The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified (Isaiah 61:1-3, New King James Version).
What Is Anointing? In Old Testament times, before the coming of Jesus and His Holy Spirit, anointing was performed by men, with oil. God gave instructions on whom to anoint with oil for Divine service, as for example, You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to Me as priests; for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations (Ex 40:15).
With the coming of the Holy Spirit, all believers can now be like Jesus, described in our main text – chosen, set apart by God for a specific service through the Holy Spirit. There is nothing inherently wrong with oil, but anointing from God should happen before the rubbing of oil, Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? (1 Sam 10:1). Obviously, the rubbing of oil is merely an outward symbol of an inward change that the Lord has done through the agency of the Holy Spirit.
Many believers are waiting for the oil before they enter into their anointing, even though you might already have a yearning in your Spirit to start serving God in one area or another. After today, you will enter into your anointing, Amen. On the contrary, some others have been rubbed with oil as part of ordination but they know that on the inside, they lack the anointing of God. This anomaly has one of 2 distinct results – they resort to anger in ministry – they want to fake it till they make it. Or else, they resort to voodoo to try and steal someone else’s anointing.
Unfortunately for them, there is no shortcut to anointing. To have the anointing, God must be with you, just like He was with Jesus during His earthly ministry, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38). The bottom line is the Presence of God is the anointing.
Who May Be Anointed By God?
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions (Hebrews 1:9 says).
God is not random, He is orderly, so he sets out the criteria clearly – once you meet those criteria, He anoints you, whether you are young or old, black or white, rich or poor, educated or not, male or female.
Do you hate evil? Do you love righteousness? Only you and God know, Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity (2 Tim 2:19).
If you hate evil and love righteousness, you are anointed – start functioning in your anointing.
If you don’t hate evil, even if you have been ordained with oil, your ordination is fake. You know what to do. From today, hate evil, love righteousness and the anointing will come
What Are A Few Of The Benefits Of Anointing?
You are number 1 among peers, (above your fellows)
You are full of joy and gladness, (oil of gladness)
Everything you do appears effortless and easy; life, ministry, business, studies etc. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed (1 Samuel 2:10). Look at Is 61:1-3 again. What on that list did Jesus not accomplish? Was He ever flustered? He did them all effortlessly – that is the value of anointing.
Anointing breaks the yoke. What is a yoke? God created work, but struggle was not part of His creation. That entered into the world with satan and the curse. Anointing breaks the curse, the yoke of struggles and hardship.
You have full body armor; Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm (1 Chronicles 16:22).
We can go on and on but we let God Himself explain the benefits of anointing with the help of His Holy Spirit.
Great as this is, there is something better – permanently dwelling in the anointing, aka The Anointed Life It is like marrying your best friend; you can now dwell with them forever. Somebody reading this today is going to enter into The anointed Life, Amen.
How Do You Enter Into An Anointed Life?
Faithfulness in service; consider Joseph in prison counselling other prisoners. Although he was in prison, he was in God’s Presence – The Anointed Life. He came out of prison to counsel the leader of the world.
Think of Mary in the house – enjoying God’s Presence, choosing Jesus' Presence – Jesus identified with her and wept with her. Mary and Jesus had the anointed lifein common.
Remember David in the wilderness; he was shepherding his father’s flock but God was with Him – He was already living an anointed life. When it was time for that anointed life to manifest, he became King – shepherding the people of God, the same way he had faithfully shepherded his father's flock.
Moses in a foreign land, delivered Midian’s daughters from bullying shepherds. God’s Presence was with him and when it was time, that anointed life manifested Moses as the deliverer of Israel from Egypt and the Pharaoh.
Moses knew the critical value of God’s Presence. He told God that if His Presence would not go with him, he was not going anywhere.
Are you married to Jesus, fully committed, or are you like a girlfriend – here when the going is good and gone when it gets tough? Total commitment to Jesus will bring you into an anointed life.
Because God has set you apart for a special task, has anointed you, He becomes your master and you have access to His Presence. Have you ever seen a personal assistant who could not readily go into the boss’ office?
The more you dwell in God’s Presence, the more your anointing grows, and the greater your anointing, the more in God’s Presence you want to dwell. Your very life becomes anointed.
Action Point The original Anointed one is Jesus Christ. Once you ask Him into your life, He gives His Holy Spirit to you; He anoints you. No Jesus, no anointing. Invite Him in today; He promises to accept your invitation.