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.”
Receiving revelation of who Jesus is, knowing Him in deeper, more intimate ways, gives us access to the things of the Kingdom. Jesus gave Simon Peter the keys of the Kingdom as a result of Peter knows who Jesus is. The same is true in our lives, not just regarding who the Lord is… but also who He is in others.
Who do we say He is? Who do we say a child of God is? Is it just Bill, Tim or Susie? Or… do we believe this is the child of the most High God? The people in our lives who are born again are not just who they are known to be in the natural, but they are vessels used by God in greater measure than what is seen.
As we grow and walk in the Spirit, we no longer battle the inner familiarity with ourselves, but we see it in others. The Holy Spirit is moving through us. We have finally learned to recognize and believe in the glory of the Lord that is seen in and through us. Others in our lives start to receive from the Lord through us, bypassing who we are in the natural. We grow to know no one by the flesh, but in and by the Spirit of God, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:16-19 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
When light manifests in the realm of man, there is love, grace and anointing. When darkness manifests itself, there is deception, perversion and lies. Deception comes with caring for what the self wants; when it pleases the flesh. Protection from deception comes through submission to God.
As believers, we are called to minister to one another, to bring comfort and edify one another. It is important to remember that we are just vessels. God is the one who gives the increase. Sometimes people we minister to may look at us like we are powerful and wise. We must resist any word that tells us we are great or mighty, anything that tickles our ears because it pleases our flesh. An anointed word will always point to the Lord. He is the one doing the work. We can do nothing for God without the Holy Spirit.
It is as we submit ourselves to God that we can resist the enemy and he flees. The very act of submitting to God is what resists the enemy. We submit by surrendering our will and our way to the Lord. We walk in the spirit, knowing and trusting that it’s all about Him, His will and His way. We yield ourselves to Him, and let Him be, from glory to glory.
James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
We are able to call upon others to pray over us and anoint us with oil in the name of the Lord when we are sick or afflicted in any area: physically, emotionally or spiritually. What a privilege!
Even though we have this privilege, we might not exercise it when needed. We may think others will see us as weak in faith, or that we believe the symptoms instead of standing on the Word. Negative experiences from the past could also hinder us from reaching out to others. It’s a sign of great faith to reach out to other members of the Body of Christ. Recognizing symptoms doesn’t mean we receive their potential impact. We believe Jesus is the healer. By His stripes we were healed.
It is our responsibility to humble ourselves and call upon others as we are led by the Lord. When we draw nigh unto God, He draws nigh unto us. His healing touches us in areas where we do not even know we need it as He brings wholeness to our total being. We all need more of Him, from glory to glory!
James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Are we better than someone else? More knowledgeable? More anointed? More right? More holy? The moment we think we are “more” than others, we find out that pride goes before a fall. As we are transformed into the image of the Lord, we become less and He becomes more!
The self-righteous attitude says: I’m perfect and you’re not; I’m a true Christian and you’re not; I’m not wrong but you are. It places self on the throne and makes others less in order for them to be more. To confront others who have that attitude, we have to pray for them and let the Lord minister to them as He ministers to us. It’s a challenge not to fight back in the flesh when we are being judged wrongly. Recognizing we do not war against flesh and blood helps us shake the dust off our feet. We walk in forgiveness with others and ourselves.
We evaluate ourselves honestly and prayerfully. It’s Christ in us who is awesome and is to be recognized in others as well. We are, above all, to walk in love with one another strengthening and encouraging each other, even when it’s not reciprocated. As members of the Body of Christ we all need and complement each other; not one gift is more important than another. To deprecate ourselves or others is to come against the grace of God. Whatever comes to put us down is not of God. He lifts us up in Him, fills us with His love and transforms us, from glory to glory!
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
As we look to the Lord for His instruction in every situation, we give Him the leading and He is able to guide us continually. He never stops guiding our steps, and our stops.
His directions are very specific and never the same. We learn to recognize that His word is alive and active and we take heed to it, moment by moment. If He said to do a certain thing in time past, it doesn’t mean it still is His will for today. We can become stuck if we do not seek His will, continually. One example is Abraham. He was asked to give his son Isaac as a sacrifice. When it came time for him to do so, the angel stopped him. If Abraham was determined to just walk in obedience to the first instructions, he would have missed God’s will for that moment.
The Lord’s guidance is also connected to His timing. Something that was no yesterday, may be yes today. Something that was yes, yesterday, may be no today. It could be regarding various things He led us to and through. The key is to take heed to His voice. If He doesn’t give new direction regarding a specific situation, it means we wait until He does. God wants us to hear Him and make our way clear. As we continually ask Him, surely He will continually guide us, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 58:11 “The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”