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 “In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.”  Isaiah 10:27

 “You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me.” Psalm 92:10

Lent simply emphasises the ever-present opportunity we have to pray together – feasting on God’s word and perfumed in intercession. Passport_to_Perfume_Logo%20(1)

The Lord is constantly questing to  take us into a deeper anointing. Like a car that comes in for an oil change, the Holy One is filling us with a fresh dynamic. We are maturing, throwing off the old yokes that have chafed, receiving healing, comfort, and looking forward to a new “Rehoboth” yoking to our Beloved.

King David also grew into the anointing. This “warrior/poet, lover/prophet” can model many aspects of our own history and future destiny in Christ. He was anointed three times in his life. With each fresh touch of God the anointing drew him into deeper conflict with the enemy. Higher levels…New devils!

We shall take a brief look at these times as they mirror principles that we are called to practice.

David annointed1. The “disciple” anointing of a young man – 1 Samuel 16 & 17

 We are all born in this anointing. We learn to love God’s Word and meditate on his precepts. We strive in prayer and are surprised by joy in intimacy and worship. We smooth our pebbles in the river of revelation and store them as vital weapons in our heart for the coming Kingdom conflicts. Getting up early – winning the blanket battle!, sacrificial giving and serving, praying around the maps – no place for the empty silence of “non-prayers!”, driving miles and trekking together to adventure and challenge. We face our Goliaths, the personal fears and temptations, the crucifying choices, and we get the victory which sets us free to Holiness. We must continue to live in this inheritance and pass it on to each new generation.

2. The “building” anointing of gathering a tribe – 2 Samuel 2

 At some point we need to have a track record of having actually built something. We are not just called to individual fulfillmentField of daggers but rather to the greater challenge of building a family, a team and a church. Any who have put their hands to the plough in this will know that it takes time and effort with many tears on the way. Whenever you look to join a few people together you will confront one of the greatest challenges of the enemy – the spirit of division. Brother against brother. Back stabbing, rejection, hurt and betrayal are all part of the enemy’s demonic cocktail designed to destroy the Body of Christ. We may risk falling in our very own “field of daggers – Helkath Hazzurim.” May God renew our determination and zeal to build. Faced with the challenge of post–modern Europe, and the vast unreached swathes of Asia where the most foul spirits of destruction have reigned unchallenged for years, let us commit ourselves afresh to the long haul of digging in and building brick by brick.

Many tribes3. The “Hebron – Community/Alliance” anointing of many tribes – 2 Samuel 5

It seems that the Lord may well be underlining this aspect of the anointing at this time of emerging missions in the Global South. The astonishing growth of the Church in the non-Western world leads us all to ask for a greater understanding of how to move on, shoulder to shoulder with our brothers, to proclaim Jesus as King of all the earth.

We cannot underestimate the battle and we will no doubt be entering many valleys of giants. However the Lord is with us in the conflict. He is longing to give us victory. We will know a fresh “breaking out” of supernatural power to overcome the enemy and see souls saved and built into church as we step forward in faith.

“As waters break out the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.”

 Many are longing to strengthen and develop strategic partnerships and alliances with indigenous church groupings and missions. Like David we will need to enquire much of the Lord to understand his unique, creative way of bringing the victory in each situation. However, one thing is sure. Many “armies” are beginning to march! We need to hear in faith the prophetic lead to such armies and march alongside or cheer them on.Giants

“As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean that the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine enemy.”

 The “balsam tree”- baw-kaw’, in Hebrew means the “weeping tree”, and, as we seriously come to terms with the real prospect of martyrdom and suffering that these armies will gloriously endure, our tears will surely flow with theirs.

I’m aware that there is only one true Holy Spirit anointing who glorifies Christ in our lives. However the Lord has given us in that “Christing” the call to be and make disciples, to build teams and churches, and to develop and partner with mission movements from many nations.

Christ’s own life knew the anointing at baptism which led him to the conflict in the desert; the “baptism of the cross” where he was pierced for our transgressions in his own “Helkath Hazzurim,” and the glorious day of Pentecost when His resurrection life was given to the Church and we have heard the sound of marching growing ever louder since that day.

Let us be encouraged and step into all that the Lord has on offer to our faith.

Be fat and perfumed in the anointing !

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