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I heard a pastor give a sermon about anointing. He, a laid-back type, had always wanted that intense-serious Finney anointing. It seemed equivalent to that classic example of the straight-haired person wanting curly hair. It got me laughing but also ruminating on the types of anointings I've seen.

The worship anointing actually baffles me. There is a man, though never an official worship leader, that just by watching him worship I could...vooooooomp... enter the Presence. I've never quite understood why. It makes me realize that that's what a worship leader is really designed to do. Not to guide with their voice or music, though that's helpful, but more simply to prepare the way for others to enter God's presence by them entering first and completely. There are those that by their worship make it easier to enter the Presence, but I know of one man that just takes you there instantly. I don't even know what his voice sounds like. I just have seen him standing there with his hands in the air and that's all it takes and there I am worshipping and not even remembering him. I'm gone...

I don't know what to call this next anointing. I could call it the Party with Jesus or the Party anointing but neither one quite fits what I'm trying to describe. I think you might have images of someone drunk in the spirit or rejoicing, but that's not what I am getting at. I've seen that and that's fine, but I know of a woman who at one time had this kind of anointing. She was a Christian, obviously, and was able to be the life of the party without being the center of attention. She was outgoing and fun and focused on others having a good time, but it was more than that. It just gave me the idea or picture that Jesus knew how to throw a good party. He's the best party thrower. This is beyond hospitality. This is just about having a rip roaring good time with friends; connecting people and laughing with others and just creating ways for people to be comfortable with each other though they just met.

The third anointing is the most serious one and I'll call it the holiness anointing. Charles Finney must've had this. The first time I've experienced this was when I met this one prophetess. I wasn't quite expecting to feel like my sins were exposed. She didn't say anything to me to make me feel exposed or even look at me different. I just think that her anointing caused me to repent of things when I got near her. I'm talking about conviction and not condemnation. She just didn't need to tell people about their sins. It was just the holiness that she walked in that caused me and I'm sure others to be aware of the need to be holy. There was a weirdness about it because not a lot of people have this covering over them. It makes me think that people must've felt that way around Jesus. It caused them to change. A friend told me that the word "repent" means to go back up to the higher place, using the example of the "penthouse" as being the highest room. That's more of the effect that this woman created. But of course it wasn't her.

The fourth anointing is the Father's Heart anointing. I know of one man who gives me the idea of what God's heart must be like. He just manifests it in his soothing actions and gentle tone and in the way he gets people to trust him very quickly. He just goes up to people he doesn't know and hugs them or places his cheek on their cheek or his hands on their cheeks. There's no manipulation and there's just a tremendous vulnerability alongside a great humility. You get this idea that God is a trustable and really wanting your heart more than anything else. He just expresses the Father's heart. Someone who is mentored by him may better be able to teach about the Father's love with words, but this man is able to manifest the love.

The fifth anointing is what I call the Beautiful anointing or the Esther anointing. I know of a woman who, yes, she's beautiful outwardly, but there's some kind of glow or twinkle in her eye or softness about her that radiates the glory of God. She is the one person who embodies the scripture 1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. She also walks out the story of Esther. She reaches out to others and she doesn't even speak very much with her voice but she really speaks a lot with how she looks out of herself. You feel like you are looking into the beauty of God and it's really is so little about her outward appearance. You actually feel beautiful with her. She is a pastor's wife and you tend to hear the phrase "...pastor so and so and his lovely wife." because they have to say for some reason. Well, this woman always is described as "beautiful" by everybody and it's not because they have to say "and his lovely wife." And she always reaches out for people's hands. It reminds me of Esther and how the King allowed her to touch the golden sceptre. She is able to get people's favor by how she approaches them. It's just amazing.

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