A Recipe for the Anointing
Sermon shared by Phil Morgan
Summary: In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle and all the furniture and utensils used for worship in the Tabernacle, had to be anointed before they could be used. They didnít anoint with just any old oil - they had special oil for this anointing, made from a recip
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ďA Recipe for the AnointingĒ
As Pentecostals we often talk about "the anointing". We pray for the anointing of God on our lives, our ministries, our activities - everything. We recognize that we need the power and presence of the Holy Spirit or our efforts are worse than useless.
WORSE than useless because if we are attempting to minister in our own strength aloneÖ
- it is tantamount to saying we donít need God (thatís humanism);
- weíre saying our own ideas and ways are worthy in themselves (thatís idolatry);
- weíre doing things our way rather than Godís way (thatís rebellion - which the Bible says is as the sin of witchcraft.)
I donít know if youíve ever thought of working in your own strength in terms as strong as those before, but it will do us good. Our own ingenuity and strength are not our helpers, they are our undoing most of the time. Because we so easily abandon our reliance on God for methods and plans that put us ďin controlĒ.
We must depend on God. Zechariah 4:6 Ė ďItís not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.Ē We must minister in the power of God - under this "anointing" of the Holy Spirit. But let me ask you, what is "the anointing". We talk about it all the time. We desire it. We pray for it. But what is it exactly?
The most simple understanding of the anointing is to think of it as a "setting apart". When God anoints something He sets it apart - itís "holy" - separated for His use.
When a new king was anointed in Israel the prophet would take a horn full of oil and pour it over his head, and it would run right down his clothes. They would do the same thing when there was a new High Priest. The symbolism was that this person was "set apart" - to be Godís man; Godís instrument.
When we say someone "preached under a real anointing", or "that was an anointed song", or "an anointed moment" - it means it was set apart. God had His hand on the preacher or the song or the place and was moving. The anointing isnít a "force" (like electricity), and itís not just an emotion (although the anointing may produce emotion) - itís really nothing other than the presence of God in favour.
In the Old Testament the Tabernacle, and all the furniture and utensils used for worship in the Tabernacle, had to be anointed before they could be used. They didnít anoint with just any old oil - they had special oil for this anointing, made from a recipe that God gave them ... We read about it in:
READ: Exodus 30:22-30
You see God prescribed the ingredients that were to be used, and how it was to be made. And in fact it was a capital offence in Israel to make this oil and use it for any other purpose - punishable by death!
The recipe for this oil gives a picture of what we need in our lives to know Godís anointing. So look with me for a few minutes at the special ingredients mentioned here in Exodus 30.
The first ingredient was Ö
1. Liquid Myrrh.
Myrrh was used to prepare bodies for burial. To get its beautiful sweetness you had to crush it.
Myrrh speaks of death. There is no anointing without death. If we want to know Godís anointing we have to die to ourselves. Die to the old person that we once were. Die to our own agenda - our own desires and dreams, not born of God. If weíre going to depend on God we have to die to our own abilities and resources. DEATH!
And if we donít come
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