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In the spiritual life, the clergy; bishops, pastors, deacons, elders, leaders and the members need anointing to ...
In the spiritual life, the clergy; bishops, pastors, deacons, elders, leaders and the members need anointing to cause revival in the churches. Anointing acts as an enabler for the leaders to receive refreshed visions to plant many churches, grow them, and plant Jesus in the hearts of the believers who become spirit-filled believers. God working through believers will fulfill the great commission, but churches that are dying are unable to fulfill these objectives.
Many churches, including Anyang's, were dying; even so, when they obtained the Holy Spirit and His anointing power, touched individuals in those dying churches made them come back to life. Moreover, God working through us gives us the privilege to grow from grace to grace and also shut down the works of the devil, drive out the evil spirits from people, heal the sick with our gifts in the Spirit, and show love to the world.
Emmanuel, my older brother in Christ was worried for being stuck in a traditional church he had no part to play but just went and sat down watched the priest did his own thing and then came home. While other members were leaving the church to join other Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, Emmanuel would not go anywhere because he was very loyal to his church. I had no problem because I was the choirmaster of the church attending choir meetings three times in a week and that kept me very busy but my brother could not sing and there was no other society available at that time that could keep him busy.
He started attending crusades of local and foreign evangelists like Benny Hinn and began thinking about the fact that we were missing something in our church. He would bring home the Bible texts he would write down at those crusades and started searching them and that motivated him to do more on how to get power to do such miracles he observed at those crusades. He continued to visit other charismatic churches and started to learn from them. All that time I was laughing at him for visiting those churches. One day he attended a Holy Spirit baptism session and he came home with joy and told me about his personal experience with the Holy Spirit. He decided to teach me many things he had learned and I allowed him because I had great respect for him and I always took him very serious. He proved all that he taught me from the Bible and I saw the logic in them.
I started to join him in fellowshipping in other charismatic churches and evangelical groups but still maintained our original church. I did not have my Holy Spirit baptism before I joined the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International (FGBFI) where I received my Holy Spirit baptism and later became the vice president of that fellowship in my district. Later, I established a charismatic movement in my church and that influenced all the local churches in my district by leading many of the members to receive their Holy Spirit baptism and since then the churches have been growing fast spiritually and physically. My brother who was then very powerful helped many people in other districts to receive their Holy Spirit baptism and presently he is a full time evangelist winning many souls for the Lord. My brother and I were common people in a dying church but the Lord found a way to pull us to Him more closely and gave us His Power and used us to revive His churches. We need His Power first before we can work effectively for Him. This is the reason for this book
The point is that when new converts become believers they are baptized with the water/river baptism which is great, because we are obligated to have that kind of baptism. As a result every Christian including Jesus Christ Himself had that type of baptism. John the Baptist baptized many into such baptism which was also called "baptism of repentance". John also baptized Jesus (Luke 3:21). Jesus in turn baptized His disciples and many others whom He stayed with (John 3:22). Jesus continued to baptize more of the disciples and won more followers (John 4:1) to the point that the followers of John the Baptist reported to him that Jesus was baptizing and as a result everybody was turning to Him (John 3:26).
Of all the people who were baptized none of them, apart from Jesus, had the power to perform supernaturally. Why only Jesus? Because Jesus, immediately He had water baptism, received anointing through the Holy Spirit baptism from the Father when John the Baptist said, "I saw power descending on him like a dove," (John 1:33) and that He was the one who was going to baptize with the Holy Spirit.
In fact, the thousands who received baptism by John the Baptist and Jesus, including the disciples of Jesus had no power to work supernaturally. The only time the disciples performed supernaturally was when Jesus appointed seventy others and sent them two by two into every city, and He sat somewhere and sent His power after them so that they could perform supernaturally, like healing and driving evil spirits our of the people they encountered with(Luke 10). That was Jesus' anointing power imparted directly to the disciples temporarily to perform miracles.
So when Jesus was baptized He subsequently and immediately received his anointing with power and had immediate intimate relationship with the Father who operated directly through Him (Jesus). All the others who were baptized did not have that grace because they had not yet been baptized with the Holy Spirit. Most of the disciples did not have their water baptism end up here and we shall see in our next discussions that after they received their Holy Spirit baptism, they could perform miracles. And what is happening in our dying churches? Baptism ends with water or river baptism. No Holy Spirit baptism, therefore no power to perform supernaturally.
Only Jesus was working supernaturally because He was the only one who had the Power to do so. Even when Jesus rose from death, He met His disciples and breathed onto them saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit," (John 20:22) which I believe they received, but still, they had no power to work for Him. He even instructed them to undertake some assignments but they scattered — Peter, for example, went back to his fishing business.
After He breathed unto them and asked them to receive the Holy Spirit, He met them again and said to them, "For John baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now". (Acts. 1:5). "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." (Acts. 1:8).
Jesus gave His disciples the Holy Spirit (John 20:22), but He also asked them to wait to receive the Power when the Holy Spirit came upon them (Act. 1:5). Are there two Holy Spirits? No, only one. The Holy Spirit we receive during baptism like the one He gave to the disciples is the same Holy Spirit but at this point, the Spirit brings us together under His kingdom, but not yet connected to the Power from above; the Father. The second part is not a different Holy Spirit but a mere action whereby the Holy Spirit in us is being connected to the Power of the Most High God so that we can have intimate relationship with Him to enable Him to work through us. In other words, after the baptism of the Holy Spirit such as happened on the Pentecost day, then that those believers had the opportunity to tap into the power of the Most High to work supernaturally.
Unfortunately, most of our dying churches end up with water or river baptism and do not pursue for the Holy Spirit baptism which is the gateway to tapping into the anointing power of God to perform miracles.
The scenario is just like building a house and having electrical wiring complete in the house. At this point, there is no electrical power in the house until it is connected to the main electrical grid which is the main source of power for electricity. Until this connection is made, one cannot make use of any electrical appliances in the house.
In the same way, Jesus baptized the disciples, gave them the Holy Spirit -like they were just wired without connection to the main electrical grid-but they had no power until the Pentecost day came when the Holy Spirit in them was connected to main grid, the Father.
But after the connection, on the Pentecost day, the disciples became very powerful to perform because they then had power, as Jesus promised that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts. 1:8). To explain further, when the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit, or when they received power, or when the Holy Spirit in them was connected to the power of the Father, they acted like crazy. They could then do what they could not do before the connection was made. This is what I call anointing which may also mean blessing from the Father for intimate relationship to work with Him. The benefits of the anointing are enormous and they shall be discussed in the subsequent chapters. Also we shall see how our dying churches do not have that opportunity because the Holy Spirit in the believers is not yet connected to their main source of power, the Father.
We hear many believers say that as soon as someone is baptized with water he or she has anointing. We all know from the scriptures that water baptism is to fulfill John's baptism. Jesus showed the difference clearly by saying, "For John truly baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now". (Act. 1:5). He said after that they would receive power. Jesus said that to the disciples when they had already received water/river baptism which is also called John's baptism.
Holy Spirit baptism is different from water baptism. Water baptism is powerless but Holy Spirit baptism is full of power. To remind us again, before the Pentecost day the disciples had already received water baptism. Could they work for the Lord with that water baptism? No! They could work only after they had received anointing which is obtained through Holy Spirit baptism.
The story at Acts. 19: 1-6 is a perfect example of where many churches end up, as a result missing the power to work for the Lord. Let's read the story. "And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?' So they said to him, 'We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit'. And he said to them, 'Into what then were you baptized?' So they said, 'Into John's baptism.' Then Paul said, 'John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus'. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied."
You see after water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus, Paul did not end there but continued to connect the Holy Spirit they had just received to the power of the Lord and that made those disciples to display some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit like speaking in tongues and prophesying.
"Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit". (Acts. 8:14-17). Here also it is very important to realize that after baptizing the believers the apostles made sure that the believers received the Holy Spirit. They did not leave them orphans. But the leaders of the dying churches leave their members orphans by not helping them to receive the Holy Spirit.
Many churches end up with the water baptism and therefore the members or believers have less or no power to work effectively in the kingdom. This situation leads to the dying of these churches. The members and the leaders in these churches will be working very hard in their own efforts in their human spirits but up to a certain point all their vision die and can no more forge ahead effectively. Some of the members will stay here as their comfort zone but I tell you slow death would set in, and the church would start sinking slowly. I usually ask members of the dying churches whether they had seen some of their members encountered with the Holy Spirit before. But they usually said they had only heard about the Holy Spirit and that they did not know what He did. The same answer the disciples gave to Paul in our story above. They only hear about Him and they do not know Him neither do they experience Him. This results in ineffective Christians.
From the fore gone discussions and analysis, I think the meaning of anointing is simply connecting the Holy Spirit in a believer to the power of the Father through Holy Spirit baptism. This anointing comes from only the Father and not from any other man. Why did Paul and many other anointed believers laid hands for other believers to get anointed? That would make the process achieved faster results because Paul and the others were already anointed. The Lord usually worked through them faster since they were already anointed. This does not mean the power comes from them. Though, sometimes it does not work.
This anointing creates an intimate relationship between the believer and God so that the anointed can have grace and favor to hear from Him and work effectively for Him. Sometimes believers, for some obvious reasons do not want to receive this kind of baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, so they will resort to work in their human spirit.
The Holy Spirit baptism can come in any form since our God is not a one way God. Sometimes the body of the receiver will shake, sometimes manifestation will take place, and sometimes nothing at all will happen. In every situation one thing will happen, experiencing the Holy Spirit. It is a quick change of the tongue to speak some strange words that can last from one second to ten minutes, or even more depending on how the Lord wants to do His work. I had mine in about one second or less. Sometimes we think it will be embarrassing but it is not at all. I thought the same way but I later found it was rather a privilege to have such a sweet experience and relationship with my creator and Lord of my life.
The following is the account of how I received the Holy Spirit baptism. I received my baptism when I was cooking in the kitchen. Prior to that, I had attended Holy Spirit baptism session at Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International (FGBFI) in a town called Kade in Ghana. The leaders of this fellowship used two days to prepare the participants and the actual program started on the third day. It was a long program because they wanted each one of the participants to receive before they closed. We numbered about thirty and some of us received very quickly but others like me were not receiving. We kept on focusing and prayed very deep into the night but four of us did not receive, including me.
I felt very shy thinking those people around would think I was not a good Christian. I came home very dejected and also thinking it might not be true and that those who received might be faking. Despite these thoughts I still focused on receiving the anointing through the Holy Spirit baptism. That night nothing happened. The second day nothing happened. But on the third day, when I had come from work and I was preparing some food something happened. The experience I had was that, all of a sudden some strange words came from my mouth which I did not understand. I even thought somebody was around and perhaps said those words but nobody was in the house. I was there alone not knowing the Lord was around ready to pour His grace on me. From that time my relationship with the Lord was taken to a very high level.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit, therefore, can happen at any place, in the church, at the market place, in the store, in the bed, at the bathroom, and in many other places like our fellow bothers and sisters told us about where they received their baptism.
Jesus received his anointing immediately He received water baptism at river Jordan. "When he had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly, a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". (Matt. 3:16-17). That was how and where Jesus received His anointing. The disciples received their anointing when they were waiting with one accord in the upper room, as they were instructed by Jesus, to receive it. (Acts. 2: 1-4). Paul received his anointing by laying of hands on him by Ananias. (Acts. 9:17). Paul also anointed many others by laying hands on them.
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