Thursday, 23 May 2019

Anointed To Serve

Scripture: Psalm 92 v 10:  "But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil."

Psalms 89 v 20 - 24: "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.
 23  And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
 24  But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted."

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

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.  

His anointing oil was poured on Him by an unknown woman who broke an alabaster box over His head.  He said she had anointed Him before His death and commanded that she be remembered forever.  His death was anointed because that was His true purpose.  He came to remove eternal death in the lake of fire from all those who would follow Him back to their home in Heaven.

Some preachers, Kenneth Copeland in particular, states that the death of Jesus was a most shameful defeat and that any human, even himself, could have died on the Cross and achieved the same thing.  Copeland says the real victory of Jesus was overcoming Satan in Hell.  How wrong can some preachers be!  The truth is that only a sinless, unblemished sacrifice can satisfy the reversal of death to life, and I hope Kenneth Copeland gets this right before he has to defend his lies on the Day of Judgment.

The anointing of Jesus is given to us as 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 anointed by God.  Some pooh pooh them at their own peril.

In Psalms 89 the anointing on King David means God's hand will strengthen him and he will be established in His calling.  Satan is prevented from afflicting him and his foes are defeated.  God will punish those who try to hurt him.  God will be faithful to him and exalt his horn. 

David's horn is his authority, and God will cause it to increase.  This anointed authority is still alive today, and soon Jesus will reign from the Throne of David in Jerusalem in the post apocalyptic millennium.  

A year ago today President Trump moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the city of Jerusalem, which he acknowledged as the capital of Israel. The timing and anointing for this declaration is the Lord's.  There has been a huge outcry against it, and only Gautamala has joined America in moving their embassy.  It took the United States 20 years to act on an overwhelming decision to make this move.  The Lord is in full control.

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 usually fail. When we rely and lean on Godly help we will succeed.

When the world's governments try to resolve calamities through human wisdom, the message becomes a mess.  Whenever they spurn the deep knowledge of Jesus for the great academic minds of professors and scientists, epic failure is experienced.  They have no real answers for the pollution of air and oceans.  They will spend billions of dollars in research but not take the free knowledge of the Bible.

2 Peter 3 v 10, 13: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
 13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

Rather let the billions be spent on those who bring salvation through the anointing of God to reach the lost.  He has a new home made ready for us, unpolluted, safe, wherein no evil will ever be seen.  His promises are true and faithful.  Let us not be afraid to trust Him.

We will be anointed with fresh oil. It is new every morning! Our God is a Creator. We get our creative talents from Him. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and He gives us a fresh anointing to pray, praise, and worship Him every morning.  We are anointed to serve the Lord in a humble way. Always knowing that He knows best what should be done. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, 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.