UNDERSTANDING THE ANOINTING: YOU DESERVE GOD’S BEST, DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS.

In my previous teachings, l stated that the holy anointing oil was first mentioned and introduced to Israel by God Himself. And it remained sacred unto God that its imitation was forbidden.
As consecration to their sacred tasks, only kings, prophets, priests and others called to fulfill special functions were anointed with holy anointing oil under the Law. THE PENALTY FOR ANYONE WHO VIOLATED ANY REGULATIONS REGARDING THE HOLY ANOINTING OIL WAS DEATH (Exodus 30:22-33).

Graciously in Christ, the Father Himself has anointed every believer with the Holy Spirit and with power. Besides the anointing on ministry gifts that we have received and the anointing within, we all have been made kings and priests unto God. And the Father Himself has consecrated us into these offices in Christ.
2 Corinthian 1:21
Now, He who establishes us with you in Christ and HAS ANOINTED US IS GOD.

Without a doubt, the anointing we’ve received in Christ can be maintained and increased in our lives. But it can’t be maintained or increased because someone poured oil on our heads or we anointed ourselves. Honestly, if we can grow in the anointing this way, by someone anointing us with oil, then it will be necessary for local churches to construct anointing oil pools for their members to swim or dive in for greater grace and power.

The practice of anointing believers with “holy anointing oil” in our anointing services has no scriptural basis. There isn’t a single example in the New Testament where believers were anointed with a holy anointing oil or commanded to do so. This practice which is out of order has only produced spiritually slothful Christians. Believers can only serve the Lord in the fervency or fire of the Spirit when we teach and encourage them to maintain and increase the anointing in their lives according to the truth of God’s Word.

By the grace of God, this is what l seek to emphasize in this third part of the series.
We should understand that God Himself anointed us with the Holy Spirit and power as He anointed Jesus Christ (Acts 10:38; 2Cor. 1:21).
And the anointing in our lives can’t be increased by any religious practice or ritual of another man.
For the anointing in our lives to be maintained and increased, we must commit ourselves to walk in love, separating ourselves from the contamination of the world and consecrating ourselves wholly unto God.

God’s servant, K.E. Hagin said, “Ministers need to teach about consecration so people’s hearts will be stirred to surrender everything to God and consecrate themselves wholly to follow God’s plan for their lives.”
Hagin went on to say, “Believers today need greater consecration and dedication to God. God’s plan for their lives is hindered and many of His blessings are withheld because they haven’t totally consecrated themselves to do His will instead of their own.”

We need to separate ourselves and be consecrated wholly to God. And as we walk in the light, we can have more of His power and anointing.

Also, we must prepare ourselves for the anointing by studying the Word and spending time in personal prayer. In so doing, we can maintain a Spirit-filled life. Fresh anointing doesn’t come on believers as they’re anointed with oil. It comes by believers being filled with the Spirit. That’s why God wants us to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
For instance, the early disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The anointing thus came upon them. But they were filled again in Acts 4 as they gathered together to pray (Acts 4:23-31). As a result of this experience, Scripture says, “With GREAT POWER the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And GREAT GRACE was upon them all” (Acts 4:33).

Read also The anointing and The anointing oil

Understand that by being filled the second time with the Spirit, the believers could experience a greater dimension of the anointing.
Sadly, most Christians don’t know how to maintain a Spirit-filled life to enjoy the benefits of this discipline. Consider what the Spirit through Apostle Paul admonished the church in Ephesus to understand and do:
Ephesians 5:17-18
17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS.18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; BUT EVER BE FILLED AND STIMULATED WITH THE [HOLY] SPIRIT.
Notice the will of the Lord for every Christian is, TO EVER BE FILLED AND STIMULATED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. We need to be filled to be overflowing with the Spirit. This is one major way we can increase in the anointing to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

The reality is, we received the anointing by being filled with the Spirit. It stands to reason that we can maintain or increase in the anointing by a constant infilling of the same Spirit. You can understand why Paul encouraged the Ephesian believers who were filled with the Spirit in Acts 19:6 to maintain a constant experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit in his epistle to the same church.

Finally, believers must learn to yield to the Holy Spirit and flow with Him for greater power and manifestations in their lives.
As we consecrate ourselves wholly to God, walk in love, maintain a Spirit-filled life, and learn to depend on the Spirit, we will experience a greater measure of anointing in our lives.
My strong conviction is this: it’s an insult to the child of God for any minister to pour oil on his head with the aim of empowering him or assuring him of a fresh anointing upon his life. This practice is one of the empty deceits in the Church today (Col. 2:8).

We deserve the Father’s best as sons and daughters. But we will never receive God’s best until we become completely dissatisfied with second best– mediocrity. We cannot settle for less. That’s what religion has to offer!

Read also The anointing and The anointing oil

–Peter Collins Obeng

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