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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).

Peace Worth Holding

Are you able to embrace the Prince of Peace?

The Apostle Paul experienced some of the most intense persecution from those who could not wrap their mind around his message. He was beaten and left for dead, imprisoned and ship wrecked… but he continued to posture himself in a way that enabled him to hold onto his peace.

He knew that peace was not the absence of struggle, but the Presence of a Person… Jesus! From a prison cell he penned these words:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

I love the promise communicated by the Prophet Isaiah who said, “You (God) will keep him (us) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isa 26:3) Trust is the key to keeping our eye focused upon Christ. Our ability to carry heavy burdens or win great battles is not on how we handle the stress, but who we focus upon.

Paul focused all of his attention upon the prize of knowing Christ Jesus – the true Prince of Peace. He lived with a belief that Christ was his peace (Eph 2:14-15). That through the Cross of Calvary, Jesus the Messiah, destroyed the barrier that the Old Testament Law established between God and us. A freedom was purchased that gave access to all of Heaven’s richest rewards… God’s Heart.

Paul exhorts us to… “let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” (Col 3:15)

The Substance of Peace

“Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

The Apostle Paul experienced some of the most intense persecution from those who could not wrap their mind around his message. He was beaten and left for dead, imprisoned and ship wrecked… but he continued to posture himself in a way that enabled him to hold onto his peace. His trust, patient endurance and testimony of overcoming all difficulties; make him a role model for believers everywhere!

He knew that peace was not the absence of struggle, but the Presence of a Person… Jesus!

From a prison cell he penned these words, “…in all things …let your requests be made known to God” because he understood how peace, the Presence of Jesus in your life; was the most vital force in the Universe.

Its Part of a Believer’s DNA!

I love the promise communicated by the Prophet Isaiah who said, “You (God) will keep him (us) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isa 26:3) Trust is the key to keeping our eye focused upon Christ. Our ability to carry heavy burdens or win great battles is not on how we handle the stress, but who we focus upon. Trust is all about where you put your focus! Paul focused all of his attention upon the prize of knowing Christ, staying connected and living the Spiritual life. He lived with a belief that Christ was his peace (Eph 2:14-15). That through the Cross of Calvary, Jesus the Messiah destroyed the barrier that the Old Testament Law seemed to create… between God and humanity. A freedom was purchased that gave access to Heaven’s richest reward… God’s Heart.

Paul exhorts us to… “let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” (Col 3:15)

Develop Hearing

“Go and lie down, and if He calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” (1 Sam. 3:9)

The story of how young Samuel first heard God’s voice, and how his prophetic ministry was launched; provides some important keys for us. Three times the young boy Samuel heard a voice calling his name and each time he ran to the Priest Eli in response. Don’t fret we all start somewhere. Finally Eli realized that it was God calling the boy. He gave Samuel some simple instructions: 1st Go lie down… 2nd Be willing to hear… 3rd Let what God says – sink in! Hearing is really all about our posture… mentally and spiritually!

Develop Your Awareness: God is Speaking …and wants to talk with You!

When God first began speaking to Samuel, the boy did not know that God was the source of the voice. We need to awaken our hearts! God is speaking… and in order to hear from Him, we must be expecting to hear from Him. We read, “In those days the word of the Lord was rare” (1 Sam. 3:1). Very few people were getting anything from God… revelation was weak because their faith and characters were weak. That is not the case today. You have the Holy Spirit within you, leading, convicting and communicating what is on the Father’s heart. God delights in sharing His thoughts and intentions with you. Perhaps God is communicating more than you have previously been aware of. What is He saying? Only you will know, as He speaks to all of His Children individually and uniquely. Listening is what will stir up faith to receive more! Remember what the Apostle Paul said, “faith comes from hearing… hearing the word (or voice) of God” (Rom. 10:17).

Wrap your mind around this picture…

“How precious (or amazing) to me are your thoughts (concerning me), God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” (Ps. 139:17-18)

The picture is one of a constant stream of personal thoughts toward you… from God. God is consistently thinking about you! David seems convinced that all of those thoughts were good, encouraging and countless… and he was hearing them! David was hearing some of the most wonderful things about himself from the very mouth of God! It could be likened to ‘live streaming’ on the Internet… a constant flow of communication. Many people have a mindset that believes God is silent… that He is done speaking to us and has nothing more to say. Its not the truth – but when it comes to hearing God’s voice, we must set our heart to hear. We must develop our hearing. You cannot develop your hearing without a belief that God is speaking to you and that He wants you to hear what He is saying.

Jesus understood that the Father speaks to us as sons and daughters for one key reason… because He loves us!

“For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all that He does.” (Jn. 5:20)

  • Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice!” (Jn. 10:27)

The Alignment of Hearts

Revival Language: “And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:8)

How could anyone tell there was joy in the city of Samaria? By the sound of praise – the atmosphere was electric and people were rejoicing in their new found freedom in Christ! I believe that praise is both an evidence, as well as a motivator that something is shifting. Praise makes God feel welcome and ushers God’s Glory into our environment; but it also ushers us into His purposes. This wonderful atmosphere of Glory is His Manifest Presence among us. God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). Why? Because He has a desire to be among His people. He sees in praise an alignment of hearts. Drawing near to God, causes Him to take notice of our posture and draw near to us (Jms. 4:8).

Alignment is not just agreeing with a set of Truths… its experiencing the flow of life that those Truths promise.

Our motivation to draw near to God comes out of a desire to engage in what we believe He is doing. Jesus is still healing the sick, casting out demons, performing miracles and embracing the needs of humanity. By most any Christian’s definition, these are the works that accompany revival. I want to propose that these are the works that manifest themselves when we praise Him until He comes.

Revival is God visiting His people!

You hear lots of phrases from those who have experienced revival or studied great revivals of the past.

  • “There was an overwhelming sense of God’s Presence there.”
  • “His Presence was moving with awesome power.”
  • “God came down and filled the room with love.”
  • “The Power of God seemed to descend on the assembly.”
  • “Jesus lives in our town now, like never before!”
  • “The atmosphere was electric and marvelous.”

One common denominator in every true revival is that the atmosphere is full of praise and people become aware that they are in the Presence of God! Praise ushers in the Glory of God and sets a welcoming atmosphere for God to have His way with us. “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” (Ps 50:23) God wants to exhibit the evidence of His salvation in an atmosphere that feels welcoming to Him. So our greatest challenge is to praise Him until He comes and begins to show us His Glory.

God inhabits the praises of His people!

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