The anointing of the Spirit of God is a must in the life of every believer. Every work done without the Spirit of God and without the power of God is rejected.
We must be anointed to be accepted. The anointing is upon every believer, according to the following scriptures:
2 Corinthians 1:21
“Now He which established us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.”
1 John 2:27:
“But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teaches you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
According to Numbers 18:8, all we have, we have because of the anointing:
“And the LORD spoke unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee 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 for ever.”
The Increase of the Anointing
The anointing can increase on your life. Gods multiplies itself and increases, as the Scripture
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, rivers of living water” ( John 7:38). “When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured Job 29:6).
God promises rivers—not a river—of His power. The river of God deepens as we preach the Gospel to the lost.
Purposes of the Anointing
Before we look at the purposes of the anointing, let’s be reminded of the importance of dying to self if we want the anointing. God only trusts the dead. The cross is the symbol of death.
“Take up the cross and follow me” (Mark 10:22).
Paul speaks of the resurrection of the new man in Christ Jesus. It is impossible to be anointed if you are in the flesh.
Biblical Results of the Anointing
The anointing brings countless blessings, according to Psalm 89:19-29:
Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: with whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
Also, I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
The Anointing as It Relates to Ministry
In this lesson, we examine the anointing as it relates to ministry. The anointing of God will not flow unless we are in fellowship with God and His people. Unity is essential. Scripture tells us:
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard:
“That went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133:1-3).
The Transfer of the Anointing
The anointing can be transferred—and it can be transferred by you and me. We are vessels of God. We must accept that we are vessels and be honoured by this wonderful privilege. The Bible does not say that nothing is impossible to God but that nothing is impossible with God. Therefore, God is looking for vessels to use. But do not allow your vessel to be weakened.
You cannot put new wine in old bottles. Make sure your vessel is fit for God’s use. The anointing is transferred in strength to the strong. God told Moses to give Him the best, not what was flawed. God’s abiding presence is for fellowship, yet His power is for service.
The presence is given that we might know Him, while the power is given that others might know Him through us. The power is for service, not fellowship. The presence is for fellowship. The presence affects the human spirit; the power affects the human body, and it can be transferred.
Honoring the works of the enemy weakens our walk with the Lord, and, as a result, the anointing is lifted. Joshua 7—8 gives us a detailed account of Achan, the son of Carmi, who disobeyed the Lord and stole a Babylonian garment, some silver, and some gold.
These items were forbidden by the Lord because they had been used in idol worship. By his act of rebellion, Achan brought a curse on Israel so that they were not winning their battles. Bringing objects which honor the enemy and rebelling against God’s Word will also cause God’s anointing to be lifted off an individual or group.