Word for Today
The Word (71)-Requirements for increasing Anointing.
“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Hebrews 1:9).
It is written: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8). Anointing is the empowerment to do work. Power could come from the Holy Spirit(divine anointing) or from Satan (demonic anointing). Acts 1:8 is an assurance from the Almighty God that all true sons of God shall be divinely empowered. Jesus Himself needed to be empowered while on earth ( Acts 10:38). Our memory verse highlights the basic requirements for such empowerment above our peers.
If you require increasing anointing, you must love righteousness and hate iniquity; in other words, you must hate sin and live holy. You cannot live holy without sanctification by the truth in the word of God(John 17:17). Cry to God in Christ to sanctify you from today as you meditate on His word.
If you find it difficult to share the word of God, it’s because you need more anointing. If you are unable to pray without ceasing, it’s because you need more anointing. If you are unable to speak out when things are done wrongly, it’s because you need more anointing. Many people reveal the attitude of ‘no concern me’ or ‘what is my business’? , when they see wrong things going on around them. Such people may love righteousness, but certainly do not hate iniquity. If you hate iniquity, you cannot be comfortable in the midst of sin.
Righteousness is vital to freedom & anointing. It’s written:
“In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee” (Isaiah 54:14).
Father, please make me free indeed and give me the grace to love righteousness and hate iniquity in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.
Dr Ben Bassey is a consultant psychiatrist, a minister of the gospel & a spiritual health counsellor based in the UK.