Many people want to see the power of God unleashed in their midst, especially those in leadership positions in the church. We’ve talked about it here frequently and recently, seeing, believing and praying for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit. I have heard it prophesied that the church would see the glory of the Lord this year. I don’t know exactly what that looks like but I know when it happens we will know it. And indeed we who love the Lord always seek to see God glorified in our gatherings–but we can always use more can’t we? So long as there are people that need healed, delivered and saved, we must always seek and earnestly pray for more of the glory of the Lord to be revealed—status quo mode or ‘church as usual’ is not a Kingdom principle, God is always seeking new opportunities and people to bless and heal.
And God always chooses to use his people to do his work, to be the vessels and the conduits of his love and power, his healing and his grace. Those he uses consistently and powerfully are those who are what the scriptures and the church calls anointed. A word that derives from the Old testament where people literally were anointed with a special mix of olive oil and spices that signified a cleansing and an empowering, really an outward sign of the Holy Spirit choosing and empowering an individual for a special purpose whether it was as a King, a prophet, a priest or what have you.
Even items in the Tabernacle and later the Temple were anointed with oil, the implements, the altar, the bread—everything that was to be Holy unto the Lord was anointed.
Also Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. He sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the laver and its base, to consecrate them. And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him, to consecrate him. Lev 8:10-12
The new covenant church still sometimes uses oil to signify an appointment, for instance, I was anointed with oil when I was ordained as a Foursquare Pastor by those who were anointed and given authority to do so. I believe that anointing was significant and honored by the Lord, but the real anointing, the one that matters and really makes a difference, is the anointing that accompanies that, or can come exclusively from the Lord independent of man and his oil, as His Holy Spirit comes upon you for a special purpose.
In fact, all who have called upon the Lord for salvation are anointed by his Spirit, set apart for salvation, now holy unto him.
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Cor 1:21,22
It is subsequent anointings—empowerments—that I am focusing on here, the ones we should all be seeking for different areas of our life in him depending on your passion and call. I know I was anointed to preach at my church, Hope Chapel specifically by God for as long as He chooses to use me as their pastor, but I also pray every Sunday morning for my message to be anointed and for the Lord to anoint me afresh with power for the message he has given me to give to them, and subsequently, to you.
I truly believe that without that it is just words on a page, and in the air, that will be nothing more than noise and at best a few moments of entertainment. I want to speak to you in his power, to pray for you in his power, to see you with his eyes, hear you with his ears and touch you with his hands. And I want you to hear and receive all that he wants to give you, only the Spirit can speak to the spirit.
But I know I, and all of us, fall woefully short of reaching our potential, of being empty vessels with room only for him so that he can fill us to overflowing to the point where he spills out and fills the house with his power, thus recreating everything in those present around and before us, that needs to be recreated—sick bodies regenerated, wounded hearts healed, broken spirits revived, lost passions rekindled.
I committed our church (and this blog) right from the start, at the direction of the Lord, to be a place where God can move and bring healing, restoration and hope to his church, and to all those that he died for. Under the restoration heading of our mission statement are the words: Restored dreams, callings and Passions. Those who truly love the Lord have dreams of being used by the Lord to make a difference, they are or have felt called to make a difference and there have been things that have weighed heavy on their hearts, things that they were passionate about, but then something happened, life got in the way, or, in too many cases, church got in the way.
I have a passion to change that, I don’t know how exactly, but I don’t have to know exactly how to change that, what I do need is an anointing, so I continue to seek the Lord for the wisdom and the opportunity to use the tools, or weapons if you will, he has given me to accomplish the task he has laid on my heart with a passion. I can never take my anointing for granted and I especially do not want to waste it.
The Lord spoke to me as I sat down to start preparing this message for you, this is what he said: Passion is a tool to be directed and tempered by the wisdom of the Spirit, it is not to be trifled with.
What are you anointed to do? -Are you doing it?