Bible In One Year-Day 300 (Sunday, October 27, 2013).
Commentary: Isaiah45-48. Before the Apostles could go out, Jesus warned them to wait and receive the anointing for the work. If they had not hearkened to Christ’s suggestion, their outreach would have been a disaster because the forces out there were insurmountable by any ordinary person.
Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.”
Without this empowerment, they would have been consumed by the powers that were. There is always the need for this empowerment before embarking on any spiritual work; otherwise, one would be exposing himself or herself to destructive danger.
These evil powers are not dead, beloved, but are still in vogue. As it was in the time of the Apostles, so it is now and just as they receive the winning anointing, you need to tarry to receive the winning anointing before you can plunge out for the work of the Master. This winning anointing does a great deal in the life of the genuinely called. It worked in the life of Cyrus, the anointed, as highlighted in the reading of Isaiah45:1-3;
Isaiah 45:1-3 “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.”
Each time there is a special assignment, God anoints for that. In this instance of Isaiah45, God wanted to change power from the hand of the Babylonian king as He was working towards the fulfillment of His word for the returning of the Israelites to their land. Remember that it was God who empowered the Babylonian king to hold them captive and so it would require God’s higher level of anointing to release the captives. When the Babylonian king was empowered, the scripture did not say “anointed”; rather, it used the word “carried”. We may wonder why this is so. The truth is that (as the Holy Spirit has given me revelation of this portion), the security of God is sure upon His own people. No one could capture them if God did not allow or release them. This was what happened. God released them; He never needed to anoint the king of Babylon. However, if He had to send anybody to confront the powers of darkness, He will anoint the person for that work. God had to anoint King Cyrus, a foreigner, to disarm the king of Babylon. King Cyrus was the person who eventually released the Israelites to go back and rebuild the temple. He anointed Moses to disarm Pharaoh because the leprosy in Moses’ hand couldn’t allow him to do it. He anointed Jehu to confront Jezebel. To confront the spiritual powers of darkness, you need the winning anointing. This winning anointing does the following;
- Does not discriminate; anybody can be used.
- It goes before you; that is, it creates a path and footprint for you to follow.
- It destroys the existing leprosy in your life.
- It weakens the loins of powerful kings.
- It subdues nations; this means wherever the sole of your feet steps on, you possess it.
- It opens doors of opportunities; no one can shut them because God opened it. Peter enjoyed this grace in the prison.
- It establishes the footprints of God as your map.
- Crookedness is corrected and you have a straight course to follow.
- The insurmountable gates (powers) are blown off.
10. Road blocks are removed.
11. The enemies are dispossessed of their treasures and you become richer.
12. The undiscovered wealth becomes exposed to you.
13. It inscribes or engraves your name on the testimonies along the way.
Before the Apostles plunged out, the winning anoint had perfected their paths. To be a success in you divine assignment, you need the winning anointing. The winning anointing leads while you follow. If one loses focus of the leading of the winning anointing, the person becomes a ‘regret’ to the Lord just like Saul. The anointing looked back but did not find Saul, the anointed. Zeal and knowledge are not the winning anointing. The winning anointing is an experience. Moses had it, Jehu had it, the Apostles had it, you must have it.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah49-52. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries