Time For A Fresh Anointing

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Time for a Fresh Anointing

Sermon Notes – Ps. Jim White

Sunday 24th October, 2021

I want this message today to be something that speaks prophetically over us as a church – because I really believe that we are at a shifting point in our lives together as the body of Christ.

I’m not just saying that because it sounds good.  I believe it’s true.

As it says in: 

Isaiah 43:19

The Passion Translation

“I am doing something brand new, something unheard of.
    Even now it sprouts and grows and matures.
    Don’t you perceive it?…”

When I read that it reminded me again of the parable of the seed – where the farmer planted the seed, went to bed at night, and woke up and a brand new plant had sprouted from the ground.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this has been a recurring theme that’s been coming through in my messages lately.  I’ve mentioned that parable a number of times.  I’m convinced that the Holy Spirit is speaking through that story for this season of our lives.

We plant the seeds – just like the farmer did – and just like the farmer – we don’t actually know what causes the seeds to grow.  We know about watering, fertilising, doing all we can to provide the right environment – but actually how a seed grows, we have no idea.  That’s all up to God.

And I believe we will look back on this time and think – that could only have been God!

I have to be honest – it’s been hard going over these last 18 months – trying to navigate through all the lockdowns, reopenings, closing again – never knowing from one week to the next what was going to happen – working through all the vaccination issues – the concern about what a vaccination passport might mean…. 

You may or may not be a fan of the NSW government – but praise God they have allowed places of worship to have the freedom to welcome everyone in church.

From what I’m hearing from one of our pastors in Victoria – that state is unlikely to give the same exemption to churches – and they may have to face this vaccination issue for a long time.  

But through it all, we’ve continued to plant seeds of faith – we’ve learnt how to be flexible, and above all – to be resilient, and to put love and care for one another above everything else that’s going on.

Resilience is a great word.  It simply means the ability to bounce back.  Well, we are bouncing back.  After each lockdown, we’ve bounced back.  You guys are the legends of bouncing back!

Who would have thought 2020 and 2021 would be such a roller coaster.  

But now, today, in this place of worship we are totally open to every person – no discrimination – and it feels really really good!  That’s because it’s as it should be.

But the crux of my prophetic message to the church is this:

More than any other time in our history – now is the time for a fresh Anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our lives.

It’s time for fresh oil – and new wine…. 

Psalm 92:10

The Passion Translation

Your anointing has made me strong and mighty.
    You’ve empowered my life for triumph
    by pouring fresh oil over me.”

And there is this verse from Jeremiah which was part of the prophetic word that God gave Venese and I when we first came to pastor this church in Ballina.  It came around the same time as the Seacoast scripture that the church is named after.

Jeremiah 31:12

New King James Version

“Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,
Streaming to the goodness of the Lord—
For wheat and
new wine and oil,
For the young of the flock and the herd;
Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden,
And they shall sorrow no more at all.”

I want to talk about the Anointing this morning – but let me begin by saying that there is a fresh Anointing coming upon God’s people – upon the church.  There is a new wine being poured out – and new wine needs to be put into new wine skins.   

What does that mean for us?  What newness needs to come around our lives, our thinking, our believing?

After all we’ve been through…. And I’m not naive enough to realise that there will be further difficult seasons ahead…. But for now – there’s a freshness and newness abounding towards us – and even more than that – there’s a Holy Spirit freshness coming over the church.

As I’ve also said before – God has been building His church even through this past season.  At first I thought it was a time for simply bunkering down and maintaining….  But God has been building us on the inside – to become resilient – to become strong and mighty as that verse says.

And so I believe that this has all been part of what it means to be new wineskins.

God has empowered our lives for triumph – for overcoming – for victory – for celebration – for newness of life.

So what is the Anointing?  I know many of you are well aware of the Anointing upon your lives, but for some, this might be a new kind of concept.  

The Anointing is the Holy Spirit’s empowering and equipping of God’s people for service – to fulfil the calling upon our lives.

We are Anointed for a purpose – not just so we can have our own little Holy Spirit party – but so that we can faithfully and powerfully and supernaturally do our part in seeing the kingdom of God grow and enlarge and expand.  

And there’ll be more sprouting, more growing and more maturing as we keep moving forward.

And here’s a second question.  More important than the first.

Each one of us needs to know – what am I Anointed for?  What Anointing has been imparted and poured out over my life?  Keep that in mind as I continue on with this message this morning.

Because the Spirit of God is multi-faceted.  His expression of God’s nature and character comes in all kinds of beautiful and dynamic ways.

When we speak about a fresh Anointing, it’s not like we need to be Anointed over and over all the time.

When God Anoints you for your purpose in the Kingdom, you are equipped and empowered from that moment on.  And as the Holy Spirit abides in you, you have His presence with you always.

But Psalm 92 reveals that there are times for a fresh oil to be poured out – other scriptures speak about a new wine to be held by new wineskins.

And as we enter into new seasons of life – new seasons as the church – then we need a fresh Anointing to empower us.

I am really excited to see what God is going to do in us and through us as a church.  Venese and I were excited when we first came here – and we’re just as excited – if not more so – to see what He’s going to do in these latter years.

The best is best to come.    The latter rain is going to be so much better than the former rain.

Deuteronomy 11:14

New King James Version

“then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.”

There it is again…. New wine and oil….  

I believe the oil and new wine are something we can seek and experience as we determine to  go deeper in prayer – in worship – and meditating on God’s Word.  If you seek Him, you will find Him.  Because the Anointing is not an it – He is an expression of the Godhead.

The exciting thing is that as the church together, through the times where we are one voice in worship, and one heart in seeking God and His Word – and with and united compassion for the lost – there’s a release of this fresh, new, saturating oil and wine over the whole body.

Of course I’m referring to Ps. 133.

Psalm 133

The Passion Translation

Unity

A song of the stairway by King David

“How truly wonderful and delightful it is
    to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity!

It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil
    flowing from the head of the high priest Aaron,
    dripping down upon his beard and running all the way down
    to the hem of his priestly robes.

This harmony can be compared to the dew
    dripping from Mount Hermon,
    which flows down upon the hills of Zion.
    Indeed, that is where Yahweh has decreed his blessings
    will be found, the promise of life forevermore!”

Can you just picture that oil saturating – flowing down over Aaron – touching every part of his being.  That’s what God wants to do.  

And yes, there will be a practical outworking – not just a spiritual experience.  

He is calling His Anointed ones into action – to serve – to give of their lives for the cause of the Kingdom.

It’s so vital that we walk and live in unity.  And if we need to resolve issues with one another or forgive or repent where division has tried to come, then it is extremely important that we make that happen.  

The oil and wine are way too precious to allow any wedge from the enemy to come in.

As the body of Christ, we should be all about honouring, respecting, loving, caring, encouraging, upholding and supporting one another – and together turning our vision outwards.

The reward is being saturated with the overflowing fresh oil of God’s Spirit – poured out over the whole body.

Don’t you love how God’s Kingdom works?  It’s so different to the ways of the world.  They don’t even meet on any level.

The Anointing equips and empowers us – we don’t have to strive and stress in our own strength and ability.

Whatever God has called you to do – you can’t do it without Him.  You need supernatural help.  His call upon our lives is always far bigger than we can envisage on our own.  If it doesn’t scare you, then you haven’t yet got the full picture.

I can tell you now that if I didn’t put my faith completely in God’s enabling, I just couldn’t do what I do.  Every step we’ve taken has scared the living daylights out of me, but we’ve both been extremely excited at the same time.  It’s only by faith that we have ever taken steps forward.

What a journey it’s been.  And you have your own story to tell.

Do you know – God is faithful and only too willing to reveal to you what He has Anointed you to do.

I can remember way back – probably about 30 years ago – when it seemed like people were turning up at our home in Alstonville – one after another – and they’d be distressed, crying, facing massive life issues…

And Venese and I were thinking – what the heck is going on?  And we’d pray for them and minister to them the best we could. 

There was no sign out the front saying drop in and share your deepest life secrets and burdens.  But that’s what was happening.

We were asking God – what does this all mean?

The day after we cried out to God about it, we were at Christian Outreach Centre as this place was known back in the day – and a visiting pastor – George Miller from Gympie – said, that man down the back in the green shirt – God has heard your cry – and your ministry will be line upon line and precept upon precept.

At that stage, I don’t even think I was looking for a ministry.  But we both had so many questions.

And then we found ourselves at some random prophetic meeting through friends of ours – and the minister pointed us out and said you have a pastors heart – you’ve been called to be a shepherd.

And so we were bold enough then to totally change the course of our lives.  Five years of secular and ministry study – heading up the counselling centre at COC in Brisbane – then being led back to Ballina to do what we’ve been doing for the past 21 years.  And God’s not quite finished yet!

That’s our story – but what’s yours?

What kind of preparation has God given you?  Maybe you’ve found yourself feeling way out of depth just like we were – put in a position where you had no idea what you were really doing…. And yet it has been the beginnings of something amazing.

And by His grace, He takes us line upon line and precept upon precept.

What prophetic words are yet to be realised in your life?  

And the big question – what has He Anointed you to do?

There are Anointings for building churches, the prophetic, teaching, singing, for musicians, preaching, finance, business, writing, intercession, deliverance, counselling, compassion and mercy, healing, missions, creativity, administration, hospitality….  I’m actually not sure if the list ever comes to an end.

So what is it that you are Anointed for?  Because it depends too on the season of life you are in.

You young mums and dads are Anointed to nurture your children – to provide a safe and nurturing home for the little ones that God has placed in your care..

You more mature people – you have an Anointing to draw out of the wealth of your life and experience to encourage and mentor those coming up behind you.

So you can see how we need a fresh Anointing and new wine depending on what we are called to do in the season that we are in in life.  And that goes for the church as well.

Whatever the special Anointing is upon your life – one thing is for sure – you are called to be a witness to Jesus Christ.

It comes with being baptised in the Holy Spirit.

Jesus told His disciples:

Acts 1:8

New King James Version

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Well Ballina is pretty much at the ends of the earth when you think of where these words were spoken.

The Holy Spirit’s Anointing upon your life is about giving you power – supernatural power – divine power – to reveal Jesus to the world.

In fact, whatever Jesus had – He has given it to all His disciples – you and I included.

He stood up in the midst of the religious people of His day – right in the midst of the synagogue – and he proclaimed these words:

Luke 4:18-19

New King James Version

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because
He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

19 

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

What a great summary of His life purpose on earth.

But however we express the Anointing – we too are called to do all those things – to set people free – proclaim the gospel – to mend broken hearts – to help people see – to release them from bondage – and to proclaim that now is the time – now is the day of salvation. 

The acceptable year of the Lord is right now!

The acceptable year of the Lord may have been many times throughout history – but as we get closer and closer to the second coming of Christ – as all the prophetic signs are fulfilled – we can confidently say that the acceptable year of the Lord is any time of the outpouring of God’s grace and mercy – His redemptive message – upon the world.

We live in the acceptable or favourable year of the Lord right now – where grace and redemption are freely available.

And so we need to know what we are Anointed for in reaching the hearts and lives of those around us.

Let me finish with this:

1 John 2:20

New King James Version

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.”

I’ve often thought about that scripture – and I have to admit – there’s a lot of things I don’t know.  I’m hopeless with cars and engines.  You should have seen my vocational guidance report during year 12.  Anything to do with mechanical stuff was a miserable failure.    

I didn’t need a vocational guidance test to tell me I wasn’t going to be a mechanic.

I personally think the Passion Translation is actually a clearer version to understand what this verse is saying:

1 John 2:20

The Passion Translation

“But the Holy One has anointed you and you all know the truth.”

You see, Jesus is confronting all the misinformation and lies that were circulating about Him from false teachers.

The truth He is talking about is actually the truth of His identity – and all that He represented.  There were false gospels.  False teachers.  Counterfeit ministries.   That certainly hasn’t changed.

So really, this scripture is saying – with the Holy Spirit – with the Anointing upon your life – you will be able to discern truth from error.  You will know the true gospel.  You will be able to navigate through the many lies – and know the truth about the meaning of life!

So let’s pray – that we will hear God for Seacoast Church – and for our community.  We will discern the Anointing upon our own lives…. And that we will respond when He calls us to serve – to be part of His plan for his Kingdom purposes.

Let’s pray!


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