The Anointing

The moment we became believers in Christ, we received the Holy Spirit. The anointing of God rests on our lives. “Although often symbolized this way, the Holy Spirit is not a ghost or a dove or a fire. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity with all the power, the strength, and all the glory,” says Priscilla Shirer, bible teacher in lesson 1 of Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David. With God’s anointing we can face everything that we’ll encounter in this life, with joy, courage, and peace.  Wow, that is wonderful – but can I really do that? No, I can’t, but God can, through the anointing of His Holy Spirit!  We can be empowered to do what we cannot do in our own power. The definition of the anointing suggested in the study is: the divine enablement to accomplish a divine task or a supernatural empowering to accomplish supernatural goals. That means – doing daily things in a supernatural way. Oh yes, I do need some of that!

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The anointing you received from Christ lives in you. You don’t need anyone to teach you something else. Instead, Christ’s anointing teaches you about everything. His anointing is true and contains no lie. So live in Christ as he taught you to do. (1 John 2:27, God’s Word translation)

God equips us to handle what we will face. Once you really think about it, understand it, and accept it, it is encouraging to know that we are not dependent merely on our own skills and abilities. As children of God, when we trust in Him, He can work supernaturally in us. With reliance on God, we can walk confidently into situations that we feel inadequate to handle! Priscilla Shirer says, “what the Lord calls, He establishes!” Because God is greater, His plans are higher. Our job in all this is to TRUST and to OBEY.  I don’t know about you, but I find myself in places where I HAVE to rely on God to be successful. This is our opportunity to show Him that we love Him, we serve Him, and we rely on Him for our very existence.

It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.  (2 Corinthians 3:5-6, NLT)

The bible teaches that we WILL come under attack, but when we do, we are to ‘resist’. That is an active, defensive stance, standing firm. We can walk in full confidence that Satan is already defeated. The Word says so. The hard part can be in the period of waiting, but we can stand firm in our faith. God will be victorious!

But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.  (Luke 12:48, NLT)

Blessing in abundance is available to us as children of God. Lord, help me to know my place in your kingdom. I trust your Holy Spirit to guide me through this life. Let my decisions and actions bring glory to Your holy name.

I hope you enjoy ‘Holy and Anointed One’ by Jake Hamilton.

 

Here is a teaching on The Anointing by one of my favorite bible teachers, Joyce Meyer.

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