I had an “altar’ed moment” last night.

I had a very special “altar’ed moment” last night. The Presence and Glory of God was so thick that I fully expected to visibly see the glory cloud of shekinah at any moment. For several hours I watched people of every race and color being saved, healed and delivered. On four different occasions a supernatural sound filled the auditorium. The only words I have are awesome, wonderful and glorious!  Where did this “altar’ed moment” take place?

My family and I experienced this tremendous move of the Holy Spirit during Tye Tribbett’s “Bloody Win” tour stop at Grant A.M.E. church here in Austin. The praise and worship was dynamic. The music was the best I have ever heard. In response to the glory of God that poured into the room hundreds of people celebrated the victorious and ascended Lord Jesus Christ. We literally stood in awe for hours.

It is evident that Tye Tribbett is an anointed young man and songwriter. He has considerable spiritual depth and insight. I first met him years ago. And, he continues to be a spirit-filled vocalist who knows how to get worshippers rejoicing. Tye has a  passion for the gospel that infuses everything he does. I like what he recently said, “things in the world can come against us so aggressively. Whether it’s bills or health or personal struggles, it can get harsh, but hold on! Hold on! We’ve got to sing louder for the God who is stronger!”

Several times this morning I have felt impressed to pray for Tye and the ministry God has given him. I truly believe that the Holy Spirit is giving him a “sound” that will reach this generation. The “sound” is more than his music, Tye spoke powerfully last night about the solutions that this generation must embrace to experience true spiritual revival.

His message reminded me of similar words given to me by the Holy Spirit. In my upcoming book, The Altar of His Presence, I wrote, “We often wonder why God has not done anything to change many of the issues in the world. We wonder why God hasn’t brought peace to war, overturned abortion laws, stopped the violence in our cities, or brought revival to our land. Many of us are waiting for God to take action when in fact God is waiting for us. God is waiting for His people to call upon Him. He is waiting for His followers to genuinely repent of lives that have become too busy, too focused on success, and too measured by how much money we make. He is waiting for us to humble ourselves and return to the altar of His Presence.”

We must remember that ALL the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus. Just as the Lord promised Jeremiah that He would answer his prayer and tell him of great and unsearchable things (see Jeremiah 29:12-13), He has declared the same to us. If we will ask, it will be given to us. If we will knock, the door will be opened. If we will seek, we will find.

The Lord wants to have a meeting with us. His will is not that we seek Him out only on Sundays or when we are having problems. He loves for us to be in His Presence. He loves to cover us with His wings. If we will draw near to Him, He has promised to honor us with His Presence, glory and power.  If we will come with a pure heart, call to Him and seek His face, He will listen to us and answer us in wonderful dimensions of goodness, grace and glory.

Pray for Tye. Pray for his ministry team. Pray that the Lord will use him to speak to and reach this generation with the gospel.

Pray for me. Pray for my new book. Pray that tens of thousands of copies will fill the earth with the message of meeting with the Lord. Pray that people all over the world will be inspired to experience intimate encounters with the glory of God…every day…and every hour.

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I love you!

Robert.

 

Do You Have an Altar’ed Moment?

This past weekend was really special.  On Sunday morning I was ministering from God’s Word in a local church here in Texas. About halfway through my message I and everyone in the building experienced an “altar’ed” moment.

 

The Presence of the Holy Spirit poured into the auditorium. Without effort, the message I was preaching came flowing out from my heart and mouth like an unstoppable flood. The people began raising their hands and expressing themselves, each giving glory to God. The atmosphere changed in a matter of moments causing tears to flow and lives to be changed. For over an hour we embraced, enjoyed and experienced His glorious Presence.

 

A few hours later the Holy Spirit nudged me. Everyone had gone home and I was on my way home to Austin. That’s when the Spirit began reminding me of similar times and experiences. He reminded me of a time when I was a teenager. My family had moved because my dad had found a new job. Because of the move, I had to change school districts between my sophomore and junior year. Changing high schools can be hard. Making new friends, learning new teaching styles, adjusting to new teachers and new surroundings for some teens can be really difficult and the changes were taking their toll on me.

 

Then a few months into the school term I had an “altar’ed” moment. It happened during the praise and worship time of a Sunday night church service. We were not singing anything special or new. In fact, we were singing an old chorus, when all of a sudden the Presence of God began filling the room. Without invitation people began leaving their seats and moving toward the front and gathering at the altar.

 

A local ministry team/singing group called The King’s Witnesses (they were was based out of our church) went to the platform and began ministering in song. The pastor and the elders began praying for people. In a matter of minutes heaven filled the place. It was as though we were in the throne room of the Most High. You could almost hear angels singing. The Shekinah was so thick it felt awkward to breathe.

 

I was kneeling at the end of the altar when I looked up and saw my name written on the front of one of the guitars that belonged to a member of the King’s Witnesses. At that moment my life was altar’ed. I don’t know why me seeing my name on that guitar did anything. I just remember that at that moment…the Lord touched me and did the work. I don’t remember asking the Lord to act on my behalf, heal me or deliver me. I just know that at that moment, I was altar’ed and the struggle I had been experiencing was over.

 

Peace flooded my heart and soul like the storm surge that invades the coast when a hurricane comes onshore. I knew at that moment everything was going to be ok. I knew…that I knew…that I knew…the Lord would not leave or forsake me. I knew that He had the whole world AND ME in His hands! After that night the school seemed different. The teachers were not the same. The other students were changed. Even I was different. What had really happened? I can say with confidence, I had been altar’ed by being in the Presence of the Lord.

 

I have been reminded of that night many times since. It has become a “touch point” of faith for me. Whenever I face difficult circumstances or a situation to which I have no answer, I am reminded of that night. I am reminded that the Lord knows where I am, He knows who I am and He knows what I have need of before I even ask. The time spent that night at the altar…truly altered my life.

 

Would you like to share one of your “altar’ed” moments? If so, email me today at info@altarofhispresence.com. I will read your story and rejoice with you concerning the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. The bible says that we are to rejoice with those who rejoice and I want to rejoice with you. Let me know if I have your permission to share it with our readers. I know that there are many who are reading today that would love to hear the story of your life being altar’ed.

 

One more thing, if you are carrying a heavy burden or if you are ill, hurting or need an answer from the Lord, email me. Susan and I will pray for you. We will ask and agree with you for the Holy Spirit to provide an answer to your prayer. We will pray that He will give you an altar’ed moment! Soon you will be healed, delivered and rejoicing over what the Lord has done for you! Either way, write to me today and share your heart!

 

I look forward to hearing from you…Robert.

Standing on Holy Ground

When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:5 NASB

 

There is a spiritual principle that we must come to understand and embrace. The principle is this, “Whatever is connected with the worship of the holy LORD is itself holy. Nothing is holy in itself, but anything (and anyone) becomes holy by being connected and consecrated to Him.” Therefore, any place where He manifests His Presence is holy ground (Exodus 3:5). The tabernacle or temple in which His glory is revealed is a holy building (Exodus 28:29); and all its sacrifices (Exodus 29:33), ceremonial materials (30:25) and utensils (1 Kings 8:4) are also holy. The Sabbath is holy because it is the Sabbath of the Lord (Exodus 20:8-11).

 

Holiness, in short, is expressive. Like fashionable clothes, holiness is always noticed. We who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for our eternal salvation have been chosen and set apart unto God. Therefore, like the Tabernacle or Temple in the Old Testament, we have become the dwelling place of God, hence, we are holy. Because our bodies have been made from the dust of the earth, we are standing on and in holy ground. That is why we are admonished throughout the Scripture to remove any garments of sin and decay and to put on the garments (the character) that reveals the holiness of God.

 

What does holiness worn by a believer look like? Isaiah prophesied it would be like wearing a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. When Paul told the Church in Rome to put on (wear as a garment) the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was telling the Church that holiness would show forth the goodness, the grace and the glory that God has shown to us and exchanged for our sin and decay.

 

Holiness can also be described as wholeness. It has been said that, “if a half-a-man marries half-a-woman to get half-a-marriage.” To have a whole marriage we must be whole people who marry others who are whole as well. To be whole or holy means that as people who are filled with the Presence of God, we are to be kind, considerate and helpful. We are to have a spirit of humility where we take the low road of modesty instead of the high road or arrogance. We put on the Lord’s meekness, patience, and love. Being “holy ground” means that we are patient with others while becoming able to persevere through difficult times. We should seek to focus on forbearance so that we can bear the weakness, flaws and irritations of others. Let us offer forgiveness to everyone we meet so that we purposely pardon and release those who have wronged us (just as Christ readily forgave us of all our sins).

 

The Lord has chosen to manifest His Holy Presence in and through our lives. Thus, we are His Holy Ground. Our lives should no longer be viewed as common, but dedicated to the will and purposes of our Lord and Savior. The injunction, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2), plainly implies an ethical conception. In ourselves, we cannot resemble God in His divine attributes. But, by the Presence, purpose and power of the Holy Spirit, we can shine His likeness along the lines of those moral qualities of righteousness and love in which true holiness consists. In the Psalmists and Prophets, the Divine holiness becomes, above all, an ethical reality convicting men of sin (Isaiah:3:1) and demanding of those who would stand in His Presence to have clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3).

 

The Holy Presence of the Lord within us makes us holy ground. Being led by Spirit in the paths of righteousness, for His Name’s sake, should cause His light, life and love to shine through us. The Bible tends to say that rocks can talk and trees can clap their hands. Perhaps we should think more like the burning bush that Moses ran into. Perhaps we should ask the Lord to cause others to see, hear and come in contact with Him through us.

I am reminded of these words written by the great song writer, Bill Gaither:

We are standing on holy ground
For I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His Presence on holy ground


Verse 2
In His Presence I know there is joy beyond all measure
And at His feet sweet peace of mind can still be found
For when we have a need He is still the answer
Reach out and claim it for we are standing on holy ground


(chorus)
We are standing on holy ground
For I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His Presence on holy ground.

(Bill Gaither, We Are Standing On Holy Ground© 2017 Gaither Music)

 

 

The Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit

And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22 

Not since the moment Adam was given life had any person experienced such a glorious moment. The first moment came when God breathed into Adam and the man became a living soul.1 This resulted in the human race being given the ability to think, feel, walk, talk and be in relationship with the Creator.

This second moment flowed from the life giving Spirit of the last Adam. The result was the Creator making men and women the Spirit’s dwelling place and His people. This life altering moment made possible the idea that men, made of earth’s dust, would bear the image of the man of heaven.2

Many continue to see the Holy Spirit as only the breath or wind of God. But He is more than either and both. He is the third Person of the Trinity; and therefore, God Himself. He has submitted to and has been sent by the Father to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”3

He is the One who draws men to the Father and points them to their Savior, Jesus. He is responsible for our new birth as well as being the resident Who lives within us. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary so Jesus could be the example of a Person who walked in the  Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit. And, now this same Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead is living in us and giving life to us, filling our lives and making us God’s unique and holy people.

In the first chapter of Genesis the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. The Spirit (Hebrew: ruwach) by definition flutters or hovers as like a mother bird over her young.4 Now the Spirit dwells within us. He desires to manifested His Person and Presence in and through our lives. He seeks to hover over or be released upon us for the sake of ministry.

In a fashion similar to the dove being released from Noah’s Ark, the Spirit was released from Lord Jesus upon His disciples as He breathed upon them. He also told them to receive the Holy Spirit. Just as the Spirit proceeded from the Father upon Jesus (at His baptism), the Holy Spirit proceeded from Christ Jesus upon His disciples and continues to proceed from the Lord Jesus for the sake of seeking a people to rest upon. Our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus have a real determination toward the Holy Spirit’s Manifested Presence dwelling within us (for salvation) and resting upon us (for ministry).

When the Holy Spirit is resting upon us His Presence can be sensed similarly to the scent of the anointing oil mentioned in Exodus 33:25 and 32, “Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Do not pour it on anyone else’s body and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred.”

It is important for us to rearrange our thinking. The Holy Spirit is in us. He also desires to rest or manifest His Presence upon us. The anointing is a Person (not a thing). Christ is more than an individual.6 The apostle Paul unfolded this Messianic mystery in his Epistle to the Colossians.  The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.  To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.7

In a few months my new book, The Altar of His Presence, will be flooding bookstores. I am convinced that people around the globe will be touched and changed as they experience the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit in new and dynamic ways. I encourage you to begin praying now (if you haven’t already) for the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father and the Lord Jesus to you as never before. Ask Him to Manifest His Presence in, on and through your life and ministry. Ask Him to begin…today!

 


End Notes

1.    Genesis 2:7

2.    1 Corinthians 15:45-49

3.    John 16:8 KJV

4.    Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Entry 7307

5.    Genesis 8:9

6.    Corporate Anointing by Kelley Varner

7.    Colossians 1:26-27

 

 

In 2017-Open Your Heart

I simply love the ministry of Craig Groeschel. One of his core values is to lead the way with irrational generosity because he truly believes it is more blessed to give than to receive.

If we are going to follow the pathway to irrational generosity we will need to turn a deaf ear to old voices and then, open our heart to new choices. We will need to begin with this praise and prayer…

Thank you Lord for renewing my mind today. Teach me your ways.”

The Bible says in 2 Samuel 5:6-9 NIV, “The king (David) and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, ‘You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.’ They thought, ‘David cannot get in here.’ Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.  On that day, David said, ‘Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.’ That is why they say, ‘The blind and lame will not enter the palace.’ David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David.'”

There are two types of thought that continually vie for our attention.  One says, “Yes I can.” The other says, “No, you can’t”.  One says “God will help you.” And the other, “God has left you.”  One speaks the language of faith and the other the language of fear.  One proclaims God’s strengths and the other lists your failures.  One longs to build you up and the other does its best to tear you down.

Here’s the great news…you get to choose. God wants all of us to follow David’s example. When everyone was focused on the obvious…David thought the unusual.  Following his example during the coming year will cause you to do what no one expects and achieve what no one imagines.

I encourage you to pray this prayer with me today. “Dear Lord Jesus, help me to open my heart and mind to new possibilities. Nothing is impossible to You and nothing is impossible to anyone who believes that nothing is impossible to You. You are a Great and Mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for you. Lord, I pray that over the coming year, you will help me to:

  • Keep Growing. “I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding.” Philippians 1:9
  • Continue to Rejoice. “…the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.” Philippians 1:18
  • Be Bold. “And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ.”  Philippians 1:14
  • Be Humble. “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.”  Philippians 2:3
  • Be Generous. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:10-11

I love you!

Robert


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What Happens When the Holy Spirit Comes Upon You?

Last week I shared the truth about Holy Spirit living within every believer and desiring to REST UPON EVERY BELIEVER.  When the Spirit comes upon us, He Empowers Us for Ministry. Ministry means to give service either from, to or within the faith community through:

  • Speech (ministry of the Word)
  • Discipleship (mentoring of the people)
  • Giftedness (maximizing gift, talents and abilities)
  • Charity and Serving (such as feeding the poor)
  • The Demonstration of and Display of God

This week I want to talk about how the Holy Spirit Enables and Ordains Ministry

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 1 Corinthians 2:6-7

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Therefore, let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, Hebrews 6:1

After reading this verses, it is also important to note that “The Anointing Ordains and Dedicates People to The Ministry”

The high priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head and who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments, must not uncover his head or tear his clothes. He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 21:10-12

The definition of the words ordain or ordination is: The act of arranging in regular order, especially the act of investing with ministerial or spiritual rank, the setting-apart for an office in the Christian ministry. Ordain is from the Latin word ordinare, which means “to set in order” or “to arrange”; in post-Augustan Latin “to appoint to office.”

Dedication is defined from the Hebrew word, cherem. Cherem is often used in Hebrew of the consecration of persons and speaks of, “a person or thing devoted to God.”

The concept of the anointing being transferred or imparted for the purpose of enabling ministry comes from stories about Samuel, Elijah, Peter, John and the Apostle Paul’s relationship with Timothy and others. God sometimes uses a ministry father or fathers to bring His anointing for ministry to our lives.

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3

For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Timothy 1:6

Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money. Acts 8:17-18

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.  1 Samuel 16:1; 13 

Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 1 Kings 19:16 

In these examples and many more from the Scriptures:

  • The person who was anointed for ministry experienced a “quickening, moving, or form of excitement or brokenness.”
  • The level of ministry or maturity of the “greater” shared a “depth” or “strength” when there was a transference of anointing to the “lesser.”
  • The transference was accomplished in several different ways, including, prophetic words, the laying on of hands, the anointing with oil, the casting of cloth, fasting and prayer, and usually with specific supernatural prophetic direction given to describe future ministry.

When the Anointing (the Holy Spirit) comes UPON us for ministry, there is an experiential component to the experience. This is different than the Holy Spirit coming to live in our heart or spirit. In His coming UPON us, both the soul and flesh are moved, excited, thrilled, broken, etc.

Would you email me today and share what you have experienced, when the Anointing (Holy Spirit) comes UPON YOU? You can email me at: info@altarofhispresence.com

Thanks,

Robert

The Anointing: In and On the Believer.

The Holy Spirit lives within every believer. From within us He is passionate about His desire to regenerate our thoughts, words and actions. He yearns to have us depend totally upon Him so that He might discharge His responsibility to the One who sent Him, namely, that of causing the believer to grow into living a full, glorious and victorious Christian life. That statement does not mean His Presence or Anointing rests UPON every believer. Let me explain…

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

It is important for us to see that from these verses:

The Lord has set His seal of ownership on us. The Greek phrase Paul used  includes the Greek word, sphragizô. Sphragizô is an old verb meaning, “to set a seal to prevent opening” (Daniel 6:17), or “in place of signature” (1Kings 21:18). First century examples show a wide legal use to give validity to documents, to guarantee the genuineness of articles as sealing sacks and chests, etc.

The Lord has put His Spirit in our hearts. Such was used to describe a deposit or to describe the earnest money in a purchase for a farm animal or for a wife (a dowry). Such was part payment on the total obligation and we use the very expression in buying a house today, “earnest money.” This earnest of the Spirit in our hearts is the witness of the Spirit that we are God’s.

We have been given the seal of His ownership: The anointing authenticates or notarizes the ministry God has given to us, in us and through us.

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit– just as it has taught you, remain in him. The Holy Spirit is placed within the believer. 1 John 2:27 

There are two ministries that 1 John 2 describes;

  1. The anointing does the work of bringing spiritual understanding of the Word of God to the believer.
  2. The anointing gives the believer an innate ability to know in an intuitive way, spiritual things. (Not from the soul or intellectual realm but by and of the Spirit.)

How does this occur? First of all, the Holy Spirit is sent into the believer’s heart for the purpose of making His home there. Each of us have the responsibility to make room for the Holy Spirit and to make Him at home in our lives.

We must give the Holy Spirit absolute freedom to change us from the inside out. We must yield all that we are to the Spirit’s control and depend upon the Spirit for guidance, for teaching and for strength. It is only then that the potential power resident in the Presence of the Holy Spirit can fully operate in our lives.

Once given freedom to dwell fully within us, the Holy Spirit desires to REST UPON us to demonstrate the Lord Jesus to others. He wants come “UP-ON” us. We see this happening in Luke 3:21-22.

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

The Purpose of the Anointing Being in Us (Internally) Is To:

  •  Teach us until we are taught. To teach means to:
  • Hold discourse in order to instruct others.
  • Provide knowledge in a methodical manner.
  • Impart information.
  • Instill understanding.
  • Interpret the significance of certain truths.
  • Illustrate for the sake of clarification.

Then the Anointing:

  • Uncovers and unveils revelations of truth which we cannot know on our own.
  • Quickens our cognitive powers to understand truth that has been previously; is presently; and will be in the future, revealed.
  • Enables direct communication from God to our heart. We then know things we cannot know in ourselves, but in Him.

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:13

The Purpose of the Anointing Coming Upon (Externally) Us Is To:

Empower us for Ministry

Ministry means to give service either from, to or within the faith community through:

  • Speech (ministry of the Word)
  • Discipleship (mentoring of the people)
  • Giftedness (maximizing gift, talents and abilities)
  • Charity and Serving (such as feeding the poor)
  • The Demonstration of and Display of God (healings, wonders and miracles)

One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. Luke 5:17

Next week I will complete my teaching on the Holy Spirit coming UPON us for ministry. Don’t miss it! God bless you!

Robert

Many are Experiencing the Supernatural!

Many people have been emailing us that they are experiencing the supernatural and the Manifest Presence of God while reading our blog and listening to our podcast. The Holy Spirit has been declaring God’s glorious mind and will, as well as, the unfolding of His plans and purposes concerning our ministry both here in the United States and around the world. The source of this knowledge is found in the anointing of the Holy Spirit, first on the Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) and secondly, upon the body of Christ (the sons of the Living God).

This should be of no surprise to us because Acts 10:37-38 says, “You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached–how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”

The words that Peter used for anoint and anointing are translated from the words mashach in Hebrew and chrio in Greek. The original application of these words can be found in the dabbing or smearing of either oil or ointment on sacred things (like the Tabernacle) or persons (like King David).

The oldest and most sacred of these, it would seem, was the anointing of the Old Testament prophet, priest or king. The individual was usually anointed by the pouring oil upon his head. This anointing was then usually coupled with a ceremony regarded as sacred and special from the of earliest times, and observed not in Israel only, but throughout the Middle East.

Among the Israelite people it was believed that such anointing created a transference (to the anointed person) of something of the authority, holiness and virtue of the LORD God Almighty (Jehovah El Shaddai). Such was the case for the Kings of Judah and Israel, because according to Scripture, those who were anointed received a special endowment of the Spirit of Yahweh (see 1 Samuel 16:13 and Isaiah 61:1).

This was the basis for the profound reverence held for the king, the prophet and the priest. Such a person was seen as a sacred personage, “the anointed”, which passed over into our language through the Greek title of Christos, as it now appears in our Bibles as “Christ”.

THE CHRIST WAS ANOINTED WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS

Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. Psalm 45:6-8

The Biblical Principle of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit is pictured in the Old Testament’s Anointing Oil

  •  The Anointing Oil is an Old Testament type of the Holy Spirit.
  •  This sacred use of Anointing with Oil consecrated things or persons to The LORD.
  •  The Anointing Oil, when applied to things or persons, gave them a spiritual sacredness so as to fit them for holy ministry.
  •  Spiritually speaking, when one the Anointing Oil was applied to an individual it was for the purpose of setting them apart and them receiving a special endowment of the Holy Spirit.

The Purpose of the Anointing Oil

  •  To Consecrate: The meaning of consecrate is to set apart, prepare and dedicate a person to God.

And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to consecrate him.   Leviticus 8:12 

  •  To Bring Deliverance

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. Isaiah 10:27 KJV

The meaning of deliverance is to draw out, set free, rescue, save or cause to escape.5

  • To Empower and Send with Kingdom Purpose

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole country-side. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me…” Luke 4:14-18

In Acts 10:38 the verb “anointed” is in the active voice. God is doing the acting.

The Person used by God to anoint the Lord Jesus was a simple element like the Anointing Oil of the Old Testament, but with the Person of the Holy Spirit. God sent the Holy Spirit to rest upon His Son Jesus for the ministry which He as the Man Christ Jesus was to accomplish on the earth. The Holy Spirit did not act as the anointer but the anointing.

Today, because we are the “body of Christ”, Father God is the Anointer and the Holy Spirit is the anointing Himself. Thus the Person of the Holy Spirit lives in and rests upon us for the sake of providing the supernatural equipment for the ministry to which our Lord and we are called to do. We must ask the Father to anoint us with a “Fresh Anointing” so that we can be effective in both life and ministry.

Next week I will be writing on the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit in and on the sons of God. God bless you today!

Robert