Friday, March 8, 2013

Random Snippets: Anointing, Power, The Key

(Isaiah 61:1) 
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

    because the Lord has anointed me to 
proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners

This verse goes on and on and it is beautiful. The truth is beautiful. Jesus repeats this verse in the book of Luke, filled with the Holy Spirit. The anointing of God is the difference between heaven and earth. The anointing of God manifests His glory. I rarely talk about this but I feel the need to share. When I barely began to sing at church at age 15, church members would come up to me after and tell me that they heard angels. At age 17 when I began to help out at another church by leading worship I got so much feedback but the one thing I remember is the guy sitting next to me after the service during prayer whisper, "Was that you singing just now, because I heard a different you know that you have an angelic voice?" He couldn't comprehend what he had heard but he was in awe, as was I because I was just softly humming to the piano's melody. It's been something that has always followed me to this day. Angels. The angel of the Lord encamped around me. The anointing of God was given to me. To the girl who wanted nothing to do with God. In God's eyes I was special when I hated myself. In whatever I do His anointing is over me. When I sing I don't care about pretty because I already know that anything anointed by God is beautiful. Sure I've learned and continue to learn the vocal techniques but the Holy Spirit has an out of my order type of order. If He tells me to start releasing a certain sound instead of lyrics I obey and I see His ways unfold before my vary eyes. As worship leaders, artists, sons and daughters of God our heart's desire should be the Father's anointing over us. Let that be our prayer.

Jesus came from heaven to earth to redeem our lives and to place in our hands the very same authority that His Father gave Him. Like an inheritance Jesus passed the power on to the new sons and daughters of God. We have all been given this authority.

(Luke 10: 17-22) 
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, 
“Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and 
scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; 
nothing will harm you. 
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, 
but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, 
said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, 
because you have hidden these things from the wise 
and learned, and revealed them to little children. 
Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. 
No one knows who the Son is except the Father, 
and no one knows who the Father is 
except the Son and those to whom 
the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Just imagining this scene is amazing to me. To envision Jesus laughing and smiling at His disciples as He witnessed the joy they experienced in releasing the supernatural power that the Holy Spirit had poured over them. I imagine Jesus smiling in His throne each time we exercise that same power. When you and I sing or play an instrument we have the power to submit all principalities of darkness beneath our feet. Anyone scared out there? We live in this world but the Word of God tells us how there is a supernatural realm invisible to the natural eye that is more real than what our eyes see. It's where the angels battle, where demons are submitted and stomped beneath our feet, and where God inhabits. When you release a word you are impacting both worlds. It's not about singing a simple or extravagant song. Seeing God's glory here, His kingdom being established on this earth, is what I yearn for. To see the woman in the back row crying out for help during the Worship Service have a divine encounter with the Lover of her soul. To witness the teenager on the verge of suicide fall to her knees as the angelic melody, inhabited by God's Spirit, sweeps over her. To take part in bring a people closer and closer to the living God. You and I have been given this authority. Some believe that the times of miracles and the supernatural power of God is over and died along with the disciples. That's a lie. We are in the third era. The time of The Holy Spirit. The time of the One who raised Christ from the dead and baptized people upon people with the gift of speaking in tongues. Is our God not unchanging? We serve the one and only LIVING God. And because of Jesus you have the power that the Holy Spirit has poured out on you. Don't hide it and don't bury it because God has given it to you for a reason. Whether you're up on a stage or not remember the power that has been vested upon you. Just a single word, phrase, utterance, or sound can alter the spiritual atmosphere and transform lives.

David entered the presence of God whenever he wanted to because he learned how to each time he spent time seeking God. The seeking impacted his daily living. As I talked with my friend Lizzie I began to peel further and further the layers of David's way of living. I want to tune into that. David's genuine love and passion for His living God impacted lives. While His brothers were busy looking gorgeous, David was given a beauty that cam from obeying the Lord. His walk involved killing lions and bears to protect his flock, defeating giants, governing a kingdom, fighting battles, chasing off spirits with his music, and freely dancing in public. I say again, David's genuine walk with the Lord impacted and still impacts lives. If we're not genuine nothing will ever change. People were impacted by David being David. And David was a lover of God's presence. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about the Son of God and how God would "place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opened no one could shut, and what he shut no one could open. Jesus has handed us the same key.

(John 14:12-14) 
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the 
works I have been doing, and they will do even greater 
things than these, because I am going to the Father. 
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the 
Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me 
for anything in my name, and I will do it.

You and I are here on this earth and in this time and season for a specific reason. What are you doing with the authority that God has given you? Pray over all things for God's anointing because that is what separates us from being average. We were made to walk in the supernatural today. 

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