Today is Monday. Although that song plays in my head, Manic Monday, it is not one for me. Monday is one of my days of rest. As I sat here with no agenda, I got to thinking about anointing. A person posted something on Facebook about anointing that just was not resonating with me spiritually or biblically. So I lovingly told them we are anointed by faith and shared scripture with them backing this up. Here are two I shared:
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
1 John 2:27 (NKJV)
14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Gal 3:14 (NKJV)
Then I began to meditate on Acts Chapter 1. Then it hit me what to share with this post.
Years ago I used to toil with this passage about anointing. Oh, please God anoint me with the power to do what you have called me to do. It was my fervent prayer. Well, He already had the first time I asked. I was waiting for a sign, a feeling, a mighty rushing wind, or tongues of fire. All I had to do was believe and receive the first. But no, I kept on asking.
Just think about the people in Acts. What did they do that earned them the right to receive the Holy Spirit? NOTHING, but they believed what Jesus said, they listened to Him, and they prayed for it.
Think about it. Jesus told them that He was sending another one like Him and that not many days from now they would receive power. They were told to wait, and they did. What happened. They received because they believed Him.
Grieving the Holy Spirit
Believing that you received does not mean we cannot grieve the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow we will talk further about ways which we grieve the Holy Spirit which hinders our ability to hear from Him, or the power of the anointing on our life.
On Friday the post will be about anointing others. Why do we anoint others, and how do we do that?
Remember Beloved, Hope Endures!
Stop by on Wednesday to Wise Up with a Word from scripture to combat the lies from the enemy. Then on Thursday I link up with the community Faith Jam hosted by Bonnie the Faith Barista. Toodles.