I John 2:27 NIV As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
I love this passage. I hope you’ve experienced it’s truth in your own life too. Sometimes you hear people ask “how do you know this church stuff is real?” This verse is the answer. Anointing is not a word that is commonly used and only heard occasionally in church.
It’s really easy to begin to depend on what other people know for your faith. That’s their anointing. It’s not what “they” know that transforms you. God promises he will give you your own real, life-changing faith and absolute truth in the time you spend getting to know him through his Word and his Spirit. That’s your anointing.
I remember a Bible study where a man came who’d struggled with addiction for many years. He didn’t have the history of the basic childhood Bible stories or even regular church attendance. He must have really felt like a fish out of water…but for whatever reason…he came. Not only did he come that night but he did the reading for the next week and came again.
There was a moment when he shared something he’d learned from that reading and followed it up with “and nobody taught me that” with such excitement that my heart was filled with gratitude and praise. That was his anointing and God proved himself The Perfect Tutor again.
1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven…
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him…
17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting…
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…
This reminded me of Ecclesiastes “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.” That’s probably KJV. NIV says “meaningless.” That’s what we gain from our efforts without constant Recharging. It’s like the charging station for your cell phone or iPad. If you don’t recharge your battery regularly, it just shuts down completely. If you’re a techno-geek like me this imagery makes sense to you.
Those little electronic devices have opened up a “world” filled with information to us and we have loved it but for them and for us Recharging is a critical need.
That’s true of technology and faith as well. You don’t really need anything more than Jesus and a Bible but If you’re lucky enough to also have an iPad and/or iPhone, you can be blessed by using those resources too. Surf online and learn more and faster, about the Word of God. Jesus is our charging station and even Google can be used by God. Recharging can come just by thinking the question or the word from the scripture, typing it into your browser and then reading with discernment. Search as many different Bible versions as it takes to find a glimmer of understanding. Here’s a marvelous site with many versions of the bible in many languages. https://www.biblegateway.com. Then, here’s the key, reread your own go-to Bible version. Your eyes will see new treasure there, there your heart will be also and you’ll have grown beyond knowledge to “knowing.”
It’s the Sovereign God at work in new technology and in you. God is still in charge of our world and it’s developments, even technology. Let’s redeem these resources for His Kingdom and our growth! That’s Recharging in 2015.