No matter how hard a man or a woman may try, they can not manufacture the anointing that comes from God.
You can’t “muster-up” the life-giving stream that comes forth from the throne of God. The source of it does not come forth from our intelligence, talents, or anything upon this earth.
No matter how long a man may sit straining to come up with words or phrases that would seemingly speak of the eternal, he cannot adequately describe it, unless he has been captured by the divine.
The anointing is an elusive thing and yet it comes oftentimes without preparation or planning.
One may plan the most incredible sermon or text to be delivered to the people, and yet it may well fall upon deaf ears if the anointing is not a part of it.
The words that the preacher may prepare, may have all the right words and phrases, and sound exactly right, but they become dry and without substance without the anointing.
There is power in the anointing, and a revelation that can only be seen and experienced when one knows of its source and importance.
It is a deep well and a life-giving stream that bubbles-up from within, and yet that place within does not emanate from us. It comes from the deep recesses of the Holy Spirit alone.
In ancient times that anointing fell upon a select few. That anointing came upon those prophets who were sent, and the power and the words that came forth revealed secrets, and disclosed what God had in store for various kingdoms, peoples, and lands.
And yet today that anointing comes not only to a select few; it is given to those who would earnestly seek after God. It now is sent not only to rest “upon” some but to come “within.”
When the Samaritan woman came to the well, our Lord spoke to her about the water that she was to drink:
“9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw,” John 4:9-15.
When the anointing is flowing along with the gifts of the Spirit, it creates the environment of the very presence of God dwelling heavily on us.
Elisha knew how to make room for the anointing, he knew how to entertain it, he honoured it and used it for God’s glory.
Elisha asked his master Elijah for an extra portion of his anointing. He asked for a double anointing.
Elisha performed more miracles then Elijah ever did. He was diligent, respected and honored the anointing and, as a result, God gave Elisha an extra double anointing.
Don’t drink of the water of this earth to satisfy your needs alone, for in the end it will only satisfy you for the moment.
Don’t attempt to muster-up the anointing of your own volition, for the straining and your efforts will only fall short of that which could come from that heavenly stream.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?