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As I pondered this devotion, I reflected upon the call of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing makes the difference, for when the Lord anoints us, we are equipped for service.  I would argue strongly that we could not do anything without the Lord’s anointing. Yes, we can study, go to seminary, and read books and accomplish as much learning as humanly possible; if God does not anoint us then we have no power. Let me be clear. We are compelled to study to prepare ourselves for preaching, teaching, singing or any other ministry. Get as much training as possible but don’t overlook the power of God’s anointing. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, it is amazing what we can do. The scripture reference is I John 2:27.

 “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as He has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.”

In this moving passage, the writer spoke profoundly about the need to remain faithful to that which you had been a blessing from on high. They had been given the power of the Holy Spirit, who equipped them and anointed them for what they were to do. The Spirit’s power guided them into the truth that they were to follow. Read this entire chapter. Prayerfully, you have received the anointing from on high. With it, you can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. taught. John was clear that the fellowship is