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Anointing and Increase

“Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’” (Luke 4:14-19)

“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)

Jesus was anointed by God… indeed “God was with Him” in increasing measures by a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. His example is designed to be our model of spiritual discipline. It was Jesus’ experience even as a youth to increase in His favor with God and man (Lk 2:52). Yet even in the transition of Jesus into His Earthly ministry, we can see a direct connection between a lifestyle of prayer and fasting and His increasing anointing (Lk 5:12-13)(Lk 6:12)(Mk 9:29). This reality is both inspiring and instructional.

Notice how God moves Jesus into His public ministry:

  • He is baptized in the river Jordan, where He is filled with the Holy Spirit and hears the voice of His Father from heaven (Lk 3:21-22).
  • Immediately (it would appear to me) Jesus establishes a posture of prayer and fasting as He is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil (Mt 4:1-2).
  • While in the wilderness, Jesus feels the challenges of the Devil, the hunger in His body and the threat of wild beasts. He becomes aware of the ministry of angels as well as the strength given by the Words that proceeded from the mouth of God (Mk 1:12-13).
  • He experiences increase in the anointing and breaks through the challenge victorious, because the Devil left Him until a more opportune time (Lk 4:13).
  • Jesus would return to Galilee in the increased anointing and power of the Holy Spirit bearing evidence with signs following, because people give Him glory and praise for His teaching ministry (Lk 4:14-15).
  • Now that the temptation was over His ministry would begin with a journey to Nazareth and an announcement of how He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach, heal, bring deliverance and freedom to the captive heart (Lk 4:16-19).

Defining the Anointing:

The anointing is God being “with us” or God’s Glory manifest upon our lives. Glory is defined best as God’s “Weighty” Presence or abiding spiritual power made known through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. I have often said the anointing is God’s hand of favor upon our lives for the advancing of His activity in the world around us. We see this in how Jesus carried the anointing. He went about the Judean countryside advancing the Kingdom of God, because the anointing was on His life. God was with Him, empowering and leading Him, breaking the grip of the Devil and advancing the activity of His Father’s heart.

Why Prayer and Fasting:

Prayer and fasting increases our ability to know and sense the supernatural Presence of God, by awakening our spiritual senses and diminishing our emphasis on flesh desires. His power and His Glory begin to increase as we meet with God and experience fellowship in an unhindered way. God’s will and His ways become more recognizable when we are sensitive to His heart. I would describe the anointing as an actual physical experience whereby we feel the internal warmth of His Presence upon our body. That is why it increases as we pray and fast. By yielding our hearts in greater measure to the Holy Spirit’s activity we can welcome and value the anointing and make room for increase in our lives. It is like a signal that God sends to us saying that He is with us. He is showing Himself to us and approves of what we are saying or doing (Jn 14:21)(2 Cor 1:21).

There is nothing so important to our Christian walk than our faith in God (Heb 11:6)! It pleases Him when we step out in ways that give Him greater opportunity to reach the world through us. It is my desire to encourage prayer and fasting so that we may increase in the anointing of God and be more effective as Kingdom Agents in the world around us.

We are ambassadors for Christ {The Anointed One} as though God were pleading through us… Be reconciled to God! (2 Cor 5:18-21).

RevivalHut Leaders

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Tim. 2:2)

RevivalHut leaders are people of integrity! Scripture provides numerous examples of leaders and mentors, because every generation must be trained. Everyone thinks and responds differently to the information handed to them. Yet the key is to entrust God’s Truth to reliable men and women who will show themselves to be faithful. Just think for a moment about the process involved in teaching some of God’s most notable leaders how to walk in wisdom and integrity.

*Adam and Eve walking with God in the Garden of Eden,
*Abraham and Lot recovering from Sodom and Gomorrah,
*Jethro and Moses administrating in the wilderness,
*Samuel and David processing a leadership shift,
*Peter, James and John receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
*Paul and Timothy planting churches across a new frontier.

The RevivalHut Network:

This is the goal of spiritual leadership… to become a network of reliable men and women advancing the Kingdom of God. We want to impart, train and model Truth for the next great move of God! We find ourselves in good company, pulled in by our convictions about God and our call to the Great Commission. Although the vision is to disciple nations, the Bible gives no direct program of how leaders are to be developed. The reason for this is that the Holy Spirit is more concerned about heart transformation and renewed minds, than the structure of our program. I believe there is a freedom available in the heart of God, as long as it does not violate Scripture. In our Apostolic Training Centers, ministries have the freedom to design a training program that is “most effective” for its leaders. The structure may look different from place to place, but training takes place when hearts are united with God’s vision for spiritual growth.

The RevivalHut Team understands this Truth – Grace is God’s ability operating through human instruments.

Good Company

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Tim. 2:2)

Scripture provides numerous examples of discipleship, because every generation thinks and responds differently to the information handed to them. Yet the key is to entrust God’s Truth to reliable men and women who will show themselves to be faithful. Just think for a moment about the process involved in teaching some of God’s most notable leaders how to walk in wisdom and integrity.

*Adam and Eve walking with God in the Garden of Eden,
*Abraham and Lot recovering from Sodom and Gomorrah,
*Jethro and Moses administrating in the wilderness,
*Samuel and David processing a leadership shift,
*Peter, James and John receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
*Paul and Timothy planting churches across a new frontier.

The RevivalHut Network:

This is the goal of spiritual leadership… to become a network of reliable men and women advancing the Kingdom of God. We want to impart, train and model Truth for the next great move of God! We find ourselves in good company, pulled in by our convictions about God and our call to the Great Commission. Although the vision is to disciple nations, the Bible gives no direct program of how leaders are to be developed. The reason for this is that the Holy Spirit is more concerned about heart transformation and renewed minds, than the structure of our program. I believe there is a freedom available in the heart of God, as long as it does not violate Scripture. In our Apostolic Training Centers, ministries have the freedom to design a training program that is “most effective” for its leaders. The structure may look different from place to place, but training takes place when hearts are united with God’s vision for spiritual growth.

The RevivalHut Team understands this Truth – Grace is God’s ability operating through human instruments.

Supernatural Impact

Scripture: Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:14-19)

Thought for Today: “Increasing in the Anointing”

Jesus was anointed by God and increased in that anointing by a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. His example is designed to be our model of spiritual discipline. It was Jesus’ experience even as a youth to increase in His favor with God and man (Lk 2:52) but prior to His ministry we can see a direct connection between His lifestyle of prayer and fasting and His increasing anointing (Lk 5:12-13)(Lk 6:12)(Mk 9:29).

Notice how God moves Jesus into His public ministry:

  • He is baptized in the river Jordan, where He is filled with the Holy Spirit and hears the voice of His Father from heaven (Lk 3:21-22).
  • Immediately (it would appear to me) Jesus establishes a posture of prayer and fasting as He is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil (Mt 4:1-2).
  • While in the wilderness, Jesus feels the challenges of the Devil, the hunger in His body and the threat of wild beasts. He becomes aware of the ministry of angels as well as the strength given by the Words that proceeded from the mouth of God (Mk 1:12-13).
  • He experiences increase in the anointing and breaks through the challenge victorious, because the Devil left Him until a more opportune time (Lk 4:13).
  • Jesus would return to Galilee in the increased anointing and power of the Holy Spirit bearing evidence with signs following, because people give Him glory and praise for His teaching ministry (Lk 4:14-15).
  • Now that the temptation was over His ministry would begin with a journey to Nazareth and an announcement of how He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach, heal, bring deliverance and freedom to the captive heart (Lk 4:16-19).

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)

Defining the Anointing:

The anointing is God being “with us” or God’s Glory manifest upon our lives. Glory is defined best as God’s “Weighty” Presence or abiding spiritual power made known through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. I have often said the anointing is God’s hand of favor upon our lives for the advancing of His activity in the world around us. We see this in how Jesus carried the anointing. He went about the Judean countryside advancing the Kingdom of God, because the anointing was on His life. God was with Him, empowering and leading Him, breaking the grip of the Devil and advancing the activity of His Father’s heart.

Why Prayer and Fasting:

Prayer and fasting increases our ability to know and sense the supernatural Presence of God, by awakening our spiritual senses and diminishing our emphasis on flesh desires. His power and His Glory begin to increase as we meet with God and experience fellowship in an unhindered way. God’s will and His ways become more recognizable when we are sensitive to His heart. I would describe the anointing as an actual physical experience whereby we feel the internal warmth of His Presence upon our body. That is why it increases as we pray and fast. By yielding our hearts in greater measure to the Holy Spirit’s activity we can welcome and value the anointing and make room for increase in our lives. It is like a signal that God sends to us saying that He is with us. He is showing Himself to us and approves of what we are saying or doing (Jn 14:21)(2 Cor 1:21).

There is nothing so important to our Christian walk than our faith in Christ… a faith that believes that God responds and rewards the diligent heart (Heb 11:6). It pleases Him when we step out in ways that give Him greater opportunity to reach the world around us. It is my desire to encourage prayer and fasting in all believers, so that they may find increase in the anointing of God and be more effective as Kingdom Agents in the world around them. We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us… we speak a supernatural word and we minister to others by way of a supernatural power from God! (2 Cor 5:18-21).

Let your impact become… supernatural!

For His Purpose

Releasing the purposes of God East Africa

Releasing the purposes of God in East Africa

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn. 3:8)

Woven into the context of Christ’s purpose for being manifest in the flesh, is an incredible revelation… sinning is in agreement with the devil’s plan for your life! In contrast, the alternative that Christ offers… is freedom from sin and freedom from the deceptive works that the devil continues to release in the earth. Jesus instructed His disciples to pray for the release of heaven’s authority and power… “on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). As we pray then, we are actually praying for heaven to touch earth… to break the power of sin and free us from the residue of its effect on our lives.

Think about it – when Jesus came He brought His world into focus, so that it could be understood and stand in direct contrast to the devil’s schemes. Jesus was offering us freedom and empowerment to influence the world in which we live. He demonstrated the Kingdom of God on earth every time He touched a leper or healed a cripple! His example expressed God’s goodness, love and power; through signs and wonders, miracles and supernatural manifestations. This experience of Kingdom life (Acts 10:38) was meant to be training and basic discipleship for believers to do the same on earth today (Jn. 14:12). This was the purpose and we must embrace it!

A Kingdom Mandate:

His purpose is our destiny… and we must be clear in our understanding of His heart. I believe it is safe to say that there is no sickness in heaven, and therefore; it no longer has free reign to rule over the “People of Promise”! Also, there is no poverty, depression, disease or hopelessness in heaven. What this means is that we have a real Kingdom mandate to proclaim. A new day, free from the oppression of the enemy has arrived… if we (as citizens of heaven) can see it and pursue it in faith. God’s message of Christ’s victory must be released in the nations and a new discipleship must take place. Jesus commissioned His followers with these words: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give” (Mt. 10:8)(Mt. 28:18-20).

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

His Purpose is Our Model:

I remember when I became a new Christian – I was told what “not to do”. I was taught that I needed help… as a “sinner” I needed to be “perfected”, before I could be of use to God. In hindsight, there was too much emphasis on me, my ability, and my religious performance. According to the Apostle John, Jesus had a purpose that He accomplished in my life and it was sufficient. His purpose was to “…destroy the works of the devil”. The word purpose in Greek is the word “tupos” and it means “model or imitation”. The truth is clear, that when Jesus was destroying the works of the devil; He was demonstrating a reality of the Kingdom for us to imitate every day. When we are given an assignment by the Holy Spirit, it is with purpose and we are being called to imitate Christ… “to destroy the works of the devil”. In fact, this is one of the ways in which we are able to give Him glory – by imitating Him!

Identifying with Kingdom Purpose:

Satan is evil – we must stop imitating him. However, he is always targeting us with lies that kill God’s purpose (Jn. 10:9-10), as he did Eve in the Garden. He is attempting to cause us to doubt our identity in Christ. If we believe opposite of who we are, (i.e.; sons and daughters of the King and made in His divine image), we become powerless to fully imitate God. Why is that? It is because when we doubt our identity in God, we also doubt our ability to be demonstrators of His power. The two go hand-in-hand. In fact, knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!

Let me repeat that word… “knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!”

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