Without the anointing, you cannot fulfill the work that God has given you to do.
I do not think that any minister of the Word would disagree with me there. What you might now know, as one called as a prophet though, is that when the Lord called you to do His work, the anointing was part of the parcel that you received. Consider this passage:
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, becasue He ahs 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,
In other words, if the Lord has called you to do a work, He has given you the power that you need to fulfill it as well.
I see so many praying for the anointing, as if it is something that the Lord would deliberately withhold from you.
You need to change your thinking. The anointing and your calling are a complete package.
When the Lord called you, He gave you the anointing you needed to fulfill that call.
When this principle sinks in, you can spend less time asking God to anoint you, and more time asking how to walk in His anointing by faith.
Many have a strange idea about the anointing though. They think of it as something that comes and goes. You imagine that the Lord anoints you just once, but then you must qualify for it again, and again.
Well, to a certain extent, that was true in days gone by. Before Christ came - that is exactly what it was like when you needed the anointing. The Holy Spirit descended on a great man of faith, and then left him once the work was done.
Samson was a great example of this. The anointing would come upon him suddenly, and when that happened, he accomplished incredible feats. Once the anointing left him though, he was weak once again.
That is because Jesus had not yet died for our sins! Man was contaminated through sin. They had to sacrifice often to atone and "cover over" the sin in their lives. And so a very righteous God could not reside with a very sinful man.
I often wonder to myself how hard it must have been in those days. They had to keep the law using their will alone. They did not have the Holy Spirit within to make right choices. They had to wait for God to "come upon them" before they felt Him.
No wonder the coming of Christ was such a mind-blowing change of thinking for the Early Church. For the first time, the anointing came... and remained!
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
I love this passage. John tells us here, that the anointing that they received did not leave! It did not "come upon" and then "lift" from them again, and again.
Instead of having to push through with pure willpower, they had a "big brother" in their corner by the name of the Holy Spirit.
For the first time ever, a righteous God could dwell within a sinful man - all because of the blood of Christ that washes away our sin.
When you understand this concept, you will not ask God again to "give you the anointing again" but you will ask Him to increase what you already have. You will ask Him for wisdom to use what is already in your spirit.
Then just as this scripture above says, that very anointing will teach you what you need to do to fulfill your purpose.
In the next couple of chapters we are going to look at the New Testament prophet. For it is the anointing that differentiates the Old from the New Testament prophet quite considerably.
In the Old Testament, the prophet had to wait for God to suddenly come upon him before he could speak. The same is not true of the New Testament prophet.
Instead, when God calls and anoints you, He deposits that anointing right inside of your spirit. That means you carry it with you everywhere you go.
Now that does not mean that it is "your" anointing. It simply means that you have a reserve of power in your spirit that the Holy Spirit can use when He pleases. He does not need to wait for you to be "righteous" according to the flesh, but He just needs to wait unitl you are available.
Keep these simple principles in mind as we look in greater detail at what we now have in Christ. You will learn that not only do we still have the external anointing just like they had in the Old Testamen, but that we now have the internal anointing, which is depicted as streams of living water.
This anointing is what sets you apart as a prophet. So let's teach you to tap into it, so that you can gush over the Church and bring it to life!