You were anointed for this!

Anointing oil

God has anointed every believer with his Spirit, according to his purpose.

As believers, there is often a misconception of what it means to be anointed. This lack of understanding has caused us, in a lot of cases, to live beneath our means.

To be anointed is to be equipped with the ability to function in a particular area or areas. All Christians have been anointed to function within the body of believers. First John 2:20 states, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.”

Now, the Spirit of God gives the believer this anointing. John’s epistle declares to all Christians that we have an anointing from God, which means that all believers have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13 posits, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

God, who has created us unto good works (Ephesians 2:10), bestows upon us a proficiency to serve both God and man as enabled by the Holy Spirit. First Corinthians 12:7 records, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

Needless to say, God, through the same Spirit, gives the body of Christ different areas of proficiency—which is essentially the focus of 1 Corinthians 12. We do have a general anointing as believers, however.

For instance, all believers have been anointed with power. In Acts 1:8, Jesus says to his disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” Additionally, 2 Timothy 1:7 exhorts, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (KJV).

The Holy Spirit qualifies the believer to operate in power (see previous posts), express the love of Christ, and to function using God’s wisdom (James 1:5). There does come a time, though, that God needs us to operate in the specific anointing that is placed upon us.

When it came time for the children of Israel to finally enter the land of Canaan, there was a shift in leadership from Moses to Joshua. Deuteronomy 34:9 records, “Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the Spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.”

Joshua’s term as leader of Israel was unable to begin without God’s seal, being anointed with wisdom. If you look at the book of Joshua, you will see exactly why he needed to be anointed with God’s wisdom to fulfill his role as leader.

Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land was strategic; it took patience, self-reflection and great faith! Most of us would have never made it past Jericho because it was foolish and tedious to march around a wall for seven days and not say a word. Joshua, however, was anointed for that journey, and was successful because of the anointing.

Jesus, before the start of his public ministry, recites this passage from Isaiah in Luke 4:26:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

In the cases of both Joshua and Jesus, they received the anointing to do what they were called to do before actually going out and doing it. As believers, we must first identify the area(s) the Spirit of God has given us proficiency in order to walk into our purpose.

For each individual, the discerning process to determine where one has been anointed varies. The Lord will, however, reveal to you your area of anointing.

These manifestations of the Spirit are not just for church gatherings, either. The anointing transcends a pulpit, whether as preacher, teacher, psalmist or whatever. I think, though, that when we do mention the anointing, we think of people being used in ministry.

We limit the scope and power of the Holy Spirit when we harbor this mentality. When Moses received instructions on the Tabernacle, the Lord put one man in charge of its construction. Exodus 31:1-5 reads

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”

Bezalel was anointed for construction and interior design! What has God anointed you to do?

I am a firm believer that where your gifting is, therein lies your anointing. The Lord said that in anointing Bezalel with Spirit of God, he also received skill and ability. In fact, David was so anointed as a musician that his playing would expel evil spirits from Saul (1 Samuel 16:23).

Wherever the Lord has anointed you, you will certainly be effective because you are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). Once you find your area of adeptness it is up to you to “fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Timothy 1:6).

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~ by christianballenger on June 22, 2011.

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