Ok family, let’s talk about some things. One of the things that have been on my heart lately is the topic of the ANOINTING and GIFTINGS. So lets first look at anointing.
So in the Old Testament Priest or Prophets would often take people who were called or chosen by God and they would anoint them with oil allowing the Spirit of the Lord to rest upon them for a season. The word anoints (maw-shakh’in Hebrew) means to smear or to paint. Often they would take an entire rams horn of oil pouring the full contents allowing it to drip from the head running all the way to the feet. This anointing literally broke off the bonds of the flesh, empowering you to fulfill God call.
It’s the ANOINTING that breaks the yoke of the enemy. Isaiah 10:27
This process was very important. In this place of submission, you were allowing the Holy Spirit to wear you. Yes, I said that correctly. Holy Spirit would wear you much like when you put on a glove. From Aaron, Gideon, Samuel, Saul, David and many more they were all anointed, smeared, painted, with the very presence of God. This anointing added with the Holy Spirit turned your gifting into an amazing weapon for the Kingdom.
For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. Romans 11:29
Now let us look at Giftings. As the scripture in Romans says, the gifts and call can never be withdrawn. While you were being knitted together in your mother’s womb God was placing inside of you gifts and callings. This is called your created purpose. These gifts and callings are there to give God glory and also they are there for your joy. There is nothing more amazing then when you find your calling in life.
Now there are a select group of giftings called the Gifts of the Spirit or also known as the Graces of the Spirit. These are the gifts I will be focusing on. Every Spirit-filled Believer has access to every one of the Gifts. Nine Gifts are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8 but I do believe there are more that could be mentioned in Old Testament scripture. I will focus on these. So here they are.
Word of Wisdom
Word of Knowledge
Gift of Faith
Gift of Healing
Working of Miracles
Gift of Prophecy
Discerning of Spirits
Gift of Tongues
Interpretation of Tongues
Just be clear Paul never emphasizes that you can have only one but He suggest that we can excel in every gift.
So let us go a little deeper. Here is my concern. With all the schools of Supernatural and ministries teaching on the gifts (Though I see churches and ministries that have done incredible Jobs) we have in some way imparted giftings apart from the need of the anointing. Heres what I mean. There is a big difference between being baptized with the Holy Spirit and being Filled with the Holy Spirit. For some people, they have literally been fill only on their baptism but never again.
Listen, friends, Holy Spirit is not an optional voice. I think I have ignorantly believed that the church was maturer then they actually are. Holy Spirit is part of the three persons of the Godhead. God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit. Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of God that created everything you see, including the forming of Christ in Mary’s womb. HE’S not just a voice…He is the voice.
There is a fullness that only comes through ABIDING in communion with the Holy Spirit. This fullness is where the anointing is. This place of raw obedience and communion is where the marriage begins. I see people all the time who get filled and run to the streets to see healings and miracles but they never come back to the secret place. In the beginning, there is a small grace for that but eventually, you will stop operating under the anointing and you will function solely off of your gifting.
1st Samuel sheds some light to this. In Chapter 10 we come to the story of a young Saul searching for His father’s donkeys. Israel in their distress of being under siege from the Philistines cry out to God for a king and God grants their wish and tells Samuel to anoint Saul and the Spirit of the Lord rest on Saul and gives him a new heart. In the chapter we see Samuel pour a flask of oil over Sauls’ head and anoint him king of Israel. On Sauls way home he runs into a group of Prophets prophesying and Sauls gifting along with the anointing causes him to fall to the ground prophesying. It was said by the people who saw this “Is Saul not also a Prophet.” So here we see Saul prophesying under the gift and the anointing.
Later we see through many acts of disobedience 1 Samuel 16:14 says that the Spirit of the Lord departed Saul and a distressing spirit entered him. So in this moment Saul is no longer anointed by God and it has been transferred to David. This is where obedience becomes so important. Know I know people will point out that I am reading from the Old Testament. But remember that Paul in Ephesians 4:30 not to grieve the Holy Spirit, and 1 Thessalonians 5:19 tells us to not quench Him.
Grace my friends is a beautiful thing. But grace is poured out through humility and repentance. I want to tell you that Holy Spirit will never leave you but your disobedience can make you lose your awareness of His presence.
Let’s look at the last part of Sauls story. Saul is now pursuing Gods anointed King David. While trying to capture David, Saul runs into a group of Prophets prophesying on the road and when Saul encounters them he falls to the ground prophesying. The Spirit of God had come on Him but not in Him. Sauls’ heart was no longer Gods. This lead Saul to prophecy out of a perverted gift many time later believing that God had given David to Saul to kill.
My Friends, moving out of a gifting without the anointing “Presence” is a deadly thing. You will find yourself moving from a perspective of the person’s heart, not from an anointing. When a gifting moves in unison with an anointing, its more than a word, its the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION. Seek the closet, my friends. The anointing is worth everything. I love the person of the Holy Spirit. He is the audible beat of God’s heart towards you. Do not let a gifting leave you glorying in yourself. Obey the voice, the very voice of God the Spirit! Only Believe!!!