THE DELIVERANCE MINISTRY
THE ANOINTED VOW
Genesis 31:13 “I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.”
There are many facets to God’s anointing and to the power that flows out of His anointing, in this lesson we will deal with the timing aspect of God’s anointing.
Galatians 4:4 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”
If you have been a Christian for a while, you know that the fulfillment of God’s promises always follow a clearly prescribe path. God gives us the promise, we believe in the promise that He gives us, and at the appropriate time we see its fulfillment take place in our lives.
I believe that there is an aspect of God’s anointing, be it personal or corporal, that follows the same principle.
Whenever we see a revival taking place, whether it be in a church, a city, or even a nation, it is the result of an anointed vow that persons made in the past concerning the areas where the revival is taking place.
Keep this in mind, God always answers anointed prayers, even long after we have forgotten that we prayed them.
I had a vision of the rapture that transformed everything in my Christian way of life back in February 12, 1989. As a result of the vision I searched desperately for a way to understand prophecy, eight years to the very date, the book of Revelation finally made sense to me, I even wrote a book about it, it is called Man’s Final Destiny, where I put end time prophecy into the proper and understandable perspective as it is portrayed in the book of Revelation.
I had gathered and compiled a great deal of notes and references while I endeavor to understand prophecy, along with those many notes I had a notebook where I had chronicled past daily reading of Scripture and the notes that I took while I was reading them.
As a started to put those implements away since I now had the information that had eluded me all those years, I opened the notebook of past prayers to see where to store it, when an entry dated February 12 caught my eye, since this was the anniversary of my vision of the rapture.
It turns out that years earlier before I had the vision of the rapture I had read a Scripture in the book of Revelation and could not understand what it meant, so I wrote the Scripture in the notebook and next to it I wrote an entry where I asked the Lord, would He please give me the ability to understand prophecy.
So here I had evidence of a sincere prayer that I had prayed years earlier, and that I had forgotten all about it, and God to make sure that I would know that it was in answer to that simple prayer that I had prayed earlier, made the events to take place in the same calendar day, both the vision of the rapture that compelled me to search and the day when it all finally made sense to me, fell on the anniversary of that simple anointed prayer.
Genesis 28:17-19 “And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!’ Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel (house of God); but the name of that city had been Luz previously.”
Then Jacob proceeded to make a vow before the Lord, and it was in answer to the anointed vow that Jacob had made earlier, that has our opening text where God tells him to, Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.
The prayer, the vow, the anointing, in faith believing in God’s promises; it is all a process, and a process always requires the passing of time.
But to be sure, no matter how long it takes, whether we remember or have forgotten, God never forgets, for it is the presence of the anointing that serves as watchmen that are always there to remind Him.
Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
We see the same principle at work in the verse above, Jerusalem’s destiny is to be the city of the Great King, for Jesus will rule the earth from there during His thousand year reign, when He will make Jerusalem to become a praise in the earth.
Now during Isaiah’s day that future reign was about twenty-seven hundred years away, we are almost there now, but all this time the anointing has not ceased to call out to God to perform it.
In the same manner there is an anointing that covers each one of us who believes in His promises, that anointing is continuously calling out to God to perform that which He has promised to do for us.
1 John 2:20 “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things (intuitively).”
How do we sort all this out?
We need to understand the process!
2 Timothy 1:9 “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
First notice how Paul makes it clear that the holy calling is not according to our own works, but according to His own purpose and grace, grace here means His gifts for us, and that before time itself ever began.
Step number one: We need to get saved!
We need to understand that even before the creation, we were destined, we were created to fulfill a purpose, His own purpose.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory (our destiny) of God.”
But since we all have inherited a corrupt nature, we need to get saved, that is we need to become born again of an incorruptible nature. Once we become saved, we are now qualified once again to fulfill His destiny for us, which when we do, it is all to the glory of God.
Colossians 1:12 “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”
Step number two: We need to answer the holy calling!
Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The only ones chosen are the ones who answer the call, not just in word but in deed as well.
Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
We answer the holy calling when we consecrate ourselves to bring about God’s kingdom upon this earth and His good and perfect will in our lives.
Step number three: We make a holy vow before the Lord!
Deuteronomy 12:26 “Only the holy things which you have (our holy calling), and your vowed offerings (our lives), you shall take and go to the place which the Lord chooses (which is His destiny for us).
His salvation for us qualifies us to answer His holy calling, in order for us to perform His holy calling in our lives, we need to take an oath of office if you will, and the only thing that we can bring into this oath is our positive answer to His call and a surrender of our lives to fulfill it.
As we make a vow before the Lord, the Lord seals it with His anointing oil, which then continuously calls out to God to perform in us that which He originally destined us to be, as long as we stay the course.
Step number four: He leads, and we follow!
I pleasantly remember those early days of our Christian youth, when both, my wife and I would fall before the altar of our church whenever the Holy Spirit was moving in our midst, and there we would cry out to God, We will go where you want us to go, over mountains, over plains, over seas, and we will do what you want us to do!
Other than to teach His Word, I never got any specific assignment or thing that I was to do, I just served in whatever area where there was a need. But as I look back now I can see how important those early days vows were to our Lord. For it was there that the Lord placed His anointing over our lives that still directs our paths to this very day.
Step number five: Forsake the world, Get out of this land! As the Lord told Jacob.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult (confined) is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
The allure of this world system is ease, live it up, why should you suffer confinement instead of comfort? Keep it simple and avoid as much tribulation and persecution as you possible can.
This so call gospel radiates out of many churches today, but Jesus warned us about this false gospel, not to fall for it.
Matthew 7:15-16 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?”
Remember how the Lord told us that in this world we would have tribulation; so that the confinement of the true Gospel is the world’s aim, so that if we are suffering tribulation for the stand that we take, we know then that we are entering in the narrow gate and following the road of difficulties for that is His good and perfect will for us.