RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 30 January 2013
THE ANOINTING COMPARED
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father"
Read: 2Kings 13:20-21
Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 7-9
Prayer point: Father, release your new anointing upon Your church all over the world so that we can truly and powerfully represent You wherever we are
The difference between the old and the new anointing is that the new anointing begins where the old ends. Prior to the events of 2 Kings 2:9-12, Elisha hardly did anything supernatural; he was only serving his master. But after Elijah left the scene, the story changed. Similarly, it was after Moses died that the Lord commissioned Joshua to operate with the new anointing (Joshua 1 :1-2). Another difference between the old and new anointing ¡s that the new succeeds where the old failed. This implies ¡t can outperform the old. In Joshua 1 :3-9, God told Joshua that the assignment that Moses could not complete with the old anointing should be completed by him with the new anointing. Moses successfully released the Israelites from captivity in Egypt but could not take them to the Promised Land, this Joshua accomplished with the new anointing.
By the grace of God, I spent three years studying one Bible character i loved so much - Elijah. He was powerful, bold, holy, and obedient. He stood in God’s presence and was a terror to the devil. He was able to perform 7 outstanding miracles with the old anointing on him. On the other hand, as I began to study about Elisha, I found him more interesting. He performed a total of 14 outstanding miracles. Elijah raised somebody from the dead during his life time. Elisha performed 13 remarkable miracles before he died, but to show that the new anointing could do twice as much as the old, after his death, his dried bones raised the dead. In John 14:12, Jesus said that we can do what He did and much more because we shall be operating in the new anointing. In Mark 5:25-34, the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment and was made whole; but in Acts 5:1 4-16, we read that the shadow of Peter began to heal the sick. In the time of Jesus ¡t was His garment but ¡n the days of Peter, it was his shadow. You too can perform greater signs and wonders by virtue of the new anointing. Beyond shadows, if you truly carry the new anointing in an overflowing manner, the sick may get healed by merely seeing you. Your voice can conduct deliverance. Unvoiced wishes can materialize because of the new anointing. Do you have it?