Spiritual Understanding is vital for a successful Christian life. Without having Spiritual Understanding not only of the acts of God, but also of what God wants of us, one can’t be pleasing to God. Yes, if you are a believer, then your life is a life of faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God [Heb.11:6]. God had revealed Himself and His plan to us in His Word [Bible]. God’s Word is God’s revelation to mankind; filled with the way of God, His personality, and His expectations for His Children. We must understand as well that in the Old Testament the Israelites was not filled with the Holy Spirit; in fact, they didn’t know the Holy Spirit neither did they know Jesus. When God wanted to do something through His children, He send His prophet with an instructive word and the prophet had to anoint them with oil as symbolic of receiving the Spirit to do.
1 Corinthians 14:20 is an instructive verse. “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men”. Some Christians unfortunately are children when it comes to understanding. They always require someone to tell them what God has said, instead of going through the scriptures themselves. This is not right. It is possible to be a man physically but only a child in other things. In malice God wants us to be children. The Bible tells us in all we do, get wisdom [Prov.4:7]. This kind of wisdom is to tap into God’s kind of understanding, His kind of thinking and reasoning; and that’s been revealed to us in His Word.
As I’m introducing this subject, understand that at every level we must cut away religious thinking and take a hold of the truth of God’s Word. Many ministries today are making money of anointing oil and water. Dealing with the oil; and concerning the confusion folks have on what have been referenced by James in the New Testament in James 5:14 – “ Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” When we understand the context in which the writer here addressed the church, we will understand that James was speaking to spiritual babes. He said ‘If’ not ‘When’ any sick among you…
Little faith in the Word of God and sin can cause a Christian to be sick. In essence, the Bible teaches us that of our new life in Christ; that we have been brought out of darkness into His [God’s] marvellous light. Darkness here refers to negativity – which can be poverty, sickness, depression, sin and ultimately death. God has brought us out of every negative situation and has brought us into a place of blessings, divine health, and good wealth. It is through the lack of knowledge that we are not walking in the full light of God. This is why knowledge on the Word of God is not good enough, one must gain understanding on these things – that is God’s wisdom. Wisdom is having understanding of the knowledge gain on truth. James was speaking to a people with little understanding. They were still feeding on milk like babes, not ready to take stronger [solid] food [spiritually].
Yes, you who are babes in Christ, let the elders lay hands on you, anointing you with oil so you may be healed – but be teachable so you may grow in faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God [Rom.10:17]. Although oil can be used through discernment, you should never replace the Holy Spirit with oil. The oil is symbolic to the workings of the Holy Spirit in and through your life. Folks limit the outworking of the Holy Spirit in their lives, because they have little faith. They hold on to religious ways others teach them; and they don’t study the Word deeply enough to find out for themselves. You have time to go to work, socialize with friends or watch TV; but you don’t want to spend an hour or two studying the Word daily. Wisdom comes through the Word of God – Studying the Word brings about knowledge, and fellowship with the Holy Spirit and praying in tongues brings about understanding and revelational knowledge, which produce wisdom to act on the Word of God.
The more we get a hold of the Word, the more we will be in a position to apply the Word in our lives. It is through application of the Word that we grow in the anointing. We become conscious of who we have in us – the Holy Spirit; Who has come to will and do according to God’s instruction. He is not going to work against our will, no; we must be willing to work with Him. We are of the New Testament, filled with the Spirit – and Jesus had said that He has given us His name by which we will function. You got to study the Word of God to understand these things. I just giving you the notes; but you must be determine to want to study the Word for yourself and find out for yourself.
Some folks walk around with anointing oil in their bag or pockets, thinking that it is working for them. If it was working for you, then why do you have to keep on using that oil. It is not a biblical instruction to the New Testament man/woman. You have been anointed by the Spirit of God the day you have received the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus; it is written that He was anointed by God [Acts10:38]. Jesus was the bodily expression on the new creation realities. He has come to fulfil the law [Matt.5:17] and have prepared the way of the new creation life, which we have received on the day of Pentecost [Acts1:8].
Follow in the instructive way of Jesus and the New Testament and things will be well with you .Romans 15:4 tells us: ‘For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.’ The New testament is for our living. From the old we learn about our awesome God, but over in the new testament we get to know our God. Get a hold of the Word, study it for yourself and know what is written to you in it.
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
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