What is the “anointing?” The anointing is the manifest presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (Acts 1:8). When we choose to operate in obedience to God and surrender to his will, we operate “under the anointing.” Through the Holy Spirit, God uses us to do the work of ministry. The anointing is not talent, gifts, or skill. You can be talented, gifted, and skilled and still not have the anointing. The anointing is not intelligence, eloquence or knowledge. For knowledge puffsup, but love builds up (1 Cor. 8:1) and the kingdom of God is not about talk, but power (1 Cor. 4:20). When we operate “under the anointing,” the Holy Spirit uses us in our unique calling to do God’s will. The anointing of God is not mystical. Everyone operates under a spiritual influence. We either operate in our flesh (under the control of the spirit of this world) (Eph. 2:2-3), or we operate “under the anointing,” (under the control of the Holy Spirit) (Rom. 8:5). The sure-fire way to test whether or not you are operating in the spirit is to just check your thought life. Romans 8:5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.