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Wait on The Anointing

Tapping Into The Anointing

Acts 10:38(NKJV) - How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Luke 3:21-22(NKJV) - When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

Jesus Christ is The Anointed One! Hence, we can't have a study of The Anointing and not spend significant time on the life of Jesus. Do you know that The Anointing doesn't just creep up on an individual? There is a specific moment in time when someone receives The Anointing. In The Old Testament this moment was many times signified by the application of oil. However, even though the process changed in The New Testament the moment still remained.

This is Part Two of our new series on The Anointing. It's a continuation from Part One - "The Heart of The Anointing". Many of us in The Church refer to The Anointing quite often but don't fully understand it. So in this blog series we will search the scriptures for some clarity.

In Luke 3:21-22 something fascinating happened. When Jesus came out of the water after His baptism The Spirit of The Lord rested upon Him. With that, He received The Anointing to carry out God's Will on the earth. Something changed in His life from that instant. How can we be so sure? Let's follow the story.

Tapping Into The Anointing

Luke 4:1(NKJV) - Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

The next time we see Jesus following His baptism He is described as being filled with The Holy Spirit. Also, The Spirit leads him to the wilderness where He fasts for forty days and is tempted of the devil. After He puts a "beat-down" on the devil the next time we see Jesus He confirms exactly what we suspect. Something special happened at His baptism. He received The Anointing!

Luke 4:14-21(NKJV) - Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Do you know that Jesus didn't start His public ministry until He was anointed at His baptism? It was The Anointing He received which empowered Him to turn the world upside down in three years. Jesus did not step out on His own into the ministry. He waited for The Holy Spirit to rest upon Him. Just like David was baptized in oil in 1 Samuel 16:12-13 before The Spirit of The Lord came upon Him Jesus was baptized in The River Jordan.

Wait on The Anointing

After three years of anointed ministry it was time for Jesus to return to heaven. However, He continued the pattern by giving His disciples some specific instructions which would result in them receiving a baptism of their own. It was at that baptism that they also received The Anointing!

Luke 24:49(NKJV) - Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Acts 1:8-9(NKJV) - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Jesus was clear. He told His disciples to follow His example. They were not to make a move until The Holy Spirit came upon them. There were things they would be able to do after they received The Anointing that they could not do before.

This is an important lesson for all of us. Do not step out to do anything for The Lord until you are anointed to do so. There is a specific moment in time when The Holy Spirit will rest upon you for a specific task. From that moment on you will be able to do what was impossible before.

If you step out before your time you will be like Moses the first time he tried to save Israel in Exodus 2. He ended up killing a man and getting run out of Egypt. However, in Exodus 3&4 God anointed him and sent him back to Egypt. What he could not do in his own power in Exodus 2 became a smashing success after he received The Anointing.

Romans 10:15(NKJV) - And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

In the words of a prominent Atlanta pastor, "Are you a sent one or a went one?" Wait on The Anointing! We'll continue from here tomorrow.

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