(The following ACTS article is a continuation of “The Anointing of the Holy Spirit Part 1”)
C. THE FUNCTION OF THE ANOINTING
While studying the work and moving of the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that there are mysteries. There is an element of the sovereignty of God in the subject of anointing that goes beyond our understanding (John 3:8). Our only response to God’s sovereignty must always be to simply and wholeheartedly surrender to His Lordship and will.
God in His wisdom has chosen to leave an element of mystery in His ways, requiring us to live by faith (2Cor 5:7; Heb 11:6). There is much in this life that we see and understand only “in part” (1Cor 13:12). Our posture toward the Lord must always be one of trust, obedience and submission to the entirety of His Word.
PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES OF THE ANOINTING
As we continue in this study, let us once again review the definition of anointing: Anointing is the Person and presence of the Holy Spirit, bringing with His presence all of the necessary power, gifts and authority that are needed to fulfill the Father’s will at a given moment of ministry or assignment.
With this understanding clearly in mind, let us look at some principles about how the anointing of the Holy Spirit functions.
- ANOINTING IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO AN INDIVIDUAL’S CALLING TO FULFILL A GOD-GIVEN MINISTRY ASSIGNMENT.
In other words, when God gives someone a ministry assignment or call, He also makes available all the necessary power, authority, gifting, revelation, insight, etc., that is needed to fulfill that assignment! Hallelujah!
When God commands or leads you to perform His will, all that you need to successfully fulfill His will is available to you by the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. What God commands a person to do, He gives them the divine ability to do!
Of course, there is always much study, learning and personal transformation that should be happening along the way. As we apply ourselves – growing in our abilities, gifts and knowledge of the Word – then God will release even more. This principle of being faithful with what we have and God releasing more (Luke 16:10a; 19:17) is an essential principle for growing in God’s anointing.
OPERATING IN THE ANOINTING
God desires to anoint us to fulfill His will and call. We read of a similar principle at work in Paul’s presentation about faith.
Romans 12:3: “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” This measure of faith (as with anointing) is a divine enablement given in proportion to the gift that He has given us.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching” (Rom 12:6,7).
Paul states the same principle a bit differently in his letter to the Ephesians: “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Eph 4:7). In other words, this measured gift of divine enablement is directly related to being able to operate in the gift that God has assigned to an individual for the purpose of ministry.