The Anointing Is For Action
And it shall come to pass in that day, that this burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from around your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27)
The anointing destroys or breaks the yoke of bondage. The yoke of poverty is destroyed by the anointing. The yoke of sickness is destroyed by the anointing. Whatever the devil tries to put on us or send against us is destroyed by the anointing. The anointing is not something spooky, and it is not only for full-time ministers. The anointing is for the entire Body of Christ, so we need to put aside all the weird ideas we may have about it and learn to walk in it in the practical operation of everyday lives.
There is no Hollywood in heaven, and there are no superstars in heaven. We are all called to be a particular part of the Body of Christ and to flow together as one, but we cannot do it without the anointing. However, the anointing and understanding of the anointing is sadly lacking in the Church today. What is the anointing?
The anointing is the divine power God grants to a believer through the Holy Spirit to minister to the world and the Body of Christ.
There are many different types of anointing, but there is only one Holy Spirit. Jesus is our example of ministering under the anointing. In the gospel of Luke, chapter 4, verses 14, 16-19 we see what Jesus was anointed to do. He was anointed:
- To preach the Gospel to the poor
- To heal the brokenhearted
- To preach deliverance to the captives
- To preach recovering of sight to the blind
- To set at liberty them that are bruised
- To preach the acceptable year of the Lord
Notice that each item begins with a verb—an action word. Jesus was anointed for action. He was a man of bold action. Jesus was not anointed to take a defensive posture. Each of the actions listed was a bold thrust against the enemy. Each was an offensive move to drive the enemy out of the lives of God’s people. When you read the Gospels you will see that Jesus took bold action against the works of the enemy. He ministered in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.
Notice also that the anointing was for Jesus’ ministry, but it was not for His day-to-day living. He walked by faith in the everyday affairs of life. He did not try to live in the anointing. His personal life was based on prayer and absolute obedience and submission to the Father.
The anointing is for service and not for show. Jesus did not use the anointing to be a superstar. He ministered to the needs of the people. He did not use the anointing for personal gain or his own private affairs. It was for the public and before the public. The anointing was not the dominant factor in Jesus’ life. The dominant factor was His relatioship with the Father. The anointing is important, but it is not the most important thing in life—God is. The anointing is for everyone in the Body of Christ. We need the anointing to do the will of God, because we cannot do it out of the flesh. We cannot meet the needs of other people in our own strength and ability. It must be by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. “Not by might, nor by power, by my spirit saith the Lord of hosts”. (Zech 4:6)