Summary: Steps to Walking Naturally in the Anointing – Part 1
A. Abide in Him
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:5-8 NKJV
Jesus said we should "abide" with Him in us and us in Him. If you are a Born-Again Christian, Jesus "abides" inside you because the Holy Spirit lives in you. But the other half of abiding is that we have to abide "in Him." In one sense, you are abiding in Christ because you are in God's family. However, abiding in Christ is more than that. It is reasonable to conclude that we need to abide inside Him to the same degree that the Holy Spirit is inside us!
More is always possible for the inside of us because Jesus promised that a river of the Holy Spirit could flow out from inside us (See John 7:37-39). More is possible for the outside of us too!
“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (John 7:37-38 NIV)
"...we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus...let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water" (Heb. 10:19,22).
You can learn to "abide in Christ" by learning to draw near to God and letting Him draw near to you. By this, you experience a continual cleansing from God, inside and out. It is by drawing near and receiving this cleansing that your body is consecrated by God and prepared to be used for His purposes! The Old Testament priests were to "stand before" the Lord and be His ministers. The pattern is still the same today.
B. Dwell In God
“I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge (TRUST) in the shelter of your wings.” (Ps 61:4 NIV)
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Ps 91 NIV)
yashab (yaw-shab'); a primitive root; properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry:
KJV - (make to) abide (-ing), continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-ing), easeself, endure, establish, X fail, habitation, haunt, (make to) inhabit (-ant), make to keep [house], lurking, X marry (-ing), (bring again to) place, remain, return, seat, set (-tle), (down-) sit (-down, still, -ting down, -ting [place] -uate), take, tarry.
Shelter (Secret Place)
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.” (Ps 139:15-16 NIV)
“I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling--even the LORD, who is my refuge-- 10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." (Ps 91:2-16 NIV)