1. God Anoints the Desirous
1 Corinthians 14:1
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
God will pass over a thousand people who don’t care much for the anointing and will give it to a person who strongly desires it.
Did you know that Elijah’s first servant was not Elisha? Did you know that Elijah’s first servant was bypassed when it was time to be anointed?
This servant was active in ministry but he was not chosen to be anointed by God. It was this servant who Elijah sent seven times to see if the rain clouds had appeared.
…And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
1 Kings 18:42-43
The answer is that the servant didn't have a desire for the anointing if God. Elisha on the contrary had the desire to be anointed and he receives a double portion of the anointing (power of God to minister)
2. Principle of Vessel Change:
“The anointing is like liquid that is poured into a vessel. Every liquid has a corresponding bottle or vessel.
For instance, Coca-Cola will only be found in Coca-Cola bottles. Sprite has its own bottle. In order to be filled with Sprite you need to be a Sprite bottle.
This is because specific fluids are associated with specific bottles. It is the same thing with the anointing.
Specific anointing's are associated with certain types of people. An evangelistic anointing will go with a certain type of personality and character. A pastoral anointing will fit into a certain type of vessel. The Bible says that in a large house there are many types of vessels. You and I are those vessels.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.
2 Timothy 2:20
If you desire a particular anointing, God will mold you into the type of vessel that can contain that anointing. If God wants you to be a great pastor, He may work on your education. He may work on your knowledge of administration and law. To receive the anointing you must allow Him to work on you!
Some people are not educated, nor do they educate themselves by reading. Yet, they desire the anointing to be leaders of large numbers of people. Don’t you know that pastoring a large number of people means that you will have several highly educated people in your congregation”
Be willing to change into the right vessel for the anointing you desire for the ministry.
Throughout the Bible, those that received an anointing were servants. Joshua was a servant of Moses.
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, [servant]…
Elisha was a servant of Elijah.
...Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water [servant] on the hands of Elijah.
2 Kings 3:11
Peter, James and John were the servants of Christ.
HENCEFORTH I CALL YOU NOT SERVANTS [the disciples were ushers, bodyguards and errand boys]; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends…
The position of a servant is a humbling one. You do not have your own mind! You must work for your master, taking him to be right all the time.”
“No one is above the Word of God. If Joshua had to be a servant before he became an anointed General, so will you!
This is another reason why some people never become anointed. They are simply too big to ever become servants of anyone. They are too conscious of their age and position in society. They feel that their status must be constantly recognized. No wonder God has raised up many young people to receive an anointing. Many old dogs cannot be taught new tricks.”
4. Receiving a Father
When God leads you to follow a man of God, (like Elisha followed Elijah) it is important for you to receive him as a father. When Elisha received Elijah as a father, he qualified to receive spiritual inheritance from him.
You will notice from the story of Elisha that he had an earthly father called Shaphat.
...Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat…
2 Kings 3:11
However, by the time Elijah was taken away, Elisha referred to Elijah as his father. He did this effortlessly and naturally.
And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father,…
2 Kings 2:12”
“So, if you have a relationship with a man of God which becomes a father-son relationship, then you can expect a spiritual inheritance of anointing to flow effortlessly from him to you.”
5. Follow the Man of God Closely
Another important step is to follow the man of God closely. All the examples of people who received anointing show that they stayed close to their mentors.
Elisha stayed with Elijah to the very end. Elijah tried on many occasions to get Elisha to stay behind, but he followed him to the very end. It was at the end that he caught the anointing. There are three ways you can follow a man of God closely”: physical association, following his words, staying close to the end, just like Elisha followed Elijah to the end.
6. Association with men of God
As you closely associate with a man of God, you will hear him speaking over and over again. These words contain the anointing. When Elisha associated himself closely with Elijah he heard him speaking over and over again.
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked…
2 Kings 2:11”
Dag Heward-Mills, Catch the anointing (best book on the anointing)