The Anointing of God

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The Anointing of God

The anointing is given so that we may accomplish our mission. Every Christian has a mission given to them by God.

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Isaiah 61:1-3  NKJV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
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Luke 4:18-19  NKJV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted;
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”
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The anointing of God is when God pours His Spirit upon a person for a specific task or tasks. Many times in the Old Testament, before the Holy Spirit was poured out in the spiritual, oil was used to signify that a person was set apart by God for a specific task. God will use whoever or whatever is needed to accomplish His purpose. Anointing means to smear the ability of the Holy Spirit upon you, to set apart for service (consecrate), and to prepare for warfare.
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A. To smear the ability of the Holy Spirit upon you.
God anoints people to do His will by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit smears (covered, saturated) His ability and presence upon them, thus are empowered to do the will (and work) of God.
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1 Samuel 10:6 NKJV
“Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.”

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B. To set apart for service (consecrate).
When God specifically calls a person to do a task, He will anoint that person to do it. God sets that person apart for service.
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Exodus 31:3  NKJV
“And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.”

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When Bezalel was anointed by the Holy Spirit he received the gifts of wisdom, intelligence, and skill. He was to use these gifts for the glory of God.
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Numbers 11:17  NKJV
“Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.”

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God anointed seventy men to assist Moses in meeting the needs of the people. These men were empowered by the Holy Spirit to perform a certain task (to help Moses.)
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Numbers 27:18-23  NKJV
“And the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the Lord for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him – all the congregation.’ So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation. And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.”

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God anointed Joshua to lead the people after the death of Moses. Joshua was given the authority to lead and was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so.
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1 Samuel 16:13  NKJV
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”

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David was empowered by the Holy Spirit for the work of ruling God’s people. God had anointed him to be king.
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Micah 3:8 NKJV
“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,
And of justice and might,
To declare to Jacob his transgression
And to Israel his sin.”

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The anointing was upon Micah to declare the sin and transgressions of the wicked rulers and prophets. God anointed Micah to be His prophet and He filled Micah with boldness and power to declare His standards. Micah was anointed to speak for God, not just about God. He was divinely empowered to do the task that God had given him (to confront the people about their sin.)
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C. To prepare for warfare.
We need the anointing of God before we go into battle or engage in warfare. We experience victory over our enemies only after the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. When the anointing of God is upon us we will overcome every enemy and win every battle.
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Judges 3:9-10 NKJV
“When the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brothr. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan- Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.”

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Othniel was anointed by God to judge Israel. He was empowered by God to lead the people in war. Because of the anointing upon him he had prevailed over his enemies. We need the anointing of God upon us like we see throughout the Bible. The anointing that was upon the men and women in the Bible brought victory for them and for others.

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