Anointed Life

‘The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you.’ 1 John 2:27 NKJV

The word ‘anoint’ means ‘to pour on and rub in’. Back in the day, a priest serving in the Temple had oil poured over his head. This symbolised the Spirit of God resting on him as he carried out his duties each day.

Now fast forward to today and read the title verse again: ‘The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you.’ The word ‘abide’ simply means ‘to take up residence and live in.’ In other words, you’re a container for God’s Spirit. And when His Spirit lives within you, it affects every area of your life.

Try to imagine the advantage this gives you when it comes to your relationships, your health, your decisions, your struggles, your choice of subjects at school or uni, your job options. Imagine what it does when you’re under stress and handling overwhelming problems.

And there’s a bonus: the anointing of God’s Spirit that ‘abides’ in you is transferable to others. When you speak Scriptural words of kindness and encouragement to others, those words are still at work long after you’re gone. That’s because the Word of God is infused with the presence of God.

In Psalm 23:5 NIV, David says: ‘You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’ This word ‘overflows’ means it’s spilling out to friends, family, colleagues, strangers—and blessing them.

The psalmist said, ‘I shall be anointed with fresh oil.’ (Psalm 92:10 KJV) Every morning when you wake up, pray, ‘Lord, anoint me afresh today.’ Then go out and touch others with that anointing!

SoulFood: Matt 5:9, Rom 12:17–21, Jam 3:17–18, Pro 16:7

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020

Today’s Readings

Matthew 5:9 ()

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Romans 12:17–21 ()

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17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

James 3:17–18 ()

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17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Proverbs 16:7 ()

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  When a man's ways please the LORD,
    he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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