God shut the door on Noah after he entered the ark. Similarly, we are shut in once we are saved; translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. The Holy Spirit enables us to stay shut in, to abide in the Lord and keep out all evil. God Himself has shut us in–in Christ. He closes doors no man can open; and He opens doors no man can shut. Knowing this truth and abiding in it helps us live in safety in the midst of darkness.
It’s when we know we are shut in that we can shut out every evil work from our lives. We also do so when we pray for others in the name of Jesus. We pray for them to be shut in–in the Lord. We use the keys of the Kingdom to bind and loose on earth what already has been bound and loosed in heaven. The anointing of the Holy Spirit opens and closes all things of the Kingdom.
When we have our personal prayer time, we shut the doors. No distractions are to come in to disturb our intimacy with the Lord. It’s in that place that we learn to dwell, rest, receive and hear instructions; we move to obey. We do not let evil works attempt to open the doors that are shut in the Lord. We can keep all evil shut out, and remain shut in, from glory to glory!
Genesis 7:16 “So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.”
To recognize means to identify someone or something from a previous encounter; to know again. It also means to identify from knowledge of appearance or character. The anointing is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the more we know the Holy Spirit, the easier it is to identify what is anointed–what comes from the Holy Spirit.
We develop our relationship with the Holy Spirit by spending time in fellowship, prayer and worship. We learn to know His voice through our reading and hearing of the word of God. As born again believers we have the Holy Spirit in us; therefore the anointing is in us and bears witness from within. We become acquainted with the way He leads, and we are able to discern and recognize His ways.
Many times we may find ourselves in a situation where some people are doing things of the flesh… and others by the spirit. As we recognize what is of the flesh, we recognize the leading of the Holy Spirit. We would not be able to recognize the false without the truth. We can trust the leading of the Holy Spirit as we keep our eyes on Him, and Him alone, from glory to glory!
John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
The Spirit of God moves in many different ways, and manifests His power based on what is needed. One way He moves is through the “Teflon” anointing: a spiritual protective garment protecting us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. In the natural, Teflon is a coating placed on cookware to prevent things from sticking to the pans. Nothing of the enemy can stick with us when we are under this anointing. As we put on Christ, we put off every work of darkness.
When the enemy targets us to stir up evil works, his attacks cannot prosper and they cannot stick. The very opposite occurs, our fire and passion for the work of the Lord increases. The enemy knows when the anointing is on us. There are no more ups and downs, he can’t touch us and darkness has no impact. The enemy may try to stop us, but whatever he tries to do through circumstances or others will not stick. We do not slow down to deal with the enemy. We don’t even smell like smoke!
We continue to stand and trust in the Lord as we step forth so the Kingdom can come in all its glory! The impact of the Lord makes a difference everywhere we go. We recognize when things are trying to stick with us when we have difficulty shaking the dust off our feet. When that happens, we put on Christ, by faith, so we can be clothed with the Teflon anointing, from glory to glory!
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”