"Mantle vs. Anointing"

Recently I posted a status in Facebook which stated the following:  "What is the difference between the anointing and a mantle?  The anointing visits and the mantle inhabits."  The responses that came in caused me to realize that terminology without clarification can cause confusion (duh - haha).  Forgive me for not really paying attention to my own writing.  Allow me to explain.

A mantle is a covering of sorts, but much more than that.  A mantle not only covers, it envelopes whatever it covers.  It totally encompasses its object so completely that the object itself is no longer visible.  The contrast I desired to draw with my post was this:  there is a difference between being anointed for a moment and being anointed to occupy an office or position, spiritually speaking.  

King Saul, when he came upon a gathering of prophets, became "anointed" in that moment to prophesy, but that anointing did not last upon him.  It did not envelope him.  It was only for a moment in time.  Conversely Elisha, when he picked up the mantle of Elijah that fell from the fiery chariot, hit the waters that they had previously crossed and it parted.  The next thing we see us the company of prophets that had been watching recognizing that the spirit (anointing for the office of a prophet) now "rested" or enveloped Elisha.  Ant this is why I posted the reply to my own question, "The anointing visits and the mantle inhabits", though I probably should have said the mantle envelopes (ha-my bad).  

At any rate, I find this to be an interesting thought because there are many people in ministry that have been "anointed" to be used of God spiritually for moments needed, but not necessarily enveloped with an anointing for occupying that spiritual office.  There are those who are anointed to preach, but not to pastor, anointed to sing, but not to be a pastor of music in a church, anointed to vision cast, but not to administrate.  It therefore behooves to know what we have an anointing to do and be and what we have been called to walk in on a constant basis.  

"Just thinkin'"

10 comments

  • Leah Benitez

    Leah Benitez Washington

    Light bulb!!!!!! Thank you, Thank You, is all I can say. My story is too long. But you just clarified. Wahoo!

    Light bulb!!!!!!
    Thank you, Thank You, is all I can say.
    My story is too long. But you just clarified. Wahoo!

  • THOMASINA

    THOMASINA MARYLAND

    YES, PRAISE THE LORD. MUCH CLARITY.

    YES, PRAISE THE LORD. MUCH CLARITY.

  • CLAIRE

    CLAIRE TRINIDAD

    Thank you. This explanation has made things so much clearer.

    Thank you. This explanation has made things so much clearer.

  • SARAH

    SARAH WINTER HAVEN

    THANKS VERY HELPFUL

    THANKS VERY HELPFUL

  • Barbara

    Barbara

    THANK YOU!! Light bulb moment for me, too! :)

    THANK YOU!! Light bulb moment for me, too! smile

  • Johnny Gomez

    Johnny Gomez Victoria,texas

    This music is so uplifting n calming n peaceful. Thank u so much! God bless u!!!

    This music is so uplifting n calming n peaceful. Thank u so much! God bless u!!!

  • Prophetess mary imabong oyomire

    Prophetess mary imabong oyomire Massachusetts

    Thank you....very blessed.

    Thank you....very blessed.

  • Pastor Jose Aguilera

    Pastor Jose Aguilera Philadelphia,Pa

    Awesome explanation. Much blessing to your ministry. thanks.

    Awesome explanation. Much blessing to your ministry.
    thanks.

  • Patricia CHRISTIAN USA

    Patricia CHRISTIAN USA USA

    TRES INTERESTING. WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, VERIFYING. AND ASSIGNING VARIOUS STATIONS. AMEN

    TRES INTERESTING. WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, VERIFYING. AND ASSIGNING VARIOUS STATIONS. AMEN

  • Christopher

    Christopher Brisbane, Australia

    That is True. Recently the Lord showed we The Vision for the Church the Order The Expression Impartation Reflection Function and Increase of The Body the Spirit of Love to the saving of Souls. And we spoke together and I said to the Lord who do you want to do this?! And the Lord said to Me I Have Ordained you to do It. I New in my total being I had been prepared by the Lord to do this! The Lord him self Ordained me! And prepared the Mantle Covering for This

    That is True. Recently the Lord showed we The Vision for the Church the Order The Expression Impartation Reflection Function and Increase of The Body the Spirit of Love to the saving of Souls. And we spoke together and I said to the Lord who do you want to do this?! And the Lord said to Me I Have Ordained you to do It. I New in my total being I had been prepared by the Lord to do this! The Lord him self Ordained me! And prepared the Mantle Covering for This

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