What is the anointing? The anointing is the presence of God by the Holy Spirit. Learn how to reign in life with the presence of God.
The Anointing – Living in the Presence of God
During the children of Israel’s journey through the wilderness, God provided “a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way and by night a pillar of fire to give them light.” The cloud visibly represented God’s presence.
However, the children of Israel complained and became complacent and indifferent to God’s presence. We can become indifferent and complacent when it comes to the presence of God. Is that your experience?
I’m going to share with you how vital God’s presence, the anointing of God, is in living a victorious Christian life. To begin with we must have an understanding of what the anointing is.
What is the anointing?
- Firstly, the anointing is the presence of God by the Holy Spirit.
The basic meaning of the Bible word “anoint” is “to pour on, smear all over or rub into.”
It is like the smearing or rubbing on of perfume which permeated your whole natural being.
The Holy Spirit is a person; his personality and character are expressed in and through you as you go about your day.
Listen to 2 Corinthians 2:14 in the Amplified Bible. It says, “Thanks be to God, Who in Christ (the anointed One) always leads us in triumph (as trophies of Christ’s victory) and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere.”
Therefore, the anointing is the expression of God’s character, his love, in and through us.
You can’t generate the true expression God’s love without the anointing. It is supernatural.
Charles Finney is known to have said, “Without any expectation, the Holy Spirit descended on me in a manner that seemed to go through my body and soul. I could feel the impression like a wave of electricity going through and through me. Indeed, it seemed to come in waves of liquid love – I couldn’t express it in any other way. It seemed to be the very breath of God. ”
- Secondly, the anointing, as described in the Bible, can be defined as “God on flesh doing those things that flesh cannot do.”
The anointing is God’s power given to you to get results in your life – it guarantees victory because it allows you to operate supernaturally and bring transformation in your life.
Romans 5:17 shares with us God’s promise to all of his children! It says, “Those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness WILL REIGN IN LIFE through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Bill Johnson defines grace as working from God’s favour with the presence and power of God being outworked in our lives.
Many work to gain favour with God rather than working from favour. It is very liberating when you understand that you do not have to earn God’s acceptance and love.
A vision was shared with me recently showing Jesus standing next to a beautiful red car. He was watching Christians work tirelessly, day after day and week after week polishing the car. They were making so much noise chatting and rubbing the car that they couldn’t hear Jesus repeatedly say, “If you would only allow me into the driver’s seat, we can go for a ride and have so much fun together.” Consequently the car went nowhere. Jesus stood by watching with compassion as tired Christians fell exhausted and crawled away unnoticed and confused, while others stepped in to take their place.
As we see we can be so busy working to attain by self-effort, doing what we think God wants, instead of obtaining God’s power that is available to us and letting Him work through us!
- Thirdly, the anointing comes when God impregnates your natural being with his supernatural power in order to perform supernatural acts – performing miracles – doing only what God can do.
As we saw in Romans 5:17, “Those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness WILL REIGN IN LIFE through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Jesus told us how to pray in Matthew 6:10. He said, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The word “say” can be translated “declare”.
In God’s Presence, (in the Kingdom of Heaven environment), light dispels darkness so that the superior reality of the Kingdom of Heaven displaces the inferior kingdom of this world.
The Kingdom of God and God’s presence are synonymous! We carry within and around us God’s presence.
As Luke 17:21 in the Amplified says, “Behold the kingdom of God is within you (in your hearts) and among you (around you).”
Picture a bubble around you which represents God’s Kingdom – His presence! Whatever comes your way that is not allowed in Heaven, whether it is sickness or some fear, you can tell it to leave because it is not part of God’s Kingdom that reigns within and around you!
Be assured that when people come into contact with the anointing – with the very presence of God, lives are changed, people are healed and demons flee.
- Fourthly, the anointing of the Holy Spirit brings revelation.
Without the anointing, there is no revelation.
1 Corinthians 2:4 says, “My messages were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the (Holy) Spirit and power of God, operating on me.”
Verse 7, “What we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden (from the human understanding) and now revealed to us by God – (that wisdom) which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification (to lift us up into the glory of His presence).”
When we are caught in a religious mode, the Word doesn’t bring revelation, it just brings religion.
Revelation by the Holy Spirit brings you from where you are at, to where you need to be – into the very presence of God.
Revelation reveals something from God that will lead us to a higher level. If it doesn’t do that then it only produces religion in people. We will then follow rules and regulations rather than revelation.
The Bible says, “God is light!” He is the One who brings revelation.
The anointing takes you from information to impartation.
So before reading or studying God’s Word, pray something like this: “Dear Heavenly Father, your Word tells me to pray, ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven’. Lord, it is Your will in Heaven that I receive, revelation knowledge of Your Word and not just head knowledge, therefore I forbid the powers of darkness from preventing me from receiving revelation. In Jesus’ Name I ask it. Amen.”
How do we get the anointing?
Every child of God has God’s presence continually dwelling within. As Colossians 1:27 says, “God decided to let all people know his rich and glorious secret which he has for all people. The secret is Christ himself, who is in you.”
Think of it, no longer do we have a cloud to guide us, but we have the very presence of God almighty within.
If every child of God really believed that, what a difference it would make!
Unfortunately many take the presence of God for granted, and through unbelief, stand aloof from his presence just like the children of Israel did.
The point is, Christ the anointed One, can be in you but not all of you be in Christ.
Let me explain:
The Bible says, in 1 Corinthians chapter 3:16, that our bodies are the temple or home of the Holy Spirit, the very presence of God.
Some give Christ minimum access, like inviting him into the hallway of their home, others invite the Holy Spirit into selected rooms, but the Holy Spirit wants unchallenged access into every area of our lives.
The Bible tells us that the anointing comes with hunger
One of the most challenging parts of a Christian’s life is to be full and hungry at the same time. Hunger is a sign of spiritual health just as it is a sign of natural health.
There’s always a concern when a parent sees a child who has lost their appetite – when they are no longer hungry.
In the natural you get hungry by not eating – in the Kingdom you get hungry by eating.
Hunger is a motivating factor that causes us to move out of ourselves to something greater.
IF I don’t maintain hunger, I will live off the interest of yesterday’s investment.
Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.”
Spiritual hunger is the evidence of humility, for hunger says, “I am in need.”
Hunger is a place of humility that keeps us in a place of dependency.
Listen to 1 John 2:27 in the Amplified Bible, “The anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides (permanently) in you; … so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him (being rooted in Him, knit to Him)’, just as (His anointing) has taught you (to do).”
Jesus was totally dependent on his Father. He said he only did what his Father told him to. To flow in the anointing as Jesus did, we too must be totally dependent on our Heavenly Father and only do what he tells us to.
Salvation is free, but the anointing will cost you! It will cost you in total surrender!
Our primary mission in moving in the anointing is:
1) To experience God’s expressed love – intimacy (Great Commandment; Matt 22:37-40)
2) To give God’s love away to others – fruitfulness (Great Commission; Matt 28:19,20)
The anointing gives us the resources to do what we are called to do.
In Luke 4:18-19, we read that the anointing was upon Jesus to:
- Preach the gospel to the poor
- Proclaim release for the captives
- Recovering of sight to the blind
- Set at liberty them that are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed and broken down by calamity)
- Proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord (the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound).”
Jesus said in John 20:21, “As the Father sent Me forth, so I am sending you.” We have the same anointing.
Jesus had the burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of Almighty God and we have too!
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