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Smeared for Jesus

Words of Faith Final

Smeared for Jesus
Words of Faith 5-15-24
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2024
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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1 John 2
[20] But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. [21] I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. [22] Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist, he denies the Father and the Son. [23] No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

Anointing is an interesting word. It's one of those words that is used a lot these days. We often talk about anointing as something unusual-- "That speaker was REALLY anointed!" or "There was SUCH an anointing at that meeting..." In fact, the Greek word is "charisma" and means literally to have a "smear" of oil (The KJV translates "unction."), like an application of oil or perfume. But this "smear" of oil is from the Holy One.
John seems to say that this is not unusual for children of God. For those who are forgiven on account of his name, who know the Lord, who overcome the evil one (1 John 2:13-‑14), they are anointed and know the Truth.
What is that truth? Truth is a person named Jesus (John 14:6). We know ALL of the Truth, even if we don't know all the details, because all of the Truth is Jesus. There isn't any more Truth, no secrets you will get later after you meditate or study with a "guide."
And another thing, lies don't come out of the Truth. Anytime there is deception, even for a "good cause" or "for their own good," it is not coming from Jesus because Jesus is Truth. The biggest lie of all? That Jesus is not THE Christ. Don't fumble on that one.
So how about it? Do you know Him? The truth, that is? His name is Jesus. If so, you have a "smear" on your name. An anointing of God is on you. Praise God! You are anointed by the Holy One Himself. Wear it proudly.

Lord, let the "smear" of your Holy Spirit be evident to everyone I meet today. May everything I say and do reflect Your truth planted in me, especially the Truth of Jesus. In His name, Amen.

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