It Is in the Midst of Trials That We Need the Anointing of God

Trials come to build us up for greater glory. It is in the midst of trial that we need the anointing of God. When we are stunted in the spirit, we may end up acting out of our flesh which exhorts our human desires. We need God’s wisdom.

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise us and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.” Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:23-31)

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. (1 Peter 4:12-16)

How to be focused:

  1. Stay God-centered.

Acts 4:24 tells us that when the Early Church was being persecuted, the people remained focused on God.

“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

Nothing is too difficult for our God.

  1. Stay united in prayer.

Personal prayer is powerful, but corporate prayer is even more powerful.

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

  1. Overcome intimidation with spiritual boldness.

Acts 4:31 tells us that when the members of the Early Church prayed together, the place where they were praying was shaken and the power of God moved powerfully. God will shake us out of our comfort zones in order to bring a new level of anointing.

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.” (1 Samuel 16:1)

Even those who are mentally or emotionally strong can become spiritually traumatized like Samuel in the verse above. The quicker we can humble ourselves, release our expectations to God, and agree to follow His plan, the faster we can move forward.

Once we receive God’s fresh anointing we need to move towards glory. For anointing flows only when we are in motion, particularly moving forward by following Him.

You Are His Witness on Earth, You Have the Dunamis Power of God

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

God promised us the Holy Spirit, His divine power manifested in our daily lives. In Luke 24:49, Jesus told the disciples to wait for the dunamis power of God – an explosive power on which the Early Church thrived. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can change lives, and God has promised to place that power within each of us.

The Book of Acts is an account of Jesus’ intended purpose for the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 tells us that we are His witnesses in the Earth. This means that your life must be a testimony – it should show the evidence of God and His active, participatory presence. Is the power of the Holy Spirit present in your life?

If you have everything but the Spirit of God, you have nothing. Both your expressions and prayer must have power.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. (Acts 2:1-6)

The baptism of the Holy Spirit indicates that the Holy Spirit has you. You cannot hurry the Spirit; wait for Him to come, just like the apostles did.

The Holy Spirit will come supernaturally.

You are a spiritual being. The question is, are you spiritually alive or dead?

We need to love God supernaturally.

You can expect the power of God to powerfully move in your life, as in Acts 2:2.

He will come personally as in Acts 2:3, but you first need to invite Him.

The Holy Spirit will fill the whole place (Acts 2:4).

The Church must have the power of the Holy Spirit in order to operate beyond human capacity (Acts 2:6).

The Disciple’s Anointing for Unlimited Power

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

As disciples, we need God’s anointing. We should tarry until we receive it from the Holy Spirit. When He anoints us, God confirms who we are and gives us our commission. Power and authority come with the anointing, but they come through Jesus, not from the institution of the Church or any of its members apart from Him.

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 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 1:4-8)

You must be baptized in the Holy Spirit; only then you will have power. You need the King’s anointing just like David did.

When you have been anointed by God.

Your human capacity and ability will be unlimited.

You will be able to function at an unlimited pace and gain momentum.

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. (Acts 8:1-4)

You will have unlimited influence and dominion.

You will overcome fear and discouragement.

You will learn to live by the Spirit and not according to the desires of your flesh.

You will learn to be still in your position and know who your God is.

Faith, Anointing, Glory & The Fire of God

Faith – We all have a measure of faith that enables us to do great things for God. Faith gives deep assurance, and our faith can grow through experience as we find Him trustworthy.

Anointing – Anointing is the power of God given to different people for different purposes. It comes from God through the Holy Spirit, and we must obey Him in order to receive it.

Glory of God – God’s glory comes from His presence, goodness and love being made evident in the earth.

The glory of the Shekinah God, the God who dwells among us. God Himself present. Glory is mystical and it happens when God comes down. God’s glory comes when we rest, worship and let God lead. Glory is the weight of God and cannot be quantified.

What should we do when the glory comes? We need to be sensitive, dying to self and adopting a posture of the heart that is completely for God and His ways. You can long for His glory, but you cannot force it.

The Fire of God

Life brings many challenges, and we need the fire of God to endure them and emerge victorious. We must learn to focus on His holy fire and not our problematic circumstances.

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. (Isaiah 64:1-3)

The mountains and nations tremble in His presence. When we enter His presence, our spirits should boil over with passion to serve Him.

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)

We need the baptism of fire to serve Him, and our lives will be miraculous.

… for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29)

But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you. (Deuteronomy 9:3)

Our God is like a consuming fire; He will devour our enemies.

Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. (Psalm 97:3)

“And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,” declares the LORD, “and I will be its glory within.” (Zechariah 2:5)

Our God surrounds and protects us like a wall of fire.

“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9-10)

He is a River of Fire.

There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. (Exodus 3:2)

In Exodus 3, the angel of the Lord appeared in the flames.

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

(2 Chronicles 7:1)

We must ask for a fresh fire of God upon our lives.

Claim and Recover Your Inheritance

By His Stripes We Are Healed

Healing is our inheritance, and so are joy and peace.

One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’” She replied, “I have a home among my own people.” “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked. Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.” Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” “No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!” But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her. The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. He said to his father, “My head! My head!” His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out. She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.” “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.” “That’s all right,” she said. She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’” “Everything is all right,” she said. When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me why.” “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?” Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.” But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her. Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.” When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out. (2 Kings 4:8-37)

What an amazing story about the power and mercy of God. First the Shunammite woman was barren. Then, she had a child, for she knew the power of God and His servant. When her son died at an unappointed time, she never gave up but claimed healing through the servant of God.

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. (John 6:63)

Do not be blinded by the things of this world. We need to be like the Shunammite woman who built an upper room for the anointing of God. We need to make room in our lives for the King of Kings, and we will be required to make sacrifices for holiness. Does God have a prominent place in your heart? God dwells in the praises of His people; if your heart does not praise Him, you cannot expect Him to dwell with you. Make room for Jesus in your heart, for He is preparing a room for you.

Second Kings 4 records that the boy sneezed seven times, and then he opened his eyes. Sneezing is the body’s way of expelling irritants that do not belong. Similarly, in order to experience God’s healing, we need to purge ourselves of unholy things that do not belong in His temple.

Claiming Your Inheritance

Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.” But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat. His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?” He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’” Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” (1 Kings 21:1-7)

We need to be like Naboth who stood firm against the king, even to the point of death, in order to keep his inheritance. God honored Naboth by bringing a curse upon King Ahab’s household.

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” (Hebrews 1:1-4)

Inheritance must be claimed. Mark the four corners of your inheritance and guard it. We are the heirs of God the Father by the royal blood of Jesus. Watch out for pride, for it will always blind you. Jesus said that if He is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself, and those whom He sets free are free indeed. When you know your inheritance, the devil cannot gain ground, for in Christ he has been defeated.

We are made in God’s image, and your blood fights for your survival. Abel’s blood cried out to God, and in Jesus’ blood were the white blood cells that are present in your blood stream. He is the vine; we are the branches. He is a God of miracles, so do not sell your inheritance.

Recovering Your Inheritance

David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way. When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind. Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit.

David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. (1 Samuel 30:1-10, 18-19)

God always sees you according to what He has ordained you for. He chose you, and you are defined by what God says about you, not the words of other people. David was a man after God’s heart; he yearned for Him. For this reason, God ordained him to be a king. You must always guard your heart and allow God to use it.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12)

As the Word says, we will be tested; do not be surprised. The Amelekites were Israel’s worst enemies; they always attacked their weaknesses and exploited them. At their hand, David lost everything including his two wives, but in his great distress, he sought God and received comfort and encouragement. When you go through a trial and do not know what to pray, speak in tongues, allowing the Holy Spirit to intercede for you. You are the bride of Christ. Abigail was one of David’s wives, and her name means “joy.” The joy of

the Lord is your strength. It is the anointing that comes and makes you whole. When God restores your inheritance, the crowd will be drawn to you. When David restored everything he had lost, those who were against him came back to him

God’s Altar Call

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” Then the LORD was jealous for his land and took pity on his people. The LORD replied to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations. “I will drive the northern horde far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land; its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise. ”Surely he has done great things! Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things! Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed. “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. (Joel 2:12-32)

We need to develop a prayerful life and develop the desire to pray daily. God reads our hearts. If we do not receive an answer to prayer, we should check our hearts to make sure we have not placed any idols above God. These could take the shape of materialism, television, a spouse or loved one, work, or anything else that you esteem above the Lord.

We must consecrate ourselves as holy unto God. We need to connect with Him and enter into His presence through prayer. We should also intercede for the nation in which God has placed us.

We must ask God for forgiveness, for revival comes only after repentance. We need to be sanctified and refined in Christ and pray without ceasing that God will fulfill His promise to pour out His Spirit on the young and old.

Through a lifestyle of prayer, God will activate your gifting, and you will live supernaturally with miracle-working power, healing and saving everyone you encounter in the name of the Lord.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:36)

From the day we are born, everything in our lives is about our Lord. From Him we come, for He is our Creator. Through Him, by His grace we live every day, and for Him we do all things. God is calling every individual as well as the corporate Church, and we have a choice whether or not to respond to Him. Billy Graham said we can miss the kingdom by a foot, meaning that our heads are with God, but our hearts are far from Him. When our hearts are with God, we will offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, and we will experience His power at work in our daily lives.

There are four powerful reasons to respond to God’s call:

  1. Dedicate and consecrate your body.

It is common sense that we dedicate our bodies to God because Christ did the same for us when He died on the cross. If God has your heart, He also has your body, for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:12-14)

Let your body be an instrument of righteousness rather than wickedness. The world will know your God through your actions.

  1. It is a place of confession and declaration.

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:8-10)

If you believe with your heart, then you will confess your belief with your mouth. There must be evidence of God in our lives. There is no such thing as a closet Christian.

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)

We are called to be the light and salt of the earth. How can a light be hidden?

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

(2 Corinthians 4:3)

We have life, and that life is everlasting.

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. (Psalm 45:1-2)

The psalmist compared his tongue to the pen of a skillful writer. When we are guided by the Spirit of God, He anoints our tongues to confess and declare His goodness to the world, and we are blessed forever.

  1. It is a place for spiritual impartation.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 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.

Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord. (Acts 13:1-3, 9-12)

When God is lifted up, you will experience the impartation of His blessing. As we focus on lifting the Lord higher, He will draw all men to Himself. When we minister unto the Lord rather than to ourselves, His gifts begin to flow. The verses above are clear examples of how the Lord moves when He is lifted up.

  1. It is a place of total surrender.

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. (Hebrews 11:17-19)

When you surrender everything to God, you activate His blessing. Abraham did exactly that when he stood, dagger in hand, ready to sacrifice Isaac. As a result, everything changed.

When you are willing to totally surrender to God’s instruction, you will activate His miracles. You have to lay everything on the altar in order to see how He will multiply it. As a result of Abraham’s heart of surrender, his descendants were blessed and a nation was born, the only nation God chose to call His own.

What is Your Level of Faith?

  1. The Passover Level.

The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover. “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:5-13)

This passage tells us that the nation of Israel was delivered from slavery. Salvation is the beginning of everything. This is a stage of groaning.

  1. The Pentecostal Level.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? (Acts 2:1-8)

At this level, everyone should speak in tongues as illustrated in the verses above. Do not worry about whether you understand what you are saying; this is one of the mysteries of the Spirit that we should accept and do in faith.

  1. The Tabernacle Level.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. (Matthew 27:51-53)

When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible says that the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. This is symbolic of our direct access to the Holy of Holies. Jesus paid the price so that we now have direct access to God. And because there is no longer separation between God and man, there is no more need for continual sacrifice.

We need to have a close relationship with God. With the help of the Holy Spirit we must listen to God in the Holy of Holies which is now our hearts. Through times of intimacy with Him, we will begin to walk in divine ability, for His anointing gives us supernatural power and authority. And remember, the greater the test we receive from God, the greater our testimony will be. The higher the flood waters rose, the higher the ark floated.

God Wants an Encounter with You

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:26-38)

Christmas can take on numerous meanings, but the truth is, Christmas represents the beginning of God’s personal encounter with mankind. God came to Earth in the flesh, lived victoriously among us and conquered death. We should celebrate Christmas every day because not only did Jesus choose to interact with us, He gave us the Holy Spirit who is with us all the time.

So, how can we encounter God and walk and talk with Him daily? According to Luke 1:37, we can fully rely on God’s Word, for it will never fail. As Mary said, let it be done according to His will, for with, God nothing is impossible.

God knows your address.

God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary’s home. When you live in God’s purpose, He will send His angels to you. The encounter happens where you live.

God knows how obedience to Him can impact your life.

God chose Mary to fulfill His purpose. When God chooses you, it affects your personally and the people around you. God does not bless us just for our own benefit.

God knows that you are afraid.

It is quite normal to react with uncertainty as Mary did, but do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God. Verse 35 says that the Holy Spirit came and overshadowed Mary. God is with us in all our circumstances.

We need to believe God’s word.

Jesus works every day, not only on Christmas Day. What happens when we don’t believe?

The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” (Luke 1:19-20)

Evidence causes us to believe with our natural minds, but we need to have faith to believe in the Spirit. We must choose to believe God at His Word that with Him, nothing is impossible.

Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” (Mark 9:21-25)

Like the father of the demon-possessed boy, we need to confess our unbelief to God, and ask for His help.

The Unique Power of Christianity, There is Power in His Name

They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. (Acts 4:7-22)

Peter and John walked in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, and when they were questioned about their authority, they proclaimed the name of Jesus. There is power in His name.

According to Acts 4:19-20, we cannot talk about the things we have seen and heard.

Christianity contains the power to change lives.

When the people saw the miracles, there was no argument (verse 14).

There are three evidences of the Power of God:

  1. The true message of liberty in Christ.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

  1. Miracles.

Do you believe in miracles? The world is impressed when they see authentic change in a person they know. The healing of one person can result in 5,000 people giving their lives to Jesus.

  1. The man behind the miracle.

Paul and Peter were regarded as uneducated, but their acts proved that they had great wisdom in Christ. Power comes when you have competence and knowledge, and God uses even the uneducated to show His power.


You Will Be Tested in Your Walk with God

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Everything in God relates to bringing His promises into reality. Our lives all depend on promises, from marriage licenses, to job contracts, to mortgages, to student loans, and so on. We write up contracts so that both parties are bound to keep their side of the commitment. Our

world revolves around these promises, but the greater reality is based on one promise as well: Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s overarching promise to mankind. This was not an easy promise to fulfill; God gave His only Son as a sacrifice to fulfill His promise of restoration and eternal life. It is now up to mankind to abide by the terms of this agreement. We must choose to accept Christ’s death as atonement for our sin. This is a choice we each make on our own. God will be there all the way, but He will never interfere with our free will by forcing us to choose Him. Let us examine Abraham’s choice in the following scriptures.

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

God’s promise to Abraham is a promise to all of us. In order to share in the inheritance as His children, we must:

Walk in wholeness.

We need to accept His promises as truth in our lives and walk in confidence. Everything is in balance, and the Master is in control.

Have a sense of satisfaction.

You are not alone, unrepresented or marginalized. Do not worry about whether or not your income is sufficient. Be grateful for what you have, and as you walk with God, He will meet your needs.

Be fruitful.

It is the quality of your life that matters, not how much you have. Lead an impactful life, and be fruitful with what God has given to you.

Have a sense of divine destiny.

Know that you and your family are blessed. Believe that your life counts and can benefit others, and help those in need. Your life is not your own.

Adjust your mindset.

After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6)

Think as God thinks.

Spirituality alone is not enough, nor should we idolize a prophetic promise above a relationship with the Lord.

According to Genesis 15:5, God changed Abraham’s perspective and thus, his mindset was never the same.

You are the manifestation of your thought process, so it is the first thing that needs to change.

We need a glimpse of the glory of God to awaken our minds to imagine what God can do for us.

Refuse a quick fix.

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. (Genesis 16:1-4)

Our culture constantly seeks quick and easy solutions. Be careful not to form expectations based on the quick fix mentality. This led to Ishmael’s conception. There are no shortcuts to our dreams. We need to be patient in our faith in God.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (Hebrews 6:10-12)

Only through patience can we inherit the promises of God. It is not easy to be patient when you are not in control of a situation, but we must learn to trust God and remember that things sometimes get worse before they get better.

Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:10-14)

We can digress from our belief when we look at our circumstances. No wonder Sarah laughed.

Recalibrate your sense of timing with what God is doing in us and around you.

“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. (Genesis 16:6)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. (Genesis 17:1-5)

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Galatians 4:4-5)

Everything happens in the fullness of time, and all things have to be in order. We need to be in sync with God in order to discern His timing. Only by walking with Him can we be in the right place at the right time. Do not entertain the fear that you will be left out. Wait upon the Lord.

God visited Abraham and revealed Himself as El Shaddai, the God who nurtures. In this encounter, Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, and Sarai’s to Sarah. Abraham became the father of nations, and his life has become the demonstration of God’s faithfulness.

We need to change, for only then God can use us. Choose to obey and reach your destination.

Reject mental and emotional upheaval and persevere in challenging times.

Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:1-2, 13-14)

You will be tested in your walk with God. Be courageous and obedient. Obedience is better than sacrifice. What God demands of us He will provide. Our God is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. Abraham trusted God’s provision so completely that he was willing to lay his son on an altar, believing that His good God could resurrect him from the dead. We must be willing to give our possessions to God when He asks. When we learn this concept and live by it, He will provide abundantly beyond all we can ask or imagine (see Ephesians 3:20).

You faith is as simple as, A, B, R; Ask, Believe and Receive.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:22-25)

We can tell mountains to move if only we believe. However, we must also submit to God’s authority.

Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. (Matthew 11:11-12)

The least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist.

We must pray with authority like John the Baptist.

Be a man or woman who walks in God’s authority based on His Word.

We need to pray for authority in this country.

We have authority even though we are the least in the Kingdom of God.

We are powerful.

We need to pray to aggressively to extend the Kingdom of God.

We need to have offensive faith.

Is your belief based on understanding, or do you understand as a result of faithful belief in God? When we submit to God’s authority our belief aligns with His greater understanding.