The Holy Spirit has been bringing to my heart and mind thoughts of our authority in God, about being anointed and the mark of God upon our lives; about the oil of His Spirit.

“Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed” Psalm 20:6a ESV

Now we all know, that oil softens the skin. It makes sore muscles relax, gives shine to our hair and heals parched, cracked skin.

Our physical bodies are soothed and comforted and healed by oil. It is the same for our spirit.

Oil is the mark of God’s grace, where hard heart places are made soft.

God’s oil is the mark put upon his servants, those marked out for his service.

“Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of our Lord”. James 5:14b ESV

Oil in God’s kingdom is a sign of consecration, of being set-apart and reserved for a particular work.

“…and shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests” Exodus 28:41b ESV

For those set apart and reserved there is a specific role to play and a job to do.

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him… and the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward” 1 Samuel 16:13a ESV

Even Jesus was anointed. Mary carried that privilege. Imagine the authority she carried in order to anoint the Son of God.

“It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment” John 11:2a ESV

Anointing is done through the authority given us by God, whereby we then pass that authority to others.

Authority and anointing is for blessing and releasing, for empowering and healing.

Anointing marks us for God.

“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you”. 1 John 2:27a ESV

Anointing then releases us to heal. Consider this call to heal and to lead as found in Isaiah:

“For a man will take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying:  ‘You have a cloak;  you shall be our leader, and this heap of ruins shall be under your rule”; in that day he will speak out, saying:  ‘I will not be a healer, in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; you shall not make me the leader of the people.” Isaiah 3:6-7 ESV

It is interesting to note that healing and leading go hand in hand. There is not one without the other in the Kingdom of God.

But in order to heal, we must first be healed. Part of our ministry before God and before those we serve, is to first make ourselves available for God’s healing in our own lives.

As leaders, as healers, as anointed, we must first know our own needy place before the Lord.

“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help and you healed me.” Psalm 30:2 ESV

And we must know our sin.

“As for me, I said, ‘O Lord be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”  Psalm 41:4 ESV

It is God’s favour that reveals to us our sin. How many times does it say in his word that God hardened hearts and blinded understanding so that sin could not be perceived and hearts could not turn to him.

Be glad, very glad for the understanding and deep repentance of your sin. It is a gift from God.

Once we know our sin, compassion is close at hand.

“And he (Jesus) had compassion on them and healed their sick.”  Matthew 14:14b ESV

Compassion is the emotional labour necessary to heal.

Whether we are healing hearts or bodies, healing does not happen without emotional labour.

It takes great inner energy to move towards others, to weep as they weep, to feel their pain on their behalf – but this is the only way we heal.

It was said of Jesus that he was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

“He was… a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:3a ESV

It is through the compassion of the Father towards us whereby Jesus came to earth. It was the compassion of the Father that clothed Adam and Eve when they had sinned and were naked and ashamed.

“And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”  Genesis 3:21 ESV

Think about it, in one mighty act of compassion and in the midst of profound disappointment, God the giver of life, killed, so that Adam and Eve might be clothed.

Jesus Christ carried on this work of compassion, and we have opportunity to do the same.

It begins with ourselves.  Our first job is to view ourselves with God’s compassion. We then receive his compassion unto ourselves, letting it sink deeply into the fibres of our being.

“For it is by grace that we have been saved.” Ephesians 2:8a ESV

Once we know God’s grace (and not before), we can give it out to others.

We therefore engage the emotional labour to know our own sin and our own need of God.

We then let down our defences in order to receive his compassion and grace.

And in this touch of God we are all transformed.

We are healed.

This then is our role as leaders in the Kingdom of God.

Priests, taking grace from God the Father, bearing it in ourselves, giving it out to others.

Reading again in Isaiah 3, we find what happens when we refuse the role of leader and healer.

“For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence.”  Isaiah 3:8 ESV

When we do not receive God’s compassion and his grace we defy his glorious presence.

And from there, things go from bad to worse… “stumbling, falling, speech and deeds against the Lord.

“This heap of ruins shall be under your rule.” Isaiah 3:6b ESV

Now, it is not very glamorous and not very encouraging to have a heap of ruins under our rule. In our own strength we are simply overwhelmed by the needs and destruction all around us in the hearts and lives of people.

We are all human and humanity is messy.

Yet, as pastors and leaders in the Kingdom of God we are uniquely equipped to make a difference in the mess of humanity. Not because of who we are, but because of God.

God is big enough for all the messy places of our lives and those we serve.

As summary, we find God big enough, as we:

1.  Accept God’s anointing and call
2.  Give ourselves over to the work asked of us
3.  Understand that leading means healing
4.  Know our own need before God
5.  Allow God’s compassion and grace into our own life
6.  Allow God to clothe us with himself


“Today I come to you God in the name and blood of my Living Lord Jesus Christ.  I know that you have called me, and I thank-you.  I commit this day to the your work in me and through me to others. I acknowledge that as you have called me to lead you have called me to heal.  In myself, I am ill-equipped for this.  I cannot heal.  But you can God.

Therefore today, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I take unto myself your healing power. That from the inside out I may know your grace and compassion deep within myself.  I give to you my effort and I receive into myself your work of forgiveness and salvation as the gift that it is.

Teach me in the way of compassion both towards myself and others. I clothe myself in your grace and love. All this I declare this day in the name and blood of my living Lord Jesus Christ. With all glory and honour to you Father.  Amen”

I leave you with a benediction from God’s heart to yours: READ Isaiah 42:5-9


How does God uniquely impact you through others?  Part of receiving the anointing of the Lord is determining exactly what and how he works through you.

God does not work through all of us in the same ways. We are not all equipped to do all things. But often, when we are immature, we want to do all things. We want to build schools, establish orphanages, preach the gospel, declare healing, bring others to Christ, and more.

True strength though, takes all these good things in hand and allows God to fine-tune exactly what we are to be about. If we try to do all these good things at once we will be ineffective and may even fail at some. It is important to eliminate the things we are good at so that we might do the very things that God does greatly through us.

• Write down all the things you are good at.
• Write down all the things you want to be good at.
• Write down the ways that God impacts others through you.
• Write down what others comment about you and your influence.

Now, cross off, eliminate the things that are only so-so. If you are working to do things that are only partly effective, take courage to stop participating and going after these things. Take some time to determine exactly what and how the Lord has anointed you. And take courage to stop doing the things that have been your own best thoughts and not really the calling or anointing of the Lord.


Anointing is God’s mark on us.  Exodus 18:41

Anointing sets us apart.  1 Samuel 16:13

Anointing calls us into leadership.  Isaiah 42:5-9

All of this is by the grace of God.  Ephesians 2:8


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