II. THE PURPOSE AND POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit spontaneously ties up with the possession of power and the responsibility of anointing for service. Holy Ghost anointing is for ministry.
- A truly anointed one cannot be dormant. Jesus after being anointed with the Holy Ghost and power went about doing good. Acts 10:38
- By the power of the Holy Ghost, you too can do a lot of good in your neighbourhood, office and local church.
- There are sinful souls to save and bleeding souls to heal, sorrowful souls to comfort and suffering souls to bless, lonely souls to cheer and needy souls to feed, perplexed souls to guide and distressed souls to relieve, redeemed souls to edify and oppressed souls to liberate. Anointing does not increase with inactivity. Don’t be idle with God’s power.
The Bible is filled with several examples of men and women who did great exploits for the kingdom of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Right from the day of Pentecost, the apostles started preaching the gospel of the kingdom with great boldness and authority, and many souls are being won into the kingdom of God.
Have you received the power of the Holy Spirit? Then you must constantly look out for opportunities to preach the gospel, develop converts into disciples, meet the varied needs of people around you, and general fulfil a ministry of edification in your local church.
- With the baptism of the Holy Spirit comes power to:
1. Worship the Lord in a new tongue. Acts 2:1-4
2. Witness for Christ with great effect. Acts 4:33, 2:37
3. Wield the sword of the spirit with powerful results.
4. Work signs and wonders to confirm the gospel. Acts 6:8
5. Wax bold in the face of persecution. Acts 2:14, 22-24; 4:1-14
6. Wage and win spiritual warfare. Acts 16: 11-18
7. Win the most hardened sinners. Romans 15:18-20
8. Wait upon the Lord in prayer. Acts 4:23-31
9. Work efficiently in the various units available in God’s vineyard.
10. Weed out Satan’s tares that attempt to shoot up in your family and church. Acts 5:1-11; 8:18-20.
III. POSSESSING AND PRESERVING THE HOLY SPIRIT ANOINTINGApostle Paul referred to the Holy Spirit’s anointing and power in the believer as “treasure in earthen vessels” 2 Cor 4:7. It means something highly valued, something to store up, not fritter away. If the power of the Holy Spirit is a treasure, then it can not be discovered on the street with ease nor in the valley of idleness, but must be diligently sought out.
Jesus tells us in His parable of the hidden treasure what to do when you discover a treasure: you sell all that you have, and buy it. Matt 13:44
-Do you value the power of the Holy Spirit enough to “sell off” your ease, your earthly pursuits, time, comfort and convenience in order to “buy it”? Isaiah 44:3
-Are you thirsty for God’s fullness? Thirsty enough to forsake all else in search of this divine anointing? Thirsty enough to pay the price of a pure heart, fervent faith, tarrying in prayer?
-Do you value the possession of Holy Spirit’s power above wealth, certificate,