Walking in the spirit

“A walk in the Spirit is not something you can simply fake. To walk in the Spirit is to be in the presence of God. You don’t have to work at it. You just have to experience it.”

Have you ever given it a second thought, that the Lord Jesus Christ really desire to have a close intimacy with you? He is so near that you can deal with him and walk in his presence hour by hour..

The presence of God is no more obscured nor hidden as in the days of old. You can experience the Joy of abiding in his presence all the day long. If you are in the presence of the Lord, you will be filled with the holy spirit, which are manifested in nine different ways. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV).

The question is this: How can you manifest the fruit of the Spirit in your daily life?

Jesus said:

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)

The Lord declares, “I am!” He didn’t say, “I have a true vine.” He said, “I am the true vine.”

This means that the true vine is a person—but not just any person—it is the Lord Jesus Christ!

God the Father is the gardener, the husbandman, the One who is making sure that the vine is bearing fruit.

This passage in John 15 reveals that every branch that is in Him, each true believer, is continually being pruned (the KJV uses the word “purged”). Notice that this word is present tense. There is a continual cleansing and refining happening, and it enables us to bring forth more fruit.

You and I are able to abide in Him so He can do this cleansing and refining work in us. Those who abide in Him share bring forth much fruit!

John 15:16 echoes this:

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

Spiritual fruit is not something you can produce on your own. The source of spiritual fruit is the presence of God. You don’t have to work at it. You just have to bear it.

He is the true vine, so we should not seek something. We must seek Him.

Let me share three simple steps that will enable you to abide in the presence of the Lord continually so you will be able to bear spiritual fruit.

Step 1: That I may know Him

Jesus didn’t talk about abiding in some feeling or emotional state. He spoke of abiding in His divine person and presence.

Begin to seek the Master through His Word and prayer. Don’t just read Scripture as black words on a white page or routinely go through a prayer list, but rather wait before Him and welcome His presence right into the room where you are sitting or kneeling.

Don’t worry about schedules and agendas. Tell the Lord, “I want to know You!” Then sit and wait for Him to show up. Spend more time with Him, and you will get to know Him better.

Remember, Jesus is the One who produces the fruit, and we are the ones who bear it, so the fruit of the Spirit is actually the fruit of Jesus. If you want to bear fruit, you must come to know the special and wonderful presence of the Lord. He is the Source of the fruit!

Step 2: Be planted and grow properly by not allowing wrong influences in your life.

The psalmist, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, penned these words:

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

It is impossible to abide in the presence of the Lord if you are living an unsanctified life. If you enjoy questionable company or sit under the influence of wickedness, you will not be able to be planted properly and bring forth spiritual fruit.

Only when you delight and meditate in the law of the Lord will you be like a fruitful tree planted by the pure rivers of water.

God executes judgment against evil works (Ecclesiastes 8:11-13). This is why it is important to guard against strong influences in your life. The Bible also declares that the influence of one sinner can destroy much good (Ecclesiastes 9:18) and that your righteousness can be erased because of sinful conduct (Ezekiel 3:20).

Guard your heart!

Step 3: Be planted and grow properly in the right fellowship.

We are promised:

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing. (Psalm 92:13-14)

You cannot bear fruit properly if you are planted in something dead. You must not only be planted in the right surroundings, but you must be planted in the right fellowship.

In order to produce fruit, you must be connected properly to Jesus, our Source, and under the ministry that is producing fruit.

Make sure you are in the right church where you are being fed by a pastor who “does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Bearing Fresh Fruit

The Lord wants you to bear fresh fruit, not fruit that you bore 10 or 20 years ago. The parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:6-9 reveals that God is very patient in this process. He will work with you in cultivating spiritual fruit, but He expects you to work with Him also.

He will fertilize you spiritually. He will energize you. He will anoint you. He will let you taste of His presence to make you hungry for more of Him.

The Fresh anointing with a divine touch

God’s touch upon your life will give you confidence, authority, and power as you help to usher in His return. You will be made aware of the invisible world around you, the world of God’s Spirit.

God is touching hearts everywhere with His presence. He is giving revelations. He is quickening the spirit of believers all around the globe.

The Lord is bringing His people back into the fold. He says:

“They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (Isaiah 29:24).

This coming revival will bring stability even to the weak and the unsteady. God will use His people—all of them.

What a time of historic outpouring and harvest it will be! But will we be ready?

I spend so much time in prayer and study of God’s Word?” but not

to minister, and to teach. I pray so I can have fellowship with the Father. I study and learn so that I am fed and will be ready in season and out of season. I talk to the Lord Jesus so I can stay spiritually nourished. I stay close to the Lord because I want the glorious rain of heaven to fall upon me.

Before my encounter with the Holy Spirit, I struggled to pray. Even though I loved the Lord, it was often an effort to talk with Him. I was hesitant, not knowing what to say, and not sure if He was listening.

Praise God, all of that has changed. The struggle is over and there is prayer without ceasing. Today, I am praying that the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit will fall on fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters in every nation of the world.

Freedom, release, and abundance are on its way! The Word tells us:

“But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions” (Obadiah 1:17).

The Lord is announcing to the world that revival is on the horizon—“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand” (Joel 2:1).

It is time to seek God’s face as never before:

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” (Joel 2:12-13)

After calling us to diligent and wholehearted prayer does God make this promise: “Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen” (Joel 2:19). What do these three gifts represent?

Corn—the revelation of God’s Word
Wine—a fresh anointing
Oil—God’s power and favor

The world has consistently scorned the church, but God says the day is coming soon when they will cease to mock, for believers will overflow with abundance: “I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

The deluge and overflow will unmistakably come from on high!

God is specific about the revival He is sending:

“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23).

What a wonderful prophecy!

The former rain deals with the spring rains and the latter rain deals with the fall rains. The first prepares the land for seed time, and the latter prepares the land for harvest.

In the Holy Land, the rains come in March or April, in time for planting. Then there is a long dry season before the rains return in late September and early October, just in time to gather the crops.

Notice what God is telling us. He will cause “the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23). In the coming revival, seedtime and harvest will occur at the same time!

Think of what is about to happen. As you sow the seed, you will reap the harvest! The moment you preach, souls will be saved. As you pray, God will be sending the answer!

The prophecy given to Isaiah will be fulfilled—“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).

That is revival! That is the great outpouring and harvest!

A Divine Move

Are you beginning to understand what God is about to do? Everything about this outpouring will be supernatural. In this harvest, we will see a miracle after a miracle.

Thus far we have only seen a mist, a sprinkle. But the heavens are about to open wide and we will see a divine deluge of God’s glory, as He declares:

“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing, and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing” (Ezekiel 34:26).

What are we commanded to do before the rain begins? Pray that the showers of the harvest will begin falling now. God spoke through the prophet Zechariah, saying, “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field” (Zechariah 10:1).

The cloudburst that is about to be released is not determined by our schedule, rather by the Father’s plan. And I believe He has already appointed the time. It is the Lord “that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he preserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24).

There is only one reason some people don’t receive what God is preparing—“Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you” (Jeremiah 5:25).

If you desire God’s harvest on your life, you must leave evil and wickedness behind. Forget your foolish ways, and seek the Lord until you find Him. Cry out to God, “Heal my life! Heal my home!”

I believe you will see your children and your grandchildren prophesying. Their addictions to earthly pleasures will be gone. With great fervency, they will be serving the Lord.

Soon and very soon

Let us seek God for revival and the great harvest as never before. According to Hosea 6:1-3, here is what we can expect:

Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Again and again, God tells us that day is soon approaching when the first and last rains are coming together! It won’t be long.

You may be saying, “Everything is in order. I am totally prepared. I’m ready for the harvest!”

Remember this—Jesus is longing for the harvest even more than you. Do you realize that Christ will not return until the former and latter rain shower the earth?

The Bible tells us:

Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:7-8)

God Himself is diligently waiting for His people to wake up so the harvest can begin. He is calling us to prayer, calling us back to Himself, for prayer precedes revival and outpouring.

Again and again, throughout Scripture, revival follows prayer. Here is how the prophet Habakkuk called upon God: “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years, make known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).

Notice what happens after he prayed:

God came from Teman and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. (Habakkuk 3:3-4)

The glory of God did not descend until the prophet called on the Almighty! And Hosea used the same key to bring revival in his time. He called the people to prayer. “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he comes and rains righteousness upon you” (Hosea 10:12).

What is your fallow ground? It is your past—soil that has been neglected and overgrown with weeds. Many people haven’t prayed in years and their fields are so hard they hesitate to return.

While it is true that the more you avoid prayer, the more difficult it becomes to commune with God. The ground has become almost useless by neglect.

God says, “Plow your ground. Call on the Lord until He rains righteousness on you.” It won’t be easy. Perhaps it will take days or months before the soil is receptive to the seed God wants you to sow. Many will undoubtedly give up after just one hour because prayer requires self-discipline and commitment. But what blessing and joy are waiting for you!

Will you respond to the challenge? Remember, prayer precedes revival.

Jesus Christ is Coming

Everything we have been discussing leads to the soon return of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The apostle John declared:

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teaches you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is the truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27)

In the very next verse we are told, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28).

Why should we pray? Why should we spend time in an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit is present?

God’s touch upon your life will give you confidence, authority, and power as you help to usher in His return. Christ described what is about to take place when He told the story of the 10 virgins. Speaking about the Second Coming, He said:

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. (Matthew 25:1-5)

Then, “At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out” (verses 6-8).

However, the wise virgins answered:

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (Matthew 25:9-12)

Then the Lord added these words: “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:13).

Jesus is about to return in power and glory, and His Word, described as a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105), is kept alive through prayer. It is the secret to receiving the power and authority that is promised at His return.

One of the great prophecies of God’s Word is about to be completed: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28).

How is the Lord going to pour out His Spirit on all flesh? Through you! Unbelievers are going to say, “These Christians have turned the world upside down!”

When God’s fullness arrives, everyone will know it: “And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit” (Joel 2:29). When the former and the latter rains descend, it will turn into a flood. Those who receive it will be used mightily as the anointing flows upon those all around.

You will hardly recognize yourself, for “the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs have come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee” (1 Samuel 10:6-7).

Suddenly, you are going to become bold and strong. Your mind will be agile and clear. Your spirit will become sensitive. And you will be made aware of the invisible world around you, the world of God’s Spirit.

Is this what you want the Lord to perform in your life?

Get closer to God. Ask for His oil from heaven. Seek the double-portion anointing. Be bold as you prepare to see unprecedented glory just ahead, for our precious Lord Jesus Christ has said:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know … Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:1-4, 12-14)

Get ready for the greatest revival, outpouring, and harvest!

Divine Touch

God’s touch upon your life will give you confidence, authority, and power as you help to usher in His return. You will be made aware of the invisible world around you, the world of God’s Spirit. 

God is touching hearts everywhere with His presence. He is giving revelations. He is quickening the spirit of believers all around the globe. 

The Lord is bringing His people back into the fold. He says: 

“They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (Isaiah 29:24). 

This coming revival will bring stability even to the weak and the unsteady. God will use His people—all of them. 

What a time of historic outpouring and harvest it will be! But will we be ready? 

I spend so much time in prayer and study of God’s Word?” but not  

to minister, and  to teach. I pray so I can have fellowship with the Father. I study and learn so that I am fed and will be ready in season and out of season. I talk to the Lord Jesus so I can stay spiritually nourished. I stay close to the Lord because I want the glorious rain of heaven to fall upon me. 

Before my encounter with the Holy Spirit, I struggled to pray. Even though I loved the Lord, it was often an effort to talk with Him. I was hesitant, not knowing what to say, and not sure if He was listening. 

Praise God, all of that has changed. The struggle is over and there is prayer without ceasing. Today, I am praying that the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit will fall on fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters in every nation of the world. 

Freedom, release, and abundance is on its way! The Word tell us: 

“But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions” (Obadiah 1:17). 

The Lord is announcing to the world that revival is on the horizon—“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand” (Joel 2:1). 

It is time to seek God’s face as never before: 

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” (Joel 2:12-13) 

After calling us to diligent and wholehearted prayer does God make this promise: “Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen” (Joel 2:19). What do these three gifts represent? 

  • Corn—the revelation of God’s Word 
  • Wine—a fresh anointing 
  • Oil—God’s power and favor 

The world has consistently scorned the church, but God says the day is coming soon when they will cease to mock, for believers will overflow with abundance: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). 

The deluge and overflow will unmistakably come from on high! 

God is specific about the revival He is sending: 

“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23). 

What a wonderful prophecy! 

The former rain deals with the spring rains and the latter rain deals with the fall rains. The first prepares the land for seed time, and the latter prepares the land for harvest. 

In the Holy Land, the rains come in March or April, in time for planting. Then there is a long dry season before the rains return in late September and early October, just in time to gather the crops. 

Notice what God is telling us. He will cause “the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23). In the coming revival, seed time and harvest will occur at the same time! 

Think of what is about to happen. As you sow the seed, you will reap the harvest! The moment you preach, souls will be saved. As you pray, God will be sending the answer! 

The prophecy given to Isaiah will be fulfilled—“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). 

That is revival! That is the great outpouring and harvest! 

A Divine Move 

Are you beginning to understand what God is about to do? Everything about this outpouring will be supernatural. In this harvest we will see miracle after miracle. 

Thus far we have only seen a mist, a sprinkle. But the heavens are about to open wide and we will see a divine deluge of God’s glory, as He declares: 

“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing” (Ezekiel 34:26). 

What are we commanded to do before the rain begins? Pray that the showers of harvest will begin falling now. God spoke through the prophet Zechariah, saying, “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field” (Zechariah 10:1). 

The cloudburst that is about to be released is not determined by our schedule, rather by the Father’s plan. And I believe He has already appointed the time. It is the Lord “that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24). 

There is only one reason some people don’t receive what God is preparing—“Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you” (Jeremiah 5:25). 

If you desire God’s harvest on your life, you must leave evil and wickedness behind. Forget your foolish ways, and seek the Lord until you find Him. Cry out to God, “Heal my life! Heal my home!” 

I believe you will see your children and your grandchildren prophesying. Their addictions to earthly pleasures will be gone. With great fervency they will be serving the Lord. 

Soon and very  soon 

Let us seek God for revival and the great harvest as never before. According to Hosea 6:1-3, here is what we can expect: 

Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. 

Again and again, God tells us that day is soon approaching when the first and last rains are coming together! It won’t be long. 

You may be saying, “Everything is in order. I am totally prepared. I’m ready for the harvest!” 

Remember this—Jesus is longing for the harvest even more than you. Do you realize that Christ will not return until the former and latter rain shower the earth? 

The Bible tells us: 

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:7-8) 

God Himself is diligently waiting for His people to wake up so the harvest can begin. He is calling us to prayer, calling us back to Himself, for prayer precedes revival and outpouring. 

Again and again throughout Scripture, revival follows prayer. Here is how the prophet Habakkuk called upon God: “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2). 

Notice what happens after he prayed: 

God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. (Habakkuk 3:3-4) 

The glory of God did not descend until the prophet called on the Almighty! And Hosea used the same key to bring revival in his time. He called the people to prayer. “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you” (Hosea 10:12). 

What is your fallow ground? It is your past—soil that has been neglected and overgrown with weeds. Many people haven’t prayed in years and their fields are so hard they hesitate to return. 

While it is true that the more you avoid prayer, the more difficult it becomes to commune with God. The ground has become almost useless by neglect. 

God says, “Plow your ground. Call on the Lord until He rains righteousness on you.” It won’t be easy. Perhaps it will take days or months before the soil is receptive to the seed God wants you to sow. Many will undoubtedly give up after just one hour because prayer requires self-discipline and commitment. But what blessing and joy is waiting for you! 

Will you respond to the challenge? Remember, prayer precedes revival. 

Jesus Christ is Coming 

Everything we have been discussing leads to the soon return of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The apostle John declared: 

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27) 

In the very next verse we are told, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28). 

Why should we pray? Why should we spend time in an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit is present? 

God’s touch upon your life will give you confidence, authority, and power as you help to usher in His return. Christ described what is about to take place when He told the story of the 10 virgins. Speaking about the Second Coming, He said: 

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. (Matthew 25:1-5) 

Then, “At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out” (verses 6-8). 

However, the wise virgins answered: 

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (Matthew 25:9-12) 

Then the Lord added these words: “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:13). 

Jesus is about to return in power and glory, and His Word, described as a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105), is kept alive through prayer. It is the secret to receiving the power and authority that is promised at His return. 

One of the great prophecies of God’s Word is about to be completed: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28). 

How is the Lord going to pour out His Spirit on all flesh? Through you! Unbelievers are going to say, “These Christians have turned the world upside down!” 

When God’s fullness arrives, everyone will know it: “And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit” (Joel 2:29). When the former and the latter rains descend, it will turn into a flood. Those who receive it will be used mightily as the anointing flows upon those all around. 

You will hardly recognize yourself, for “the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee” (1 Samuel 10:6-7). 

Suddenly, you are going to become bold and strong. Your mind will be agile and clear. Your spirit will become sensitive. And you will be made aware of the invisible world around you, the world of God’s Spirit. 

Is this what you want the Lord to perform in your life? 

Get closer to God. Ask for His oil from heaven. Seek the double-portion anointing. Be bold as you prepare to see unprecedented glory just ahead, for our precious Lord Jesus Christ has said: 

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know … Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (John 14:1-4, 12-14) 

Get ready for the greatest revival, outpouring, and harvest! 

The Impact of the anointing on the Ministry

When the anointing comes, it will affect every part of your being, “like oil into his bones” (Psalm 109:18). That anointing from on high brings power. 

Remember when the Holy Spirit’s power came on the apostles? They became giants for God and took their world for Jesus! So it is today, for the Holy Spirit’s anointing is available so that every day you can live as God wants you to live, so you can know forgiveness, love, and be made alive by His power, and you can have a fire in your soul to serve the Lord with boldness and fervency! 

Get ready to receive what He has in store for you! All He wants is your life to be a vessel of honor for Him! God’s touch is symbolized in Scripture by the oil found in an olive. And the growth of the tree is fascinating. Do you realize that olive trees thrive best in extremely rocky ground? Do you know that Rocks portray the Church of Jesus Christ: 

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5). 

Even more exciting is the fact that oil also comes out of rocks: “He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock” (Deuteronomy 32:13). 

It is still happening. Oil comes out of the rock, either through olives planted in the rock or from the rock itself, and that Rock is Jesus. He is the ointment of the anointing, and if you want to receive the oil, you need to first receive Him. 

A Flourishing Tree 

Are you grounded in the Rock? If you want to see your tree bring forth oil, plant yourself in Him, among His church: 

“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever” (Psalm 52:8). 

The Lord wants you to be a flourishing green tree, not a dying, dry one. In Israel, many olives that are harvested contain over 50 percent oil. 

The church is described as an olive tree (singular). Christians, however, are described as olive trees (plural)! In fact, we were “grafted” into the olive tree of Israel. Speaking of the Gentiles, the Bible declares: 

“And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree” (Romans 11:17). 

We are now one tree in Christ! 

So can you imagine the revival that would take place if half of all churches had a fresh, continual anointing of the Holy Spirit? 

The Harvest 

The question remains: How do you get oil out of the olive tree? The answer today is much the same as during Bible times. Every harvest season, the husbandman—the one who takes care of the trees—checks to see if the olives are ripe. Then the harvesters take a long pole and begin shaking the tree, even hitting it with force. Then, when the ripe olives begin to fall, the workers collect the good ones, and discard the bad ones, then they place the olives in large vessels and begin to crush the mounds of fruit with a large, round, smooth Rock. Quickly the oil gushes out! 

In life, God must do those same things before the oil of anointing begins to flow out of you. First, He will shake you, then He will crush you. And if you are not prepared for that to happen, it is evident that you really do not want the oil to flow. 

Do you remember reading that if a tree drops its fruit before it is shaken, it is cursed? Deuteronomy 28:40 states: 

Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.” 

The oil that falls to the ground without the Lord’s guidance will spoil and be of no value. But when God shakes you, it means He is smiling on you; He is blessing you. That is the only way He can produce oil. When He sees that you are ready, the shaking begins. 

Like the olives, we are shaken with a pole, which represents the cross. We are crushed with a Rock, which is the Rock, Jesus Christ. And when the anointing comes, it will affect every part of our being, “like oil into his bones” (Psalm 109:18). 

The anointing penetrates! 

Almighty God not only desires to fill you with His oil, but also to fill you to overflowing! The prerequisite for the anointing begins is the Repentance!. o the crowd that gathered around the apostles as they came out of the Upper Room, Peter said: 

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39) 

The steps to Pentecost could not have been clearer. Peter said first, “Repent.” Then “be baptized.” And “ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” 

What were the last words Christ uttered before He ascended to heaven? They’re very clear as well: 

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). 

What a promise—you shall receive power! 

Notice, however, that this is a conditional promise. The power does not come until “the Holy Spirit comes on you.” The result of that experience will make you witnesses of Jesus Christ. When you receive the Spirit, you will not rush out to tell the world what you are like. You will tell them what Christ is like. You will have a revelation of Jesus Christ. 

The message is not concerning what a miserable sinner you were and what a great Christian you have become. No! The Holy Spirit is given that you will declare what a mighty God, merciful Savior, and great High Priest you serve. 

But what is the first step? Repentance. 

In Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two verbs that mean to return and to feel sorrow. In the New Testament, the word translated as “repentance” in the English is the Greek word metanoia, which is a compound word meaning “after the result of perceiving or observing,” or, simply, “to think differently after.” 

The born-again experience does not mean that you come to the altar, shed a few tears, say, “I’m sorry, Lord!” and then go out the door to continue to live in your sins. That is not repentance. Salvation is a supernatural experience that you cannot accomplish by yourself. It is a gift of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 

Repentance changes the direction you are going and puts you on the road that leads to the fire of Pentecost. He said, “I promise you power,” which is the destination. But repentance is where you start. 

Repentance means confessing and forsaking. It means believing and behaving! You must settle the question of sin—otherwise you will never know the power of the Holy Ghost experience. The apostle Peter preached: 

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). 

This is the step to salvation. This is the step to restoration. This is the step to a new future. This is the step to the Holy Spirit’s anointing. 

Reason for the anointing 

But why do you need the power of the Holy Spirit? It is not to give you spiritual goose-bumps that make you tingle with excitement. The Holy Spirit was sent so that every day you could be more like Jesus, so you would know forgiveness, love, and be made alive by His power, as well as having a fire in your soul to serve God with boldness and fervency! 

Those who have a fresh touch of the Spirit are easy to recognize: they can’t stop talking about Jesus. When Christ is no longer a part of your conversation, it is time to examine your spiritual life. 

The Great Awakening 

What about speaking in tongues? There is no question that tongues are scriptural and for the church today, but for many believers, the purpose and practice has been so misunderstood that its effect has become commonplace and often meaningless. 

There are those who think they speak in tongues, but it is nothing more than gibberish. To hear it you would think the Spirit is an imbecile, unable to speak with power and authority. To be blunt, I believe many people have lost the power of the Spirit and are only trying to imitate the real thing. But speaking in tongues is not something you turn on and off like the tap on a faucet. You must be genuinely moved by the Spirit. 

It is easy to tell the authentic from the phony. The genuine is spoken with perfection and with power. Paul wrote: 

“And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:7-8). 

It is unfortunate, but the gift of tongues has been so misused that the world has made it a laughingstock. Comedians today even mimic the practice on stage. But I want to tell you that they will never laugh when the real power is in operation. They will fear. They will be in awe. And they will get converted. 

The Purpose of the Outpouring 

The Bible says that tongues “are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not” (1 Corinthians 14:22). If you are not bringing people to Christ, it is time for a reexamination. Make certain that your utterance is under the unction of the Holy Ghost. Nothing else will do. 

What about the gift of prophecy? So often it is spoken with such a lack of anointing that believers do not even recognize it. The church may respond by saying “Amen!”—but the words are pointless and empty. Let’s get back to what is real. Don’t say “So be it!” until you know it is directly from the Lord. The power of the Spirit gives you discernment. 

Do you realize that all the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit become activated when the power is present? All God wants is your vessel! And once He fills it with His might, you will begin to function as God Himself functions. 

Five Simple Words 

How do you receive His mighty power? Following repentance, you must act on five simple words: “Ask, and ye shall receive” (John 16:24). What happens next is that the Lord will deliver on His promise, for “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). 

Stop fighting the Spirit. After my conversion, I don’t think there was anyone that sought it more. I would stand and hold that pew in front of me—squeezing it until the blood stopped flowing out of my fingers. I cried at an altar, pounded the floor of my room, and even tried playing a tambourine. But that was not the answer. I was filled with the precious Holy Spirit when I realized that He was a person who was lonely for my fellowship. I looked up and began to communicate with the Spirit and was filled to overflowing. And that relationship has continued without fail. 

Remember, the Spirit begins His work with repentance. To repent means to “turn around.” Your heart will no longer seek the things of the world. You set your affections on something much higher. Repentance begins by asking Christ to forgive your sin. But it continues with a daily crucifixion of the flesh. It is more than shedding a few tears and saying “I’m sorry.” Repentance is a daily battle of saying “No” to the flesh and saying “Yes” to God. 

Have you known the Spirit and somehow lost Him? Get back to repentance. Return to living a crucified life. He will fill you once again with His power—and again, and again, and again. You may even reach the point that you will say, “Stop! I just can’t take any more.” 

The Lord is looking for a tender heart. The psalmist said: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17). He also said: “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18). 

A Broken Heart 

Jesus talks about two men who went to the temple to pray. One man boasted: “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess” (Luke 18:11-12). 

But the another man “smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Then Jesus said: 

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:14). 

It was a broken heart, not a crying, defeated heart that looks to man for strength, but a repentant soul, ready to receive what God has promised. 

When the Holy Spirit’s power came on the apostles, they became giants for God and took their world for Jesus! Stephen shook Judea and Samaria. Philip charged boldly into Egypt. They were willing, surrendered, yielded vessels who were transformed into strong, potent forces for the Kingdom. 

God is waiting to release that same power of the Holy Spirit in you. It begins with one word: Repent! 

Catch the Mantle 

Again and again, people have been asking the question  “ Sir, how can I receive the anointing?” 

My advice is to stop waiting around for it to happen. Get up and move to where God’s power is flowing. The anointing is not taught, it is caught! 

Get close to the anointing and determine that it is going to fall on you. Remember, there is no Joshua without a Moses, no Elisha without an Elijah, no Peter, James, or John without Jesus, and no Timothy without a Paul. 

Literally “wrap” yourself in what God has for you. That is what Elisha did. The prophet Elijah found him plowing in a field: “So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him” (1 Kings 19:19). Elijah went up to him and threw is cloak around him! 

From that moment, Elisha was a transformed man. The anointing was so powerful that he slaughtered his oxen and gave the people a free barbecue—“And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him” (1 Kings 19:21). 

After spending years with Elijah, and as the time neared for the prophet to depart, Elisha insisted the older man not leave him. Why? He did not want to be separated from the anointing. 

When the Lord was ready to take Elijah up to heaven and the two men were on their way from Gilga1, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel” (2 Kings 2:2). 

Elijah then insisted the younger man stay behind while he went to Jericho, but Elisha refused to leave his side. And even when Elijah explained that the Lord was sending him to the Jordan river, Elisha repeated: “And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on” (2 Kings 2:6). 

Elisha wanted to stay close to the mantle, to God’s anointing! And at the river, “Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground” (2 Kings 2:8). 

Finally, when they reached the other side, Elijah asked Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” (2 Kings 2:9). 

It was obviously a major request, and Elijah said so: “Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so” (2 Kings 2:10). Like before, the two men continued to move forward, for God will not give the anointing unless there is action. 

Arise and Shine! 

Elisha did. He was not going to miss this historic opportunity: “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11). 

Then comes the most amazing part. As Elijah’s mantle fell, Elisha grabbed it, meaning he literally caught the anointing. The double-portion power was upon him! 

The Bible says that Elisha returned immediately to the land of the Jordan: “And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over” (2 Kings 2:14). 

It was evident that everything was suddenly different about him: “And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him” (2 Kings 2:15). 

Receive your miracle! 

Today, God arranges times when we are near the anointing, but if we are blind to it, His touch will pass us by. Don’t expect an angel to appear and say, “Hello! I’ve got something for you.” That’s not the way it happens. 

Activate your faith! Get ready to receive what God has in store. That is the advice Naomi gave to Ruth when something unprecedented was just ahead, for the older woman said, “Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee” (Ruth 3:3) If you want to reap the harvest, you’ve got to get ready. 

It is time to rise up and anoint your faith which is your shield. As Isaiah said, “Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield” (Isaiah 21:5). 

Peter and John did exactly that when they were at the Gate Beautiful. Peter looked at a man crippled from birth and said, “Silver and gold have me none; but such as I have to, give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). 

The apostles released their faith, then they told the man to act: 

“And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God” (Acts 3:7-8). 

Anoint your shield! Let your faith rise! Then act on your faith! 

A Clean Vessel for a Greater Anointing 

When I first received the anointing, it was just a drop. The Lord gave me only a small touch to see what I would do with it. Then He gave me more, and more…until today I have a greater measure than I have ever known. 

If you want to receive everything He has planned for you, start living in the Spirit, not the flesh. Even the instructions given to Moses in preparing the oil of anointing was that it was to be applied to what is sacred, and upon the “flesh shall it not be poured” (Exodus 30:32). 

To be in a position for God’s blessing, you must be clean. You don’t wash your garments after you receive the anointing, but before: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). 

Get your house in order. Timothy makes that point clear: 

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21) 

God doesn’t say, “I will use him” or “I will use her.” You are not chosen for the anointing by chance. Not at all! 

The Lord looks for a vessel who is clean and pure. And Scripture makes it clear how that is to happen. The psalmist wrote: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalm 119:9). 

If you want a Holy Ghost “bath,” wash your life daily with the Word. God will not pour precious oil into a polluted vessel. 

I believe the Lord has a special anointing prepared for you. Come to Him with repentance, with a surrendered heart, and with a life cleansed by the Word. May the cry of your heart be, “Lord, I hunger for a double portion. Let your mantle fall on me.” 

Only then will you be ready for the amazing harvest that is coming! 

That is my prayer for you today! 

Power from on High

The Bible is filled with examples of God’s anointing— a supernatural power from on high—on people. Anyone who studies these examples is naturally filled with a desire for a such an anointing. 

Today, because of the victory won by Jesus Christ on the cross, you have no need for lack of God’s power in your life, for He has provided an abundance of anointing and resources for every believer. The answer is a fresh and continual outpouring of the Spirit. 

As with a barren, forsaken land, God can cause it to thrive, to be useful, and to prosper again. And He desires to do the same through the Holy Spirit with you and me today! 

Almighty God’s plan for you is an unending, fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit! 

He doesn’t want to give you a single bountiful outpouring. He wants to keep showering you with blessings “until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest” (Isaiah 32:15). 

With a God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and has reservoirs larger than all the oil cartels combined, why is it that the Church, the body of Christ, is deficient and often running on empty? 

It’s time to realize that our fuel is not self-generated. Your intellect, enterprise, and connections are hollow shells in the sight of God. 

Total reliance on Him and His anointing is your only solution! 

Total Helplessness 

I must confess there was a time, even after I had discovered and been blessed immensely with the power of the Holy Spirit, when it seemed the touch of God had left me. That came as a shock after all the Lord had done in the past. 

God had already performed miracle after miracle in my life. It was difficult to imagine the Lord would choose a young man with a stuttering problem as a communicator of the Gospel. Yet He did. If you have read my life story, you know I could not even talk properly to my family or friends at school. But I was completely delivered of my speech impediment. The Lord placed His anointing on me and thrust me into the ministry. 

Why did the Lord begin to use me? Because I was an open vessel, crying to be filled. I had the simple faith to believe that the Holy Spirit was a personality. 

I believed I could talk to Him, and I did. 

I believed He was my wonderful, gracious, and kind partner. 

I believed that the Bible meant what it said in 2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” 

I took at face value the Scripture that says: 

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). 

I came to Him as a little child and said, “Holy Spirit, You know the Father. Holy Spirit, You know the Word. Please help me know Him.” And He did. 

Instantly, things began to change in my life. I started to read the Word, and suddenly life was there. It was marvelous. My capacity to understand Scripture was multiplied. My prayer life changed. Jesus became so close that I could not go anywhere without feeling His presence. 

The ministry the Lord had given me seemed to explode. 

However, at the same time, something dangerous began to take place. I became so caught up in doing the work of the Lord that I did not realize what was happening. In my whirlwind of spiritual activity, I had forgotten the discipline that brought me to that point of being anointed. 

Sometimes, I did not have time to pray as I once did—and I struggled to give the Word enough of my attention. 

Like Samson of old, the anointing was slipping away, and I hardly realized what was happening. Scripture records how Delilah called out to Samson: 

“The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him” (Judges 16:20). 

One day I woke up and realized that I was operating on the residue of an old anointing. It was a feeling of total helplessness. My vessel began to empty. 

I was doing God’s work, yet misery began to enter my life. When it happened, I thought, “Well, that is just part of the ministry.” But it wasn’t. 

When the Spirit is upon you, there is fruit, not desolation. There is life, not death. My oil almost evaporated. There was a leak in my vessel. The anointing was thin and had lost its freshness. It needed to be replaced. 

The Clouds Parted 

What was the answer for me? I returned to my first love. I cried out to the Lord as never before in my life. I literally fell to my face and begged God, “Don’t take your Spirit from me!” Day after day I stormed the gates of heaven until the answer came. 

God parted the clouds and began to pour something into my soul that flooded my very being. The anointing was so fresh and new that I felt I had never been touched by the Spirit before. I was lifted into the Father’s presence. 

From that moment, I promised Him I would never allow a day to pass without seeking a fresh awakening of the Spirit. I have kept my part of the bargain, and He has never let me down. 

Total Obedience 

There is no substitute for a fresh, daily visitation of the Spirit. Paul the apostle wrote to the church at Philippi, “I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:18-l9). 

Isn’t it better to have the Lord fighting for you than against you? 

Consider the words of Isaiah: “They rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them” (Isaiah 63:10). 

If the Holy Spirit ever leaves, you are finished. It is over! There’s danger when you allow His anointing to run dry. 

You can’t expect to have God’s blessing when you live in disobedience: “We are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5:32). 

What a dreadful thought it is to lose your anointing. It happened to King Saul, as David lamented: 

“Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil” (2 Samuel 1:21). 

Saul knew the Lord and even prophesied. Now, however, it was as if the Lord never knew him. 

Knowing what happened to Saul, David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me” (Psalm 51:10-11). 

The anointing is not automatic. Far from it! There are conditions to be met. 

The Word says, “Seek, and ye shall find” (Matthew 7:7). And the opposite is also true. From Genesis to Revelation you can read of the judgments of God that fall on those who refuse to seek Him. 

Speaking of those who follow their own ungodly desires, Jude wrote, “These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 19). And he added this advice: “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost” (verse 20). 

If you are touched by the Spirit, there will be a dramatic difference in your life. The Bible makes it clear. We are admonished to: 

“Be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-20). 

God’s Pipeline 

There are many questions people have about this wonderful anointing. I remember one time after a glorious service, a man stopped me and asked if I would pray for him. 

He said “I want to receive the anointing.” 

“Exactly what do you expect to receive?” I responded. 

“I’m not really sure, but I have heard about it and I want it,” was his reply. 

Many people like this man seek the anointing as a one-time experience, like salvation or water baptism. They believe that if a minister touches their forehead with oil and says a little prayer, their life will be gloriously transformed. 

There is a great deal of difference, however, in “being anointed” and “having the anointing.” Just as you don’t eat a great meal on New Year’s Day and expect it to last all year, you don’t receive an “instant” touch that lasts forever. 

While it is true that there are special times of dedication or consecration to the Lord, more is available. 

The anointing you need is the continual presence of the Almighty. And that only comes through daily renewal. 

Seven Revelations 

The oil from Alaska doesn’t arrive one barrel at a time. There is a pipeline that creates a constant flow. And that is exactly how the Lord wants His Spirit to operate in your life, as a very special passage in Psalms shares. 

Seven divine truths from the 89th Psalm illuminate how the oil flows and affects your life. 

Bear in mind that these seven revelations are not limited to what God wants to pour into you. He also desires that the anointing stream from you. 

1. The anointing strengthens you. 
The Lord wants you to have strength in the power of His might: “I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him” (Psalm 89:20-21). 

God’s touch gives you the energy and the authority to stand against every foe. 

2. You cannot he harmed by the enemy. 
When the anointing prevails in your life, it is as if you are shielded by a wall of protection. “The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him” (Psalm 89:22). Satan cannot touch you. I believe that even sickness will flee in the presence of the anointing. 

In Eastern countries, when shepherds want to keep flies from bothering the sheep, they rub them with olive oil. In Scripture, flies represent demons. If you want to put satan and the demonic forces of hell on the run, you need that same oil of protection. The Bible states, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want…Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:1, 5). 

3. The enemy will be destroyed and defeated. 
God says if the anointing is active in your life, He will decimate the wicked: “And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him” (Psalm 89:23). Through you, He will actually destroy demonic strongholds around you. 

Through you, He will step on the devil’s face. The Word says God will soon “bruise Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). But this only takes place when there is a God-given covering over your life. 

4. The anointing establishes your authority. 
As a Christian, one name establishes your authoritythe powerful name of Jesus. “But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted” (Psalm 89:24). 

The word “horn” speaks of authority. We will act with authority in His name as the Holy Spirit flows through us. 

5. You will influence others. 
The Lord promised that the anointing would begin to flow through David: “I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers” (Psalm 89:25). But it was not for him alone. David was to take God’s touch and influence the world. 

When the Bible talks about “the sea,” it is referring to people. And that same promise is to you. 

What should you do if members of your family are not serving the Lord? Move into the anointing, and your home will be mightily influenced. 

The Bible says that David was anointed “among his brethren.” He influenced his brothers, and later they became mighty men of Israel. At first they mocked him, but then they stood with him. The Spirit made the difference. 

6. God’s love will never leave you. 
The Lord’s abundant mercy will be on you continuously, as long as the anointing remains: “My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him” (Psalm 89:28). What a promise! 

Remember, God took His mercy off of Saul because he lost the anointing. And once it was removed, Saul became possessed by a demon. However, it did not happen to David. Thank God for the oil of the Holy Spirit that keeps God’s love and mercy on your life. 

7. The anointing will endure. 
This final promise is the best of all. It is for you, and your children, and their children: “His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven” (Psalm 89:29). Christ was in the line of David. That means you are included in the same family tree. 

The anointing in your home will keep your children aware of God and His presence. 

And should your sons or daughters stray, there is something about an atmosphere saturated with the touch of God that will draw them back. Even if your children are no longer in your home, it is never too late to claim an anointing. I’ve seen the Spirit repair and mend families that had been tattered and torn beyond human hope. 

Claim These Promises for Yourself 

Begin this moment to claim these seven truths as your own. Open your heart to the outpouring of God’s anointing. 

Become a pipeline flowing with oil from heaven. It will be the greatest surge of His anointing you have ever known. Then, and only then, can you be prepared for His anointing and mighty, unprecedented harvest! 

Just look around and you will see a world that desperately needs Jesus. Millions surround us who are driving full speed on the highway to hell. We must wake up and say: “Lord! Give me your anointing, that I may win them.” 

You see, the moment the Spirit falls upon you, there will be a burden for the lost like you have never known. Suddenly the phrase “He that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30) becomes more than a Sunday school memory verse. 

As for me, this world can take everything from me—all that I have, or ever hope to have. My only cry to the Lord is, “Please don’t take Your anointing from me. Don’t take Your presence away. May I never pray without sensing Your nearness.” 

Is that also your prayer? God wants you to be filled with His Spirit. No more running on empty. 

The best news is that in God’s economy, the supply will forever exceed our demand. His oil of anointing will never run dry. 

Holy Spirit – Why a must for every Christians

Every Christian should be filled with the holy spirit. Any Christian, who does not have the holy spirit is not part of Christ.
He has placed His Spirit at your disposal, and if you have not the Spirit, God has a right to look to you and to hold you responsible for all the good you might otherwise do. You are sinning against all heaven, for you ought to be adding to the happy ranks of the redeemed.

You are an obstacle in the way of the work of the Lord. It is in vain for a minister to try to work over your head. Ministers often groan and struggle, and wear themselves out in vain, trying to do good where there is a people who live so that they do not have the Spirit of God. If the Spirit is poured out at any time, the Church will grieve Him right away. Thus, you may tie the hands and break the heart of your minister, and break him down, and perhaps kill him, because you will not be filled with the Spirit.

You see the reason why Christians need the Spirit, and the degree of their dependence upon Him. Do not tempt God by “waiting” for His Spirit, while using no means to procure His presence. If you mean to have the Spirit, you must be childlike, and yield to His influences and just as yielding as air. If He is drawing you to prayer, you must quit everything to yield to His gentle strivings. No doubt you have sometimes felt a desire to pray for some object, and you have put it off and resisted, until God left you. If you wish Him to remain, you must yield to His softest leadings, watch to learn what He would have you do and yield yourself up to His guidance.

Christians ought to be willing to make any sacrifice to enjoy the presence of the Spirit. Said a woman in high life (a professor of religion): “I must either give up hearing such-and-such a minister [naming him] preach, or I must give up my gay company.” She gave up the preaching and stayed away. How different from another case of a woman in the same rank of life and who heard the same minister preach, and went home resolved to abandon her gay and worldly manner of life. She changed her whole mode of dress, of equipage, of living, and of conversation; so that her gay and worldly friends were soon willing to leave her to the enjoyment of communion with God, and free to spend her time in doing good.

You see from this, that it must be very difficult for those in fashionable life to go to heaven. What a calamity to be in such circles! Who can enjoy the presence of God in them? See how crazy those are who are scrambling to get up to these circles, enlarging their houses, changing their style of living, their dress, and their furniture. It is like climbing up to the mast-head to be thrown off into the ocean. To enjoy God, you must come down, not go up there. God is not there, among all the starch and flattery of high life.

Many professors of religion are as ignorant of spirituality as Nicodemus was of the New Birth. They are ignorant, and I fear unconverted. If anybody talks to them about the spirit of prayer, it is all algebra to them. The case of such professors is awful. How different was the character of the apostles! Read the history of their lives, read their letters, and you will see that they were always spiritual, and walked daily with God.

But now how little is there of such religion! “When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8.) Set some of these professors to work in a revival, and they do not know what to do, for they have no energy, no skills and make no impression. When will professors of religion set themselves to work, filled with the Spirit? If Christians and Churches could be filled with the Spirit, in less than just two weeks, revival would spread all over this city.