“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” 1 John 2:20. “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you…” 1 John 2:27. You were anointed the day you were born-again. The problem is you were taught or figured out, that the anointing only works when God wants it to work. It is true it only works when God wants it to work, but the idea is, you think God only wants it to work at times.
In reality God wants the anointing to work all the time. We believe there is an unction of the Holy Spirit, but that it doesn’t work until God wants us to do it. We have been led to believe that we can only move in the anointing at certain times and only in the way God says to do it. I’m going to prove to you that is not true.
The New Birth gives you the right or authority to become sons of God. John 1:12 The baptism in the Spirit gives you the ability to act like a son of God and we can use the power of God at will anywhere anytime we desire. The only thing you have to do is to stir yourself up. The Bible says to stir up the gift of God that is within you. I want you to listen to several scriptures and hear them without a preconceived notion. Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed with the devil; for God was with Him.” The anointing is an appointment. We are called, appointed and anointed. That happened at the New Birth. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is also an appointment. It is also an enduement of power or ability. They are separate and they are distinct from one another. Jesus was born the anointed one. He was baptized in the Spirit at the river Jordan when the Spirit came “upon” Him. Never does the Scripture teach nor infer that either the anointing or power ever left or diminished in Jesus life. They, the anointing and the power ( and Luke distinguishes between them both in Acts 10:38) were constantly constant in His life and ministry. Here is another Scripture to contemplate. Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me…” Christians say just the opposite of what Jesus said. He said the Spirit is upon Me because I am anointed. The church says I am anointed when the Spirit comes upon me. Just the opposite.
It’s not God’s responsibility to wake you up or stir you up to do anything for Him. Ephesians 5:14 says, “Awake, you who sleep. Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” 2 Timothy 1:6, “Therefore I remind you to stir up (you emphasized) the gift of God which is in you…” The problem with the church is that most of His gifts are not stirred up. There are ways to stir up those gifts and I am going to give them to you.
First of all, stay spiritually desirous of spiritual gifts. An increase in spiritual energy output will require a greater energy input. I am not talking about human striving. I am talking about spiritual trusting and expectation. You must discipline yourself to do the things you normally do not do. Secondly, feed on God’s word. Read. Study, meditate.. Third, commune with God. Talk and listen. Practice the presence of the Spirit of God. Fourth, fellowship with like-minded Christians. Get around people that believe the truth of God’s word without compromise. Fifthly, publicly confess who you are in Christ and who He is in you. Sixth, pray in tongues. Ephesians 5:18, Jude 20. Finally, act. “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22.
In closing, we have an anointing that abides. Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that “the Spirit is upon Me because I am anointed.” The pathway to power is such that when we act on the Word of God the power is always there because we are already or should I say always anointed.