How to Grow the Anointing

anointingYears ago I found myself absorbed in watching a particular TV ministry that moved in such a powerful anointing. I would see rows of people fall out under the Spirit or by the touch of God when this person ministered.  The things I witnessed could only be done by the Spirit of God. The man’s ministry wasn’t being done for entertainment but it was truly a legitimate and miraculous.

As I watched night after night I began to ask God this question, “How do I grow in the anointing?” I asked this question allot over the next several weeks and would keep asking God until I got the answer. After all Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” Mat. 7:7

Then the answer came in the night when I heard the Father say, “Prayer, supplication and determination, Luke 18”. I got out of bed and headed to my prayer closet with my Bible in hand, thinking what’s Luke 18, what’s in this chapter that answers my question?

Luke 18 speaks of a widow who persistently petitions a judge for legal protection from an opponent, the judge did not fear God nor respect man. However, after a while seeing that the woman was not going to stop petitioning him for legal protection, he relented and gave her legal protection.

In verse 7, “Now shall not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?” There was my answer, the answer that would change my Christian life forever. I knew what I had to do to grow in the anointing, I must spend a greater amount of time in prayer, supplication and do it with determination until I see the anointing increase in my life, until I’m satisfied.

prayerBrother Branham said so many years ago, “You’ve gone as far with God as you’re ever going to go until you’re willing to pay a greater price.”  Are you satisfied where you are spiritually? If so then good enough, but if you desire more of an interaction between you and heaven, if you desire more of an intimacy and more of a relationship with Jesus Christ, then perhaps you could consider how you could give more of yourself to Him.

John G. Lake was a man who had been in ministry for a good many years with some success but he hungered for more. After re-consecrating his life to God, more anointing came upon him but he still felt on the edge of a greater spiritual realm but was unable to enter in fully, leaving him unsatisfied.

Although many people were being healed by the power of God during the next few years, John G. Lake remained hungry for more of God, he walked down the streets of Chicago with his soul crying out, “Oh God,” as people stared at him.  All his friends would tell John that he had a beautiful anointing with the fullness of the Spirit, but he would declare over and over again that there was more.  

Through out the years he pressed in for more of God and through various encounters with God he kept growing in the anointing and eventually was baptized in the Holy Spirit and lived out his life in the anointing of God  impacting his generation around the world.

focusOur focus must get off ourselves, we must not live in our own self, our own thoughts, our soul, our feelings, our attitudes, trusting in our understanding and reasoning and leaning on our own abilities.  If we do these things, we will never move beyond where we are now, in fact eventually we may become discouraged, cold and lawless to His commandments.

God is not a respecter of person; His word says, “And without faith it is impossible to please {Him}, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and {that} He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Heb11:16. I remember years ago I dealt with a great internal struggle with this scripture.  I wondered if the effort that I put into seeking God would be worth the reward I’d receive by putting in all the time and effort necessary.

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth”. Col. 3:1-2

To grow in the anointing of God and fulfill what He desires for you to do, will require that you wait in prayer on Him and you set aside time for Him daily. To grow in the anointing you must sow back to God much of the anointing He gives you and that is done by spending time with Him. The more time you spend with Him, equates to more anointing operating in your life.

Where you are currently in your Christian walk is a direct result of your prayer life. In other words your life will never exceed your prayer life. If you are not satisfied with where your life is now, then take an honest look back over the course of years and see if you can recognize if your prayer life is missing the three key elements to growing the anointing and walking in the plan of God, “prayer, supplication and determination”.

Blessing To You!

Bro. Bill

 



  • When God Fills the Well

     

    I can’t help myself, I believe my God to be an extreme God! I believe He is a God who wants to manifest Himself to His children in an intimate and glorious relationship.

    I want to share some supernatural manifestations of God we have experienced while living at Durham. Durham is what we call our house due to its location in our town. When God directed us to move from the Dallas area in 2003, we bought my wife’s childhood home and moved into it October 3, 2003
    We left behind our home, church, income, friends and a lifestyle in the Dallas area we had flourished in for many years. Upon arriving and inspecting this house, we found it to be in shambles from years of neglect, we could do nothing but cry and feel sorry for ourselves. We sometimes think of the first night we spent in the house, it had 7 window panes broken out, un-level floors, and a bathroom that we hated to use.

    As we sat there in a small upstairs bedroom on a Saturday night, we couldn’t help but stare at the pitiful condition of the room. The people who had rented the house before us bought it had allowed their kids to paint the room in an awful green and blue.

    We were sitting side by side in two lawn chairs, with our feet propped up on a milk crate and a 5 gallon bucket, staring at the wall. We couldn’t help but think of what we had left back in Egypt. We had all but fallen off the edge of the earth, only our pastors, and family had a clue what we were going through. I knew then, in order to survive in the wilderness, we would have to go to extreme levels of faith.

    In my quiet time one morning, Holy Spirit showed me that when Abraham left the familiar land to go fulfill God’s plan, he must first dig a well in each new place he journeyed. Abraham understood that without a reliable source of water, it would be impossible to survive in the harsh land. (Gen. 21:30).
    In desperation, I pressed into God and imagined as I prayed to Him that I was digging a well each time I prayed in my secret place. Day after day I would visualize digging a well with every confession and profession of faith.

    As with any well being dug, you must dig and dig, not knowing when or if you’re going to strike water. I continued to petition God to give us a well in which to drink, just as He gave unto Abraham. Abraham said in Genesis 21:30, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well.”

    The Well Filled Overnight
    One morning, in November of 2003, when I walked down the stairs, I walked into the tangible presence of God. It filled the lower story of our one-hundred year old house. I called to my wife Jae, who was still upstairs, and said, “You had better get down here; the presence of God has filled this place!” She came down and joined me in the living room and we just set there in the heavenly presence of God, soaking in this glorious manifestation. I had felt this presence before on several occasions, but this time it was in our home, from our feet to above our heads, over flowing, flooding our entire being was His glorious presence. This holy manifestation remained for an hour or more and then it lifted.

    A few months later, when I came downstairs in the early morning for quiet time, I opened the door to the living room and again, felt the tangible presence of God, yet even stronger than the time before. It was holy, it was electric, it was heavenly and my body tingled in the glorious presence of God.  Read Portals of Heaven, Ancient Gates

    I sat down in my “quiet time” chair and suddenly I felt an intense, powerful sword, slowly being pushed down into me, from the top of my head down into my abdomen. As it moved downward through my body I could feel every centimeter of its travel. My body shook as I was compressed under this extreme, penetrating power of God, I could do nothing but surrender to what God was doing in me.

    I can’t tell you how long this manifestation lasted but when my wife, Jae came downstairs from her quiet time that morning, the anointing rested upon me and it still lingered in the room. When I laid my left hand on her forehead, she could feel the anointing flow over her head as well. Truly, I had just experienced a divine encounter at the well.

    A Well Is a Place of Divine Appointment
    In Genesis, chapter 24, Rebekah’s destiny was at the well, she had gone there many times but on this particular day, her life changed forever for she was about to meet her Isaac.

    Blue Water Swirling in a WhirlpoolIn John 4: 6-7 “Now, Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.” The Samaritan woman’s life was about to change forever. God doesn’t manifest Himself to us just to give us a thrill but to change us eternally. The effects of our change can impact our family, our city, our region and our nation.

    How many divine encounters have we missed due to our busy undisciplined lives in which we don’t come to the well or when we do come, we don’t allow time to sit and wait for Him at His well?

    In John 7:27 “Now on the last day, the great {day} of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”

    God will meet you at the well. Come to His well and come often for you never know which day He will be waiting for you there. Come, Come to His well!

    Bro. Bill



  • Let God Cast the Vision

    Proverbs 29:18, says “Where [there is] no vision, the people perish.” The emphasis here is “prophetic vision” berthed by God.Sometimes as Christians, we can be placed into a position that may seem to be too big for our wisdom, knowledge or abilities to accomplish. It is in these kinds of situations that we have to leave our own self-reliance and turn toward God.

    Jesus said in Mat. 6:10, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This verse gives us a model for our lives and especially in any situation which seems to be beyond our own natural abilities or power to achieve.

    When asked by church leadership to take on a ministry or project we should approach the throne of God and ask how He wants this ministry or project to be done and then trust Him to reveal it to us. If we allow God to show us what the will of the Father is, then He will put His stamp on it and we will be successful in His eyes.

    When my wife and I were asked by our church leadership to begin a new ministry, we knew immediately that we didn’t have a clue how to do it. We didn’t hide it from our pastors that we were clueless in this matter, in fact, we told them we hadn’t even noticed that this ministry was needed. We left the meeting with our pastors and began to ask God to show us His vision for this ministry. We knew we needed His plan to bring about His will and to complete our pastor’s vision. I hate to think about how it would have turned out if we hadn’t started seeking God first.

    God then showed me a vision where my wife and I were standing outdoors, we each had a shovel in our hands and were digging a grave-shaped hole. I was thinking “why are we digging a grave”? When we stopped digging, we reached down into the grave and pulled out a person who was dead. As we pulled them up and out of the grave, we dusted them off, and as we cared for them, we saw them come back to life. Then the vision was over, but then we knew what God wanted this ministry to be.The vision cast by God showed us the heart of God in this ministry however, God left it up to us in how we would do things to bring His will to pass. If God had to tell us every little detail of what to do, we would be nothing more than dim-witted people.

    Moses didn’t know how to build a tabernacle nor had there ever been a tabernacle on earth; Moses needed God to cast him a vision. God said to Moses, “According to all that I am going to show you, {as} the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct {it.}” Ex. 25:9

    When you allow God to show you His vision for a ministry or a project, you will find greater enthusiasm, and in times of doubt, discouragement or seemingly ineffectiveness, be sure and remember the given vision and hold fast to His will.