those last two words could also be translated “in it.” In other words, the phrase could either be exhorting believers to abide in the Anointed One, Jesus, or to abide in the anointing itself. Both interpretations are correct because you can’t separate the Anointed and the anointing. If you’re in the Anointed One, then you’re in the anointing.
If you’re “in Christ,” there’s an anointing for everything you’re called to do, no matter how small or how great the task. That’s what the Apostle Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ (the Anointed and His Anointing) which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). Notice that he didn’t say “who strengtheneth me” but “which strengtheneth me.” He was talking about the anointing. The same anointing that enabled you to be born again will heal your body, help you succeed in witnessing for Christ, and empower you to prosper spirit, soul, body and in every aspect of your life.
In Bible times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life (Exodus 29:7; Exodus 40:9; 2 Kings 9:6; Ecclesiastes 9:8; James 5:14). There is nothing wrong with anointing a person with oil today. We just have to make sure that the purpose of anointing is in agreement with Scripture. Anointing should not be viewed as a “magic potion.” The oil itself does not have any power. It is only God that can anoint a person for a specific purpose. If we use oil, it is only a symbol of what God is doing.
Another meaning for the word anointed is “chosen one.” The Bible says that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin (Luke 4:18-19; Acts 10:38). After Christ left the earth, He left us the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). Now all Christians are anointed, chosen for a specific purpose in furthering God’s Kingdom (1 John 2:20). “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
We know the Source of our anointing is God – 2 Corinthians 1:21 Now he that establisheth us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God.
We also know that with that anointing we are changed in character – Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Just being Christian counselor does not make a person’s counseling effective.
Just knowing the principles of the Word does not make one effective.
Just being a dynamic or charismatic counselor does not make his or her ministry effective. Education, knowledge, and experience are important, but none of these make one’s ministry effective in the kingdom. What does?
“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). The word “might” means strength, wealth, or force. The word for “power” refers to human ability. The answer is the anointing!
The prophecy concerning the coming of Jesus and the anointing which is to rest upon him is found in Isaiah 10:27 27In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat. Isaiah 11:2 gives us further insight. “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD” Here we see the seven facets of the Spirit of God:
1. The Spirit of the LORD.
2. The Spirit of wisdom.
3. The Spirit of understanding.
4. The Spirit of counsel.
5. The Spirit of might.
6. The Spirit of knowledge.
7. The Spirit of the fear of the LORD.
Isaiah later gives the purpose of the anointing of Christ: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified“ (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Does it cause you to hunger for the anointing everytime you write a blog, if we can do greater works than He did as He promised? Jesus said in John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
The apostles and the church did do greater works- by carrying the gospel to the ends of the earth. Jesus saying “greater works than these” we will do, meant a more widespread ministry. The book of Acts shows that the church carried the gospel to the ends of the earth from Jerusalem. The apostles went out to the Gentiles and people were saved in greater numbers than when Jesus was physically on earth. Jesus gave to the apostles and to us today the commission and authority to preach the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation. The “greater” in quantity is in reference to the gospel. This is what we see taking place through the book of Acts “the Acts of the Apostles.” We can bring somebody immediately into a relationship with the Lord and they can have the Holy Spirit live in them, something that the disciples could not do at the time Jesus said this. We can do greater works, as in more abundant works, because the ministry of the Spirit is not limited to one person only (Jesus), or to one country, Israel, but now is preached throughout the world empowering all believers in His Church. Have you the Holy Spirit in you to do the greater works?
There are two more sequels to this series on Your Anointing.
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