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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Fragrant Life

"Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness ... All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia" (Psalm 45:7-8)

In the New Testament, when the Holy Spirit came, His presence fulfilled that whole list of fragrances found in the holy anointing oil. When New Testament believers were anointed, that anointing was evident. Read it in the book of Acts. "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4). "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spake the word of God with boldness" (4:31). "But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven" (7:55). "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the word" (10:44). The list goes on.

The Holy Spirit has not changed. His power and authority have not changed. He is still the third Person of the eternal Godhead. He is among us to teach us all we need to know about Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. I am suggesting - indeed, I am stating - that no one among us, man or woman, can be genuinely anointed with the Holy Spirit and hope to keep it a secret. His or her anointing will be evident.

All that God wants of any of us is room for Himself, the displacement of our self-consciousness and strength in sufficient measure to let Him have His way without resistance and interference.

~A. W. Tozer~

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