Synopsis of Bible Study 04/06/16
Delivered by Bishop Walker III.
The anointing is the power and presence of God on your life
- One of the most profound illustrations of anointing given in the bible is when the dove ascends on Jesus after he was baptized by John. Christ literally means, “the anointed one”. When God’s presence or affirmation is on your life, it doesn’t matter what or who likes you. The anointing just opens doors for you.
- 1 John 2:20 (NKJV) says 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.[a] – The anointing reveals things to us. To walk this thing out, you have to be aware of the attempts to rob you of your anointing.
- 1 Samuel 15:23 (NKJV) says 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”-Saul was rejected from being king.
- 1 Samuel 16:14 (NKJV) says 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. – The Lord withdraws from Saul and as a result, he ends up with a distressing spirit.
- According to the scripture, we see that God has taken his hand off of Saul, because Saul had rejected the precepts of God. Saul still has his position as king, but not the hand of God being on him, like it had been in the past. When God took his hand off of Saul, it was replaced with a depressing spirit. Now Saul is in a distressed state, because he has a title, but something is missing. The same anointing that works through you to help others, can crush you if you don’t protect it.
Don’t confuse anointing with gifts and talents
- Gifts are entirely different. Romans 11:29 (NKJV) says 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. – When God gives a gift, you can actually operate in it with the anointing missing from your life. Saul was king for about 13yrs after the anointing had gone from him. There are people functioning even today in roles, after God has fired them.
- When you are anointed, you can tell when someone else is not anointed. For example, a person may be able to sing, but there is no anointing to go with it. At this point, they are operating only on their skill. Another example would be you seeing a preacher that can really preach, yet their congregation never grows. They can preach, but they have to work harder to make a connection with their congregation, because there is no anointing to go with it.
- Your obedience keeps the anointing on your life. Your disobedience can cause you to lose your anointing. It is painful to watch someday try to operate when God has taken his hand off of them. After all, your talent can only take you so far. It is the anointing of God that takes you places your talent can’t take you. This is evident in people who preach an awesome word every Sunday and yet there congregation never grows. Their sermons are liking one key ingredient. It is the anointing!
Steps to remain close to God
You’ve got to know the power of having an intimate relationship with God. Psalm 91:1 (NKJV) says 91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”- We must come to a place where we are sincerely ready to trust God. When we are in the space of the presence of God, he creates a perimeter around us. This means there are things that can’t penetrate that perimeter.
To remain close to God, we must
- Pray daily –1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) says 17 pray without ceasing, – This scripture reminds us to pray without ceasing. Remember Jesus said to the disciples, not to be like the hypocrites who want to be seen praying in public. Don’t be concerned with praying for show or praying in the King James language. Having a simple conversation with God is ok.
- Spend time in God’s word- Psalm 119:11 (NKJV) says 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.- You got to grow in God’s word. You can’t just rely on Bible Study and Sunday morning for your time in the word. Church is the only thing that we do as a people, where we don’t read the manual. You got to study to show yourself approved! This is how you get closer to God.
- There are two types of blocks Bishop Walker experiences. One is writers block and the other is bible reader’s block. The level that Pastor’s study in order to present a relevant word to us, can make reading the bible seem like work. It can start to seem like a job. The problem is, when it came time for Bishop to study for himself, it was hard to do, because he seemed like work. We can’t expect our Pastor to always prepare for us and never prepare himself.
- How did Bishop get over these blocks? It was by reading the wisdom books. If you read Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Psalms (considered to be the wisdom books), you will be drawn back to God and regain your zeal for learning more about him!
- Trust God. Psalm 73:28 (NKJV) says 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works. – To remain close to God, you got to trust him. You trust everyone that you consider to be close to you, so why wouldn’t you trust God, if you claim to be close to him?
- Stay connected to your local church. Hebrews 10:24 (NKJV) says 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, – When you stay connected to local church, you receive the word that is designed for you. The church is the only place we want to disconnect with, because of the things folk do and say, that we don’t like. People do stuff that you don’t like on your job, but yet you still go every day. You got to hear for God. You are here, because God is giving you a word.
- Remain close to people who are close to God.
- 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV) says 14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
- Amos 3:3 (NKJV) says 3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? – Your relationships with others can determine how close or far away you are from God. Let nothing separate you from the love of God.
Don’t compromise the anointing
- Before the anointing was passed on by the use of a horn and oil, it was passed through by the laying on of hands, by the father. In Genesis 25:29-30 (NKJV) 29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.[a] 31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” We must first remember the acronym HALT. It means we are the most vulnerable for attack when we are hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. – Jacob says if you want something right now, give me your not yet.
- Genesis 25:32 (NKJV) 32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”- Esau is about to die of hunger. He needed immediate gratification, therefore he decided to sell his birth right.
- Genesis 25:33-34 says (NKJV) 33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.- Jacob gave Esau bread and stew. Esau carelessly handled his birthright and as a result, affected his whole bloodline. Just think instead of saying the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they would have been saying the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau.
- This isn’t the first time somebody gave up there destiny for immediate gratification. Adam and Eve gave up the garden for a piece of fruit. To put it in perspective, they gave it everything up for a piece. Is it worth a piece? Samson had strength, but laid in the wrong woman’s lap, and got a haircut from hell. He gave it up for a woman.
- For of those who have problems with our praise, all of us have soup and crackers in our past. We gave up everything for something. When you think of how God’s mercy blocked us from stuff that would have destroyed our life, you can’t help but give God praise! When you think of how you could have been shot up, or diseased, or dead even, you have to recognize that God blocked it with his mercy!
- It is important to maintain the posture of obedience. 1 Samuel 15:22 (NKJV) says22 So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. – To maintain flow of the anointing in your life, you got to have obedience. What if God decided not to give to you what you needed, because of your disobedience.
- Deuteronomy 1:1 (NKJV) says 1 These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain[a] opposite Suph,[b] between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
- Exodus 19:5 (NKJV) says 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. , – Following God’s instructions is mandatory!
Principles for keeping your anointing
- The anointing allows you to have longevity. It gives you greater bandwidth to making you more able to receive from God. The anointing gives you longer time in the land. For example, your work load in the body of Christ may be doubled, but you can handle it, because you are anointed to do what you do.
- Don’t operated in the spirit of pride. Pride comes just before destruction. Pride will have you think you didn’t do anything wrong, but humility will make you admit to some stuff. Psalm 51:11 (NKJV) says 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. – David asks God not to take Holy Spirit from him. You don’t ever want God to take his hand off of you. Really anointed people are humble, just like Jesus was.
- Refuse to let fear drive your decision. 1 Samuel 15:24 (NKJV) says 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. – Are you so consumed with what people think that you will allow God to take his hand off you? You want the gift, the talent, and people for people to like you too. You can’t be concerned with people liking you. Remember that people will cry “Hosanna!” one day and then cry “Crucify him!” the next. We need to do what God wants us to do.
- Sometimes, when you anointed, you have to stand by yourself. When you walking in your anointing, know that God has his hand on you, even when people reject you.
Remember the promise of the anointed
We will leave you with 3 things as we close this lesson. Look at the scriptures below. Memorize and meditate on the scriptures daily.
- Psalm 20:6 (NKJV) 6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
- 1 Chronicles 16:22 (NKJV) 22 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”[a]
- Psalm 45:7 (NKJV) 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. –
The revelation of these 3 scriptures is this: Based on what you have gone through, it has taught you more about God. He is deeply invested in you and the anointing on your life. God will save his anointed, because he has invested too much in you to lose you.
When people try to harm you, God says, “Do not touch what I have my hand on (the anointed) and this means with your either. God fights for his anointed. Knowing this, as anointed people, walk in righteousness.
When in negative situations, remember that the anointing on your life makes you smile while others are frowning. When they people ask why, just tell them that you are anointed to smile in any situation that you may be in.