Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
When you say you are a Christian, you are saying that you are an anointed one. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, it is his title. It means the anointed one. Jesus, the Anointed one. Early Christians were called Christians because they looked like, walked like and got the same results as Jesus.
In this series, we will look at the seven anointings of the Holy Spirit.
There are three things highlighted from Luke 9:1-2
1. He called his disciples
2. He equipped them (gave them power and authority)
3. He sent them
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
1 John 2:27 declares to us that the anointing abides in us!
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
When you quote Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, you are actually saying: I can do all things through the anointed one whose anointing strengthens me.
When you hear a word from God, the Holy Spirit moves on that word. If you don’t hear a word in relation to the assignment of God on your life, then there is nothing for Him to move on and it can’t be called back to your remembrance. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God work together in harmony.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
In verse 1 God introduces himself, in verse 2 God introduces His Spirit, and in verse 3, He introduces His word. You don’t see anything happen and manifest anything until all 3 were together and God spoke. Once God’s words were spoken, the Holy Spirit moved and something manifested. This is when there was light!
You’ll never honor something or someone you cannot recognize. When you recognize the Holy Spirit, then He can reward you. What you won’t recognize will never reward you!
People need to be able to see and notice that the Holy Spirit has rubbed off on you.
Jesus was not able to do miracles in his hometown because the people did not recognize the Spirit of God upon him. It is the same for believers who ignore the presence of God in their lives. They do not get to walk in the benefit that is offered by his presence.
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.
The assignment that Jesus gave the church included Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, ad the uttermost parts. We all have these areas in our own life.
Jerusalem is the place where we live, we understand the people here because they are close to you both relationally and geographically.
Samaria and Judea would be those areas that are close geographically but distant relationally.
The Uttermost parts are areas that are distant from you, both relationally and geographically.
We cannot advance the kingdom and go to these places until God has given us the power (anointing from the Holy Spirit) to do so.
(Luke 4:22 vs. Acts 10:38 vs. John 1:46)
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
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.
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
The record was that since Jesus grew up in Nazareth, He couldn’t be used…but God!
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
It’s about the Holy Spirit who gets results. It’s not about us or what we’re wearing or how we look.
1 Samuel 10:1, 5-6
Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
When you get under the Word, start speaking in line with the Word, bring your body in line with the Word, then you are changed into another man.
The Anointing is for life…for all things pertaining to life and godliness 2 Peter 1:3-4