ch.7 part 58 page 125
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Cor. 2:14-15).
With the fragrance of Christ’s Spirit, you can accomplish many things. There are varieties of fragrances being released from our Lord’s throne, which carry a vast assortment of signs and wonders. With each fragrance, He diffuses a new and different anointing specially scented to accomplish His will. With each anointing a specific angel cleaves to the person upon whom the fragrance is placed. The angel stands in waiting next to the person who has been drawn to them by the fragrance. As soon as the person steps into the fragrance, the anointing is consummated, creating for a short time a new anointing purposed to do amazing signs and wonders in the time given. Jesus said, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe” (John 4:48).
There are limitations in the time frame allotted for this anointing to be used for God’s glory. You need to be aware of this one major issue. If you do not minister quickly while under the anointing, the angel will leave you as quickly as the fragrance dissipates and sometimes that is measured in seconds. Haven’t you been in a situation where you knew within yourself that if you followed the inner tugging of your heart then something wonderful would happen?
The anointing is much different than the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for when a spiritual gift is given unto you it cannot be taken back (see Romans 11:29). On the other hand, a willing vessel can be used by the Holy Spirit to distribute all types of anointing’s, and the list is without measure.
Just because the anointing was there at one time does not mean it will be there forever. There are special anointing’s that are there for certain times and for a specific season. Anointing’s are different from spiritual gifts; they can come and go, but the gift and calling will never leave you.
It is as though the angels are soaring around the populace of God’s people, constantly seeking out the fragrance of Christ Jesus that has been released through any one of His people. As soon as the fragrance is released into the spiritual atmosphere, an angel immediately descends upon that person. This is when the anointing is activated.
It is just like when a flower gives off its aroma; bees and butterflies are drawn to it. They come to drink of its nectar, taking with them the collected seeds from the flower, pollinating all the other flowers that will receive the butterfly. Metaphorically this is you, the anointed one, as angels are drawn to you by the fragrance of Christ’s Spirit in you.
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” (1 John 2:20).
The anointing can lift, though. The anointing can change. People can shift from an evangelistic anointing to pastoral anointing, or from the prophetic to apostolic anointing. It can move from one of the five-fold ascension ministries to the next. It is like you are majoring in a specific degree in college with a minor in a different subject, yet both degrees complement each other for a specialized position or job. For instance, a tax-attorney is required to have a Law degree as well as a CPA degree. This same concept works in ministry.
However, you can be anointed for a time and season to operate in one of the ascension gift ministries or any one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Even Paul prophesied, but he was an apostle. Not all apostles prophesy, yet the gift can be there. The gifts and callings are irrevocable, but the anointing can change. We often fail to recognize this, or we mistake the anointing for the gift or calling. The anointing comes from the unction or leading of the Holy Spirit.
If you hear what you think to be an anointed message, it is safe to say you’ve just been pollinated because you are being called into that type of calling or spiritual gifting. If the minister is delivering an anointed message, then the fragrance of the anointing is spreading the fragrance into those who are being called of God.
Ministering Without the Anointing part 59 page 128
Many ministers are still ministering the way the Holy Spirit led them years ago, but today there is no longer any sign of the anointing in their ministry. They know that something is missing because the joy of ministering has left them. They should realize God has changed directions for them. They need to get under that anointed cloud, back under that pillar of fire and power so that they can find out what God wants to do through them.
As anointing’s change, we must change because that is where He, the Anointed One, is. To be in an anointed place is to be safe, for you are under the covering of His Spirit. If we are under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, then we will be in the perfect will of the Father.
As for Christians, it is a life-long challenge to find out what we are anointed to do. The anointing we receive from the Holy Spirit is different than the calling of God. Many men and women of God are called to preach or teach, but few receive the anointing to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that establishes your ministry. Apostle Paul said, “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift so that you may be established” (Rom. 1:11).
We are told in Luke 4:16-19 that our Lord and Savior went into the synagogue one day and read from the scriptures. In that moment, He read what He had been called to do for all mankind. Jesus was handed the book of the Prophet Isaiah, and He read it the way it is recorded in the New Testament, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Jesus knew what He was anointed to do and He fulfilled what His Father had sent Him to accomplish.
When His Word comes to you by a spoken word, through the written word, or even on a billboard as you are driving down the road, it is anointed of God and impossible to miss. Jesus was called and anointed to put an end to the curse of the law of sin and death. This is the way it happens for most of us, and when it does, you’ll know without a doubt, for you will know that you know in your ‘knower’ that God has an anointing for you.
Anointing’s Change part 60 page 130
The anointing is the unction of the Holy Spirit that is directing you into God’s will for your life in that moment, hour, or season. There are times we need a new and fresh anointing to work in our lives because the old no longer works. The work of God is not to be mocked or taken lightly, for your anointing can turn from a wonderful fragrance from God to a horrible stench and the people will spiritually sense it.
“Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor” (Eccles. 10:1).
Unfortunately, too many people keep holding on to the old anointing and lose the fragrance that once brought God’s presence into their lives. If this ever happens to you, you will need to seek Him with all that is within you. Start with where you were going when you received your anointing and track down where you went wrong. In almost every case, the error began with not doing what God said and it probably was a minor request.
The Spirit cries within to begin searching for a new and fresh anointing. This is needed in order to move under His protection and receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Only then will you be able to accomplish the things God wants to accomplish through you. He is faithful to bless you with a new and fresh anointing. As long as you are doing what God has called you to do, there will be peace and harmony. You will be satisfied. Nobody will be able to touch you, and your emotions will all be intact.
“Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Cor. 2:14).
Do Not Tarry, For It Will Not Last part 61 page 131
When God starts to move us in a certain way, we want to look at it and size it up. Is it comfortable? Is this something I want to do? Is this something that lines up with my dreams?
Our dreams can become nightmares when we try to forge them into our lives when God has NOT called us to walk in them. There are a lot of people trying to live out their dreams, but what they are doing is living out their own humanistic carnal nature, absent of His anointing. They struggle through life, trusting their own reasoning and rejecting God’s revelation, all the while proclaiming, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
The problem is they are not in His purpose. If they had the anointing from the Anointed One they would not be banging their head up against the wall, confused, broken, and void of understanding as to why God isn’t helping them. Believe me when I say His Kingdom is not like Burger King. I mean it, you can’t get it whatever way you want it. You must pray (ask), hear (His voice), and Obey (exactly His way).
Knowing His True Anointing part 62 page 132
We need to seek God’s revelation for our lives. It does not matter if it doesn’t manifest the way we think it ought too. What is important is that we are doing God’s will and that can only be accomplished by His anointing.
Not everything that is drawing a crowd is anointed of God. For example, most people think that if they are rich then God has blessed them and anointed them to prosper, but we know this is not always true. You cannot measure your spirituality by how much money you have in the bank or even how poor you are. Wealth and popularity are not the measuring rods to measure God’s anointing.
People build lots of things that are not of God. We see this all over the place. People may like the character of an individual or their personality or looks. They may like the way a person sings or speaks, or even the way they wear their hair. People are attracted to them because of the lust of the flesh and the pride of this life, but those that are born-again should not follow these worldly temptations. We cannot allow ourselves to be led by our fleshly emotions; we must be led by the anointing from the Holy Spirit.
“For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).
Instead, we need to look at the anointing that rests upon the person. We have to ask ourselves if it is just entertainment or the anointing. It is sometimes hard to see the difference between being entertained and being taught something of value by the anointing of Christ. We need to know if it is our emotions that we are being moved by or if it is the Holy Spirit teaching us the ways and thoughts of God. The anointing teaches us all things, and it comes to us through the anointing that is given to men and women, as directed by the Holy Spirit.
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:27).
Anointing vs. Emotions part 63 page 133
It is with the anointing that we will identify our calling and His spiritual gift in our life, not in the emotions of the “flash in the pan” hype of the worldly. Jonathan Edwards delivered the sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” a classic of early American literature, during a revival in 1741.
In his bland monotone voice, he read his sermon about Hell, Heaven, and the God of wrath to a large crowd of early revivalists in America’s first Great Awakening. As he began to read, people started to weep, faint, and scream. Over a short period of time, thousands became believers. It was the anointing-not hype-that birthed this revival. All Edwards did was stand up and read. The anointing drew the people into a vision of Hell as they experienced themselves being lowered into the fiery pit.
I have read the sermon, but I did not experience any of these things, nor did anyone else who I have read it to. Why? Because Jonathan Edwards was anointed for that time to be used of God to become a part of that Great Awakening, and the people knew it was all God.
If you ever read his sermon, you will wonder how it had an effect on so many people, but the anointing was there at that particular time. It does not mean that this is the way we all should do it. There are too many copycats. People try to copy someone else’s anointing, but it just doesn’t work. We need to find our own anointed message that God has put in our heart to share. There may be a likeness in the spirit of the same message others are preaching, but you still must have your own personal anointing that will touch those whom God has chosen.
In charismatic circles, anointings are revealed in powerful healing ministries, powerful sermons, and in the working of miracles, but there are also anointings in jobs. There are anointings in businesses. There are various anointings that help identify a person’s calling and gifting. The anointing is what equips us and empowers us to build God’s kingdom on Earth. He is using this world as part of His manufacturing process; it is used as a symbol, a shadow of things to come. The most important thing is to find out what you are anointed to do.
“To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven-things which angels desire to look into” (1 Pet. 1:12).Return to the Newsletter Archives