Sunday, 1 May 2022

Fresh Anointing

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

Lamentations 3 v 22 - 25: "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  
24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.  
25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him."

The anointing of the Holy Spirit on the life of a born again Christian never gets old, stale or boring.  On the contrary, while we sleep our spirits are refreshed by the Lord so we awaken to a fresh anointing every morning.  If you are not born again you cannot perceive of the things of the Holy Spirit, they are foolishness to you.

Our horn is our spiritual authority through Jesus, and oil is the way the anointing is administered to us.  In its spiritual form this oil is an outpouring and a flow of the power of the Holy Spirit within our spirits, which are alive in Christ Jesus, seated on the right hand of the Father.

Ephesians 2 v 4 - 6: "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."

The name Christ means The Anointed One.  It comes from the Greek word chrism meaning to anoint with oil.  When kings and queens are crowned they are also anointed with oil.  Chrism is also the name of anointing oil used in some ceremonies in Catholic, Anglican and a few other mainline churches.

We need a daily fresh anointing to deal with the new and different challenges that arise in our lives, family, city or nation.  In our fellowship, devotions and prayers before our Father, it enables us to intelligently intercede for the needs around us.

An anointing is given so we have divine strength and knowledge to handle spiritual, mental, emotional and physical situations.  We need the interaction with the Lord that comes with the anointing.  Jesus, the Anointed One, had a unique task to accomplish when He was on Earth.

He had to manifest the love of God to every human ever born by taking upon Himself every sin, disease or demon.  He became sin which killed Him, thereby cancelling the power of sin to kill us, and defeating the objectives of Satan and his demons.  

Jesus was resurrected three days after His crucifixion, as the firstborn of a new creation.  He was no longer subject to the evil of this world, and those who follow Him, have the ability to resist sin, Satan and his demons.  

As we open our hearts to Him and become born again, we receive the anointing of a new creation, to live a sinless life doing the will of God.  We have the anointing of the Holy Spirit to use the spiritual gifts to benefit ourselves and those around us.  

Through laying on of hands the gifts of healing can flow to those who are ill.  The gift of  discerning of spirits of good and evil can be used to break the chains of demons causing addictions, murders, human trafficking, sexual bondage, lies, fraud and corruption.

Forty two years ago Jesus revealed to me that Satan and his demons are subject to us.  We have power over them and need to use this spiritual authority as guided by the Holy Spirit.  When we have seen a demon yield to the name of Jesus its 'game on' for His work to continue.

I have seen children as young as two years old stop demons in their tracks.  There is power in the mighty name of Jesus and when it is used in authority against demons they are terrified.  When we pray for a person to be free, many times the demons cry out of the victim's mouth, "Stop, Stop, you are hurting me!"  At first I thought it was the victim feeling pain, but soon learned that it was a ruse by the demon to distract us from casting it out as it would be punished when sent back to Hell.

One new Christian who was unfamiliar to us, needed to be set free of the demon of alcohol.  He was calling me from his home and I prayed for him over the phone to bind the demon of alcohol in Jesus' name.  He called me back half an hour later in amazement.  He said it had completely left him and he had already emptied every bottle of liquor down the drain without one desire to drink any of it.  Jesus healed from a distance and He gave us the same power.

Matthew 8 v 5 - 10: "And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6  And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10  When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."

Jesus gave us the great commission to continue His mission under His anointing.  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. 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 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, and He gives us a fresh anointing to pray, praise, worship, heal, prophesy, deliver, comfort, teach, and testify today.

The anointing is available to us all who are born again believers.  We are all kings and priests in Christ Jesus anointed to serve the Lord in a humble way always knowing that He knows best what should be done. 

1 John 2 v 27: "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

The Holy Spirit is our Teacher.  His ways and knowledge are far above that of any human being.  He says the anointing He has given us does not come and go, it is with us all the time to teach us all things.  

He confirms that the anointing is always true and has no hidden deception but through it we will always be with Him.  This is a powerful promise and we should wake up each morning in the expectation of a wonderful fresh anointing that makes us one with the Lord, ready to conquer the world and be victorious over all things.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your promise to all was when Jesus left Earth and ascended to Heaven that You would give us the Holy Spirit to empower us to be witnesses to the gospel of truth about Jesus.  There is nothing on this planet more important than winning the lost back to Your Kingdom.  Give us this daily fresh anointing to achieve Your purposes, O God, and let us be quick to comply.  In Jesus's name. Amen.