The Anointing In You
The anointing is the power and authority to accomplish something within the Kingdom of God. Jesus declared the essence of new covenant anointing soon after His 40 day wilderness experience upon the threshold of His ministry. He stood up in the temple and read Isaiah 61 saying, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor’ (Luke 4:18, 19). The new covenant anointing and favor and all of its manifestations rest upon this declaration of the Messiah. He said ‘today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’. It is here!
Many people in the Body of Christ seek some special anointing and favor from other people believing they don’t have enough or simply don’t have it at all. They believe that the anointing of Jesus is not sufficient. They believe that some man or woman can add to it. They seek ‘the man of God’ to get their anointing. Yet Col.1:27 says God has made known to us ‘the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ Christ in you is the anointing and favor spoken of by Jesus. It is that anointing to preach the good news gospel of undeserved favor and blessing through what Jesus accomplished for us. We may need to come into agreement with that anointing. We may need to open ourselves to release it as we minister to those around us. We may need to speak more boldly because of our confidence in that anointing, but……..it is already in YOU!!!! Christ is in YOU!!
One of the great travesties in the church is a belief that Jesus in us is not enough. A few years ago I was in Kenya, East Africa ministering with Deborah. One of our African friends spoke of spirit-filled pastors and evangelists going to witch doctors to get more anointing and prophetic words! Yes, I said spirit-filled!!!! There was also a prophet in Kenya who was selling ‘special anointing oil’ that, when purchased and used, would supposedly bring forth all kinds of anointing and manifestations. Needless to say, many paid the price to get that oil because they did not believe that what Jesus spoke in Luke 4 resided on the inside of them to provide what they were seeking. These are overt examples of people believing ‘Jesus is not enough’.
Most of us in the west cringe upon hearing this, yet the west has its own subtle, yet parallel phenomenon. We will send money in response to emotional appeals from TV personalities to obtain a ‘double anointing’ of our bank accounts, divine healing for our body and salvation for our children because we don’t believe that the anointing described by Jesus resides in us. We think there is something special about the person appealing, something more special than Jesus. We will read and forward emails that promise a special blessing or anointing if it is sent to 10 more people. We will seek out ‘prophets’ to give us a special word or blessing because the logos and rhema word of God is not enough. Ouch!!!! Yes, whether it’s Africa or America if we don’t believe we have the anointing and blessing of Jesus Christ in us, we will seek it and it’s manifestation through outside means. As leaders in the Body of Christ, we must embrace the truth spoken by Jesus in Luke 4 and verified and supported throughout the New Testament. Jesus in us is the anointing to do and declare all things that are of the Kingdom of God. We renew our minds to what Jesus said, come into agreement with what He has deposited in us by faith. It is the new covenant way of manifesting His Kingdom on earth.