ANOINTING     by Pastor Paul Locke

The verb ‘Anointing’ means to impart power to do and be, whilst the noun ‘the Anointing’ is the presence of God.  Oil was used for anointing and Jacob in response to a vision from God poured oil on the pillar stone saying, “How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”  Later the Hebrew nation in the wilderness received instructions from God on how to make the Anointing Oil and what it was to be used for.  When applied the person or object was made “most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.” (Ex 30:29)  Applying the oil is symbolic and an act of calling on the promises of God.

To seek the Anointing is calling upon God for empowerment to do and be able to walk in the calling of God.  Another aspect of seeking the Anointing is the addictive nature of it, for those who know the feeling of the Anointing they seek more and more and more and more.  One heroin addict described the feeling like a ‘rush’ just after injecting the harmful drug.  A woman described the feeling to be like a sexual climax, so this tells me how special the Anointing is.  The feeling can be so powerful at times that I remember a group of women who were near an act of a musician friend of mine saying, “We had to move away because the anointing was so powerful and we could not stand it.”

Power of the Anointing is revealed to be the Glory of the Lord after the Tent of Meeting and all the objects and Priests were anointed.  The Glory of the Lord was so powerful that Moses could not enter when the Glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. (Ex 40:35)  Samuel the Prophet anointed Saul to be king saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance…The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power…do whatever your hands find to do, for God is with you.” (1Sam 10:1, 6, 7)  Not always is oil used for empowerment for in the New Testament the anointing was transferred by the laying of hands, “They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:6, 8:18)

Work with the Anointing is something to behold as people feel God and know the time of their visitation.  This working power of the Anointing touches the hearts of people and is the same power that raised Jesus from the grave.  People from overseas countries are greatly moved because after coming from such dark spiritual places they do not fail to recognize the Holy Spirit touching them.  As workers for God we are anointed and so is the Gospel because the “Gospel is the power unto salvation for those who believe” and it works even when unclean people preach. Apostle Paul affirmed this when he spoke of those who preach out of envy, rivalry, and selfish ambition. (Php 1:15-18)  So do not be like the unclean but be baptised in the Holy Spirit.

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