Led by Pastor Sabra Johnson in Houston, Texas
A promise is a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. Where important bodies such as governments are involved, such promises generally assume the form of treaties, the provisions of which are accepted as binding on all those participating. Among honest individuals a promise carries with it the expectation that the promisor is both willing and able to fulfill the commitment to the promise, with the undertaking being accepted by the latter on the basis of good faith. God is the greatest promise maker and promise keeper in existence. God always keeps his Word. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NJKV. "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."
The first prophetic promise of the City of Faith Church and Pastor Sabra Harrison Johnson's vision is the promise of a Corporate anointing.
The social origin of anointing was from a practice of shepherds. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and when they were near the sheep's head, these insects often would burrow into the sheep's ears and kill the sheep. So, ancient shepherds “poured oil” on the sheep's head. This “pouring of oil” made the wool slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep's ears because the insects would slide off. From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.
Spiritually, the anointing is a spiritual empowering (authority) and ability to achieve (power) which is granted by God to the believer for a special purpose. Therefore, a personal anointing is a person’s God given authority and power to produce greatness within a special area of assignment or special area of gifting.
Biblically, there are anointing moments in the new and old testament upon great leaders as well as everyday followers. Exodus 29:7 is an anointing of a chosen family and its leader “Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.”
Exodus 29 is describing the anointing of Aaron since he was the chief priest at the time of the Exodus (The People of God in route to the place of Promise). The oil illustrated in this text is representative of the Spirit of God but also of the official designation to an office by God’s decree. Kings were frequently anointed in times past as an indication that they were sanctioned or ordained by God. In fact, Aaron and his sons were “anointed in them and ordained in them” indicating that the office and the official position of the priesthood are ordained by God Himself who chooses who will be His priests. In the old testament, anointing with oil set persons and objects apart as dedicated to divine service.
The new testament showcases many anointing events with one famous example being recorded in Mark 14: 3-9. In this text, a woman pours an expensive oil on the head of Jesus. Many onlookers in the story not only protested the touch by this unscrupulous woman but the waste of such an expensive oil. Jesus’ response in 14: 8-9 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” The anointing is a special move of God in the being of a believer to accomplish a special work in a special area of assignment. Jesus’ title of Messiah is a root of the Hebrew Word for Anointing; moreover, the greek term “Christos” is a derivative of the phrase “Anointed One”. Aaron was anointed, Jesus was anointed and you and I are anointed by the awesome hand of God to fulfill a personal assignment in the earth for His glory.
What is a Corporate Anointing?
In the simplest terms, a corporate anointing is what happens when more than one believer is in the same place and there is a singleness of purpose between them. The Scriptures seem to indicate that not only is this somewhat different from the individual anointing in the sense that it affects more than one person - but also that the corporate seems to be one of greater power.
Just as a united front is more powerful in battle, so is the anointing when Christians come together in unity! The day of Pentecost and the miraculous launch of the Church in acts all illustrate the power of the corporate anointing. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Power of the Corporate Anointing
Just as every individual has a prophetic destiny pulling upon their souls, crying out for agreement and cooperation, groups of people are commonly called to labor together for the sake of one common vision. There is strength in a corporate anointing. “One can put 1000 to flight. Two can put 10,000.” A community in pursuit of and connected to the purposes of God can accomplish far more than one individual. As the gifts and callings of God activated in individuals mingle within a spiritual community, it creates a dynamic, synergism that could not be gained by each person laboring alone.