“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts” (Zech 4:6).

Before an effective, biblical study of “Anointing” can begin, we must establish some important foundational principles. These principles will form a biblical platform from which we can attain a proper view of anointing.

The beginning sections of this article will address those foundational principles. They may be new to you, or they may already be familiar. However, since it is critical that we have a common foundation from which to build this study, I would ask you to study the following principles carefully. Allow time for the Holy Spirit to reveal, convict, test and affirm how well these principles are established and lived out in your own life and ministry.

Fellow leader, this is not a study of easy “shortcuts” to maturity. Nor does it offer quick formulas or fancy techniques that can be used to make you a “success”.

Rather, this is a biblical study of how we as church leaders must grow and function within God’s Kingdom. The pathway to maturity is a necessary process in order to be truly fruitful, to have a lasting ministry that brings much glory to God!

Therefore, let us apply ourselves with diligence as we learn about this issue of anointing. God can only bless what He as established as His way and will. Thus, it is essential that we lay a proper foundation from His Word before we move on to the related issues of anointing (Isa 28:10).


The subject of ANOINTING is of great importance to any and every believer in Jesus Christ. However, understanding ANOINTING – what is it, how it functions, and how we can walk and grow in it – is critical. This is especially true for those who are called to full-time ministry.

Unfortunately, ANOINTING is often poorly understood or is a subject perhaps even avoided by some leaders. Though it is something that God desires to give us, many leaders do not know what it is or how to receive it. Thus, they try to replace the anointing of the Holy Spirit with other things.

Some leaders may become skilled in administration or organization. Perhaps they pursue education, adding degrees and titles before and after their names. They might attend many conferences and be inspired by great speakers. They might even develop their own speaking or singing skills in order to lead or motivate people more effectively.

These things mentioned above are not necessarily wrong, and may or may not prove helpful in ministry. BUT THEY ARE NOT THE ANOINTING! Nor can they replace the genuine anointing of the Holy Spirit in the minister’s life.

Education and administrative skills can be good and helpful. However, they are limited in what they can help the leader to accomplish. When we rely upon our education, the best result we can hope for is the limit of our education. When we rely upon our eloquent speaking or other skills, we are limited to what those skills can accomplish.