Sunday, 26 May 2013
THE PURPOSE OF THE ANOINTING
I have just listened to a talk by Pastor Wale Olulana of Harmony Christian Centre and here are some excerpts as well as some of my thoughts on the subject. This is by no means exhaustive but gives broad guidelines of what the anointing is and what it is not.
What is 'The Anointing'?
It's certainly not falling to the ground or other forms of 'spiritual acrobatics', lol!
It is the empowerment by the Spirit of God to accomplish God's will and purposes on the earth. (Isaiah 61:1-3).
The essence of the anointing is to achieve God's aim and not a means to build a platform for man. A perfect analogy is found in Matthew 21:2-9.
When it was time for Jesus to make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem He sent his disciples to go get an ass, and clothes and palm fronds were laid on the ground for it to tread on. It would have been laughable for the ass to ever conceive the thought that all the pomp and pagentry was for its benefit. The ass could have understandably, been overwhelmed that such an honour was bestowed on it, being the singular animal chosen to carry the Messiah on that historic and prophetic journey, but it would have been disastrous to lose sight of the fact that the 'star' of the event was actually the rider, and that it was simply an instrument to accomplish a specific purpose.
The anointing creates passion that makes it impossible to maintain neutrality when crucial issues of right and wrong arise. You cannot be annointed and passive. You must have an opinion, but expressed with wisdom. Issues of morality and sound doctrine cannot be handled in a namby pamby fashion when firmness and decisiveness need to come into play. These are things that can't just be swept under the carpet in the guise of minding our own business. In John 2:13-17 when Jesus drove the money-changers out of the temple, it was not an impulsive decision. It was purposeful and vigorous. He took the time to make a whip with which He carried out this exercise. Could the money-changers not have over-powered Him if they had so wished? Possibly, but His zeal and intensity must have been all-consuming. Nothing wishy-washy about that!
When you encounter the power of the Holy Spirit you are less likely to be led astray by strange teaching. The anointing brings discernment and understanding of spiritual matters, a quality much needed in this perilous times we're in. (1 John 2:26-27).