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
So Samuel anointed David and at that time, David was symbolically anointed and received the Holy Spirit anointing to do a specific job – to reign as King over Israel. But notice that he didn’t go out immediately and become King. You see, sometimes you may know that you have been anointed, and that God wants you to step into a certain area of ministry. But you need to wait for the proper time.
Now if you study this further in the Old Testament, you’ll read about other priests and Kings who were anointed to stand in their respective offices. As you study further in the New Testament, you will see that God is still anointing His chosen priests and kings today.
You see, Jesus has made us kings and priest unto God (Rev. 1:6; 5:10). And according to Romans 5:17, we are anointed to reign in life. How? By Jesus Christ! In other words, we receive the anointing or power of the Spirit of God to reign in life by Him! We know that Jesus had the Spirit of God because Luke 3:21-22 says that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove after He was baptized in the Jordan River.
In chapter 4 we see that Jesus returned from the Jordan, full of the Holy Ghost (v1). Then after Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, the Bible says He returned to Galilee “in the power of the Spirit” (v14). Now let’s continue reading from verse 16.
16 And He [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
18 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 the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Jesus said in v18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because HE HATH ANOINTED ME….” And, the same Holy Spirit is still anointing people today. I will have more on this message next week.
Word for Today: Something Larger
History has consistently shown that people are hungry to live their lives for something larger than themselves. In fact, the need for a higher purpose is so basic to the Human soul, the Bible says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” Numerous studies have shown that people will work harder, longer and better when they understand the significance of their individual contribution to Something Larger.