Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Fresh Anointing

Scripture: Psalm 92 v 10:  "But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil."
Psalm 89 v 19 - 22: "Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20  I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
21  With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.
22  The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him."

We hear people speak about "the anointing" but are not really sure what this means.  Kings and queens get anointed when they are crowned. It means they are set apart for a particular service to the people they reign over.

The special anointing oil to use for confrontations, or to ordain priests, is called Chrism.  Oil is symbolic for the Holy Spirit, and is also used by the elders to anoint the sick.  James 5 v 14 - 15: "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."

Jesus is called "The Anointed One" and He is, and was, unique in His life and sacrifice; resurrection and ascension, with the promise of returning to fetch His followers.  We are called saints because He removed our sins from us and set us apart for His purpose.  This is known as holiness.  It is vital that we maintain our holiness before the Lord and not slide back into worldly ways.

His anointing is given to us because He is in our hearts.  We are part of His actual Body and we live and move and have our being in His presence.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit are anointed and given to us for specific purposes.  To preach, to evangelize, to heal the sick, to cast out demons, to do miracles, to speak in tongues, to prophesy are all gifts that are given and anointed by God.  Some pooh pooh them at their own peril.

Peter says we are kings.  Jesus is called the King of Kings, and we are the kings He is King of.  Anointed by Him for service.  He purchased us out of Satan's clutches with His own life and Blood.  He expects us to live as He lived and do the will of the Father, which is to tell people about the blessings of salvation.  He gives us the anointing to achieve this.

He also gave us free will to choose whether we will serve Him or not.  On the Day of Judgment the faithful will be rewarded with eternal joy in Heaven.  Those who choose personal pleasure over reaching the lost will be gambling with their lives.

Our horn, in the verse,  is our authority through Jesus. We have His 'power of attorney' to do the things He did, and even greater things!  He likens our horn to a unicorn. A singular horn through which the anointing comes.  We have only one source for our authority. God Himself. Whenever we try to use our human power to deal with problems in our lives or others, we often fail. When we rely and lean on Godly help we will succeed.

We will be anointed with fresh oil. It is new every morning! Our God is a Creator. We get our creative talents from Him. The Holy Spirit is never an "It", He is a Person and He gives us a fresh anointing to pray to, praise, and worship God every morning.  We are anointed to serve the Lord in a humble way always knowing that He knows best what should be done. 

The more dedicated we are to doing the Lord's will, the more He will use us, and the stronger we will be in the use of spiritual gifts and godly authority.  It becomes a flowing stream, constant knowing of the nearness of God in all we put our hands to.  He says, As I was with Moses, so will I be with you.

Prayer: Father God, guide me to where I am needed most today and please work through me to love and bless the ones  who need You most.   Let Your fresh anointing be poured upon me daily to accomplish miracles and be a blessing to You.  In Jesus' name. Amen.