Monday, August 20, 2012

Anointed to preach!

Luke 4:18 (NKJV) "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;"

When Jesus was baptized by John, He also received the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22). There is a misconception among believers. Many Christians believe if you are baptized in the Holy Spirit that it will only be evident if you speak in tongues. Not to take anything away from the awesome gift of tongues but the Holy Spirit is so much more.

When the apostle Peter received the Holy Spirit, he brought 3000 souls to Jesus (Acts 2:41). Although many Christians struggle with praying in tongues, they may still be---and most likely are---baptized in the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit can fall on any believer. It can come on them during a church service as it did to Peter, (Acts 2:1-4) or, if they simply ask for it. In fact, the Bible teaches us to continually ask for it. In Leviticus 24:2, the Bible tells us, "Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually." Inside the tabernacle of the Old Testament was a lamp that burned oil as a light source during the night. In the day, light was provided by the sun (1 Samuel 3:15). The oil was significant of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible says in Luke 11:13, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" This verse says all we have to do is ask. Leviticus 24 says to collect the oil continually. This teaches us to ask continually for the Spirit.

So what do we get when the Spirit comes upon us? Many of us already know we get the gift of tongues. Do you realize we also get the other gifts of the Spirit? These gifts are wisdom, knowledge, faith, an anointing to provide healing, perform miracles, and prophecy, the gifts of discernment, tongues, and interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).

Although these gifts are often an office or a ministry, they are also for the individual believer. This way we can all pray for the sick, provide an encouraging word, and even bring people to Christ.

These gifts are not only a benefit to us, but also to everyone around us. Pray that the Holy Spirit would saturate you with these gifts---continually!

Be Blessed!

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