Part 1 – Baptism With the Holy Spirit, Acts 2

Part 1 – Baptism With the Holy Spirit, Acts 2

Under the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit was given to just a remnant few – usually to prophets, priests and kings.  Joel prophesied that a time would come when the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all flesh.

Joel 2:28-29 says, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaidens in those days will I pour out My Spirit.”

Before Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, He said that after He ascended to heaven that He would not leave us comfortless.  But He would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be with us forever. Jesus said that He would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they be endued with power from on High.

Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God, there were 120 people in the Upper Room waiting on the Lord.  Included among the 120 were Jesus’ disciples and His mother Mary. When the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were gathered together in one accord waiting to be endued with power from on High.  Pentecost was a feast, which was observed fifty days following Passover.

And suddenly there came a very loud sound, like the sound of a powerful rushing wind.  The place shook and it filled all the house. Then there appeared to be cloven tongues of fire resting upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. They began to praise God in languages that they had never learned before, by the divine enablement of the Spirit.

Many Jews from many nations were gathered in Jerusalem that day to observe the Festival of Pentecost. When they heard the roaring in the sky above the house where the 120 were gathered, the crowds came running to see what it was all about. They were stunned to hear Galileans fluently speaking their native language or the language of other nations who were present at the feast.

Acts 2:7-11 says in the Living Bible, “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “For these men are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking all the native languages of the lands where we were born! Here we are – Parthians, Medes, Elamites, men from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia Minor, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the Cyrene languages areas of Libya, visitors from Rome – both Jews and Jewish converts – Cretans and Arabians. And we all hear these men telling in our own languages about the mighty miracles of God!”

Others in the crowd began to mock saying that they were all drunk. Peter stood up and told them that they were NOT drunk.  And besides, even drunks didn’t get drunk that early in the morning, as it was only 9:00am.  Peter went on to say that what was happening was prophesied by the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18). Verse 21 says, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

In Acts 2:30-39, it says that David prophesied of the coming Messiah.

Acts 2:30-39 NKJV

30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,

31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.

32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.

33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand,

35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”‘

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

The following Scriptures are cross references that say that the Father exalted Jesus and seated Him at His right hand:

  • Romans 8:34
  • Acts 7:55-56
  • Ephesians 1:20
  • Colossians 3:1
  • Hebrews 3:1,13
  • Hebrews 8:1
  • Hebrews 10:12
  • Hebrews 12:2
  • 1 Peter 3:22
  • Matthew 26:64
  • Mark 14:62
  • Mark 16:19
  • Luke 22:69-70

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For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people (Isaiah 28:11, xref 1 Corinthians 14:21).

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Conversion of Cornelius. Are you saved?

Conversion of Cornelius

Are you saved?

(Notes from a sermon preached by Jimmy Swaggart, www.jsm.org)

Acts 10:1-8

1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,

2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”

4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.

5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.

6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”

7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.

8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

NKJV

Cornelius was a Centurion of the Italian Band, and he answered directly to Caesar himself.

Cornelius had a heart for God, but he did not know God. He was not saved yet.

  1. He was a devout man, but was not saved.
  2. He gave alms, but was not saved.
  3. He was one who feared (revered) the Lord, but was not saved.
  4. He prayed to God always, but was not saved.
  5. He had a vision of the angel sent from God, but was not saved.
  6. What he did came up for a memorial before God, but he was not saved.
  7. He fasted, but was not saved.
  8. He was a just man, but was not saved.

Why wasn’t he saved? He had all of these good credentials and had a heart that sought after the Lord.

Being a member of a church won’t save you. Water baptism won’t save you. Taking Communion doesn’t mean you are saved. Reading the Bible and praying doesn’t mean you are saved.

There is only one way to salvation, and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

God knows where you live. The angel told Cornelius to go to Joppa, a small city along the Mediterranean Coast, to the house of Simon the Tanner. It’s there that he would find Simon Peter.

Cornelius sent three of his men to Joppa. While God sent an angel to speak to Cornelius, He also was speaking to Peter at the same time.

Peter had a vision of all kinds of unclean animals, and a voice in the vision told him to rise up, kill and eat. Peter, being a Jew, said that he had never eaten anything forbidden, or common or unclean. Then God told Peter to not call the Gentiles common or unclean anymore, because God calls them clean.

When the three men arrived at the house they asked for Peter. He went with them to Caesarea, to the home of Cornelius. He preached to Cornelius’ entire household and friends, and all of them got saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They all began to speak with other tongues and magnify God, and then were water baptized.

God had to deal with the prejudice in Peter’s heart towards the Gentiles.

Are you saved, or just religious? There is a difference between the two. Are you ready to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, and to acknowledge that salvation only comes through the Cross?

Just pray this simple prayer to be born again:

“Dear Jesus,

Please come into my heart. I make You my Lord and Savior. I believe that You died on the Cross and rose from the dead. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

You are now a child of God. Where is Jesus? Do you feel His Presence (velvety joy, cleansing and peace-type of feeling) in your heart? You now are filled with His Holy Spirit. You are accepted in the Beloved.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the next higher level. Usually speaking in a language you have never learned before is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Just ask the Holy Spirit to immerse you into His Spirit, and then when you hear syllables in your spirit, just speak it out. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for greater levels of joy, and to be empowered by the Spirit to live an overcoming Christian life, as well as for service to be used by God to minister to others.

The infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit is likened to rivers of living water flowing out of your belly (John 7:38) or like a well of water that springs up and never runs dry (John 4:14). This river of God brings life to wherever it goes.

Prophetic Words from Harp & Bowl Meeting

Prophetic Words from Harp & Bowl Meeting

On January 28, 2011 I attended an all-night Harp & Bowl meeting at my church. A Harp & Bowl meeting is like an intercessory prayer meeting, combined with worship music and singing, and the prophetic flow throughout the entire meeting.

The symbols of the harp and bowl is taken from Revelation 5:8-10. The harp represents our worship. The golden bowls full of incense represents our prayers ascending to God’s Throne as a fragrant aroma. I wanted to share the highlights from notes I jotted down in my journal.

Revelation 5:8-10 (AMP)

8 And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God’s people (the saints).

9 And [now] they sing a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals that are on it, for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

10 And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth!

Two Scriptures Shared at the Beginning of the Meeting

Isaiah 22:22 AMP

Key of David

And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open.

The Key of David refers to authority in the Spirit. A key is access to lock and unlock doors. The Key of David also speaks of the 3-fold role of prophet, priest and king, especially in the ministry of intercession. The Key of David involves worship (especially prophetic worship). Worship and praise is the password for entering into God’s Throne Room.

Isaiah 2:2 KJV

Nations shall flow through us

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

We are entering into:

  1. Health
  2. Happiness
  3. Holiness

Divine merger.

Fresh anointing. Fresh oil.

He (Jesus) is Baal-Perazim = Lord of the Breakthrough.

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Spontaneous Prophetic Flow in Worship sung in anti-phonal mode (as in Isaiah 6 where the two choirs answer each other and have separate parts):

Worship Leader Sings: He’s (Jesus is) a Wonder, He’s a Wonder

Praise Team & Congregation Sings: Break every chain, Break every chain

Worship Leader: In my heart Lord

Praise Team & Congregation: Break every chain, Break every chain

Worship Leader: In my mind Lord

Praise Team & Congregation: Break every chain, Break every chain

Worship Leader: Every chain in my home be broken

Praise Team & Congregation: Break every chain, Break every chain

Worship Leader: Loose the bands, break the chains

Praise Team & Congregation: Break every chain, Break every chain

Worship Leader: Every enslaving yoke be broken

Praise Team & Congregation: Loose the bands, break the chains

Worship Leader: No more power, no more dominion (from the devil)

Praise Team & Congregation: Loose the bands, break the chains

Worship Leader: Every negative soul tie

Praise Team & Congregation: Loose the bands, loose the bands

Worship Leader: Break every chain Lord

Praise Team & Congregation: Break every chain Lord, break every chain

Worship Leader: Every stronghold must come down

Praise Team & Congregation: Every stronghold must come down

Worship Leader: Come down, come down, come down (strongholds)

Praise Team & Congregation: Pull it down, Pull it down

Worship Leader: Right Now, Pull it down

Praise Team & Congregation: Right Now, It must come down

Worship Leader: Your fresh wind blow

Praise Team & Congregation: Your fresh wind blow

Worship Leader: Breathe on us, breathe on us, breath on us

Praise Team & Congregation: Your fresh wind, Your fresh wind

Worship Leader: Pour out new wine, Pour out new wine

Praise Team & Congregation: Your fresh wind, Your fresh wind

Worship Leader: Fresh anointing, let it fall on me

Praise Team & Congregation: New wine, new oil, new wine, new oil

Worship Leader: Revive us, refresh us, renew us O God

Praise Team & Congregation: Revive us, refresh us, renew us O God

Worship Leader: Jesus is my Healer, my Blessed Redeemer

Praise Team & Congregation: He’s my Healer, He’s my Healer

Worship Leader: Jesus restores me, He loves me, He heals me

Praise Team & Congregation: He’s my Healer, He’s my Healer

Worship Leader: Jehovah Rapha, My God that heals me

Praise Team & Congregation: Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Rapha

Worship Leader: I am your God, I am your Peace

Praise Team & Congregation: I am your God, I am your Peace

Worship Leader: Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Rapha

Praise Team & Congregation: Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Rapha

Worship Leader: I come to heal every broken place

Praise Team & Congregation: Heal me Lord, Heal me Lord

Worship Leader: Oh the Blood, the Precious Blood

Praise Team & Congregation: The Blood, the Blood, the Precious Blood of Jesus

Worship Leader: There is Power in the Blood

Praise Team & Congregation: The Blood, the Blood, the Precious Blood of Jesus

Worship Leader: There is Deliverance in the Blood

Praise Team & Congregation: The Blood, the Blood, the Precious Blood of Jesus

Worship Leader: There is Salvation in the Blood

Praise Team & Congregation: The Blood, the Blood, the Precious Blood of Jesus

There were several prophetic words given by the leaders, but I’m going to share two of those words.

His glory is filling the Temple. (The Divine Presence did fill the sanctuary and it felt like we were dwelling under the Glory Cloud for hours in worship and intercession.)

Come and rest. I know you are weary, but rest in Me. Cast all your concerns on Me. I am your God and I care for you. In My Presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.

Joy is being restored.

Come and be one with Me, that I may impregnate you and fill you with My purposes.

Another Prophetic Word by one of the leaders:

God spoke prophetically through one of the leaders that Bishop Christopher C. Smith is anointed to birth kings in the Spirit (the Bible says we are kings and priests, a royal priesthood). These kings will take on the 7 mountains (7 worldly systems):

  1. Family
  2. Government
  3. Business
  4. Education
  5. Religion
  6. Media
  7. Arts and Entertainment

There is the spirit of momentum and escalation. You will get more done in less time. There is a remnant who will arise and build by faith.

These kings will release God’s children from a poverty and beggar’s mentality. God’s people will be infused with the spirit of dominion, at which the oceans would obey at our mouth. (The oceans refer to the sea of humanity.) Kings and Priests are being raised up.

Prophetic Song after the last prophetic word given:

Come kings, be crowned tonight

Come kings, come kings

Come kings, be crowned tonight

Come kings, come kings

Healings

The Lord is healing people of various afflictions. Whatever you need healing for, just reach out and receive it by faith.

Vision

During the Harp & Bowl meeting, I saw a vision. In the vision, the setting was a chapel with a small stage or platform. I saw Jesus, and He was dressed in a long white robe. He was standing at the front of the chapel on the ground floor level in front of the center of the platform, in front of the pulpit on the stage in back of Him.

Right in front of Him on the floor level was a white adult casket which was open. (From my vantage point at the entrance to the chapel, Jesus stood on the ground floor level behind the casket.)

I knew Jesus was beckoning me to come and see who or what was in the casket. I slowly walked down the middle aisle of the chapel and looked down inside the casket. The casket was lined with white satin and lace. I was stunned when I saw two gold wedding bands lying side by side in the casket.

I remained very quiet and did not say a word. Then I looked up and looked into Jesus’ blue eyes. Then Jesus said to me, “Do you believe that I can raise the dead?”

End of vision.

Now years later (2017), I believe Jesus was referring to Benny and Suzanne Hinn’s divorce, which happened around that time between 2010-2013. But a few years later (2013), God resurrected their dead relationship and they remarried on March 3, 2013. It was a miracle.

The vision also applies to other marriages that are dead or struggling.

God also wants to restore youthful functioning to married couples as well. God can do creative miracles.

Jesus wants to heal and restore marriages. He is able to bring resurrection life to a lifeless situation. Jesus is the mender of a broken heart. Nothing is impossible with the Lord.

Luke 1:37 (Amplified)

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

One of the songs the congregation sang towards the end of the meeting:

Oh, How He Loves Us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-rW528qiYw

Prophetic Intercession YouTube Videos

The Atomic Power of Prayer by Dr. Cindy Trimm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KjXwxlIq3Q

The Rules of Engagement Declarations and Prayers For Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Cindy Trimm

https://youtu.be/TiGHkLl-S1o

Faith – Notes From Benny Hinn Teaching

Faith

(Notes From Teaching by Pastor Benny Hinn on TBN’s “Behind the Scenes” Program – July 9, 2003)

Seven Revelations of Faith

  1. Substance (spiritual substance, a “knowing”)
  2. Evidence (the manifestation of your faith)
  3. Obtain (receive and walk in what you are believing for)
  4. Faith produces understanding (revelation)
  5. If you have faith you will give to God
  6. Faith translates us from one place to another (produces change)
  7. Impossible to please God without faith

Ten Types of Faith

  1. Common faith – Titus
  2. Weak faith (limits God’s benefits) – Romans 4:19
  3. Strong faith (refuses to be defeated, does not take “no” for an answer) – Romans 4:20
  4. Little faith (wavering faith, too many “ifs” in prayer, doubt and unbelief) – Matthew 6:30, 8:26
  5. Great faith (moves God to answer prayer) – Matthew 8:10, 15:28
  6. Unfeigned faith (no hyprocisy, being real and transparent) – 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:5
  7. Temporary faith (one who believes for a while and then begins to doubt; go in and out of faith; faith is inconsistent) – Luke 8:13
  8. Mental faith (does not act on the Word; has faith in their mind but lacks taking appropriate action; passive; faith but no works) – James 2:14-26
  9. Active faith (develops into a mighty living force; a faith that grows slowly and steadily) – James 2:14-26; Hebrews 10:19-38
  10. Divine faith (God’s faith that He imparts into you; walking in this kind of faith is to walk in the fullness of Christ) – Hebrews 11:3; Galations 2:20; 1 Corinthians 13:14

Twenty Things Faith Will Do

  1. Grow – 2 Thessalonians 1:3
  2. Lead to utterance – 2 Corinthians 4:13
  3. Works through love – Galations 5:6
  4. Clothes the naked – Matthew 6:30
  5. Heals the sick – Matthew 8:1-17
  6. Dispels fear – Matthew 8:26
  7. Makes you whole – Mark 10:52
  8. Saves from sin – Luke 7:36-50; Ephesians 2:8-9
  9. Fills believers – Acts 6:5-8
  10. Purifies the heart – Acts 15:9
  11. Sanctifies – Acts 26:18
  12. Imparts revelation – Romans 1:17
  13. Justifies – Galations 3:24
  14. Gives access into God’s grace apart from the law – Romans 5:2
  15. Produces righteousness – Romans 9:30,32; Philippians 3:9
  16. Gives security – Romans 11:20
  17. Imparts the Holy Spirit – Galations 3:14
  18. Makes us conscious of Christ and aware of His Presence – Ephesians 3:17
  19. Quenches fiery darts of Satan – Ephesians 6:16
  20. Produces the inheritance – Hebrews 6:12

Faith is …

  1. Seen – Matthew 9:2
  2. Can be turned away – Acts 13:8
  3. Continued in – Acts 14:22
  4. Perfected – 1 Thessalonians 3:10
  5. Destroyed – Galations 1:23
  6. Made of no effect – Mark 3:3
  7. Anointing gives faith, but it’s up to us to develop it. God imparts faith, but you exercise it.

About Faith 51-100

About Faith 51-100

#51 Faith … The heroes of faith are mentioned in Hebrews 11.  They obtained a good report through faith (Hebrews 11:39).

#52 Faith … The trying of your faith works patience. Let patience have her perfect work so that you may be entire, lacking nothing (James 1:3-4).

#53 Faith … If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God and ask in faith, not wavering like the waves of the sea (James 1:5-6).

#54 Faith … The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up (James 5:15).

#55 Faith … Faith can stand under trial. That the trial of your faith, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise, honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus (1 Peter 1:7).

#56 Faith … Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:9).

#57 Faith … Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-9).

#58 Faith … Our [My] faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4).

#59 Faith … One way to build up your faith is by praying in the Holy Ghost (in tongues) – Jude 20.

#60 Faith … Faith is confident, firm-relying trust in what we don’t see with our natural eyes.

#61 Faith … Faith sees with the spirit.  You have to get a picture of something on the inside first before you see it on the outside.

#62 Faith … Faith involves “saying” in Mark 11:23, and saying (epo 2036) is PAST TENSE in the Greek meaning “to speak or say (by word or writing)”. Faith speaks as if you ALREADY have the answer or miracle in your hands.

#63 Faith … When we say what we believe, we release our faith to go to work on our behalf (Mark 11:23-24).

#64 Faith … There is personal faith (believing for your own needs) and corporate faith (faith to believe for others to receive their miracle).

#65 Faith … Once you release the word of faith, never back up. Press in. Keep moving forward.

#66 Faith … In God’s realm, you believe it first and then you see it.

#67 Faith … Fear always attacks when you need to operate in faith.

#68 Faith … Whatever you need, find Scriptures in the Word for it so that your faith has a foundation upon which to believe.

#69 Faith … Faith is Heaven’s currency. It doesn’t do you any good unless you spend it. The more faith you spend, the more you’ll have to spend.

#70 Faith … The spirit of faith never says “it’s coming”. It says “it’s here, I have it right now”. It believes it’s already received the promise or answer. If it is here, I begin to make preparation for what’s here like it is here.

#71 Faith … Faith has to be in two places: 1) in your heart 2) in your mouth. This is how salvation works (Romans 10:9-10).

#72 Faith … You cannot claim what is not in your heart and expect it to come to pass. Faith involves no doubt in the heart.

#73 Faith … Faith sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. Corrie ten Boom

#74 Faith … Rest and Joy are two keys to the fight of faith. Lynne Hammond

#75 Faith … When you’ve truly stepped into the place of faith and grace, there is a peace and an ease about things.

#76 Faith … The Bible says that once you believe, you enter into rest (Hebrews 4:3).

#77 Faith … When you are truly in faith, you don’t have to struggle. All you have to do is just rest as God brings the answer to pass. Lynne Hammond

#78 Faith … As you learn how to stop trying to make things happen yourself and enter into the rest of faith, God will enlarge the borders of your tent. Lynne Hammond

#79 Faith … To enter the rest of faith, you have to stop trying to figure everything out with your education and your intelligence. Lynne Hammond

#80 Faith … True faith is filled with joy.

#81 Faith … What it takes to go from believing to receiving the end of your faith is to rejoice with joy unspeakable, receiving. Lynne Hammond

#82 Faith … When you reach true faith in God, so much joy bubbles up from the inside that you can’t put it into words. Lynne Hammond

#83 Faith … Faith is what pleases God the most. So when the revelation hits your heart that you have received the outcome of your faith, find some way to express your joy, and make the Father glad! Sing or dance for joy! Lynne Hammond

#84 Faith … When you’re truly in faith, you see and receive the end (answer) before you even pray. That’s why you can enter into the rest of God with joy unspeakable and full of glory, knowing that God will perform the answer that has been appointed for you! Lynne Hammond

#85 Faith … The only way we will ever see God’s promises come to pass in our lives is to walk by faith every step of the way.

#86 Faith … Sometimes we get tired. Sometimes we need to give our faith an extra push so we can keep going. Lynne Hammond

#87 Faith … One way we can give our faith a push is to focus our attention on the grace of God. Lynne Hammond

#88 Faith … Grace is God’s grip on us, and faith is our grip on God. As we focus on the grip He has on us, our grip on Him gets stronger. Lynne Hammond

#89 Faith … No matter what kind of adversity we might be going through, we get out by speaking God’s Word on the matter.

#90 Faith … “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).

#91 Faith … It is in the Presence of God’s Glory that your faith comes alive and you find fullness of joy.

#92 Faith … Praying “If it be Thy will” is not faith. It implies you don’t know the will of God, which causes a lack of confidence in asking God for things. The Word of God reveals God’s will.

#93 Faith … If you need healing, provision, deliverance, wisdom—find Scriptures which promise that. Confess those Scriptures in faith.

#94 Faith … If you don’t know God’s will in a matter, you can stand in faith on the Scripture which says that His sheep hear His voice (John 10:27).

#95 Faith … By faith our needs are met. The Bible says, “All things are possible to him that believes” (Mark 9:23).

#96 Faith … Faith never doubts or disagrees with God.  Faith has only one thought—it agrees with what God says.

#97 Faith … What are you to do while waiting for the promise (and you’ve taken action)—employ the power twins: 1. confidence (faith) and 2. patience.

#98 Faith … We must stand still and let the force of patience do a thorough work so we may be fully developed, lacking in nothing.

#99 Faith … Faith needs words to activate the seed. God said “Light be” and light came. Speak God’s promises over your situation.

#100 Faith … Bible faith is faith in the love of God. If the Father did not spare His own Son, then why would He withhold anything from you?

 

 

Power of the Tongue

Power of the Tongue

The Lord bless you today.

There is tremendous power in the words we speak. Words can promote life or death (Proverbs 18:21).

Our words set the course of direction for our life (James 3:5)—we shall have whatever we say (Mark 11:23).

If a person, for instance, keeps on saying, “I’m never going to get healed” or “I’ll never be free of this addiction” … or “I’ll always be poor and in debt”, then life may turn out exactly according to what they say.

If on the other hand, a person consistently says in faith, “Jesus is my Provider and I shall be prosperous”, then the Holy Spirit will begin to download ideas of how to generate income and give you the power to excel and increase.

If a person continually says, “Jesus is my Healer and by His stripes I am (and was) healed, I’m coming into complete health, I’ll never be sick another day in my life, God is giving me strength and energy” (plus they are obedient to follow God’s laws of health and nutrition, plus spiritual laws such as forgiveness and walking in love)—then after a period of time healing and wellness will begin to manifest.

God wants us to live in Divine health here on this earth. That doesn’t mean that one day we won’t die, because eventually the body will pass away. Some sicknesses are unto death, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). However, Jesus paid the price on Calvary for all sicknesses and diseases. Our life can be lengthened and we can live in wellness by following God’s principles and speaking according to God’s Word.

The father of the founding pastor of my former church is an example of a person who had a touch of Divine health on his life. He lived to be 105, and was strong, active, in excellent health, and alert until the end. The day he went to Heaven to be with Jesus, his blood pressure was normal that morning. He went to church that day, came home and rested in his recliner. And then peacefully went home to be with the Lord. Sickness didn’t take him out.

God also wants us to live on this earth healed in our emotions and mind. He wants us to live in joy, peace and fulfillment.

All of us have blown it in speaking wrong things, especially in a moment of weakness, anger or frustration. James 3:2 says that only a perfect man or woman is never at fault in what they say.

I know personally what it is like to be battered with verbal abuse for many years almost on a daily basis. It destroys your self-esteem and does tremendous damage emotionally and psychologically. Once words are said, it cannot be recalled.

James 3:7-8 says that wild animals can be tamed, but the tongue no man can tame. It is a restless evil, always ready to pour out deadly poison.

Jesus said that all of us would be held accountable for every idle word spoken. Words spoken will bring justification or condemnation (Matthew 12:36-37).

The Holy Spirit is grieved when we speak unkind or negative words, and words of unbelief (Ephesians 4:28-32). The Holy Spirit is also grieved when we say anything contrary to His will for our lives or that of another person.

Just last week I was talking to my mother about something, and without thinking, I said a doubtful statement that contradicted what the Holy Ghost wants to do in a certain situation. Immediately I felt a sick feeling in my gut, and I knew I had grieved the Lord. I didn’t think what I said was any big deal, but my statement contained doubt and unbelief. God was offended that I would say something that was in disagreement of what He said, instead of completely trusting Him to perform what He is planning on doing.

The Psalmist David asked the Lord in Psalm 15:1-3, “Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” The Lord gave him the answer, and two of the things God mentions in this psalm concerns words spoken:

  1. “speaketh the truth in his heart”
  2. “he that backbiteth not with his tongue”

When we have a habit pattern of not watching our tongue, our words become a snare to our own souls. We still might be saved, but there is leanness in our souls. And we do not come into the full inheritance of all the blessings and promises of God that He would like to give us.

The great news is that the Holy Spirit empowers us to speak good things. As we continually stay filled up with the Holy Spirit, God helps us to learn to walk in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. The byproduct of walking in the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit being developed in our lives (Galations 5:22-23). To speak life-giving words requires death to carnality and death to the flesh.

The love of God inside of us is the most powerful key to helping us control our tongue and to speak encouragement to others. The love of God is imparted to us by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Continually meditating upon the Word of God helps us in the battle with the tongue. God’s Word gets into us, even into our subconscious and every fiber of our being. And then it flows out of our lips.

The Bible tells us the kind of words NOT to speak (that bring death), and also the kinds of words TO speak (that bring life).

KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES NOT WANT US SPEAKING

 

  • Taking God’s Holy Name in vain (Ex 20:7; Deut 5:11; Lev 19:12; Ezek 39:7)
  • Swearing; Foul language (James 5:12; Eph 4:29)
  • Deadly Poison, Viper’s venom (James 3:8; Ps 58:3-4; Ps 140:3; Rom 3:13)
  • Iniquity, Injustice (Job 6:30; Ps 36:3; Ps 64:6)
  • Crafty tongue (Job 15:5; Ps 83:3)
  • Deceitful tongue (Job 27:4; Ps 34:13; Ps 120:2; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Smooth as butter, but evil motives (Ps 55:21)
  • Enticing words (1 Cor 2:4; Col 2:4)
  • Flattery and Boastful words (Ps 5:9; Ps 12:3; Prov 6:24; Prov 26:28; 1 Thess 2:5; Jude :16)
  • Cursing and Oppression (Ps 10:7; Ps 59:12; Rom 3:14; James 3:10; Balaam cursing Israel Num 23:8; Gen 12:3)
  • Backbiting (Ps 15:3; Prov 25:23)
  • Evil speaking (Ps 34:13; Ps 50:19; Eph 4:31; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Slander (Ps 50:20; Prov 10:18; Eph 4:31; James 4:11)
  • Gossip (Prov 11:13; Prov 16:28; Prov 18:8; Prov 20:19; Prov 26:20; Prov 26:22; 2 Cor 12:20)
  • Destruction and Mischief (Ps 52:2; Prov 13:3; Prov 18:7)
  • Lying tongue (Ps 52:3; Ps 109:2; Ps 120:2; Prov 6:17; Prov 26:28)
  • Devour people with words (Ps 52:4; Gal 5:15)
  • Tongue like a sharp sword, like piercing arrows (Ps 57:4; Ps 64:3; Prov 12:18; Jer 9:8)
  • Bitter words (Ps 64:3; Job 7:11; Rom 3:14)
  • Hateful words (Ps 109:3)
  • False tongue, Feigned words (Ps 120:3; 2 Pet 2:3)
  • Froward tongue (Prov 10:31)
  • Unclean lips (Isa 6:1-7)
  • Perverse, Vicious, Malicious, Wicked (Prov 15:4; Prov 17:4; Prov 17:20, 3 John :10)
  • Death words (Prov 18:21; Ps 5:9)
  • Judgment, Accusation (Isa 54:17; Rev 12:10 Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and we ought not to get on his team and join in with him)
  • Complaining, Murmuring (Jude :16; 1 Cor 10:10-11; Num 11:1; Num 14:27-29)
  • Doubt and Unbelief (Heb 3:19; Heb 4:6; Heb 4:11; Num 13:32-14:45)
  • Coarse Joking or Jesting (Eph 5:4, NIV)
  • Vain words (Job 16:3; Eph 5:6; 2 Pet 2:18)
  • Words that tear and break others in pieces (Job 19:2)
  • Ensnared by words (Prov 6:2)
  • Harsh, Grievous words (Prov 15:1)
  • Hasty, Quick-Tempered, Not thinking before speaking (Prov 29:20)
  • Blasphemous words (Acts 13:45; James 2:7; Rev 13:6)

 

KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES WANT US TO SPEAK

 

  • Words of refreshment (Prov 11:25; 1 Cor 16:18, NIV)
  • Words of healing and strength to the weary (Isa 50:4; Ps 37:30-31; Prov 16:24; Prov 15:4; Prov 12:18; Prov 4:20-24; Prov 13:17; Prov 11:25; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 10:11; Prov 11:30; Prov 16:22-24; James 3:13)
  • Edifying words (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 14:19; Rom 15:2; 2 Cor 13:10; Eph 4:29; 1 Thess 5:11)
  • Encouraging words (Deut 3:8; Acts 15:32; Acts 20:2; Col 3:16; 1 Thess 3:2)
  • Exhortation (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 12:8; Titus 1:9; Heb 3:13; Heb 10:25)
  • Esteeming and Honoring others (Phil 2:3; Rom 12:10; Rom 13:7; 1 Pet 3:7)
  • Words to strengthen (Luke 22:32; Acts 15:32; Deut 3:8; Job 16:5; Ps 119:28)
  • Words seasoned with grace (Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; Ps 45:2; Ecc 10:12)
  • Comfort (1 Cor 14:3; Eph 6:22; 1 Thess 5:11; 1 Thess 5:14; 2 Cor 1:4)
  • Faith-filled words (Mark 11:23; Matt 21:21-22; Rom 10:8; Num 13:30; Matt 9:20-21)
  • Pleasant words (Prov 15:26; Prov 16:24)
  • Nourishment, Positive Affirmation (Prov 10:21; 1 Tim 4:6; Eph 5:25-29; Eph 6:4)
  • Gentle, Soft words (Prov 15:1; Prov 25:15)
  • Words of Wisdom (Ps 37:30; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 15:2; Prov 22:17; Ecc 10:12; Ecc 12:11)
  • Life words (Prov 18:21; Deut 30:19; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 11:30; Prov 13:3; Prov 15:4; Prov 16:22-23)
  • Truth, Purity, Sincerity, Uprightness (Job 33:3; Ps 12:6; Ps 19:14; Prov 10:20; Prov 15:26; Prov 22:21)
  • Love and Kindness (Eph 4:32; Prov 31:26; 1 Cor 13; 1 Cor 8:1, NIV)
  • Praise of God on our lips (Ps 34:1; Ps 35:28; Ps 63:3-5; Ps 66:17; Ps 119:171; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Singing praises (Ps 71:23; Ps 100; Ps 126:2; Isa 51:11; Isa 54:1; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Speaking God’s Word (Deut 6:5-9; Deut 11:19-21; Ps 1; Ps 71:24)
  • Spoken Blessing (Num 6:23-27; Gen 12:2-3; Gen 22:17-18; Gen 27; Gen 49:28; Deut 11:26-28)
  • Wise counsel (Prov 11:14; Prov 24:6; Prov 27:9)
  • Light (Ps 119:130; 1 John 2:9-11)
  • Sweetness (Ps 119:103; Song 4:11)
  • Pen of a ready writer (Ps 45:1)
  • Wholesome tongue (Prov 15:2)
  • Tongue of the learned (Isa 50:4)

 

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Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.”

More Aspects About the Anointing

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

Other Aspects About the Anointing

  1. God will exalt you to a place of authority and power.

Micah 4:1 speaks of the literal Mount Zion (Jerusalem) and people from all over the world making pilgrimages there. Zion is also a prophetic phrase representing the Body of Christ.  Mount Zion shall be the most renowned of all the mountains of the world.

Mountains symbolize high places of authority and power (a positive symbolism).  Mountains can also have negative symbolism depending on the Scriptural passage, (meaning problems and obstacles).  But in Micah 4:1, mountains mean being in high places.

God is anointing many in the Body of Christ to begin occupying positions in high places, such as government and the corporate business world.

Occupying high or heavenly places also speaks of authority and power in the Spirit, authority and power in prayer, knowing who you are in Christ and being seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph 2:6).  God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3).

  1. When the Anointing comes, none will be barren among you.

Song of Solomon 4:2 says, “Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep which have come up from the washing, every one of which bears twins, and none is barren among them.”

In the Bible, teeth have various symbolisms depending on the passage.  One of the symbols of teeth in Jewish culture was that it is figurative of having had consumed an abundance of milk (the calcium in the milk keeping the teeth white and healthy).  The milk represents the Word.  The abundance of milk which keeps the teeth white speaks of no lack in the Spirit.  Abundance, fruitfulness.  The twin teeth speak of bearing double – double blessings, double anointing.

  1. Restoration for you and your loved ones.

God imparts an anointing to believe (and not just believe, but take authority in the Spirit) for the salvation and restoration of your loved ones.

Hosea 14:1-9

1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity;

2 Take words with you, and return to the LORD.  Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously, for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

3 Assyria shall not save us, we will not ride on horses, nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’  For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

4 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.”

5 I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon.

6 His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.

7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine.  Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’  I have heard and observed him.  I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit is found in Me.”

9 Who is wise?  Let him understand these things.  Who is prudent?  Let him know them.  For the ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.

Verses 1 and 2: God is asking His people who have stumbled to turn back to Him and He will restore their lives.

Verse 3: The Assyrian culture and people were related to Babylon.  Babylon is the place of captivity and confusion.  Turning away from God always leads a person to a place of captivity and confusion.

Verse 4: God promises to heal their backsliding, to love them unconditionally, for He is not angry with them.

Verse 5: The dew is a symbol of the Anointing and God’s blessings.  Dew is also a symbol of unlimited supply and prosperity.  Dew waters the earth, removing barrenness (no lack).  It speaks of being satiated.

Psalm 133 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment (anointing oil) upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s (priestly anointing) beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

Verse 5: “He shall grow as the lily”, meaning (according to Bible Encyclopedias), rapidly self-propagating, one root often producing 50 bulbs.  Fruitfulness, multiplication.

Verse 5: “Roots of Lebanon” are figurative of the cedars which have roots that go as deep as the height of the tree.  This symbolizes your roots going deep down, so that you are strong and immovable.  Spiritual growth consists mostly in the growth of the roots, which is out of sight.

Verse 6: “His branches shall spread.”  Symbolizes fruitfulness and growth.  Expanding to the right and to the left.

Verse 6: The olive tree is symbolic of the Anointing and being abundantly blessed.  The fragrance of Lebanon symbolizes the fragrance of Christ.  There is a level of anointing when the Shekinah Glory of God fills a room, that often times the room is literally filled with the sweet aroma of the Glory of the Father.

Verse 7: “They that dwell under his shadow shall return”, meaning that those who once dwelled under Israel’s covering, and left it, shall return and be restored to their original dwelling under the covering.

Verse 7: “They shall revive like grain.”  As a kernel goes into the ground and dies, it shall once again spring forth with abundant produce.  A great increase of offspring.

Verse 7: “Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.”  Israel’s fame.  Also, compare Hosea 14:6 “His smell is like Lebanon” to Song 1:3 “His Name is like ointment poured forth.”  This is talking about the anointing.  The wine of Lebanon was most celebrated for its aroma, flavor and medicinal restorative properties.

Verse 8: “Ephraim” (the double-fruitful one who is grateful for God’s goodness) says, “what more do I have to do with idols” (giving up idolatry to serve God wholeheartedly).

Verse 8: “I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit is found in me”.  Being like an evergreen tree.  Your leaves not falling off in winter seasons.

Verse 9: “Prudent” – an anointing for wisdom and understanding.  Possessing both practical wisdom for everyday living, as well as insights into divine truths.  Discerning the difference between what is righteous and what is unrighteous; what is sacred and what is secular.

Ephesians 1:17-18 says, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.”

Acts 6:2-3 refers to the brethren in the early church seeking out from among them seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom they may appoint as deacons.  Stephen was one of the seven men.  Stephen’s opposers were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke (Acts 6:10).

One of the Gifts of the Spirit is the word of wisdom (1 Cor 12:8).

  1. The restoration of all things.

Acts 3:20-21 (ASV) says, “That he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, (even) Jesus: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old.”

  1. Obadiah 17 –“But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.”  The day will come when there will be no bondage among His Church.  The Anointing sets captives free, and the Anointing is protection from demonic harassment.
  1. The Anointing gives you energy.

The Anointing takes away tiredness.  It gives you a desire to want to minister to people.  But you have to flow in your own anointing for whatever God has called you to do.  Exhaustion and poor results may result from trying to operate in an anointing that you are not called to do.

Benny Hinn gave the example that he can minister for hours at conferences and crusades and feel energized.  His anointing is the office of the evangelist – to preach and teach before large audiences, lead scores of people to salvation in Christ, and lead the people into intimate worship which invites the Holy Spirit to flow freely.   But when he used to be a pastor, and having to deal with so many needs of the people, and so many complaints of this person and that person, he became drained.  On the other hand, he has staff who are anointed to spend hours on the phone with someone counseling them, and staff who enjoy walking around in the audience ministering to individuals one on one.

  1. The Anointing will shake the nations.

Haggai 2:6-7 – “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.

Haggai 2:8:  There is an Anointing being imparted for financial prosperity.  ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.

Haggai 2:9:   The Glory (Anointing) of the latter house shall be greater than that of the former.  There is a progression and increase of anointing.  ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

  1. If the anointing stays locked up on the inside, it will get stale.  It stays fresh when it continually flows out like a river flowing through you.
  1. Isaiah 41:18-20

18 I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together,

20 That they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

This speaks of the Anointing bringing refreshing and removing thirst and dryness.  It symbolizes the Anointing turning our desert into a place of beauty and fruitfulness, of transforming our wilderness into a garden.  We need the Anointing to break off areas of barrenness in our lives.

  1. Ezekiel 47:9 – God will bring life to others through you.

“And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes” (NKJV).

The old song says:

“I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.  It opens prison doors and sets the captives free, I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.  Spring up, oh well, within my soul.  Spring up, oh well, and make me whole.  Spring up, oh well, and give to me that life abundantly.”

  1. Go in Jesus’ Name.
  1. Elisha received the double portion anointing.  Jesus’ anointing was without measure.

Don’t settle for just the double portion.  Go beyond that and believe for an anointing that has no limits as to how much you can have.

  1. Job 29:6 – Rivers of oil belong to you.  The rivers and the oil represent the Holy Spirit and flowing in His Anointing.  Oil especially speaks of healing, joy and prophetic impartation.
  1. Rivers of oil = fire and power of God.  Rivers of water = cleansing, refreshing.
  1. Ps. 109:18 – Oil in his bones.
  1. Butter – Symbolizes the richness of the Word.
  1. Ecclesiastes 9:8 – Never lack the anointing.
  1. Learn to syphen (draw out) the Anointing.

Deut 32 – suck oil.  This syphening of anointing only happens in the high places (high places referring to ascending in high worship, and being in the atmosphere of the Glory).

  1. Difference between the power of God and the Presence of God:

The Presence IS His Glory (Ex 34).

The Power is released when the Glory comes.

The Presence is KNOWN.

The Power is FELT.

  1. The Anointing is released through surrender.  When the Anointing becomes real in worship, you must syphen it.
  1. Deut 32:13 – Syphen the Word (as symbolized by honey).
  1. Isaiah 10:27 – Bondage broken instantly by the Anointing.
  1. 2 Kings 4 – Anointing cancels debt.
  1. Isaiah 21:5-6 – Anointing imparts gift of faith to you.
  1. Anointing brings blessings to your life.
  1. The Anointing can be transmitted to cloths, clothing, water, oil, etc.
  1. Be careful who you allow to lay hands on you and prophecy over you.  A transference takes place.  Something in them gets on you.
  1. Just the Anointing (Power) will make you blow up.  Just the Word will make you dry up.  Both the Spirit and the Word together will make you grow up.
  1. The Anointing makes your five senses more keen and alert.
  1. In the Glory, no demons can harass you in your mind.
  1. You can be healed of clinical depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar and any other mental illness in the Glory.
  1. Any sickness or disease can be healed in the Glory.
  1. This is a time of transition for many people.  You have left where you were, but not quite entered into the next season.  You feel stuck inbetween.  The Glory and Anointing will transition you to your next season.

Weakening the Anointing

  1. Speaking against men and women of God

When Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman he had married, and spoke against his ministry and anointing as prophet, then a judgment from God Himself was placed upon both Aaron and Miriam.  Miriam became leprous for a short time, and learned her lesson.

The judgment on Aaron was delayed for many years because the Anointing (represented by the priestly garments, ephod and turban), protected him from judgment.  But when Moses stripped Aaron of his priestly garments, he was stripped of the Anointing.  Then the judgment was executed and he died.

Speaking against anointed men and women of God may result in the chastening and discipline of the Lord.

Speaking against anointed men and women of God, especially publicly and habitually and discrediting or slandering them, can even cause pre-mature death in some cases – the judgment of God.

  1. Ecclesiastes 10:1 – The Anointing will stink with flies.  Flies represent evil spirits.
  1. Talking about demons too much.  Giving more attention to demons and their activity than to Jesus.
  1. Dark areas in your life in which demons have an entrance to oppress you.  It may be areas of sin – pornography, sexual immorality, lying, stealing, slander, pride, unforgiveness – any kind of sin; thoughts and mindsets (strongholds that exalt themselves above the knowledge of Christ); hatred; strife; jealousy; being involved in witchcraft, horoscopes, etc.  Having unhealed hurts and wounds of the soul makes one more vulnerable to demonic oppression.  The devil takes advantage of people who suffer with chemical imbalances in the brain and those with emotional wounds.
  1. Distractions
  1. People draining you.  You must set boundaries.  You can’t be all things to all people.

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