(The following ACTS article is a continuation of “The Anointing of the Holy Spirit Part 1&2″)
III. WALKING IN THE ANOINTING
As we begin our study of learning to live daily in the anointing of the Holy Spirit, let us briefly review some critical principles.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit is not a “spiritual badge” to attain. Nor is it just a familiarity with religious words or phrases. Rather, it is a living, growing relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Remember, the Holy Spirit is a Person, just as Jesus and the Father are Persons. Therefore, we can – and must – learn to walk in a daily, living relationship with the Holy Spirit.
We have learned that anointing is not some kind of mystical force or power for us to use or manipulate for selfish purposes. Anointing is, however, a divine power, ability and gifting directly linked to the Person of the Holy Spirit and His presence within our lives. The power that comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit flows through our personal relationship with Him.
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.
OUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY
We have learned that during the time of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit of God “came upon” His prophets, priests, judges and other servants.
In the New Testament times and following – also known as The Church Age – the Holy Spirit has been poured out (Acts Chapter 2). God the Spirit lives within each genuine believer, to lead us, comfort us and minister through us to others (John 7:37-39; 14:16,17,26).
All believers in Jesus Christ have been given the Holy Spirit (1John 2:20,27). This is necessary because every believer is called to some form of expression of ministry as a member of the Body of Christ (Eph 4:12). We all need the help of the Holy Spirit every day!
But for those who are called to a particular ministry assignment, there is a specific and profound anointing available. This anointing is given by God in His sovereignty. One can either receive it and grow in it, or choose to reject it or ignore it.
This kind of anointing (divine empowerment by the Holy Spirit) is related directly to your gifts and calling. For example, a person called to fulfill the gift of evangelist (Eph 4:11) may not have the anointing for an apostolic gift. He will function best and be most fruitful when operating within the power, gifts and authority for which he has been anointed – in this case as an evangelist.
However, in everyday, practical application, it may not be quite that simple. Though one might be called and anointed for a particular ministry task, each of us still has a general call as a believer in Christ to live and function daily as a participant in Christ’s Body.