Many times we use the terms the glory of God and the anointing of God interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. There is a difference between the two. The anointing is for work and the glory is for worship.
I. 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.
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.”
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”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.)
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.”
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.
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.”
David was empowered by the Holy Spirit for the work of ruling God’s people. God had anointed him to be king.
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.”
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.)
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.
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.”
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.
II. The Glory Of God
The glory of the Lord is the manifest presence of God. Whenever man comes into the presence of God there is reverence, honor and worship to Him. The glory of God is not about work, it is about worship.
The glory of God will not rest upon a place where there is sin, wither it is a church or a home or a person. God will not make His home where there is sin.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Home means many things to many people.
place where a person or family lives
one’s own house or dwelling place
a family or other group living together
place where a person was born or brought up
one’s own town or country
place where a thing is native or very common
place where a person can rest and be safe
place where people who are homeless, poor, old, sick may live
benevolent or charitable institution
the goal which one tries to reach
God wants to manifest His glory. He desires for His glory to arise upon the Church and His people. God’s glory is always associated with heart worship, worship from the heart, in spirit and in truth. In order for us to experience the glory of God we must invite, prepare and maintain.
We must invite the glory of the Lord by make room for the presence of the Lord. God will not send His glory where He is not welcomed, respected or reverenced. Nor will His glory be manifest where He is not the number one priority. Friendship with the Lord is for those who fear Him (respect, honor, reverence.)
Psalm 25:14 NKJV
“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant”
Moses feared the Lord and because of this God revealed His character to him. Moses made a place for the presence of God by fearing Him (reverence, honor, respect) therefore, Moses had the privilege of talking to God face to face.
Repentance is very important. The glory of God will always be associated with the blood of Jesus Christ. Everyone has sinned.
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
James 4:17 NKJV
When we have doubts whether an action is right and yet go ahead and do it, it is sin. It is also a sin to know to do right and yet not do it. Sin separates us from God.
No one can live up to what God created us to be because of our sinful nature. Because of our sin, everyone falls short of the glory of God (the manifest presence of God). We will not experience a habitation of the glory of God in our life when we allow sin to go unrepented of.
Romans 3:23 NKJV
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
A lifestyle of sin is lawlessness, and lawlessness is rebellion against God.
1 John 3:4 NKJV
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”
If we allow sin to go unconfused, eventually, we will face an eternity away from the presence of God in the lake of fire.
Isaiah 59:2 NKJV
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.”
It is through Jesus that we win (receive) God’s favor and receive forgiveness of our sins.
John 14:6 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ”
Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ, His only Son.
Propitiate: prevent or reduce the anger of; win the favor of; appease or conciliate (one offended or likely to be).
1 John 4:9-10 NKJV
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
We must sanctify ourselves. We must keep ourselves clean if we want to experience a continuing outpouring of the glory of God. The glory of God will come to the church first but it will not stay unless the people take it home with them. If we do not clean up our homes, and keep them that way, the glory of God will not stay in our church. God will not have a double standard. He expects the same standard at home as He does in His church.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NKJV
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.’
‘Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty’ ”
Each one of us should ask ourselves, “Is there life or death in my home?” There are different things in our homes that can (and will) bring about a spiritual death in our homes. Ultimately, spiritual death in our homes means spiritual death in our church.
We need both the anointing of God and the glory of God. The anointing is for your ministry to people. The glory of God comes as a result of true worship to God (ministering to God), worshipping in spirit and in truth.
To effectively do the work God has called us to do we need the anointing of God upon our life and our church. God desires for His anointing to flow not just to us but through us to a hurting and dying world. God needs a vessel (a body) to flow through. When we allow Him to use us His anointing brings healing and abundant life.
If we want to experience the glory of God we must welcome His presence, prepare our hearts for Him and then maintain our hearts. God desires for us to carry His glory. He desires to make His home in us, but our heart must be clean.
We can look at the pattern that the tabernacle in the wilderness gives us to see that there is a pattern for experiencing the glory of God.
1. The people had to first come through a gate. We have to enter through a gate also and that gate is Jesus Christ. Repentance only comes through Jesus.
2. The people then gave their offering to the priest to place on the brazen altar for them. We must give to our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, ourselves. We must lay all our plans, hopes, dreams, and ideas on the altar. We must totally give ourselves to God.
3. The priest would get their hands and feet dirty just by performing their daily activities and jobs. Before the priest entered the holy place (each and every time) he would wash his hands and feet. Before we enter into the presence of God, we too, must spiritually have clean hands and feet. We too, get dirty just by performing our daily routines. The laver that the priest washed in was made out of bronze mirrors. It represents the Word of God. We must look into the Word of God and see ourselves the way we truly are. Then we must allow the water of the Word to wash over us and to cleanse us. We must allow conviction and repentance to be a daily part (ongoing process) of our lives .
4. Once the priest entered the holy place he ministered to God by the light of the lampstand. He offered up incense to God and ate from the table of shewbread. We too must minister to God by the light of the Holy Spirit. We are to offer up incense to God through our prayer, praise and worship. As we partake of communion we are eating from the table of shewbread.
5. Only after the priest had prepared himself and ministered to the Lord would he then go into the holy of holies where the manifest presence of God was. We too must prepare ourselves and minister to God before we can enter into the manifest presence of God.