Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Stop Throwing The "A" Word Around"

I was taught from the scriptures about the 'anointing' when I was a young person in the church about a couple years ago, and when it was spoken you could sense all the reverence the word invoked in people; from those who both said it and those who were privileged to hear it as well.

When we spoke about someone being anointed it was far more than just speaking constructively about the individuals ability to do what they were doing at the time. We understood back then, and yes I said back then because it isn't the same today, that the anointing wasn't only upon those who sang or preached the word of God. We understood it is the very Spirit of God who empowers us to do His will, and to bring a change into the lives of others.

Unfortunately, however, this isn't the case any longer when we talk about the anointing in any of our conversations anymore. Now, I know there are those of us who know when to use the word and when not to use it. We hear a singer on the radio and they sound really good and come to find out they may have several Grammy Awards for that very song we heard, and we say today; 'Ooh, they're so anointed'. Really? The song was about everything under the sun except the Gospel of Jesus, and we say they are anointed.

The scriptures say this: 'And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder,and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.' Isaiah 10:27

Saints let's be a little more diligent and recognize when the anointing is flowing, and if you aren't sure then a clear sign to look for is the burdens and yokes being destroyed in the lives of those you know were bound.

This is the Anointing.


Z said...

I thought you were going to say the "A" word, AWESOME because I stopped using it for anything but God when my sister asked me "How can ANYTHING be AWESOME when GOD is AWESOME!?" It kind of spoke to me. There are 'special' words of great impact and there are other words.
Anointing is one of great impact and great blessing, too..
thanks I.H.S...

So, you're saying, to tell if someone is really anointed (if mortals CAN tell) see their fruit? See what actions they've put aside because their hearts are truly turned to God..?

I.H.S. said...

I would say yes, the fruit is surest of signs the person is operating within the confines of the Will of God.

That scripture in particular when it speaks of the anointing; it is referencing to fatness or oil; which are words used when dealing with the Spirit.

It says to me, 'the yoke will be destroyed because of the abundance of the Spirit of God which is upon my life'. You know the 'greater is He that is in me; than he that is in the world'.


Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Great post. This is a word I haven't really thought too much about and could really stand to spend some time contemplating. I just haven't heard it used that much in the church traditions I come from. Now you've got me on a reseach project!

I.H.S. said...

Matt, let me know how it comes out and what you uncover in your research.