By Julia Loren
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Acts 10:38 (KJV)
If Jesus had to be anointed, then you and I need to be anointed too! As Christians, there is already an anointing within us, but our goal should be to get that anointing to increase. We want to experience more than a visitation, we want the anointing to abide continually and increase over our lives.
In order for the anointing to increase, we have to have understanding. Many times we don't obtain fresh anointings because we don't know how to reach for them and pull them into our lives by faith.
Notice that this verse says, "How GOD anointed Jesus…" The anointing comes from God. It doesn't come because someone poured oil over your head or because a group voted for you in a church meeting. That may be the way it works according to man, but it's not the way it works according to God. The Bible says that GOD anointed Jesus of Nazareth, not the pope or the world council of churches! This is why there is a constant conflict between the legitimate Church and the harlot church! This is also how religious politics are born.
When humans start anointing and appointing individuals outside of God's will, there comes a conflict when someone that is truly anointed shows up. This type of conflict will increase as we approach the end of the age.
How the Early Church Received the Anointing
In Acts 13:1, we see how the early Church received the anointing and discovered the will of God.
"Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus." Acts 13:1-4 (NKJ)
Notice here that it says, "As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID…." Who was doing the directing here? The Holy Spirit! To get the Holy Spirit to give you direction, you have to give Him time. You have to wait on Him and be sensitive to Him so you can pick up His promptings and leadings.
His Anointing Comes to Help You Obey
Whenever the Holy Ghost says something, He always provides the anointing to get it done. Why do some people labor so hard to do what they do? It's because they're not doing what the Holy Ghost told them to do!
The Lord said to me recently, "Many people are laboring excessively because they have not learned how to allow My anointing to work for them. They're trying to accomplish that rhema word that I have given them by their own ability." A lot of human effort is made by human will and desire, but very little is accomplished. This is why many of God's people are stressed out.
Further on in this scripture we read, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." There were many other ministers and prophets in this particular meeting besides Barnabas and Saul, yet, the Holy Spirit only called these two. This wasn't man's appointment it was God's. It's amazing how many times people will settle for men's ideas and appointments over God's.
The Corporate Anointing
I once heard a fellow minister say, "The battlefield demands a corporate anointing." That's a truthful statement. Many times we try to accomplish things by individual anointings. But we can get more things done faster and easier when the people are walking in the corporate anointing. Under the corporate anointing there is a unity of heart, vision and Spirit.
The corporate anointing is hindered when everybody tries to be number one instead of working together for the kingdom's sake. It wouldn't matter who is in charge and who is second in command if everybody was just working for the gospel's sake.
"Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." We see here that God gives anointing for specific tasks. In the Old Testament, when God commanded Moses to build Him a tabernacle, there were certain individuals anointed for specific jobs.
"And Moses said to the children of Israel, 'See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver–those who do every work and those who design artistic works.'" Exodus 35:30-35 (NKJ)
Some anointings will come upon you for a specific task. They don't stay over your life; they're just there for a certain season. I call them special anointings. Some folks try to build their whole life and ministry around a special anointing. They had a special anointing for a season and they tried to keep it flowing, but it lifted. Now they manufacture it and try to cover its absence. They would be much happier if they would just recognize and admit that it has lifted. They need to say, "God, I'm glad you used me that way for that season and purpose, but I recognize that it has lifted. I thank you that there are even greater anointings on their way."
It's amazing to me how fast people get addicted to certain kinds of anointings. Sometimes people will favor one type of anointing over another. That's called human preference. When we begin to call our personal preference 'divine guidance' we get in trouble. We stop growing, flowing and being progressive. We live a 'maintenance life' and we no longer move forward and take new ground. Too many today wander like Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness. They go in circles thinking they are obeying the call of God and they don't know that the anointing they were once moving in has come to an end. It's easy to get addicted to the way God moved for us in the past! The Lord wants to lead us into a new anointing and a new administration but He can't if we always prefer the old and refuse to progress. Seasons do change! We have to be mature enough to change with them.
Characteristics of the Anointing
What does the anointing do? It makes your job easier! For instance, there's an anointing to raise children. When you are parenting without an anointing, you get tired and worn out, but when you do it with the anointing, it helps your soul stay refreshed, stable and sound. Whatever task is facing you, there is an anointing to make the job easier.
In Isaiah 10:47, we see that one of the characteristics of the anointing is to break the yoke of bondage.
"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." Isaiah 10:27 (NKJ)
Notice that the anointing takes the load off our shoulders. It breaks the yoke of hardness and heaviness. You can tap into the anointing by giving special attention to it throughout your day. It makes things easier. It helps you during the hard times and it enables you to press through to victory.
We need to call on Heaven for a fresh anointing every day. As we spend time fasting and ministering to the Lord, the Holy Spirit will speak and lead us into the perfect will of the Father. With every fresh command from Heaven there will come an increased anointing to accomplish it!