July 14, 2023

Ingredients for an Anointed Life

Five Ingredients of an Anointed life

There are five things you must have in your life for the anointing of the Lord to be present. Each is critical to take your walk with God to the next level. We learn what these are in Exodus 30:23-24

God spoke to Moses: “Take the best spices: twelve and a half pounds of liquid myrrh; half that much, six and a quarter pounds, of fragrant cinnamon; six and a quarter pounds of fragrant cane; twelve and a half pounds of cassia—using the standard Sanctuary weight for all of them—and a gallon of olive oil. Make these into a holy anointing oil, a perfumer’s skillful blend. Exodus 30:23-24 MSG

1. Myrrh - Submission

Myrrh is a fragrance that comes from the sap of Commiphora trees. It’s a reddish-brown resin that is extracted from the tree and then hardens after it’s collected. The trees had to be wounded in order to bleed the sap. Sometimes this would happen naturally, but more often than not the wounds were inflicted intentionally so that the sap could flow out and they could get the most out of the tree. In fact, the professionals call these wounds tear ducts, because when the resin comes out it’s shaped like a tear. This is a picture of submission. Submission is never pleasant. The process can be painful. But God doesn’t ask you to submit to hurt you. He wants you to submit, so He can bring what’s in you, out of you.

2. Cinnamon - Integrity

The cinnamon came from a tree that grew anywhere from 30-40 ft. The remarkable thing about the cinnamon tree was it grew straight up. It grew so straight that it had no curves. And they would take from bark that made it stand straight and the leaves that were at the top and they would use those to create the cinnamon. And what this represents is integrity. It’s how you stand. To stand upright with integrity means you’re a person of your word. It means you’re a person of honor. It means you can be trusted.

3. Cane - Humility.

Cane or calamus are a sweet-smelling reed that grows in marshes. The head of this reed would fill up with oil and it would cause this reed to be hunched over. And it wasn’t until this reed was bent over that it was ready to be used. That tells us if we want an anointed life, we have to be willing to bend low in humility. This is what Jesus did. Philippians tells us that even though He was God, He took on the very nature of a servant.

4. Cassia - Purity

The particular kind of Cassia referred to here is known as Cassia Senna. Cassia Senna was used for a lot of things, but one of its primary uses was as a natural detox. It was an inner purifier. And that’s because what God is looking for is purity. Every now and then we need an inner cleansing. We need to go to God like the Psalmist who said…

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

5. Olive oil - Brokenness

The only way they got the oil from the olive was by crushing it. That’s why the last ingredient in your life is brokenness. Pressure releases God’s power. So don’t try escape pressure. That’s the very thing God wants to use to release His power in your life. To us, broken things are despised as worthless. But brokenness is another word for repentance. Whenever you come to God with repentance, God can take what has been broken and remake it into something better Jesus' death made it possible for broken, sinful humanity to be reconciled to God and be healed. Without the broken body of Jesus, we could not be made whole. It was through the breaking that we get to receive the blessing. That's why repentant heart is an open vessel for God’s Spirit to fill.