The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
My pastor continually has repeated that anointing is synonymous with training. He has taught me that the Holy Spirit anoints us in order to enable us to efficiently carry out the Lord’s work. When I read Luke 4:18-19 or Isaiah 61:1-2, I understand that he is absolutely right. We are anointed in order to fulfill our mission as soldiers of Jesus Christ.
In 2008, my oldest son decided to join the United States Army. The first requirement was to receive training that will enable him to be an efficient soldier. His basic training was in Fort Knox, Kentucky. I went there for his initiation ceremony. But his training does not end there. After basic training, my son went through three more bases: Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Polk, Louisiana, before being assigned to his permanent base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
In each of the military bases to which he attended, my son received specialized training that would qualify him to serve in the United States Army. After the series of training, he was ready to fulfill his primary mission in Iraq, where he served for two years and then he returned to his respective military unit.
Spiritually, it says that God does not choose the trained people He but trains those who are chosen. As in human armies in which a recruit is not sent to the battlefield without being previously trained, God will not send any of His servants to a mission without first being trained properly. But the big difference is that the divine training does not necessarily imply spend certain time at an academic institution or a spiritual camp.
In Luke 24:49 the Lord says: Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem[a] until you are endued with power from on high. The power that our Lord refers to is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which was poured out on the disciples at Pentecost. Thus, a simple fisherman like Peter was able to preach with such power that thousands of people were converted to Christ.
In Isaiah 10:27 we read: It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. The anointing gives us the ability to preach the gospel of power that sets the captives of sin, gives hope to the poor in spirit, heals the sick, casts out demons and perform miracles and wonders and signs that glorify our Heavenly Father. We should seek a fresh anointing every day to be able to fulfill the great commission that has been entrusted to us to make disciples of all nations. God bless you.