Understanding Mysteries of the Anointing

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Benny Hinn

You are a spirit.

Let that sink in for just a moment. You are not a soul. You are not a body. You are a spirit. You have a soul. You live in a body. But you are a spirit. That’s who you are. Your body is not the real you. The real you is your spirit.

At the moment of your salvation, something dynamic happened. The person of the Holy Spirit became one with your spirit. The Scripture is clear on this in 1 Corinthians 6:17, where it says, “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” When the Holy Spirit and your spirit became one, at that moment, life, rebirth, cleansing, renewal and regeneration took place. The moment this oneness between the Holy Spirit and your spirit took place, a mighty force was released. This force within us is what we call the anointing.

The anointing of God is a vast subject. The study of it is almost endless because it has so many different streams; one book cannot contain it all.

In the Bible we find three major anointings: the abiding anointing, the empowering anointing and the dominion anointing.

1. The abiding anointing

“The anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him,” (1 John 2:27).

The anointing mentioned in 1 John 2:27 is what I call the abiding anointing. This anointing is for living. It’s an inner anointing, working from within you to deepen your fellowship with God. As we begin our journey, I want you to notice something that many people miss. The abiding anointing is the anointing for living, not doing. This inner anointing affects the spirit of a person. The emphasis of the abiding anointing is not meant for the soul or the body.

2. The empowering anointing

“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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” (Acts 1:8).

The anointing that we see in Acts 1:8 is an outer anointing. This empowering anointing affects your ministry and the gifts of the Spirit on your life. This is the anointing for service. It provides the ability to share the gospel with others, whether or not there is a call to a ministry office upon your life.

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The empowering anointing is distinctly for service and therefore applies to those who have dedicated themselves to serving God in ministry to others. It affects the body and soul but not the spirit. It is for doing. It does not necessarily affect a person’s Christian life or spiritual walk. It is a gift. This outer anointing is given to those who prove themselves faithful to the Lord. Not every Christian chooses to serve, and so not every Christian receives the empowering anointing.

3. The dominion anointing

“It shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing,” (Isa. 10:27).

The dominion anointing of Isaiah 10:27 is a very rare and powerful anointing. This world-changing anointing specifically affects nations; it has the power to build kingdoms or destroy them. Very few have this anointing, which I also call the Elijah anointing. This anointing rested on Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Elijah, Elisha and a few others in the Old Covenant. It rested on individuals God used prophetically to raise up kingdoms or destroy them.

I believe we are coming into what I call the Elijah realm of the anointing. The Elijah realm is a realm we have rarely seen on earth. Glimpses and seasons of the Elijah realm of the anointing have come and gone. We’re coming into the Elijah days again very soon. This anointing is the only anointing that will destroy the spirit of Jezebel, which is the spirit of witchcraft.

The anointing is the foundation for everything God gives you in life. They will save you from collapse. These insights will strengthen you to keep you in fellowship with our wonderful Lord Jesus so that you do not fall away.

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