It’s not how many you reach but who you move. It doesn’t matter what God asks you to do, but if you do it. There is nothing you cannot do with Jesus but barely a thing you can accomplish on your own. The harder you try, the prouder you are and the less you can do for the kingdom.
The washing precedes the anointing. The Lord said, “Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil” (Ezekiel 16:9 NKJV).
You will not walk in your anointing until you first sit in His presence. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One [you have been set apart, specially gifted and prepared by the Holy Spirit], and all of you know [the truth because He teaches us, illuminates our minds, and guards us from error]” (1 John 2:20 AMP).
Sometimes I will agonize over a word to write. I will roll around in my head topics and ideas, and nothing will come from it. I will pour over things I have written before, and nothing will jump out at me. But once I get myself broken before God, then it will be there I can get under the anointing.
The only qualification required to be under the anointing is to be bowed down low before God. He will only reign supreme over you when once you surrender yourself beneath Him. It is your pride that stands between you and God, and it is your pride that must be dealt with before you can serve Him.
You cannot be under the anointing so long as you refuse to kneel down. “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” (Psalm 95:6 ESV).
The anointed life is not determined by what you take hold of but what you let go of. We should be “always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus [crucifying ourselves with Him, dying to self], that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10 NKJV).
If God were to take us by force, then we would not be His lovers but only His captives. Our Father wants us to love Him, not just to gain something, but to give up everything, such that there would be nothing that would mean more to us than Him.
Too many seek the anointing for the attention and, in so doing, create the barrier of pride that prohibits them from serving Him in the kingdom. To the degree that you want to be seen, you are wrong. Pride has no place in the throne room of heaven but only in the pits of hell.
The anointing only stays on you so long as the Holy Spirit remains in you. “…the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward… But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul…” (1 Samuel 16:13-14 NKJV).
The anointing is meant to consecrate you from the world, not to make you part of it. “And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him, to consecrate him” (Leviticus 8:12 NKJV).
When once you are under the anointing, the favor of God will pour down from the reservoirs of heaven. In whatever you need to serve Him at that moment, it will be yours. There will be angels beside you, and the Holy Spirit of God within you, and nothing on earth will be able to stand against you.
When you fall under the anointing, the presence of Christ Jesus will overwhelm you. There will be a rushing of wind going through you. There will be a flowing of spiritual power that goes through you. There will be words pouring out from heaven and overflowing through you onto those around you.
If you want to walk in the anointed life, be prepared to let go of the life you lived before. “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13 ESV).
Your anointing is not your calling, but it will establish the degree to which you are able to fulfill the office for which you are called. You are called to something, and then you are anointed to do it. “But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him” (1 John 2:27 ESV).
The anointing is never to lift a man or woman above others, but only that they would be a utensil for a time in the hands of God. When the utensil is done, the Lord will set it down. It will be there that the utensil must remain that it would bring glory to God and be a blessing to the kingdom.
Nobody can stand tall under the anointing having the power of God poured out upon them. The more one becomes under the anointing, the smaller they feel before their heavenly Father. It is in this place of humility that the Lord can accomplish the most, where pride is no longer being a hindrance.
Everyone wants the anointing until they find out what it will cost them. Our Lord Jesus taught, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24 NKJV).
You cannot catch what can only be given. You cannot take what can only be received. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28 ESV).
Never seek the anointing to be seen but only to serve. Never extend the anointing past the close of His purposes but only sit and be thankful He had used you. Let your tears be your thanks, and let your kneeling be your praise that God might someday choose to use you once again.
Blessings to you,