THE POWER OF THE ANOINTED
Benjie Bensing – Tripoli, Libya
Before he became an anointed prophet of God, Elisha was a farmer. As a farmer, he has some incredible attributes that we all can learn and imitate. First of all, a farmer is familiar with the hardships of life. A believer is not only familiar with the difficulties in this life but is prepared to face it. Secondly, a farmer does note easily give up on his field and on his crops. When you have a calling and a ministry, you don’t turn your back that easy. A farmer also understands perseverance; he toils faithfully and waits patiently for his crops to grow until they are ready for harvest. Lastly, a farmer is not easily distracted from work once he puts his hand on the plow. Once you begin your calling and ministry, there is no turning back: you focus on it and rest only after the work is done.
Let’s start by asking a question: What is “anointing”? The anointing is God’s ability in you to enable you to do something with ease, without it being a struggle (Joyce Meyer).
A car engine will run without motor oil but eventually the lack of lubrication will destroy the engine itself; trying to go on in your calling and ministry without God’s anointing is unsustainable and will cause some serious heart issues that could be fatal to your faith. The Holy Spirit’s anointing is crucial in order to function at maximum performance.
THE WIDOW’S OILIn 2 Kings 4:1-7 the Scriptures has this to say:
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
This passage tells us about a poor widow whose husband died and was left with debts. The creditors are now coming to take her sons as slaves in order to pay the debt. She didn’t know what to do or where to turn. She has lost her husband, now she is about to lose her sons as well. In spite of her pain, her problems and her lack of possibilities, she chose the one thing that really matters: turn to the LORD.
Our problems, while they may appear insurmountable in our eyes, are really God’s opportunities in disguise. Often God will use the trials, the pain and burdens of life to make us grow in faith. When Elisha asked her “what do you have?” she told him that all she has is “a flask” of oil. This oil was probably a small amount of anointing oil, used by the prophets to anoint the men of God. So when the man of God told her to go around and borrow empty vessels from her neighbors, she trusted him and obeyed although it doesn’t makes sense to her; God works in ways we don’t understand.
That day inside their humble home, she fills the first vessel and then she fills up one after the other and the oil just keeps pouring out from that small jar until every vessel was filled. There was no limit on the amount of oil. The only limit was on the quantity of empty vessels. Had she borrowed more empty vessels, she would have more oil; if she borrowed few empty vessels she would have little oil. God’s provision is limited by nothing but our faith. We are ourselves the measure on how God would fill us with His blessings.
STAFF OF ENCOURAGEMENT (2 Kings 4:8-37)
The kindness of the Shunammite woman was such a gift to Elisha. Not everyone Elisha met treated him in such a way. Her generosity in providing the prophet Elisha with a meal and a room to stay was honored. The Shunammite who so generously provided material things for the prophet of God was now blessed by the God of the prophet. And it was beyond material things. You see, you can never out give the LORD.
Although she is barren and her husband is old, a son was promised to them. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son after a year. The boy grew up and he was both their joy and inspiration. However during harvest time the boy become ill and eventually died. The woman went up and laid the boy on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.” Although this action looks absurd, it was in reality an act of faith. Instead of preparing for his burial, she was preparing for his resurrection!
When the prophet Elisha came to know what happened, he instructed his servant Gehazi to go ahead and take his staff with him and place it upon the dead boy. Upon hearing this, the Shunammite woman was distraught because she thought that the power to heal was more connected with Elisha himself and she refused to leave his presence (“I will not leave you”). Little did she know that the power to heal or raise the dead is from God alone.
The child was not healed by the laying on of the staff, though the child may have been healed with only the staff had the Shunammite believed this promise with full faith. So when Elisha arrived at the house, he shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the LORD. He prayed with great faith because he sensed that God wanted to raise this boy from the dead. As Elisha stretched himself upon the boy, the boy’s body become warm. Afterwards the boy sneezed seven times and was brought back to life.
POT OF SUSTENANCE (2Kings 4:38-44)
POISON IS NEUTRALIZED. There was nothing inherently purifying in the flour Elisha put in the pot. The real purification was a miraculous work of God. It was God Himself who removed the poison in the pot and made the stew edible and healthy. The prophet Elisha was merely a conduit to accomplish that miracle.
BREAD IS MULTIPLIED. For thus says the Lord: “They shall eat and have some left over”: God promised not only to provide, but to provide beyond the immediate need. Elisha trusted the promise of God, acted upon it, and saw the promise miraculously fulfilled. When an anointed person trusts the Lord, God’s power is revealed and blessings are multiplied.
Anointing is the passion, the confidence, the boldness, the authority, and the power of God’s calling. We can therefore conclude that the key to living God’s power is in the anointing.