Uke 4:18-19 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Repeatedly in my teaching, particularly in recent years, I find myself focusing on helping people recognize the presence of the anointing on their life. Take a moment and deeply consider what I am about to write to you. If you are breathing, there is an anointing in your life, even if you’re not born again. I know many won’t understand that statement, and may even totally disagree. Let me use this example to explain my statement. Climb a power pole in your community, and without being grounded, and without having proper insulation equipment to handle the power lines, take hold of one. That will likely be the last thing you ever do in this life. Why? Not because electricity was involved, but because you handled it, or came into contact with it without the proper tools.
Now think of this. What happened when Uzzah touched the ark of the covenant as it was being brought into Jerusalem? He died. He did not die because he did not love God, or King David, or the things of God. He died because, unlike the priests whose job it was to carry the ark, he was not anointed to do so. And consider the two sons of the high priest, Eli. They offered “strange fire” in service during their priestly duties, and it cost them their lives. Why? Because, though they were anointed as priests, they were not anointed to offer strange fire before the Lord. When one steps into an arena for which they are not anointed, it is a dangerous place to be. If the Lord releases His power in such a place, death can result.
Keep in mind that the same power used to cook your food, warm your house, and light your house in a safe fashion can kill you if it is handled inappropriately. Consider this. No one of Israel could even touch the mountain of the Lord except Moses, for he was the only one anointed to touch it at that time. You see, the anointing is like an insulator on a high-voltage electrical line. It allows the power to flow through the line without being grounded out or destroying the tower on which it is hung. It is that anointing in your life that allows you to be in contact with the power of God and not be destroyed by it as was Uzzah. Now you know you have an anointing, so, the next step is to learn what that anointing is.
Manna for Today – 1 John 2:20-27; Psalm 23; Isaiah 10:27; Exodus 30:22-38