Isaiah prophesied of God’s restoration of a remnant of the Jews to Jerusalem. He shared that God’s anger would turn away from the people and the burden from their oppressors would be removed. In the Old Testament, leaders were anointed by having oil poured over their heads. Some of our Christian churches today still use consecrated olive oil to gently rub onto a persons forehead to confer a blessing for example. Within the New Testament context, the anointing is referred to as the power which the Holy Spirit has given to all believers.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). This power from the Holy Spirit is what Jesus promised to the disciples. The Holy Spirit has also been referred to as a comforter. “And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them” (Acts 2:3). The Holy Spirit provides power for service and equips us to fulfil our mandate of advancing the kingdom of God.
We saw where the disciples after they were filled with the Holy Spirit, would boldly declare the word of God without fear or reservation. Despite much persecution and harassment, they were not afraid to do what God commanded them to do. Anointing represents the power and conviction to do what God has called you to do. The anointing represents the grace to flow in the areas of your natural abilities. A gift surrendered to God and used for his service brings liberty to the oppressed.
Anyone fully surrendered to God and operating in their God given gifts of singing, playing music or preaching the word for example, are flowing in the anointing. Even our daily jobs and careers surrendered to God brings him glory and is full of anointed Holy Ghost power. This anointing will transform lives, bring healing and set the captives free.