If you are a Christian, you have probably heard the word “anointing” many times, but what exactly is anointing? Why are there so many Christians in the Kingdom of God who seek the anointing of God or even seek out other anointed men and women of God? When a man or a woman of God is anointed, people from all over the world will travel to see or hear this person preach or perform God’s miracles.
At the same time, an individual believer may also desire the anointing of God to come upon their life. There are many reasons why a person may seek after God’s anointing and God’s anointed, but before that, you must know what anointing is.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Studying this Scripture, we can determine three main points:
1.) God is the one who brings the anointing; 2 Corinthians 1:21 says, “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God…” The one and only source of anointing is God: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me…”
2.) God’s anointing causes one to walk and abide in God’s will and in His power – “…To preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the LORD.” When God’s anointing is upon you, His Spirit causes you to do impossible things and empowers you to abide in Him even more. 1 John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
3.) God’s anointing is for the benefit of others, not for personal gain. It is meant for the poor in spirit, for the brokenhearted, for those who are captives of darkness, for the sick and the blind, and so forth.
Anointing is therefore God’s presence and power in a believer’s life that operates for the benefit of God’s will and His purposes. Outside God’s will and purpose, His anointing won’t operate.