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CHAPTER TEN

POWER PRINCIPLE FOUR: THE ANOINTING OF POWER

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

C Write the Key Verse from memory.

C Explain the purpose of sacred anointing in the Old Testament.

C Give examples of how sacred anointing was used in the Old Testament.

C Give the meaning of the name "Christ ."

C Summarize purposes of the anointing of power.

C Explain the importance of discovering your specific anointing in ministry.

C Explain how to receive the anointing of power.

C Identify the source of spiritual anointing.

KEY VERSE:

But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. (I John 2:27)

INTRODUCTION

This chapter concerns the anointing of God which empowers men and women for effective ministry. It also provides guidelines for receiving this anointing of power.

THE PRACTICE OF ANOINTING

To "anoint" actually means to apply oil to a person or thing . It was a practice instituted in
Old Testament times. Anointing was originally of three kinds: Ordinary, medical, and
sacred.

Ordinary anointing was associated with personal grooming to make one smell good. You can read of its use in Ruth 3:3, Psalms 104:15, and Proverbs 27:9. Guests were anointed as a mark of respect (Luke 7:46) and the dead were prepared for burial by anointing
(Mark 1 4:8; 16:1).

Medical anointing was used to help the sick and wounded. For an example, see Luke 10: 34.

Sacred anointing: The third kind of anointing is the subject of this chapter. It is anointing for sacred or spiritual purposes. It was used to dedicate things or persons to God.

OLD TESTAMENT EXAMPLES

The first occasion of anointing for spiritual purposes recorded in the Old Testament is found in Genesis 2 8:1 8. After Jacob had seen a great vision from God, he . . .

. . . rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

And he called the name of that place Bethel (the house of God). (Genesis 28:18-19)

God later spoke of this event and said:

I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me. . . (Genesis 31:13)

Later, God gave instructions concerning anointing priests, kings, and prophets to set them
aside for spiritual purposes. Contents of the Tabernacle of worship were also to be
anointed. You can study more about this in the "For Further Study" section of this
chapter.

The purpose for anointing these people and things was to set them aside in special dedication to the service of God. Holy oil was used for these spiritual purposes:

And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary (perfumer); it shall be an holy anointing oil.

And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.

(Exodus 30:25,31)

THE ANOINTING OF JESUS

Following the pattern instituted by God, Jesus was anointed for service. Jesus said:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to preach

deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)

This was a fulfillment of the prophecy given in Isaiah 61:1. It was recognized by the Disciples that. . .

. . . 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)

THE SOURCE OF ANOINTING

The power in spiritual anointing is not in the oil itself. The power does not rest in the person doing the anointing or the abilities of the recipient. The power of the anointing flows from the source, God the Father. Note that Jesus said "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me for He hath anointed me."

Paul said:

Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God. (II Corinthians 1:21)

God was the source of Christ’s anointing. He is still the source of the anointing . Oil is only a natural symbol used to represent this anointing. Jesus used the practice of
anointing, but not always with oil. A blind man healed by Jesus reported:

He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eye, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. (John 9:11)

This verse confirms it is not the substance used but rather the power behind the practice of anointing that is effective . Although men and women were symbolically anointed with oil by man, the true anointing of power was from God. God said of King David:

I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him. (Psalms 89:20)

Years before he was ever anointed by man, David had been anointed by God:

And Nathan said to David. . . Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed

thee king over Israel. . . (II Samuel 12:7)

THE PURPOSES OF THE ANOINTING

The anointing of the spirit of God is very important in the life and ministry of the believer. Here are some purposes of the anointing:

SERVICE:

When the anointing of God came upon Saul, he was changed into a new man to serve Israel as king :

Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. (I Samuel 10:1,6)

Jesus was anointed by God for service:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
(Luke 4:18-19)

. . . 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)

These verses provide a list of the purposes of the anointing for service. The anointing enables you to:

-Preach the Gospel.

-Minister to the poor.

-Heal the brokenhearted.

-Heal the physically ill. (See also James 5:14-15 and Mark 6:13) -Preach deliverance to those in spiritual bondage.
-Open the eyes of those in spiritual blindness.
-Set free those bruised, wounded by the enemy.

-Preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (See II Corinthians 6:2). -Go about doing good.

-Heal all those oppressed by the Devil.

RESPONSIBILITY:

God anoints believers with spiritual responsibilities. Whatever He entrusts to you,

whether great or small, it is not because of your own abilities. It is not because of your education, personality, or social position. You receive spiritual responsibility by the
anointing:

And the Lord spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given these the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel: unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance forever. (Numbers 18:8)

INSTRUCTION:

The anointing teaches you:

But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. (I John 2:27)

This does not mean you should not receive Scriptural teaching from others. God has set in the Church teachers for this purpose (Ephesians 4:11 ). The Holy Spirit anoints them to teach God’s Word. But if you do not have the opportunity to receive the ministry of such men chosen by God, the anointing of the Holy Spirit will still teach you.

This anointing helps you evaluate the truth of teachings you hear from others. It also

reveals to you truths you do not understand and clearly opens up the revelation of God’s written Word to you. Note that the anointing teaches us of "all things." There is such power in the anointing that it instructs you in every area of life and ministry.

ABIDING:

The anointing of God enables you to abide in Jesus. Note this portion of the verse just studied:

But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you. . . and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. (I John 2:27)

It is one thing to accept Jesus as Savior. It is another to learn how to abide in Him and walk in obedience to His Word and His will. The anointing teaches you how to do this.

LIBERTY:

The yoke of bondage is destroyed by the anointing. Yokes were used all over the ancient world to unite animals together to labor in the fields . They are still used for the same purpose in many nations today. Jesus spoke of the yoke when He said:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

We are all under a yoke of some type. You are either under the yoke of Satan or of God. The yoke of Satan’s bondage is three-fold:

1. The yoke of sin:

I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright. (Leviticus 26:13)

The "yoke of Egypt" means the yoke of sin . This yoke must be broken if you are to come under the yoke with Jesus.

2. The yoke of self:

Paul struggled with the yoke of self:

For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that I do not; but what I hate, that do I. (Romans 7:15)

3. The yoke of man:

The yoke of man is bondage put on you by others:

For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on

men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. (Matthew 23:4)

The yoke of man can include the bondage of guilt, tradition, denominationalism, or impossible standards of behavior imposed by others. How can these strongholds be

broken in your life and in the lives of those to whom you minister? They are broken by the anointing:

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27)

You cannot break the yoke of Satan in your own power . You can not do it by your own words of wisdom . Every yoke, every bondage of man, is broken by the anointing .

JOY:

Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness:

But unto the Son He saith. . . Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Hebrews 1:8-9)

Those who love righteousness and hate wickedness will be anointed with this same joy .

The anointing of God brings great joy in your life. The joy of the Lord is the strength that empowers your service for God.

SPECIFIC ANOINTINGS

The purposes of anointing you just studied are for all believers. But God also anoints

people for specific ministries and special tasks. Some are anointed as evangelists, others as teachers. Some are pastors while others are prophets. There are many different
anointings God gives to believers.

Jesus had a specific anointing from God to die for the sins of the people . The name

"Christ" means "the anointed one ." The name Jesus means "Savior ." When the name

"Jesus Christ" is used together, it means He is the one anointed of God to be the Savior of the World. Prior to His death, a woman anointed Jesus with precious oil. Jesus said:

For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. (Matthew 26:12)

Jesus knew He was anointed of God to die for the sins of the people. No one else ever had this specific anointing.

Throughout the Biblical record, God anointed people for specific ministries (See II

Chronicles 22:7). When people tried to assume a specific ministry without the anointing of God to do so, problems resulted. Read the story of Miriam and Aaron in Numbers 12

for an example of this. Miriam and Aaron thought they had the same anointing as Moses and could lead Israel just as well. They found out differently. Another example is found in Numbers 16 in the story of Korah who tried to claim the same anointing as Moses.

Much of the disharmony in the Body of Christ comes from people trying to move into

areas of ministry for which they have not received the anointing. One person is anointed of God in a special way and soon everyone is imitating his ministry. But the imitators do not have the same powerful results. They wonder what is wrong. They are doing
everything just like someone else , but without the same results. The answer is found in the anointing of power. The anointing of God is upon one man for the specific task, but not the other. Because of this, one succeeds while the other fails.

One of the sins of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:20 is called "emulations." Emulations is a
form of envy demonstrated by imitating others. God cannot bless emulations. God seeks
those who will move out of the sin of emulations into revelation through the anointing of
power.

HOW TO RECEIVE THE ANOINTING

How do you receive this anointing of power?

RECOGNIZE THE SOURCE:

As you learned in this lesson, the source of the anointing of spiritual power is God. You cannot trust in your education, personality, or social standing. You do not receive your anointing from someone else.

There is nothing you can do to earn the anointing. You cannot work it up by

emotionalism. God is the only source of spiritual anointing. To receive such anointing, you must first recognize the source from which it flows.

EXPERIENCE THE NEW BIRTH:

Because this is spiritual power that flows from the source of God, you must be born again spiritually to receive it. The reason for this is:

. . . The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (I Corinthians 2:14)

This anointing of power flows from the Spirit of God. The carnal (sinful) man cannot receive it . You cannot receive it unless you are a spiritual man.

READ GOD’S WORD AND PRAY:

Since God is the source of the anointing, you must stay in contact with Him through

prayer (in which you talk to Him ) and the Word of God (through which He speaks to

you ). The more you abide in His Word, and it abides in you, the more the anointing will flow into your life.

BREAK THE YOKE:

You learned in this chapter that one of the purposes of the anointing is to break yokes of
bondage. Ask God to break every yoke of sin, self, or those imposed by man. You must experience the anointing that breaks the yoke in your own life before it can flow through you to others.

RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST:

. . . 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)

This verse illustrates how the anointing of God is related to the powerful work of the

Holy Ghost in your life. To experience the anointing of power, you must receive the

Holy Ghost. You already studied about this in Chapter Eight on "The Power Of The Holy Spirit."

DO NOT FOCUS ON YOUR INABILITIES:

Many people dwell on their own inabilities instead of the abilities available to them through the anointing of power. King David once said:

And I am this day weak, though anointed king. . . (II Samuel 3:39)

David recognized that in himself he was weak, even though He was king. The power he experienced was through the anointing. It turned his weakness into strength. He did not focus on his inabilities , but on his abilities through the anointing of power. This is why he was able to say:

For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. (Psalms 18:29)

The disciples were men who originally were fearful and unbelieving. They all deserted Jesus in His time of need. One even denied knowing Him. It was this same group that Jesus entrusted the mission of reaching the world with the Gospel. Jesus did not focus on

their inabilities. He did not focus on their lack of education or social standing . He did not look at the record of their past failures. He saw what they would become when they allowed the anointing of power to change their lives. He saw them as they would be after receiving the Holy Ghost.

Stop focusing on yourself. Recognize that the Spirit of God is within you. It is His work, His ministry, His miracles, His anointing . Ask Him to let the anointing flow through you. Begin to reach out to others in ministry, and you will begin to feel that flow of power
through you.

God does not anoint you to sit inactive on the back seat of the church. The anointing of

power is given for the specific purposes which you studied in Chapter Six. The more you direct your energies towards these purposes, the more the anointing of power will flow
through you.

DISCOVER YOUR SPECIFIC ANOINTING:

To determine your specific anointing in ministry, you must discover the spiritual gifts God has given you. Consult the Harvestime International Institute course, "Ministry Of The Holy Spirit," for direction in this area.

THE POSITION OF THE ANOINTED

Being anointed by God places you in the front lines of spiritual warfare. The Bible

reveals that those who are anointed with power by God will experience opposition from the enemy:

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, and against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (Psalms 2:2-3)

David said:

Wherewith thine enemies have reproached O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. (Psalms 89:51)

But God has said of those who oppose His anointed that:

. . . He that sitteth in the Heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision,

Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. (Psalms 2:4-5)

God is your strength when faced with such opposition:

The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed. (Psalms 28:8)

Now know I that the Lord saveth His anointed; He will hear him from His holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.

(Psalms 20:6)

Be careful what you say about other anointed believers. Treat those anointed who are over you with respect. God takes the anointing of power very seriously. He warns:

. . . Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

(I Chronicles 16:22)