Pulling Down Strongholds: Pt1 (5.22.19)

2 Corinthians 10:1-3
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Being created in the image of God gives us the ability to imagine a thing and then see it manifest. So, whatever is happening in the imagery of your life matters. The enemy has no creative power. If he wants something to manifest in your life, all he has to do is get you to visualize it first.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

God is no respecter of persons, we should preach to all. The above mentioned passage from Romans is referring to the jew versus the greek can be understood to mean, someone like yourself versus someone on the outside of the church or someone who doesn’t look like you. The greek wanted knowledge and the Jew wanted power. The church of Corinth was a melting pot of different cultures, languages, and ethnicities. Paul’s message to the church of Corinth addressed all the needs of these groups.

Once we know who we are in Christ, we can then pull down the strongholds of the world.

It seems that the church today has adopted a defensive, victim mindset of survival and retreat. The church was never called to be the victim, attempting to keep the enemy’s strongholds off our mind.

Matthew 16:18
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

When you’re praying only for survival, you’re already defeated. It should be that you rush in and take enemy territory! We shouldn’t be fearful and concerned that the enemy will take ours. The Word teaches us that the gates of hell shall not prevail. That means there will be a war but the enemy won’t win. The gates of hell cannot handle you.

We need to move from “Lord don’t let my gates fail” to “The gates of hell will not prevail.”

The enemy has fortified some things. The people we are trying to reach are in a world and in a system that has support and has been strengthened. We have the power to pull these strongholds down.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:1-3 [AMP]
Now I, Paul, urge you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am meek [so they say] when with you face to face, but bold [outspoken and fearless] toward you when absent! I ask that when I do come I will not be driven to the boldness that I intend to show toward those few who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh [like men without the Spirit]. For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man.

There are people who the enemy thinks that he has the gates so fortified on them that he doesn’t have to worry about them being saved. That’s what WE are here for! The Word penetrates the gates that the enemy has fortified. We have access to the anointing of might and knowledge and five other anointings to bring down strongholds!

2 Corinthians 10:6
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

This verse teaches us that when made free from strongholds, those made free are found fulfilling the purpose God had on their life.

1 Samuel 2:1-4
And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord , mine horn is exalted in the Lord : my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the Lord : for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

Verses 3-4 instruct us to not be arrogant. We can’t think someone strong in a position can’t change. We cannot look on someone’s appearance or their seemingly strong stance and deem them unreachable. God is able to change them with one word and in one moment.

Some peoples gates are bad thoughts and attitudes that have been fortified by the way they were raised, bad experiences, what they listen to, or what they put before their eyes. We have the power, through Christ, to pull those thought processes down.

The word raise means to cause or help to rise to a standing position, or to lift up.
The word raze means to erase, or to destroy to the ground.

We, as Christians, should be razing hell!

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God ! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord . Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Notice, this scripture doesn’t empower us to just change our home, neighborhood or city. It empowers us to change nations and kingdoms! It says that we are to root out, pull down, destroy and throw down. After you pull down, then you can build and plant.

The Lord cannot build and plant if we are behind gates and strongholds. We must first destroy them. We must be free before we can free others. Strongholds are territorial. Be aware of the strongholds that are prevalent in your city. Be intentional and take territory. The gates of hell shall NOT prevail!

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The Unseen War: Vol 1, Pt 1 (5.19.19)

Volume 1: The Contrast between good and evil

Good and evil are contrasted in the Bible ninety-eight times and thirty three times in the New Testament alone. The number of times this contrast has been mentioned is an indication of something we need to pay attention to. When you begin to see the unseen war going on over our lives daily, you will never see the world the same again.

This series will uncover the unseen war happening everyday.
Volume 1 will disclose the contrast between “Good and Evil.”
Volume 2 will explain “Kings and Pawns.”
Volume 3 will reveal the “Three domains of Satan’s kingdom: Economic, Political, Religious.”

Matthew 6:9-10
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:5-7 is the sermon on the mount and the manifest of the King. This is where Jesus is laying out the culture and manners of His Kingdom.

The first thing that God gave Adam (or man) was dominion. The word kingdom can be broken down into two words, king-dom which is king’s-dominion or king’s-domain.

Kingdom is mentioned 122 times in the old testament. The Kingdom is the premier message of the bible.

In Matthew 16:19, the first thing Jesus gave to the church was dominion. He gave us the keys to the kingdom.

The Our father prayer of Matthew 6 was not intended to pray until you’re 12 and then stop. Many people treat this prayer as a prayer for our children and that as an adult, you’ve grown out of it. This is not the case. Jesus was giving this prayer to his disciples and instructed them to pray in this manner.

This prayer teaches us a “kingdom first” mindset, not kingdom first on Sunday. We have been called as citizens of his kingdom.

God has called us to advance His word, His will as it is in Heaven in the earth. Finding the will of God can be found in Isaiah 55:8 where it is written: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Ask God for his kingdom on all things. Your marriage, family, job, all things everyday.

Jesus ends the prayer in Matthew 6:13 asking that we not be led into temptation and that we be delivered from evil.

Evil is any thing or deed that is contrary to the word, character, purpose & will of God. Satan tries to pervert or twist anything that God created. Synonyms of the word evil are wicked and wicker which means twisted.

There are three things that Satan does to advance his kingdom. First he deceives, then he temps, and finally he accuses. Deception, temptation, and accusation are all of the enemy.

John 7:7
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

The world is not a place, it is a system.

Genesis 3:4
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

This verse is an example of deception is the enemy’s deception of Eve. Before satan tempted Eve, he decived her. Satan convinced her that there was no consequence.

Genesis 3:6
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Here, Satan tells Eve that the fruit was good for food and told her to look at it and handle it and see how good it is for her. This was temptation that came after deception.

After he tempted her into sin, then he used that sin to accuse her.

These are all just tools in his arsenal to get us separated from God to fulfill his ultimate desire for our soul.

Genesis 3:8-11
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

In this passage, Adam and Eve are found hiding from God because they were naked, ashamed, afraid…accused! The enemy took the sin that he tempted them into and then accused them with it afterward.

The road that leads to evil is called temptation. Evil doesn’t begin with temptation, it begins with deception.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This verse is where our salvation is found.

John 3:17-21
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

We can be delivered from evil because of His kingdom, delivered from temptation because of His kingdom.

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

This passage shows us that Satan is the “little g” god of this world.

There is always war going on between good and evil and God has called us to have discernment and advance His kingdom.

John 17:3,9,14-18
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Jesus says we are subordinate Kings in the earth. He wants us in the world to advance His kingdom instead of taking us out of this world.

Kingdom living is seeing the will of God in the earth. You will see resistance, that’s spiritual warfare. Understanding where the war is and who is really launching the attack should help us to look past the pawn.

Everyday you wake up, you’re in a battle. God did not call us to retreat. We are on the offense of advancing the kingdom. God’s plan for our lives is for us to advance His Kingdom.

The Consumer and the Producer: Pt.3 (5.15.19)

James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

It is impossible to have fruit in your life without the word of God. We are all consumers and producers, just don’t be more of a consumer than a producer never doing anything to bring God glory.

Hebrews 4:2
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:8
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Faith begins with hearing, then thinking, next saying, and finally doing. If you are not hearing, meditating, confessing and acting out on the word, you are not walking in faith.

The amount of time that you are hearing the word has to be followed by time meditating on the word.

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Thinking is meditating. The word has to be in your mind!

Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Going to church and forgetting what you heard will not profit you anything.

Be a product of the word. Let it change the way you think, act, and what you do. Then, the word is being fruitful in your life.

Philippians 2:4
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (KJV)
Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (AMP)

Philippians 2:21
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

Deuteronomy 5:21
Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

This is an epidemic in the last days. People are consumed by whatever it is they constantly consume.

2 Timothy 4:1-3
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

The consumer mind goes from church to church until they find what makes them happy instead of what will make them better. Some of the happiest people are those who serve and have seen and know the joy of serving others.

The teacher described in 2 Timothy 4 who tickles people’s ears creates a consumer based church that is only in a mode of consumption.

5 considerations on being a consumer and a producer:

When consuming:

  1. Refuse to consume from a person without praying for them. (example: Pray for Pastor James A. McMenis if he is someone you receive from). You need to be invested spiritually in prayer for them.
  2. Refuse to consume from a ministry you don’t sow into or support.
  3. Refuse to consume from a person without encouraging them.

 

Philippians 4:15-17
Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

1 Corinthians 9:11
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

When serving and sowing:

  1. Refuse to sow into ground of ingratitude.
    God will not bless the ground of ingratitude
  2. Refuse to serve an entitled mindset.

2 Corinthians 11:7-8
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

The Consumer and the Producer: Pt.2 (5.12.19)

James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Be a doer (producer) of the word. We must consume in order to produce but don’t consume only.

Hebrews 4:2
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

The word preached needs to be mixed with faith. It requires corresponding action to bring results.

If the enemy can get us to a consumer mindset, then he can work his plan in our lives. He delivers a plan that sounds beneficial to you and the plan usually highlights what you can or should consume.

The enemy even tried to deceive Jesus. After fasting forty days and nights, the enemy offered him bread when he was hungry. He wanted him to get him into a consumer mindset.

Luke 12:15-21
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

When a person is self-centered, they’ve made a world that revolves around them with much expectation placed on others. The immature person can’t deal with not getting something that they feel that they should consume.

Philippians 2:4
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (KJV)
Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (AMP)

Church should be about what you get AND what you have to offer.

Philippians 4:21
Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2 Samuel 11:1-3
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath–sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

When the enemy seduces one into the consumer mindset it causes them to believe that they must consume whatever they want to. You can’t have everything that you want.
To say you should have whatever you desire is a lie.

Joshua 7:20-21
And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

When he coveted, he became a consumer. Lust consumed him.

Scriptures for reference:

  • James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
  • Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
  • Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
  • 1 John 2:16-17 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The enemy cannot advance his plan until you take on a consumer mindset.

The disguises of the enemy have included a wolf in sheep’s clothing and angel of light but the most convincing and damaging disguise is when he disguises himself as YOU. Until you can see him in your own head, you cannot defeat him. If he can turn you into a consumer, he can control you.

The Consumer and the Producer: Pt.1 (5.5.19)

James 1:22-24
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Not everyone who hears the word wants to do it. Some use it to be puffed up, to inflate their mind only with the knowledge. Alternatively, to edify is used to build and construct. Those who are inflating their minds with knowledge are consumers, being inflated with the Word. Those who are edified with the Word are using the Word to construct and build something. These individuals are producers.

The enemy’s agenda from the beginning of time has been to keep us consumer minded. The message God gives us as consumers is to make us better producers.

God established Adam in the garden with the intention of him being a producer. Produce is another word for fruit. To produce means to yield fruit!

John 15:1-8
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Verses 3‐8 call us to bear much fruit, which can also be said to “bear much produce.”

Galatians 5:22
God intended for us to be fruitful. Jesus says that we are to be known by our fruit.

We tend to link ourselves with being a Christian by the things we consume. For example, I go to church…I go to consume or be served the things that church has to offer me. I read the Bible…I consume the Bible. Is my Christianity based on what I am consuming or what I am producing?

Jesus doesn’t identify us by what we consume but by what we produce. The word is what the father uses to prune and cut away to bring more fruit.

God is glorified in what I produce, not what I consume.

James 5:7
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
The Lord is the husbandman of the earth!

Genesis 2:1
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
God didn’t send the rain until there was a man the to cultivate what would grow.

Hosea 10:12
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Get your ground ready!

It was always God’s plan that man be fruitful.

God had never intended us to get all the nourishment and calories it takes to advance the kingdom and then never burn it off. We would become spiritually fat.

In Genesis 3, Satan’s agenda was to get Eve consumer minded. He wanted her to think her purpose and success would come from consuming the fruit. Today, he still wants us to think that someone’s purpose and success comes from gaining and consuming.

The enemy’s agenda is not always financial. Its ok to have stuff but when stuff has you, it controls you.

God never puts your focus on what you don’t have, He encourages you to focus on managing what you DO have.

When visiting or looking for a church, we should look at what we can produce there, not what we can consume there.

Matthew 4:4
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Luke 14:16-20
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

In this passage, people had bought stuff and didn’t want to come to the feast. They preferred to consume what they had acquired.

Luke 12:15,19-21
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

If you’re thinking about yourself you become a consumer. If you’re thinking about God , you become a producer.

The Anatomy Of The Anointing: Pt. 8 (5.1.19)

 Spirit of the Lord | Wisdom |Understanding
Counsel | Might | Knowledge | Fear of the Lord

The anointing of the Holy Spirit comes in seven parts. These seven parts of the anointing are imparted on us only by the Holy Spirit. Every one of these anointings have the power to remove burdens and destroy yokes by the power of God.

Ephesians 1:15-19
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 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; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Isaiah 61:1 (compare to 1 Samuel 10:6)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Acts 10:38 gives Peter’s record of Jesus and message to the Jews.
John 1:46 exposes Nathaniel’s disqualification of Jesus because he was from Nazareth which was an unlikely place for success or anyone noteworthy.

When you say you are a Christian, you are saying that you are anointed like Christ. The title, Christian, was first given to the disciples of Antioch in Acts 11:26 because they were Christ-Like.

To anoint means to rub-off. If you’ve been born again, the oil (of the anointing) is already in you. You are in covenant!

Isaiah 11:1-2
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

Overview of the seven anointings:

  1. The Spirit of the Lord is the Breath of God. The Ruach of the Lord means the breath of the Lord. When God exhales, his Word comes out.
    • 1 Samuel 10:6 (compare to Isaiah 61:1) And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
    • Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
    • John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
  2. Wisdom can be defined as good sense in word, thought and action. There is a prudence about wisdom that allows you to see the outcome about something before it happens. It shows up in the words you say, your thoughts and your actions.
    • Exodus 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
    • James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
    • Ephesians 1:17-19 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; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
    • Colossians 1:9-11 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
  3. Understanding is when you have a comprehension to the point of application.
    When you hear a word and you don’t understand, the enemy has stollen that word. No-one can take a word that you understand. When you don’t understand, you can’t do it.

    • Exodus 31:3 – And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
    • Comprehension to the point of understanding. (Also see Colossians 1:9)
  4. Knowledge is a one-ness with information or “knowing” something. It is an intimate term that has power because once you know something, you can’t “unknow” it. You cannot be separated from what you know. You can be delivered from it but you can’t un-know it.
  5. Counsel is found in God’s word. Talebearers are are not anointed to give you counsel. You have to be discerning about who you receive counsel from.
    • Exodus 18:19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
    • Psalms 33:10-11 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
    • Psalms 119:24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
    • Proverbs 11:13-14 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. 
    • Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
    • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  6. Might is unlimited. It means, force!
    • Deuteronomy 3:24 O Lord God , thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?
    • Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
    • Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
    • Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
  7. Fear of the Lord is to have reverence for God. You can’t fear and revere God until you are in awe of Him. Only then can you know Him. Fear of Him is the beginning of knowledge.
    • Proverbs 8:13-14 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
    • Psalms 33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord : let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
    • Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    • Psalms 96:9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
    • Psalms 135:20 Bless the Lord , O house of Levi: ye that fear the Lord , bless the Lord.
    • Psalms 111:9-10 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
    • Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
    • Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

The Anatomy Of The Anointing: Pt. 7 (4.28.19)

 Spirit of the Lord | Wisdom |Understanding
Counsel | Might | Knowledge | Fear of the Lord

The seven anointings imparted on us by the Holy Spirit are for everyday life and are available to all who ask. Every one of these anointings have the power to remove burdens and destroy yokes by the power of God.

2 Peter 1:3
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is for life and godliness. He gives us divine power for a divine nature. The means that we can walk in this power each day and accomplish all that God has set out for us to do.

Acts 1:4
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

His Devine power allows us to do things we couldn’t have done before. In all things, we should wait for the promise of God to manifest.

Isaiah 10:27
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

What is the anointing? It is the Holy spirit imparting a certain ability or characteristic onto us. It will remove our burdens and destroy our yokes.

Jesus Christ’s name means anointed one! Christ is not his last name, it is his title. It means the anointed one. The Hebrew way of saying “the Christ” or “the anointed one” is “the Messiah.”

Isaiah 11:1-2
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

Luke 4:17-18
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

We need to stop being carriers of God’s Spirit. We should going out and pointing people back to Jesus.
Jesus left us the ability to walk in the anointing. Jesus Christ the person is in Heaven. Christ Jesus is the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, the anointed one, is in heaven but the anointing of Jesus is here with us.

Zechariah 4:6
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

There are two types of people who hinder the anointing from operating in their life.
1. Those who disqualify themselves
2. Those who look at all they’ve done and their knowledge and qualify themselves.

If the Lord moved on someone who qualified themself, they would take credit. The one who disqualifies himself doesn’t ask for the anointing.
Only those who realize they need the Lord and cannot do it without Him can be anointed and used.

John 1:45-46
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Although Jesus came from the most unlikely of places for an important person to come from, the anointing made the difference.

Acts 10:34-38
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 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.

He’s the God of the shepherds and God of the Kings. He is Lord of all.

Luke 11:13
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

According to this scripture, those who can walk in the Holy Spirit are those who ask God. The issue is that we don’t ask when we don’t feel qualified or when we don’t feel we need it. We must be a beggar for His Spirit.

If you are going to be sent, you must be sent the way that Jesus was. He was equipped by the Holy Spirit!