KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Kings 2:9 “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”
The special anointing does not come on a silver platter. One must diligently pursue God for the anointing. The disciple Peter, followed Jesus diligently and so Jesus’ anointing came upon him, to continue with His work. Elisha pursued Elijah so diligently that the double portion, or the first-born portion (Deut 21:16&17) came upon him. One must always seek God for the anointing. In the days of our Lord Jesus Christ, he came in the power of the Spirit after fasting for forty days and forty nights.
To catch the anointing, one of the first criteria is a desire to be used by the Lord. Matthew 5:6 KJV ” Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” It is the hunger to be used of God, that would drive you to make any sacrifices to receive the presence of the Spirit to do what God requires of you. We will now consider the cases of some brethren and how the anointing came upon their lives.
1.Bishop Dag Heward Mills: He said he had been an ardent listener of teaching tapes of Kenneth Hagin. On one occasion as he was listening, he said something jumped from the tape and entered him. He then heard “from now you can teach” This encounter ushered him into a new sphere of ministry.
2. Emmanuel Makandiwa: He said he had been fasting and praying on his father’s farms for about sixty days and over, when he had an encounter with the Spirit of God.
3.Bishop David Oyedepo. He said at one of Kenneth Hagin’s conferences., he sat in the meeting with a strong desire to encounter the anointing. Indeed, he had that encounter.
The above are only a few cases of how people got into the anointing. Dear child of God, you can likewise employ the following ways to receive God’s anointing to bless lives. Have a desire to bring glory to God by serving Him. Seek the anointing solely for God’s glory. You may do the following.
1. Fasting and Prayer.
Luke 4:14 KJV “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
2. Diligently follow an anointed man of God. Through listening to his messages and watching his videos, you can contact his anointing.
3. Sacrificial service of an anointed man of God. (Elijah and Elisha)
4. Sacrificial giving to an anointed man of God.
There are some people who just realize they are operating in a special grace without doing any of the above.
Dear father, I pray for as many who would be reading this study to be stirred in their hearts to walk in the anointing of the Spirit to bless the body of Christ.
Joshua 1:2 KJV “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel”.
Psalms 23:5 KJV “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over”.