The Sadness by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne shows us ayers rock

Elijah was a courageous soothsayer, without question . He was also a person of great meekness, as we have seen. But let’s remember that he was simply a man—a human, subject to the condition of being human, as we all are. It isn’t surprising that at that point in Elijah’s life the great soothsayer hit bottom. For many years he had stood powerful amid and against almost impossible percentages and circumstances. But now, after a great victory, he dropped into the throes of discouragement and total despair. Since this is true, we should not be surprised to read that. He was terrified and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

I am satisfied this chapter has been included in Scripture. I am happy that when God paints the portraits of His women and men, He paints them warts and all. He doesn’t ignore their defects or hide their disasters.

Elijah had to get his eyes back on the Lord. He’d been used mightily, but it was actually the Lord who made him mighty.

He stood robust against the enemy, but it was actually the Lord who had given him the strength. Regularly we are way more enamored with the gifts God gives us than with the Giver Himself. When the Lord brings rest and refreshment, we become more thankful for the rest and refreshment than for the God who permits it.

When God gives us a good mate, we become soaked up in that fellowship and so engrossed with the mate that we forget all about it was our gracious God who gave us the buddy.

A Lifelong Struggle by Rodney Howard Browne

In the lifelong tussle with enticement and natural want, followers are told to “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ. This becomes a daily activity by which you decide who’s going to live your life for you today. Are you going to live in the flesh, or is Jesus going to have the right of living His life through you? Folk have different terms for the “flesh,” but in simple terms it’s the normal part of each person that wants to operate in opposition to God. It sometimes reveals itself by challenging the limitations the Lord set for humankind’s good. We’ll always have this fleshly nature, but we do not have to live by it, and we do not have to surrender to it. Why? As we have the Holy Spirit living inside. When he indwells us, we possess 2 mindsets – the mind of the Spirit leading toward God and the mind of the flesh leading away from Him. Because these 2 ways of thinking are against one another, conflict and warfare result. Rodney Howard Browne explains that we are in a genuine battle, which needs real weapons.

We’ve got the helmet of deliverance so we will not surrender our minds to the flesh. The breastplate of goodness protects our feelings from giving way to natural wants. We put on the belt of truth, which enables us to stroll honestly instead of in the flesh. Pastor Rodney Howard Browne teaches that there’s a real shield of religion because there are real darts of doubt.

Rodney Howard Brown explains that we are at war, but we are well provided for it. God always leads us in victory.

Our Perspective of God by Rodney Howard Browne

Yesterday’s attention concluded with the assumption the basis of prayer is our perspective of God. It is not enough to mouth the words of the Lord’s Prayer ; we must also believe God can meet the wishes we bring to Him. That is why our knowledge of Him has such an effect on our lives. First, our perspective influences what we ask – in particular, the dimensions of our petition is influenced.

Folk frequently say, “I could not ask God for that” because they considered the request too much – but what might be too large for an omniscient and omnipotent God? We limit our blessings when we ask just for what we will achieve with our own resources, instead of depending on Him to give the will and the way. 2nd , our experience of God is affecting our way of life.

Spotting God wants to stroll with us should produce the need for a pure heart. We all know that living in deliberate sin short-circuits our fellowship with Him. Therefore , our perspective of Him is affecting how we think, behave, and relate to folks. Eventually , our point of view on God impacts our religion. If we see Him as some distant being who plays faves, then we won’t expect much from our requests. But if we realize he is an all-powerful Father who loves us personally, then we are able to pray with the confidence that we’ll be heard. Knowing God intimately will transform our natural bent toward doubt and sin into an underlying sense of gigantic peace and religion.

Our requests are heard by an individual God. Have you taken the time to get to know Him?

The Joy of God Over His People

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17 KJV

This is one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible. A God who is great and MIGHTY – Jehovah Elohim – and yet who is so loving and so kind and so generous with His people! His heart is to save us – not punish or destroy us. The word “save” means that He wants to free us; avenge us; defend us; deliver us; rescue us; help us; preserve us; cause us to be victorious. He will rejoice – be bright; be cheerful; be glad; joy; make mirth – over us with joy and gladness – joyfulness; blithesomeness; glee; mirth; pleasure. He will rest in His love – His love is more than enough; His love is big enough; His love is the reason for it all; His love makes all things right. Then He will joy over us – spin around; be joyful – with singing – with a shout of joy; cry of joy; proclamation; triumph.

Our God is rejoicing over us, singing over us, dancing over us, shouting over us, triumphing over us, and we are wrapped in His love and His delight. It doesn’t get any better than that! Meditate on this verse and let it sink into your spirit – how much the Father loves you and how good He is and how good He is to you!

God is pleased with us when we have faith in Him:

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:5-6 NKJV

He takes pleasure in those who reverently respect and fear Him:

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.  Psalms 147:11 NKJV

He delights in the humble:

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.  Psalms 149:4 NKJV

He delights in those who are upright:

I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.  1 Chronicles 29:17 NKJV

They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, but such as are blameless and wholehearted in their ways are His delight! Proverbs 11:20 AMP

He delights in the prayer of the upright:

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.  Proverbs 15:8 NKJV

He delights in prospering the upright:

And the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in every work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, of your cattle, of your land, for good; for the Lord will again delight in prospering you, as He took delight in your fathers, 10 If you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with all your being.  Deuteronomy 30:9-10 AMP

He rejoices over us to do us good:

And they will be My people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever for the good of themselves and of their children after them. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will not turn away from following them to do them good, and I will put My [reverential] fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me. 41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly and in truth with My whole heart and with My whole being. Jeremiah 32:38-41 AMP

He delivers those in whom He delights:

He brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. 21 The Lord rewarded me according to my uprightness with Him; He compensated and benefited me according to the cleanness of my hands.  2 Samuel 22:20-21 AMP

Because He delights in us, we are comforted:

And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; and the sound of weeping will no more be heard in it, nor the cry of distress.  Isaiah 65:19 AMP

The Lord gives an inheritance to those in whom He delights:

If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.  Numbers 14:8 AMP

He is especially joyful whenever anyone repents and is saved or restored:

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.  Luke 15:7 NKJV

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  Luke 15:10 NKJV

And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;  24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.  Luke 15:23-24 NKJV

He rejoices over us like a bridegroom rejoices over his bride:

For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.  Isaiah 62:5 NKJV

Our Loving Heavenly Father by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne shares that one of the excellent things about our heavenly Father is that thru the Scripture, He unearths what matters to Him. In the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the “lost” prodigal child, Jesus shares the heart of God. People who have missed the saving truth of God, as well as followers who have walked away from His truths, learn that they matter significantly to Him.

Just as the widow scoured the room to find the coin, God pursues us so we might accept His gift of salvation. Rodney Howard Brown points out that like the shepherd who left those ninety-nine sheep in safety to find the person that had walked away, our Shepherd has the priority of bringing us into relationship with Himself. And His concern is similar whether we are wandering for the 1st or hundredth time.

Just as the prodigal’s father welcomed his boy back and forgave him, our heavenly Father guarantees the same to us. Due to the saving work of Jesus Christ, God’s love “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).

The prodigal’s father threw a celebratory party, and Scripture tells us that heaven rejoices when one who was lost has been found (Luke 15:6, 9-10, 24). Our loving heavenly Father yearns that each person in His creation be “found.”

Knowing that all folks start life in a “lost” religious condition, (Romans 3:10-11) God offers every one a place in his folks thru Jesus’ redeeming work, and He has trusted followers with spreading the message of deliverance. Does your heart beat as God’s does for the lost? Rodney Howard Browne advises that if not, pray for a heart change.

Confess Your Jealousy by Rodney Howard Browne

Is it possible to grab control of an envious attitude? Yes, it definitely is! Knowing that God wants His children to be responsible for these feelings, let’s inspect some particular things you can do to gain victory. Rodney Howard Browne teaches to confess your envy. This emotion will always – always – take your eyes off God and fix them on somebody else or object. That, at its heart, is idolatry.

When you place a higher price on some “thing” than you place on the Lord, you put yourself under judgment. Repent of that sin immediately! Recognize that you are in feud with God. If He selects to bring some particular blessing into someone else’s life, that is His privilege. Your envy is just an announcement that you believe you deserve that blessing more than the other person. Rodney Howard Browne teaches us to bring this truthfully before the Lord, and ask Him to revive a godly point of view to your mind.

Thank God for what he does in that person’s life. You may not like this point. However, when you praise God – even if you don’t feel like it – you put yourself in a position to get His blessings by showing that you totally trust His judgment. Ask God to set love in your heart for the other person. So frequently in Scripture, the word “jealous” is followed by the word “anger.” don’t permit envy to stir up ill will and hate toward somebody else. Envy can destroy your relationships, your witness, and your own experience of God’s blessings.

Ask the Lord to wipe away these unhealthy feelings today.

Miracle Debt Elimination in the Scriptures

Israelites borrow from the Egyptians and then they experience miracle debt elimination

Exodus 3:21-22 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians. Exodus 14:30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

The Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed

Deuteronomy 15:1-6 (NIV) At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel the loan he has made to his fellow Israelite. He shall not require payment from his fellow Israelite or brother, because the LORD’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. 3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your brother owes you. 4 However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, 5 if only you fully obey the LORD your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. 6 For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

Debt (taxes) eliminated

1 Samuel 17:22-25 (NIV) David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers. 23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24 When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.

25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.”

Widow woman’s debt eliminated

2 Kings 4:1-7 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. 3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

Axe head was borrowed, lost, and returned

2 Kings 6:4-7 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. 5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! For it was borrowed. 6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. 7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

Nehemiah’s workmen had their mortgages and debts canceled

Nehemiah 5:1-4, 11-12 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. 2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live. 3 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth. 4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards. 11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. 12 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.

10,000 talent debt elimination

Matthew 18:23-27 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

Jesus had a debt

Matthew 17:24-27 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? 25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Zacchaeus restored fourfold

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

Onesimus debt canceled by the Apostle Paul

Philemon 1:18-19 (NIV) If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back-not to mention that you owe me your very self.

Greatest debt elimination – Jesus eliminates our debt of sin on the cross

Colossians 2:13-14 (NAS) And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

THE CHURCH

“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  
Matthew 16:15-18 KJV

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus did not say that He would build His church on Peter, but that He would build it on this fact: That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

The English word “church” is derived from the word kuriakon which means “belonging to the Lord”. It does not mean a building and is never used in the New Testament to designate a building. In the English New Testament the word “church” is used to translate the Greek word ekklesia, which means “an assembly of people”. In some passages, it is simply translated as “assembly”. Ekklesia is derived from two Greek words, ek meaning “out from,” and kaleo which means “to call.” The Greeks used the word when speaking of their legislature – the people designated and called out to represent their community in the legislature. We are “called out” of the world and gathered together to serve and represent the Living God here on earth and also in Heaven!

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus is putting the emphasis not on the word “Church”, but on the word “My”, as in “I will build MY Church…” The Church is unique, not merely because it is called a Church, but because it is the Body of Christ – an assembly of believers who belong to Jesus! Jesus is the Head of the Church:

Ephesians 5:23 AMP – For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is the Head of the church, Himself the Savior of [His] body.  

Colossians 1:18 NIV – And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Hebrews 12:22-24 NIV – But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.  

In the New Testament, the word “Church” is used to designate the Church in general – the whole Body of Christ – and also a specific local church or assembly of Christians. However, it is not referring to a particular group or denomination.

The local church, in a particular area, is vital to the growth, development and expansion of the Body of Christ in that area. It is important for each of us to be a part of a local body of believers, with people who love and accept us, and also who hold us accountable as we grow in our faith. Hebrews 10:24-25 AMP says, “And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, 25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.”  

The mission of the local church is:
Preaching and teaching
Making disciples
Fellowship
Worship
Missions and evangelism
Maturity of the believer
Ministry in the home
Ministry to material needs

And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]. 16 He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned. 17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; 18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.  Mark 16:15-18 AMP

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV

Mark emphasizes preaching and Matthew, teaching, but they are agreed on the overall role of the Church. The Church’s mission is to get people saved, delivered, healed, baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, and then to take care of them, disciple them, and send them out to continue to do the work of the Church.

Hype – The Anointing of the Flesh

“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.

Foundation Scriptures: Luke 4:14-19

The anointing—in many church meetings being held nowadays—as one preacher said, “is as scarce as hen’s teeth.” You need a magnifying glass to find it. There is little or no anointing present, yet many people claim to be anointed and to have the anointing! One of the first lessons that we need to learn about the anointing is that the anointing is not hype.

In some church circles there’s a lot of Hollywood.  There’s a lot of hype.  At these meetings, you might expect that at any moment they would bring on the wrestlers and have a tag team match in the church.  They have fleshly preaching, praying, singing, and dancing—a lot of hoopla—but very minimal, if any, results at all. The anointing is not about who can make the biggest noise—it is about changed lives.

We live in a day and age of never-ending entertainment, where people want to come and sit in beautiful, air-conditioned auditoriums and be entertained and impressed on a Sunday morning and night.  A minister can stand in the pulpit and scream and jump around or he can look dignified and professional, but if the touch of God is not on the minister’s life, he can forget it—lives will not be changed.

Are You Tired of Hype?

I have attended some large charismatic meetings, where the “who’s who in the charismatic zoo” have been present, and yet the anointing was not manifest.  It’s almost like some ministers are afraid that if the Holy Ghost showed up, they might not know what to do. So instead of displaying their spiritual ignorance, they would rather close the meeting down or get into some fleshly works program such as loudly binding the devil or hyping up a service some other way. Then at least the starving sheep might feel that they were dished up something, even if that something was really nothing at all, other than stale doughnuts.

In some Bible schools, they endeavor to teach students how to preach with formulas, but in my estimation that’s equivalent to teaching a pig to sing! You can be taught all the theory concerning the art of preaching, but if there is no anointing or touch of God on your life, it will just be hype.

Some people think that shouting is the anointing, or being professional in your communicative ability is the anointing.  However, just stirring people’s emotions, will not bring change.  God wants fat hearts -not fat heads. The Gospel is not an intellectual thing it is a spiritual thing.

There are many people who profess to be theologians, but they do not even believe in the virgin birth, the blood of Jesus, or the cross, etc. What good is theology if you don’t believe in God? The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:1 -5,  “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

The scripture says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).  I told the Lord in the first part of my ministry, that if He was not going to do anything—I was not going to do anything.  He told me that it was a case of Him waiting on me—not me waiting on Him. And He said if I would just give Him an opportunity to move, He would move. If we want to be anointed, we must firstly preach the truth of the Word of God with power, not hype.

Secondly, we must neither do nor say anything unless the Lord directs us. We must move when He says move
and stop when He says stop. These are lessons that take time to learn, but if we will be patient and put our flesh under and allow our spirit to rise up, we will see the results in our lives. We need to shut our head up and let our heart lead.

When we rest on the Spirit of God, He will anoint us and His anointing will be on us at all times, in all situations, with no hype, but only the genuine article.

The Anointing on Every Believer

“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.

Foundation Scriptures: Luke 4:14 -19

Every believer is anointed with the ministry of reconciliation, but not every believer is anointed or equipped to stand in the fivefold ministry offices, as mentioned in Ephesians 4:7-11.  The fivefold ministry is instituted and ordained by God.  You cannot raise this ministry up in a Bible school or seminary setting.  These gifts are given by God Almighty.  They come from heaven above and not by the hands of man.

However, every believer is anointed when they get born again.  God comes and makes His home on the inside of us.  The scripture says,  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”
(II Corinthians 5:17-18 NKJ)

You are set apart.  The Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of you and the anointing of the Holy Ghost becomes available to you.  You have the ministry of reconciliation – to tell others about Jesus.

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.   (I John 2:20 & 27  NKJ)

Under the Old Covenant, God anointed three groups of people.  He anointed the prophets, the priests, and the kings.  He would cause His Spirit to rest upon them.  Then came the New Covenant.  When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” the veil of the temple was supernaturally torn in two from top to bottom.  The Holy Spirit came out of an earthly tabernacle made with the hands of man, never again to live therein.  Now He lives in your heart and my heart.  We have become the temple of the living God according to 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:16.

The fivefold ministry has a greater manifestation of the nine gifts of the Spirit – with a greater anointing than the laity.  But any one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12, can operate through any believer, as the Holy Spirit leads.  God did not say that it was just for the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.  As the scripture says in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”  The gifts of the Spirit are given to believers to profit and bless everybody.

The Well and the River

In John 4:14, Jesus said, “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  I want you to notice it says a well. The scripture says, “With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).  We could call this first anointing a “well” anointing.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and  drink.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive;  for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
  (John 7:37-39  NKJ)

In this scripture we see not only a well, but we see something that is bigger than a well.  We see a river.  You receive a “well” anointing when you get born again.  You receive a “river” anointing when you get the baptism in the Holy Ghost.

Jesus told the disciples to tarry at Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  He said in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Power to Be a Witness

We can actually have power to be a witness.  The word witness in this scripture means martyr.  In other words, witnesses are a people who are prepared to die for what they believe.  A witness is someone who is radical in his faith and the communication of it.  We see this portrayed in the life of Peter, the one who had three times denied the Lord.  On the day of Pentecost, after receiving the Holy Ghost, he boldly preached and proclaimed the gospel.

What a change had taken place, what a transformation! It was all because of the anointing – because of the touch of God.

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