“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.”
– 1 John 2:27
For the past few days, we’ve seen that as Christians, we have an anointing of power, light, and healing on our lives. Today, I want to talk about one final manner of authority we have in our heavenly covering, and that is nourishment. In Biblical times, the olive oil that was used to anoint physical bodies was also a critical source of nutrition. In dry and parched desert regions, the fat it provided was vital fuel that kept people going on long journeys across the wilderness. Even in small amounts, it had a satiating effect, and it was an important part of preparing all kinds of food, including bread, vegetables, and fish. Knowing this, it’s safe to say that our anointing in Jesus Christ carries with it a call to be a source of sustenance for people — not in a physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. By rooting our lives in His love and being filled with His Spirit, we can offer the gift of genuine friendship. As we feed on the Bread of His Word and nourish our hearts with His grace, the off-flow of His goodness will naturally bless those we encounter. When we fellowship with the ones He places in our path, His image is revealed in us so that our spirits refresh others, just as they refresh us.
My friend, you are anointed to nourish the souls of people. As you abide in Christ’s perfect love and worship Him with your whole being, you’re positioned to bless and feed the spirits of others. By walking every day in His strength, feasting on the Bread of His life, and drinking His Living Water, your longings are satisfied, and you are empowered to pour yourself out in His Name. Your faith brings satisfaction to hungry hearts, and the grace that gushes from within you is a source of refreshment to fellow travelers treading through a dry and weary land.
Jesus, thank you for giving me an anointing to nourish. I ask for a fresh infilling of your Spirit that empowers me to feast on your goodness and then share it with people.
In what ways does your life nourish others?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.