BIBLE READING: LUKE 5:20-24; EPHESIANS 4:1-32
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV).
For anyone in Christ, there is an anointing for everything you are called to do no matter how great or small the task. The anointing which proceeds from Christ will empower you to prosper spirit, soul and body as well as in every aspect of your life.
The Scripture records in Luke 5 about the paralyzed man who went down through the roof into Jesus’ meeting to be healed. When Jesus told him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you” (vs. 20), the Scribes and Pharisees took offense at that and asked, “Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” Afterwards, Jesus answered them by saying, “But that you may know that the Son of man has power upon Earth to forgive sins, (He said to the man who was paralyzed,) I say to you, Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house”(Luke 5:24).
Why did healing the man prove Jesus had Power to forgive sins? Because it was the same Anointing that accomplished them both!
If you are in Christ, you have the Anointing and the Anointed One to empower you with the Unction to function in whatever God has called you to do.
In Ephesians 4, Apostle Paul says,
- …Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called (vs. 1)
- Endeavoring to keep the Unity of the Spirit (vs. 3)
- …Do not Sin… (vs. 26)
- Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth… (vs. 29)
- …Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God… (vs. 30)
- Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (vs. 32).
It is important to follow these instructions in order to constantly have God’s burden-removing, yoke-destroying Power in and on you. This is about the Spirit Within and the Spirit Upon. The Anointing Within or the Power of the Holy Spirit in you is to enable a believer live a Victorious Christian Life. This is called the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control… This is the Nature of God and is in every born-again child of God but a believer has to cultivate them to develop godly character (see Rom. 5:5).
The Anointing upon, on the other hand, is to enable a believer serve God supernaturally. This Anointing is for ministry: The apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, pastors and administrators operate in it (see Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28).
The operations of the Spiritual Gifts are the Word of Knowledge, the Word of Wisdom, the Discerning of Spirits, the Gift of Working of Miracles, the Gifts of Healings, the Gift o Faith, the Gift of Diverse Tongues, the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues and the Gift of Prophecy (see 1Cor. 12:8-9).
As a child of God, you have the Anointing Within; all you have to do is to develop it while you covet the Spirit Upon. By virtue of the Spirit Upon, Ezekiel was Transported in the Visions of God to Jerusalem in order to see the abominations that the people were committing and this revelation disclosed clearly why God would judge the Holy City (see Ezek. 8:1-3). Likewise, Apostle Paul was transported to Heaven by the same Spirit (see 2 Cor. 12:1-4).
Understand that the same Anointing which Jesus lived and functioned by is within and can also be upon you. You have the Unction to function in whatever God has called you to do.
• I can do all things through the Anointed One and His Anointing which strengthens me.
• I have the Unction to function wherever God has called me to!!
Holy Spirit, help me to be a good steward of the Anointing Within and the Anointing Upon in order to live and function in alignment with Your Will through these Last Days in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.