• The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19).
  • Wednesday, 5 June 2013


    The Holy Spirit and the Anointing
    What is the difference between singing songs about God and praising the LORD? What is the difference between saying some prayers to God and communing with God? The Holy Spirit manifest makes all the difference. The presence of the Holy Spirit brings anointing, a quickening, a God breathed encounter.

    John 6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

    I would compare His presence to giving mouth to mouth resuscitation. That is as we purpose in our hearts to draw unto God - or when we respond to the call of the Holy Spirit drawing us closer- the Holy Spirit breathes in us and through us. The very life of God Himself flows through our being and we are refreshed, renewed, ignited, full of passion and the love of God.

    There is nothing on earth that compares to the anointing. There is no more powerful encounter or communion. We were created to be filled with God's presence and when we yield to God and He fills us fresh with His Spirit - we are empowered in a mighty way. Suddenly the spirit man within us is large, like a balloon that has been filled with helium.

    We are lifted into the realm of spirit and The Holy Spirit in us leads the way. The first response we have is usually an overwhelming sense of peace, love, joy. Those who are new to God's presence may manifest behaviour that seems strange. For example they may tremble or shake or cry or laugh. The Holy Spirit is the very power of God plugged right into our spirit - a powerful jolt of life.

    Romans 8: 11

    11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

    Those filled with the Holy Spirit may appear as drunken or foolish to those who are not filled withe the Spirit.

    Acts 2: 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

    Peter had to explain to those who observed those who received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in this way:

    Acts 2:
    15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
    16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
    17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
    18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
    19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
    20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
    21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
    Encountering a filling of the Holy Spirit is to be full of life. Suddenly the gifts of the Holy Spirit will operate because we are no longer simply existing in the natural realm. As our spirits are quickened, we pray and praise and speak by the Spirit of God who dwells in us.

    This experience of yielding to the Holy Spirit and receiving a fresh infilling and leading of the Spirit is what separates us as the children of God. We are different because of God Himself living in us and quickening us.

    Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

    In fact, we don't even know how to pray for ourselves or anyone without the Holy Spirit's help. He quickens us to pray the perfect will of God about a situation. He prays through us.

    Romans 8: 26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
    27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
    This is pretty powerful wording. It says that God Himself prays through us the perfect will of God about us and for us and for what we are praying for. We are not striving to pray - we cooperate with God and allow Him to flow through us.

    It is clear that the empowering presence of God, the anointing, the manifest presence of God are what makes a difference in our effectiveness in prayer or praise or ministry. O how we need the Holy Spirit.

    Holy Spirit, you are welcome in this place. Holy Spirit, need you. Come fill me fresh. Breath upon me and through me. Bring life and quickening to my spirit man. Fill me with you LORD - more of you. Come live through me - flow through me. Amen.

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