ITCHING EARS and ANOINTING
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
People who do not learn to abide in Christ develop “itching ears”. Their “itching” for inner peace becomes so intense that they become addicted to “itching ear” teachers. A clear sign a church is in spiritual decline is their nearly insane craving to be taught by Christian experts.
There is, however, a Divine cure for this itch. The cure is abiding in the anointing you have received from Him who abides in you. Christ in you can take away your itching ears. Christ within by the Holy Spirit will personally teach you and take away the itch.
The first of all sound doctrines is Christ and Christ crucified. The sound doctrine of Christ and Christ crucified when ministered to us by the Holy Spirit’s anointing takes away the itch for forgiveness and for acceptance. When this anointing comes to us in our inner life by the Holy Spirit the itch for forgiveness and the itch for acceptance immediately stops. Now we must learn to abide in this inner anointing moment by moment so the itch stays gone.
If we abide in Christ the itch stays gone. If we do not abide in Christ, then the itch returns. When the itch returns so do the teachers who charge for the temporary relief they bring. Under the care of these teachers the itch always returns and they are glad it does! They live from our itching ears! They actually try to cause the itch by suggesting Jesus in us is not enough and that is why we need them!
Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit in Christ, the itch is permanently replaced with a state of inner rest and satisfaction. When a Chrisitan is at rest, teaching is clear and to the point. It is sound doctrine with no itch. When a Christian is not a rest, look for the itch teachers to be close by complicating everything!
If your itch returns, remember this: ” I have an anointing. The Holy Spirit is my teacher. I shall not want for perfect teaching.”The Holy Spirit always teaches us for free and the itch always goes away.