The first thing that came to my heart was to ask “what is the anointing?” To anoint is to rub or smear oil. To anoint in spiritual terms means to empower or equip for a spiritual task. This implies divine enablement, establishment and recognition. The anointing was symbolic of consecration, devoting and setting apart for a particular task. This meant been moved from general human operation to specific divine operation.
Spiritual things are spiritually discerned and the natural man cannot comprehend them.
1Corinthians 2:14 says “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned.” “But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all
things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10.
Recognizing the anointing is a spiritual matter and we need spiritual ability to recognize and fully comprehend the subject matter. May the Holy Spirit guide us and lead us in Jesus name. Amen.
The three major categories of people that were anointed in the Old Testament were kings, priests and prophets. None occupied these three offices without anointing from above.
The Holy Spirit is the Master Anointer. The prophets only anointed a person that was already anointed by the Heavens. The physical anointing should symbolize what has already taken place in the spiritual realm. Men of God can only confirm the anointing that has already taken place in the spiritual realm.
The anointing oil was specially made and none was to be made like it for any other purpose. It was also specifically used by the consecrated priests. The anointing oil was not to be touched by someone not anointed.
Being anointed gave the anointed, authority to function in that particular office!
In the New Testament, the Spirit of the Lord fell upon the 120 waiting in the “upper room” and I believe that they were seriously anointed. Fear departed from Peter who was a coward! The anointing brings boldness. The 120 were able to win many souls to the Kingdom of God after the “upper room” anointing experience. Souls get saved where there is the anointing.
The 120 disciples in the “upper room” were radically changed by the anointing. The anointing changes a person to become another man! You can never remain the same when the genuine anointing of God comes upon you. The anointing brings a paradigm shift!
Whenever you see the Holy Spirit in action; there is anointing present. Whenever the anointing is in operation; the Holy Spirit is also present. I believe the anointing is the Personality of the Holy Spirit! There is no way there can be one without the other.
Great exploits were also performed by these anointed 120 disciples! Another mark of the anointing is ability to accomplish exploits for the Kingdom of God! The anointing does wonders! Through the anointing, the dead are raised, the sick are healed, the barren conceive, the blind see, the lame walk, communities and nations are transformed, works of darkness are defeated and so much more!
In the New Testament, the anointing was poured to as many as sought the Holy Spirit and who qualified for the anointing!
A story is told in the Old Testament of a man called Obed Edom who welcomed the Ark of the Covenant into his house. He prospered tremendously as a result of this decision. He knew how to handle the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant is symbolic of the Presence of God. The Presence of God brings the anointing!
Receiving the anointing is not as difficult as keeping it. Knowing how to carry the Presence of God takes the anointing. There are things that leak the anointing if they go unchecked. Grieving the Holy Spirit usually causes the anointing to leave.
King David envied Obed Edom because of the tremendous prosperity that the anointing brought. In God’s Presence, there is anointing and true prosperity. Do people see and feel God’s Presence in your home? Do they envy you in any way because of God’s Presence in your life? Are the blessings in your life as a result of God’s Presence or as a result of His absence? Proverbs 10:22 says that the “blessing of the Lord maketh rich and addeth no sorrow.” May the true, lasting and joyful blessings of God overflow as you invoke and preserve God’s Presence!
Prosperity that is a result of God’s absence usually comes with a great price tag. Some people have had to sacrifice a precious child or spouse for this kind of prosperity. The devil does not give anything for free.
Moses pleaded with God for His presence in Exodous 33:15-16 “And he said unto Him, If thy
Presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and
thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be
separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.”
I believe the anointing brings a distinction in one’s life!
My Spiritual Father Pastor E.A. Adeboye is fond of this scripture; “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Hebrews 1:9. He has quoted this scripture several times in reference to how we can increase the anointing of God in our lives. His admonition is that we love righteousness and hate iniquity; and that will ensure that we are anointed with the oil of gladness above our fellows. This has always challenged me to live a holy life in the midst of many temptations!
Eli and his sons provoked God’s Presence to depart from them because of their iniquity. Eli did not raise his sons in the fear of God. They were living a wicked life, being obstinate, abusing the offerings, committing sexual immorality with women in the temple and disregarding the anointing upon their family.
During the time of Eli and his sons, the Ark of the Covenant was taken from the children of Israel one fateful day. This symbolized the departure of God’s Presence. “Ichabod” was declared. This means “the glory has departed”. The anointing brings the glory of the Lord. On this particular day when the Ark was taken from Israel, Eli and sons died on separate incidents. This was the beginning of the end of his family. May this never happen in your life and in my life in Jesus’ name. When God’s Presence departs in one’s life, everything begins to go wrong very quickly! We should watch out that we don’t become the “ex-anointed”!
Nowadays, anointing oil is handled even by people who are living a wicked life. Anointing oil is used by people who have no idea what they are doing! It is like a magic charm or an idol of sorts! I believe that we are not fully enjoying the benefits of the anointing because we don’t understand it’s purpose, how it should be applied and by whom!
Anointing oil works best accompanied by a consecrated life! The anointing oil means nothing if the Holy Spirit is not present in whichever ceremony is being conducted. It is like applying body lotion to someone who has not had a bath in many days.
You should also be careful about who you allow to anoint you.
Worse still, there are people today who are occupying equivalent positions like the Kings, Priests and Prophets of the Old Testament without the heavenly anointing; they possess demonic anointing instead! The disciples received power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. The anointing gives power.
Many politicians in Africa are known to consult witch doctors, mediums, astrologers, ancestors, freemason lodges to get power to lead their nations. They are aware that they need power (anointing) of one kind or another to lead a nation. Unfortunately, they seek a destructive demonic anointing that is not from the Living God.
The most disturbing however; are those that are known as “Servants of the Living God” but seek powers of darkness. These are the most misleading and the most dangerous. Satan has indeed disguised himself as an angel of light. How unfortunate!
Nonetheless, let us get back to our subject matter of how you can recognize the anointing! Another mark of the anointing is the manifestation of the supernatural. The anointing moves one from the natural place to the supernatural plane. Because they are anointed from above; there will be times they move from the natural place to the supernatural plane like Jesus Christ.
The supernatural plane will manifest through the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit depending on which gift has been released on the anointed vessel. Those endowed with the gifts of revelation will download matters hidden to the five common senses. Through the gift of “word of knowledge”, they will reveal the present and the past. Through the gift of “word of wisdom” they will reveal the future. Through the gift of “discernment of spirits” they will reveal the spirits in operation.
Some will be strong on the gifts of power. They will demonstrate the Kingdom in power. All manners of sicknesses and diseases will be healed supernaturally through the “gifts of healings”. Others will stop the mouth of lions through the gift of faith or break the jaws of lions through the gift of “working of miracles”!
Others will utter things directly from the Throne of God through the gifts of inspiration; prophecy, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues.
From time to time I get fed up from hearing from men even in church settings. I long for a word from the Throne of God. Prophetic utterances can be so refreshing when they are spontaneous and completely under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Samuel’s words never fell to the ground. He is a man who stood in the Presence of God before standing in the presence of man. A truly anointed man of God impacts many lives by the things he says and when they come to pass! He is not interested in communicating his opinion but delivering what God is saying! He is God’s spokesperson, His prophet!
This kind of man spends quality time in the Presence of God. Prayer is a mark of an anointed man of God! He lives a fasted life. He denies himself many pleasures to seek the face of the Lord! His ear is on the ground to hear what God is saying. He is separated from the multitudes although he ministers to the multitudes! He is separated from the world although he lives in this world!
The more a man spends time in the Presence of God, the more the fruit of the Spirit is
manifest! Bearing the fruit of the Spirit is a result of a long walk with God! “But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23. The fruit of the Spirit is much harder to fake than the
gifts of the Spirit.
Last year we attended a conference where my spirit was grieved and in terrible conflict! There
was no doubt that the host was anointed or used to be anointed but I did not like what I saw or
felt during the entire conference! I asked myself many questions and wondered what was
wrong. Have you ever been in such a situation? Not a good feeling at all!
There is an awesome aura that true anointed men and women of God carry! They change the
atmosphere wherever they go! When you are in their midst, there is a world of many
possibilities! The atmosphere around them gives you confidence to launch out. You feel like you
can tell them everything about your life. Like you can give them everything! You feel lighter,
freer and good about yourself. These are some of the effects of the anointing!
Truly anointed men have remarkable ways of understanding and unpacking the Word of the Lord. They bring the Word to life and leave you totally amazed, challenged and transformed!
I pray that God will open your eyes in such a way that you will recognize the true anointing of the Holy Spirit!
From the desk of Apostle Symon Kariuki
Kingdom Age Network of Apostles and Prophets
P.O. Box 13754
Pretoria, South Africa
Cell: +27 72 977 4462
Phone: +27 12 347 8668
Kingdom Age Network of Apostles and Prophets
PO Box 13754
Last week I woke up with the question “How do you recognize the anointing?” I posted this question on my Face Book status and the feedback made me ponder over the matter even deeper.