First of all, it needs to be certainly clear that, in human form, there is NOTHING better than a HOLY anointing from the Most High GOD. When holy anointing is in place, power and glory flows and the impact is hugely potent. On this earth, the highest realm is the glory realm. People in the glory realm glow with shines representative of intimacy with GOD. Exodus 34:30, “And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone;…”
The holy anointing cannot be faked. The only way to steadfastly flow in it is to totally abide in and dwell in GOD.
Glory realm power comes from consistent investment in the Lord and being deeply purposed to heed His Words and the leading of His Spirit. When we diligently seek the Lord, we mature in Him. GOD is the Mastermind, the Master Planner and the Master Builder. We should aim, in earnest, to keep ourselves rooted and grounded in our Lord. Good success is the certain result, according to the Holy Scriptures. Joshua 1:8 is an excellent reference for that truth.
Glory realm dwellers have intense love, power and discernment. People in that realm can often recognize the counterfeit. Hebrews 5:14, “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Satan knows us. The Acts 19:15, “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know;…”
Yes, there can be anointing WITHOUT holiness. And there is a major difference in holy anointing and unholy anointing. Unholy anointed leaders/people can indeed be used by GOD to win souls, etc. What unholy anointed people don’t have is intimacy with GOD. They have, for the most part, GOD as an acquaintance. Intimacy is a vital ingredient in order to have friendship with GOD. Holy anointing is reserved for those who are intimate with GOD.
GOD can anoint anyone to accomplish what He needs done for the advancement of His kingdom. In the book of Isaiah, it tells that GOD anointed a heathen king, Cyrus - Isaiah 45:1-4. The Lord said to Cyrus that he'd anointed him even though “thou hast not known me.” GOD told Pharaoh that he'd raised him up - Exodus 9:16. GOD hardened Pharaoh's heart for GOD'S purposes. He used Pharaoh's hardness...for an appointed time...than judgment came mightily against Pharaoh.
Years ago, when I worked in government, it was obvious to others that I had a relationship with our Lord. A woman who worked in the building with me had some business engagements with me, as our offices had needs to work together.
The subject woman came to me one day and stated that she'd been sleeping with her pastor but that she no longer desired to do so. She stated that he kept pressuring her and she desired that he stop. I asked her if she'd been to the church leadership about the issue. She stated yes but that they weren’t inclined to help. She asked me for help.
I don’t recall if she offered me the pastor’s phone number to call him or if our Lord told me to ask her for the phone number. Anyhow, I got the number from her and phoned the pastor that evening. He was belligerent in his denial, and hung up on me. When I phoned back, he didn't answer.
Less than two weeks later, I spoke to my dear Christian mentor. She told me that she'd attended a wait for a murdered pastor. I asked her his name. She told me. It was the same pastor who'd been sleeping with the woman on my job. My mentor and I were tripped out!
Was the said Pastor anointed? Likely, yes, but at the appointed time, GOD allowed him to be murdered because he ceased to stop his iniquity. Anointed with consequences...
Samuel told King Saul in 1 Samuel 15:28, “…The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbor of thine, that is better thou.” Yet, afterwards, the Lord rebuked David when he cut off Saul's skirt. 1 Samuel 24:5, “And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.” And later David said about Saul in 1 Samuel 26:23, “...I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord's anointed.”
I believe that one can forsake the anointing through steadfast iniquity. Yes, we all sin and come short of GOD'S glory but steadfast iniquity isn't the same. There are judgments from GOD when anointed folks disobey Him. Steadfast rebellion against GOD costs with unpleasant consequences. David was anointed but judged/punished by GOD. Samson was anointed but judged/punished by GOD. Moses was anointed but not allowed into the promised land.
Psalm 66:18 - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Revelation 2:5 - Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Samson lost his holy anointing, I believe, as mentioned in this passage: Judges16:20, “And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.” And then later when Samson prayed to the Lord, he was anointed with strength to bring down the pillars that fell and killed him and the other folks that GOD destined to perish. Samson killed more people at his death than in his life - Judges 16:29, 30.
And in 1 Samuel 28:15, Saul said to Samuel, “...God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams:...”
We walk in GOD'S HOLY anointed form when we abide in and dwell in Him by doing the best that we know how to totally follow, trust and obey Him. GOD knows the depths of all hearts. He has expectations of us all. We need to seek Him for what His expectations are of us as individuals and as a collective body of Christ.
We learn more of GOD through spending, AT LEAST, daily quality time with Him in prayer, in His Holy Bible and with praise and worship actions. GOD is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Steadfastly doing such delights GOD.
Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou
shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Psalm 1:2 - But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.