How to obtain and retain The Anointing: Part 2

Last time, we discussed what it meant to be anointed. We must understand that it is God’s plan for each of us to be anointed. He wants to anoint us, He wants to empower us. He wants us to go forth in our life’s calling with this power.

15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” (John 15:15-16).

Note the use of the word ‘fruit’ in the passage above, it is singular not plural. The Fruit of the Spirit is virtue that comes from the Holy Spirit while at work in us; not the fruit of human efforts (Gal. 5:22).

“The Scriptures clearly teach that natural man cannot hope to develop Godly character without the work of the Holy Spirit in his life.”[1] The anointing, therefore, is a healthy combination of the Fruit of the Spirit at work within us as the Gifts of the Spirit are functioning through us. The anointing equips us to work (Gifts of the Spirit) in our Godly character (Fruit of the Spirit).

Although they are connected, author Fuchsia Pickett noted that the influence of our gift is not an indication of the depth of our spiritual life. For example, the anointing left Saul, apparently without his knowing, yet he still retained his gifts. Therefore, although connected, Godly character—fruit—is still a separate entity from, and more important than, gifts. Although someone may be gifted in music, public speaking, writing, etc., a hindrance to living a Godly life can result in a delay or loss of, anointing.

[1] Fuchsia Pickett, Cultivating the Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit’s Work in You Book III (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2004), 99.

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