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Friday, September 16, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT FRIDAY - LIVING UNDER THE ANOINTING. Part 2.

"Come as the fire, and purge our hearts with sacrificial flame; Let our whole soul an offering be To our Redeemer's Name." - Andrew Reed.

But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. - 1 John 2:20-21.

Yesterday in Part 1, we discussed ‘Who Is Anointed?’ And the fact that the anointed hate sin and walk in righteousness, and that the anointing is not man made! Today we look at...

THE PURPOSE OF THE ANOINTING

The Purpose Of The Anointing Is For Cleansing
We see the example of the act of anointing people with oil for physical ailments... And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them. - Mark 6:13.


The practise of anointing with oil was greatly used by the Jews, and it was used symbolically as an emblem of that ease, comfort, and joy, which they prayed to God to impart to the sick… Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. - James 5:14.

In 1818, Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women. The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of "childbed fever." A doctor's daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies. From there he made his way to the hospital to examine expectant mothers without ever pausing to wash his hands. Dr. Semmelweis was the first man in history to associate such examinations with the resultant infection and death. His own practice was to wash with a chlorine solution, and after eleven years and the delivery of 8,537 babies, he lost only 184 mothers--about one in fifty.

He spent the vigor of his life lecturing and debating with his colleagues. Once he argued, "Puerperal fever is caused by decomposed material, conveyed to a wound. . .I have shown how it can be prevented. I have proved all that I have said. But while we talk ,talk, talk, gentlemen, women are dying. I am not asking anything world shaking. I am asking you only to wash...For God's sake, wash your hands." But virtually no one believed him. Doctors and midwives had been delivering babies for thousands of years without washing, and no outspoken Hungarian was going to change them now!

Semmelweis died insane at the age of 47, his wash basins discarded, his colleagues laughing in his face, and the death rattle of a thousand women ringing in his ears. "Wash me!" was the anguished prayer of King David. "Wash!" was the message of John the Baptist. "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me," said the towel-draped Jesus to Peter. Without our being washed clean, we all die from the contamination of sin. For God's sake, wash. - Boyce Mouton.

The Purpose Of The Anointing Is For Consecration
It also represents cleansing of spiritual imperfections, and those under the anointing, get rid of those areas of sinfulness. It is used in the dedication to the service and worship of God. In Genesis 28:18 we see the very first anointing taking place...
So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.

Jacob most likely thought of God every time he walked by this place. It represented a place of God's presence, and those under the anointing are themselves a place of God's presence. In Exodus 30:22-30 we see Moses anointing the tabernacle, Aaron, and the priests as ministers (servants) unto God. Everything he anointed with oil was to be used in service unto God, and those under the anointing, are dedicated servants unto God, as we are today, as followers of Jesus Christ.

Charles Spurgeon was saved on January 6, 1850, and on February 1 he wrote the following prayer of consecration: O great and unsearchable God, who knowest my heart, and triest all my ways; with a humble dependence upon the support of Thy Holy Spirit, I yield up myself to Thee; as Thy own reasonable sacrifice, I return to Thee Thine own. I would be for ever, unreservedly, perpetually Thine; whilst I am on earth, I would serve Thee; and may I enjoy Thee and praise Thee for ever! Amen. - Charles Spurgeon.

The Purpose Of The Anointing Is For Coronation
It is ceremonially used in the act of crowning a King, Queen or other Sovereign, as in the case of David... Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. - 1 Sam. 16:13.

The anointing let's us know that we are Kingdom of Priests... and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. - Rev. 1:6.

We reign with Christ... The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; - 2 Tim 2:11-12.

And in 1 Pet. 2:9, it says we are a ROYAL priesthood... But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Those under the anointing recognise their position as royalty. When Satan puts them down they can tell him, “Get out of the way... royalty is coming through.”

Loving Father, I thank you for your word that tells me I am anointed. Help me Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to walk under that anointing, and to trust you for everything. In Jesus wonderful name I pray, amen.

Monday… The Conclusion... HOW TO REMAIN UNDER THE ANOINTING
GBYAY

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