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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday Words of Encouragement September 11, 2022 The Anointing

Our Sunday School shared a video of Tim Shultz speaking of the fact that God has created and ordained each believer for this time, this place, and His (this) purpose. The believers of a generation ago, in the 1950s and 1960s, lived in a society that still respected the church and its moral teachings. Not so much today. We are to stand against obvious lies that try to silence and suppress the church and God’s creation. Our trust must not waiver, we must let God define us, not the enemy.

The Church is, by definition as an ‘ecclesia’, involved in public and society issues. We need to stand against threats and bullying. Do not accept lies and hypocrisy. Fight for God’s right, not the world’s definition of right – which is currently upside down.

Pastor’s sermon was titled “The Anointing” and based on 1 John 2:18-21 and 26-27. It went well with the Sunday School message.

Anointing is defined as “smearing or rubbing”… typically with oil as part of a religious ceremony. The point is that we are touched, made special, or set apart. We are dedicated for a purpose useful to God. When we accept Christ as our savior and receive the spirit, we become purified, sanctified, holy.

We should desire and seek God's anointing touch and transformation initially and then daily.
Jabez asked for God's hand to be on him, and God granted the request. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10.
We should be living with our anointing day to day. There is a balance, and we should be living in both the natural and supernatural.

We can use gifts and not be spiritually directed. There are carnal substitutions of Godly gifts. But we should not abandon the anointing for fleshy, worldly gifts.

We live rightly only by the hand, touch, of God. Being anointed with oil is only a symbol of His touch. We need to spend time with Him, and in His word, to receive a fresh touch regularly.

The anointing comes from God and we are to abide in Him. 1 John 2:27. The anointing abides in us as we allow the Holy Spirit to reside in us. Then we live set apart. We are a chosen people, “God’s special possession” 1 Peter 2:9. We are to let our light shine. Matthew 5:16.

When we are called out by the Spirit, we don't worry about worldly appearance. We want to be salt and light. Matthew 5:13-15.

The anointing convicts us and others. And we need to remain in the Spirit and be refreshed.
The spirit may respond to the teaching and messages we hear. We can become excited! We should pray for God to lead us in truth.

We must be careful as we live in times of lawlessness when men are slanderous and without self-control, “having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

The supernatural anointing is not emotional frenzy. Believers need to live by faith with the anointing, especially in the last days. Though we don’t know when that is so that means every day.

We are:
Anointed to live each day.
Anointed where we work.
Anointed in retirement.
Anointed to live and reflect the Power of God.

I found this song for today’s message: Anointing.
Verses for today:
1 John 2:18-21 and 26-27
18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Lord, I pray for You to anoint me, touch me with Your Hand and lead me in truth!

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