THE ANOINTING AND HOLINESS

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Exodus 28:36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be Holiness to the Lord.
Acts 10:38 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.

Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power for ministering healing to those oppressed with sickness and diseased. All of the supernatural miracles He did were because of that anointing. Jesus understood the connection between being anointed and living a holy life.

In the OT those who were to stand and minister in the priest’s office were to be consecrated. They were given certain restrictions regarding the holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:32, 33) one of which was, “…Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured….” The Lord won’t anoint any area of a leader’s life that still partakes of the fleshly sinful nature. No work of the flesh is blessed by God’s anointing. The high priest himself upon whom the holy anointing oil was poured and who was to go into the holy place in the tabernacle was to never have his head uncovered Leviticus 21:10, “And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes.” What was covering his head was a turban head piece along with a gold plate attached by a blue cord to a headband with this engraved upon it, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” Exodus 28:36 describes it, “And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be.”

The anointing and holiness go together and holiness would never be separated from anointing in the mind of an Old Testament priest. Loving right and hating evil is a part of God’s holiness. Just because one is anointed, it is no substitute for a holy life. The prophet Micah said, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? …Thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil” Micah 6:7, 15.” Just because one experiences an anointing and God’s power doesn’t give one a license to sin. The power of God from the anointing can never substitute for a holy life. We must guard our moral life as much as we guard our anointing.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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