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1. The Anointing

 In the modern church culture of contemporary Europe or North America, the term ‘anointing’ is often misused, misunderstood. Yes, it is a verb in the progressive tense and is a gerund therefore can be used as a noun. But its real significance comes when it remains a verb, a past tense event. When the Anointing is an action it takes on a different significance all-to-together. The Anointing becomes a marker in time, a reference point for a significant event, a demarcation of before and after. It becomes a sign marking the difference between what was and what is now, usually born out in what is to come. 

Do not trust most books on the Anointing. They do not know what it is really. Learn what the anointing is and is not from the Bible. Know the Word of God for yourself. Study to show yourself approved of God. Separate yourself to Him. Ask of Him. He will teach you. He will guide you. He will lead you into all truth. He will teach you how to receive the Anointing and to walk in the Anointing that you received. 

Before you can ask for something, you should know what it is you are getting. You should know what it is not. You should know what it does. You should know what it does not do. If you do not know these things then anyone can and will come along to give you something that is not the Anointing saying it is. You could wake up to find you have something on you that is harder to remove than an unwanted tattoo. 

2. What it is

So, what is the Anointing? Simply put, it is the official recognition that you are authorized to do what it is you do.

“Authorized” is an interesting word. It means given or endowed with authority; duly sanctioned.

“Authority” – for the curious among us – means having or being the power of the originator.

“Author” means the maker, the creator, the originator of a thing; someone who is the source. 

The Anointing carries with it the Power of the Source. If your anointing was by the hand of Man, then you carry all of the power, force, and authority of the one anointing you. If they are powerless – unable to back up what they have bestowed – then the anointing is powerless. If your anointing was by the hand of the Eternal-Self-Existent-GOD-In-Whom-All-Power-Exists then your anointing is backed by a pretty good source. And nothing … no thing … can remove it. 

I Timothy 5.22 KJV “Lay hands suddenly on no man, …” 

Let no one lay hands on you to impart something to you unless you know they are of the GOD of the Bible and hear GOD clearly.

The English word “anoint” means to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance; to apply oil as a sacred rite especially for consecration; to designate as if by ritual anointment.*

“Anointing” would be to ‘anoint’ someone or something in ‘real-time.’

Once you have received the “Anointing” you are “Anointed.” It seems almost too obvious to have to state, but there is a reason for being overly clear on this point.

There are several definitions for the act of “anointing.” We are specifically looking at “anointing toward consecration” rather than the anointing of bread with butter. “Consecration” means to separate, to authorize, to set apart for a particular work or service or office.
–          Aaron was anointed high priest before GOD in the Tabernacle of Moses
–          Saul was anointed king of Israel
–          David was anointed king of Israel

 “Anointing” is the present act of someone who has the authority to do so ‘marking’ you, singling you out, commissioning you to do that thing for which you are “Anointed.” 

3. What it is not

The “Anointing” is not that thing for which you were “anointed.” 

The “Anointing” is not the power or authority for that which you were “anointed.”

The “Anointing” is not a thing to be desired without caution.

The “Anointing” is not a thing lightly given or given away.

The “Anointing” is not a thing to be coveted.

4. What it will do

The “Anointing” is GOD’s approval and sanction for what it is He wants you to do with Him.
–          Aaron and his sons, Exodus 29.21; Exodus 40.15; Leviticus 8.12, 30
–          Moses anoints the Tabernacle and everything in it, Leviticus 8.10
–          To be empowered to oversee His possession, 1 Samuel 10.1
–          To be empowered to greatness, 1 Samuel 16.13
–          To be sanctioned and sealed in your role given to you, 1 Kings 1.39
–          To teach you and to abide in Him, 1 John 2.27 

The “Anointing” sets you apart for a specific task or duty.

Isaiah 61.1-2a KJV “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,  and the opening of the prison to them that are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord…” [Luke 4.18] 

The “Anointing” empowers you to do that which GOD has called you to do.

Acts 10.38 KJV “… GOD anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for GOD was with him. 

 5. Receiving your “Anointing” 

The “Anointing” is GOD’s commissioning of what it is you do in the Kingdom of GOD. Make certain it is authentic! 

When you pray [asking from your lower position to a higher one] believe you receive, doubt not in your heart [the center, the core of your being].

Having received your “Anointing” you are now “Anointed.”

Walk in that thing for which you were “Anointed.”

It is just that simple.

 *According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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