The word “anointing” sometimes creates confusion among believers today. The topic is far too vast to discuss in a single blog post, so I will attempt to simplify and center in on the anointing as it relates to my recent blogs on the presence of God.
The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” are chrio, which means “to smear or rub with oil” and, by implication, “to consecrate for office or religious service”; and aleipho, which means “to anoint.”
In Bible times people who were chosen to perform a task were anointed to do so. Kings like David for example, chosen from all his brothers and anointed to be the next King of Israel. Some other men and women were anointed to perform specific tasks requiring skills of excellence, such as the two men who built objects for the temple, Bezalel and Oholiab (Exodus 31). Jesus also was anointed; He declared himself, that He came to preach the good news and perform sign and wonders (Luke 4). If anyone is sick, James 5 says they are to call the elders to anoint the sick with oil but also to cast out devils, to prophesy, etc.
There are many more examples but this is just to give a 30,000 foot view of a subject that is both powerful and detailed.
In the context of church activity, we often use the word anointing or anointed to describe what we like or prefer. For instance, “that singer was anointed” or “man, that song is so anointed.” But is this really what the Bible is talking about when it comes to the word anointing?
The anointing is the presence
The anointing IS the manifested presence of the Almighty God in our midst. It’s really not complicated or theologically elaborate. In the Old Testament we are told during the building of the temple, that the priests could not minister because the glory of God had filled the temple (2 Chronicles 5:14, 2 Chronicles 7:2, 1 Kings 8:11) In their desire to honor and consecrate the temple of God, Solomon, the priests and the people came; they brought animal sacrifices, played instruments, worshipped with all their hearts and God was so honored that His glory filled the temple so much so that it was all they did that day, revel in His presence on their faces.
We are encouraged to place our own lives on the altar.
We become the sacrifice
Today. we may not bring animal sacrifices to God, but we are encouraged to place our own lives on the altar; we become the sacrifice. In the above story, the amount of animals sacrificed could not be counted or recorded it was so great. We must offer God our lives, not just part, if we desire to see and experience His presence and therefore His anointing.
In our day and age, we are used to quick and easy. Fast food, microwave dinners, weight loss pills, get rich quick scams, etc…We are a society running around busy and taken up with the trivial. Someone said that if the devil can’t get us to sin, he will keep us busy…and never was that more true than today.
When it comes to the presence of God and His precious anointing, we cannot use the same “quick fix” mentality. “Well God (we think) I am giving you Sunday from 10:00 – 12:00 so bless me and do it now” – cause at 1:00 NFL begins. Friends, wanting the God of the universe to work on our timetable is a form of arrogance on our part. We must learn to sit, still ourselves and wait in the presence of God. It is there that He imparts His heart to our hearts.
You can’t say you took a shower if you only washed your hands up to your elbows and in the same way we haven’t known what His powerful presence is and feels like, until we sit and take the time to seek Him and allow Him to wash over us. Time is the best friend of healthy relationships, and spending time with God will produce His awesome and sweet presence. If we’re going to get wet, we might as well get soaked.
Reverence and awe
Liturgical practice and religious approach are not the same as having reverence for the presence of God. Reverence is “high regard, great respect, admiration, appreciation and estimation for someone or something.” Reverence for God is not centered around an action but the Person of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible exhorts us to “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29) Long ago as a child, my dad taught me not to play with electricity or fire, because if I would I might experience negative consequences and injury. But the beauty of electricity is that it also gives light at night, and power for many electrical items we use. Fire can quickly burn a forest, but it can also warm a house and cook our food.
This is an unpopular message, but the reason God is a consuming fire is for the purpose of our holiness. His fire consumes what is unholy and ungodly from our lives, but we must learn to take time and worship with reverence and awe. We must allow the anointed presence of Holy Spirit in our lives to burn away what hinders our growth and our understanding of our need for more of God. Let’s get intimate with God, as He wants to draw near to us.
I desire to get closer to God more than anything in this world. We give our affection to so many things and people, when God stands at the door of our heart and knocks, waiting and wanting to come in, to covenant and build a friendship with us.
Are we ready to open our hearts, seek His presence so that He can pour His anointing over our lives?
When we are touched by His anointing, we will never be the same.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.