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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

When God Appoints Me, He Anoints Me

In review of 1 Thessalonians 5:24 it says, “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (NIV).

Today’s verse is from 1 Thessalonians 5. In it I’m reminded that the one who is calling me is faithful and will do what is needed.

God never asks me to do something without providing what I need to do it. Anointing is a sign of God’s equipping me to fulfill an assignment he’s given me. When he gives me an assignment, a plan, or a strategy, he is going to empower me.

Just as a lamp won’t shine unless it’s plugged in, my light won’t shine unless I’m plugged into my power source. I cannot fulfill the purpose I was created for apart from the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NIV).

If I want God’s power to work through my life, I need to understand what it means to have his anointing and keep a few things in mind.

When God says to do it, I can count on his anointing. Jesus’ last assignment to his disciples was impossible. There was no way they could possibly take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. It could only happen through his power. God will often give me an assignment that looks physically impossible, but he will make it possible. “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV).

God’s anointing makes difficult tasks easier. My resources are limited. My energy is limited. My knowledge is limited. My wisdom is limited. My talent is limited. God’s is not. With God’s anointing, I can handle things better, last longer, and go farther. “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources [God] will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit” (Ephesians 3:16 NLT).

God’s anointing makes the impossible possible. In my business, marriage, health, and relationships, I’m going to come up against insurmountable problems. God is a competent Father. He can handle any problem I give him. Nothing is beyond his ability or his resources.
What is impossible for people is possible with God” (Luke 18:27 NIV).

God anoints my life to bless others. Jesus came to comfort the afflicted, the broken-hearted, those who are enslaved to habits, those who don’t know how to get out of debt, and those who are blind. And he anoints me to comfort others as well. “Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him” (Acts 10:38 The Message).

For every new challenge, I’ll need fresh power from God. Anointing by the Holy Spirit cannot be stored up. I cannot handle today’s problems with yesterday’s anointing. I certainly can’t handle the problems I’m going to have tomorrow, next week, and next year with yesterday’s anointing. I need to stay in touch with God so that he can constantly fill me with his grace, love, and power. Ask for God’s anointing again. James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask God” (NIV).

Bottom Line:
God is faithful, he will help because he is faithful.

What this means to me:
God who called me to become his child, will provide for me, just as he has promised to.

In summary, the one who me is faithful and will do what is needed. God will never ask me to do something without providing me with what I need to do it. I need the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the purpose I was created for. God anoints my life to bless others. He anoints me to comfort others. I need to stay in touch with God so that he can constantly fill me with his grace, love, and power.

I thank you Father for the reminder that you want to accomplish things through me, things that will be a blessing and a help to others. I pray this morning that I realize these times and opportunities when they arise. I also ask for you to fill me with your wisdom and guidance as I handle my work tasks, lead my team and interact with others. I pray this through your son Jesus name, amen!

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