Luke 4:18-19 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
In this scripture we see something very powerful
#1We see that Jesus knew exactly what he supposed to do.
#2 we see that Jesus knew that he was empowered to do the work
In other words; Jesus was consciously aware of an enduement, an equipping, a supernatural endowment called the anointing.
It is in the mind of God today that every one of his saints were so consciously aware of this anointing that every single one of us could say: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.
This is not simply an idea or an expression or figure of speech; we're talking about the tangible, manifested reality of the power of God resting upon your life.
When the anointing would come upon Samson (he knew it) There was a conscious awareness that a supernatural power and enduement was upon him.
Samson knew when this power was on him and he knew when it wasn't.
When this power, this anointing, this unction was upon him, he was unstoppable he moved in a supernatural arena.
That was a shadow, a type of the anointing that was going to come upon Jesus Christ and his covenant children through the power of the Holy Ghost.
It is my intent today to help us to realize that this anointing was not just for Jesus nor is it just for Pastors, Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists and Teachers, it's for every God called blood washed child of God.
It is the will of God that every blood washed Holy Ghost filled believer could say with the same certainty and the same authority as Jesus did "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed me"
The anointing is the divine enablement and supernatural equipment to carry on the ministry of Jesus.
Acts 10:38 ‘ 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..
He was the Pattern Son.
Now we say: We are anointed with the Holy Ghost and with Power
We go about doing good healing all who are oppressed of the devil, for God is with us.
Jesus in his physical body is no longer here, but the anointing is still here.
The same Holy Ghost and Power is still here, and now we are his body
We are his hands and his feet
We are his voice in the earth
We are anointed to carry on his work
We are anointed to preach the gospel, to cast out devils, to heal the sick to deliver the bound and the oppressed and set the captives free.
This anointing is Heavens power, its Holy Ghost electricity, (like natural electricity you can't see it with your natural eyes) but when it touches you, you will know it.
The anointing is burden-removing yoke destroying power.
Isaiah 10:27 ‘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 anointin.’.
1John 2:20 ‘But ye have an unction from the holy one. 27 The anointing which you have received abideth in you.
You have an unction
You have an anointing
it’s the same anointing Jesus had
We often sing the song: We've got the power and don't really recognize how much power we really do have.
The sad truth is: A large majority of the body of Christ have never really tapped into the power supply.
The majority of the body of Christ are living very weak, inferior, anemic lives and are always looking for someone to bless them, encourage them, lift them up, prophesy over them.
In other words many of Gods people live their lives as a professional patient.
Meaning they live their lives always in need, always struggling, always hurting, always suffering.
What God wants to do by the power and the anointing of the Holy Ghost is to turn every patient into a doctor.
To bring you to a place where you are functioning by the anointing and ministering that anointing you are able to inject others with the power of God that will save them and heal them and deliver them.
Act 1:8 ‘Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.’
Peter and John looked at this poor crippled beggar sitting at the temple gate asking alms from any who would pass by.
Here was a poor unfortunate soul who lived dependant on the generosity and the surplus of others.
He was a taker, always reaching out, always in need.
Everyday someone would pick him up and carry him to his spot outside the beautiful gate of the temple where he would sit with his little cup and beg for alms.
What I love about Peter and John was, (they saw a future for this man beyond what he could see.)
He couldn't see anything different in his future than to sit and beg every day.
When Peter and John saw him, they were moved with the compassion of Jesus.
Compassion and pity are two different things.
Pity may look and feel sorry, may even cry
But Compassion Acts, Compassion changes the situation.
Peter and John saw this poor man and they saw a future for him, and they were moved with compassion,
When they said (look on us, it was because they knew they had not only the compassion but the capacity to change this man’s situation)
I wish we understood in the church how much power we have.
We are walking around with the same Spirit the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, living on the inside of us.
The supernatural miracle working power of God is in us.
One of the devils greatest fears is that we will recognize who we are and what we have and what we can do.
Peter and John knew this supernatural life power was in them.
And they also knew that they had the ability to transfer, to release that power to others.
Silver and gold have I none but such as I have
There's the key: Such as I have
In other words: I know what I have.
That is to say that Peter and John were consciously aware that they had in their possession a power greater than themselves.
Such as I have
Give I thee
I present to you, I offer to you, I release, I transfer, I give to you.
And Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up.
Peter was pulling him into his destiny.
Pulling him out of his past, pulling him out of all his guilt and shame, pulling him out of his emptiness and helplessness. Pulling him out of his brokenness. Pulling him up, up into wholeness, up into joy, up into fullness.
And immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Was it God’s will to heal this man and make him whole?
We know it was
Why didn't it happen sooner?
Because no one had passed his way with the knowledge of possessing the power to change his dilemma.
I'm telling you today; that it is the will of God to heal the sick, deliver the bound and the oppressed and to set the captives free.
But I'm also telling you that although it is Gods will and Jesus paid the price and the power of God is available, nothing is going to happen until we realize that we are the carriers and the conduits of the power of God and we start laying our hands on the sick and we start lifting them up in Jesus name and we start casting out devils.
There are people just like this crippled beggar all around us today, and even though God wants them well and whole they will die lost, sick and afflicted if we don't recognize that we are the channels of Gods power and if we don't take his power to them.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me, (not to make me feel good or give me goose bumps) But the anointing is on me to prophesy, to lay my hands on the sick, to rebuke sickness and disease, to cast out anything the devil has brought to you or upon you.
I am anointed: I am anointed to release you from your heavy burdens.
I am anointed to declare to you that your debt has been paid, your sin debt has been cancelled, and Jesus himself carried your sickness and your disease in his own body.
1Pet 2:24 is your receipt for perfect healing. ‘He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.’
You were healed
You were redeemed
You were delivered
You were set free
When Jesus died on the cross he paid for everything
Be healed, be restored, be made whole.
Walk in Jesus name
See in Jesus name
Hear in Jesus name
The anointing is here to heal you now, the anointing is here to deliver you and set you free.
The anointing is here to destroy every yoke, (be free in Jesus name)
Where the Spirit of the Lord is: (where the anointing is) There is Liberty.
The Spirit of the Lord is here: I know he is because his anointing is on me, and on you.