Anointing is the enabling power of God which comes upon an individual for a purpose. Every child of God is anointed for a particular purpose; in other words every child of God has been empowered to make a difference and the anointing is what makes the difference! God has called you to be a voice and not an echo, to make an impact in this world and do Great and Mighty exploits for His Kingdom. He has not called us to just live and die in him but live, move and have our being in Him!!! God has called us to live a vibrant life; He has called us to not just survive but to thrive!
Appointment is when we are given the opportunity to express and manifest the anointing; our calling.
It’s one thing to be anointed and another thing to be appointed. Anointing without appointment and appointment without anointing are all destructive! Jesus was anointed but when there was need of Him at the wedding feast to provide wine, He admonished His mother that His time was not yet come! He knew He was anointed but not yet given the go ahead to express the anointing! This implies Jesus was in constant communication with His Father and so knew He was not to rush but do His Father’s bidding and this was for Him to wait on His timing.
John 2:1-4 “The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
You may have received a word of Prophecy, you may have been anointed, you may desire to be in ministry, you may be perceiving you have a special calling; sometimes, it is evident you have a calling to do God’s work but are they enough reason for us to launch out? Have you waited on the LORD; sought directions etc. Are we actually doing His bidding? Are you in constant touch with God to know when and how to start fulfilling your calling? Go deep into yourself and ask yourself if you have been trained and groomed enough for the battle ahead!
Most people today who have a call upon their lives rush to make a name for themselves. The quest for fame has overshadowed the very essence of the calling of certain individuals. Salvation, which is the underlying reason for our calling has been buried by many. God anoints us to make a difference in the lives of the lost; shine where there is darkness, bring freedom to those who are in bondage to darkness and not to seek the applause of men!
Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all who mourn..”
The seventy-two returned from their mission joyous because the demons were subject to them in the name of Jesus but Jesus told them –Luke 10:17-20 “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Salvation should be our main focus because the anointing is to break yokes and curses. Anyone who is anointed and understands the reason for the anointing will not rush but wait for the appointment! The fact that one is anointed does not mean they are appointed and the fact that one has been appointed does not mean they are anointed!
David was anointed King of Israel but immediately did not ascend the throne as the king, he went back to tending His father’s flock in the bush! The anointing prepared, moulded, trained him to overcome all the tests and trials he suffered in the hands of Saul until he was fit enough to receive his appointment-ascending the throne! 1 Samuel 16
The anointing without appointment is a disaster; the period between the anointing and appointment is the preparation, training and timing;the period of service. God will have us wait so He can build our faith and strengthen us for the task. The anointing always comes before the appointment because the power of God is what will help build our spirit man to understand the ways of God!
David served Saul; endured and escaped all his attempts at his life, the anointing kept David, the anointing gave him wisdom to restrain from killing Saul when he had the opportunity to do so! 1 Samuel 24:6 ” He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.”
Moses was anointed from birth to be the deliverer of the children of Israel from the hands of the Egyptians. Moses knew he had a call to fulfill an assignment judging from the way he sought the welfare of the Israelites! Moses was anointed but had not been appointed at the time so when he tried to go ahead of God by killing an Egyptian in defense of an Israelite, it became a nightmare which led to him fleeing Egypt. It is a dangerous thing to run ahead of God!
His timing was wrong but it was still God’s perfect plan to get Moses out of Egypt into the School of SERVICE with the priest of Midian-Reuel as his master who later became his father in law. Moses needed training, he needed to be prepared, he had to do his national service before getting to work with his degree-the anointing! Exodus 2:11-22
I entreat us all by this word to learn to discern God’s timing, to avail ourselves to be trained and prepared, to be connected always to God through His word, prayer, fellowship, fasting (lets build an intimate relationship with Him), know and learn to hear and obey His voice so we don’t run ahead of Him but be in step with Him! Stay humbled-LIFTED!