The Anointing and Hope - David Mitts
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Last session, we looked at the critical nature of association considering the image we carry on the inside of us that literally projects our destiny. We don’t get the future we want; we get the future we picture! This isn’t about just visualization; it is also about the one who visualizes. The most important image we carry on the inside is how we see ourselves, in the light of God. Look with me at James 1:23-25.
The mirror is the reflection on the hope, promised by the Word, our kingdom destiny and identity, reflected through how clean the eyes are that look on that Word and are either pierced to the core and transformed or what is listened to in the heart remains only a noisy clang. The kingdom of heaven, our true citizenship, and the power for our manifest destiny is a kingdom that is activated by inner sight.
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21)
This scripture points out the difference between what we see with our natural eyes and what is within us that is producing what we could see.
To change the kingdom in our lives we need to change our inner sight, the image and pictures we carry on the inside. These include not only what we see or imagine, but the lens that we see them through, the mirror in our souls!
The Apostle Paul prayed for this activation knowing that it was a progressive reality:
Notice the connection between the revelation and the wisdom of “knowing” God and that the eyes of our heart are enlightened which in turn gives power to our hope, which is termed His inheritance in the saints.
This is a powerful connection. It is what we know about the true image of God that gives power to our ability to see in the spirit and that in turn empowers our hope which is to Him true riches. The value system of heaven is based on our hope!
Our knowing of Him is called the anointing. God in us and working through us.
He doesn’t show favoritism. In truth, each and every person is His favorite. You are His favorite, I am His favorite. In other words, He holds each person as unique, a one of a kind creation and is completely devoted to that creation of His, His child. There are no spare people.
There is much more to say on that, but for now, let’s agree that the goal is to become “one” as Yeshua determined it. The terminology here is speaking directly about a oneness that is like a marriage. He states, “all I have is yours… all you have is mine”. He calls this the glory. You can see that what is called the “glory” by many is just the radiance that comes from the joy of oneness. It is like the glow of an expectant mother who carries a life in her womb and is “one” for that period of time and so the radiance is what we see.
The glory is actually the image. The glory of His inheritance in the saints, that Paul speaks of is the full expression of the oneness of the Bride in oneness with the Groom. This oneness and intimacy births prophetic purpose and destiny, true hope.
We all have an anointing from the Holy One. This anointing is also called knowing the truth.
Similar to the glory, we tend to determine the anointing by what we see on the outside of the life of a person or persons and call them “anointed”. Yet God is no respecter of individuals.
First, let’s look at the anointing of David as King. 2Sam 5:1
Can you see the unity? Even in the case of David who was chosen as king, the anointing was an expression of the image of God. From the outside, David did kingly things as the anointed but the anointing only had power because of the image.
Even in the case of the direct anointing of David by the prophet Samuel, the image is present: 1Sam 16:1-13. Samuel consecrated Jesse’s entire family first, bringing them into the unity of the Spirit and then David is selected. Again the anointing requires the image of unity, the oneness of God which is the key to unlocking destiny.
So what actually is the anointing? We know from past sessions, that the term, “Christ” is the literal term for the anointing, coming from the Hebrew Mashiach or Messiah, which means to be anointed.
Look with me at Colossians 1:24-29:
The Apostle Paul is speaking of the mystery hope of God. This mystery which was hidden is being revealed to God’s people. What is it? The Anointing, Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. The anointing that we know inside of us is the power generator for our hope, our destiny. Paul, recognizing this, proclaimed the message, admonishing and teaching everyone in this wisdom, the goal being something he called presenting everyone fully mature in Christ, in the anointing.
What does it mean to be fully mature in Christ? I believe it means to be one. To enter into the true identity as the body, the plural image of the Godhead.
It is no wonder that David who experienced the true reality of the anointing penned Psalm 133:
A psalm of ascents. Another way of saying a strategy for getting to the Presence, in the Spirit.
Peter declared this when the Holy Spirit fell, the true dew of Hermon in Zion, in Jerusalem at Shavuot.
This is the picture of the restoration of the fallen image of God back into unity.