What do you fear? Is it failure? Do you fear man? Perhaps it’s public speaking? Snakes? The dark? Death? Whatever fears we may have, it is obvious by Biblical evidence that love is not perfected in our hearts yet. First John 4:18 tells us:
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
Jesus is the example for all in the Christian faith; without a doubt that Jesus walked fearless on this earth. We see Jesus confronting demons, in the desert alone, walking on water in the middle of a night storm, confronting the intellectual religious minds of the time and ultimately we see Him embracing the cross as He gave His life for us. Jesus was fearless. Many of us are consumed with many fears; fears that torment us every day. Fear of the family secret being exposed; fear that everybody will find out about that shameful thing you did, of losing our children to the silence of the grave; fear that our spouses will leave us, that we will die of a fatalistic illness; fear of losing our job, of wars… should I keep going?
God is calling us to be fearless; we are only called to fear (to reverence) God. God is calling us to look at the face of tribulation, the face of hardship and the face of pain with the attitude of a Clint Eastwood: “Come on, make my day!” David put it this way:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me…” Psalm 23:4
Knowing that God is with us and in us is all the motivation we need to keep it together in times of adversity. No demon in hell, no evil of any kind can stand the slightest chance against the power of our God; we must know that as a revelation in our heart! However, many of us are filled with many fears whether we want to admit it or not; so shall we pray for courage? Maybe…but I’d rather pray for love; for love “…casts out fear…”
Children of God, it is time to stop running, time to stop hiding. Engage, children of God; it’s time to step up to the ring of demonic opposition and strike with our kicks of faith, our jabs and crosses of hope, our upper-cups of assurance and our hooks of victory. It’s time to finish that walk on water that Peter started, but this time, keep our eyes on Christ. It’s time to tell the giants that no matter their sizes, no matter their weapons, no matter their army, intelligence and the size of their sword…we come against them in the name of the Lord. May the Lord grant us a fearless heart today!
“20 Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.” (Exodus 27:20) NIV
What is the anointing? The anointing is the very presence of God in our lives. Without the anointing we are powerless and ineffective. In the Old Testament we see many examples of men that were anointed with oil before walking in their call. The Levites were anointed, Saul was anointed before becoming a king; David also was anointed before becoming King. The anointing is the supernatural power that we all need, not only to be able to walk in the call of our ministry effectively, but also in order to be able to carry out the demands of our Christian live. Jesus was and is our example; He is known as Jesus the Christ; the word Christ means: “The anointed one.”
In Exodus 27, we see a few hidden secrets concerning this anointing; we must remember that the Old Testament is the shadow of the reality of the New Testament. In this verse, God is talking to Moses and He establishes a few very important points concerning the anointing:
Every believer is responsible for their own anointing: The anointing can’t be delegated. We can’t survive out of the anointing of another man; we must pursue that anointing ourselves; we must desire that kind of anointed life. Jesus was more than a miracle worker; Jesus was sinless and perfect. That kind of power is available for each believer. Do you want it?
The anointing is the result of the pressures, pains and tribulations of life: The Bible tells us in this verse: “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of hard-pressed olives…” The word press means: “Subject to a lot of pressure and lacking sufficient resources.” The anointing will cost you your life; the anointing can’t be given to you in seminary or by a big-shot minister laying hands on you in a conference. The anointing comes out of pressure, tribulation, hardship, problems, etc.
We can’t be the light of the world if we are not anointed: It is the anointing; that pure oil, that produces the light. It is impossible to be the light of the world if we are lacking the anointing of God.
The anointing can’t be a one-day or once-in-a-while thing; the anointing must be a daily thing: The Bible tells us here that: “the lamps may be kept burning.” This is a typology of the way we ought to go after God and after the power of His anointing. Every day we ought to live powerful lives; that is the example of Christ for the whole world.
Without the anointing we can’t learn Spiritual principles:First John 2:27 tells us:
“27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” NKJV
The word anointing here is the word chrísma, this is where we get the word christós or “Christ” meaning: The Anointed One; it stands for the Holy Spirit.
6. It is the anointing that destroy the yokes: Isaiah 10:27“It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.” NKJV
Only the anointing makes our ministries effective; it is the anointing that make people free.
7. Talents are irrevocable, but the anointing can be taken away from us due to rebelliousness:
First Samuel 15:23-26 “23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”
24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.”26 But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” NKJV
Beloved, we need the anointing; it is essential in our Christian lives; it is the power to learn, it is the power to do, the power to say, the power to resist, the power to stay, the power to overcome, the power to leave, the power of restoration, the power to speak, the power to sing, the power to be quiet, the power to confront, the power to overcome, the power to move forward, the power to write, and the power to be all that God has call us to be.