To anoint is defined in different ways by different people but the definition that resonates most with my spirit is 'to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry out a certain task'. For a while now, I'd been afraid as I allowed the enormity of the different challenges I was (and in some ways still am) facing to overwhelm me. Like Peter, I had been looking at the waves instead of keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus 'the author and finisher of my faith'. I thank God for His grace over my life. His Word is so true when He says that He will never give us anything beyond what we can bear. The Word that set me free was simply "You have been anointed for your assignment".
To receive the anointing is far more than dipping your hand in oil and smearing your forehead or 'shaking' or 'falling' under the Spirit. I have no issues with these acts but sometimes we believers get carried away with rituals and lose sight of the power behind the actions. I have been anointed for my assignment. This tells me that God has empowered me for a specific purpose, for a specific calling and I am not, in short I cannot do what God has called me to do of my own wisdom, strength or ability but with God working through me.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me because the Lord has ANOINTED me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted , to proclaim freedom for the captives...Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 4:18-19 (Capitals mine)
But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses..Acts 1:8 (Capitals mine).
Even Jesus had to be anointed before He began His earthly ministry. Of ourselves we can do nothing. In the Old Testament, a king had to be anointed with oil as a symbol of God's approval and acceptance of Him. After Saul was anointed, he was able to prophesy. After David was anointed, He was able to slay Goliath.
the 11 disciples were anointed to change the world with the Gospel
Paul was anointed to witness to the Gentiles
Daniel was anointed to interpret dreams and visions and occupy a place of authority in an ungodly kingdom
Martin Luther King was anointed to give black people a voice and bring an end to segregation
Bishop T.D Jakes is anointed to reveal deep mysteries of the word of God
Paul and Jan Crouch, Marcus and Joni Lamb are anointed to take the Word to the world, building churches without walls via television
The question then is, what have we been anointed for? I have been asking the Lord to reveal more about my assignment on this earth to me but I am beginning to see that I have been anointed to teach, to love, to give and encourage. Your assignment will not necessarily put you on CNN or the BBC because we all have a role to play and we can never really be fully fulfilled until we walk in the purpose God has designed for us. Some of us have been anointed to be in the jobs we are at, so that we can be the salt and light in our companies. Some of us have been anointed to remain on our knees in prayer for family members who don't know the Lord or interceding for the sick. Others are anointed to walk in certain dimensions of wealth not for themselves but to be used for God's work.
To be anointed is different from being gifted. The anointing takes your gift to a different level. Some people can sing but when an anointed person sings, even the sick can get healed. Some people can write, but an anointed person writes words that can pierce even the most hardened heart. The anointing took stuttering Moses and gave him the boldness to speak to Pharoah, King of Egypt.
The thing to remember is that the anointing has a price. Joeseph was anointed to be in the palace but He had to go through the pit, slavery and prison before he got there (Psalm 105:9). Immediately after Jesus baptism and the Holy Spirit descending upon Him (Matt 3:16-17), we are told that..Jesus was led by the SPIRIT into the desert to be tempted by the devil (Matt4:1) so know that challenges, trials, temptations will come but remember that you have been empowered from on High. I'm learning to look challenges in the face and boldly declare that I have been anointed for such a time as this, to be in this place and at this time so I know that God is able to do through me exceedingly and abundantly, above all I can ask or think, according to the POWER at work in me (Eph 3:20). Also, the anointing is able to break every yoke (Isaiah 10:27b).
How do we get the anointing? We ask, seek and knock (Matt 7:7&8). Elisha asked for a double portion of the anointing on Elijah's life (2nd Kings 2:9) and he received it because He was willing to pay the price and also because he asked with the right motives, remember that He sees our hearts.
So I'm encouraging you today, remember that greater is He in you (1st John 4:4) than anything you may face, with Him all things are possible so ask Him to anoint you and empower you to do what He has called you to do and be who He has called you to be.
It is well, I am praying for you and cheering for you!
You are blessed and highly favoured