Claiming the Anointing of the Holy Spirit
Jesus walked in an anointing of the Spirit beyond measure. He constantly illustrated superior truths by stepping outside the boundaries of nature. The more you and I become empowered and directed by the Spirit of God, the more our lives should defy natural principles, and release the spiritual realities God intended for us to enjoy.
We are in the beginning stages of the season of accelerated growth. I believe it is possible under the mercy of God, to make up for several hundred years of failure in these areas. It’s possible to lay the groundwork for another generation to come and use our ceiling as his or her floor, to build upon it, and go where no one has ever gone.
First Corinthians 12-14 contains wonderful teaching on the operation of the gifts of the Spirit. But beyond that it is a revelation of the body of believers who live in the realm of the Spirit that is essential for an authentic gospel. These manifestations of the Holy Spirit are being taken to the streets where they belong. It is there that they reach their full potential. Our ambition is to increasingly take that atmosphere of Heaven wherever we go, whether it’s into our homes, businesses, the streets, or the even the mall. This is the normal Christian life.
In the city where I live, community members are recognizing the impact believers are having as they take the power of God to the streets. People are accepting Christ into their lives, being instantly healed and delivered. The Kingdom of God is advancing through signs, wonders, healings, and power encounters. Hundreds of people have been healed in public places through believers that believe God is good.
We are living in desperate times. Genuine hunger accelerates the process of maturity. And truly desperate people can pull into this hour what was reserved for another hour.
This generation has the opportunity to fulfill the cry of Moses for all of God’s people to be prophets. We are to carry the Elijah anointing in preparing for the return of the Lord in the same way that John the Baptist carried the Elijah anointing and prepared the people for the coming of the Lord.
So how do we prepare for an increase of power in our lives?
By having our minds renewed to a Kingdom mind-set. This helps us to take the risks necessary for God’s promised invasion.
By asking for more of the Holy Spirit. Divine encounters given to hungry people have always been the most important part of a person’s transformation. Wise men still travel. Go wherever you need to go to receive what others can contribute to this need.
By giving honor to the gifts of Christ - past and present. Recognizing the grace of God on leaders outside of your immediate “stream” is beneficial in becoming the whole person He has designed. I have made it a practice to even honor the descendants of revivalists, asking them for the prayer of blessing and impartation for me to fulfill my assignment.
Put yourself in places where you can encounter the presence of God and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to transform your thoughts until you find yourself dreaming with God of the possibilities and potential realities in bringing Heaven to earth. Out of that encounter a lifestyle develops that sustains revival in our own lives. Once in place, we help to create a culture that sustains revival. It looks somewhat like this:
A culture that sustains revival is a culture captivated by the Lord Jesus Christ, delighting in the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is a culture of humility— recognizing that we can do nothing except what we see the Father doing and only that insofar as we receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
This culture releases the power of God. To not walk in power is to withhold from man the very encounter that would bring God praise.
This culture releases the report of God’s glory, nature and covenant; keeping continuously on our lips the testimony of what God is doing… not just what He has done in the past.
It is a culture of honor that recognizes peoples’ gifts and works hard to call out peoples’ destiny. As destinies are released, we ensure that the revival continues growing from glory to glory in subsequent generations.
It seeks to defer to others rather than compete, bless rather than destroy through petty jealousies, and seeks not to criticize but to aspire to have the mind of Christ and the heart of compassion for those in our midst and outside the church walls.
It is a culture that extends the blessings of God outward rather than hoarding them for us.
It is a culture where corporate gatherings open us up to greater encounters with the living God. Where the glory brings unity and divine encounters release us to fulfill our destiny— to release Heaven on earth wherever we go.
This is the assignment of the hour. And I joyfully welcome an increased manifestation of the Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to pursue and display an authentic Gospel. It is that same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that resides within us.
But He’s not in us as a lake. He’s in us as a river that must be released. It is that River that will change the landscape of the world around us.