Summary: In order for the anointing of God to move powerfully through a Christian’s life, and upon every life they touch, it must be released.
Before the anointing was released at the start of Jesus ministry, He was first baptized.
“When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.” (Luke 3:21 NIV)
Baptism symbolizes death. The spices that made up the Anointing Oil were used to prepare bodies for burial. The fragrance of God is only released once it is crushed.
The baptism of John was a “Baptism of Repentance” (Mark 1:4). Christians are considered dead to the old nature in their position before God, but they must continually die to the old nature, allowing the old to be put to death every day if they want the anointing to be released.
The life of Jesus is the perfect model to pattern one’s life after to walk daily in the anointing so that God's perfect destiny for them will be accomplished. Where ever Holy Spirit is there is liberty to grow into the fullness of the measure which belongs to Jesus Christ. Living a life of holiness will allow the Christian to be;
“a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” (2 Tim 2:21 NKJV)
No one can substitute the anointing by doing good deeds or using their talents or gifts because;
“It is the Spirit who gives life and the flesh profits nothing.” (Jn 6:63 NIV)
The beautiful God will show favor and release the anointing as a person humbles their self daily before Him (James 4:5).
The Consuming Fire
The beauty of God is a consuming fire. His Glory so consumed the apostle Peter that when he walked among the sick the shadow of the anointing poured over all those who were “sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.” (Acts 5:15-16 NIV)
Christians must come to the understanding that they were saved by God for His Glory so that they can become vessels of His Glory. Then, they can begin to walk in His anointing so that the sick will be healed, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will walk, and the dead will rise.
They must pour out their lives and allow themselves to become consumed by Him, not just spiritually, but emotionally and physically as well. The blessings of being possessed by Him are far greater than the satisfaction of being self-possessed.
Before a person becomes a Christian, it is really difficult to see how exciting becoming Born-Again can be (See John 3:16). However, when they ask Jesus to become their Lord and Savior, and repent of their sin, His light, “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” shines in their heart and instantly they begin the journey to understanding the reward and blessings that come about through intimate union with God by way of salvation (2 Cor 4:4-6 NIV).
God desires to be loved by people who trust Him without question. God promises that if a person humbles their self and learns to trust and depend on Him by giving all their “worries and cares to God,” they will have “health” to their “body and nourishment” to their “bones” (1 Peter 5:5-11 NIV).
What proves to the world that someone is a Christian is the display of the “new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness--righteous, holy, and true.” This requires that they take the initiative and “put away all falsehood and "tell your neighbor the truth." They must work at getting rid of all:
”bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Eph 4:24-5:1 NLT).
Releasing the power of the anointing requires a multifaceted approach that is discussed below. A Jeweler must cut a diamond in the rough to reveal its brilliance and beauty within. So it is with the Christian who wants to shine forth with the brilliance of God’s anointing and power.
Cover the Naked
The Lord said that one of the ways to draw closer to Him was “to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter,” and when someone is seen “naked, to clothe him” (Isa 58:6-12 NIV).
Clothing the naked doesn’t mean just to provide clothes to those who are without, but also to protect those who have fallen or are going through a time of trial and testing where God uses it to prune them so that they will be more like Him. This means not speaking ill or gossiping about those who have sinned or withholding forgiveness and reconciliation.
After the great flood, Noah sinned by becoming drunk on “some wine he had made and lay naked in his tent.” One of his sons, Ham “saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers.” He chose to expose his father’s nakedness - his sin. His other brothers Shem and Japheth chose to cover their father’s sin and cover his nakedness. In fact, they took a robe and "walked backward into the tent, and covered their father's naked body.” They refused to look upon him in his sinful state.