Have you ever noticed how sometimes when we read through the Bible, we just don’t really put together the significance of what we are reading, even though we’ve read it a good number of times? It’s those little details, the repetition of those outward signs of inward realities that we too often overlook.
1 John 2:20 NIV “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.“
Last Sunday in Church we were singing a song and one of the lines in the song had to do with Jesus reigning. I wrote a post about it and the reason I wrote that particular post was because of how God empowered me to KNOW that reality. When I say “know” what I mean is that the truth of what is being said becomes so real that you just “know” that you “know”, it’s almost like you can taste it. It’s like you’re been kind of taken into another level of awareness. It’s beautiful when this happens and there are many examples I could give of how this has happened to me before but that is not what is important. And just so you know, I don’t get these insights into God’s truth every day, that is just one manifestation of God’s Holy Spirit enlightening us, there are many others, such as being aware of His presence when we pray, or having God’s Holy Spirit help us when we confess our sins or seek to do His will. What is important is the knowledge and wisdom to know and understand our absolute need to seek and receive the assistance of God’s Holy Spirit to help us daily, as we walk through this journey of faith.
The truth is, we can’t do this alone. This shouldn’t come as a shock.
We need God’s anointing and it’s an everyday anointing that we are to continually seek, a daily refreshing. What we experienced yesterday doesn’t necessarily help us for today or prepare us for tomorrow. You can call receiving God’s anointing “getting your battery recharged” or “getting filled with God’s Holy Spirit” but it’s the reality of the need for and receiving the help of God’s Holy Spirit that moves us forward and keeps us on that narrow path.
And, what I’m talking about is all through the Bible. You’ve all read it many times. And there are many many examples, I’ll just give you a couple.
1 Samuel 16:13 NIV “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.”
In 1 Samuel 10:6 NIV we also read how the Prophet Samuel anointed King Saul and stated that “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”
The primary difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament is to whom God’s anointing of the Holy Spirit is given. In the OT we have selected individuals, in the New Testament, with the New Covenant, this anointing is available to all believers.
Joel 2:28-29 NIV “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
Acts 1:4-8 NIV “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
And then of course, we have the example of how God’s anointing of Jesus with the Holy Spirit, was instrumental in His ministry.
Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:20-21). But He also needed a Holy Spirit anointing —which came upon Him 30 years later — to do all that God had called Him to do (see Luke 3:21-23; 4:1-2,14). But He did not do His first miracle, at the wedding feast of Cana, until after His anointing by the Holy Spirit. John 2:11 says, “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” Likewise for us, the anointing of the Spirit, kept fresh and stirred up in us, will open the door for life and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The four Gospels record how Jesus kept the anointing stirred up daily by His dedication to prayer and time spent in ongoing fellowship with God His Father. How much more must we need to be daily in God’s Word, in prayer, in worship, and in fellowship with the Lord to keep God’s anointing current and fresh in our lives.
Seeking and experiencing the presence of God through prayer and praise won’t happen unless we spend time in prayer and praise. Receiving guidance and enlightenment from God’s Holy Spirit, who dwells within us, is also a natural spiritual outflow associated with spending time in God’s Word. The key is, we need to be doing both, daily.
I perceive that there are difficult times ahead. I’m not being an alarmist, or going off the deep end, but many many Christians are experiencing the same witness of God’s Holy Spirit, letting us know that which is coming. If ever there was a time to get as close as you can to God, and come together in the Church, the body of Christ, it is now. There is going to be a great falling away, many will be deceived and there is going to be increasing violence and opposition to those who hold fast to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Remember the parable of the 10 virgins awaiting the bride groom. Five virgins had a ready reserve of oil for their lamps, five didn’t. Oil is always a symbol of God’s anointing Holy Spirit. Don’t get caught with no oil for your lamp.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!