This teaching is meant address misunderstandings about God’s spirit and His presence and the anointing.
One of the many examples given about the Spirit coming and going is that of Samson and the prophets of the Old Testament. The following Old Testament Scriptures state:
And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him (Samson) at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol
The key here is that God’s Spirit only moved Samson at times.
Next is the story of Samuel anointing Saul as King of Israel and how the Spirit of God would come upon him.
1 Samuel 10:9-10 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance? 6 Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 9 So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
Note again that the Spirit was not always with Saul, but came upon him at times. The Jews of the Old Testament did not have the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and they could not voluntarily get God’s Spirit whenever they wanted. They had to wait for the Spirit to come onto them. This is similar to what some Christians may call “the anointing” or “being lead by the Spirit”.
Therefore, some people say, though God’s Spirit can lead us, God can also lift His Spirit from us.
1 Samuel 16:14
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
Please look at these Old Testament Scriptures to learn about God’s Spirit, presence and anointing relating to the Old Testament Jews: Job 33:4, Psalms 104:30, Psalms 139:7-16, Psalms 143:10, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Joel 2:28-29, Micah 3:8.
It is easy to look at scriptures that relate to the Old Testament Jews, however they have no relation to Christians. Christians live under the New Covenant, following Jesus Christ, both Jew and Gentile. Unless you were first a Jew, you never were under the Old Testament. These Scriptures teach us nothing about God’s Spirit, presence, and anointing in relation to Christians.
The following text continues into the New Testament (strictly still Old Covenant because Jesus is yet to die on the cross here) with Matthew 3:16 and says the Spirit is seen in physical form: “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.”
The Bible clearly says the Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove, referring symbolically to a dove.
When you contrast these Old Testament Scriptures with New Testament texts about God’s Spirit, anointing and presence we can see how this differs from common church teachings.
First, Jesus Christ promises the Holy Spirit:
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
In Romans 8 we learn more about the Spirit:
Romans 8: 9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear ; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
From just using a few verses in Romans 8, we can see that under the New Covenant the Spirit of God dwells in us, as opposed to being upon the Jews as in the Old Testament. Verse 14 says that as many as are led by the Spirit are the sons of God, and the very next verse says that we have received the Spirit of God and became children of God.
In addition, many Christians like to quote 1 Corinthians 2:9-16: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Paul just quoted an Old Testament Scripture, and then says in the next verse: But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. Thus, Christians should already know the things which God has prepared for them that love Him through the Holy Spirit given to them. Continuing with
1 Corinthians 2:
12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Again note that we have received the Spirit of God, He is now in us and no longer comes upon us or “visits”.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 John 4:15
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.
You see, the Spirit of God dwells inside the spirit of Christians. How then can we wait for an “anointing” like the prophets of old, who did not have the Spirit of God in them? What more “leading” do we need other than great commission and the Spirit of God?
The teaching that says that Christians should not do anything until they get a leading from God is detrimental to God’s Kingdom. God already gave us His Spirit, we know His heart, we have the Bible to lead us. What more do we need?
- Jesus said if you drink the water He gives, you will NEVER thirst again. You will never hunger or thirst. There is a difference between thirsting/ hungering and zeal. Thirsting keeps you waiting….Zeal gets you busy doing the Fathers will. If you thirst, you will be filled (no longer thirsting).
- Do not follow signs. Let the signs follow you.
- I do not need revival. I am revived!
- To know the will of God, read the Bible. To be led by the Spirit, DO the Bible.
Things we need to remember:
- All Christians have God’s Spirit in them (Acts 15:8-9)
- God’s Spirit, presence or anointing doesn’t come and go, but is constantly in Christians, forever (John 14:16-17)
- Where God’s Spirit is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). You are free, and you set others free too.
- Don’t wait for God’s “anointing”, you ARE God’s anointed
- Never try to work for, buy or negotiate to receive God’s presence – you already have it
- Where you are, God’s Spirit is.
- You don’t have to wait for a revival, you ARE a revival
- The same supernatural power that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11)