Hold on to the anointing!
The anointing is the manifest presence of God in our midst. Jesus Christ is The Anointed One. Someday there will come an Anti-Christ, an “Anti-Anointed one”. We need not wait for an Anti-Jesus! There won’t be one. Jesus expresses “Savior”. People everywhere know that we need a Savior. What will be contested in the Last Days will be the anointing of God!
God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and that anointing enabled Him to destroy the works of the devil. Saints, we also need the anointing to destroy the works of the devil in our day!
The struggle in our lifetime will be to hold on to the anointing!
But many times when the Holy Spirit is manifesting the presence of God, people will act in possibly upsetting and seemingly strange ways. Some will look like they are “drunk” as those on the day of Pentecost. Others will be dramatically “changed into another man” like King Saul when he was anointed with oil from the prophet Samuel and was found prophesying with the prophets.
“Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.” 1 Sam 10:6
As with Saul, so too today, experiencing God’s manifest presence does not guarantee that we will not fall back into sin and failure. Indeed are not the headlines full of “believing believers” who have made a mess of God’s anointing.
Our future is secure in Jesus however.
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
Jesus was fully anointed with the Holy Spirit. Yet when Jesus breathed on the disciples and said “Receive the Spirit!” they could just have easily said: “That’s crazy!” “That’s too emotional for me…” But they had to receive the wind of the Spirit in that way!
OUR ROAD IS NO DIFFERENT!
1. Where do we see Holy Spirit demonstrations in Scriptures.
My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
I see a BIBLE full of “Holy Spirit demonstrations”, most of the time involving “ignorant and uneducated men” (Acts 4:12).
Miracles that involve spitting into someone’s eyes. Mk 8.23
Putting fingers into deaf ears/ spit on tongue. Mk 7.33
Scales fell from Paul’s eyes. Acts 9
Rebuking a fig tree and the wind and waves.
Baby leaping for joy in the womb Lk 1.44 (Can someone not leap in the Spirit OUTSIDE of the womb?)
Speaking in tongues. Acts 2,10,19
Acting drunk by the HS. Acts 2.15, 2 Cor 5:13
Conversing with a donkey.
Throwing hankies /aprons on sick people.
Mist and a darkness fell upon him – Becoming instantly blind or mute as a judgment (or worse, falling down dead!) Acts 13
Dipping seven times in a dirty river to become clean, etc. Naaman
The list is endless.
The HS is like the wind… UNPREDICTABLE!! We might as well get used to it that the Holy Spirit will do things that will not make sense to our senses but will be agreeable in our spirits.
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
We need to be open to being touched by the WIND!! The breath of God!
2. Where we “shoot ourselves in the foot” when responding to Holy Spirit demonstrations.
a. “Street Smarts”
During my years living in Europe I traveled a lot by train. I remember standing in the Amsterdam train station late at night. There were not too many “normal” people around but it seemed like lots of people of “questionable character” were milling about. I had my back “pressed to the wall” to protect my backside and worked hard to keep my bags at my feet.
This is what I mean by “street smarts”. Watching out that we don’t get ripped off!! Being aware of potential trouble… BUT this attitude of protecting oneself does not serve us well in the KINGDOM OF GOD!
WE NEED TO BE CONVINCED THAT GOD IS ABLE TO BLESS US AND THAT IS GREATER THAN THE DEVIL’S ABILITY TO DECEIVE US!
b. “Taking Offense”
If you look at the healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5) you will see that Naaman knew what was wrong on the OUTSIDE (leprosy) but he didn’t know what was wrong on the INSIDE. (pride, presumption).
Naaman was so offended when things did not go according to his plan!
He wanted Elijah, the holy man, to come outside and wave his hand over the leprosy and pronounce to one and all his healing. BUT God had other plans; He had a different agenda. He wanted to cleanse the inside of Naaman and not just the outside. Fortunately for Naaman, he was able to humble himself and listen to his friends and dip in the river. His flesh became like that of a little child!
GOD WILL OFFEND OUR MIND TO REVEAL WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS.
c. “Where’s THAT in the Bible?”
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor 5:13-17
If you have found yourself in gatherings or meetings where the Holy Spirit is being manifested by physical manifestations of people, you must be careful that you don’t interpret that according to the flesh.
When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, the 120 in the Upper Room were accused of being “drunk with cheap wine”. Others though, witnessing the same outpouring, were amazed and perplexed. Still others were struck and smitten in conscience!!
Remember that 3000 people were saved that day. Who had the real scoop on what was happening?
When King David danced before the Lord with all his might, leaping and dancing without his outer garments, he did so as an expression of the Holy Spirit releasing him. His wife, looking on from a distance through a window, despised him and judged him according to the flesh and was found barren from that day on.
Let her barrenness be a lesson for us today.
When Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” He was not asking a trick question for He knew that inside Himself power had left Him and entered someone else. The disciples, judging according to the flesh, could only see the multitudes of people crowded around Jesus and tried to reason with Jesus: “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.”
Let their empty words be a reminder that the Spirit blows where it wills and we might not understand or be aware of the effects of it ourselves.
Yours for the sake of the least in the Kingdom,