Posted by: Rina | October 16, 2009

The Anointing

Brother Lawrence once wrote, “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in a great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.” (1)  In this amazing description of peace that Brother Lawrence possesses, he is describing the Anointing of God and recounting the manifest presence of God walking with him daily.  The Holy Spirit came alongside of him and empowered him to perform the tasks of his calling while maintaining peace and tranquility in an otherwise hectic lifestyle.  Lawrence was the cook of a large monastery.  His relationship with God simultaneously provided him the power to complete his mission while he possessed a great peace.  Jesus tells us:  “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” (John 15:26).

The word for “Helper” is the Greek word “parakletos”.  The word is a combination of words, “para” which means “beside,” and “kaleo” which means “to call.”  Hence, the word means “to call to one’s side.”  In non-biblical Greek, the word signifies an attorney who appears in court.  It speaks of one who comes alongside and gives council. (2)  This One “coming alongside” of us is His Presence, the Presence of the Holy Spirit.  The more that we value, adore, and treasure His Presence, the more He stays around us.  When we grieve Him, He doesn’t stick around.  He will never depart from our side as long as we seek Him, value Him, listen to Him, and adore Him.  In fact, when He is treasured, the anointing increases and becomes larger.  This anointing has an effect on people around us.  People can sense the presence of God in the atmosphere.  Benny Hinn relates a story that will illustrate the point:  “Let me explain that many times I wasn’t aware of His presence.  I knew he was with me, but I became so accustomed to Him that I did not feel the electricity of those special times.  But other people felt it. Many times when my friends came to see me, they began weeping because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Once Jim Poynter called to say, ‘I want to pick you up and take you to a Methodist church where I’m singing.  You can sing with me if you’d like.’  I wasn’t really a singer, but I helped him out once in a while.  That afternoon I was once again lost in the anointing of God’s Spirit. Then I heard Jim honking the horn.  As I ran down the stairs and to the car, I actually felt the Lord’s presence running with me.  The moment I jumped into the front seat and shut the door, Jim began to weep.  He began to sing that chorus, ‘Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!’ He turned to me and said, ‘Benny, I can feel the Holy Spirit in this car.’  ‘Of course His presence is in this car‘, I said, ‘Where else would it be?’  To me it had become the norm, but Jim could hardly drive.  He continued to weep before the Lord.” (3)
The presence of the Holy Spirit can be enjoyed on a daily basis.  When He feels like a welcomed guest, His Presence remains. (4)  Benny further writes, “The truth is that the glory of God is the person and the presence of God – the glory is the Holy Spirit.  When you experience His presence – the overwhelming realization that God Almighty is so near you can almost reach out and touch Him – then you have experienced the glory of God.  You feel the warmth of His love, the comfort of His peace.  This is an anointing, in a sense, of course – an anointing that brings the presence.” (5)  The presence of the Holy Spirit upon us is the anointing.  Chuck Pierce writes, “In the New Testament, the word ‘anointing’ comes from the Greek words chrisma (khris’-mah) which means ‘an unguent or smearing for special endowment,’ and chrio (kree’-0) which means ‘to smear or rub with oil’ and, by implication, ‘to consecrate to an office or religious service.’…Basically, when you are smeared with oil (which represent the Holy Spirit), you will receive a special endowment and a consecration to perform a service from God.” (6)

We must also acknowledge the Holy Spirit as co-equal with God the Father and God the Son.  He is just as much God as God is one and is just as worthy of worship.  He has been sent to us to be our Helper and to connect us with heaven.  He assists us in our prayers, He fellowships with us, and is our source of guidance. He gives us the power to accomplish the will of God, and because of His Presence, we are the temple of God.  The anointing of the Holy Spirit will lead us into our identity and empower us to fulfill our destiny.  Francis Frangipane summarizes, “It may come in a variety of ways, but it is the anointing of Christ upon our lives that defines and empowers our sense of purpose on earth.  Whether we serve as a teacher; pastor or marketplace minister, ’of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace’ (John 1:16).” (7)

Intimacy with God is the Destination

“I’m not just after encounters for the sake of encounters.  I’m after encounters because they bring more intimacy with the Lord and because He gives be divine strategies to defeat the enemy’s kingdom and bring more of the Kingdom of God to earth.  I meet people who have many encounters because they are super-sensitive in the spiritual realm and discern everything that going on.  However, I want to know why they aren’t bringing souls into the Kingdom and why quadriplegics aren’t being healed.  I want to see the fruit of people’s heavenly encounters…I want to see heaven touch earth!  An encounter only for the sake of an encounter means nothing.”
-Todd Bentley

Having just described some major pieces of the role of the Holy Spirit, it is important for me to point out that the ultimate goal of Christianity is intimacy with God and sharing it with others.  Gifts of the Holy Spirit are glorious and we are commanded to desire them.  It is easy to get caught up in the gifts being “the end all and be all” of our walk with the Holy Spirit.  This should not be so.  It is easy to relish the supernatural equipping of the anointing where God is accomplishing great things and giving us the credit.  This is not the ultimate experience.  The greatest miracle that we will witness is the salvation experience of an unbeliever, but this is not the destination, it is the beginning for them and a labor of love for us. For us, the ultimate destination of a walk with God is intimacy with God.  We were created for intimacy and it is intimacy that this is all about.  I love the gifts and desire a greater walk of power, but I desire intimacy with the living God much more.  It is an amazing thing to just sit in the presence of God and “be” and not “do”.  This is the “good part” that Mary choose, just “being”, while Martha chose the “doing”.  The doing seems to get us more focused on self and self power while the being keeps us focused on Him and creates space for Him to work in all things by His Power. (8)  Bill Johnson writes, “The impulse that drives the life of the believer isn’t the need to perform for God but to commune with Him.  Only when we perceive the face of the One in whose image we were made do we come to know who we are and the One for whom we were made.” (9)
A Manufacturer of the Anointing

“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”  (Psalm 52:8).

Oil, in scripture, is symbolic of the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  When David was anointed to be king, the Bible states, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” (I Samuel 16:13)
The anointing of oil was a physical manifestation of a spiritual reality.  Notice that the Spirit came upon him from “that day forward.”  David had received the “anointing”.  He had received the power and the presence to perform the tasks that had been set before him by God.  David spent a number of years growing in the anointing.  When David wrote Psalm 52, he had been walking in the anointing a number of years.  In this Psalm, David describes himself as a “green olive tree”.  It is the olive tree that produces the oil and the oil that bring the anointing.  David is saying that because of his relationship with God, he has become the manufacturer of the anointing.  No longer was he dependent upon Samuel’s anointing, to bring the power, he was capable of producing it by his own relationship with God.  He was the one producing the anointing in the lives of others.

David shares with us the two keys for being a “green olive tree.” First, he writes that he dwells in the house of God, or the continued abiding presence of God.  “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of my God.”  One of the keys to producing the anointing is a continual abiding or living in the presence of God.  Secondly, David had an understanding of faith.  He “trusted” in the mercy of God.  David could fully put his confidence in God because David knew God’s character.

David uses a Hebrew word to describe God that is translated “mercy”.  However, the true meaning of this word in Hebrew goes beyond the English definition of mercy.  The Hebrew word is “hesed”.  Hesed is an extension of the character and the nature of Yahveh (see Exodus 34:6-7 and I John 4:16)  It is the extension of unmerited favor (grace), it is the kind of love that drives someone to make a covenant or pledge loyalty too someone else. For instance, my love for Rina (My wife) drove me to the alter to covenant with her, Ruth’s love for Naomi drove her to make the decisions that she makes and Boaz calls this Hesed. God so loved the world, that He gave us the New Covenant and the Messiah. Another way of saying it is, loyal love. The love part comes first, regardless of the actions of the other person (unconditional), then the loyalty comes through in the form of a covenant.  Forgiveness and mercy and kindness are an extension or, one might say, the natural bi-product of Hesed. The bible tells us point-blank, “God is love” (I John 4:16).  This is the greatest description of the character of God.    David’s faith and trust in the character of God, led him into a lifestyle where he could become the producer of the anointing. The green  olive tree is the “just one that lives by faith” (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17), being rooted and grounded (Eph 3:17) in the hesed of God.  This lifestyle of continuing in the presence of God, living by faith and love, brings us to a place where we can produce the anointing in the lives of others.

This exact same picture is painted for us in two prophetic sections of scripture.  In Zechariah 4:12-14, we read this, “And I further answered and said to him, ‘What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?’ Then he answered me and said. ‘Do you not know what these are?’  And I said, ‘No my lord.’  So he said, ‘These are the two anointed ones who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.” Again we read of similar anointed ones in Revelation 11:4, “These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands standing before the God of the earth.”  Jesus also referred to himself as a “green tree” (Luke 23: 31).  He marveled that the religious leaders could be so blind to the truth when one who produced the anointing was among them.  Jesus demonstrated the anointing to all of Israel (Acts 10:38).  He produced the anointing in the lives of others.  This is our goal.  Not only to receive and operate in the anointing but to grow to such a place as we are able to produce the anointing in the lives of those around us. (10)

Endnotes

1.  Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God with Spiritual Maxims, Grand Rapids, MI, Spire Publishing, 1958,  page 12.

2.  Hayford, Jack, The Spirit filled Life Bible,  Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville TN, 1991, page, 1605.

3.  Hinn, Benny, Good Morning Holy Spirit, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville TN, 1990, page 39.

4.  The reader is encouraged to read “Hosting the Holy Spirit” by Che’Ahn for further discussion on this topic.

5.  Hinn, Benny, The Anointing, Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1997, page  71.

6.  Pierce, Chuck D., Dickson, John.  The Worship Warrior, Regal books, Ventura California, 2001, page 264-265.

7.  Frangipane, Francis, This Day We Fight!, Grand Rapics, MI.  Chosen Books, 2005, page:  133.

8.  The reader is greatly encouraged to listen to Todd Bentley’s audio CD entitled, “The Secret Place”, please see fresh fire ministries for details.

9.  Johnson, Bill, Face to Face with God, Shippensburg, PA, Destiny Image Publishing, 2007, page 3.
10.  The reader is strongly encouraged to listen to Todd Bentley’s audio CD entitle, “How to receive the anointing.”  Much of this section was gleaned from this teaching.

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