THE ANOINTING WITHIN YOU

1 Jn.2:27 – But the wonderful anointing you have received from God is so much greater than their deception and now lives in you. There’s no need for anyone to keep teaching you. His anointing teaches you all that you need to know, for it will lead you into truth, not a counterfeit. So just as the anointing has taught you, remain in him.

We have more resources inside of us as Christians than we can ever imagine. John taught us that we have an anointing within us. To know how valuable that is we must know what the anointing is. The anointing is the manifestation of the third person in the trinity. The anointing is upon us and within us. Here are some comments from the Passion notes on today’s verse.

“Although absent in the Greek, the words “from God” are found in the Aramaic manuscripts. It is clear from the context that the “anointing” is the Holy Spirit poured into us, bringing life, illumination, wisdom, fruit, and power from the indwelling life of Christ.”

So notice what this commentary attributes to the anointing. First and foremost, the anointing is life itself. The anointing is the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. You could say that the anointing is the resurrection Spirit. When this Spirit inhabits us we begin to enjoy the very life that God enjoys. This anointing also brings illumination. We can’t understand spiritual reality until the Spirit of truth, the anointing comes. In His light we see light. The anointing is also the Spirit of wisdom. We begin to understand the world and the way way to operate in this life. He is our wisdom. It is the anointing within us that produces spiritual fruit. Spiritual fruit is actually the very description of the characteristics of Christ. He bares fruit inside of our lives. The anointing is also the very power of God. Jesus begin to minister in supernatural power after His baptism in the Jordan River. The Holy Spirit came upon Him and displays of miracle power began to flow out of Him. In the same way the apostles began to move in power after the anointing came upon them on the day of Pentecost. The same signs and wonders seen in the ministry of Christ began to flow through the ministry of the apostles. Today, we need His anointing more than ever. Just an outward form of spirituality will never do, we must have the power of the Spirit flowing in signs and wonders in our lives today.

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

MY ADVOCATE

1 John 2:1 – My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

What an amazing promise, Jesus is my Advocate. If you dig into this word, Advocate, it is the Greek word Paracletos. Paracletos means ‘the one called alongside to help’. This is the word that Jesus used to refer to the Holy Spirit. John used this word to refer to Jesus Christ. He is my help in every circumstance. Think about this, when Steven was being stoned for preaching the gospel he saw the heavens opened. What he saw was amazing. He saw the man, Jesus Christ, standing at the right hand of God supporting and standing with Steven. Paul said that “there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus”. Today’s verse says it plainly, “we have an Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous”. He also says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. He is with us when we are surrounded with trouble, He is also our Advocate when we sin. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes our heavenly Advocate.

“He is Christ, and therefore authorized; he is Christ, and therefore qualified, for the anointing has fully fitted him for his work. He can plead so as to move the heart of God and prevail. What words of tenderness, what sentences of persuasion will the anointed use when he stands up to plead for me!…Jesus Christ the righteous, this is not only his character BUT his plea. It is his character, and if the Righteous One be my advocate, then my cause is good, or he would not have espoused it. It is his plea, for he meets the charge of unrighteousness against me by the plea that he is righteous. He declares himself my substitute and puts his obedience to my account. My soul, thou hast a friend well fitted to be thine advocate, he cannot but succeed; leave thyself entirely in his hands.”

He is my Advocate and my Friend. He is my help in everything I face. He helps me in my prayers, He helps me when I am tempted, He helps me when I am attacked, He even stands with me and helps me if I sin. I have an Advocate at the right hand of the Father who understands me because of His humanity and can help me because of His deity. He is my heavenly Paraclete.

WHAT LACK I YET?

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY “WHAT LACK I YET”?
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” Matthew 19:17
The story of the young rich man has always intrigued me. I would compare him to the older brother of the prodigal son parable. I feel both of them got so close but remained yet so far. Both stories bring utter conviction to me but the good news is that Christ “loved him” and loves all of our petty efforts in reaching out to Him. In this case, the rich young ruler went away sorrowful. He was bought into the “schooling of Christ” but aborted the mission. When Jesus lists all the commandments the ruler didn’t have any problem saying he obeyed them but yet he asks “what lack I yet”? Something inside his belly knew things were amiss. We Christians are not suppose to treat our relationship with Christ as if it is some “checklist”. I prayed- check. Tithed- check- brought back the grocery cart to the cart place-check and we could go on and on. Everything I just mentioned is the lesser things-even the Ten Commandments are in the list of the lesser things in our life. Because we didn’t commit murder today do we feel the need to be rewarded? I certainly hope not! But we see Jesus answered in a amazing way- “if thou want to be perfect……
PERFECT! Who said anything about being perfect? The word perfect means complete in all it’s parts-finished, having no part wanting. So it really isn’t about a list of do’s and dont’s? Jesus went onto to say to him, that there is one thing that is wanting, that you lack for you are not complete, proportionate, or finished. It is not enough to “just do good” but we read in 1Jn 2:5, “Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.” That is, the keeping of the word of God is the carrying out, or completion, of the love of God. If we will be perfect, complete, make the obedience complete. Job was said to be perfect, Job 1:1; not that he was sinless, for he is afterwards reproved by God, Job 38:1-40:4 but because his religion was proportional, or had a completeness of parts. We find that he was a good father, a honest magistrate, a giving neighbor, a upright citizen. His religion was not confined to one thing, but extended to all. Paul even prayed that we would be perfect and complete desiring nothing.
So WHAT LACK I YET? Don’t walk away sorrowful as the rich ruler did or abort your journey should you encounter difficult times and sorrow. He will perfect that which concerns you. The disciples were blown away at Jesus demand of forsaking all. His answer back still pertains to us today-“ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD”!

HUGE PASSION FOR JOY

HUGE PASSION FOR JOY

1John 2:15 ¶ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Inside of every human is an incredibly large desire and capacity for happiness. We crave it subconsciously from our earliest moments of awareness. The infant looks for his happiness in his mother’s breast but soon graduates to adult’s food followed by a strange attraction to toys. It grows from toys to sports, from sports to various video games and other adolescent pursuits of joy. Ultimately it graduates into the pursuit of pleasure in a mate and in a career. There are many side journeys along that road; alcohol, drugs, and deviant sexual behavior to name a few, but the passion for joy is consistent and relentless. We were made for joy. The problem is our fallen state has polluted us and distracted us from the source of the only joy that can satisfy creatures created in the image of God. Only God Himself can fill the enormous passion inside of us, nothing less will do. C. S. Lewis discovered this happy pursuit, check out his thoughts.

“These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid “upon us for nearly a hundred years. Almost our whole education has been directed to silencing this shy, persistent, inner voice; almost all our modern philosophies have been devised to convince us that the good of man is to be found on this earth. And yet it is a remarkable thing that such philosophies of Progress or Creative Evolution themselves bear reluctant witness to the truth that our real goal is elsewhere. When they want to convince you that earth is your home, notice how they set about it. They begin by trying to persuade you that earth can be made into heaven…”

In this life we catch glimpses of His beauty, snatches of His aroma, in His creation itself. Creation is a reflection of His greatness but not the greatness itself. Fallen man tries to find satisfaction to this gnawing passion for joy in creation itself but that can never happen. We were created with a God sized hunger, a very specific hunger for joy. Creation can never meet this need, nothing less than God Himself will do.