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When the Holy Spirit comes - Taiwo Akinola

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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 ~ Acts 10:38.

Introduction:

God is the Constant Helper of His anointed, most especially, when they rely on His power and avail themselves of it. The Omnipotent God defends them, and He constantly exerts every effort in their favour.

It is worthy of note that, in spite of all the battles that David fought, his enemies were never able to prevail against him. Rather, he decisively subdued every opposition that rose up against him, including Saul’s persecution, Absalom’s rebellion and Sheba’s conspiracy.

The Philistines, the Ammonites and the Syrians united their forces to crush David, but in vain. God beat them before his face, and vigorously plagued his foes. Even the struggles made by the partisans of the house of Saul after his death, only tended to call forth David’s skill, courage and prowess, and sat him more firmly on his throne.

Friends, our enemy today is the devil, and he will continue to fail in our lives, in Jesus’ Name (Matthew 13:39). Notwithstanding, we must maximize our spiritual advantages in the Holy Ghost who came to dwell within us since the first day of the Christian Pentecost.

God the Father is the Anointer, Jesus Christ is the Baptizer, the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, whose anointing signalizes God’s presence in human flesh, accomplishing what man cannot do for himself (Acts 10:38).

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is one of the very few things that have no substitutes here on earth. It makes all the difference in shaping our lives as believers, and it ushers in God’s marvelous grace and glory, which make the anointed man the man to beat, any day!

Those who receive the Holy Spirit anointing are made alive unto God. Hence, the anointed believer is rightly referred to as lively stones in the spiritual house of God (1Peter 2:4-5).

The anointing is the springboard for the gifts, the wisdom and the grace from above, to qualify the anointed for his assignment in the body of Christ. Hence, factual wisdom dictates that, whatever we may possess, we must endeavor to get the anointing.

What Happens When the Holy Spirit Comes?

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God’s might. He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and universal. Thus, when the Holy Spirit comes, real power comes (Acts 1:8).

Power is very pertinent to life. It is man’s eternal pursuit because our performances here are largely defined by it. Hence, the constant pursuit for financial power, social power, political power, spiritual power, etc. However, the highest form of power that any man can ever experience is the Holy Ghost power.

The important question now is: how do you know for sure that you have received the Holy Ghost? The litmus test is in your zeal for the things of God, your eagerness to please Him and to see Him glorified in your generation, your willingness to pay the price for His great outpouring upon your life, and your readiness to evangelize more and give more to promoting His kingdom on earth (Psalms 110:3).

Yes indeed, when your love for the things of God outstrips your love for elemental things of the world, then we can say you are in for a genuine encounter with His power.

Secondly, when the anointing comes, true impacts show up. Emphatic yes, the greatest use of one’s life is to spend it on things that will outlast it. It is not how long we live that matters but how full and how well, and the real value of life is computed not by its duration but by its donations.

Impact simply suggests making a mark! Real impact creates multiple changes in the life of the targets: in their pursuit of God, in their lifestyles and general attitudes to life, in their finances, etc.

Your impact defines the quality of your significance to other people in your world, and the good you’re able to deliver to their lives. But, this can only be accomplished in its finest sense when you are truly connected to and utterly dependent upon the Holy Spirit. It takes the Holy Spirit to bake the peculiar supernatural bread for others to eat.

Thirdly, when the Holy Spirit comes, God’s Presence is experienced in strange ways.

In 1 Samuel 22:23, David counseled his footmen to abide with him if they wished to enjoy safety. I believe he said this because he was fully aware of the powerful anointing that God had released upon him, which equally served as a protective edge around his life.

From the Jewish records, David fought many battles; he was never defeated, neither was he wounded nor taken a prisoner of war. King Saul even cast a javelin at him twice, but missed him both times (1 Samuel 18:11). Despite all the efforts of Saul to eliminate David, it was Saul that went down for him (1 Samuel 31:4). Alleluia!

The Holy Spirit comes with incredible divine intervention (Psalms 114:1-8). The earth even trembles and the hills melt at His presence (Psalms 97:5). No wonder then that David prayed, “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me” (Psalms 51:11).

Ashdod will never forget in a hurry the power of God’s mighty presence demonstrated against her “national god”, Dagon (1 Samuel 5:1-7). At the end of the episodes, the lords of the Philistines were compelled to appease God with trespass offerings (1Samuel 6:17).

When the Holy Spirit comes, He brings divine assistance, making oppression to cease and securing God’s mercy as our constant companion. He dramatically increases our winning strength and empowers us to enter into new levels of influence and inheritance (Psalm 89:17-24).

When the Holy Spirit comes, He provokes high favour to make the provisions of the covenant more pronounced in the lives of every practicing covenant Christian (Psalm 89:27-28). It is the anointing of His presence that raises successors to perpetuate the works of the ministry (Psalm 89:29).

O, what a sweet anointing of the Holy Spirit! It is very important for Christian believers to give it all it takes to truly attract His powerful presence into our lives.

The Holy Spirit comes into purposeful believers, like David, who are sold out unto the Lord, serving and seeking to glorify Him in all ways (Psalms 89:20). He also delights greatly to make His abode in holy vessels, who keenly seek His power in the place of prayers (Hebrews 1:9).

Beloved brethren, our God is still looking for people to use! Will He find you as He found David? Or, will He reject you as He rejected his elder brothers? If the Lord will trust us with the sweet anointing of His Spirit, we must demonstrate our genuine love and faithfulness to Him, forthwith. Happy Sunday!

  • Bishop Taiwo Akinola,

Rhema Christian Church,

Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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