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God is both the source of suffering and the solution to the same, for indeed the essence of being will lose meaning if Man’s existence were not tested against his faith, for it is this that separates the anointed from pretenders.
In a world where suffering is forever heightened and merchandising of the anointing is in vogue, the essence of faith predisposes God’s plan for His people.
To the faithful the voice of the Lord is heard through those He anoints to impart the anointing to His people.
But is it really God’s plan that people should suffer? Is a world without suffering possible? Could the world be a better place if suffering in all its forms were nipped out? Because of suffering and the desire to be healed, especially in these days of Pentecostalism, which has been dominating since the 1930s, is it possible to discern the anointed from charlatans?
The story of Job purveys how hope becomes a panacea to suffering if one’s faith remains unshakeable. Jesus Christ, like all of us, was not insulated against pain, suffering and the fear of the unknown; so that humanity may understand the meaning of healing and the anointing.
What makes a woman endure nine months of pregnancy is the eventual thrill of holding her precious baby, which obliterates all the suffering she might have gone through, or will experience even after delivery.
Holy anointing, like healing, is infectious because it encumbers the soul and liberates inertia; without which the body becomes incapacitated.
But what really is the anointing, and how does one impart it to others? Is it just about being daubed in holy oil for purposes of healing and consecration for office or religious service?
These questions, gentle reader, are answered in Berry Dambaza’s book “How to Receive and Release the Anointing” (2019), published by The Arena for Divine Solutions.
Divided into eight chapters, the rhapsodic book traverses the writer’s experiences as a born-again Christian from his early days in Zambia in the early 1980s, through his ministering voyages across the globe to his own personal relationships with the anointing and the anointed of the Lord.
Without being apologetic of his Christian beliefs, Dambaza candidly exposes the folly of merchandising of the anointing, which has become commonplace in today’s world.
In the first chapter, “What is the Anointing?”, the writer situates the word anointing in both its literal and biblical terms.
With reference to Apostle Nahun Rosario in “Secrets of the Anointing” and Apostle Guillermo Maldonado’s “How to Walk in the Supernatural Power of the Holy Spirit”, Dambaza writes: “The anointing is actually the ministering or serving grace that God lavishes upon us so that we can carry out the specific assignments that He has given each of us.”
He goes on to cite the scriptures for clarity of purpose as to Christ’s anointing, and how that anointing is imparted to the faithful of the Lord. It is possible for one to unlock the anointing, he avers, if one develops a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, there is need to “allow the Holy Spirit to flow through you as He desires without any hindrance from you.”
So what are the benefits of the anointing? Dambaza’s book goes beyond the anointing as the smearing of one with holy oil for healing purposes, and foisting stronger ties with the Holy Spirit, to capture other benefits like bringing God’s power into our lives as believers through the manifestation of the presence of the Lord. The anointing has the power to transform individuals, bring healing and overcome fear.
Mindful of humanity’s folly of conceit and self-centredness, the writer-bishop purveys the quintessence of impartation through prophecy and/or the laying on of hands and its dynamics in the anointing.
As a beneficiary of impartation from such luminaries of the Word, like Bishop Stephen Mwale, Evangelist Reinhard Bonke and Evangelist David A. Newberry, Dambaza outlines the benefits of impartation as “an avenue through which we can receive the anointing that can make a positive difference in both our lives and ministries”.