“But as for you, the anointing which YOU RECEIVED FROM HIM ABIDES (permanently) in you.” 1 John 2 v 27
In simple terms – the anointing is the power or the ability of God. If you are a Christian, you receive this anointing and it then abides permanently within you. Marnes Nel from Immanuel Ministries explained it like this:
“The best way to explain the anointing is to compare it to a dam full of water. This dam abides permenantly in all Christians, but not all Christians have all the floodgates open. Some have a stronger flow in certain areas than others, but it is important to remember that all Christians are anointed. That is why the Bible says that the same spirit (the Holy Spirit) abides in us but works in different ways or gifts. All the gifts come from the same water (the Holy Spirit), but it manifests in different ways – for example healing, prophecy, words of knowledge etc.”
The anointing cannot be seen, but it’s effect is evident to all people around it. Examples of this anointing in the Bible include the following:
- Healing flowing through the body of the woman who touched Jesus’ garment (Luke 8:43);
- People getting healed through Peter’s shadow that fell on them (Acts 5:15);
- A dead boy coming back to life when Elijah laid his body on the child (2 Kings 4:32);
- People getting healed through clothes that touched Paul’s body being sent to them (Acts 19:12).
If you want to live in a greater flow of God’s anointing the only way to do it is to receive more grace. It is not through effort or striving – but just through believing what He has already accomplished.
One of the things that sets Christianity apart from other religions is the fact that we serve a God who actively seeks mankind. The true God does not distance Himself from His followers – but rather looks for them and inquires after them.
Right at the beginning of Genesis we see that God looked for Adam while He was walking about the Garden. He made Himself known to Adam and wanted to spend time with him:
“But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?” Gen 3:9
Later on in the Bible we hear Jesus tell a parable about lost sheep (referring to His flock and His followers), and how much joy He experiences when He finds one of His own:
“What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep and should lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness (desert) and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his [own] shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:4-5
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
In Christianity, all credit goes to God who first loved us. We cannot proclaim that we found God, because He has been actively seeking and pursuing us all this time. All that remains is for us to respond to His amazing love and wonderful character – which is the easiest thing to do!
There are different ways of reading your Bible – and each will bring forth different results. One way will lead to an overcoming life filled with the glory and life of God; the other will lead to a life of condemnation and eventual spiritual death.
When we read our Bible we should look at it and see what Jesus has ALREADY accomplished. Every verse is subject to God’s ultimate showcase of His glory – Jesus’ death and resurrection, which leads to a life of reconciliation, freedom, acceptance and supernatural provision. For most of my life I used to read the Bible from a self-accusing mindset. This lead to condemnation and depression – not a life that is glorifying to God.
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” 2 Cor 3:18
As we behold God’s word as a mirror of His glory – i.e. to behold God and see the perfecting work of His Son on the cross (already accomplished) – we will be transformed. Look away from all that will distract (self-accusing thoughts and your own efforts to measure up) unto Jesus. This will truly change your life – from the inside out (effortlessly).
A little while back I spoke about God’s perfect love, and how knowing His character will drive away all fear. Another reason we don’t have to fear is because God likes to fight our battles for us. When we are faced with an impossible or scary situation, He likes to take the challenge. All that remains for us is to trust in Him, and let peace settle in our hearts. There are many examples in the Bible:
“Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” Ex 14:13-14
“The Lord your God Who goes before you, He will fight for you just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes…” Deut 1:30
“In whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” Nehemia 4:20
We are not valiant or courageous if we fight in our own strength. Real victory comes when you rest in God, knowing He is willing and able to take care of you.
“In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength.” Is 30:15
Last night we spoke about God’s love being so perfect that it drives away all fear. The more we get to know His character, the more we will trust Him. I want to add to this tonight by saying that we can trust Him to fulfill every promise He has ever made. As humans we may many times make promises without fulfilling them – but God does not operate like this. He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
“For I have said, Mercy and loving-kindness shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness will You establish in the very heavens [unchangeable and perceptual].” Ps 89:2
“…And your faithfulness is round about You [an essential part of You at all times}.” Ps 89:8
So, without His faithfulness God wouldn’t be God. It is an unchanging aspect of His character. That is incredible to know! Furthermore we are told:
“For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. ” 2 Cor 1:20
This verse clearly states that every promise God made in the Bible is fulfilled in Christ. They find their Yes (answer) in the work He did on the cross. That means, as one of many examples, if God swore He will never be angry at us again (Is 54:9), this is the truth. Our righteousness and perfection in God’s eyes is made possible by the redeeming work of Jesus. The same way every other promise of God is fulfilled in Jesus – you can trust Him.
“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” Is 55:11