Understanding the Anointing Part 1

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath Anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”  Luke 4:18, 19 

Why try to do something in your own strength or ability when God has given you His power?  If you have the Holy Spirit abiding within you (and every believer does), then you have what it takes to accomplish whatever God calls you to do.  You just need to realize that you are anointed. 

 Many believers have thought of the anointing just in terms of the demonstration of God’s power.  They recognize the anointing because they have seen, sensed, or felt the power of God’s Spirit in a service or through someone who was ministering.  But if you ask those same people if they thought they were anointed themselves, they might look at you strangely and say, “No.”  In the Old Testament, laymen or “believers” had no anointing, so to speak.  The anointing wasn’t in or upon them because God’s Presence stayed shut up in the Holy of Holies.  

But there were some who were specially anointed to stand in certain offices, such as the priesthood and office of the king or prophet.  Anyone called in one of these offices was symbolically anointed with oil (Exodus 30:22-25; I Kings 19:16).  Usually, the oil was poured over their head so it ran down over their body, signifying that the anointing of God was upon them.  When the prophet, priest, or king were called and anointed to stand in their respective offices under the Old Covenant, the Spirit of God would come upon these individuals, enabling them to do their jobs.  But He would never come within them, as He does in the New Testament believer today. 

A good example of how this Old Testament anointing worked is shown in the call of David.  Remember that when David was chosen to be King, God sent Samuel the prophet to Jesse’s house (I Sam 16:1-13).  Jesse had seven of his sons brought to the prophet, but the Lord had not chosen any of them.  So after the last boy passed by, Samuel ask Jesse, “Do you have any more children?”  Jesse answered, “Yes, my youngest son is outside, looking after the sheep.”  So Samuel said, “Bring him in.”  And when the prophet saw David, the Spirit of God said, “That’s him.”  Then Samuel arose and anointed David. I will continue this message next week. 

Word for Today: Communicate Your Vision

What if a visitor or a Church member walks up to the people in your ministry with a CD recorder and randomly asks the people in your ministry to state the Mission or the Vision?  I wonder what their response would be. Would they halt, be confused, or make erroneous statements?  Sad to say, it has been my experience that the average person in ministry cannot articulate the Mission or the Vision of that ministry to a stranger.  Here is my question for the day:  “Have you communicated your Vision so clearly and frequently to the members of your Ministry that the average person you are leading can speak it plainly?”  Communicate your Vision often.