We’ve discussed what the anointing is, but what do we need to understand regarding receiving our anointing and empowerment? Rev. Asa Mahon listed these:
- All believers may seek and obtain the anointing (Luke 11:4-13).
- The Spirit remains with us as a personal presence (John 16:7)
- Note the work of the disciples before and after their time with Jesus. The anointing we receive through the Spirit is greater than what Jesus’ own disciples had during their time in ministry with Christ, Himself. After He ascended, then His disciples were imparted with the anointing—just before they were about to embark on their personal ministries.
Charles Finney, a contemporary with Mahon in the later part of the 19th Century, had similar notions about the anointing. Finney agreed that the anointing is a promise for the whole church, not just a select few, and that Christ had instructed the first disciples to not undertake their work until they had first received this anointing.
“No one has at any time any right to expect success unless he first secures the enduement of this power,” Finney said, adding that the anointing is utterly vital to the success of a person’s calling. As Christ and His apostles were anointed, so we must also be anointed—i.e., filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
In every area of our lives, “we may and ought to possess this power; that whether we preach, or pray, or write, or print, or trade, or travel, take care of children, or administer the government of the state, or whatever we do, our whole life and influence should be permeated with this power.”
Finney goes on to describe obtaining this empowerment from the Holy Spirit as “delightfully easy,” citing Luke 11:13 and the prayer and supplication of the disciples at Pentecost.
10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers if your son asks for a fish will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:10-13).