The Anointing – Week 1

This Weeks Touchpoint from Pastor Tony

Daily Application Points

Day One

Are you a follower of Christ? Then guess what? You are anointed. Sometimes in the busyness of life we can lose sight of this reality.

Take time to today to get into the presence of God. Not just a passive time but a deep enriching time.  In this time of “resting” in his presence be sure to listen. Allow the Holy Spirit to affirm the identity within you as his anointed son or daughter. 

Day Two

In 2nd Corithians 1:22 the Apostle Paul wrote that the Spirit was given as a guarentee of everything that God has promised.

REFLECTION: Is there a promise or a call in your life that you feel has been delayed or derailed becasuse of fear or a sense of inadequecy? Perhaps this has come from a place of self effort or a sense that you don’t have what it takes. If the Spirit was given as a gurentee of everything God has promised then you have what you need to move forward towards the call.

What is the promise that you are beliving for? Write it out.

Identitfy the gifts you need from the Holy Spirit that will help propel your calling. Example, if you feel called to be a speaker then you will need a speaking gifting. 

Begin to ask God for strategic direction in these gifts. 

Day Three

We have a special purpose: A major part living out our purpose is first understanding our identity in Christ. Only out of that identity can our purpose be fulfilled.

Find three scriptures that speak God’s truth to your identity and write them out and hang them up somewhere that you can read them each day.

Day Four
You are set apart: The definition of the phrase to be set is apart is to be a quality that makes (someone or something) better than or different from other people or things. The anointing of God creates in us the ability to be greater than who we were and to do better than worldly standards. It’s not about our own goodness but the power we carry through God’s anointing. Does your life look different than before you received Holy Spirit? Does it look different than the world? 
 
To be set apart means we must reflect Christ. In 1 Peter God says: Be holy for I am holy. The anointing is Holy Spirit’s work in us, which sets us apart from those around us.
Today take time to pray and ask God to help you reflect more of His image to those around you. Ask Holy Spirit to show you someone today the anointing and power you have through Christ. Write out the experience. Let’s be the light of the world.
Day Five
You are responsible to guard the anointing: As we understand the anointing we must understand that the enemy loathes God’s anointed people and because of this he will come to distract us from our calling and purpose. As believers, we need guard our anointing. The best way to do that is to everyday renew our minds. In Romans 12:2 says  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. 
 
We want to guard our anointing.
Today write out three steps you will take on a daily basis to renew your mind and guard your heart.

Leadership Devotional

The Anointing of God

By Professor Ghia Townsend

Exodus 14:21 reads, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” Joshua 10:12-14 teaches that Joshua prayed to the Lord in the sight of Israel, “Sun stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” It is further written that “there has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.” 1 Samuel 17 tells the epic story of a teenage boy named David who slew the giant Goliath. David is noted to have responded to those who would marvel at his audacity by revealing the source of his courage, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17: 37). Let’s not forget Elijah who boldly beseeched the LORD in front of an audience of 450 Baal prophets and the children of Israel, “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant” (1 Kings 18:36). “Then the fire of the LORD fell from heaven consuming the burnt offering” (I Kings 18:38). Resultantly, Elijah exposed the false prophets of Baal and caused a revival in Israel. I Kings18:39 reads, ‘And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and proclaimed, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD he is God.” What do these men have in common? The most obvious answer is, the Anointing of God.

 

What is the Anointing of God? Having considered the aforementioned examples and numerous others referenced in this article, I have coined the following definition; “the Anointing of God is a supernatural endowment from God that equips an individual to carry out a task that could be considered impossible or extraordinary and therefore in its accomplishment brings attention to the All Powerful God whose Glory and Might are subsequently revealed through that individual.”

 

God’s word to Zerubbabel is an apt analogy for the purpose of increasing our understanding of the Anointing of God. Zerubbabel and the Jews who returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple had quite an arduous if not impossible task to accomplish. Ezra 4:1-5 states, “then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They bribed officials to work against them and frustrated their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus King of Persia and down to the reign of Darius King of Persia”. Ezra 4:24 further tells us that the work on the temple had come to a complete standstill until Darius’ second year on the throne. Bible scholars calculated that this was a 15-year pause which further emphasizes the extraordinary if not impossible task Zerubbabel had to carry out. Given the hardships they experienced, it is not surprising that the work came to a standstill (Ezra 4). However, God rebuked and punished His children harshly for their misplaced priorities, which caused them to focus on their personal wellbeing rather than rebuilding His house that remained in ruin (Haggai 1:1-11).

 

Haggai 1:12-15 showed that the people repented and humbled themselves before God who subsequently changed the course of events by, “stirring “up the spirit of Zerubbabel… and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people”. Stated differently, God anointed Zerubbabel and the people of Judah to begin working on the temple and they subsequently completed the work in as few as 3-5 years based on estimates provided by some sources. Although other sources contend that the period was much longer, the stark contrast between their accomplishment before and after the anointing profoundly illustrates God’s word to Zerubbabel: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:7).

 

What is the Purpose of the Anointing

One of the earliest scriptural references to “Anointing” is found in Exodus 25:6, “oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense”: God had instructed Moses to come up to Him on Mount Sinai to wait for the tablets of stone with the law and the commandment. Moses emerged from this encounter with God 40 days and 40 nights later armed with specific instructions comprising intricate details concerning the contributions for the Sanctuary where God would dwell in their midst (Exodus 25:8). God further specified His will concerning those He had set apart to serve Him within the Sanctuary by instructing Moses to anoint, ordain and consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve in the Tabernacle as Priests. God similarly instructed Samuel to anoint Saul (1 Samuel 9:16) then later David (1 Samuel 16:12-13) as king over Israel; and He also instructed Zadock the priest and Nathan the prophet to anoint Solomon as king. The anointing within these two contexts indicates that God has selected these men for a specific purpose and has authorized them to work within their designated roles (Exodus 28:41).

 

Within the context of the New testament, Acts 1:8 informs us that Jesus, prior to his ascension to heaven, instructed his disciples as follows, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” In Matthew 28:19-20 He similarly states: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” It’s important to consider the context within which this instruction was provided: The disciples had walked with and learnt from Jesus during his ministry on earth; they had seen the miracles, signs and wonders; and they had also had some opportunity to engage in activities such as loosing persons bound by demonic spirits, healing the sick and witnessing about the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-4). Yet, despite their apprenticeship and fairly substantial resume, Jesus ordered them to wait for the anointing/authorization of the Holy Spirit before commencing their ministry.

 

Now let’s consider another example; Naomi instructed Ruth to wash, anoint and dress herself then go to the threshing floor where she would approach Boaz in the manner prescribed by her mother-in-law. The scripture does not bare record that God explicitly told Naomi to instruct Ruth as she did. However, it might not be unreasonable to deduce that the anointing within this context represented God’s favour, which  influenced the outcome that Ruth experienced with Boaz at the threshing floor: Ruth and Boaz’s marriage was part of God’s plan that served a greater purpose related to the genealogy of Jesus, the Messiah.

 

The beautiful story of Queen Esther finding favour with King Ahasuerus is not unlike Ruth finding favour with Boaz: Esther 2:15 reveals that, “Esther was winning favour in the eyes of all who saw her”; Esther 2:17 further stated that, “the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. These scriptures provide a related context that substantiates the claim that God’s anointing does bring favour consistent with His will and purpose for the individual’s life: The saviour of the world would descend from Ruth and Boaz’s union, and Esther’s ascension to the throne would save the Jewish nation from genocide and was therefore instrumental in preserving the Jewish Messianic lineage.

 

Consistent with these scriptural examples, I have coined a second definition that summarizes the purpose of the anointing. “The anointing of God is placed on an individual for the expressed purpose of equipping him/her to carry out a task, service or other function that is specifically related to God’s plan; to reveal Himself to mankind through His Son, Jesus who is the image of the invisible God and first born over all creation (Colossians 1:15 NIV); and to reconcile humanity to Himself by sacrificing His Son.”

 

How Does the Anointing Work

To answer the question of how does the anointing work it is useful to revisit Jesus’ command to his disciples in Acts 1:8 and consider what it means to be a witness. Becoming a witness implies that one is in possession of evidence to support a claim and therefore has power to exert influence. More specifically, a witness of Christ is one who influences another person to; first recognize that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has the authority to forgive sins and the power to guarantee eternal life; then acknowledge His Lordship and subsequently become one of his disciples. The book of Acts illustrates that those disciples who were obedient to Jesus’ command tarried in the Upper Room and later received the promised anointing. Thereafter, they were transformed by the supernatural endowment of the Holy Spirit that enabled them to witness with great power and authority.

 

Peter, for example, who had only recently proved himself to be cowardly by denying his affiliation with Christ rather than die for Him as he had boldly declared he would, became a new man after he received the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 tells us that when the Day of Pentecost arrived a mighty rushing wind from heaven filled the entire house; divided tongues of fire rested on them; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. The end result of the manifestation of God’s supernatural power was that the evidence to support/corroborate the disciples witness was undeniable. Peter, having cast off his fetters of fear, spoke publicly and boldly concerning Jesus Christ and the anointing/ Holy Spirit of God that rested upon him convicted the hearts of about 3000 persons who heard his message and subsequently chose to be baptized and to become disciples of Christ (Acts 2:41).

 

In concluding, the anointing is not the physical oil which may or may not be used in the anointing process. Therefore, the “supernatural endowment” that manifests subsequent to an individual’s anointing is not attributable to the physical oil. However, God authorizes the use of the physical oil in the anointing process to symbolically represent His Spirit that indwells/ rests upon that individual after He sanctions their anointing. What should be evident from this account is that the working of the anointing is synonymous with the Spirit of God operating in and through the individual. Stated differently, when we say that an individual is anointed, we are in effect saying that the Spirit of God indwells and subsequently empowers the individual to accomplish a task, service or function in a manner that “brings attention to the All Powerful God whose Glory and Might are subsequently revealed through that individual.” This “endowment” consequently makes the individual’s witness concerning the Messiah far more effective, credible and powerful.

The Anointing of God

By Professor Ghia Townsend

Exodus 14:21 reads, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” Joshua 10:12-14 teaches that Joshua prayed to the Lord in the sight of Israel, “Sun stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” It is further written that “there has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.” 1 Samuel 17 tells the epic story of a teenage boy named David who slew the giant Goliath. David is noted to have responded to those who would marvel at his audacity by revealing the source of his courage, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17: 37). Let’s not forget Elijah who boldly beseeched the LORD in front of an audience of 450 Baal prophets and the children of Israel, “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant” (1 Kings 18:36). “Then the fire of the LORD fell from heaven consuming the burnt offering” (I Kings 18:38). Resultantly, Elijah exposed the false prophets of Baal and caused a revival in Israel. I Kings18:39 reads, ‘And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and proclaimed, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD he is God.” What do these men have in common? The most obvious answer is, the Anointing of God.

 

What is the Anointing of God? Having considered the aforementioned examples and numerous others referenced in this article, I have coined the following definition; “the Anointing of God is a supernatural endowment from God that equips an individual to carry out a task that could be considered impossible or extraordinary and therefore in its accomplishment brings attention to the All Powerful God whose Glory and Might are subsequently revealed through that individual.”

 

God’s word to Zerubbabel is an apt analogy for the purpose of increasing our understanding of the Anointing of God. Zerubbabel and the Jews who returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple had quite an arduous if not impossible task to accomplish. Ezra 4:1-5 states, “then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They bribed officials to work against them and frustrated their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus King of Persia and down to the reign of Darius King of Persia”. Ezra 4:24 further tells us that the work on the temple had come to a complete standstill until Darius’ second year on the throne. Bible scholars calculated that this was a 15-year pause which further emphasizes the extraordinary if not impossible task Zerubbabel had to carry out. Given the hardships they experienced, it is not surprising that the work came to a standstill (Ezra 4). However, God rebuked and punished His children harshly for their misplaced priorities, which caused them to focus on their personal wellbeing rather than rebuilding His house that remained in ruin (Haggai 1:1-11).

 

Haggai 1:12-15 showed that the people repented and humbled themselves before God who subsequently changed the course of events by, “stirring “up the spirit of Zerubbabel… and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people”. Stated differently, God anointed Zerubbabel and the people of Judah to begin working on the temple and they subsequently completed the work in as few as 3-5 years based on estimates provided by some sources. Although other sources contend that the period was much longer, the stark contrast between their accomplishment before and after the anointing profoundly illustrates God’s word to Zerubbabel: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:7).

 

What is the Purpose of the Anointing

One of the earliest scriptural references to “Anointing” is found in Exodus 25:6, “oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense”: God had instructed Moses to come up to Him on Mount Sinai to wait for the tablets of stone with the law and the commandment. Moses emerged from this encounter with God 40 days and 40 nights later armed with specific instructions comprising intricate details concerning the contributions for the Sanctuary where God would dwell in their midst (Exodus 25:8). God further specified His will concerning those He had set apart to serve Him within the Sanctuary by instructing Moses to anoint, ordain and consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve in the Tabernacle as Priests. God similarly instructed Samuel to anoint Saul (1 Samuel 9:16) then later David (1 Samuel 16:12-13) as king over Israel; and He also instructed Zadock the priest and Nathan the prophet to anoint Solomon as king. The anointing within these two contexts indicates that God has selected these men for a specific purpose and has authorized them to work within their designated roles (Exodus 28:41).

 

Within the context of the New testament, Acts 1:8 informs us that Jesus, prior to his ascension to heaven, instructed his disciples as follows, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” In Matthew 28:19-20 He similarly states: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” It’s important to consider the context within which this instruction was provided: The disciples had walked with and learnt from Jesus during his ministry on earth; they had seen the miracles, signs and wonders; and they had also had some opportunity to engage in activities such as loosing persons bound by demonic spirits, healing the sick and witnessing about the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-4). Yet, despite their apprenticeship and fairly substantial resume, Jesus ordered them to wait for the anointing/authorization of the Holy Spirit before commencing their ministry.

 

Now let’s consider another example; Naomi instructed Ruth to wash, anoint and dress herself then go to the threshing floor where she would approach Boaz in the manner prescribed by her mother-in-law. The scripture does not bare record that God explicitly told Naomi to instruct Ruth as she did. However, it might not be unreasonable to deduce that the anointing within this context represented God’s favour, which  influenced the outcome that Ruth experienced with Boaz at the threshing floor: Ruth and Boaz’s marriage was part of God’s plan that served a greater purpose related to the genealogy of Jesus, the Messiah.

 

The beautiful story of Queen Esther finding favour with King Ahasuerus is not unlike Ruth finding favour with Boaz: Esther 2:15 reveals that, “Esther was winning favour in the eyes of all who saw her”; Esther 2:17 further stated that, “the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. These scriptures provide a related context that substantiates the claim that God’s anointing does bring favour consistent with His will and purpose for the individual’s life: The saviour of the world would descend from Ruth and Boaz’s union, and Esther’s ascension to the throne would save the Jewish nation from genocide and was therefore instrumental in preserving the Jewish Messianic lineage.

 

Consistent with these scriptural examples, I have coined a second definition that summarizes the purpose of the anointing. “The anointing of God is placed on an individual for the expressed purpose of equipping him/her to carry out a task, service or other function that is specifically related to God’s plan; to reveal Himself to mankind through His Son, Jesus who is the image of the invisible God and first born over all creation (Colossians 1:15 NIV); and to reconcile humanity to Himself by sacrificing His Son.”

 

How Does the Anointing Work

To answer the question of how does the anointing work it is useful to revisit Jesus’ command to his disciples in Acts 1:8 and consider what it means to be a witness. Becoming a witness implies that one is in possession of evidence to support a claim and therefore has power to exert influence. More specifically, a witness of Christ is one who influences another person to; first recognize that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has the authority to forgive sins and the power to guarantee eternal life; then acknowledge His Lordship and subsequently become one of his disciples. The book of Acts illustrates that those disciples who were obedient to Jesus’ command tarried in the Upper Room and later received the promised anointing. Thereafter, they were transformed by the supernatural endowment of the Holy Spirit that enabled them to witness with great power and authority.

 

Peter, for example, who had only recently proved himself to be cowardly by denying his affiliation with Christ rather than die for Him as he had boldly declared he would, became a new man after he received the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 tells us that when the Day of Pentecost arrived a mighty rushing wind from heaven filled the entire house; divided tongues of fire rested on them; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. The end result of the manifestation of God’s supernatural power was that the evidence to support/corroborate the disciples witness was undeniable. Peter, having cast off his fetters of fear, spoke publicly and boldly concerning Jesus Christ and the anointing/ Holy Spirit of God that rested upon him convicted the hearts of about 3000 persons who heard his message and subsequently chose to be baptized and to become disciples of Christ (Acts 2:41).

 

In concluding, the anointing is not the physical oil which may or may not be used in the anointing process. Therefore, the “supernatural endowment” that manifests subsequent to an individual’s anointing is not attributable to the physical oil. However, God authorizes the use of the physical oil in the anointing process to symbolically represent His Spirit that indwells/ rests upon that individual after He sanctions their anointing. What should be evident from this account is that the working of the anointing is synonymous with the Spirit of God operating in and through the individual. Stated differently, when we say that an individual is anointed, we are in effect saying that the Spirit of God indwells and subsequently empowers the individual to accomplish a task, service or function in a manner that “brings attention to the All Powerful God whose Glory and Might are subsequently revealed through that individual.” This “endowment” consequently makes the individual’s witness concerning the Messiah far more effective, credible and powerful.

Additional Resources

The Anointing Series Memory Verses

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Psalm 92:10

But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.
    You have anointed me with the finest oil.

1 John 2:27

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

Luke 4:18
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
Psalm 45:7

You love justice and hate evil.
    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

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