Saturday, September 30, 2017

Living by the Power of God

Living by the Power of God
LIving by the Power of God
God's power will help believers overcome difficult situations and live victoriously. The same power which God used to raise Jesus from the dead is available to believers. “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23 NIV). The Spirit is the one who makes the power available to believers. In this message, you will discover how to activate the power deposited within you.

Both anointing and grace are poured into the hearts of believers. There are many similarities between anointing and grace, as well as important differences. Both are the power of the Spirit in believers. This power comes from the throne of God through the Spirit.

Anointing

The anointing is the life of God flowing through believers. At the core of each believer is the mystery of the Spirit’s anointing which expresses the depths of the Father and his love for his children. This mystery is Christ, the Anointed One, living in us (Colossians 1:27). As believers understand the mystery of the anointing, they know more about themselves and how to live the victorious life Jesus came to give them.

The Spirit’s anointing is given for ministry to the people. The anointing abides on God’s revealed word within believers and flows like rivers out from his throne. The anointing is God’s power energized or activated in believers. The inward witness of the anointing confirms the truth. Without the anointing, God’s people would doubt the truth but believe lies. Speaking the anointed word destroys the works of the devil and sets people free.

The best way to understand the anointing is to consider the anointing on the Son of God. Jesus has always been the word of God, but he did not perform a miracle until the Father revealed him as his beloved Son and anointed him with the Spirit and power (Matthew 3:17; John 1:1).  Men knew him as Jesus, but the Father revealed him as the Christ, the Anointed One (Matthew 16:16-17). After Jesus was baptized in water, the Spirit descended upon him, anointing him with the power of God. The Spirit anointed Jesus to proclaim the good news and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18-19).

When people receive Jesus as Savior, the Spirit comes with power to live within them. Then when they are filled with the Spirit, God's power is intensified in them. The anointing carries the secrets of God and operates in the supernatural realm. The Spirit’s anointing is being poured out everywhere. God is offering his Spirit to everyone (Acts 2:17). Receive the anointing and follow it to glorify God.

Memorizing scriptures fuels only intellectual power, not God’s power. The Spirit reveals the scriptures to believers in order for them to operate in the power of the anointed word. The Spirit anoints the revealed word of God within believers. Believers always carry the anointed word within them. They can operate in the power of the anointing wherever they go.

Grace

Grace is the Spirit’s power to accomplish God’s will. “By the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). It flows from the throne of grace to the humble doing God’s will. “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Those who are proud do their own thing by their own strength without God’s grace.

1. Grace Strengthens Believers

Even when believers are weak, God’s grace is powerful. His grace is sufficient for power is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). As long as believers function where they have grace, they will be able to do mighty things, stand against attacks of the enemy and walk in victory.

2. Grace Serves Others

Use grace in a way that will best serve others (1 Peter 4:10). You can serve others through gracious words and gracious actions by speaking and acting on the word of God. The words of a wise man are gracious (Ecclesiastes 10:12 AMP). When believers operate in grace, they will know how to answer for the hope that is within them. They do not need to plan what to say. The Spirit will fill their mouth with the words of the Father (Matthew 10:18-20). Knowing what the Father would have a believer say in a particular situation is an operation of grace. The word of God is full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and it is even called the word of grace (Acts 14:3, 20:32).

God’s grace supernaturally empowers and energizes believers to live a victorious life. As long as believers function in the area where they have grace, they will be successful. However, believers cannot effectively minister grace to others until they have received grace and operated in grace.

Anointing and Grace Together

Believers operate in grace wherever God sends them. They will have the grace to do a particular task. Grace for a task may last for a limited time only. When that time is over and the grace lifts, it is time for them to go on to other things.

Jesus was anointed to heal all the sick, but there were times he was sent with grace to heal only one among many (Luke 5:17-26). When the Spirit reveals God’s word on healing to believers, they carry the power of the anointing to heal wherever they go. They can pray for the sick and see them healed at any time. The Lord can send believers to heal the sick so they would be operating in the power of grace where they are sent. The sick would be healed wherever they are sent. When the power of the anointing is combined with the power of grace, believers operate in greater power than either the anointing or grace alone.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Walk in the Spirit: Do Impossible Things

Walk in the Spirit: Do Impossible Things
Walk in the Spirit: Do Impossible Things
Jesus did mighty things, and he is still doing mighty things today. “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). What Jesus does is impossible to the natural man, but believers can do whatever he does. Find what Jesus does and do it by the Spirit. Believers receive new life from the Spirit, so they should follow the Spirit; “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). Not only can believers do what Jesus does, but they are required to do it. There is a basic principle about the works of Jesus: whatever Jesus does believers can and must do. For example, Jesus justified believers and proclaimed them to be righteous, so they can and must live righteously. This study examines how believers can and must do things which seem impossible.

Introducing the Supernatural Realm

The world in which we live has two realities: natural and supernatural. These realities can also be contrasted as the seen and the unseen. “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen” (Hebrews 11:1 VOICE). The term supernatural means beyond natural or material. The supernatural is the side of reality where God is unseen by those on the natural side. Yet, God lived in the natural as the man Jesus. He operated in the supernatural as he calmed the sea, walked on water, raised the dead, etc. Jesus brought the supernatural into the natural and gave the supernatural its meaning for believers. The supernatural is another side of the same world which operates by natural laws.

The Spirit bypasses the natural mind and its operations. He gives believers the ability to see into the supernatural realm. Abraham saw Jesus’ day and rejoiced in it (John 8:56). “Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55 NIV). John saw a door standing open in heaven and heard a voice say, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things” (Revelation 4:1). The Spirit was inviting John into the supernatural realm where he would see things to come. He is inviting you to come higher, as well.

Seeing into the supernatural realm is different from seeing something that does not exist by faith. The supernatural realm is above faith. Paul prayed for believers which already possessed faith to have their spiritual eyes opened (Ephesians 1:16-19). Faith sees things that are not, but eyes of the Spirit see things which already exist in the supernatural realm. In this realm you will see, think and speak like God and see hope. Faith hopes but the supernatural sees hope. The things which exist in the supernatural realm can be brought into the natural realm by following the Spirit and speaking faith-filled words.

When believers see what God wants to do, speak his words and obey his commands, they enter the supernatural realm and release supernatural power. Whatever you have can be turned into something supernatural by following the Spirit. God’s power is involved in supernatural actions. Initiating actions in the supernatural realm comes from being led by the Spirit. Doing what the Spirit directs you to do is a supernatural action. Supernatural actions receive supernatural rewards (Matthew 5:44-47). Operating in the supernatural realm, believers are able to do things which are impossible in the natural.

Do Seven Impossible Things

Like Jesus, believers can do impossible things by following the Spirit. There is no limit on how many impossible things a believer can do, but here is a list of the most important ones. Begin with these seven impossible things, and you will be on track to fulfill your purpose.

1. Love like Jesus Loves

Jesus loved his disciples by teaching them, guiding them, and sacrificially serving them. He demonstrated the greatest love by sacrificing his life on the cross. Jesus told the disciples “This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Those who believe in Jesus can love because he first loved them. No longer are you required to love your neighbor as yourself, but you are required to love as you have been loved. You can love your enemies with the love of Jesus.

2. Pray Constantly

Jesus comes again suddenly, so believers are always to be praying. Many people consider their prayer time to be limited by activities such as eating, talking or sleeping. Paul wrote, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). There are no limitations on prayer for believers. You can pray constantly.

3. Worship Inwardly and in Harmony with the Heavenly Host

The heavenly host is always praising the Lord. Let heaven and earth praise the Lord (Psalm 148). When an angel announced the birth of Jesus, “there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God” (Luke 2:8-13). The heavenly host praises God in spirit and in truth for they are true worshipers. “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).

God is spirit, so believers connect with him in the spirit and through his Spirit. True worship is an inward expression of the heart, not an outward expression of playing musical instruments, singing or dancing. These activities may create an atmosphere for worship but true worship is an inward expression. Worshiping in a group setting led by a worship leader is not the ultimate goal of worship. This type of worship is designed to prepare an atmosphere so believers can worship inwardly and in harmony with the heavenly host.

4. Heal the Sick

Motivated by compassion, Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom and demonstrated the gospel of the kingdom by healing the sick. Jesus gave his disciples “authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness” (Matthew 10:1). Believers can follow the Spirit in healing the sick. The methods may vary, but healing is always the result for those who follow the Spirit.

5. Remove All Obstacles

Jesus destroyed an unproductive fig tree as a warning for those who would hinder God’s people. Whoever trusts God without any doubt can speak to a mountain and cause it to be removed (Mark 11:23). The hindrances which need to be removed out of a believer’s life include fear, doubt and unbelief. The Spirit shows believers how to remove any hindrance to victory.

6. Set aside Your Rights and Interests to Do God’s Will

Even though Jesus has always been God, he laid down his glory and majesty to come to earth and die on the cross. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). In the natural it is impossible for people to deny their own rights and interests, but the Spirit helps believers submit to the Father’s will rather than their own.

7. Do the Mighty Works of Jesus and Greater Works

Jesus did mighty works to demonstrate his relationship with the Father. Now believers can do mighty works to demonstrate their relationship with Jesus. They are in him and he is in them. Jesus said, “Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father” (John 14:12). Nothing is impossible to those who believe and follow the Spirit.

Implications for Spiritual Leaders

Be sensitive to the guidance of the Spirit. Those leaders who follow the Spirit have authority and responsibility to intervene in the lives of those who go astray. “If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness” (Galatians 6:1). Gently, provide wise counsel to those who have fallen to temptation. Guard yourself from similar temptations.

Teach the people to hear the Spirit and follow the Spirit. That’s the only way they can encounter the supernatural realm. Empower them to walk in the Spirit, and challenge them to seek things beyond the natural realm. Then they can do the impossible and fulfill their purpose.

Personal Story on the Supernatural Realm

Sherry saw a vision of her ministering to a young woman with a heart problem. In the vision she laid on top of the young woman and God healed her heart. Then the young woman got up and began to leap up and down. That night at the service, she saw the young woman and called her up on the platform. Someone had to help her walk, because she was unable to breathe properly. Then Sherry acted on the vision which she had seen earlier. She instructed the young woman to lie down on the platform and she did. In front of all the people Sherry laid on the young woman as she had seen in the vision and God’s power went out of her into the young woman. The young woman was totally healed, got up and began to leap and dance.

Conclusions

God’s power is released in the supernatural realm. Operate in the supernatural realm by following the Spirit, and you will be able to do anything Jesus did. He enabled you to do it. Not only did he enable you to do it, he is requiring you to do it. Do the works of Jesus and greater works by the Spirit. Do the impossible!



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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Strategic Healing: Taking Authority over Sickness

Strategic Healing
Strategic Healing
Many people use medical and other natural means to combat the same sicknesses which Jesus overcame with supernatural authority and power. He dealt with the roots of sickness and got immediate results. The devil made people sick, but Jesus anointed by the Spirit healed them (Acts 10:38). Fighting sickness is a spiritual battle against spiritual forces. “We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 ERV). Believers have been given authority and power to heal the sick. The objective of this study is to help believers overcome sickness by understanding the basis for divine healing.

Introducing Divine Healing

There is no lack of healing, but there is a lack of understanding divine healing. If people are sick, they lack knowledge about God’s divine healing. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

God’s will is his purpose. Everything he does is consistent with his purpose. He is effectively at work in his children to energize and create in them the longing and the ability to fulfill purpose (Philippians 2:13 AMP). The will of God should not be considered a mystery beyond the understanding of his people. His will is revealed by his nature, his name, his word and his covenants. His will is also revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, who is an exact expression of God his Father. Healing was provided by the finished work of the cross on which Jesus was crucified (1 Peter 2:24). Believers can know God’s will. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is” (Romans 12:2). This post is aimed at those who are seeking knowledge about supernatural healing. Healing is shown to be an integral part of God’s will for his people.

Healing is in God’s will because it helps people fulfill purpose. If his people are sick or die early, they may not be able to do the things God has purposed for them to do. Since healing exists in the will of God, it is always available for believers. God uses signs and wonders, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit to show his will to save, heal and deliver. “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to his own will” (Hebrews 2:4).

Knowing God’s will is critical. Many people pray for God to heal the sick if it is his will, but this prayer is filled with doubt and unbelief; because they do not find out God’s will. Prayers that get results are those which agree with his will. “If we ask anything according to his will he hears us, and ... we know that we have the requests which we have asked from him” (1 John 5:14-15). Pray according to God’s will and get results.

God’s Nature

God is love and he is full of compassion. His will reflects his love-nature. Love motivates him to heal. “I will heal ... and love them freely” (Hosea 14:4 NIV). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Love motivated God to rescue those who were perishing. He does not want any to perish, whether it is by sin or sickness.

God’s Name

God has many names which relate to healing, including provider and be complete and sound. His name Jehovah Rapha means the Lord who heals you. When the Israelites began their journey through the wilderness, he addressed sicknesses and diseases by revealing himself as the healer or physician, Jehovah Rapha: “I, the Lord, am your healer” (Exodus 15:22-26). He wants to protect his people from sicknesses and diseases. Throughout the word of God he is shown as the healer. “O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me” (Psalm 30:2). “For I will restore you to health, and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 30:17).

God’s Word

God’s will is revealed by his word. His will and his word are one and the same. His words are spirit and they will bring life, healing and deliverance. The word of God is healing to the whole person. “He sent his word and healed them” (Psalm 107:20). God’s words “are life to those who find them and health to all their body” (Proverbs 4:22). People who are searching for healing often encounter false doctrines and unprofitable opinions by others, but only the truth revealed in God’s word can heal and set free.

God’s Covenants

Healing has been a part of every covenant which God has made with man, and it is a prominent part of the New Covenant. God obligates himself to his covenant. In the covenant with Abraham, God promised to bless Abraham and through him to bless all the people on the earth (Genesis 12:1-3). These blessings include healing (Exodus 15:26). While healing is under the blessings for obedience, all sicknesses and diseases are under the curse for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28). There are no sicknesses and diseases in the blessings. David praised the Lord for his healing covenant: “Praise the Lord ... who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3).

Healing flows out of the covenant promises. When people have a covenant with God, their faith is able to receive the promises whenever needed. He is willing to meet healing needs for he is the healer. “My God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). These promises denote a continual flow of healing power in contrast to the occasional gifts of healing which could come unexpectedly at any time. The provisions of the covenant are available to all covenant partners. You can live in and by God’s healing covenant.

Jesus Heals All

Throughout the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus healed the sick. In fact, Jesus never turned away a sick person who asked him for healing. The book of Acts reported that Jesus healed all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). The devil made people sick, but Jesus healed them all. The same thing is happening today: the devil makes people sick, but Jesus stands ready to heal all who are sick. In fact, he made provision to heal all of us. By his stripes we were healed (1 Peter 2:24).

No sickness was too difficult for Jesus to heal. He healed every kind of sickness and every kind of disease (Matthew 4:23). The people in Syria brought to Jesus all who were sick, and he healed them (Matthew 4:24). Many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus, and he cast out the spirits with his word and healed all who were sick (Matthew 8:16). Thus Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy, “He himself took our infirmities and removed our sicknesses” (Isaiah 53:4 and Matthew 8:17). Many followed Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 12:15).

No person was too far gone for Jesus. He even brought people back alive from the dead and healed them. Three of the people he brought back to life were Lazarus (John 11:43-44), the dead son of a widow at Nain (Luke 7:14-15) and the dead daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:41-42). He raised them from the dead and healed them.

Just as Jesus healed all when he walked on the earth 2000 years ago, he stands ready to heal all today, because he has not changed. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). More importantly, Jesus stands ready to heal you, because he heals all and he shows no partiality or favoritism (Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34). If he ever healed anyone, he will heal you. He heals others so he will heal you.

God hears and answers prayers that ask anything according to his will (1 John 5:14-15). Whatever sickness you may face, Jesus made provision for your healing and stands ready to heal you. Jesus said, “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Just believe and ask Jesus for your healing, and you will be healed!

As Sherry and I prayed for a man who was suffering from cancer, I learned an important lesson from the Holy Spirit. Sickness does not teach God’s people about the things of God. Sickness comes from the devil to steal, kill and destroy. While we visited with the man, he spoke words of faith. But before we left, he made a startling statement of doubt and unbelief. He said, “I do not know what God is trying to teach me through this cancer.” God does not use sickness to teach his children. His master teacher is the Spirit. Jesus said, “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things” (John 14:26). The Father also uses his word and other believers, particularly the ministry gifts, to teach his children. He does not bring evil upon his children in order to accomplish good in their lives. He is a good God who gives good things to his children.

Believers’ Authority over Sickness

Jesus came to fully restore authority on the earth to God’s people. After the resurrection he declared, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). “Christ is ruler over every other power and authority” (Colossians 2:10 ERV). He has delegated his authority over the earth to the body of Christ, which encompasses the people of God living under the headship of Jesus Christ. This discussion will help believers rule with authority in this life.

The Spirit takes what belongs to Jesus and discloses it to believers (John 16:15). He teaches believers the truth about authority and shows them how to walk in authority. Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and quick to obey will give believers the authority they need to operate on the earth.

Believers can do the same works that Jesus did only when they have the same authority and power he had. Jesus said, “He who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). Jesus sends out believers today with the same authority and power which he walked in when he ministered on the earth. “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent me, I also send you” (John 20:21). The authority of Jesus Christ is offered to every believer, but it takes wisdom to know how to walk in his authority.

Believers’ authority proceeds out of the Father’s will. Their authority reaches into the supernatural realm, bringing the will of the Father to earth. “If you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). Healing is an integral part of God’s will, and it is available in the supernatural realm to those who believe.

Sherry and I were active in local congregations where people were saved, but other operations of the Spirit were practically nonexistent. Those congregations prayed for God to heal sick people if it was his will without ever bothering to find out his will. These so-called prayers were filled with doubt and unbelief, so most of those people died without being healed. When our family needed healing, the Spirit led us to a place where the gifts of the Spirit operated and healings and miracles occurred. There we were taught about the operation of the Spirit. We were not able to operate in much authority until we found our ordained place in the body of Christ, having relationships with apostles and prophets. As our personal relationships with apostles and prophets grew stronger so did our authority.

Believers who truly live under the headship of Jesus Christ and walk in his authority will pray. Their prayers release heaven’s power on the earth. Intercession is the manifestation of Jesus being head over his body. Jesus ever lives to intercede (Hebrews 7:25). Intercession, which comes straight out of the love of God, pours out his love on the earth.

When the leaders of the religious system came against healing and threatened Peter and John, the disciples came together and prayed (Acts 4:18-31). Their prayer recognized God as the creator of the universe, acknowledging his authority over both heaven and earth. Knowing the real battle is against the authority of the Lord and his anointed one, Jesus Christ, the disciples asked to be put into this battle. “Grant that your bond-servants may speak your word with all confidence, while you extend your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of your holy servant Jesus” (Acts 4:29-30). Boldly sharing the good news about Jesus clearly separates his disciples from the rest of the world who rejects him. The prayer was pleasing to the Lord because he granted their request and shook the building where they were gathered.

Sherry and I have learned to be vessels for the Lord’s use in intercession. The spirit of intercession often flows through us to bring forth God’s purposes on the earth. I once interceded for a woman whom I had not heard from for several months. As I was interceding, she was battling for her life in another state. She died and began traveling through a tunnel with a light at the end of it. Before she reached the end of the tunnel the Lord told her to return to the earth for her purpose here had not ended. Then the spirit of intercession lifted from me, and I knew in my spirit she had the victory. Later her husband confirmed she died that night but was revived. She continued to preach the gospel and heal the sick.

Taking Authority over Sickness

When Jesus was surrounded by sick and hurting people, he said: “the blind receive sight and the lame walk” (Matthew 11:5). He was speaking words of faith over the sick. By faith he only sees people healed and redeemed. His eyes “are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk 1:13, NIV).

The Spirit gives believers new eyes to see what Jesus sees. “Open the eyes of their hearts” (Ephesians 1:18 VOICE). Like Jesus, believers can see the people made whole through the eyes of the Spirit. See your own spirit, soul and body made whole, and it will help you see others made whole. By believing what Jesus did on the cross you will see the sick healed, and they will be healed.

It takes faith operating through believers for them to see the blind, deaf, lame and others made whole. By relying on what is seen through the eyes of the Spirit rather than natural sight, believers will be able to operate in the supernatural realm with power and authority. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Believers have the ability to make people whole when they see and believe that they are made whole. Jesus said believers will do the works that he did and greater works (John 14:12). If you believe, you will see people made whole.

Healing is in every believer just waiting to be activated. Faith releases that healing power in the person. There are eight important approaches to healing, so it is critical to know from the Spirit which approach to use for an individual. Using just one approach for every person will not work. An effective strategy for healing any person comes only from asking the Spirit for guidance.

1. Calling on the Name of Jesus over the Sick

Faith in the name of Jesus heals people. Jesus said, “If you ask the Father for anything in my name, he will give it to you (John 16:23). Peter told a lame man “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6). He told a man who was paralyzed “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed” (Acts 9:34). Both of these men were healed immediately by using the name of Jesus.

2. Speaking Faith over the Sick

Speaking words of faith to sickness will make it leave a person. If you believe without any doubt in your heart, you can speak faith and have whatever you say (Mark 11:23). Sometimes we send the word of faith to heal those who are not present with us. We may know by a telephone call or by the Spirit someone needs healing, so we speak healing to them. Many have been healed by speaking the word of faith over them.

3. Praying for the Sick

The prayer of faith releases God’s power and heals the sick. “The prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:15). We are prayer warriors, so we frequently pray for the sick, and have received many reports of healing from these prayers. The spirit of intercession may come upon us to pray for the healing of others. We intercede until we know the victory has come. Often the victory comes in an hour or so; but when we are responding to the spirit of intercession, we always experience victory in the supernatural realm.

4. Laying Hands on the Sick

Near Bethsaida, Jesus twice laid his hands on the eyes of a blind man and his sight was restored (Mark 8:22-26). Believers “will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:18). We lay hands on the sick only when the Spirit guides to do so. It would be inappropriate to lay our hands on someone who first needs deliverance from a demon. We have seen many people healed by our laying hands on them. Sherry and I lay hands on ourselves and on each other when we need healing. Everyone needs people of faith around them who can lay hands on them when they need healing.

5. Anointing the Sick

Anoint the sick with oil and they will be healed. The disciples cast out demons and anointed the sick with oil and healed them (Mark 6:13). Those who are sick are to call for the elders who will pray over them and anoint them with oil to be healed (James 5:14-15). The anointing oil is a point of contact that helps people release their faith to be healed.

Cloths can be anointed as a store of healing power. Then the cloths can be used when needed or sent to the sick for deliverance and healing. When handkerchiefs and aprons anointed by Paul were placed on sick people, the diseases and evil spirits left them (Acts 19:11-12). We have given anointed handkerchiefs to sick people in many countries and have received glorious reports of God’s healing power.

6. Giving Spiritual Gifts to the Sick

Gifts of the Spirit are manifested for people to help each other. Paul identifies nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). Any of these gifts can be used in healing, but the power gifts of faith, healing and miracles are most prominent in healing. Sherry operates in all three of these power gifts, and we have seen many people healed through this ministry.

The gift of knowledge is often given to help people understand how the gifts are flowing at a particular time. For example, the Spirit may reveal that the Lord is healing backs or legs. Whoever responds to this word of knowledge can receive their healing. The word of wisdom may give people understanding and direction for being healed. Discerning of spirits operates to show when demons need to be cast out in order for someone to be healed.

7. Casting Demons out of the Sick

Some people need deliverance from demonic forces in order to be healed. A person controlled by demons will have no faith to be healed on his/her own, so approaches other than just faith may be needed. The gift of discerning of spirits is often manifested before we know a person needs to be delivered from evil spirits in order to be healed.

Sherry prayed for a woman on her death bed and saw two large reptile-like demons which were trying to kill her. She cast the demons out, and the woman was healed. The next thing we heard about the woman was she back in church serving the Lord and teaching his word.

8. Increasing Faith of the Sick

With faith anyone can be healed. “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). Jesus told several of the people who were healed that their faith healed them. The woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years was healed by her faith (Mark 5:34), and blind Bartimaeus received sight by his faith (Mark 10:52).

When Sherry and I first began seeking the kingdom, we had no basis for faith in healing. We studied God’s word on healing and surrounded ourselves with people who believed in healing. We immersed ourselves in teachings about healing. Our faith in the area of healing began to grow. Faith comes by hearing the word about Christ (Romans 10:17). It took a period of several months for our faith in healing to become strong. Then we began to pray for people to be healed, and the Lord healed them. You can be healed by strengthening your faith in the area of healing.

Selecting the Best Healing Method

Physicians generally agree on one method to deal with a particular sickness, but God uses many different methods in healing the sick. Only his Spirit knows which method will work for a particular sick person. Naaman dipped himself in the Jordan River seven times to be healed from leprosy. Jesus spat on the ground to make mud out of the clay and anointed a blind man’s eyes so he could see. Spitting on the leper would not heal him, and dipping the blind man in the Jordan River would not restore his sight. Inquire of the Lord to find out the strategic healing method for it will always work. Nothing else will work.

Implications for Spiritual Leaders

Be prepared to help, counsel and encourage those who are sick for they will look to their leaders for answers. Spiritual leaders need strong faith for healing to rise to every occasion. Do not wait until it is too late, because now is the time to build your faith. Connect with those believers who have strong faith for healing. Build your faith for healing by studying God’s word, seeking the Healer, Jesus, and following the Spirit.

Only the Spirit knows how to overcome the evil spiritual forces behind sickness. Be strategic in approaching healing by following the Spirit. Do not rely on what has worked in the past, but approach every sickness as unique, so that you can bring strategic healing to bear on the situation. Healing is always possible so never give up on anyone.

Personal Story on Divine Healing

After returning from a ministry trip in 2004, Sherry collapsed as she was exercising. The blood flow to her heart was only 20 percent. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and put on medication to improve the blood flow, but the doctor knew it would take time for her heart to improve. However, a few weeks later the Spirit began to sing a song of deliverance over her. He sang about the strength of her heart. She looked up the scripture containing that phrase and found this verse, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26). She knew God had healed her heart, so she asked the doctor for another heart test. He argued with her, because the medicine had not had enough time to improve her condition. When Sherry continued to insist on another test, the doctor relented. This time the heart test showed her blood flow was higher and within a range considered to be normal. Her heart was healed, and the healing occurred much quicker than the doctor thought possible. One touch from the Lord is all it takes for healing to be manifested in our bodies.

Conclusions

It’s always God’s will to heal. Healing is consistent with God’s nature, his name and his word. He obligated himself to healing through his covenants. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ extended covenant healing to all those who believe. The New Covenant gives believers authority over sickness and the power to heal the sick.

There are a variety of approaches to healing, ranging from laying hands on the sick to casting demons out of the sick. The strategic approach to healing, which comes from inquiring of the Lord and following his Spirit, will always be effective. The Spirit searches the heart of the all-knowing God to find healing for each and every sickness. By following the guidance of the Spirit, believers apply strategic healing to the sick and see them healed.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Marriage Transformation by the Spirit

Marriage Transformation by the Spirit
Marriage Transformation by the Spirit
What can marriage be? Think about it. Surely, marriage is greater than that which is seen. As long as people measure marriages against one another, they will see plenty of faults. “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise” (2 Corinthians 10:12 NIV). With the Spirit there is no limit on how great marriage can be. Dream higher than you have ever dreamed and the Spirit will take your marriage higher and higher. Married life can soar with wings on high like a beautiful butterfly.

God’s standard for marriage is his model for the body of Christ: perfectly joined together with the same mind and purpose. “I beg that you be completely joined together by having the same kind of thinking and the same purpose” (1 Corinthians 1:10 EXB). This study examines the transforming work of the Spirit in marriage, explaining its process and purpose.

Introducing Marriage Transformation

The Spirit gloriously transforms believers and their marriages. God’s glory cannot be understood or experienced in the natural realm. It takes the Holy Spirit to lead a person into the supernatural realm, and then his glory can be experienced. We are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). When a man and woman wed, the transformation process can begin in earnest by their yielding to the Spirit. The Spirit takes a man and woman with worldly or carnal thinking and renews their minds. “Be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 AMP). All marriages are subject to this progressive process as both the husband and wife seek the things above and yield to the transforming work of the Spirit. This transformation is like a caterpillar being transformed into a butterfly. The caterpillar produces a cocoon and then later struggles as a butterfly to make its way out of the cocoon. Otherwise, the caterpillar is a passive participant in the transformation, because it does not transform itself.

When the carnal nature of fleshly desires dominates the mindset of the husband or wife, the marriage is called a carnal marriage. As both the husband and wife yield to the transforming power of the Spirit, their minds are renewed and their marriage is progressively changed from a carnal marriage to a spiritual marriage. Each marriage of believers lies on a continuum between a carnal marriage on one end and a spiritual marriage on the other end. The couple’s progress along the continuum towards a spiritual marriage depends on the transforming work of the Spirit. The more a couple yields to the Spirit’s power, the more spiritual the marriage becomes.

Carnal Marriage

Many Christians use a core of biblical concepts in marriage. Typically, the core concepts are not explicitly identified and may vary from one married couple to another. A few similar concepts would be expected in many of these marriages. Paul’s instructions to husbands and wives are some of the most well known concepts for marriage (Ephesians 5:21-33). His instructions focus on the love of Christ.

The idea of some core concepts may seem reasonable, and most Christian couples would claim they abide by such concepts. However, keeping traditional biblical concepts through a person’s own natural abilities is carnal behavior, resulting in a carnal marriage. Carnal behavior is fleshly in nature and characterized by jealousy and strife (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). There are some fundamental problems with carnal marriages. Such problems are inherent in any human endeavor not Christ-centered and Spirit-led. Such fundamental problems lead to divorce in many marriages and serious unresolved difficulties in others. Marriage counselling and teachings relying on anything other than the guidance and empowerment of the Spirit cannot resolve the fundamental problems with carnal marriages. It takes the Spirit to lead any married couple along the invisible pathway of God’s righteousness and through the storms of life. Only the power of the Spirit enables a married couple to be victorious over every situation.

Spiritual Marriage

A spiritual marriage merges two destinies – the destiny of the husband with the destiny of the wife. Their purposes were first birthed in the heart of God before time began. Initially, only God knows these purposes, but he reveals them to his children by his Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10). As a husband and wife discover purpose, they can fulfill destiny together. Strong relationships with the Spirit and other mature believers help them discover purpose and fulfill destiny.

A man and woman may begin the process of discovering their purpose before they are married. For example, each person may understand God’s calling on his/her life before marriage. However, the fullness of the man’s purpose and the fullness of the woman’s purpose are revealed throughout their lives. The purpose of the married couple is revealed as the husband and wife mature both individually and as a married couple. In the spiritual marriage, the husband and the wife truly become one: one in the flesh and one in the spirit. They think and act as one, no longer operating as if they were separate.

Oneness in Flesh and Spirit

In the Garden of Eden, God created the first human being as both male and female (Genesis 1:27). Before God took the woman out of man, they were one in every respect. God gave them a purpose for existing. They had no other purpose than what God said to them. “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). The union of Adam and Eve before the woman was taken out of the man represents a spiritual marriage in which the man and woman were merged into one being and had forsaken any selfish interests in order to fulfill God’s purpose. From God’s perspective, destiny relates to being one with his purpose. Oneness relates to the purpose and plan of God. God’s destiny for each married couple involves the couple being one with his purpose.

After the woman was taken out of the man, the man and woman were united in a natural marriage, and then they became one flesh (Genesis 2:24). In today’s spiritual marriage, the husband and wife are to become one in flesh (Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31) and one in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; Philippians 1:27). Unity and agreement for a married couple are powerful, but oneness is greater than both unity and agreement. It takes the glory of God to produce oneness. Jesus spoke about the Father’s glory and prayed that the Father would glorify him, and then he would pass that glory on to his disciples. Jesus knew that the glory brings oneness. (John 17:22). Oneness is the order God has set forth for the world to see. Only in oneness will the glory of God be manifested. The married couple can achieve oneness when the two of them are of one mind and one accord. “Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention” (Philippians 2:2 AMP)

In merging destinies, the wife does not give up her identity and merge into the husband. Neither does the husband give up his identity and merge into the wife. Instead, both the husband and wife merge into the Lord, which is truly oneness. Considering the Lord is one with the heavenly Father, merging into the Lord also means merging into the Father. When believers are one with the Father, the Son and each other, then the people of the world will believe the Father sent the Son (John 17:21). A married couple portraying Jesus to their world will have great impact on the people around them.

While the carnal marriage is legalistic in nature and under the law, the spiritual marriage is under grace. The Apostle Paul equated grace with the power of Christ: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Like an explosive power, grace propels a married couple into the supernatural realm where they see the invisible Jesus. Moses was able to endure many difficulties in Egypt and the wilderness seeing the one who is invisible (Hebrews 11:27). By grace, a marriage endures as the husband and wife keep their eyes on Jesus.

Growing Together

There is a process by which a husband and wife grow together spiritually and their marriage is transformed. The love of Christ, which is the core of a strong marital relationship, grows in a husband and wife as they understand the word of God and develop strong relationships with the Spirit. The Spirit pours love into their hearts in a never-ending process. In addition, prayer and strong relationships with mature and anointed believers are important for spiritual growth and transformation.

Prayer

Prayer is critical for a marriage to be transformed from a carnal marriage to a spiritual marriage. A married couple can begin the transformation process early. In this case, prayer for the marriage partner would begin long before his/her identity is known. Then the couple would begin to pray together earnestly before and after the wedding. Earnest prayers make God’s supernatural power available to propel the couple into destiny (James 5:16). These early prayers will help set the course for a spiritual marriage.

Even if the husband and wife do not start off seeking God, they can develop a spiritual marriage by praying and following the Spirit. If carnality, selfishness and/or ignorance have resulted in wounds being inflicted in each other, healing will be needed in order for the couple to develop a spiritual marriage. Repentance followed by prayer for cleansing will bring healing and transformation. The Lord will forgive the sins of the husband and wife and heal their marriage if they humble themselves, pray, seek the Lord and turn from their evil ways.

The husband and wife can approach prayer together like the disciples prayed together in the book of Acts. The disciples came together to pray when they faced adversity or needed direction. For example, they prayed for guidance with appropriate references to the scriptures and waited for the Spirit to respond (Acts 4:23-31 and 13:2-3). Praying together will help a married couple discover God’s purpose. By following the Spirit, the married couple can fulfill destiny together.

Spiritual Relationships with Other Believers

Married couples cannot fulfill God’s destiny on their own. In order for the husband and wife to grow spiritually, they need to find their place in the body of Christ. God sets believers in the body as it pleases him (1 Corinthians 12:18). When a husband and wife are joined to mature believers as the Spirit directs and submitted to authority, there is a nurturing and safe environment for the married couple to grow. If the couple is under spiritual authority, the wife will be able to appeal to someone in authority for those decisions her husband makes with which she does not agree. A mature person in authority would assess the situation and help redirect decisions and actions as needed.

Everyone needs anointed ministers of God and mature believers in his/her life to grow spiritually. Spiritual relationships help married couples discover purpose and fulfill destiny. Jesus Christ gave the fivefold ministry gifts¾apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers¾to mature and equip the saints so they can fulfill destiny (Ephesians 4:11-12). In particular, a spiritual father can impart life and spiritual gifts into a husband and wife so they may be firmly established (Romans 1:11). Developing close relationships with God’s fivefold ministers are very important for married couples.

Implications for Spiritual Leaders

Natural and carnal approaches to improving marriage keep people thinking carnally and trying to control married life using their own strength. Spiritual leaders emphasize the role of the Spirit in marriage. The minds of both husbands and wives need to be transformed by the Spirit. The transformation process involves increased sensitivity to the Spirit and spiritual growth. Spiritual leaders provide an environment for married couples to be nurtured and strengthened. Teach the husband and wife to love each other like Christ loves the church.

Personal Story on the Transformation of Our Marriage

Sherry and I were teenagers when we married, so we knew very little about marriage other than what we had observed with our parents. Our relationship was based first on love, affection and attention. We greatly enjoyed our time together and built a close relationship. However, there was much to be learned about marriage and life together. Open communication was critical during this time to learn from mistakes and move forward.

Our marriage shifted towards a typical carnal marriage as we began to develop personal relationships with the Lord. The word of God and life with other believers became more important to us during this period of time. We talked about marriage, visited with other couples who were experiencing similar marital problems and studied about marriage. In particular, we studied about the concept of agreement in marriage and tried to be in agreement in all things. We were filled with the Spirit and walked by faith. We thought a lot of progress had been made in our relationship together. As the Spirit began to reveal the Father’s plan for marriage, he changed the way we were thinking and prepared us for a deeper walk in the Spirit.

Then the Lord began to reveal the concept of a spiritual marriage to us by his Spirit, and we responded to the leading of the Spirit to walk in the Spirit and operate as one in a spiritual marriage. Two critical components were needed for us to operate in a spiritual marriage. First, both of our relationships with the Spirit grew closer and stronger. Second, the Lord joined us with mature believers who helped mature and equip us. No longer were we just exchanging opinions about marriage with other immature married couples facing marital problems. Instead, our conversations with mature believers focused on life in the kingdom of God. We matured enough to hear from the Spirit and be led by the Spirit. Our understanding of a spiritual marriage came from no man but by revelation shown to us by his Spirit.

Conclusions


God joins a man and woman together in marriage as a building block in his family for his purpose. Problems of life are multiplied and amplified in marriage, but so are the rewards of life. Married couples often face problems which are more challenging than they can overcome on their own. But God gives his Spirit to empower, transform and guide each married couple in overcoming problems and fulfilling purpose. A husband and wife filled with God’s power, transformed by the renewing of their minds and living in one accord and purpose display God’s handiwork on the earth. As the husband and wife show forth his glorious handiwork, they become God’s witness and living invitation to the world and a true picture of God’s church.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Seven Wonders of the Anointing

Seven Wonders of the Anointing
Seven Wonders of the Anointing
Are you wonder-struck at Christ, the Anointed One, living on the inside of you? Multitudes have been amazed at who he is and what he does. The people who believe in Jesus will be amazed and marvel at him (2 Thessalonians 1:10). The anointing is available to all, but it passes over the wise and strong who labor for it and exalts the meek and lowly who marvel at it. Like an adventurous child searches a secret garden, those with childlike faith and a sense of wonder will be captivated by the anointing within them. A sense of wonder is good ground for growing wisdom.

The anointing is the life of God flowing through believers. At the core of each believer is the mystery of the Spirit’s anointing which expresses the depths of the Father and his love for his children. The glorious riches of this mystery is the indwelling of the Anointed in you (Colossians 1:27 VOICE)! As believers understand the mystery of the anointing, they know more about themselves and how to live the abundant life Jesus came to give them. This study examines how to increase the influence of the Spirit’s anointing within believers.

Introducing the Anointing

The Spirit’s anointing is given for ministry to the people. It abides on God’s word and flows like a river out from his throne. The anointing is God’s power energized or activated in believers. The inward witness of the anointing confirms the truth. Without the anointing, God’s people would doubt the truth but believe lies. Speaking the anointed word destroys the works of the devil and sets people free.

The best way to understand the anointing is to consider the anointing on the Son of God. He was born of the Spirit (Luke 1:35). Men knew him as Jesus, but the Father revealed him as the Christ, the Anointed One (Matthew 16:16-17). Even though he was born the Son of God, he did not teach God’s kingdom, heal the sick or perform miracles until he was anointed by the Spirit. After Jesus was baptized in water, the Spirit descended upon him, anointing him with the power of God. At that time, he was immersed in the Spirit and filled with the Spirit (Luke 4:1). Anointed with the Spirit, Jesus was empowered to proclaim profound truths and perform mighty deeds. The Spirit anointed Jesus to proclaim the good news and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18-19).

When people receive Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes with power to abide within them. Then when they are filled with the Holy Spirit, God's power is magnified in them. The anointing carries the secrets of God and operates in the supernatural realm. The anointing is here to lead and guide believers to the heart of God. The Spirit’s anointing is being poured out everywhere. God is offering his Spirit to everyone (Acts 2:17). Receive the anointing and follow it to glorify God.

Wonders of the Anointing

The anointing is manifest in several wondrous ways. It is poured out to cover, protect and empower believers. It takes away all burdens. Seven of the most important reasons to be anointed with the Spirit are examined below.

1. Awareness of Mysteries

Knowledge and wisdom spring forth out of reverential fear and awe. Worshiping the Lord and regarding him as truly awesome is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7 AMP). Those who marvel at the Lord and his wisdom have a heart to receive his guidance which comes through the anointing.

The anointing brings an awareness of things hidden from natural senses. It’s by the anointing that believers know the will of God. The anointing abides in willing vessels to bring forth the truth. You have an anointing in you that teaches you the truth (1 John 2:20 and 27). Only when we obey God can we know that we know him. (1 John 2:3).

It was by the anointing that Jesus knew what people were thinking in their hearts (Matthew 22:18, Mark 2:8 and Luke 9:46-48). Also, his disciples knew what people were thinking. Peter knew Satan filled the heart of Ananias with lies (Acts 5:3). Paul knew when a cripple had faith to be healed (Acts 14:9-10). Today, believers can know by the anointing what people are thinking and what they are going to do.

The biggest spiritual deception occurs as people think they are following the voice of God but truly they are following man. Only by the anointing can people know they are following God. This is called discernment. In making decisions, the most important thing for believers to consider is the anointing within. By the anointing, they can know whether to move forward with an idea, move cautiously or stop. The anointing is critical in making decisions like choosing a spouse, planning a career and fulfilling destiny.

Professionally, I made many decisions related to hiring people, and it was important to hire the best person for each position. I gathered the best information available and sought advice from others, but I relied heavily on the anointing within to make these decisions. Some of my hiring decisions were not popular with others, but the decisions based on the anointing were always best.

2. Strength to Stand

Those who have the strength to stand are filled with his joy. They have been in God’s presence and have received his anointing. They are in awe of his wonderful deeds. They know assuredly that the greater one lives inside of them.

Those who stand in awe of the Lord can rejoice in adversity, knowing the Greater One lives inside them. Believers have defeated their enemies, because God’s Spirit within them is greater than those who are in the world (1 John 4:4). Those who are filled with awe at the wonders of God will break forth in songs of joy (Psalm 65:8). Joy gives believers strength to stand.

Believers are anointed with the supernatural force of joy within and rejoice because of that joy. It is a mighty force. Whatever makes believers truly joyful becomes their passion or motivating force and causes them to fulfill their destiny. When believers have no joy in what they are doing, they are not fulfilling purpose. Those who are led by the Spirit will always come to rest in a place of joy. Joy is a kingdom fruit which comes from fulfilling purpose.

Like kings were anointed at their coronation, Jesus was anointed with joy. “Your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else” (Hebrews 1:9 NLT). His anointing of joy produced a sweet fragrance which attracted people to him. It is called the fragrance of the Anointed One (2 Corinthians 2:15). The anointing brings joy and the strength of the Lord. “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Joy enabled Jesus to endure great suffering on the cross. Just as Jesus was anointed with joy, he anoints believers with his joy. Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have” (John 15:11 EXB).

Joy is a sign of victory. Believers can rejoice in the midst of trouble knowing they have the victory in Jesus. Paul overflowed with joy in all his great afflictions (2 Corinthians 7:4). As long as believers do not lose their joy, they are stronger than any enemy. When the enemy attacks my body with sickness or pain, I laugh to remind him he is defeated.

3. Power to Move

Jesus was resurrected from the dead by the power of God, and he gave this same resurrection power to believers through the Holy Spirit. We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV). This is the power to boldly act and overcome.

Believers can be empowered with supernatural authority and power. When empowered, they become a transformer of God’s power, releasing supernatural power into the natural realm.

Supernatural power equips believers to do the work of the kingdom. The disciples did not advance the kingdom until they were given power from heaven (Luke 24:49). “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). The Spirit is a storehouse of great power. As he abides in believers, they have this power in their spirit. He empowers believers to move into the supernatural realm and do exploits. This power is released by faith to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. Speaking the word of God and praying can cause an explosion of power.

4. Service to Others

True service comes out of a sense of wonder. When you marvel at who God really is, you humble yourself to serve him and are able to serve others. “Let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).

The anointing buries the flesh, preparing believers for service. A woman took an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume and anointed Jesus for burial while he was still alive as a testimony for all believers (John 12:1-7). The fleshly nature contains such things as pride, anger and unforgiveness. Nothing good dwells in the flesh (Romans 7:18). Our old sinful life died with Christ on the cross so that we would not be slaves to sin (Romans 6:6). “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24). Even though the flesh has been crucified, it sometimes reappears. For example, when believers are angry or fearful, they let the flesh rise up and control the situation. The anointing will bury the flesh forever.

5. Healing and Deliverance

Believers have access to a powerful healing anointing which flows like a river from the throne of God to bring healing wherever it goes. Fearing the Lord with reverent awe and obedience will heal your body (Proverbs 3:7-8). “Where the river flows everything will live” (Ezekiel 47:9 NIV). That river is the anointing in believers. The Holy Spirit can flow like a mighty river through the hearts of believers (John 7:37). The healing river flows out of the heart of believers and touches those who are hurting, sick and helpless. The anointing heals the sick and sets the captives free.

The anointing can be stored and then released when needed. A dead man was brought to life by being put into the same grave of Elisha. Stored up in Elisha’s bones was anointing still strong enough to raise the dead (2 Kings 13:20-21). When anointed handkerchiefs were laid on sick people, the diseases left and the evil spirits departed (Acts 19:11-12). In our ministry, we have seen people in many nations healed and delivered through the use of anointed handkerchiefs. Cancer and brain tumors have disappeared. Other diseases have been burned up.

6. Establishing the Kingdom

It’s easy for people to connect with a local congregation which has pastors, staff members, programs and buildings. Many think that’s all there is to serving God. Natural people can naturally marvel at outstanding preaching, programs and buildings, but these things do not compare with the kingdom. People can marvel at natural things and still miss the wonders of the kingdom. The kingdom of God is much bigger than any and all local congregations. It is invisible and eternal and supersedes all other kingdoms. A person has to be in awe of God to see the invisible, eternal kingdom. You will not go further in the kingdom then your sense of wonder will carry you.

The anointing establishes the kingdom of God in the lives of believers. The kingdom opens up a world of wonders (Matthew 6:33). It takes the power of God to establish believers in the kingdom of God (Romans 16:25). The anointing helps believers know who they are and where they are going. A person needs to understand these things in order to be established in the kingdom. Those who are established in the kingdom live according to kingdom principles such as sowing and reaping rather than focusing on material possessions and worldly pleasures.

The anointing makes the kingdom unshakable in the lives of believers. As believers truly experience the kingdom, these experiences cannot be taken from them. While employed in one position, Sherry had seven co-workers who were trained and determined to attack her faith at every level. They were not able to shake her faith, because she had truly experienced salvation and entered God’s kingdom.

7. Reproducing Life

There is no greater wonder than the wonder of life itself. The breath of God imparted life into the first man, and the breath of Jesus imparted new life into the disciples. The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45 NIV). Life is supernatural. The Spirit is the one who gives life (John 6:63).

The Lord walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening. He commanded them to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). He revealed himself to them so they might reproduce him. Instead, Adam and Eve ate fruit of the forbidden tree and reproduced themselves. A natural man reproduces himself; a religious man reproduces religion; but anointing reproduces anointing. The anointing brought life to Jesus and raised him from the dead. The anointing is given for believers to reproduce spiritual life in the image of the Father.

Bringing forth life is part of the reproduction anointing. Believers are anointed to propagate the anointing. Propagate means to be fruitful and to multiply. Believers propagate the anointing by leading people to Jesus, instructing them on the anointing and laying hands on them to be filled with the Spirit. This approach gives clarification to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The anointing is at the heart of making disciples and teaching them to obey the King. Only anointed disciples are equipped to obey the King.

Increasing the Anointing

There is a cost to the anointing. As shown in the parable of the ten virgins, there is a price to be paid for the precious oil (Matthew 25:1-9). Oil in the parable symbolizes the anointing. The virgins who wanted more oil to fuel their light were instructed to go where oil was bought and sold and pay the price for the oil. The sense of wonder is the currency with which the anointing is exchanged. Those who marvel at the anointing can receive it from others who also marvel at the anointing. Go where there is wonder and awe. Go where people know that performance is not comparable to the anointing. For more anointing, believers pay the price of sacrificing their will to do the Father’s will. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). The anointing costs everything.

The greatest sacrifice for the anointing is shown in the life of Jesus. As the second person in the godhead, Jesus has always been God. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God” (John 1:1). Throughout eternity, he was filled with glory and majesty, but he gave all of it up to take on flesh and become a sacrificial lamb for all mankind. What a great price he paid. The Father anointed him with the Holy Spirit and power.

Personal relationships with the Father, his Son and his Spirit are critical for receiving more anointing. These three members of the godhead have unique roles concerning the anointing. The Father anoints believers with his Spirit. The Son is the Christ, the Anointed One, within believers. Christ in you is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Since each member of the godhead has a unique role in the anointing, believers who try to limit any member of the godhead are just limiting the anointing in their own lives.

The anointing is on the word of God, so believers become more anointed by hearing the anointed word and studying the word themselves. When they are filled with the word, they can draw on the anointed word within for every situation.

The anointing on a believer’s life can be increased by developing strong relationships with anointed believers. “He who walks with wise men will be wise” (Proverbs 13:20). Believers can draw from the anointing of others. Anointed believers can impart the anointing to others. Pursuing the relationships ordained of God can have a great impact on the anointing in a believer’s life.

Implications for Spiritual Leaders

Be wonder-struck at the Anointed One within and instill a sense of wonder in others. Those with the anointing and a sense of wonder know that the anointing is not theirs to keep. Be a change agent for the anointing with a willingness to pass it along to others. Even those who may not appear to be prepared to receive the anointing from you may need it to help change their lives. Receive the anointing and be quick to give it away.

Preaching without the anointing keeps God’s people bound in carnality. The anointing must be in the leadership for it cannot be in buildings and programs. Buildings and programs can result from advancing the kingdom, but they can also result from natural efforts. It takes the anointing in the leaders to mature believers and advance the kingdom. As believers see the anointing in leaders, they will desire to receive it themselves. Show people the effects of the anointing and they will want more of it.

There is a big difference between intellectual messages aimed at the mind or soul and anointed messages which affect the heart. Intellectual messages have no lasting effects. However, anointed messages call for a response and have lasting effects. Touch the hearts of the people, rather than their intellects and emotions. Pay the price for more anointing and reproduce the anointing in others.

Personal Story

When Sherry and I were filled with the Spirit, we knew we had to go where people believed in the works of the Spirit. Some people advised us to go to Bible school or seminary, but the anointing within led us to a small, rural fellowship 40 miles from our home. The pastor of the fellowship was a gifted teacher who operated in all the gifts of the Spirit. His ministry was widely known for healing and miracles. People would come there from nearby and far away, seeking to be healed. Many would stay only until they were healed, but some stayed and became a part of the ministry. We were actively involved in the ministry there. We learned a great deal about the word of God from his teaching and received an anointing for healing and miracles.

It cost us a lot to be built up in the word of God and to receive an anointing for healing and miracles. We traveled to the fellowship three times a week for eleven years. In total, we drove more than 100 thousand miles to be taught the word of God. Our children did their homework for school in the car on the way to services and slept in the car on the way home. The travel involved a sacrifice for all of us. We passed by a lot of fellowships which were more conveniently located than the one we were attending, but we wanted the power of God operating in our lives rather than a form of godliness.

Conclusions

A sense of wonder and wide-eyed inspiration helps believers stay sensitive to the anointing dwelling within them. While the strongest and wisest believers may miss the subtle witness of the anointing, the child and those with childlike faith have a simplicity and spontaneity which helps them quickly respond to the anointing. The anointing is a believer’s most important guide, because it’s assurance of God’s will is always available. Also, the anointing within is always available for ministry to others.

Your response to the inward witness of the anointing is important. Denying and ignoring the anointing will cause its witness within to diminish. If your response draws on a sense of wonder with thoughts of awe, marvel and amazement, you will ignite a supernatural fire within you which makes you more sensitive to the anointing. Be quick to act on the anointing, and its role in your life will become greater.

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