Power of AnointingElisha was not the only one Elijah had anointed and prophesied over during his tenure as a prophet. Even though God trusted Elijah with this miraculous power, he was still a man and fell victim to the spirit of fear.
After Elijah had confronted 850 false prophets at Mt. Carmel and had them killed, Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab, put the word out that she wanted Elijah's head. Now you would think that one woman would NOT frighten God's mighty prophet, but she did. Later, we find Elijah hiding in a cave in fear of Jezebel. God comes and speaks to Elijah asking him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (I Kings 19:13)
Under the AnointingWhen you are under the power and anointing you can do all things; however, when the anointing has lifted you are vulnerable. In this case Elijah came under the power of the spirit of fear. We all can find ourselves from time to time wavering in our faith. Without the word of God dwelling within us, it is impossible to fulfill supernatural deeds.
In the gospel of John in the seventh verse of chapter 15, we find these words, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."
His word is always the solution to our problems.
Once we have found the Lord and His word, we then must be obedient. As long as we are walking in the word nothing can harm us. It is when we try to do things outside of His power that we create chaos. There have been many times in your life when you probably found God and His word without even knowing it.
Once you have become knowledgeable about His ways, you are then accountable for seeking Him and His answers to your problems. The more you study the Bible the more you are required to follow the Commandments that are written within it. Studying the written word of God should NOT be looked at as mere entertainment; you are accountable for every word within its contents.
Whenever a prophet is commanded to go and anoint someone, God always has a word for the anointed one.
Operating in the AnointingAfter Elijah had received the word of the Lord he was then able to go his way free from the spirit of fear, abiding in the word of the Lord. It was at this point that Elijah was commanded to anoint Jehu as King over Israel and Elisha as the prophet. Whenever a prophet is commanded to go and anoint someone, God always has a word for the anointed one. Many times that word will encompass their gift and calling. In Elisha's case the word was that whoever escaped the sword of the King, Elisha would kill.
We can also find in the New Testament where the word for Apostle Paul was given to Ananias to deliver. You may never have thought of Ananias as a prophet of God, but we do know that he prophesied over Apostle Paul.
In the 9th chapter of the book of Acts we find God giving Ananis a word for Paul who was formally known as Saul of Taurus. God said to Ananis, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, Kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake." (Acts 9:15) Then it is recorded that Ananis went to the house of Paul and laid hands on him and prophesied proclaiming His calling from God. At the same time, Paul received his sight and was filled with Holy Spirit.
Long after Apostle Paul's ministry was established, a prophet by the name of Agabus came and prophesied of certain tribulation that Paul would encounter. (Acts 21:10-14) Paul did not stop because of this word but rather recanted the prophecy as one being called into tribulation. (Acts 20:22,23)
Not everyone has the same function in the body of Christ and we are not cloned into the same format.
Understanding God's AnointingIt is important to know what your calling entails. Trying to minister without this knowledge would only lead to mass confusion. Not everyone has the same function in the body of Christ and we are not cloned into the same format. The various callings of God are complicated and most often misunderstood by the majority of parishioners.
For example, many preach that we are ALL called, to what is referred to as the Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19) If this is true for everyone, then God must have forgotten to tell Apostle Paul, for he boast to the church at Corinth saying, "I thank god that I baptized NONE of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name." (I Corinthians 1: 14, 1-5) Then he clarifies to everyone what his calling is, saying, "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect." ( I Corinthians 1: 17)
The gift and calling of God are irrevocable. Meaning they cannot be changed or taken away from you. (Romans 11:29) On the other hand, there are few things you need to know. Note, this is important: if you do not follow your calling, the gift is not required to be there for you.
For example, let's say that you are called to preach on hearing and obeying God and the promise of God is that the gift of prophecy will be there to endorse your message. Now, if you preach on something other than hearing and obeying God the ministering spirit will not be there to minister for you. (Hebrews 1:14) I have witnessed too many people floundering around trying to make the gift work while being totally oblivious to their calling. This is the main reason most people are not seeing their gift work 100% of time in their ministry.
The gifts of God are not limited just to ministers. God anoints kings and rulers over many different areas of business and government. There are men and women who embrace a spiritual garment with a special anointing to do a specific task. Just because you have been called does not mean that you will reap a harvest immediately. There will be at least one sacrifice you will have to make when accepting the call of God and His promises. I was called to the banking industry and I was blessed with the power and anointing of God to do the job well. When the job is done and God calls you to something else, you better be packing you bags. Without the gift and calling you become powerless.