The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU: Increasing The Anointing Flow. Follow this link to obtain your copy of RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU today.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Our heavenly Father has destined us to become His priests on the Earth, and not a single believer is excluded. We have been made “kings and priests unto God”:
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5-6
From time immemorial God had a plan to establish a nation of priests. He took Abraham out of the corruption of Ur and sent him to a far land so that he could begin to form a new and holy nation. When the sons of Jacob left the precepts of Jehovah, the entire nation had to be forced into bondage in Egypt — to preserve it. Then, after four hundred years of slavery, God brought the Israelites out of Egypt with a strong arm, that they might form, again, the holy nation He desired.
Under the new covenant, the Church, made up of the redeemed, is God’s “holy nation” and His “royal priesthood.” Each of us, through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, has the privilege of ministering unto the Lord, of bringing before Him our sacrifices of praise and worship. The writer of Hebrews declared:
By Jesus therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
This holy nation of priests, destined to bring praises to God, is made up of both Jew and Gentile. The two groups, so inexorably opposed in former times, have been made one through the blood of Jesus, and together we stand before the Father to praise His holy name.
The sacrifices we offer up are not the blood of bulls and goats. Jesus paid the price for our salvation once and for all with His own blood. Our sacrifices are “sacrifices of praise,” “the fruit of our lips.” We give Him thanks, for He is worthy of all praise! Our first responsibility as priests of God is to praise Him, to worship Him, to bless His name!
Just as the key to the prophetic anointing is association with people that have experienced it — finding “the hill of God” and associating with “a company of prophets” gathered there — the way to obtain the priestly anointing is to spend time with the Lord, ministering unto Him, worshiping Him. While we can obtain a prophetic anointing by being around prophetic people, people cannot give us the priestly anointing. It can only be received in the very presence of God.
As we obey God in this priestly service, waiting upon Him, giving Him praise, something wonderful happens. A greater anointing comes upon us, and we are moved into deeper waters.
The priestly anointing, I believe, is another step in the progression of fruitfulness that God has in mind for each of us. It is “more fruit,” “waters to the knees,” “the ear,” a deepening and widening of the channels of the river of life God has placed in His people.
I see the priestly anointing manifested through the revelation gifts, for this is an anointing of wisdom and knowledge:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit THE WORD OF WISDOM; to another THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another DISCERNING OF SPIRITS; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Through ministering unto the Lord, through offering Him our praises, we begin to tap into His endless supply of wisdom and knowledge. We can see this illustrated in the man Simeon:
Now, there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom and the Law required, Simeon took Him in his arms and praised God, saying: Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. Luke 2:25-32, NIV
Simeon was “waiting” upon the Lord. Waiting upon the Lord, basking in His presence, brings a greater anointing upon our lives, and that greater flow of the Spirit of God is an anointing of revelation.
Just as Simeon received revelation from God through his priestly anointing — the anointing of revelation — the priestly anointing is the privilege of every believer in the Body of Christ. Since we are all priests of the Lord, His holy nation, His peculiar people, He desires that we have revelation knowledge of the Word of God and the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in us.
What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU: Increasing The Anointing Flow. Follow this link to obtain your copy of RELEASE THE RIVER WITHIN YOU today.