THE ECONOMY OF BLESSED THINGS – BECOMING A RECEPIENT OF ‘THE BLESSING (THE ANOINTING)’

Anchor Scripture: Psalms 24:3-6

Psalms 24:3 – 6 3Who shall ascend into the hill (i.e. mountain) of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5He shall receive ‘the blessing’ from the LORD, and righteousness (i.e. validation) from the GOD of his salvation. 6This is the generation of them that seek HIM, that seek THY face, O Jacob (Israel). Selah!

The Mountain of the LORD – The Place of Encounter with the LORD

The mountain of the LORD implies a ‘spiritual location’ for GOD’S habitation. It is an elevated spiritual platform that’s why the scriptures uses the word ‘ascend’, when it says, “Who shall ‘ascend’ unto the hill of the LORD” (Psalm 24:3)? Moses encountered the LORD on a mountain called Horeb (Exodus 3:1-22, Exodus 4:1-27), and on several occasions he met with the LORD on ‘Mount Sinai’ (Exodus 19:1-25). Elijah journeyed 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb (the mount of GOD), where he met with the LORD (1st Kings 19:7-18). On the ‘mount of transfiguration’, the FATHER spoke to confirm that the LORD JESUS was HIS SON (Matthew 17:1-9).

On the mountain of the LORD, faithful saints received encounters. They beheld the ONE WHO is blessed forever (i.e. the LORD) (Romans 1:25 b), and as a result they received ‘the blessing’ from HIM. This is a ‘mystery’, for as we behold in a mirror the glory of the LORD [through the experience of encounters], we are changed into the same image (i.e. the LORD’S image) from ‘glory to glory’, even as by the SPIRIT of the LORD (2nd Corinthians 3:18). In order words, faithful ones can step into ‘higher statures’ (i.e. higher levels of spiritual functionality) in CHRIST, this is what it means to receive the blessing through encounters. He whom the LORD gives ‘the blessed’ has received that which is heavenly and not earthly. For when the LORD blesses a man, HE gives that which is heavenly to him. Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26 and Revelation 3:5, 12, 21 gives us a list of blessed things from the LORD which HE gives to HIS faithful ones. To list a few,

Blessed Things – Heavenly Possessions (i.e. the Anointing) Manifesting on Earth.

Revelation 2:7 says, “…To him that overcometh (i.e. faithful ones) will I (i.e. the LORD) give to ‘eat of the tree of life’, which is in the midst of the paradise of GOD”.

Revelation 2:11 says, “… He that overcometh (i.e. faithful ones) ‘shall not be hurt of the second death’”.

Revelation 2:17 says, “… To him that overcometh (i.e. faithful ones) will I give to ‘eat of the hidden manna’, and ‘will give him a white stone’, and in the stone ‘a new name written’, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it”.

Revelations 2:26 says, “And he that overcometh (i.e. faithful ones), and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give ‘power over the nations’”.

These are ‘heavenly possessionswhich no one knows except the one who receives it from the LORD (Revelation 2:17). The LORD is the rewarder of those who seek HIM diligently (Hebrews 11:6), and when HE rewards HIS faithful ones, HE gives them that which is heavenly. A man can only bless his fellow man with that which is earthly because every man lives on earth, but the LORD resides in the heaven of heavens (Deuteronomy 10:14, Psalms 115:16), so when HE blesses, HE blesses with that which is of heaven – where HE resides. What then is ‘the blessing’? A man whom the LORD gives ‘the blessing’ is said to have been chosen to represent HIM (i.e. the LORD) and HIS ‘interest’ in certain areas of life. Simply put, ‘the blessing’ is ‘the anointing’, for the LORD anoints a man to execute kingdom tasks, so that through the man’s life, GOD’S kingdom will find expression and HIS will can be fulfilled here on earth. Note that the anointing in this context refers to ‘supernatural empowerment’ from the LORD. Before the LORD sends a man, HE equips him by anointing him. Notable examples of this can be found in the ministry of prophet Isaiah, the LORD JESUS, and HIS first disciples.

The Man Who the LORD Sends is the Man HE Anoints

Isaiah had an encounter with the LORD, details of this encounter were captured in Isaiah 6:1-13. In his encounter with the LORD, he saw the ONE WHO is blessed forever (i.e. the LORD) (Isaiah 6:1), and the angels prepared him for his prophetic ministry by sanctifying him (Isaiah 6:5-7). Thereafter, the LORD proclaimed saying, “Who shall I send, who shall go for US (Isaiah 6:8), and Isaiah was chosen by the LORD as HIS messenger (i.e. prophet) to represent HIM and HIS interest to the nation of Israel.

When the LORD JESUS was baptised by John the Baptist, there were significant occurrences which infer that HE had an encounter. Matthew 3:16-17 tells us that as soon as HE came out of the water, the heavens opened unto him and HE saw the SPIRIT of GOD descending like a DOVE and coming upon HIM. The FATHER also proclaimed that the LORD JESUS was HIS SON. Since the heavens were opened to him, HE beheld the HOLY SPIRIT as a DOVE and the FATHER’S voice proclaimed HIM as HIS son, this scenario was definitely an encounter. After this encounter at HIS baptism, the scriptures testify concerning HIM saying, “The SPIRIT of the LORD (i.e. the FATHER) is upon ME (i.e. the LORD JESUS), for HE (i.e. the FATHER) hath anointed ME (i.e. JESUS) to preach the gospel to the poor …” (Luke 4:18-19). This goes a long way to affirm that the anointing is often received through encounters. So every anointed man who the LORD sends to represent HIM is a product of encounter(s). From my diligent study of the scriptures, I also notice that the earthly ministry of the LORD JESUS began not too long after HE was anointed, Matthew 3:13 to Matthew 4:25 validates this. This goes a long way to inferring that ‘the man whom the LORD sends is the man HE anoints’. In other words, the LORD will only anoint a man for the purpose of empowering him before sending him to represent HIM. For he that is anointed has been chosen and sent by the LORD to represent HIM, and so the LORD empowers him to do so efficiently.

With regards to the disciples, the LORD JESUS said to them, “…as MY FATHER hath sent ME, even so send I you” (John 20:21). Before HE sent HIS disciples to preach the ‘gospel of the kingdom’, HE gave them power and authority (i.e. the anointing) over all devils, and to cure all diseases (Luke 9:1-2). Before HE ascended to heaven, HE gave them ‘the great commission’, by sending them to make disciples from all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). But HE commanded them not to leave Jerusalem until they have received the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 1:4-5). In Acts 1:8, HE went further to say, “But ye shall receive power (i.e. the anointing) after that the HOLY GHOST is come upon you …” In Acts 2:1-4, the HOLY GHOST visited 120 followers of CHRIST while they waited in Jerusalem as the LORD has commanded. Acts 2:1-4 reads:

Act 2:1 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Verse 4 (i.e. Acts 2:4) refers to the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT which the LORD JESUS promised them in Acts 1:4-5, because it says that they were filled with the HOLY GHOST, and as a result they began to speak in other tongues. But verses 2 to 3 (i.e. Acts 2:2-3) refer to an encounter with the HOLY SPIRIT WHO was sent from the FATHER (John 15:26), because the HOLY SPIRIT took an elemental form (i.e. cloven tongues of fire) and sat upon them just as it happened with the LORD JESUS when HE was baptized in water. In the LORD JESUS’ case, HE saw the heavens open to HIM and the HOLY SPIRIT took the form of a ‘DOVE’ as HE descended on HIM. But in the case of the disciples, there was a sudden sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind and the HOLY SPIRIT took the form of ‘cloven tongues of fire’ as HE sat upon each of them. In both cases, there was a heavenly manifestation (open heavens, or sound from heaven), followed by an ‘appearing manifestation of the SPIRIT as HE came upon them. This comparison validates the fact that the two scenarios were encounters, and the individuals involved received the anointing (i.e. power) as a product of the encounter. Concerning the LORD JESUS, the scriptures testify, saying, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the HOLY GHOST and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Act 10:38). Concerning the disciples, the LORD JESUS said, “But ye shall receive power (i.e. the anointing), after that the HOLY GHOST is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Act 1:8).

From the preceding verse of scripture (Acts 1:8), notice the WORD ‘witness’. This verse of scripture (Acts 1:8) implies that it takes power (i.e. the anointing) for one to be a witness from the LORD to men. The anointing brings about a tangible manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT, and when men behold this manifestation, they are quickened to believe that the LORD, HE is the GOD’ (1st Kings 18:30-39). And just like Nicodemus the people who behold this tangible manifestation of the SPIRIT by reason of the anointing shall say “No man can do these things (i.e. miraculous signs) except GOD be with HIM” (John 3:1-2). Such is the way of a man whom the LORD anoints. The LORD JESUS received the anointing ‘without measure (John 3:34) and the tangible manifestation of the SPIRIT from the anointing HE received was that HE went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Act 10:38). Peter said to the man at the gate beautiful “such as I have, I give to you, and the lame man began to walk again (Acts 3:6-10). This was a tangible manifestation of the SPIRIT from the anointing that Peter had.

To this end, all of GOD’S children must set their affections on things above (heavenly treasures) first, and not on things beneath (earthly treasures), knowing that things that are above have higher value both on earth and in heaven. The ‘greatest qualification’ that a man can have on earth is not ‘PhD’, rather, it is to be the blessed (i.e. anointed) of the LORD. For he whom the LORD blesses (i.e. anoints) is said to have been distinguished from all men, and as such he occupies a spiritual designation (i.e. office) that is higher than that of an ordinary man. Physically, an anointed person will still look like a man, but in the spirit realm, he is occupying an office that is higher than that of an ordinary man. An anointed man is a man that the LORD has honoured, because the LORD has given him an elevated position in the spirit realm. Hebrews 1:9 testifies concerning an anointed man saying, “… Therefore GOD, even thy GOD, hath anointed thee (i.e. the anointed man) with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (i.e. fellow men)”. Notice the words ‘above thy fellows’.

Touch not MINE Anointed Saith the LORD

Since an anointed man is a man that the LORD has honoured, then an anointed man should never be dishonoured. For he whom the LORD has blessed (i.e. anointed), no man should dishonour. In 1st Chronicles 16:22, the LORD admonishes all men saying, “Touch not MINE anointed, and do MY prophets no harm”. This goes a long way to validate the reason why David didn’t kill King Saul, even though he had every reason and opportunity to do so. This was because King Saul was anointed, notice he (i.e. David) kept referring to him (i.e. King Saul) as ‘the LORD’S anointed’. On several occasions he said “I will not put forth my hand against the LORD’S anointed (i.e. King Saul)” (1st Samuel 24:1-7, 1st Samuel 26:1-12).

 

Criteria for Becoming a Recipient of the Blessing (i.e. the Anointing)

What then is the spiritual criteria for receiving the blessing (i.e. the anointing) from the LORD? One of the major spiritual criteria required to host the anointing is that one must ‘Love righteousness and hate iniquity’ (Hebrews 1:9). Other criteria can be found from the anchor scripture (Psalms 24:3-6), only a man with clean hands, pure heart (i.e. genuine motives), who has not lifted up is soul to vanity (i.e. falsehood) nor sworn deceitfully can ascend unto the hill of the LORD (i.e. receive encounters from the LORD) as HE seeks and servers HIM diligently and thereafter, he shall receive the blessing (i.e. the anointing).

 

Conclusion

Blessed is the one who reads and understands these revelations, I pray that the grants you the privilege of having encounter(s), to the end that you would receive the anointing (supernatural empowerment). For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of GOD (Romans 8:19). The sons of GOD are those whom the LORD has entrusted with power (i.e. the anointing) to represent HIM as HIS witnesses.

Blessed is the man who loves righteousness and hates iniquity, for the LORD will anoint him with the ‘oil of gladness’ above fellow men (Psalms 45:7), and the LORD shall prepare a table (i.e. means of livelihood) before him as HE anoints him (Psalm 23:5). The oil (i.e. anointing) has financial value2nd Kings 4:1-7 validates this. This implies that, it is capable of becoming a means of livelihood’, because the gift (i.e. the anointing) of a man shall make room for him (Proverbs 18:16). However, he whom the LORD anoints must always be conscious of the fact that the anointing is a spiritual gift from the LORD to a man for the purpose of reaching those in spiritual need.

Blessed is the man whom the LORD anoints, for his horn (office of spiritual authority) shall be exalted like the horn of the unicorn, because the LORD has anointed him with fresh oil (i.e. the anointing) (Psalm 92:10).

Selah!

Written by Arthur Adama. You can reach me at earthur838@gmail.com

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