While I was holding
crusades in Guyana, a minister came to me asking what he needed
to do to cause the anointing in him to produce miracles. He said
that he was living a holy and righteous life before the L-rd and
could not understand why the blind eyes were not coming open and
the lame were not walking.
We watched as the
L-rd gave many people their healings and miracles that they so
desperately needed. However, what prompted this heart rending
question was a 12-year-old girl that has never walked, with
braces from her feet to her hips, was miraculously healed.
years, I have been asked this same question by countless numbers
of people. There is not a quick answer to be given to such a
question as this. I have sought the L-rd in this matter and I
hope that you will profit from my findings.
I realize that it
is the anointing that destroys the yoke, but I also realize that
not all people see mighty healings and miracles. I also agree
that different people are anointed in different ways than
others. Some have stronger anointings than others, but I believe
that all should and can work the works of G-d.
Looking at the
saints of old, we can better understand the development of their
lives and ministries. Today, we need to take very careful heed of
their lives and learn as to why G-d used them in such miraculous
ways. Noah is a prime example of this.
are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in
his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with
12 And God
looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all
flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God
said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the
earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold; I will
destroy them with the earth.
thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark,
and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of. The length of
the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty
cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
I6 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it
above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side
thereof, with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make
behold, I even I do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to
destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under
heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into
the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy Sons wives
19 And of
every living thing of al/flesh, two of every sort shalt thou
bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall he
male and female.
fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every
creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort
shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt
gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for
did Noah according to all that God commanded him so did he.
Noah did not know
what rain was. As a matter of fact, no one on the earth at that
time had ever seen rain. Noah built a boat only through blind
faith that G-d was going to cause it to rain. Verse 22 sums it
up the best. Noah did according to all that G-d commanded him to
do. This no doubt is an attribute that is needed if we are to
ever walk into the depths of the anointing.
Let us now look at
Abraham and his obedience to G-d when it came to sacrificing his
l And it
came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and
said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he
said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest,
and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a
burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee
Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and
took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave
the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up. and went unto the
place of which God had told Him.
Notice in verse 3
that Abraham did not even question the L-rd as to what he was to
do. I am not sure there are many on this earth at this time that
could be as obedient as Abraham was then. I do not know what it
would have been like to have been in Abrahamís position, but I
am sure it would have been the most difficult thing of my life
if it would have happened to me.
When Elijah went to
Elisha, the mantel that Elijah cast upon Elisha was the anointing
of God Himself. Read as we see how Elisha handled the situation.
19:19 -21 (KJV)
19 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.
2O And he
left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray
thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee.
And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to
21 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.
We are finding an
absolute about these patriarchs of G-d. They were men of
unquestioning service to the L-rd. No matter what the price, they
were determined to be obedient to the L-rd and carry out His
commands to the very letter.
The Bible is given
to us as a guide and an example to follow. If these men were
greatly anointed by the L-rd (and they were), then we had better
start doing the things that they did. Jesus himself had the same
commitment as the men that we have just discussed.
saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me,
and to finish his work.
This should be the
cry in all of our hearts. It seems that many times we spend so
much time trying to decide what is in it for ourselves that we
miss the very thing that the L-rd is trying to do. The Bible
tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice. The L-rd wants
us to become completely obedient to Him.
When the L-rd
visited Paul (then known as Saul), on the road to Damascus, He
demanded obedience from Ananias.
there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to
him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said Behold, I am
11 And the
Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is
called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one
called Saul of Tarsus: for, behold he prayeth.
hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting
his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how
much evil he hat done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that
call on thy name.
15 But the
Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto
me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the
children of Israel:
16 For I
will shew him how great things he must suffer for my names sake.
Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting
his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus that
appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, haht sent me, that
thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy
immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and
he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
That had to have
been very difficult for Ananias because he knew that Paul had
been the enemy of the Christians. However, he went and did
exactly what he was told to do. Notice in verse 17, Ananias
calls Paul brother.
These obviously are
only a few of the unquestioning saints that were completely
obedient to G-d. I believe that we can ascertain from this that
without the kind of obedience that we have seen here, there will
not be many powerful acts of G-d performed through us.
Another point that
I believe that we should observe is that these saints stayed
with the things of G-d through all manner of trial, knowing that
the Word of G-d was truth. Job expressed this very well.
there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and
drinking wine in their eldest brothers house:
there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were
plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
15 And the
Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain
the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped
alone to tell thee.
he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire
of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and
the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to
he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The
Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and
have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the
edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons
and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest
behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote
the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men,
and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head. And fell
down upon the ground, and worshipped,
said, Naked came lout of my mothers womb, and naked shall I
return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.
22 In all
this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
In this last verse,
it really tells us all about the man Job. We find that in all that
he had been through - losing his children and his goods - Job
sinned not, nor accused the L-rd foolishly. Most of us would
have blamed the L-rd and stopped serving Him if anything even
vaguely such as this happened.
Jesus was the prime
example of sticking it out through adverse conditions.
36 And he
said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away
this cup from me: nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou
It is G-dís will
that we must attain if we are going to move into the deeper
places of the anointing. We are going to have to understand that
the anointing is not going to increase in our lives just because
we are filling a pew every Sunday morning. It is going to take
hard work and changing some of the attitudes that we have had in
the past about the anointing. Unquestioning service to the L-rd
with the determination to stay with the things of G-d through
all manner of circumstances. G-d will, as He always has, honor
this type of obedience.
Another thing to
consider is that all of these people in the Bible were totally
consecrated unto the L-rd. Total consecration means that they
wholly followed G-d. Joshua and Caleb were wonderful examples of
32: 8-13 (KJV)
8 Thus did
your fathers, when I sent them from Kadesh-Barnea to see the
9 For when
they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they
discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they
should not go into the land which the Lord had given them.
10 And the
Lords anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying,
none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old
and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto
Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me:
Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of
Nun: for they have wholly followed the Lord.
13 And the
Lords anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander
in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that
had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.
Joshua and Caleb
chose to believe G-d even though the others painted a picture
of great despair. In verse 12, we see that they wholly followed
the L-rd. This is what we need, people that will wholly follow
the L-rd, people that will not look at the circumstances but
will believe G-d in spite of the situation. We will have to know
the L-rd and be able to trust Him in all the various aspects of
our lives. This will have to be even in the midst of others
telling us that we are wrong because the majority says something
The apostles saw
the sick healed, blind eyes open, the lame walk, the deaf and
dumb hear and speak, all matter of disease leave, even the dead
being raised, all through the name of Jesus. There are reasons
for this and the reasons are not just because they were
apostles. They were men of G-d that followed after the things of G-d. These next three sets of scriptures will give you a further
idea of what it is going to take to work the works of G-d in
these last days.
said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.
whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will
lose his life for my sake shall find it.
what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his
there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said
26 If any
man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife,
and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life
also, he cannot be my disciple.
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be
which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down
first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to
haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to
finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what
king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down
first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to
meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
else, while the other is yet a great way off he sendeth an
ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he
hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is
good: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be
35 It is
neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dung hill; but men
cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
1 I am the
true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every
branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring
forth more fruit.
3 Now ye
are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in
me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself
except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in
5 I am the
vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do
6 If a man
abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered;
and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are
7 If ye
abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
will, and it shall be done unto you.
is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be
9 As the
Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my
10 If ye
keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have
kept my Fathers commandments, and abide in his love.
things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full.
12 This is
my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
The reason the
apostles worked the works of G-d is because they heard the words
of Jesus and went even further than hearing. They acted on those
words that our L-rd gave them. We of this generation have much
to accomplish before the coming of our L-rd. We must lay aside
every sin that seems to so easily beset us and come into the
things of G-d as never before. This generation needs to
desperately realize that we no longer have the original apostles
with us and they are not going to return to this earth to work
the greatest of G-dís works that is yet to come. We are going to
have to take up where they left off, and the only way to do that
is to live as they lived then. These men and women of G-d lived
in faith, and that is exactly the way we are going to have to
learn to live. We must follow the example left to us by these
grand old patriarchs, and if we will do that, we will move into
the greater works. There will be a portion of the Church that
will heed to teaching such as this but not all of the Church
will follow after the examples left for us to follow. Let those
who have ears hear what thus saith the mouth of G-d.