Text for Today – Exodus 3:14 – And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Yesterday I wrote to you that to encounter the presence of God, we need to accept His reality, accept His Lordship, accept His love, and practice His presence. To bring our discussion to a current conclusion, I offer you one more key element that must be present to experience a true encounter of His presence in power. It is the anointing.
There is a lesson to be learned concerning the anointing of God in the life of the believer. Untold numbers of Christians live their entire lives after being born again, and rarely, or perhaps even never, enjoy the manifest presence of God in their lives. They love God, they may be faithful to their church, they may tithe, and they may love their neighbors, but seeing a manifestation of the power of God in their life is rare, or possibly non-existent. I am convinced that the majority of Christians who experience the manifest power of God in their lives, do so infrequently. My friend, I cannot be persuaded that this is the will of God for His people.
In Luke, Jesus said there was a reason that Holy Spirit was on Him, and that reason was that He (Jesus) had, at some time in His past, been anointed by God. Yes, Jesus was the Son of God, but in His earthly ministry, He served as a man, having emptied Himself of all divine privilege. If you will study the Scriptures in the light of that statement, understanding the God doesn’t change, you will see that with man, any time there was a manifestation of the Spirit and power of God, the anointing was always present. You will likewise see that there were also manifestations of power that was often manifest in a dangerous way, when someone NOT anointed touched what God HAD anointed. For instance . . .
- Nadab and Abihu offering strange fire. They touched that which was holy in a manner that God had not anointed. It cost them their lives.
- Phineas and Hophni looking into the Ark of the Covenant. They attempted to look upon that which God had anointed to be confined within the Ark. It cost them their lives.
- Uzzah. Here was a man who loved God, loved Israel, loved David, and loved the things of God. But when David attempted to bring the Ark to Jerusalem, his mode of transportation was not the way God ordered. When the oxen pulling the cart carrying the Ark stumbled, and it appeared the Ark would fall off, Uzzah touched it to protect it. It cost him his life.
In each of these instances, touching that which was holy without the anointing to touch it cost people their lives. By the same token, when one IS anointed, and yield that anointing to Holy Spirit, He WILL use it to manifest the very glory of God through that yielded vessel. Be that vessel and encounter His presence.
Manna for Today – Psalm 139; Romans 10:6-17; Ephesians 3:14-19; Luke 4:16-21; 1 John 2:20-27