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 (Acts 10:38 KJV)
What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit, power, and the anointing? Is power the same as the anointing? Though these three terms are sometimes used synonymously in the scriptures, they are not the same. Their relationship is beautifully illustrated in the scripture above, where Jesus was said to be anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power.
It is easier to begin with power to elucidate the distinction between these terms. The power of God is spiritual, meaning it is a spirit-thing, not a spirit-being. Not everything on the earth is a person, right? You have stones, winds, clouds, etc. Think about the spirit realm in the same way. Power is a spiritual substance. It is a tangible spiritual thing. The power of God as a thing, can be carried or even transferred by non-living physical stuff like cloth.
Power has a source, from a spirit being. Power as spirit(thing, not a being), comes from God. The Holy Spirit is the Source of power. Power is not a person, but a “spiritual thing.” The Holy Spirit is a Person.He is God.
The anointing is God’s spiritual power that is operating in the natural world. It is also divine wisdom that is at work, but I will focus on power since this is what is most apparent when manifested. It takes the Holy Spirit working in and through a human spirit for the power of God to be released on the earth as the anointing. The anointing, in summary, is palpable power.
The anointing is crucial in every one of us to make us useful in touching people’s lives here on the earth.
I had to condense lots of information in the short devotional above. Please ensure you have understood the different meanings described above.
APPLY THE WORD
As a Christian, you are anointed, because you have received the Holy Spirit. By default, power is in you. However, you have to cultivate the anointing through impartation, the Word, and prayer.
Ask the Spirit of God to help you grow in the anointing of God operating through your life in everything you do.