Saturday, February 22, 2014

Psalms Hymns & Spiritual Songs

I was just at a conference Friday night and Saturday morning into the afternoon where we had some marvelous moves of the Holy Spirit. During the second Saturday session the Spirit of God began to stress the importance of Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs. He did this by precept and example using several who were present by different manifestations of the Spirit. We had singing in Tongues followed by singing the Interpretation of Tongues, Prophetic Word of exhortation and instruction and by demonstration of this type of song.

This is an area where much of the church has no real understanding or experience. One of the things the Lord stressed today was that the operation of these things would open the door to greater moves of His Glory where Heaven would come and impact Earth. Whenever we examine something the New Testament teaches that the masses of the church do not embrace, walk in or understand; it is important for us to lay a Scriptural foundation:

“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19 NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16 NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

Notice in both of these verses we find the Apostle Paul mentioning Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Just what exactly are these things and why are they so important? What will they do for us?

First notice that Paul says that we speak to one another by Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Ephesians 5:19). Second he said that we sing and melody in our heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). Third he said that we teach and admonish one another by Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Colossians 3:16). Last, again he says that we sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).

So as we look at these four things that Paul declares, two of them deal with our ministry to one another and two of them deal with our ministry to the Lord. Anything that God provides for us that will enable us to minister to each other or Him more effectively are things that we should desire and pursue.

The truth of the matter is that most in the church doesn’t even know that these things exist and have never seen them in operation or manifestation. But that does not change the fact that the New Testament makes mention of them and lays out the benefits of their being exercised in our midst.

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs usually take on one of two forms. Either they are us singing to Him, a spontaneous New Song of worship inspired by the Spirit that was never written before, or it is God singing a word to us through a song never written before.

Let us consider the first case first. We always have a desire to worship our God, yet sometimes we find that we are limited by the songs that we already have and by the confines of our known tongue. In these moments where we want to go further and deeper God has another realm for us to tap into where we can begin to sing a New Song to Him. Five times in the Psalms we are told to sing a New Song to the Lord. Psalm 33:3, Psalm 96:1, Psalm 98:1, Psalm 144:9, and Psalm 149:1.

It is in these times that God will download new melodies of heaven and new lyrics not written or heard before solely for the purpose of us being able to move into another dimension and realm in our worship to Him.

The second case is where God will give a New Song by the inspiration of the Spirit where we sing to one another. Think of the same concept of the spoken Prophetic Word except instead of being spoken, it is set to music and sung. Paul said when we do this we teach and admonish one another.

There is such a thing as a Psalmist anointing. It is quite akin to the Prophetic anointing. In fact the Minstrel and Palmist anointing impacts and enhances the Prophetic anointing. You remember in the Old Testament when the Prophet had a hard time getting the Word of the Lord he asked for the Minstrel or Psalmist to come and play, as that Psalmist anointing was released, the Prophet could get the Word of the Lord.

Our Prophetic manifestation will increase and our flow will be much greater if we allow this Psalmist anointing to be cultivated and developed in our midst. Again God stressed to us today the importance of this flow of the Spirit. Brother Hagin (Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin) used to say that there are some levels in God that you can’t get to without this manifestation. In many cases I believe it is a missing ingredient in or modern worship because we do not encourage nor allow for the spontaneous move of the Spirit and therefore never make it to this place.

In a Prophetic Word the Lord had me deliver today the Lord stressed that out of your belly will flow rivers of living water. This is where this flow of Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs comes from. The rivers of the Spirit are already in your human spirit, you just have to tap into them. They do not come from your mind! They do not come from your learned or practiced musical ability! They come from the rivers of living water inside of you.

The same place the Nabi Prophet draws their Prophetic Words from is the same place the Psalmist draws Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs from and it works the same way. One is speaking and one is singing and playing, but they come the same way, from the rivers out of our belly, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit! Church let us stretch ourselves to move into this realm to release the Greater Glory that God promised us today. He said that Heaven would invade Earth through the release of Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Interpreting Your Prayer Language Brings Direction / Knowing God's Timing

I would like to give you an example from my life which I believe will help you. This is a case where the revelation that I received from the Lord came through a different manifestation of the Spirit, and one that many folks in the Church don’t walk in or even understand. One time recently when I recounted this story in a sermon as an illustration I had some folks looking at me like I had three heads or something because it was so far out of their understanding. Let us as we always do look at the Word of God to lay the foundation:

“Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” 1 Corinthians 14: 13 & 14 NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

There are two applications that can be made from these two verses. They are similar but yet different. They both deal with Tongues, but one deals with the Public Gift of Tongues which must be interpreted to be in order Biblically, the other deals with your Prayer Language, which doesn’t need to be interpreted, but it is to your benefit if it is.

Let us consider the first one regarding the Public Gift of Tongues. Notice the Apostle Paul said if you speak in a Tongue, pray that you may interpret. That is because the Public Gift MUST ALWAYS be interpreted. We know this because later in this chapter Paul gives this direction:

“If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.” 1 Corinthians 14: 27 & 28 NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

There are many things I could bring out of this passage but we are not teaching on Tongues here, so I will limit my observations and explanations to the matter at hand. Paul is basically saying that if you speak in Tongues but there is no one to Interpret the Public Message, don’t speak out the Public Message. A MIKE RULE…not a Bible Rule is: “If you can’t give the interpretation, don’t give the message!”

Let us now go back to 1 Corinthians 14: 13 & 14 to make our application regarding your Prayer Language. Paul says that when you pray in Tongues, your spirit prays but your understanding or mind is unfruitful or does not understand. However, before he says that he says if you speak in a Tongue pray that you may Interpret. Why should your mind or understanding be unfruitful or not understand when you pray in Tongues? Ask God to give you the Interpretation of what you prayed in your Prayer Language (Tongues).

One time somebody asked Oral Roberts what the secret to his success in the ministry was. How many think Oral Roberts had some success in the ministry? Are you ready for his secret to success? He said: “I pray in other Tongues to God, then I ask Him for the Interpretation to what I prayed, then I pray out the Interpretation in English what I prayed in Tongues, then I go and do the Interpretation.”

So how does this relate to us? We can pray in our Prayer Language, which is always praying God’s will, then pray back the Interpretation of what we prayed in Tongues and we have just prayed back to ourselves the Will of God regarding our life or the situation we were paying in our Prayer Language over. We now have God’s direction.

Now to how this worked in my life and how I got direction and almost missed God by not understanding timing: Right after I graduated from Rhema in 1987, I locked myself in our spare bedroom of our two bedroom apartment in Tulsa, OK intent on getting alone with God and getting direction for my life now that I had graduated. I was prepared to be in there for days if need be. I told my wife to not come in and get me but to just leave me be.

I began to pray in my Prayer Language, which is how I do most of my private praying. After a while I hit a vein. I am not sure you know what I mean by hit a vein, but that is a place in the Spirit where all of a sudden it is like you have tapped into a stream or a river and just take off and go with it. As I hit this vein I just went with it and prayed in the Spirit for quite a while with great ease. After about an hour, I began to pray back in English what I had been praying in the Spirit.

There were two major themes to my prayer that afternoon. One is not relevant to this illustration, but was extremely important for what was transpiring in the Church in 1987. If you remember, 1987 was when we had the Jim Baker (PTL) and Jimmy Swaggart scandals, not our brightest hour. Part of the interpretation that I prayed out first that afternoon was for the restoration of both of those men of God; then came the interpretation that was for me second.

You see when I graduated I did not know what I was going to do or where I was going to go. I didn’t know what the will of God was for my life. Should I stay in OK? Should I move back to NJ? Did God want me to go somewhere else? All I knew was I had completed my last instruction which was to finish Rhema and graduate. Now what? So as I prayed out the second theme of that vein I hit in English I began to pray my future. I was praying about moving back to NJ from OK to work in the ministry with my parents.

Now I knew the plan of God for my life. What I didn’t know was the timing of God. This is where we can really get messed up. I tried two or three times to move back to NJ and make it happen in my own ability and in my own strength because I knew that God wanted me to come back to NJ and work with my parents. But I every time I tried it was like I hit a brick wall and nothing fell into place or came together at all.

It took five years for that direction that I received in prayer to become a reality. And when it was time to come back everything fell into place quite quickly and easily. Within a matter of a couple of months we were back in NJ. I look back in retrospect now and realize that there were things that I needed as part of my Ministry Training that I had not yet received. There were many things that I received from my Mom and Dad growing up. There was a tremendous impartation that was received at Rhema, even though I am only now realizing the impact of the Prophetic Mantle that was imparted through Dad Hagin, as I started as an Evangelist and did not really use it.

During the five years between graduating from Rhema and moving back to NJ I worked with Billy Joe Daugherty at Victory Christian Center. This is where the other impartations that I needed came from. I wore many hats and worked in many areas of the ministry including being one of the head ushers in the church which allowed me to work hand in hand with some of God’s Generals up close and personal. I also had tremendous impartations from Billy Joe who was without a doubt one of the meekest, gentlest men I have ever had the privilege to know. I needed an impartation of his spirit to soften my bull in a china shop ways.

So you see that day when I prayed and got the direction, the direction I received was correct, but my understanding of God’s timing wasn’t. I thought because I had graduated from Rhema my training was complete, but God knew otherwise! He knew where to send me to get what I needed to complete my training in OK before I could move back to NJ.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

What Are 'Conditional Prophetic Words'?

Now I can hear some of you asking what on earth is a ‘Conditional Prophetic Word’? I thought when something was Prophesied it was an automatic thing you may be thinking. Well since we compare all ‘Prophetic Word’ to the Scriptures; let us see if that thought process holds water. We will look at two very familiar passages of Scripture.

“If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:19 NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

In this verse of Scripture we find a promise that states that you will eat the good of the land. However, we also find two conditions which must be met before we can expect to walk in the promise of eating the good of the land. The two conditions that must be met are that we be willing and obedient. Well, what happens if we are not willing and obedient? Then we have no right to the promise of eating the good of the land, nor will we.

Notice it is not enough to be willing or obedient; we must be willing and obedient. It is very much like the story of the parent who tells their six year old son to go to bed. The child replies: “I don’t want to go to bed.” To which the parent replies: “I said go to bed!” To which the child replies: “I don’t want to go to bed.” Now the parent a little angry proceeds towards the child raising their hand and their voice speaking through clenched teeth saying: “I SAID GO TO BED!” At this point the child knows a beating is about to come so reluctantly the child goes to bed so as to avoid the wrath of their parent. Now here are the questions for this scenario: Was the child obedient? The answer would be yes. Was the child willing? The answer would be no.

This is very much the way it is with us and God. In order to walk in this promise of eating the good of the land reluctant obedience will not get the job done. It will require both a willing heart and the obedience. Now let us look at another familiar Scripture:

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:7 & 8a NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

In this verse and a half of Scripture we find two promises: 1. The devil will flee from us. 2. God will draw near to us. These are marvelous promises that God has given us. Let us consider the first promise first, the promise that the devil will flee from us. My question to you is this: Will the devil just flee from us without anything being done on our part?

The obvious answer as we look at this Scripture is no. The sad part is most times when folks quote this verse, they don’t quote it correctly, so folks don’t believe it correctly, and therefore they do not walk in the promise and usually are left wondering why it is not working. Do you realize to misquote Scripture is not God’s fault when it does not work? Tell me how many times have you heard this verse quoted like this: “Just resist the devil and he will flee from you?” Come on now be honest…how many times? I dare say most of the time when you hear it quoted…that is the way it is quoted.

Do you realize that is NOT what the verse says? What happened to the first condition that is mentioned? What happened to the: “Therefore submit to God?” Folks if you haven’t submitted first to God and to God ordained authority, you can forget about resisting the devil, he is going to flatten you like a steamroller paving fresh black top. You may say why Mike? Because you haven’t met the condition of submitting to God first. You first submit to God and God ordained authority, then you resist the devil, then he will flee from you.

The second promise we see in this text is that God will draw near to us. Again, I ask: “Will God just draw near to us without any action on our part?” Again, the obvious answer is no. The verse says to draw near to God, then God will draw near to us. What happens if we don’t draw near to God? Then God will not draw near to us. Can you see how these promises that are in these verses are conditional predicated on the fact that we do something then God will do something? Have you ever noticed how often in Scripture it seems that God speaks in this manner: “If you will do this than I will do this?” “If you do this than this will happen?” If God speaks that way in His written word, doesn’t it stand to reason that He would speak that way in the ‘Prophetic Word’?

So many times if you examine the wording of the ‘Prophetic Word’ you will notice similar speech patterns. I remember once I gave someone a ‘Prophetic Word’ that stated: “As you continue in this path…than XYZ.” Now what happens if that person does not continue in that path? What happens if the veer off course? Then XYZ is not going to happen. But you may be thinking the ‘Prophetic Word’ said XYZ was going to happen. Well that is a half-truth, and a half-truth is a lie. What the ‘Prophetic Word’ said was: “as you continue in this path…”

Now this individual could have not stayed the course, changed direction and robbed themselves of what God was promising them. The choice was theirs to obey the instruction in the ‘Prophetic Word’ in order to walk in the promise of the ‘Prophetic Word’. If they didn’t obey the instruction and not inherit the promise was that my fault as the Prophet who gave the ‘Prophetic Word’? No more than it is God’s fault when we don’t submit to Him so we can resist the devil so that he would flee from us. Can you see how the ‘Prophetic Word’ works just like the Written Word?

So when we examine does the ‘Prophetic Word’ come to pass we must ask ourselves: “Was it a ‘Conditional Prophetic Word’”? So often we don’t understand the language of the Prophetic! The language of the Prophetic, even though it comes out with the speech patterns and personality of the vessel that is delivering it, is just like Scripture in that each of the writer’s had their own personality and speech patterns come out in their writings too, just look at Peter and Paul, their writing styles were certainly different, just as individuals who Prophesy will have different styles, yet the element will remain the same many times you will still hear if you will ABC than I will XYZ, when you do that is a ‘Conditional Prophetic Word’ not an ‘Absolute Prophetic Word’.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Gift Of Prophecy VS The Office Of The Prophet

Almost every time I teach on Prophecy, Prophets or Prophetic Gifting; I usually make this statement somewhere as a foundational truth: “Every Prophet will Prophesy, but not everyone who Prophesies is a Prophet!” I recently posted this statement on Facebook and got a slew of “Likes” and comments stating things like: “Too many do not understand the difference, and the difference is vast!” “If the Church taught it properly we would not have this confusion.”

Getting this kind of feedback lets me know that there is, in spite of all the excellent teaching and books that are out there, still a tremendous amount of ignorance in the Body of Christ when it comes to this subject matter.

First of all the Gift of Prophecy is one of the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit that we find listed in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, which operates as the Spirit wills. The Office of the Prophet is a Ministry Gift found in Ephesians 4:11 and the TWO ARE NOT THE SAME!

I know that there is a teaching out there that says well gifts are gifts are gifts. To me that is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. That is like saying well sports are sports are sports. You don’t play Football with Baseball Rules! Nobody has ever thrown a home run pass, but they have thrown a touchdown pass. Gifts of the Spirit and five-fold Ministry Gifts are not the same. They have different purposes and are given different ways.

When it comes to the Gift of Prophecy, like all the other eight Gifts of the Holy Spirit the Bible is quite clear that these gifts operate as the Spirit wills. (1 Corinthians 12:11) So it is evident from this that the Gifts of the Spirit are Gifts that the Holy Spirit gives or administers.

When it comes to the Office of the Prophet, like the other four Ascension Gifts of Christ the Bible is clear that when Jesus ascended up on high HE gave Gifts to men. (Ephesians 4:8-11) So it is evident from this that the Ascension Gifts or 5 Fold Gifts are given by the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.

One is a Gift that is given by the Holy Spirit and the other is a Gift that is given by Jesus. The Gifts of the Spirit are given to provide for and meet needs while the 5 Fold Ministry Gifts are given to Equip the saints. Their purpose is not even the same. So Prophecy and a Prophet are not the same thing. Yet as we stated at the beginning: “Every Prophet will Prophesy, but not everyone who Prophesies is a Prophet!”

Prophecy is just one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that will function in the life of a Prophet, not the only one, there are others as well. You could say that the Prophet will have the gift of Prophecy fully developed in their life and ministry and will flow in it at a much higher level than someone who just gives a ‘Prophetic Word’.

The New Testament truth is that every Born Again, Spirit Filled, Believer can and should prophesy.

“Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 NKJV

Who was 1 Corinthians written to? To the Church that was at Corinth. (1 Corinthians 1:2) Notice Paul in writing to the church admonished them to desire (the New American Standard Bile says desire earnestly) spiritual gifts and especially prophecy. So out of all nine gifts of the Spirit that He gives to the Church to provide for and meet needs we are told to especially desire the Gift of Prophecy. Now if it wasn’t for all believers, why would the Apostle Paul say to desire this gift above all the others?

When we consider the Ministry Gift, the Office of the Prophet, it is quite different. Where the Gift of Prophecy all believers are encouraged to believe for and earnestly desire it, the Office of the Prophet is for those that are hand selected by the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ. Look at the wording in Ephesians chapter 4 in relation to the Ascension Gifts:

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.” Ephesians 4:11 NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

Did you happen to notice the word ‘Some’? Notice it did not say He gave all…it says He gave some. This indicates to us that this Gift of the Office of the Prophet as well as the other four Ministry Gifts are limited. Notice also what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth along this line:

“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts…” 1 Corinthians 12:28-31a NKJV (Emphasis Mine)

The way Paul is asking the questions rhetorically the obvious answer is NO! All are not Apostles! All are not Prophets! All do not have the Gifts of Healings! Did you also notice that Prophecy is not mentioned here? I believe that was not by mistake or happenstance because as we saw in the above references all Believers could and should Prophesy.

So clearly we can see that the Gift of Prophecy is for all Believers but the Office of the Prophet is for a select few.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Such As I Have

I have been thinking about this very familiar passage of Scripture from the Book of Acts:

“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 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. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10 and they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.” Acts 3:1-10 KJV

The phrase that stands out to me is: “Such as I have give I thee.” You can only give what you have. If you don’t have it you can’t give it. I think many times today unfortunately we have too many folks who don’t have anything to give. I remember when I was in Rhema Bible Training Center back in the 80’s, sometimes Dad Hagin, (Rev. Kenneth E Hagin) used to say that it would be like laying empty hands on empty heads.

How sad for any of us to have empty hands. We have been given the Authority of the Name of Jesus to use…the Name that is above every other name…that everything that can be named has to bow to. We have been given the written Word of God that is forever settled in heaven. And lastly we have been given the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Himself said that we would receive power after the Holy Spirit came upon us (Acts 1:8). If we have been baptized in or filled with the Holy Spirit we have been given power. I think sometimes we fail to realize the Power of the Spirit that we received.

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Rome tells us:

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:11 KJV

It was the Power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. That is the same Holy Spirit that you have been baptized in or filled with. What that means when you got filled with the Holy Spirit you got anointed with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!

Remember what Peter preached at Cornelius’ house in Acts 10:

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37 that word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly.” Acts 10:34-40 KJV

Notice Peter said that God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with Power. Which Holy Spirit was He anointed with? Jesus was anointed with the same Holy Spirit that we get anointed with when we are baptized in or filled with the Holy Spirit. If Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil because God was with him, so should we, we have access to the same power of the same Holy Spirit.

Some folks think oh we couldn’t do that Jesus was the Son of God. Well so are you according to John 1:12. But as many as received Him to them He gave the right or authority to be called Sons of God. The truth is Jesus did not do what He did because He was the Son of God; he did what He did because He was anointed by the Power of the Spirit. Remember Philippians tells us (Chapter 2 verse 7) that he emptied Himself of all of His divine attributes and came as a man tempted in all points like we are yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

So you may ask when was Jesus anointed with the Holy Spirit and why did He need to be. He needed to be because He Emptied Himself. Ask yourself was Jesus still omnipresent when he was here in His earthly ministry or was He limited to time and space like we are. Obviously you know the answer to that question that is why He needed to be anointed with the Holy Spirit and with Power. As far as when, you most likely know the answer but just haven’t paid attention to it. At the Baptism of John when the Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove and the Father spoke from the excellent glory and said: “This is my Beloved Son.”

In fact if you study the four Gospel accounts of the events leading up to John’s Baptism and just after you will find no mention of the fact that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit anywhere in His life until you come to the beginning of Luke Chapter 4, where it records that Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit was lead of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted. But nowhere in any of the Gospel accounts does it record that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit before this time. And Luke Chapter 4 is right after the Baptism of John which occurs toward the end of Chapter 3. And then at the end of His temptation Luke also records for us that returned to Galilee in the Power of the Spirit, which is when He went into the temple, picked up the scroll and read from Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me.”

The amazing thing is that if you compare Acts 1:8 which Jesus spoke about us and Acts 10:38 which Peter spoke about Jesus; you will find that they are the same. “But you shall receive Power (Greek word Dunamis – self energizing explosive miracle working power) after the Holy Spirit has come on you.” “How God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and Power (Greek word Dunamis – self energizing explosive miracle working power) who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.” Notice it is the same Greek word talking about what we receive and what Jesus received.

This is why Jesus said: “The works that I do you shall do also…” Why? Because we have the same Power of the same Holy Spirit that Jesus was anointed with. Thank God we don’t have to be laying empty hands on empty heads…we have something in our hands…what Jesus had in His…if we will just believe it! Such as I have…I give to you. What do you have? You have what Jesus Had!