ANOINT ME WITH OIL

PSA. 23:5 ¶ You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.
David knew the importance of the anointing. Ever since that day when Samuel visited his family and anointed David with oil, the anointing had become a huge part of David’s life. He saw the importance of the anointing when facing the lion and the bear, fighting the giant, running from King Saul, fighting the Philistines, writing the songs of the Lord, and reigning as the King of Israel. It was the supernatural enabling that kept and empowered David all of his life.

Today, that anointing is available for all of us. Whether we are facing temptation, challenges in our work or ministry, the anointing of the Lord will equip us for whatever we face. Charles Spurgeon shares about the importance of anointing with fresh oil everyday.

“Thou anointest my head with oil. May we live in the daily enjoyment of this blessing, receiving a fresh anointing for every day’s duties. Every Christian is a priest, but he cannot execute the priestly office without unction, and hence we must go day by day to God the Holy Ghost, that we may have our heads anointed with oil. A priest without oil misses the chief qualification for his office, and the Christian priest lacks his chief fitness for service when he is devoid of new grace from on high.”

I love what Spurgeon said, “every Christian is a priest”. This was a cardinal doctrine of the Protestant Reformation, the priesthood of every believer. The anointing with the oil of the Spirit is critical for the ministry of the priest. Think about it, David instituted 24 hour worship and ministry to the Lord in his tabernacle. Ministry to the Lord is the first duty of the priest. The priests needed God’s empowering and intoxicating anointing to minister on a daily basis. Stepping into His daily anointing equips us for our ministry of worship to the Lord. Secondly, the priest has a ministry to the hurting people all around us. It is the anointing that puts the compassion in our heart for those around us. This compassion spills over in pouring out the love of God to the suffering people we see everyday. Just like David saw the importance of the anointing to face his daily challenges, we too need His help everyday.

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TAUGHT BY THE ANOINTING

1John 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

Jesus taught His disciples about the role the Holy Spirit would perform after He was gone. One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit that Jesus emphasized was on teaching us. This is how Jesus explained the Spirit’s role in John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you”. The Holy Spirit is upon us and in us after we are born again. As we nurture a relationship with Him by studying His word, praying, and spending time in worship we begin to experience this benefit of the anointing of the Spirit; He leads us into all truth. In this verse the word anointed is referring to the anointing or presence of the Holy Spirit. Here is how Wuest explains this blessing.

“The word “anointed” is chrisma. The word refers to that with which the anointing is performed, the unguent or ointment. Here it refers to the Holy Spirit with whom the believer is anointed. The two words meaning “to anoint” in the New Testament, aleiphō and chriō, refer to the act of applying something to something else for a certain purpose. Aleiphō was used, for instance, in the papyri of the act of greasing the yoke-band of an ox, namely, the act of applying grease to the yoke-band so that it would not irritate the sleek hide of the ox. Chriō was used of the application of a lotion to a sick horse. Thus, the anointing with the Holy Spirit refers to the act of God the Father (applying to the believing sinner) sending the Spirit in answer to the prayer of God the Son to take up His permanent residence in the believer.”
When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives He becomes our teacher. He teaches us as we study the written word, He speaks to us by His inner voice in our spirit, and He also confirms God’s word to our hearts as we are taught by His anointed ministers of the gospel. So whether we are reading our Bible or sitting under godly instruction, the Spirit’s work is still essential. He opens up our understanding and presents Christ to us. John 15:26 ¶ “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me”. That’s what He does, He always points us to Christ.

RECEIVING THE ANOINTING

How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head. Psalm 133:1–2

Understanding and walking in the anointing is critical if you are to experience and live in the supernatural. In the church world today the anointing is often replaced with structure, style, and human talent. What you get is what Paul called a ministry which has the form of godliness without the power of God. If you want to experience the anointing in and through your life there are two things that are critical. First, your life has to be centered on Jesus the Son of God and honor His place at the right hand of God. Peter said that what they experienced on the day of Pentecost was a result of Jesus “Being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing”. What they were seeing and hearing was the result of the outpouring of the anointing. The second critical ingredient is to be connected closely with the local church. It is in flowing in unity with His church that the anointing flows freely. Watchman Née describes this in his comments on today’s verse.

“Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents, sung three times a year by those going up to worship at Jerusalem. There were all kinds of people on that road, but they had one thing in common:

“they were all heading for Zion, the abode of God. These men in their great variety were all brothers in unity. How? The illustration explains. It is like the oil.

There is one “holy anointing oil”: the Spirit of God Himself. And the flow of oil is down (133:2) not up! In other words, His anointing is not directly on the members but upon Christ the Head. The Spirit finds rest and satisfaction in Christ and nowhere else. Hold fast the Head, obey Him in all things, and you will be found walking in step with all who do the same. Rules may be good in society, but the body of Christ has one law: the law of the Spirit of life. Only disregard the anointing Spirit, and all is unease; obey Him, and peace fills your heart.”
Nee brings out both aspects of receiving the anointing in his comments. Our eyes have to be on the glorified Son of God. We also have to be closely connected to His church. The oil flows from the head and down upon the body of Christ.

THERE IS AN ANOINTING FOR THAT

1John 2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

The word ‘anointing’ is one of those Bible words that is often misunderstood. People will say that someone who has a talented voice and hits those high notes is anointed. I have heard public speakers that are quite passionate and even entertaining referred to as anointed. Sometimes, people that build huge organizations or ministries are referred to as anointed. In each of these cases someone may or may not be anointed, human talent sometimes is mistaken for the anointing.

What is the anointing? It is the tangible presence of God that comes and rests upon a person for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God. The anointing came upon David to worship, write songs, and kill the giant. The anointing came upon Samson to perform feats of strength. The anointing empowered Peter to preach on the Day of Pentecost and caused Stephen’s face to shine like an angel while he was being martyred. The anointing is the supernatural enabling to do the impossible for the glory of God.

There are different kinds of anointings. There is an anointing to overcome weaknesses. Rom. 8:26 ¶ “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness”.

There is an anointing for prayer. Rom.8:26 – “For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words”.

Peter said that there was an anointing to help us through times of persecution and suffering. 1Pet. 4:14 “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you”.

Isaiah even said that there was an anointing that breaks the power of the enemy. Is. 10:27 “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”.

The good news for all of us, we live in a time that the anointing is available for everyone. The measure of His anointing will be in proportion to His calling and our yieldedness. He is more than sufficient for whatever you face.

Eph. 3:20 ¶ “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”

WARRIORS, WORSHIPERS, AND KINGS

Psa. 23:5 ¶  You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

“Do you have any other sons?” The words of the Prophet Samuel to Jesse after he had checked out all the other sons. “The youngest is out in the fields with the sheep”, Jesse responded.

“Go get him!”, Samuel boomed.

When David walked through the door Samuel knew this was the one. In a moment he took out the oil and poured it over David’s head. The rest is history, The Bible says, “The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David”. David would never be the same, his head had been anointed with oil.

Have you had your head anointed with oil? If you have, you would surely know. This oil of the Spirit is life changing. It turned David into a warrior, a worshipper, and a king. What has the anointing turned you into. This is where the work of the Lord begins in you. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this heavenly anointing oil.

“Thou anointest my head with oil.” May we live in the daily enjoyment of this blessing, receiving a fresh anointing for every day’s duties. Every Christian is a priest, but he cannot execute the priestly office without unction, and hence we must go day by day to God the Holy Ghost, that we may have our heads anointed with oil. A priest without oil misses the chief qualification for his office, and the Christian priest lacks his chief fitness for service when he is devoid of new grace from on high. “My cup runneth over.” He had not only enough, a cup full, but more than enough, a cup which overflowed. A poor man may say this as well as those in higher circumstances. “What, all this, and Jesus Christ too?” said a poor cottager as she broke a piece of bread and filled a glass with cold water. Whereas a man may be ever so wealthy, but if he be discontented his cup cannot run over; it is cracked and leaks. Content is the philosopher’s stone which turns all it touches into gold; happy is he who has found it. Content is more than a kingdom, it is another word for happiness.”

The Lord is still anointing warriors, worshippers, and kings; which one are you. Are you a warrior, advancing God’s kingdom on earth? Or maybe you are a worshipper, ushering His people into His glory. Or possibly you are a king, reining in life with Jesus our Lord.

HE ANOINTS MY HEAD WITH OIL

Psa. 23:5 ¶ You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.
David was a man of the Spirit. His whole life and ministry where an outflow of the anointing that was on his life. From the lion and the bear, to the Philistine giant, the jealous king, the rebellious son, and the Philistine armies; David was able to rise above and conquer every foe. He understood exactly what he meant when he penned the words, “You anoint my head with oil”. Today’s church has majored on programs, ministries, and principles with little or no mention of the anointing. The anointing is the weapon of our warfare to do damage to the kingdoms of the world and to establish the kingdom of God. Martin Luther spoke of the intoxicating effect of the anointing of the Spirit and the powerful effect it has on our world. Check out Luther’s thoughts on the anointing of the Spirit.
“The Holy Spirit makes them not only courageous and bold, but also so secure and happy that they get drunk with a great and boundless joy. David is thus speaking here of spiritual power, joy, and intoxication-the power of God; and a joy in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul calls it; and a blessed intoxication, in which the people are filled not with wine, for that is debauchery, but with the Holy Spirit. And this is the armor and the weapons with which our Lord God equips His believers against the devil and the world; that is, He puts the Word into their mouths and puts courage, that is, the Holy Spirit, into their hearts. Unafraid and cheerful, they attack all their enemies with that equipment. They smite and conquer them despite all their power, wisdom, and holiness. Such warriors were the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. They stood up in Jerusalem against the command of the emperor and the high priest and acted as though they were veritable gods and all the others mere locusts, and they pressed forward with all strength and joy, as though they were intoxicated, as some actually mocked them and said they were filled with new wine. But St. Peter showed from the prophet Joel that they were not filled with wine but with the Holy Spirit. Afterward he flays about with his sword; that is, he opens his mouth and preaches, and with one stroke he rescues three thousand souls from the devil.”
The one thing that can change the world is the one thing that has been ignored and even despised in church. We must have the anointing  if we expect to change our world. The Lord has given Victory Fellowship a sharp sword to use in our battle in New Orleans. That sword is a production called Beyond the Grave. What is the source of the impact it has enjoyed? It is the outflow of Holy Spirit intoxication from the years of saturation at our church. Oh Lord, anoint our heads with fresh oil!!!

A SIGN SPOKEN AGAINST

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Luke 2:26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Simeon knew first hand about persecution that comes in response to the anointing. According to Matthew Henry, Simeon had been an important religious leader in Israel. Supposedly, Simeon’s dad was Hillel, the founder of the Sanhedrin. Simeon had somehow received a prophetic anointing of the Spirit and had changed his thoughts about the role of the coming Messiah. Rather than a political leader, Simeon began to talk about the Messiah as a suffering servant, not exactly what the religious leaders with political aspirations had in mind. It is said that Simeon was removed from his position because of this anointing upon his life. Simeon knew first hand about the power and the price of the anointing. Here is Simeon’s prophesy about Christ and comments made about it from Arthur Wallis.

“‘Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising up of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against . . . that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.’

Luke 2:34–35

“Thus spoke the aged Simeon as he held the long-promised Savior in his arms. Thirty years elapsed, and then the prophecy was fulfilled as Christ stood in manhood in the synagogue at Nazareth with the roll of the book in His hand. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” He read, “because he anointed me to preach good tidings . . .” (Luke 4:18). Then He began to preach, applying the Word in the power of the Spirit to the consciences of His hearers. Soon their wonder gave place to wrath, and they “cast him forth out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill . . . that they might throw him down headlong” (4:29). Thus, from the time that He commenced to preach and work in the power of the Spirit, He became “a sign which is spoken against . . that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”

As much as the world changes, nothing ever really changes. Just as Simeon experienced persecution because of the anointing, so did the Lord Himself. From the first day He announced “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…”, He was a marked man. Today is no different. Revival always brings a response, usually it starts with the religious crowd. The anointing is not the way to win friends and influence people, it is the way to change the world.

ANOINTING

“Spices for anointing oil.” —Exodus 35:8

When I think of the anointing in the Old Testament I think of David. The anointing came upon him when he was just a boy. He was called to the house where Samuel was waiting for him with a flask of oil. The oil was poured on his head and the anointing rushed upon him; from that day David stepped into a supernatural world.
Think about it, a young boy defeats a champion warrior with a sling, he repeatedly conquered the Philistine army, once killing one hundred men by himself. He eluded Saul’s army for years in the wilderness until he became king. He started preparations for the temple, instituted twenty four hour worship, wrote hundreds of songs, many of which are still being sung today. David was anointed with the Spirit for his work. When David fell into sin he had one request in his prayer of repentance, ‘Lord, don’t take your Holy Spirit from me’. David knew everything about his life was dependent on the Holy Spirit. Charles Spurgeon knew the importance of the Spirit, here are some of his thoughts.

“Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without His aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it becomes! nor are the prayers, praises, meditations, and efforts of private Christians one jot superior. A holy anointing is the soul and life of piety, its absence the most grievous of all calamities. To go before the Lord without anointing is as though some common Levite had thrust himself into the priest’s office—his ministrations would rather have been sins than services. May we never venture upon hallowed exercises without sacred anointings.”

How can you describe the anointing? It is trying to describe the indescribable. Two people can sing the same song and the difference is as far as east is from the west. One can be an incredibly talented singer the other just average. The average singer becomes a tool in God’s hand by the anointing. Talent has zero determination with the anointing. The same in any field of service; it’s not by might, nor by power or ability, it is by the Spirit of the Lord His work is done.

ELEPHANTS AND FRAGRANT OINTMENTS

John 12:3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Mary’s act of worship was totally out of the box. It was passionate, extravagant, and totally out of the norm. This was a radical, bold display of devotion birthed out of unprecedented revelation. You could say Mary had passed the point of no return. There was no going back to the way life was before that fateful day, decisions had been made, sides were being drawn. That’s the way worship is; worship transcends all of the philosophizing of humans. Worships draws a line in the sand. When the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment it had become un-ignorable. This was the proverbial elephant in the room, something had to give. Judas’ fateful decision was made as a result of Mary’s act, he felt things were now out of hand. Actually worship always does that, it rips off the covers. Everything that was already there is suddenly exposed. It’s hard to hide when the whole house is filled with the fragrance.

That is exactly what church is supposed to be; extravagant worship, poured out ointment, the whole house filled with the fragrance. Its possible to hide in a religious atmosphere, true worship tends to ruin that. Its hard to hide when glory fills the room. Here are some comments from Jonathan Edwards on Mary’s amazing act.

“Let us seek to have our heart full of the grace that is ten thousand times more precious than that ointment, ten thousand times more costly, that costs not only three hundred pence, or ten thousand times as much silver and gold, but the precious blood of the Son of God, and that is ten thousand times sweeter and pleasanter than the fragrancy of that ointment. And don’t only seek to have such grace in your heart, but to have it in exercise, that it may not only be in your heart, but that it may flow out of your heart; that it may be ointment poured forth, and that it may be poured forth out of a broken heart.”

Edwards got it; the same grace that flows into us at salvation flows out of us in worship. Mary was responding to the love she had received, all she could do was worship. Has your house been filled with the fragrance, its time to stop ignoring that blasted elephant.

BROKEN HEART WORSHIP

John 12:3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Mary of Bethany was a worshiper. While the men were arguing about who was the greatest and Judas was striving about a new ministry to the poor, Mary was at His feet worshiping. Sounds kind of familiar. Men tend to want to do things or conquer something while women are quite content to just worship.

There are some powerful things we can glean from Mary. First, worship flows from a broken and contrite heart. Pride can’t worship, it is too consumed with its own importance. Humility has recognized greatness, worship is the first response. Secondly, we recognize the source of Mary’s humility. She had glimpsed not only the greatness of the Lord, she had caught a sense of why He came. She was anointing His body for burial. Christ had not come to make men great in this world, He had come to prepare them to live in the next world. His death was essential; that’s why Mary was worshipping. Jonathan Edwards preached about the power of Mary’s worship, here are a few of his thoughts.

“Mary poured forth this precious ointment on Christ out of a broken box. So true grace flows out of a broken heart. Believers don’t only pour forth the exercises of grace out of a pure heart. True Christian grace and divine love always flows out of a broken heart, an heart broken with a sense of sin. And the heart of a saint never sends forth such a sweet savor as when it is most broken and contrite, as is evidenced by Psalms 34:18, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit”; and Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Isaiah 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”

Edwards too had become a worshiper. God had visited his church, Edwards was humbled and grateful to be part of God’s great plan. The Lord is still looking for worshipers today. Maybe you aren’t great in the eyes of this world; thats okay. You too can be a worshiper like Mary.