Summary: We need to connect with the anointing. In other words, when you connect with people, their success becomes your success. When you connect with the anointing, you connect with God. The anointing brings unity to the Body
The Anointing In The Local Church
We need to connect with the anointing. In other words, when you connect with people, their success becomes your success. When you connect with the anointing, you connect with God.
God took one hundred and twenty faithful people on the Day of Pentecost and expanded the anointing on their lives to the ends of the earth. What started in Jerusalem was taken to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:8 - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
The anointing on your life is not a local anointing, but extends to the ends of the earth. Make sure you associate with people who are anointed so that their success can rub off onto your life.
Those who work in unity with others release a powerful anointing.
Psalm 133:1-2 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing - Life forevermore.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14 - For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
Jesus prayed for unity
Real unity flows down from the person of Jesus Christ, Who is the Head of the Body.
Those who open their hearts to what God is doing concerning unity will become vessels that God will use to spark the fire of a great move of His Spirit.
Jesus prayed for a body of believers that would be one on the earth. This unity would convince those in the world to believe in Jesus.
Walking in Biblical unity with the other members of the Body of Christ is not easy. It takes a very deliberate, intentional decision. Unity requires an investment of time and energy but the results are tremendous.
The Church was incubated in the upper room in an atmosphere of unity and exploded out onto the streets of the cities that were turned upside down by the anointing and witness of those early believers. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and this same pattern can be a manifest reality in the present day church. How much stronger, healthier, and effective would the church be in our cities and communities if every believer would regularly examine themselves regarding God’s true desire for His church
Understanding the corporate anointing
The anointing flows strongest within the context of being joined together with other Spirit-filled people of God. This concept of corporate anointing is especially true for those in ministry.
All the parts of a body form one body but each part, regardless of where it is, has its own place and function. We need each other because each individual believer is but one member of many members.
Perhaps one of the most powerful examples of a corporate anointing is the ointment that was compounded and used to anoint the whole house of God. Only when these members are joined together can they function properly as a body. The body of Christ can only be revealed in the fullest sense when all the parts are joined to form one body.
Many embrace the concept of unity intellectually but in reality, it is not always in operation. God has and will continue to use gifted individuals, but there is a marked shift in emphasis to a corporate anointing in the present-day church.
Individuals who are functioning by themselves need to be joined to the visible body. Although they are joined spiritually by virtue of their conversion to the invisible body, they cannot and should not exalt themselves above the other members.
When each believer takes his or her rightful place in the body of Christ, the collective anointing multiplies and compounds. The anointing upon many is far greater than the anointing on any individual.
Jesus promised He would be present as part of that union wherever two or more are joined together in His name.
Examples of corporate anointing
The Bible is filled with examples of those who flowed together for good, or suffered together because of their corporate complicity in sin:
* The people with one language and speech who gathered together to build the tower of Babel.