"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Power of the Anointing
“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.