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Why Do I Want The Anointing?
By Cori Smelker

How many times have you asked, or prayed, "Lord, please anoint me?" I know I have. And yet, what is the anointing, why do we want it, and why would the Lord bestow it on us in the first place? Do I want the anointing just to look good? If so, why would He anoint me?

The anointing and the presence of the Lord are one and the same. Acts 10:38 says, "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him." (emphasis mine.)

We can see here His anointing equals His presence. "Oh, but that was Jesus, of course he was anointed" some people say. Let’s look at someone in the Old Testament who carried the anointing.

Genesis 39:2, "The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered and he lived in the house of the Egyptian master." (emphasis mine.)

Joseph was in the most godless environment possible; and yet even Potiphar sensed something different about this slave, and verse two was the key, "The Lord was with Joseph…" Verse three says, "…the Lord gave him success…" How did He give him success? Joseph was a slave, unable to own anything, he had no rights, and yet he was a success. What did Potiphar see? He saw the anointing, the presence of the Lord.

1. The Lord anoints us in order to do something.

Jesus was anointed to do good, heal the sick and free the oppressed. Joseph was anointed to be a great administrator so he could eventually become second in command, and provide for his family.

Why would God invest His anointing on us if we give poor returns? If you had a million dollars to invest and a person came to you and said, "I have this proposal for you, but I am not sure it will work, in fact the last time I tried it, the person lost all their money and we both had to declare bankruptcy," you would certainly give them a wide berth! Why should God be any different with us? When He places His anointing on us, He wants us to do something. This goes much deeper than praying, "Lord I want your anointing," and then walking away.

2. How do you see the anointing on others, and in yourself?

When God’s presence rests on a person, they carry a certain authority – it is not arrogance either. It is an assurance that they are doing what the Lord has called them to do. Think of the great men and women of the Bible, think of modern day anointed men and women – Billy Graham and Joyce Meyer to mention just a couple. They are bold because they know they are right where God has placed them, and He has given them a job to do.

3. The anointing brings blessings.

It brings blessing to the person it rests upon, but also upon those around the anointed. Potiphar and then later the whole of Egypt prospered because of Joseph and the fact the Lord was with him. When the anointing rested on Jesus, those around Him benefited, and not just the Jewish people either! All who met Him were healed, all were set free, and lives were changed.

When I am anointed by the Holy Spirit I receive the following, based on Isaiah 11:2, "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."

God is not limited by our abilities, or lack thereof, and He certainly is not limited by things, or places. Genesis 26 is the perfect example. Isaac was told by God to stay where he was, even though there was a drought in the land. Even with the drought, Isaac sowed his seed as he normally did. I have heard from farmers that if you sow in the middle of a drought, your returns will be very poor. Not so for Isaac! Genesis 26:12-13 says, "Then Isaac sowed in the land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous."

He became so rich he put the fear of God in the King and also the heart of the Philistines! The anointing on his life was there to make him powerful, and to be the foundation for the nation that God started through his father Abraham.

We should crave the anointing at all times, and if we get into the center of His will for our lives we will see the results of the anointing in our lives … and others will too!

All Scripture is from the New King James Version
Corinne Smelker is the mom to five kids and wife of one husband. She is a self-employed writer and also the administrator for Prophetic Life Ministry, a Christian Ministry located in San Antonio. Cori also writes and posts daily devotionals to that site. You can contact Cori via the Letters page of this Magazine.
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