Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Anointing – from Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed

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The Anointing – from Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed
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Until I saw the movie War Room, I had not heard of Priscilla Shirer.  I thought she was amazing in the movie and now I’m learning that she is an amazing Bible study leader.  Last week, I introduced our new ladies’ Bible study.  We are studying from Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur.  This week, we studied the anointing.

The Anointing

Anointing is “a divine enablement to accomplish a divine task or supernatural empowering to accomplish supernatural goals.”

The following quote from Priscilla best describes the meaning of “anointment.”
God’s goals and plans for us require His power.  In our natural abilities, we might be able to teach the class, mother the children, stay in the marriage, or write the book, but to fulfill the supernatural purposes of these natural activities demands an anointing of God’s Spirit.” – Priscilla Shirer
The anointed have a fierce enemy, the devil.
Stay alert!  Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 NLT
In week two of this Bible study, we are encouraged to stand firm and face the enemy knowing that our victory is already guaranteed.

Disappointment might sometimes follow the anointing.  Have you ever known someone to declare that they have been called into a particular ministry only to live in disappointment because the opportunity to fulfill that calling didn’t happen immediately.  God’s timing doesn’t always match our timing.  From the time David was anointed to be king of Israel and the time he actually took the throne was 22 years.  I never really thought about that 22 year span.  What did David do during that 22 years?  He went back and tended the sheep.  He also spent time as a cup bearer and as a musician.  He served.  This made me think about my own purposes here and how I might be in the middle of my “22 years.”  Truth be known, we are all in the middle of a “22 years” – waiting for something we believe will come to pass as God has promised us.  How do we handle that time span, the waiting?  David set a good example.  We serve the Lord and remain content in our circumstances while He works his miracles in His timing.

On the fourth day of the Bible study, we learned that there are several benefits of the anointing.

The first benefit of the anointing is having the “ear of God.”  When we face adversity, it is most definitely in our best interest to ask God about the situation before we take any kind of action.

“If we truly believed the great God of the universe listens intently to the cry of our hearts and responds with power in our circumstances, we would never meet any circumstance without deciding to access the ear of God.” Priscilla Shirer

The second benefit of the anointing is having the mouth of God.  One of the things that struck me most about this section of our lesson was realizing a more personal communication with God because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t speak to us on His own behalf.  The Holy Spirit hears directly from God and then communicates God’s message to us.

But when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.  He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak and He will disclose to you what is to come. – John 16:13

Anointing comes with responsibility.
“And from everyone who has been given much, much shall be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask the more.” – Luke 12:48  NASB
Obedience is not only essential to our relationship with God.  He demands it.  We must commit to be obedient to our good, good Father.
While some have decided to skirt the issue of sin in exchange for a more gentle gospel, the Bible never does.  You and I must take a staunch stand against this cultural trend away from obedience to God and His Word.  We must determine to obey Him fully and completely regardless of what others may do.”  – Priscilla Shirer
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