I Have a Friend – 12

There is much more to be discovered about the anointing.

He Anoints Me (b)

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Today I write again about my Friend Who anoints me.  David’s words in Psalm 23 should thrill the heart of any Christian, especially in the light of Psalm 133, and Luke 4:18-19.  In Psalm 23 we read the words, “Thou (the Lord) anointest my head with oil.”  When we read those words in light of our previous discussion about the light of the anointing, we see a supernatural follow-up to the anointing, and that is, “my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord.”

I urge you to put all these passages concerning the anointing together in order to get a clearer and deeper look into the truth of anointing, and the heaven-sent, God-ordained, Scripturally-based truth of God’s Jeremiah 29:11 “thoughts toward you.”  That which God ordains and anoints, when it positions itself aright in the eyes and plan of God, has made available to it all the power of heaven and every promised blessing.  Nothing of which the Lord has spoken and ordained for that anointing will be withheld,

For every good work ordained by our God in which you should walk, you are anointed.  Please consider the words I write to you.  Jesus was anointed in Mary’s womb.  Jesus was anointed at His birth.  Jesus was called the Christ child (anointed child) when the wise men came bearing gifts.  Jesus was anointed at age 12 when he confounded the elders in Jerusalem at the Temple.  Jesus was anointed when He was 29 years of age.  So, why is it that Jesus did not do any might works until after He was baptized at Jordan, had ended a 40-day fast, and overcome Satan in the temptations?  It was because it had taken those 30 years for the anointing that was upon Him to teach Him all He needed to know to walk in His highest calling for His earthly ministry. 

That same truth must be applied to every child of God.  Anointing always precedes the coming of God’s power upon you; that point in time when you have allowed the anointing given to you to teach you how to flow in the power of the Spirit.  It is then that it could be said the hand of God will come upon you to enable you to perform that “good work” which God “has ordained” for you to accomplish.  This explains what so many mean when they mention “God’s timing.”  It’s not about God’s timing.  It’s about your willingness to yield to your anointings as they prepare you to fulfill God’s calling.  The more quickly you allow the anointing to train you, the more quickly you will see the power of God unleashed through you.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Psalm 23, Psalm 91; John 17;           John 20:21; 1 John 2:18-27; Psalm 133; Habakkuk 3; Luke 4:18-19; Ephesians 2:10

I Have a Friend – 11


One of the most precious of the “good and perfect” gifts of God is the anointing.

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He Anoints Me (a)

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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In the Scriptures, there are several terms, or words, that are used to represent the anointing.  Among them are unction and ointment.  We read about the oil used for anointing, and the act of anointing such as when Samuel poured the anointing oil on David to anoint him as king over Israel.  And when we read about the anointing oil and the act of its use in anointing Aaron and high priest, we see the application was to pour on the head in such quantity as to cause it to run down over one’s being, past the beard, and all the way to the skirts of one’s garments.   In other words, when one was anointed, it covered their entire being, from the crown of their head to the soles of their feet.  No part of the person was left untouched.

But there is even more than having oil poured upon a person.  It also included, as a part of the Old Testament form of anointing, the rubbing in by hand of that anointing.  Stop for a moment and consider the picture I have just painted with you in the picture.  First, the oil of anointing is poured upon you and it us so complete in its covering that it runs down to your feet.  Then, the one that has poured on that anointing rubs that anointing into you, massaging it into your hair and over your body, all the way to your feet.  The picture is that of someone loving you so much, that he not only pours the oil ON you, but makes sure that it gets INTO you. 

Now consider the following.  When the anointing oil of the Old Testament (a hin [six quarts] of pure beaten olive oil, along with cassia, calamus, cinnamon, and myrrh – a very fragrant spice) was poured on you, the resulting odor was not something that dissipated quickly, but would be absorbed into you, and present for days, even if the odor may become unnoticed.  My point here is that God wants His hands on you, to empower you, to use you, to do things with and through you that will bring great glory to Him.  But to have Him put His hands on you for that purpose, you must first be anointed.  Now consider what I say here.  In Habakku3:4 we read that in God’s hands is the “hiding of His power.”  If you will have the power of God manifest in you, He Himself must touch you, and to do that without causing your death, you MUST BE ANOINTED.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Psalm 23, Psalm 91; John 17;           John 20:21; 1 John 2:18-27; Psalm 133; Habakkuk 3