God does not give us knowledge for us to us to puff ourselves up or show that we know more than someone else.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Paul is making big his weakness so that God would be glorified. He is resting in the ability and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The anointing is nothing more than the Holy Spirit rubbing off on you, imparting to you His attributes or abilities. The Holy Spirit is rubbing off on our flesh an ability that we did not have before the anointing. His attributes, His power, His ability on us!
Many people would refer to themselves as Christians. The true meaning of the word Christian means, anointed one!
1 Samuel 16:3-7
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord : sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Beth–lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Jesus came up in a setting where he was not honored, not looked at, not thought of as likely to succeed. There should be a confidence in the Holy Spirit, not our flesh. God is looking in on our heart. The anointing is the difference maker.
Our gift may be wonderful but it won’t destroy yokes. The anointing on our gift is what will remove burdens and destroy yokes.
It is the anointing that has the yoke destroying, burden removing power in our lives. Man cannot destroy yokes or remove burdens.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
Don’t minister in any capacity without asking the Lord to anoint you! Stepping into an opportunity to minister to someone without asking the Lord to anoint you is like saying that you can do it in your flesh.
There is a difference in the Holy Spirit being resident and president in your life.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
In these verses, the Spirit of God reveals seven different anointings. For example, wisdom is an anointing. If it be an anointing, then according to Isaiah 10:27, it will remove burdens and destroy yokes. If it is not removing burdens and destroying yokes, it is not an anointing.
We should do nothing outside of God’s anointing!