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Sermon of the Week 
Tuesday, July 02 2024

Today, my message is about “The Abiding Anointing”….

The abiding anointing described in 1 John 2:27 is a vital key for all believers.

1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which you have received “of Him” abides in you, and you do not need that any man teach you this, but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him”.

Let’s break this verse down to understand what it is saying about this level of anointing, it’s talking about the one that allows you to abide in Jesus because He abides in you. It begins with, “But the anointing which you have received of him.”                                                The first thing I want you to notice is the word “ofHim”.           John says this anointing is of God, not just from God.                                The anointing that is in you is greater than the enemy that is against you.

This anointing “of” Him is separate from the one “from” Him. The one “of Him” is the inner anointing for living the Christian life, described here in 1 John. The one from Him is the outer anointing for ministry described in                                                                    Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”                              

Notice that here, the power “comes on you”….scripture tells us to put on the whole armour of God…..Put it on, and walk in what’s on you!  There is a reason these words (of Him and from Him) are not the same. It seems simple, but it took me years to discover this, and when you grasp this, it will change your entire understanding. That’s why I’m sharing it with you. The anointing for living is “of” God; the anointing for ministry is “from” God.

God told Noah to seal the ark inside and outside. The anointing breaks the power of inner sins, as well as the curse that comes against us outside. This anointing originates from in you and manifest outside of you. The empowering anointing (which is the anointing for ministry) rests on you. The empowering anointing for ministry comes as you learn to walk in that revelation, but the abiding anointing comes at salvation. The abiding anointing grants us all that is of God…the term “of God” indicates that what is in God comes into you and me. Let me put it this way… 

The anointing that is in you, is like a spiritual gyroscope to keep you on balance as you strive to live the Christian life and walk a walk that is pleasing to God and impowers us in the struggles within, so we can see breakthrough in the world outside of us..                                                                                                                                                                         

When a Jewish person brought their sacrifice to the priest, to be offered in their behalf…. The priest didn’t examine the person, the priest examined the lamb which was to be the sacrifice. The requirement was specified by God, as to what sacrifice He would accept, then the grace, the redemption, the forgiveness, was of God. The gift of pardon, and removal of sins was of God, and God then gave His Holiness, His pass to freedom, and wiped the slate of sin clean, as though it never happened.                                                                              All of this was because the sacrifice passed inspection, so the person could go free, and have the abiding anointing as a reality in their life….Your sacrifice has passed inspection, so that you may have Holy Spirit’s anointing in you and upon you…. When the sacrifice which was brought, was accepted, the person was accepted as forgiven, redeemed,and the slate wiped clean. We present our sacrifice, through which we are accepted. 

We don’t have to chase after the anointing, believers should remember they already have the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is not given in part, He does not come in portions or doses. We get the full Holy Spirit, now we determine if we will give Him our full selves….

In his beautiful book, “I Shall Not Want,” Robert Ketchum tells of a Sunday School teacher who asked her group of children if anyone could quote the entire 23rd Psalm. A golden-haired, four-and-a-half-year-old girl was among those who raised their hands.The teacher was skeptical, and asked the girl if she could really quote the entire psalm. The little girl came to the front of the room, faced the class, made a little bow, and said, “The Lord is my *…….shepherd, that’s all I want.” She bowed again and went and sat down. The teacher said, that was the best version of the 23rd Psalm she had ever heard. If the Lord is truly my shepherd, I shall not want!                                                                                                We have the promise in 2 Peter 1:3 that “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness”.                                                                         

Scripture doesn’t say chase down the anointing, it says in 2 Timothy 1:6 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you ”….

There are three signs of the abiding anointing: hunger, faith and love. These three things happen at salvation, the moment you become one with the Lord Jesus.

1. First, there is Hunger                                                                          When a babies are born, they are born hungry. In the physical realm, hunger is the sign of life. It’s the same in the spiritual realm. The minute you were born again, if you were truly born again….. you were born with a spiritual hunger. From that moment, spiritual hunger is part of your life. You hunger for His word, His plan and will, you hunger for His presence and His pleasure… How can I please you Lord, what would You have me be, and what would you have me do. That hunger is stronger than everything else…. Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God”.                                                                                                  Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”.

2. Then, there is faith. The second thing that happens at salvation is this explosion of faith. You know that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for your sins and that He rose from the dead. How do you know that reality? You not only read it in a book or heard it. You know it by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives you an inner knowing that you belong to Him, that He loves you, that heaven is your home, that there is power in the blood to set you free, and that you are redeemed. That inner knowing is faith. You receive God-given faith, and therefore you don’t have to convince yourself it’s real, you know you are not the same person you used to be. The Lord becomes real to you—more real thanthe things you used to make your priorities and goals.                                                                      Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”                          3. Then, there is Love                                                                               The third thing that comes alive at salvation is the Holy Spirit gives you a love for the Lord Jesus, like you have never known and a desire to know the Lord, a desire to walk with Him, a desire to serve Him. The minute that oneness with the Lord Jesus takes place, there is a great desire to know Him, as a friend, a shepherd, a teacher, a counselor, your mentor, and Lord of your life. The Bible says that even though we haven’t seen the Lord Jesus, we love Him 1 Peter 1:8 “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”

So, the abiding anointing begins to manifest immediately as a hunger for God. When I got saved, I wanted more of what I had tasted of Him.                                                                                           Then, I became aware at some level, that I was a child of God. When I got saved, no one had to tell me. I just knew it by faith. The Holy Spirit put that faith in me with such a strong sense of reality. Paul said, “I live by the faith “Of” the son of God”….Not just faith “from” God, but there was an indwelling “of a God” connection….

And third, my reaction was, “Jesus, I love You!” Those three things are the signs of life in Jesus, which begin our relationshipwith Him: hunger, faith and love. STAY THIRSTY MY FRIENDS!

Hunger Leads to Fellowship …..The minute your relationship with God begins, hunger leads you to yearn for fellowship. Please don’t miss that: hunger leads to fellowship. When we become one with Christ Jesus, “the abiding anointing” is released, and You want to be with those of like precious faith. There is strength in numbers. A two fold cord is not easily broken….In fellowship, joys are multiplied and struggles are minimized, iron sharpens iron, and each gift and skill set, gives added strength. We become accountable and we learn to walk together. On the day of Pentecost. They were of one mind and one accord, in one place…                                                    Hebrews 10:25 “Do not forsake assembling together, as the custom of some is, but continue exhorting, (encouraging and building up) one another; and so much the more, as you see the day (Christ’s appearing) drawing nigh”…

We need to understand that the abiding anointing reveals who the Lord is in our lives and what place He has in our lives.                                     I appreciate Tim TeeBow sharing that in all the goals he has had in his life, Jesus is always first, priority… That’s the hunger, and the love, and the faith.. He was censored for taking a knee for Jesus, and putting John 3:16 as a sun block under his eyes… but they allowed those promoting the Black Lives matter movement to take a knee and they applauded it…. (don’t get me started now!)

The abiding anointing protects our hearts from deception. John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth”.                                                                                    The abiding anointing causes us to stay in fellowship with the Lord who is the way, the truth and the light. 

How can we know the truth? – How can we know the glory of Christ? – How can we know the Father…. If we do not know the Holy Spirit – it is the Holy Spirit – the indwelling anointing that teaches, trains, leads and equips us – it is actually the Holy Spirit that reveals Jesus to us and the path of truth.

John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you”.

O hear me today, we must come to KNOW the Holy Spirit – there is no more precious pursuit, there is nothing of more value in all this creation than knowing the Holy Spirit.                                                                                                                                    We must not assume because we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit that we have arrived –We can speak in tongues and not be abiding in the anointing

I will guarantee that the worst sinner in this city, can tell you quite a bit about what a Christian aught to be, how they aught to live and what they should stand for and against. They haven’t been taught that, and maybe have never darkened the door of a church, or sat through a sermon, or opened a bible, or had any desire to serve the Lord themselves, But they can tell you….what a Christian aught to be. Our job is not to out argue with them, our task is to live it before them…..                                                                                                        

Listen to Jesus describe abiding in the anointing……

Luke 4:18 “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 Andrecovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed…                                  That same anointing is abiding in and upon us!

Then look as Jesus addresses the price of the anointing….    Luke 6:12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (that’s full surrender to the anointing)

Luke 5:16 “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed”…..But look at all the results,which we benefit from because of that level of surrender. 

When it comes to the anointing, it’s not time to look for a bargain, it’s not located on the discount table, and the price is not up for negotiation…..

D.L. Moody said “The world has yet to see what God can do with, for, through and in a man who is fully and wholly surrendered and consecrated to Him.”

Abiding in the anointing will cause ministry opportunities while you are just out, living your life!Because your inner spiritual gyroscope is now working properly….and brings about a balance in all of the areas of life.

It’s called The surrendered life….

Abiding in the anointing is an everyday, every moment thing. Men like Smith Wigglesworth, John G Lake, A AAlan, or Oral Roberts, just to mention a few, were so determined to Know the Holy Spirit and the glory of Jesus that they prayed hours every day, just praying to stay sensitive To His inner voice – to be aware of His indwelling Presence –and the most wonderful thing was that these men, were abiding in the anointing. They KNEW Jesus and saw Him as others rarely did!! And they saw Him work in their lives as few others rarely did…. Jack Coe’s son, who received his dad’s healing anointing, was Jack Coe Jr. He’s the one who prayed for our son Chris, with infected tonsils, when he was twelve, and when he prayed, Chris swallowed his tonsils, with no further complications the rest of his life…..

As these men kept the Lord always in their conscious minds, and they brought every thought captive, they began to KNOW the mind of Christ, and they learned obedience, – they learned to respond to the voice of the Spirit, and it was that, which gave them authority and power – it allowed them to see miracles and healing and experience great levels of faith. They had a continual consciousness of the Presence of the Spirit of Christ and they carried that presence with them.   

I’ve always thought this next scripture had such a powerful New Testament church application! 

Deuteronomy 33:24 “And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, (that’s fellowship) and let him dip his foot in oil”.

The name Asher means “Happy and blessed”…. Let the Happy and blessed ones dip their foot in oil…..And if his foot is dipped in oil, representing the anointing, then he is going to leave oil stains everywhere he goes and in everything he does. There will be a residue of oil that he leaves behind, to mark everything he touches….Hallelujah, what a beautiful picture of the abiding anointing!!!     

Not only will the church be healthy, full of joy, and flowing in the Spirit, but sinners, our families, and our fellow workers, will be glad for the fact that we are abiding in the anointing. 

All the way home from church,  in the back seat of the car the little boy was unusually quiet. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “Well, Dad, today the preacher said he wanted us all brought up in a Christian home, but I wanted to stay here with you guys.”                                              

Ephesians 5:25-27  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a beautiful picture of intimacy and closeness, of unhurried relationship – of cleansing and development – it is not a picture of busy ness and haste but of rest and trust and waiting with patience and desire. Like being refreshed in our souls and being immersed in the still waters of the spirit –as we abide in the anointing.

Genesis 1:1–2 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God hovered (brooded or incubated) over the face of the waters.

The anointing of God, does that through us…. He incubates, hatches, brings forth, something from nothing… He takes what is there and pre-forms, (before anything there was God) He un-forms, (He will allow it to be taken away to give something better) He in-forms, (He said let there be) He re-forms, (the potter shapes the clay, and it was so) and He trans-forms it (bringing it into His intentions and purposes, so it will bring Him greater glory)! So that He could say….( it is good!)

(look at somebody and say “It is good”!)

The anointing of God is within us hovering and incubating, bringing forth, shaping and forming….It is the Abiding anointing!

That’s what the word of God is talking about when we read in….

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, youwill ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”.

He is constantly working in behalf of those who are abiding, and ordering events and circumstances in their lives……It was the Holy Spirit who closed the door on the ark so the waters would not rush in. – It was the Holy Spirit who empowered Samson, to do mighty exploits– it was the Holy Spirit who transformed Gideon, from a fearful coward, to a courageous leader…..he elevated Daniel and filled the temple of Solomon with GLORY! – 

It was the Holy Spirit who empowered Elijah and took him home by chariot of fire,….. it was the Holy Spirit upon Paul and Peter and John and the others that saw miracles and healing and He brought dreams and revelations --- 

And one final scripture That is the theme of Eagles’ Rest….. Isaiah 40:28-31  “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint”.

In closing, let me say, that Scripture speaks about the Kingdom of God, that is in us… The grace of God, which abides in us… the will of God, that is our destiny….The peace of God that is in us…..The love of God that flows through us…..The wisdom of God, that operates through us……The righteousness of God, which operates in us…..The glory of God, the power of God, the favor of God, the truth of God, the goodness of God, all are in us by the abiding anointing we have received and have entered into….

Thank you Lord for the anointing we have received for living this Christian life, and the anointing for ministry to those around us…Lord, we stir up and release and receive the abiding anointing from You and of You.

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