IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: OPERATING UNDER A FRESH ANOINTING
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
As we are stepping into the new year it is very important that we receive FRESH ANOINTING
Because the anointing of yesterday cannot destroy today’s YOKE!
And my God is able, capable and willing to pour upon you a fresh anointing if only you will cry out to Him this day for THE FRESH ANOINTING!
Apathy, familiarity, monotony – these are far more detrimental to your spiritual well being than even some demonic assaults. Human nature can be so easily sidetracked. We have the tendency to veer off track. This is why it is so important to approach our walk with the Lord on a moment-by-moment basis. Whether yesterday ended in victory or defeat, we must focus on today.
We must learn to walk in a fresh anointing, a fresh touch of God’s power.
“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” – Psalm 92:10 (KJV)
It is important to maintain the flow of God’s power upon our lives. Surely, the power and presence of the Holy Spirit are always within us. His presence is an internal and eternal reality. Though we do not need to acquire power within, we must live a life that maintains power upon. What good does it do to have God’s power within us if we live in a way that stifles the flow of God’s power upon us and through us?
“It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.” — Isaiah 10:27
The anointing breaks the yoke and sets the captive free. Are you sick in your body? The anointing heals you from sickness and disease. Are you lacking something in your life? The anointing breaks the curse of poverty, and takes you to a land of more than enough. Is your heart broken, shattered by life’s tragedies, battered and wounded from the storms that have tossed you about? The anointing can make you whole again.
Every time we need a fresh anointing, God is right there waiting to help us, if we will only readily receive this great gift that He is so eager to give.
Yesterday’s anointing cannot break today’s yokes. We need fresh oil!
We need fresh oil!
It is so important to keep the oil fresh. This is accomplished through daily surrender to the Holy Spirit. Don’t get comfortable in spiritual success. Don’t get lazy with spiritual disciplines.
When we lack fresh oil, there is a dryness to our walk with the Lord. There is a struggle in the flow of God’s power. The miracle anointing loses its potency as it ages. We mustn’t operate from a reservoir of the anointing. We must receive it fresh daily.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”
God’s anointing is an activator. It’s not a one-time event. Your life will begin to change as the anointing is poured out upon you. There is no limit to God’s love, and no limit to how He can use you once His anointing begins to flood your soul and saturate your life. Each time you need relief, God has promised to be there for you…to pour out a fresh anointing upon your life.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)
The power of the Holy Spirit has been given to us to win souls. The oil is what keeps the light of the gospel burning in your life.
Fresh oil will also bring joy.
“You love justice and hate evil. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.” – Psalm 45:7 (NLT)
ANOINTING MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward…” (1 Sam. 16:13).
Samuel went to the house of Jesse to anoint a king. Jesse brought his sons to the prophet one by one, but none of them were God’s choice for king. Finally, Samuel asked Jesse if he had any other sons.
Jesse admitted that his youngest son, David, was out in the fields taking care of the sheep. When he was brought in from the fields to stand before the prophet, Samuel knew David was the one chosen by the Lord, and he anointed David with oil, consecrating him to the Lord’s purpose.
David’s life was never the same. The Spirit of the Lord was on him from that day forward.
You see, the anointing makes the difference. It makes the difference between a boy practicing his slingshot alone in a field and a hero taking down a giant. It makes the difference between someone overseeing a flock of sheep and a king ruling a nation.
The anointing makes the difference in the church, in government, in business, in our schools, and in our homes. The anointing isn’t just for ministers—it’s for everyone.
“…I have been anointed with fresh oil”
We can become stale in our anointing, especially if we’re still trying to hang on to something that happened a long time ago. We’ve got to make sure the anointing is still fresh.
A fresh anointing makes the difference in your prayer, your praise, your spirit, and your house. God, give us a fresh anointing!
When Jesus walked the earth, His Anointing was evident by the miracles He performed and the lives He touched. From demons to disease, no malady or evil presence could withstand the power that flowed from Jesus Christ. As a follower of Christ, you have access to the same anointing. When you activate your faith, you follow in Abraham’s footsteps as noted in Romans 4: “[He] believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing….
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises…” (verses 17, 20-22)
ACTIVATING THE FRESH ANOINTING
Build your faith through feeding your mind and heart with God’s Word, (Romans 10:17), the anointing touch of Jesus Christ becomes activated. Look at the story of the two blind men in the Bible who cried out to Jesus, “Son of David, have mercy on us” (Matthew 9:27). They were calling Him the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. Jesus asked the blind men if they believed He could do this miracle. He wanted to hear them speak their faith, since He knew He was anointed to give “recovering of sight to the blind” (Luke 4:18 KJV).
Expressing faith allows the anointing to flow and healing to occur.
Grace is the greatest conductor of the power of the Holy Spirit in us and through us as Christians. When we receive the grace of God and fully understand what God has done for us in Christ, the result is love, humility, thankfulness, and an absence of pride. Pride, bitterness, unbelief, and doubt are insulators that prevent the Spirit from working. They produce resistance to the work of the Spirit of God, just as plastic is to copper wire. When we read of Jesus, even in His hometown, there was unbelief and resistance by some to the work of Christ:
Choosing to focus on God’s Word, expressing your faith, and walking it out every day will activate the Anointing of God in your life. As you build your faith and learn to activate the anointing, remember where your faith comes from. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus initiates and perfects our faith. So, you’re not alone; Jesus is right there with you for your journey. It is Christ who first drew you to Himself, and it is Christ who made a way for you to have faith in the first place. It is Christ who continually refines your faith. Always look to Him, and soon, you will be operating in the anointing with signs and miracles following you just as they followed Jesus when He walked the earth!
My prayer for someone reading this devotional is that the blessing of the new anointing will be your portion in Jesus’ name. however, you must surrender your life to Jesus Christ.
Activate the new anointing upon your life by praying in Jesus’ name for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Father, I come to you today with a sincere heart knowing that You hear all things and know all that I have done. Please forgive my sin, and lift my heavy burden from me. I turn around from my sinful life, and I ask you to give me new life in Christ. I receive fresh anointing from You today as my Savior and Lord of my life. Amen!
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