Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 14 The Water, The Blood, and the Spirit, Part 7 - Living in the Anointing - David Mitts

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” (1 John 2:20)

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I read a t-shirt recently that gave t-shirt wisdom. You know, t-shirt wisdom is a quote usually from someone that people agree with. It can be a bible verse or some aphorism that someone spoke or wrote that motivated the thinking of those who ascribe to that philosophy or system of thought.

The statement was “Hope is a poor strategy”. The idea was that if all you have is hope for things, then you stand very little chance of getting them, strategically. I thought about this for a while, because the Bible speaks about hope in a very different way. Let’s read a few verses.

Psa 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.

Psa 31:24 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psa 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,

Psa 33:22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

Psa 38:15 For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.

Psa 39:7 "And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

Psa 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

I thought to myself what is God’s perspective of hope? It clearly is not a strategy but a resource, a vehicle for the deliverance of a promise. Our soul lives with hope.

I hear once another quote: “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air...but only for one second without hope.” ― Hal Lindsey

So, while it is true that we need to do more than hope for changes in our lives, we cannot exist to make those changes without hope. Hope is fuel and if we go deeper, Hope is a personwho lives in us.

“To them God willed to make known what the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles are: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

Christ in us is the hope of glory! The word for Christ is the word for the anointing.

The anointing is not a strategy but a resource. He is a resource based on His character. If we look at the first time an anointing is mentioned it is spoken of about the Cohen, The priests of the Lord.

“Then you shall take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him. “You shall also bring his sons and put tunics on them. “And you shall wrap their waists with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and fit caps on them, and they shall have the priesthood by a permanent statute. So, you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.” (Exodus 29:7-9)

The purpose of the anointing is defined here as the ordination of the priests. The Hebrew word root for “ordination” is “maleh” which means to be filled. The anointing fills the priest with the authority and power of the office of the priest. The anointing is the power source for the priest.

Different purposes in life require different fuel. The priesthood requires the anointing fuel of God to minister unto the Lord and from the Lord to the people.

Today, in the New Covenant, all Believers are called to be priests.

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;(1Pe 2:9 NASB)

We are, through the New Covenant, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, called to proclaim the good news of Yeshua. We are brought into the kingdom of Light. Light brings order, reason and purpose to the creation. With this identification comes an anointing, which fills us with rocket fuel to accomplish the works of Light.

"We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. "While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world." (Joh 9:4-5 NASB)

Notice Yeshua is inclusive in this perspective. “we” must work the works. How? By the anointing. The anointing externally is revealed in a special combination of fragrant oils. The outpouring of love that Mary extended over Yeshua was one of fragrant oils that anointed Him with her love.

“You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.” (Luke 7:46)

The anointing of His feet was preparation for His death and resurrection.

“She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.” (Mark 14:8)

Extravagant love carries a special anointing. It releases destiny. In the case of Mary, this act of worship expressed through the anointing, demonstrated the power that would not allow death to triumph over Yeshua. This was so critical Yeshua stated:

“Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."” (Mark 14:9)

The anointing that was expressed by the extravagant outpouringwith the costly oil immortalized the love of Mary.

Internally, the anointing is released through compassion. The external oil represents the internal empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Remember that hope is a power generator. The Holy Spirit reveals Himself through the empowerment of hope by love.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

Notice the imagery! The Holy Spirit pours out God’s love into our hearts. See it. See God filling our heart with His love. It is His love which fuels us and gives us hope.

The love of God is the anointing of God.

We see this most clearly connected at the baptism of Yeshua.Yeshua is immersed in water to reveal the true righteousness of God, which is love:

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."” (Matthew 3:13-17)

This is the revelation of true righteousness, what Yeshua calls the fulfillment of righteousness. The Spirit of God anoints Yeshua and then the Father declares the basis for the anointing and righteousness, His unconditional love and pride in His Son.

This is the beginning of the anointing in the life of Yeshua.

“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)

The Holy Spirit contains the anointing, and the Holy Spirit operates through love.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

The anointing of the Spirit leads us, teaches us and empowers us

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 John 2:27)

Abiding is the reality of love. Love is the reality of the anointing. Love is unlocked by compassion, which is a tenderness to those who are in the bondage of sin. This is the power released at the cross when Yeshua declared:

“[But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”] And they cast lots, dividing His garments among themselves.” (Luke 23:34, NASB)

Imagine the scenario of this declaration. Betrayed, abandoned, mocked and tortured. Yet Yeshua had compassion of the ones who were crucifying Him.

Activation: Releasing the anointing through compassion. Who have you held in the place of hurt that has caused you to close your heart to them? Ask the Lord to open the eyes of your heart that you might see them through His compassion, the forgiving power of the cross. Now, release them to God.


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