Friday, March 16, 2018

Lent Words Day 27: Anointed ~ Guest Valerie Sjodin

I'm very excited to have Valerie Sjodin as our Lent Words guest writer and artist today! I have long been an admirer and looked to Valerie early on for inspiration as I sought to combine my art journaling and my faith. I got to know Valerie through her blog and online classes. This year our friendship grows as we team up with Bernice Hopper in our Facebook group Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year. I encourage you to visit Valerie's blog, Visual Blessings,  and check out her classes, plus her new book release, Prayerful Doodling.


Read Acts 10:37-38; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
When Mary asked me about to write a guest post for Lent Words 2018, I chose “Anointed” because it is one of those words that was not used much in my conservative evangelical upbringing, and I wanted to understand its meaning more. Another reason the word intrigues me is I want to learn the connection with anointing and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

Here are the definitions of anointed I found at

From the Strong’s Concordance H4886 the Hebrew word anointed is:
מָשַׁח mâshach, maw-shakh'. It’s an action, a verb; a primitive root means to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by implication, to consecrate; also to paint

In the Greek, the Strong’s definition (5548) is xríō – to anoint by rubbing or pouring olive oil on someone to represent the flow (empowering) of the Holy Spirit. Anointing (literally) involved rubbing olive oil on the head, etc., especially to present someone as divinely-authorized (appointed by God) to serve as prophet, priest or king, etc. 

In Acts 10:37-38 NLT Peter is explaining that God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with him.

When I read passages like the one in Acts 10, I used to think, “Well, Jesus is God so that’s why He had the Holy Spirit and could always do good and heal the sick and cast out demons.” I could never do anything like that, but that’s not really what the Scripture says. It says God anointed Jesus, presented him, divinely-authorized, appointed to serve as our High Priest and King. Jesus, Yeshua, is completely God, but also completely man. Paul challenges us to literally become like Christ in every way since (2 Corinthians 1:20) all of God’s promises to us are fulfilled, complete in Christ. According to Paul, it is possible to become like Christ, to grow up, becoming more like Christ all the time by being filled up with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Creator God is the one who gives us actual physical life, making humans in his image. God longs to give us a renewed, abundant spiritual life through our relationship with Jesus Christ, the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within us.

Here is what the apostle Paul says about us in 2 Corinthians 21-22 NLT:
“It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.”

Jesus, Yeshua is the Anointed One of God, our King, and God himself has anointed us, constantly strengthening us to be in unity with Christ. Jesus himself  (John 14:12 TPT) said, “The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same might miracles that I do – even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father!”

All this makes me yearn for more, a deeper love relationship with God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and to experience more of the presence and power of Christ living in me.

In John 15:7-8 TPT Jesus says, “if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you – then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!”

Amen! YES Lord! Let it be so.

If you would like to learn more about my Bible journaling process and the Hebrew word Anointed, please visit my blog post: “We are Anointed – Bible Journaling” (March 16,2018) at

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