You are Anointed and Set Apart

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

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While there is much about God and his way that I don’t know or understand, this I do know: His Word is true. God’s Word tells us that we are anointed. While my mind can’t understand how this can be true, my heart and spirit knows its an absolute certainty. As believers, we have likely all prayed for greater anointing or in challenging times when we feel we are being stretched beyond our abilities, we may pray for a supernatural outpouring of God’s anointing. I have prayed this prayer many times; that God would take me to the place  every believer wants to go and desires to dwell — in “the anointing”.

So what is this anointing? The anointing is the power of God in us to to accomplish His purpose for the establishment of His kingdom. Scripture tells us He has put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. This is a powerful verse and a powerful promise. The anointing is His. It is by His power that we are able to become pure vessels fit for His purpose. In meditating on this verse, the word ‘deposit’ stands out as significant. A deposit is only a portion of the whole, which is offered as security to guarantee the whole. WOW. If God’s spirit is the deposit and not the whole….what is the whole? How much more is there in God’s economy? I think the “more” is all that we are anointed to do by the power of His spirit that dwells in us. So how do we as believers walk in the anointing God has destined for us? We trust God. Simple.

I would not be true to myself if I did not study this; and I would not be true to you if I did not share with you at least a bit the revelation gleaned from my studying. The first mention of anointing is found in Exodus 25 in the context of preparing an offering for the first tabernacle, the place that would eventually house the presence of God. God is a God of specifics, so it is not surprising that He was very specific about the ingredients of the anointing oil which was considered part of the first offering in establishing the old testament tabernacle.  The anointing oil was made of very special ingredients. All of these ingredients were ordained and commissioned by God and were exactly what He demanded go into the oil that would be used to consecrate the tabernacle, the ark, the table of showbread, the brazen altar and all their utensils. The holy anointing oil was also used to consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister to God as priests Exodus 30:26-30In essence, God was saying to Moses, “Anything that has to do with My work and the work of My kingdom has to be special, set apart, sanctified and holy. Both the tabernacle and the spices for the anointing oil are Old Testament patterns, “types and shadows” if you will, to be fulfilled in the New Testament.

When Jesus said “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” John 2:19, He was not talking about the the tabernacle in Jerusalem. He was declaring that His body would be raised to life in three days by the power of the anointing! We have that power in us. It is our inner resource! God’s will was for us, His anointed, to be made holy by the sacrifice of his son. The portable tabernacle in the wilderness was ultimately fulfilled by Jesus Christ himself. 

We are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in us. 1 Corinthians 3:16. It necessarily follows then that since Jesus operated in and fulfilled the original anointing, that anointing in us is connected to two things: what God is doing in us or what God is doing through us. Because this anointing from God brings results, we are anointed for victory. We are anointed for the “more”…..whatever that “more” is. Whatever we are going through or called to do, we are anointed for this! From the old testament to the new testament, God’s word stands true. We are anointed, holy and set apart. ~~~ Tracey

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IMG_7614Tracey McDonald is a wife, mother and Mia to three precious little grand baby blessings. She enjoys all things creative; writing, crafting, painting and journaling. She has a heart for prayer; particularly praying for women, children and families. She is a former nurse and practicing attorney; but her most worthy job is serving God by loving others. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.

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