North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..March 2017
It is with great pleasure I pen this documentary for the month of March. We are blessed to do so under the theme “Living Under the Anointing.” The anointing of God is God’s given ability to enable us to do things with ease. The anointing empowers us with what an athlete terms as, “A second wind.” In other words, living under the anointing enables us to do things with ease that people who are not living under the anointing would not be able to do at all. To God be the glory!
The question is asked, “How do I receive the anointing?” To receive the anointing of God requires a relationship with Jesus, God’s Son.
Isaiah 10:27 says, “the yoke of the oppressor shall be destroyed because of the anointing. If we want the yoke of the oppressor destroyed, we must know that knowing Jesus makes a difference; And that difference will let God do something new in our lives, that those who are not living under the anointing would not understand nor comprehend.
All of us ought to want God’s anointing to fall on us. I don’t know about you, but I want God to elevate me to a new level of living under the anointing.
Whether you want the anointing or a new level of living under the anointing, the requirements are the same. You must have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I know this is true because the gospel of John the 15th chapter, verses 6-10 tell us that if we abide not in Jesus, we are casted away as a branch and dried up – no anointing; But if we abide in Jesus and His words abide in us, we can ask what we wish, and it will be done because of the anointing.
Jesus said in verse 8, “It is my Father’s will that you bear much fruit because it brings glory unto Him. For us to bear fruit that would bring glory to God, we must live under the anointing.
Now, the question may be asked, what is the anointing, and what does it mean to live under the anointing? The term anointing comes to us from the Greek word “Chrio,” which means to smear or rub with oil to consecrate for office or religious service.
It may help to know that the origin of anointing stemmed from the practice of pouring oil on sheep to keep lice and other insects from getting into the sheep ears and killing them. So, sheep herders or shepherds would pour oil on the sheep’s head to make the sheep’s wool slippery. And, when the lice and other insects attempted to enter the sheep’s ear, they would slide off. So, from this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection and empowerment.
As you study the term anointing, you would find that in the early biblical times, people were anointed for special purposes such as, to be a king, a prophet or even a builder.
Now! May I add that there is nothing wrong with using oil to anoint persons for special task today, if we don’t get wrapped up in thinking that the anointing is in the oil. I’ll have you know living under the anointing has nothing to do with pouring oil on someone’s head.
Yes! The oil was a blessing, protector and empowerment for the sheep. It blessed the sheep to get rid of the lice and other insects; It protects the sheep from the attacks of the lice and other insects. The oil also empowered the sheep to have covering from the lice and other insects to live longer.
No! Our blessings, protections and empowerment does not come by the anointing of oil. Our blessings; our protection, and our empowerment come from the Lord.
John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. Then Jesus goes on to say in verses 17-18, God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save it, and whosoever believes in the Son is not condemned, but whosoever, does not believe in the Son is condemned already. No anointing!
When we believe in Jesus as God’s Son, God by and through our faith and belief in Jesus anoints and consecrates us to be a witness, and to bear fruit in Judea and the uttermost part of the world.
So then, living under the anointing means to be set apart by God through the blood of Jesus to do what others, who know not Jesus, can do.
Paul said in Philippian 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.” When we are living under the anointing, we will bear much fruit to glorify the Father. When we glorify the Father, He will elevate us into a zone, whereas, our enemies are our footstool.
I know He will because 1 John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
If we abide in Jesus, and His Word abides in us, we can ask the Father anything in Jesus’ name, and the Father will give it unto us because we are living under the anointing of God.
Therefore, we are living under the anointing, not by oil, but the blood of Jesus who died and rose the 3rd day morning with all power in His hand.
So, join me, and let us go tell the world that we are living under the anointing without one plea. To God be the glory!
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for March 2017
Living Under the Anointing
Every thing is possible for him that believes
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666