Anointing and Grace: God’s Ability is Available to You

Anointing, Grace and the Glory of God

Have you ever noticed that when God calls people in the Bible, He always gives them a job or ministry to do that is beyond their natural ability?
Grace and anointing

So—that God-sized dream knocking on your heart’s door, that one that is audacious and seems more than you can handle in your own strength; the vision that part of you wants to run towards, and another part wants to run from—it is probably from Him. [1]

And here’s why:
God longs for an intimate relationship with us. He has designed that we partner with His Spirit in our service for Him. Plus, He uses weak, ordinary people so that He gets the glory. (1 Cor 1:27)

Anointing and Grace Bridge the Gap Between Your Ability and God’s Call

Here are two things that bridge the gap that our abilities cannot reach across, when it comes to God’s purpose for our lives.

1. The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

‘He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.’ (2 Cor 1:21b-22)

The Greek word to anoint is chrio, meaning ‘to smear or rub with oil’ and used in the New Testament (NT) symbolically to speak of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. [2]

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)

Just as Jesus was ‘anointed to…’ we are also anointed to fulfil God’s purpose for our lives.

With the Presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit, we also receive God’s power to do the work He has called us to do.

‘God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and… he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.’ (Acts 10:38)

In the Old Testament, Prophets Priests and Kings were the classes of people anointed with oil—foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah—and also signifying that the anointing sets apart God’s people for service to Him.

This also reminds us of the link between anointing and authority. As David McCracken often says, ‘The authority you are under determines the authority you carry.’ [3]

In the NT, anointing is not a substance or impersonal power, but the Person of the Holy Spirit. We need to highly value and treasure the Spirit and His anointing. This means:

  • Maintaining an intimate relationship with Him and being filled with the Holy Spirit
  • Being sensitive to obey Him and follow His timing
  • Valuing accountability and honouring God-given leadership (Eph 4:11)
  • Treating His Presence and anointing with honour and respect

As you do this, you can trust in His anointing and Presence to be evident in your life and calling from God.

So, if you are wondering how you will get the supernatural results God intends for your ministry, remember that the source is not you, but the Presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

2. The Grace of God

Unsure where the strength will come from to do what God has called you to do?

‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ (2 Cor 12:9)

God’s grace, charis, refers to the undeserved favour of God freely given to us in Jesus Christ. [4]

Grace also refers to God’s empowerment in our service for Him:

‘But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.’ (1 Cor 15:10)

This enabling grace relates to our specific calling from God:

‘Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.’ (Rom 1:5, see also 1 Cor 3:10)

When the call of God is daunting and you are tempted to focus on your limited ability, remember that you have God’s grace to draw on and His anointing to empower you.


[1] Personal guidance, like all prophetic revelation, needs to be weighed up and tested. See the following post: Personal Guidance for the Important Decisions of Life.

[2] Strongs ref G5548

[3] This is the ‘Centurion Principle’ (Matt 8:5-13)

[4] Strongs ref G5485

Related Posts:

Ministry that Breaks Open God’s Anointing

8 Ways to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Your Ministry

Preventing Ministry Burnout: 6 Questions You Can Ask

© Helen Calder

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

13 thoughts on “Anointing and Grace: God’s Ability is Available to You”

  1. Excellent teaching Mrs. Calder…. …this teaching has empowered me. I will worry less about my ability. I am instantly empowered… And have been showered with endless ability that He has imparted in me:)

    Thank u!

  2. Hi Amy, it’s great to hear from you!
    His ability graces our ability… may you continue to fly higher and further in His strength. 🙂

  3. Hace ya tiempo que he venido experimentando electricidad en mis manos,esto sucede durante algunos meses…mi esposa decia que debia ensuciar mis manos en tierra suelta,y que eso quitaria dicha electricidad …no lo hice,porque no creia que fuera ese el origen de este fenomeno.Anteriormente al saludar a hermanos ellos sentian ese toque fuerte de electricidad a tal grado que algunos dejaron de saludarme…yo no podia explicar cual era la causa…a personas que tienen mas tiempo que yo en el andar con el Señor,trate de preguntar acerca de ello.Pero no tuvieron respuesta…He estado escuchando la profecia personal que recibi hace siete años,ella me retroalimenta y fija mis ojos en el Dador de todo cumplimineto profetico,y eso me ha fortalecido y me ha ayudado para ser paciente hasta el pleno cumplimiento de la profecia que me fue dada.Yo no quiero quedarme a medio camino,todo este tiempo de espera ha sido terrible y angustioso para mi y para mi familia,pero deseo que LA PALABRA PROFETICA QUE RECIBI SE CUMPLA PLENAMENTE EN MI…Por otro lado sigo teniendo sueños y visiones algunas me aterran y me dan temor,y sigo pidiendo al Espiritu Santo interpetacion de ambos,como tambien interpetacion de lenguas,pues paso horas orando en lenguas,poco en español.Agradezco la invitacion al congreso en Australia en breve,espero un dia poder asistir y tener el privilegio de conocerlos personalemente.Gracias de antemano por su consejeria y ayuda profetica…espero crecer en ello.!bendiciones!

  4. Hi Jose, thank you for leaving the note.
    It sounds as though you need breakthrough in the area of dreams and visions – God (and therefore His prophetic revelation) is not a source of fear, but of love.
    I think of this verse from 1 John 4:18-19, ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.’
    Dreams and their interpretation can sometimes take a long time for the meaning to be revealed. It is good to record and pray over any significant ones.
    Bless you and your family, and may you grow ever stronger in Him!

  5. Hi Helen, thank you for the post.During the past few months since i started to follow your blog,i have found your posts to be challenging,insightful,balanced,thought provoking and very helpful.
    Thank you for your journey with God and how you have allowed him to teach, develop and grow you.
    Your contribution to the body through these posts needs to commended.
    Keep up the great work sis well done.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, David, I really appreciate it 🙂
      I’m glad Enliven Blog has been a blessing to you. We’re now getting feedback from around the world. The Internet is an amazing tool to reach and touch people – but our extraordinary God, His grace and wonders know no limit!
      Be richly blessed in your life and service for Him.

  6. For a long time now God has been weening me off my dependance on the world, its way and system of operating my natural instincts, and drawing me to a deep trust and dependance upon him.
    I work for myself and about 3 years ago i ran completely out of work.Things became so dire that i thought my business was finished so i began to look for a job.When i decided this holy spirit said to me dont look for work.[This went against everything i believed in,to have a job work hard,and provide for your family.] Everytime i attempted to look for work Holy spirit said dont do anything. After 3 weeks of doing nothing [this really killed me as i am a doer by nature and all the while my wife was working i felt like a guilty, useless lazy person.] I fought hard to obey,let go and surrender. I woke up one morning to nothingness and went to the pantry to get some bread for toasting and ironically there was none.
    I then went to the freezer and found a loaf of bread and put it on the bench.I went to get a plate and upon arriving back to the frozen bread it was covered in liquid, i immediately thought my son had put cordial in the freezer overnight to take to work the next day and it leaked out everywhere,i checked the freezer,no drinks only frozen food.On closer examination of the frozen bread i noticed the liquid was not sticky but silky and oily.I said what is this,and God said,”I have frozen your daily bread [your income] do not be afraid for i have you covered [the silky oil covering the bread] i will look after and provide for you.” The gap between me and God is called faith,i cant work it out i just try to be obediant and step out, [p.s the phone began ringing agin the next day, back to work.]

    1. Great testimony, I love it! I’m one of those ‘doing persons’ too and I went through a burnout to learn the lessons you describe. Love the favour and unconditional love of our Father God. Don’t have to do a thing to earn it! Still learning to live out of rest 🙂

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