Anointing vs Gifts

We all have giftings.

  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 – There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

The giftings aren’t always used for the glory of God.

  • The gifts and the calling don’t require change/repentance – Romans 11:29For the gifts and the calling of God areirrevocable (can never be withdrawn).

 So what is the anointing?

  • 1 John 2:27 (NKJV) – 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.
  • Anointing comes from the Greek word, chrisma, and means to smear on, an ointment.
  • It is a special endowment of the Holy Spirit to do a particular ministry.

And why does the Word of God represent “the anointing” with olive oil?

  • Gethsemane, derived from the Aramaic meaning “oil press,” was a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olive.
  • The anointing cost something – Psalms 51:17 (NLT) – The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.  Psalms 34:18 tells the Lord near those in this place.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NKJV) – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed

It’s the anointing that changes things – not the gifts.

  • Isaiah 10:27 – It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
  • Mark 6:13 And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.
  • James 5:14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.
  • Acts 10:38 – 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 (Luke 4:18).

And when the anointing meets the giftings, then you got something!

  • While the gifts are released by faith, the anointing is released thru love – Matthew 14:14 – And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
  • In fact, the gifts without the anointing, are useless for the kingdom of Heaven – 1 Corinthians 13:2 – And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

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