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7 Secrets to Growing in the Anointing

What is the anointing
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It is scarce to be in a Christian environment and not hear these kinds of sentences: “I felt the anointing, I was anointed, he preached with anointing, there was a strong anointing in worship, this man has the anointing….” Well! Before we think about increasing the anointing, let’s first try to understand what the anointing is.

The term anointing can be defined or understood in different forms:

  • Anointing is the power given by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8),
  • Anointing is the endowment of power for spiritual work (God always gives anointing for work – Luke 4:18),
  • The anointing is a spiritual investment or ability that God gives to a man to enable him to accomplish his mission (Judges 11:6; 14:6; 6:34).

It is important to remember that every Christian receives a primary anointing when he receives Christ as Lord and Saviour, and it is this anointing that allows us to carry out what Mark 16:17-18 explains to us.

So from our new birth, the Holy Spirit empowers us to enable us to do several things. But the Christian life is not static, you have to grow, and growing involves facing other realities of this life. Since the greatness of the mission is proportional to that of the anointing, it is, therefore, essential to also grow in the anointing.

Indeed, you cannot be called to face the giants and come to the battlefield with anointing the size of a spiritual baby, and you will lose the battle.

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7 Secrets to Growing in the Anointing

The Holy Spirit anoints, but there are such things that we must do that we may be found worthy of receiving more of His ability. So among the things to do, we have:

1. Have a life of sanctification and constant prayer.

It is very difficult to do exploits for God when you have a life of prayers that are up and down. For through prayer, we agree with God that His will be done as it is done in heaven, and a man without a constant prayer life will not live God’s will to see us go from glory to glory. And above all, you must also have the habit of praying a lot in tongues because it is a means of self-edification. One can also add fasting, which allows one to control the flesh and let the spirit always be willing.

Speaking of sanctification, remember that God is more interested in character than the manifestation of His power. In other words, there is no point in wanting to manifest the power of God if you do not have His nature. God is very fond of investing in those ready to manifest His nature before His power.

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2. Longing for it every day.

Speaking of sighing, the psalmist compares this to how the deer sighs for streams of water when she is thirsty and advises us to do the same when it comes to growing in the anointing (Psalms 42:2). Whatever level we operate at, may the thirst not diminish. It is precisely when we think we are full that we begin to fall. We must always say, “Holy Spirit, I want more! “. Moreover, it is written in His word that if we ask Him for His Spirit, He will not refuse it to us (Luke 11:13).

3. Clinging more to the Holy Spirit than to the anointing.

One of the big mistakes we often make when empowered is clinging to the anointing more than to the anointing One, which is God. It is very important to favour communion and intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Because neglecting intimacy with the Holy Spirit is like a tree that wants to produce much fruit while disconnected from its roots, and this is downright impossible (John 15:5).

4. Serve God.

Service for God allows us first to do nothing for the devil because doing nothing for God implies doing something for the devil. Only when we serve God can He further increase in us the capacity to do better, all that He gives us as a task.

5. Loving the presence of God and fellowship.

Psalms 84:11 KJV “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. 

This Psalm teaches us how the presence of God is the best place to be constantly. Why that? Because there are things that God releases only if we are in His presence and if He sees the unity between us, a little like it was the case on the day of Pentecost.

One of the elements that favoured the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was also the unity in which they were in the upper room.

The psalmist David also reinforces this in Psalms 133:1-3. Increasing the anointing where there are division risks causes people to use that power for settling scores instead of serving the causes of the Kingdom of God.

God will never give certain things to those who are divided because it risks dividing them further.

6. Be humble.

Humility puts us in a position where we recognize that we are merely instruments in the service of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must always give Him the glory and not want to be the star, do a “one man show”. About humility, God is very clear about what He does; He likes to invest more in those who are humble than in those who are proud.

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1 Peter 5:5c KJV “For God resists the proud, but is gracious to the humble. 

7. Have good company.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:33 that bad company corrupts good morals, and Proverbs 27:17 talks about iron that sharpens iron. This is to say that when we are around anointed people, it can also boost us to desire more of God. For if bad companies corrupt good morals, good companies make good morals grow.

God does not change

Why grow in the anointing?

Growing up is normal for all living beings. Born small, all living beings must grow physically in order to reach a state or a level that will allow them to access things that are only accessible to adults.

This principle is not only important in the physical world but also more than necessary in the believer’s spiritual life who needs to grow.

Let us remember that when we are born again, we receive a basic anointing and that as we evolve in this walk with Jesus, this anointing must no longer remain at the same level as when we received Jesus Christ.

So there is this need to make it grow; a bit like what the author says to the Hebrews in: Hebrews 5:12-14 (KJV) “You, indeed, who should long ago be masters, you still need to be taught the first rudiments of the oracles of God, you have come to need milk and not solid food. Now whoever is milky has no experience of the Word of righteousness; because he is a child. But solid food is for grown men, for those whose judgment is exercised by use in discerning what is right and what is wrong. 

4 Reason to grow in the anointing

Desiring the growth of our anointing also rests in knowing the reason why it is necessary to make it grow, because as long as we do not understand the reason, it will be difficult for us to long for this growth. That is why I offer us some reasons why we must grow in the anointing.

1. To do the work of God.

The child (basic anointing) needs to grow so that he no longer remains under the burden of others because he too must be able to take care of others, do the work of God, and assist others spiritually. This is very important for the advancement of the Kingdom of God here below. Kind of like what Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 9:41 (KJV), “How long will I be with you and endure you? “Remaining children (same level of anointing) for a long time can make us useless as servants in the eyes of God, according to Matthew 25: 30 (KJV): “And the useless servant, throw him into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, because the higher we rise in the level of service, the more we need a new ability; suddenly the old one will no longer be of any use to us.

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2. To achieve divine purposes.

By sending us to earth, God sets a goal that He intends to achieve with us. We cannot succeed in achieving divine goals if we remain positioned and entrenched in our old status (basic anointing). An accomplished spiritual man may have greater spiritual responsibilities than a spiritual baby. Thus, if we want to obtain from the Lord the best rewards, we must be better in all that we do for the Kingdom. And since the greatness of the mission is proportional to that of the anointing, we must grow in the anointing that will allow us always to do well what God will give us as tasks.

3. For spiritual warfare.

The child (basic anointing) has less strength, is weak and is less prepared against adversity. One who remains in the basic anointing will find it difficult to fight against Satan and all his army. He will always need help for fights that he could fight and win on his own. Growing in the anointing is a necessary thing for spiritual warfare. Some yokes cannot be broken with the basic anointing. You cannot be called upon to face the giants but come to the battlefield with anointing the size of a spiritual baby. You will lose the battle.

4. Because it is God’s will.

Growing in the anointing is God’s will for all of us. Maintaining our anointing and remaining mature leads us to do what is pleasing to God. He says in 2 Peter 3:18 (KJV), “Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ . 

Ultimately, remember that God never makes us grow in the anointing to make us stars; on the contrary, it must still push us to be aware of the number of problems that we have to solve because an anointing is always there to help us to be solutions to the problems of the environment in which we find ourselves.

Indeed, all that has just been said may not be enough or the only thing to do to grow in the anointing; surely, there are other things one can discover as one walks with God, for revelation is progressive. But in the end, I would say that to grow in the anointing; you must above all believe that you are anointed because you only grow what you believe you have.