trACker number347 Empowered Only By the Anointing of the Holy Spirit
by Dudley Anderson 1/07/2011 / Devotionals
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07 January 2011
Dear God Tracker
Empowered Only By the Anointing of the Holy Spirit
The word "anointing" has been brandished about so much among Christians these days that it seems to have lost its impetus. Anointing has almost become synonymous with talent. When we hear a talented Christian singer, for example, we automatically say he or she is anointed. But there's a definite difference between anointing and talent.
In Ecclesiastes we are told to do all that we do, with all our hearts. In other words, whatever you do in life should be done to the best of your ability, as unto to the Lord. Therein is excellence. Talent is natural gifting that you were born with. You could be talented in anything from drawing to designing; from catering to communicating. Talent can lay dormant or it can be exploited and talent can be honed to become better with practice. But remember that, as a God Tracker, whatever your talent is it has purpose in the kingdom of God. So use it for the glory of God.
However, anointing is different from talent in that it is not natural gifting. Anointing comes exclusively from God who gives it to specific individuals for a unique purpose, irrespective of talent. Anointing is the exclusive God given ability to function in a specific skill in the service of the Lord. An example of skills anointing can be found in Exodus 31 where God anoints Bezalel with the specific ability to make the furnishings and golden crafts for the Tabernacle.
The word "anoint" literally means to cover as paint covers a wall. When one looks at a painted wall, for instance, he does not see bricks and mortar but the paint that covers the bricks and mortar. In the same way the anointing of God upon someone for a specific purpose is the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit himself working in and though that person to empower his or her skills. Therefore, when we look at the work of an anointed artist or listen to an anointed speaker we should be impressed not by the individual but by the presence of the Holy Spirit who activates God's word in us.
Dear God Tracker, what has the Lord called you to do? Are you a talented singer, artist or speaker? Then give your talent over to the Lord and seek his anointing his covering on your talent and then perform with all your heart, as unto him. You may feel that you lack talent but still sense the call of God in a certain field? Then call upon your Lord to anoint you with his skills anointing to empower you to do what he is calling you to do. And when you receive praise or credit for a job well done, return that praise directly to God, because the credit is his. You see, God does have a specific purpose for you, wherever you may be, and that purpose is empowered only by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
God-tracking is serving God under his anointing.
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GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Verse of the Week
1 Corinthians 12:11
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes
"When the anointing comes, it's not for a picnic, it's for service!" --- Benny Hinn
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
Cover Me with Your Anointing, O Lord
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
"Dear Holy Spirit I acknowledge that it is only by your power and anointing that I can do the things that you have called me to do. Forgive me for using my talents in my own strength and for taking the credit for a job well done. I realise Lord, that all my abilities including my talents come from you so I return my praise to you and submit my talents to your service. You have prepared a table for me and that table contains all the goodies I need for a successful and equipped service. I now seek your anointing on all I do so that I will do it well in praise of your name. I pray, cover me with your anointing, O Lord. Amen"
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk