Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Seven Wonders of the Anointing

Seven Wonders of the Anointing
Seven Wonders of the Anointing
Are you wonder-struck at Christ, the Anointed One, living on the inside of you? Multitudes have been amazed at who he is and what he does. The people who believe in Jesus will be amazed and marvel at him (2 Thessalonians 1:10). The anointing is available to all, but it passes over the wise and strong who labor for it and exalts the meek and lowly who marvel at it. Like an adventurous child searches a secret garden, those with childlike faith and a sense of wonder will be captivated by the anointing within them. A sense of wonder is good ground for growing wisdom.

The anointing is the life of God flowing through believers. At the core of each believer is the mystery of the Spirit’s anointing which expresses the depths of the Father and his love for his children. The glorious riches of this mystery is the indwelling of the Anointed in you (Colossians 1:27 VOICE)! As believers understand the mystery of the anointing, they know more about themselves and how to live the abundant life Jesus came to give them. This study examines how to increase the influence of the Spirit’s anointing within believers.

Introducing the Anointing

The Spirit’s anointing is given for ministry to the people. It abides on God’s word and flows like a river out from his throne. The anointing is God’s power energized or activated in believers. The inward witness of the anointing confirms the truth. Without the anointing, God’s people would doubt the truth but believe lies. Speaking the anointed word destroys the works of the devil and sets people free.

The best way to understand the anointing is to consider the anointing on the Son of God. He was born of the Spirit (Luke 1:35). Men knew him as Jesus, but the Father revealed him as the Christ, the Anointed One (Matthew 16:16-17). Even though he was born the Son of God, he did not teach God’s kingdom, heal the sick or perform miracles until he was anointed by the Spirit. After Jesus was baptized in water, the Spirit descended upon him, anointing him with the power of God. At that time, he was immersed in the Spirit and filled with the Spirit (Luke 4:1). Anointed with the Spirit, Jesus was empowered to proclaim profound truths and perform mighty deeds. The Spirit anointed Jesus to proclaim the good news and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18-19).

When people receive Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes with power to abide within them. Then when they are filled with the Holy Spirit, God's power is magnified in them. The anointing carries the secrets of God and operates in the supernatural realm. The anointing is here to lead and guide believers to the heart of God. The Spirit’s anointing is being poured out everywhere. God is offering his Spirit to everyone (Acts 2:17). Receive the anointing and follow it to glorify God.

Wonders of the Anointing

The anointing is manifest in several wondrous ways. It is poured out to cover, protect and empower believers. It takes away all burdens. Seven of the most important reasons to be anointed with the Spirit are examined below.

1. Awareness of Mysteries

Knowledge and wisdom spring forth out of reverential fear and awe. Worshiping the Lord and regarding him as truly awesome is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7 AMP). Those who marvel at the Lord and his wisdom have a heart to receive his guidance which comes through the anointing.

The anointing brings an awareness of things hidden from natural senses. It’s by the anointing that believers know the will of God. The anointing abides in willing vessels to bring forth the truth. You have an anointing in you that teaches you the truth (1 John 2:20 and 27). Only when we obey God can we know that we know him. (1 John 2:3).

It was by the anointing that Jesus knew what people were thinking in their hearts (Matthew 22:18, Mark 2:8 and Luke 9:46-48). Also, his disciples knew what people were thinking. Peter knew Satan filled the heart of Ananias with lies (Acts 5:3). Paul knew when a cripple had faith to be healed (Acts 14:9-10). Today, believers can know by the anointing what people are thinking and what they are going to do.

The biggest spiritual deception occurs as people think they are following the voice of God but truly they are following man. Only by the anointing can people know they are following God. This is called discernment. In making decisions, the most important thing for believers to consider is the anointing within. By the anointing, they can know whether to move forward with an idea, move cautiously or stop. The anointing is critical in making decisions like choosing a spouse, planning a career and fulfilling destiny.

Professionally, I made many decisions related to hiring people, and it was important to hire the best person for each position. I gathered the best information available and sought advice from others, but I relied heavily on the anointing within to make these decisions. Some of my hiring decisions were not popular with others, but the decisions based on the anointing were always best.

2. Strength to Stand

Those who have the strength to stand are filled with his joy. They have been in God’s presence and have received his anointing. They are in awe of his wonderful deeds. They know assuredly that the greater one lives inside of them.

Those who stand in awe of the Lord can rejoice in adversity, knowing the Greater One lives inside them. Believers have defeated their enemies, because God’s Spirit within them is greater than those who are in the world (1 John 4:4). Those who are filled with awe at the wonders of God will break forth in songs of joy (Psalm 65:8). Joy gives believers strength to stand.

Believers are anointed with the supernatural force of joy within and rejoice because of that joy. It is a mighty force. Whatever makes believers truly joyful becomes their passion or motivating force and causes them to fulfill their destiny. When believers have no joy in what they are doing, they are not fulfilling purpose. Those who are led by the Spirit will always come to rest in a place of joy. Joy is a kingdom fruit which comes from fulfilling purpose.

Like kings were anointed at their coronation, Jesus was anointed with joy. “Your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else” (Hebrews 1:9 NLT). His anointing of joy produced a sweet fragrance which attracted people to him. It is called the fragrance of the Anointed One (2 Corinthians 2:15). The anointing brings joy and the strength of the Lord. “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Joy enabled Jesus to endure great suffering on the cross. Just as Jesus was anointed with joy, he anoints believers with his joy. Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have” (John 15:11 EXB).

Joy is a sign of victory. Believers can rejoice in the midst of trouble knowing they have the victory in Jesus. Paul overflowed with joy in all his great afflictions (2 Corinthians 7:4). As long as believers do not lose their joy, they are stronger than any enemy. When the enemy attacks my body with sickness or pain, I laugh to remind him he is defeated.

3. Power to Move

Jesus was resurrected from the dead by the power of God, and he gave this same resurrection power to believers through the Holy Spirit. We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV). This is the power to boldly act and overcome.

Believers can be empowered with supernatural authority and power. When empowered, they become a transformer of God’s power, releasing supernatural power into the natural realm.

Supernatural power equips believers to do the work of the kingdom. The disciples did not advance the kingdom until they were given power from heaven (Luke 24:49). “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). The Spirit is a storehouse of great power. As he abides in believers, they have this power in their spirit. He empowers believers to move into the supernatural realm and do exploits. This power is released by faith to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. Speaking the word of God and praying can cause an explosion of power.

4. Service to Others

True service comes out of a sense of wonder. When you marvel at who God really is, you humble yourself to serve him and are able to serve others. “Let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).

The anointing buries the flesh, preparing believers for service. A woman took an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume and anointed Jesus for burial while he was still alive as a testimony for all believers (John 12:1-7). The fleshly nature contains such things as pride, anger and unforgiveness. Nothing good dwells in the flesh (Romans 7:18). Our old sinful life died with Christ on the cross so that we would not be slaves to sin (Romans 6:6). “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24). Even though the flesh has been crucified, it sometimes reappears. For example, when believers are angry or fearful, they let the flesh rise up and control the situation. The anointing will bury the flesh forever.

5. Healing and Deliverance

Believers have access to a powerful healing anointing which flows like a river from the throne of God to bring healing wherever it goes. Fearing the Lord with reverent awe and obedience will heal your body (Proverbs 3:7-8). “Where the river flows everything will live” (Ezekiel 47:9 NIV). That river is the anointing in believers. The Holy Spirit can flow like a mighty river through the hearts of believers (John 7:37). The healing river flows out of the heart of believers and touches those who are hurting, sick and helpless. The anointing heals the sick and sets the captives free.

The anointing can be stored and then released when needed. A dead man was brought to life by being put into the same grave of Elisha. Stored up in Elisha’s bones was anointing still strong enough to raise the dead (2 Kings 13:20-21). When anointed handkerchiefs were laid on sick people, the diseases left and the evil spirits departed (Acts 19:11-12). In our ministry, we have seen people in many nations healed and delivered through the use of anointed handkerchiefs. Cancer and brain tumors have disappeared. Other diseases have been burned up.

6. Establishing the Kingdom

It’s easy for people to connect with a local congregation which has pastors, staff members, programs and buildings. Many think that’s all there is to serving God. Natural people can naturally marvel at outstanding preaching, programs and buildings, but these things do not compare with the kingdom. People can marvel at natural things and still miss the wonders of the kingdom. The kingdom of God is much bigger than any and all local congregations. It is invisible and eternal and supersedes all other kingdoms. A person has to be in awe of God to see the invisible, eternal kingdom. You will not go further in the kingdom then your sense of wonder will carry you.

The anointing establishes the kingdom of God in the lives of believers. The kingdom opens up a world of wonders (Matthew 6:33). It takes the power of God to establish believers in the kingdom of God (Romans 16:25). The anointing helps believers know who they are and where they are going. A person needs to understand these things in order to be established in the kingdom. Those who are established in the kingdom live according to kingdom principles such as sowing and reaping rather than focusing on material possessions and worldly pleasures.

The anointing makes the kingdom unshakable in the lives of believers. As believers truly experience the kingdom, these experiences cannot be taken from them. While employed in one position, Sherry had seven co-workers who were trained and determined to attack her faith at every level. They were not able to shake her faith, because she had truly experienced salvation and entered God’s kingdom.

7. Reproducing Life

There is no greater wonder than the wonder of life itself. The breath of God imparted life into the first man, and the breath of Jesus imparted new life into the disciples. The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45 NIV). Life is supernatural. The Spirit is the one who gives life (John 6:63).

The Lord walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening. He commanded them to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). He revealed himself to them so they might reproduce him. Instead, Adam and Eve ate fruit of the forbidden tree and reproduced themselves. A natural man reproduces himself; a religious man reproduces religion; but anointing reproduces anointing. The anointing brought life to Jesus and raised him from the dead. The anointing is given for believers to reproduce spiritual life in the image of the Father.

Bringing forth life is part of the reproduction anointing. Believers are anointed to propagate the anointing. Propagate means to be fruitful and to multiply. Believers propagate the anointing by leading people to Jesus, instructing them on the anointing and laying hands on them to be filled with the Spirit. This approach gives clarification to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The anointing is at the heart of making disciples and teaching them to obey the King. Only anointed disciples are equipped to obey the King.

Increasing the Anointing

There is a cost to the anointing. As shown in the parable of the ten virgins, there is a price to be paid for the precious oil (Matthew 25:1-9). Oil in the parable symbolizes the anointing. The virgins who wanted more oil to fuel their light were instructed to go where oil was bought and sold and pay the price for the oil. The sense of wonder is the currency with which the anointing is exchanged. Those who marvel at the anointing can receive it from others who also marvel at the anointing. Go where there is wonder and awe. Go where people know that performance is not comparable to the anointing. For more anointing, believers pay the price of sacrificing their will to do the Father’s will. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). The anointing costs everything.

The greatest sacrifice for the anointing is shown in the life of Jesus. As the second person in the godhead, Jesus has always been God. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God” (John 1:1). Throughout eternity, he was filled with glory and majesty, but he gave all of it up to take on flesh and become a sacrificial lamb for all mankind. What a great price he paid. The Father anointed him with the Holy Spirit and power.

Personal relationships with the Father, his Son and his Spirit are critical for receiving more anointing. These three members of the godhead have unique roles concerning the anointing. The Father anoints believers with his Spirit. The Son is the Christ, the Anointed One, within believers. Christ in you is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Since each member of the godhead has a unique role in the anointing, believers who try to limit any member of the godhead are just limiting the anointing in their own lives.

The anointing is on the word of God, so believers become more anointed by hearing the anointed word and studying the word themselves. When they are filled with the word, they can draw on the anointed word within for every situation.

The anointing on a believer’s life can be increased by developing strong relationships with anointed believers. “He who walks with wise men will be wise” (Proverbs 13:20). Believers can draw from the anointing of others. Anointed believers can impart the anointing to others. Pursuing the relationships ordained of God can have a great impact on the anointing in a believer’s life.

Implications for Spiritual Leaders

Be wonder-struck at the Anointed One within and instill a sense of wonder in others. Those with the anointing and a sense of wonder know that the anointing is not theirs to keep. Be a change agent for the anointing with a willingness to pass it along to others. Even those who may not appear to be prepared to receive the anointing from you may need it to help change their lives. Receive the anointing and be quick to give it away.

Preaching without the anointing keeps God’s people bound in carnality. The anointing must be in the leadership for it cannot be in buildings and programs. Buildings and programs can result from advancing the kingdom, but they can also result from natural efforts. It takes the anointing in the leaders to mature believers and advance the kingdom. As believers see the anointing in leaders, they will desire to receive it themselves. Show people the effects of the anointing and they will want more of it.

There is a big difference between intellectual messages aimed at the mind or soul and anointed messages which affect the heart. Intellectual messages have no lasting effects. However, anointed messages call for a response and have lasting effects. Touch the hearts of the people, rather than their intellects and emotions. Pay the price for more anointing and reproduce the anointing in others.

Personal Story

When Sherry and I were filled with the Spirit, we knew we had to go where people believed in the works of the Spirit. Some people advised us to go to Bible school or seminary, but the anointing within led us to a small, rural fellowship 40 miles from our home. The pastor of the fellowship was a gifted teacher who operated in all the gifts of the Spirit. His ministry was widely known for healing and miracles. People would come there from nearby and far away, seeking to be healed. Many would stay only until they were healed, but some stayed and became a part of the ministry. We were actively involved in the ministry there. We learned a great deal about the word of God from his teaching and received an anointing for healing and miracles.

It cost us a lot to be built up in the word of God and to receive an anointing for healing and miracles. We traveled to the fellowship three times a week for eleven years. In total, we drove more than 100 thousand miles to be taught the word of God. Our children did their homework for school in the car on the way to services and slept in the car on the way home. The travel involved a sacrifice for all of us. We passed by a lot of fellowships which were more conveniently located than the one we were attending, but we wanted the power of God operating in our lives rather than a form of godliness.

Conclusions

A sense of wonder and wide-eyed inspiration helps believers stay sensitive to the anointing dwelling within them. While the strongest and wisest believers may miss the subtle witness of the anointing, the child and those with childlike faith have a simplicity and spontaneity which helps them quickly respond to the anointing. The anointing is a believer’s most important guide, because it’s assurance of God’s will is always available. Also, the anointing within is always available for ministry to others.

Your response to the inward witness of the anointing is important. Denying and ignoring the anointing will cause its witness within to diminish. If your response draws on a sense of wonder with thoughts of awe, marvel and amazement, you will ignite a supernatural fire within you which makes you more sensitive to the anointing. Be quick to act on the anointing, and its role in your life will become greater.

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