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The Key Differences Between Being Anointed and Not Being Anointed.

Introduction:

Throughout my journey from a Military Security Specialist in the U.S. Air Force to an Oregon Logger, to a Pastor/Counselor/Police Chaplain, to a Cross-Country USA/Canadian truck Driver, I've witnessed firsthand the profound impact of being anointed by God. This experience has taught me that anointing is more than a religious concept; it's a transformational power that changes lives and enables individuals to fulfill their God-given purpose.


**Anointed vs. Not Anointed:**


1. **Spiritual Authority and Effectiveness:**

- **Scripture:** "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)


- **Comment:** An anointed individual is infused with supernatural power and wisdom. This divine empowerment enables them to carry out their mission with exceptional authority and effectiveness.


Illustration:** During my 16 1/2 years at the Family Worship Center in Butte, Montana, I observed countless instances of individuals empowered by the Holy Spirit praying for and healing the sick and preaching the Gospel with boldness and conviction.

- **Opinion:** I firmly believe that anointing is the crucial differentiator in one's Spiritual journey. Without it, our efforts can feel like pushing against a brick wall.


2. **Manifestation of Supernatural Power:**

- **Scripture:** "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." (Mark 16:17-18)


Comment:** Being anointed means that God's power works through you. This is evident in your ability to perform miracles and bring healing and deliverance to those in need.


- **Illustration:** In my counseling sessions over the past 44 years, I've witnessed how anointed prayer can break the chains of addiction, heal broken relationships, and provide comfort to the hurting. For example, one couple I counseled was on the brink of divorce, but through prayer and God's intervention, they were able to reconcile and strengthen their marriage.


- **Opinion:** supernatural power in one's ministry indicates God's anointing. Miracles occur not by our might but by His Spirit.


3. **Boldness and Conviction:**

- **Scripture:** "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7)


- **Comment:** An anointed person preaches the Gospel with boldness and conviction. This courage comes from the Holy Spirit, who empowers them to speak the truth, even in the face of opposition.


- **Illustration:** Reflecting on my role as a Police and Baseball Chaplain, I've seen how anointed words can inspire, challenge, and change lives. One officer, deeply troubled by the stresses of his job, found renewed purpose and strength through the encouraging and convicting messages shared during "Ride Alongs."


- **Opinion:** The anointing of the Holy Spirit provides the boldness and confidence necessary to proclaim the Gospel fearlessly. It transforms ordinary messages into life-changing encounters with God.


**Personal Testimony:**

Having faced challenges such as alcoholism, cancer, and PTSD, I understand the necessity of God's anointing. The anointing provided the strength and wisdom to navigate these trials and emerge victorious. My academic journey, encompassing diverse theological backgrounds (Pentecostal, Nazarene, and Baptist), has deepened my appreciation for the anointing's role in practical ministry and counseling.


**Conclusion:**

The difference between being anointed and not anointed is evident in the level of Spiritual authority, effectiveness, and impact an individual possesses. Anointing transforms ordinary efforts into extraordinary achievements, allowing God's power to flow through us and touch the lives of those around us. Embrace the anointing and witness how it can elevate your ministry, overcome obstacles, and fulfill your divine purpose.



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