LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: THE ANOINTING 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: 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.”

Psalm 23 gives us a Biblical road map to encountering the anointing.

The first point is to make the Lord your shepherd and that you are His sheep. The sheep is a very vulnerable creature and needs perfect humility to survive in our world of countless predators.  The sheep must submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As your shepherd He is the most important person in your life and the one you want to please. He is your bread winner.

A sheep must be submissive, so it could lie down in green pastures and be fed properly. God’s word must be the delight of the sheep. (Psalm 1:1-3) The word of God is food for nourishment, light for our path, life to create everything we need. The word is the armour that makes a sheep fully equipped to face terrible predators and overcome them. When the sheep humbly takes in God’s word the psalmist lists a number of stages of blessings that would lead to being anointed.

1.The sheep would be refreshed with the waters of life. Water is an indispensable requirement for the survival of life and cleanses the sheep from all filth

2.The soul, that is the will, intellect and emotions of the sheep is restored or strengthened. Anyone with an unstable intellect or mind becomes an easy prey for devils. Such a sheep would have very disturbed emotions. The word rightly received restores the soul.

3.The sheep would be led in the paths of righteousness. These are the path of the just that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18). Note that God imparts his special anointing as a trust of His glory, and that, it cannot be given to one who works the acts of iniquity. God’s name or glory is always at stake and so everyone who bears his name must depart from iniquity.

4The next step is standing or overcoming trials and challenges of life. The Bible said when the Lord fasted for forty days and nights he was in the wilderness with the wild animals (Mark 1:13) The man God anoints must learn to trust God with his very life. This is very vital for God to impart the anointing on an individual. It was after the Lord Jesus had gone through this that he came back in the fulness of the Spirit Luke 4:14

Submission and diligence to doing the word of God, is God’s prescribed path to the anointing.

CONFESSION

The Lord is my shepherd, and I have everything I need. I submit myself to doing his word. My life is elevated, making all blessings available to me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 23:1–6.-The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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