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The Anointing

  • The Anointing from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    In Scripture, God commanded certain people and items to be anointed with oil. It set them apart for His use, and it was often done before they took on a new office or role of authority. Some of the things anointed in the Old Testament were pillars, the tabernacle, its furniture, shields, kings, priests, and prophets. It's probably easiest to describe them as God's Special Forces. Those who are set apart for a special purpose and carry the anointing, power, and authority to get the job done. His plans and calling replace yours.

    Consider David, who was just a young shepherd boy when Samuel anointed him. David was out tending his father's sheep while the prophet Samuel examined his seven brothers, searching for the Lord's anointed.

    (1 Samuel 16:10–13 NKJV)  Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here." So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!" Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.

    Arise and anoint him, for this is the one! David was chosen and anointed for a purpose, and the Holy Spirit was on him from that day forward. He performed great exploits for the Lord, like slaying the giant warrior Goliath while he was still a teenager. It was the anointing that made the great people of the Bible unstoppable.

    Though many times the Lord sent a prophet like Samuel to anoint someone like David, there are just as many occurrences without a physical anointing taking place.

    Samson was obviously anointed for a task, and he carried supernatural strength. Yet, it never mentions that he was anointed with oil by anyone. This is what I want to clarify, you can receive an anointing right where you are without other people being involved. It was the same with Gideon. Another anointed man was Cyrus, the king of Persia.

    (Isaiah 45:1 NKJV)  "Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held— To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut"

    This is an amazing prophecy, for Isaiah lived during the prosperous reign of Hezekiah, and Jerusalem had not been destroyed by Babylon. But Isaiah prophesied that Cyrus, who was not born yet, would conquer Babylon and rebuild the ruins of Jerusalem.

    Now sieging the city of Babylon was considered impossible, for the Euphrates river ran right through the middle of the town. There were spiked gates that went down into the river bed to keep people out, and the city was surrounded by a wall 350 feet tall.

    Babylon was filled with gardens and had an abundance of everything. The hanging gardens of Babylon were considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. You couldn't starve them out, for they grew their own food in the city, and they had a river of freshwater to drink.

    Yet, one night during a giant celebration, Cyrus quietly diverted the Euphrates river upstream by digging ditches to channel it into a marsh. He had men waiting at the river gates on both sides of the city, and when the water level dropped, they entered the city.

    It wouldn't have been possible, but the city guards had left the river gates open that night. Just as Isaiah had prophesied, "to open before him the double doors, so the gates will not be shut." Cyrus took the city of Babylon without a fight.

    Cyrus was anointed for a purpose, and the Lord worked with him. The Lord has special plans for His anointed ones, and they accomplish His will.

    (Psalm 105:15 NKJV) "Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm."

    When Jesus stood up in the temple to read from the scroll of Isaiah, it was this:

    (Luke 4:18–19 NKJV)  "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

    Jesus was born as a common man on the Earth, but He was supernaturally anointed to do God's will. The anointing brought with it everything needed to do the job He was given. The Apostle Peter said it like this:

    (Acts 10:38 NKJV)  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

    The last words that Jesus spoke to His Apostles before leaving Earth were these:

    (Acts 1:6–8 NKJV)  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 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."

    It's a promise, and I want to tell you that you can still have this anointing today, but it costs a lot. For His kingdom to come, your kingdom must go. In short, He will wreck your kingdom.

    I once had a personal revival, where even though I hadn't been to church in years, I became hungry for more of God. I was a supervisor for a major construction company at the time, and I worked twelve-hour shifts on weekends. I began listening to the Bible 24/7, fasting, and praying for the Lord to remove anything that was holding me back from being closer to Him. Though I had worked there for years, within two weeks, they called me to the office and laid me off!

    I went through a rough patch and spent time in the unemployment line. I had bill collectors calling and threatening to foreclose on my home. The Lord broke me down until I was submissive and no longer cared where He put me. Then He opened a door for me polishing brass at a buffing machine for one-third of my previous salary.

    It was skid row and a horrible place to work. Many who came there didn't make it through the first day, but I knew it was where He wanted me to be, so I stayed. I listened to the Bible all day with headphones and prayed while mindlessly buffing faucets and plumbing parts as the months passed by.

    One day I was listening, praying, and buffing as usual when I suddenly felt warm oil being poured over my head. I thought I was being pranked, and I spun around to see who it was, but there was no one there. He anointed me for something that day, and almost immediately, a revival broke out around me. My words began to have power like never before, and simply quoting a scripture would sometimes cause people to shake and tremble. When I would go to church, I would fill my entire row with visitors. Soon afterward, He started me on the path that eventually led to Refreshing Hope.

    The anointing is still available for the desperate who will let Him have His way in their life.

    You can pray this with me if you like: 

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to be a part of what You are doing on the Earth. Please make what is important to You important to me. Let me see the world through Your eyes and help me find my place in Your body. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen

Jun 28
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Thank You Pastor Dion for a beautiful Devotional. It help me remember a prayer to God that I prayed several months ago. I prayed to God and I told him during prayer that I put the outcome of my last job in his hands. Several weeks later a patient died in her home while me and her daughter and son was in the home. I worked as a Home Health Aid for six months. I cried the day that she passed away. I watched her when she was well laughing and very happy. Then she fell sick and in a matter of weeks she was gone. I decided that I would move on from the job because I did not want to see people get sick and pass away. It was a hard decision but I felt strongly in my heart that job field was not for me. I suffered I had to ask people in my family for money and or assistance and I do not like asking people for money or to help buy food. I have been making it, but it has been hard. My fiance has been helping me as well. I applied for unemployment but after 2 months they labeled me as disqualified. So I have to file an appeal. I still apply for jobs daily. I did not recieve any of the unemployment benefits so that made me sad. But God prevails. I have faith that he will work everything out.

Jun 28
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

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Jun 28
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 28
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jun 28
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank You for your blessings and being in my life. Amen

Jun 28
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for all my blessings Lord you are my strength and my faith hope and trust is in you Father oh that you're hand would be with me and enlarge my territory in Jesus'name I pray Amen

Jun 28
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Father Thank You For All You Do In My Life Good Morning Everyone 

Jun 28
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

Jun 28
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Suzanne Russell
Suzanne Russell

I love this about the anointing!  I had something happen to me like what you mentioned.  I haven't told hardly anyone.  Maybe my husband?

Anyway, when I was 19 I was in church, recently saved and the Holy Spirit was moving greatly!  Everyone in the church, even the little kids were mesmerized by the Holy Spirit and worship of God.  I was praising God too and suddenly I felt one big splat on my head by my forehead!  Then a second smaller one.  In my mind, I was thinking, well the roof is leaking and looked but I saw NO leaks and it wasn't raining outside!  So, I thought maybe the Pastor had the oil in his hand and sloshed it out by accident?  I had touched my head thinking it was water, but when I got some on my finger, I could see it was oil and not water!  But NO, the Pastor was way at the front altar and praying for some people.  The oil bottle was sitting alone on the pulpit!  No one was up close to it.  Then I felt like the Holy Spirit said that the anointing was for wisdom and knowledge.  I went on praising God and told no one.  Now I am 73 and can say that wisdom and knowledge have been given to me many times from God.  He gives me things to say and things for my own growth too.  I am so thankful for that anointing and I actually forgot about it till recently when HE reminded me of it.  I had just started back teaching Sunday School after MANY years of not teaching at all.  I was under attack and God reminded me that I was anointed of HIM.  It has helped me through these attacks.  I could not do this on my own.  Only under the anointing and help from God.

Jun 28
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Suzanne, thank you for your testimony <3!

Jul 1
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen.  Thank you Lord Jesus for your annoying. Help me ( all) to recognize your Will in our life. In Jesus Name,  Amen 

Jun 28
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jun 28
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Your will be done Father.

Jun 28
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for RHM.Gods blessings to you both. Amen 

Jun 28
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jun 28
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen .

Jun 28
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father many experiences I have had in my life and You have been there for me with Your loving care and forgiveness, showing me the right way to follow You and to be closer to You at all times. Always lead me Lord, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Great devotional testimony Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia  Amen. 

Jun 28
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jun 28
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 28
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Patsy  Jerry
Patsy Jerry

I praise the Lord, I really had an excited feeling when the oil was poured on you and there was no one there, I knew right then I wanted the oil poured on me by God. I need Him daily! I know my faith can be stronger, so I pray often (many times a day) I ask forgiveness when I feel I didn't do as I should have. I repent to God when I slip or fail within myself. ????????????

Jun 28
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying with you for the anointing, Patsy <3!

Jul 1
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jun 29
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen !!! This old hymn is my prayer, oh Lord: "Have Thine own way Lord, have Thine own way, You are the potter, I'm the clay, mold me and make me after Thy will, while I'm waiting, yielded and still", in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen !!

Jun 30