A common misconception among believers is that only certain “special” individuals in the church are anointed by God, but the “average” Christian is not. First of all, there is no such thing as an average believer! If the Spirit of God lives in you, then you are extraordinary. You are anointed! The key is to activate and release that anointing through faith and obedience. The moment you obey the assignment God has placed upon your life is the moment you will see the manifestation of the anointing in and through you. For example, Jesus instructed us:
Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19–20)
You won’t experience the anointing to evangelize if you don’t share your faith. You won’t experience the anointing to preach if you never open your mouth to present the gospel. You activate the anointing by acting on God’s Word.
Secret to the Supernatural: If you want to see a miraculous display of God’s power, act on His Word in faith, regardless of how you feel.
Every time you act on a divine instruction, the anointing is released. You don’t need more anointing. You just need to release what you already have!
When you see Christian leaders doing great exploits in the name of Jesus, you are witnessing something that you have the same potential—perhaps even greater potential—to walk in. This is what Paul meant in his epistle to the Philippians when he said:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
A young girl in our church heard our teaching on miracles, signs, and wonders, and began to put it into practice as she learned to yield to the Holy Spirit. One day, she was talking with her grandmother, who had been dealing with a chronic health condition for many years, and she began to release her faith for miracles, declaring her grandmother’s healing in Jesus’s name. Her grandmother was miraculously healed. This healing did not come through a televangelist or prominent Christian minister, but through a ten-year-old child! Every believer can operate in the miraculous power of God.
It is the Anointed One (Jesus) and His anointing that give us strength within. It is the anointing that enables us to operate in the miraculous power of God. The more we are aware of the anointing within us, the more yielded we will be to the anointing flowing through us!
Let me repeat: You don’t need more anointing. You need to release the anointing you already have! However, the manifestation of the anointing can increase when you learn how to place a claim or a “demand” on it. The more you respect the anointing upon your life and the lives of other men and women of God, the more the anointing upon your life will increase.
The Mystery of Elijah’s Mantle
You may be familiar with the story of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. The relationship between these two servants of God is an excellent illustration of the power of the anointing. God told Elijah to train Elisha as his replacement. When Elijah’s tenure in ministry was about to come to a close, Elisha asked his mentor for a double portion of his anointing. Elijah told Elisha that if he saw him when he went up to God in the fiery chariot, he could have what he asked for. And that is what happened. Then, Elisha took up Elijah’s mantle and began to operate in miracles. (See 2 Kings 2:9–15.) This is what I call the Law of Proximity. In order to receive an anointing from Elijah, Elisha had to be in proximity to that anointing.
Thus, the first aspect of the mystery of Elijah’s mantle is the Law of Proximity. Connecting to an anointing on someone else’s life (through books, teachings, and relationships) can increase the anointing on your life. The anointing is caught, not taught. You cannot teach someone how to be anointed, but a person can increase in the anointing through impartation. In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul spoke of impartation:
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established. (Romans 1:11)
Paul was writing to the church in Rome, informing them of his desire to release an impartation to them that would establish them spiritually. Metadidomi is the Greek word translated “impart.” It comes from two words: meta, among whose meanings is “with,” and didomi, which can mean “to give something to someone” or “to give to one [who is] asking.” This implies that the transfer of gifting or anointing happens through connection.
So again, one of the keys to receiving, increasing, and walking in the anointing is a connection with another believer.
Elisha had to stay connected with Elijah if he wanted to receive a double portion of the anointing his mentor had. This biblical principle of connection is a challenge for us in the transient and individualistic Western culture of our day. Many people don’t stay connected to anyone or anything long enough to receive what God has for them. Because Elisha understood the importance of connection, he remained connected to Elijah until the very end.
Secret to the Supernatural: Get close to the anointing that you want to receive.
I remember receiving a particular notification on my phone that a download was available for updating my device. When I went into my settings to download the update, the phone informed me that this download required a Wi-Fi connection, and the phone also had to be plugged into a power source. Without the connection, the download would remain available to me, but the transmission could not be completed. Similarly, if you want to operate in the anointing and live in the miraculous, you must remain “connected” and “plugged in” to the Power Source, which is the Holy Spirit. Even though God is omnipresent, we can draw closer to Him through intentional actions. Meditate on His Word, pray, and stay connected to other believers in a life-giving community.
The second aspect of the mystery of Elijah’s mantle is the Law of Surrender. In the natural world, surrender means “to stop resisting…an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.” However, we are using surrender in the context of yielding to God and ceasing to resist Him. God is not our enemy but our Friend. When it comes to the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we must learn how to yield to Him, submitting to His power and authority. Spiritual power is increased through our surrender and submission to God.
Prayer of Anointing
Father, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I thank You for who You are and Your precious anointing. Your Word says that the anointing destroys the yoke and removes heavy burdens. I recognize that the anointing I have received from You abides in me and is truth. I also recognize that the Holy Spirit within me is the Power Source of any and all anointing. I declare that Your power and presence in my life increase because I surrender to You in obedient submission to Your Word. As I yield to Your Word and Spirit, I release the supernatural in my life. I am anointed to operate in signs, wonders, and miracles. As I remain connected to the Anointed One and His anointing, chains are broken off of my life and the lives of those around me. I receive a supernatural impartation from You to see miracles in my life daily. I am anointed to see a move of God in my life. In Jesus’s name, amen!
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