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Thursday, September 15, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT THURSDAY - LIVING UNDER THE ANOINTING! Part 1.

"May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of my self as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love." - Andrew Murray.

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.

Usually when we talk about someone being really anointed, we are referring to the powerful message they had preached, or the moving song they had sung, or the way they played an instrument, or taught a Bible Study. But being under the anointing of God is not to be an occasional experience, but a perpetual lifestyle, and as Christians, we are to be under the anointing continually.


A walk in the Spirit will of necessity be a walk in accordance with the Word the Spirit has inspired. The parallel between Eph 5:18-21 and Col 3:15-17 is significant. The same results are said to flow from being filled with the Spirit in the first cast, and being filled with the Word in the second. To remain filled with the Spirit, and thus enjoy His continuing sanctifying work, will mean continuing to be filled with the Word. The relationship is obvious. - J.O. Sanders.

WHO IS ANOINTED?
According to the Apostle John, the ones who know the truth and walk accordingly have received the anointing, those that have been ‘Born again.’
We can look back to the day that we accepted Jesus Christ and point to it as the time we received the anointing. Some do not recognise this until they become filled with the Holy Spirit... until the day HE became in complete control of our lives.

There are times when the experience of the anointing is felt. Many will liken it to the same type of exhilaration experienced when receiving the Holy Spirit. Those who have the anointing love righteousness. Hebrews 1:9 talks about God anointing Jesus because of His love for righteousness… You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions."

D.L Moody said, "I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God's law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled." - J. Kuhatschek.

Those who have the anointing hate sin. In essence, they have the same mind as God. The anointing comes from God (the Holy One) and not from man. (cf. Acts 10:38). Most Pastors, Evangelists, and other types of ministers, have gone through particular areas of Ministerial training, Internship Program, Bible College or Seminary, Ordination from a Christian organisation.

The anointing, however, does not come from these things. Just as man does not call man into the ministry. Men merely acknowledge the anointing with particular courses of action. Remember, that each one of us that know Jesus, have received the anointing.

Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested, "Why do we need this 'Mr. Moody'? He's uneducated, inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?" A younger, wiser pastor rose and responded, "No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody." - Source Unknown.

For some of us, we need to walk under that anointing, it means relying on God.

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.

Tomorrow… Part 2.

THE PURPOSE OF THE ANOINTING.

GBYAY

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