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“Christ” Means Anointed!

“Christ” – is not Jesus’ last name! That word, “Christ” is a significant title that means “Anointed”. It points to more than just a person named Jesus… He was the “Anointed One”. Jesus carried something with Him everywhere He went… the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Lk 4:18)(Acts 10:38). By calling His followers “Christians”; all the world should see that we too, are “little anointed ones”… and that we carry something significant everywhere we go.

Carrying the Anointing:

There were some radical faith words that Jesus spoke that shaped how His followers perceived what they carried. Christ would not be welcomed in many Christian circles today, because He was so dependent upon the anointing of God. He would have been criticized as an extreme faith preacher. But His words are nevertheless the words from the Father and 100% true for all time. Just listen to a few powerful declarations:

  • “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mk 11:23-24).
  • “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mk 16:15-18).
  • “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it” (Jn 14:12-14).

These are just some of the faith words that Jesus spoke in the New Testament. Are these words reliable? Do they make any difference in your life? Could they represent – truth? Can you believe Him… and believe His words?

…because it will make all the difference in how you carry the anointing!

We are called to carry His anointing everywhere we go (2 Cor 1:21)! It is the Holy Spirit’s power poured out (Acts 1:8) and kept fresh (Acts 4:29-31) that breaks yokes (Isa 10:27) and destroys the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8). Our lives must be lived with passion and power! Walking uprightly before God means more than just observing all that Jesus taught and left us as an example. We are anointed to carry something that makes an impact on the world around us. This requires power from heaven!

The Anointing is Power… to Serve!

The anointing requires a lifestyle of reaching forward for more of Christ’s power. Its not just information; but spiritual knowledge and faith, that shapes the way we think and act toward the issues we face in life. God still does miracles with simple people like fishermen and housewives. Those who make the decision to trust God’s power rather than become desperate, are people He demonstrates His power through. We are not working out our religious duty, but carrying the same substance that rested upon Jesus, so we can approach problems the same way He approached them.

Truth & Freedom

“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Mt. 10:7-8)

This may go against some of our religious sensibilities, but Jesus told us to do more than just agree with the Gospel of the Kingdom. He declares the necessity of advancement… healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the leper and driving out demons. Jesus was promoting a spiritual revolution! The Kingdom of Heaven was designed to be a movement with forward progress. It was to carry a spiritual authority that displaced the ruling dominion and release God’s reign of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit… for all who would receive it. If somebody was in need, Jesus had an answer that would shake the enemy’s hold… by confronting the dominion of darkness head on.

The Apostle Paul said, “…nor give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:27)

In essence the Apostle Paul is saying, “Don’t give an inch, or he will take it all!” We must learn to hold our ground. When a person is being harassed by the devil, I believe there is always a reason… its a dominion issue! Here is an insight I find helpful: the Greek word for ‘place’ – is a legal foothold; an opportunity; a legal right to enter and occupy. Demonic influence comes to occupy unguarded places in our heart and mind. By using spiritual “gateways”, or giving “place” to the devil; we are allowing darkness to have influence in our lives. When we allow darkness to have a voice, we are foolishly beginning to embrace twisted perceptions of reality. The devil’s strategy is simple… he wants to steal, kill and destroy (Jn. 10:9). Evil spirits look for ‘gateways’ to enter and begin to control parts of our life (Jn. 13:27). No matter how the access comes, the goal is to convince the person to walk in spiritual darkness, shame and isolation. The devil’s strategy is for the oppression or “works” to lead us into bondage and corruption. That is why Jesus was manifest on the Earth… to expose and destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8).

Freedom:

Lasting freedom can only take place if the Kingdom of Heaven draws near and darkness is displaced. The gates must be identified and closed. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth, to identify and reveal personal issues that expose these gateways in our lives.

  • Jesus truly is the way, the truth and the life (Jn. 14:6)…
  • And when the Son sets free you are free indeed (Jn. 8:36)…

Its God’s Way, Truth and Spiritual Life that Frees the Oppressed:

What we fail to recognize sometimes is that the devil has blinded our eyes to the truth and clouded our judgment of reality (2 Cor. 4:4). To know Christ and abide in Truth… is to find the freedom of heaven’s “Family” order. Its a freedom that cannot be achieved any other way. The Holy Spirit brings us into sonship… its the Spirit of Adoption (Rom. 8:15) and it offers transformation by breaking the hold of Satan on the human mind and spirit. When we come to know who He is and who He has declared us to be… we are confronted by the Truth and those lies of our heart are made visible. You see, the Truth is reality from God’s perspective! Therefore, when we see Christ for who He is, a vale is lifted from our hearts and we are given the choice to embrace what is real, as apposed to lies (Rom. 1:24-27).

When the veil is lifted… truth & freedom are a wonderful bridge!

Anointed Ones

Anointed with Power to Love

Anointed: Power to Love

That word, “Christ” is a significant title that means “Anointed One”. It points to more than just a person named Jesus. Jesus carried something with Him everywhere He went… the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Lk 4:18)(Acts 10:38). By calling His followers “Christians”, all the world should see that we too are “little anointed ones” that carry something significant everywhere we go.

Carrying the Anointing:

There were some radical faith words that Jesus spoke that shaped how His followers perceived what they carried. Christ would not be welcomed in many Christian circles today, because He was so dependant upon the anointing of God. He would have been criticized as an extreme faith preacher. But His words are nevertheless the words from the Father and 100% true for all time.

  • “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mk 11:23-24).
  • “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mk 16:15-18).
  • “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it” (Jn 14:12-14).

These are just some of the faith words that Christ spoke in the New Testament. Is this reliable? Does He tell the truth? Can you believe Him?

…because it will make a difference in how you carry the anointing!

We must carry His anointing everywhere we go (2 Cor 1:21)! It is the Holy Spirit’s power poured out (Acts 1:8) and kept fresh (Acts 4:29-31) that breaks yokes (Isa 10:27) and destroys the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8). Our lives must be lived with passion and power. Walking uprightly before God means more than just observing all that Jesus taught and left us as an example. We are anointed to carry something that makes an impact on the world around us. This requires power from heaven!

Anointed: Power to Serve

Anointed: Power to Serve

The Anointing is Power!

The anointing requires a lifestyle of reaching forward for more of Christ’s power. Its not just information; but spiritual knowledge and faith, that shapes the way we think and act toward the issues we face in life. God still does miracles with simple people like fishermen and housewives. Those who make the decision to trust God’s power rather than become desperate, are people He demonstrates His power through. We are not working out our religious duty, but carrying the same substance that rested upon Jesus, so we can approach problems the same way He approached them.

The Nazarite

The Law of the Nazarites:  “Now this [is] the law of the Nazarite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” (Num. 6:13)

Among God’s people of ancient Israel there have been various revival movements which were God’s remedy against apostasy and His call for return. God raised up such movements like the Priesthood, the Levites and the Nazarites for the task of reviving a culture that had lost its way into the Glory of God.

The Nazarite’s 3-fold Vow of Separation:

  • He was to separate himself from wine and strong drink and drink no vinegar or juice of the grape. (Num. 6:3)
  • All the days of his separation, no razor was to be used on his head. (Num. 6:5)
  • All the days that he separated himself to the Lord, he was not to go near a dead body. (Num. 6:6)

Separation and Consecration:

When it says that the Nazarite took a vow to separate himself unto God, it became his consecrated response to an invitation from God. He was saying, “I am not going to allow any influence, but that of God upon my life”. He was not to drink wine, cut his hair nor touch dead things throughout the time of his consecration. Even if a family member died he was not to go or he would become unclean. What an amazing sacrifice, what a commitment unto God.

God was saying… “avoid anything that will pollute”.

We, as the Church are not to touch things that bring death to our walk with God. Things of this world have the potential to pollute our soul, crush our prayer life and destroy our testimony (1 Jn 2:15-17). The Apostle John warns us of the danger of loving the world and allowing its influence to draw us into its clutches. Things which you watch, speak and hear, have an influence upon our spiritual lives. The Old Testament Nazarite would say, ”I shall not touch any dead thing”. Notice the reason for this commitment was that by separation there would be access to the tent of meeting.

Standing at the Door:

There is something about this “tabernacle of meeting” that we must come to understand. You see, the offer is being given to the consecrated heart. This was no ordinary meeting place… this was the place where God by His Glory would tabernacle or meet with man. Were we to read on in this passage we would see a process of sacrifices that would be given by the Nazarite dealing with issues of sin, peace and restoration. And with each sacrifice, burdens would be lifted and revival would come to the heart of God’s servant. In the end of the meeting would come “The Blessing”. God gives Moses the pattern for how this Blessing would be spoken over the person standing inside the door of the tabernacle… and it sounded like this:

“The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you!
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you
And give you peace!”
 

With the Blessing came the Name… “So they (Aaron and his sons) shall put My Name on the children of Israel and I will bless them.” (Num. 6:27)

I Will Bless Them!

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). On the day of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and some of the people began to mock the disciples saying they were filled with new wine (Acts 2:13). In other words, they were under a strong influence of God’s Blessing - the Holy Spirit! Yet this incredible experience came following many days of prayer and waiting in an upper room, in unity and in one place… a “tabernacle of meeting”.

We often want the Blessing, without the meeting! Can a Christian really call himself a follower without a consecrated life? Really?

Jesus said “many will call Me Lord, Lord… and say did we not prophesy, drive out demons and do miracles in Your Name?… Then I will tell them plainly - I never knew you.” (Mt. 7:21-23)   

Is He Knowing Us?

It is not my goal to promote a “works based” pathway to salvation, but I am concerned about our consecration. We are called to walk in the light of God’s Kingdom influence. Jesus has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us, or moved us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. Our destiny is to live inside the doorway of the “tabernacle of meeting”, enjoying the River of Spiritual Life flowing from within… by the Holy Spirit. Yet it is by our consecration, that a lifestyle gives access and opens for us the wells of salvation (Isa. 12:2). It makes us deeply sensitive to the flow of heaven’s resources.

Governed by Consecration:

These principles governed the life of the Nazarite. Why did people take such a vow? To be governed by what it released inside of them! We are told that it was unto the Lord (Num. 6:1) not to a man or a religious form. It was an invitation to those hungering for God, those who desired His Manifest Presence and desperate for fellowship, communion and revival. And can I add… they received God’s Name and His Blessing!

Nazarites serve as a picture of recovery, restoration and revival to all of God’s people. Could it be that our time has come? And what would it cost us?

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