What is the anointing? It is the Power of God
by Benny Hinn
Simple? Yes-even though we're talking about power that exceeds anything man can generate. It is the power that brought the heavens and the earth into being. It is the power that created man. It is the power that raised Jesus from the dead. It is the power that will bring Jesus from the right hand of God to the earth at the appointed time and will cause all things to be made new.
I want you to understand: The presence of God, the Holy Spirit leads to the anointing of the Spirit, which is the power of God, and the power of God brings forth the manifestation of the presence.
The anointing itself-an anointing of the Holy Spirit-cannot be seen, but the power, its manifestations, its effects, can and should be seen. That is why I call it "the tangible anointing." This, of course, harmonizes with the Lord's teaching to Nicodemus in John 3:8 that the Spirit blows like the wind, in which cause its effects can be seen.
Beyond the salvation message itself, the most explosive words of the Scripture came out of Christ's mouth as recorded in Acts 1:8. They are vital to the truth of the anointing:
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Amazing! You shall receive power-the anointing, the spiritual gifts-after the Holy Ghost-the presence, the person, the fruit-comes upon you.
Do you see it? The fruit of the Spirit, so missing in the church today, is connected to the presence of God. The gifts and ministry of God, also sadly missing, are connected to the power of God.
What are fruits? They are qualities or characteristics-attributes-of a person, in this case God. They begin inside you, where God is if you're a believer. God says, "I will come in, and My fruit will come in with Me. I leave, and My fruit will go with Me."
Not so with power. The power of God comes upon you, as a gift. It stays with you. As Paul wrote to the Romans, speaking of the current and future conditions of the Jews: "The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom. 11:29). Yes, it is not an easy truth, but it is possible for the presence to withdraw and the gifts to remain, at least for a while. But that will ultimately lead to disaster.