How to grow in the anointing
Ecclesiastes 9:8, NKJV “Let your garments always be white, and let your head lack no oil”
Every Christian is anointed by God (2 Cor.1:21). God expects that we grow in the anointing, so we can be more effective in our good works. The following are ways by which you can grow in the anointing, and doing the opposite of these will cause the anointing to wane in your life:
- Meditate on the Word of God. Numbers 11 gives the account of how manna that fell from heaven. The manna represents the Word, Jesus, the Living Word, said He is the bread of heaven (John 6:32). Numbers 11:8 records that the people gathered the manna, ground it, beat it, cooked it…and “its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil”. Oil in Scriptures represents the anointing.
- Effective and fervent prayer. James 5:16 says that the effective and heartfelt prayer of the righteous generates explosive power. This is exactly what was done when Peter and John were persecuted after they preached Christ. Acts 4:24 says they went back to their company and prayed. Later on in verse 33 Scripture records that with great power the apostles gave witness of the resurrection, and great grace (or anointing) was upon them.
- Living a consecrated life. A consecrated life is a life that separate from the ideology of the world. Spotless garments typify a holy lifestyle (Eccl.9:8). Let the principles of God’s word dominate your thinking. “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment” Eccl. 10:1
- Acting with boldness. Like oil that is unused becomes stale and thickens, so also will the anointing on a person’s life dry up if it is not used. Keep the flow of the anointing in your life by boldly stepping out in faith to minister heaven’s goodness to those around you. The anointing upon you is not one of fear or timidity, but that of boldness and power (2 Tim.1:7).
Scriptures to Meditate: Rom.12:11, Ps.23:5; 92:10-12, Acts 4:29-30,33