Most people want to wait until they "feel" anointed before they try to minister to someone.
Some have even been taught that they MUST wait until they feel anointed to minister.
NO WHERE are Christians told to wait to minister to anyone.
As a matter of fact, we are told to preach the word in season and out. The original Greek of that verse says, "when opportunity presents itself and when it doesn't".
That means that it is always the right time to minister the Word.
The Bible says that the Gospel IS the power of God unto salvation....
If the Good News is the power of God and we are to preach the Good News, then it must always be the right time to minister to anyone.
Many try to feel something, that they assume would be the anointing.
We are not told to wait for an anointing.
The early disciples were told to wait until they had received
power from on high or more specifically, they were told to wait
for the promise of the Father, which happens to be the same thing. They had to wait until the Day of Pentecost for the Holy Spirit to be released.
No where after that day are they told to wait. As a matter of fact they began to minister immediately after receiving the Holy Spirit.
---John G Lake Ministries
It occurred to me this morning just how serious this all is. Contrary to popular opinion life is NOT a game! If we do not become who we are meant to be in Christ and begin to act on the authority we have been given to heal the sick and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom–people are going to DIE. Many of them will go to hell. It is my responsibility to do something about that. This ought to concern us a little bit more than it has. Any Thoughts?
Perhaps more than any other belief in the history of Christianity, the doctrine of the Trinity, has been a fundamental source of contention, division, disagreement, violence and death. The result of this failure to comprehend the Biblical teaching on the nature of the Godhead has been a powerless Church, increasingly ineffective and marginalized in a Post Christian society.
When we consider the Church World as a whole, a wide variety of teaching exists on this subject. It is crucial therefore, that we examine our beliefs in the clear light of God’s Word, not in the light of our experience, nor that of our particular Church, Denomination, or favorite teacher.
We have failed to grasp both the significance and the implications of the words of Jesus when He told us plainly that, “…no man knoweth who the son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him…Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see.” (Luke 10:22, 23). God doesn’t want his true disciples to be ignorant of these things, that is why He provided His Word and put His Spirit within us to teach us. In spite of this, the fact remains that confusion and misunderstanding abounds when it comes to this subject.
Of one thing we can be absolutely certain---This is not a subject to be cast lightly aside as insignificant to the Body of Christ. Our comprehension of the nature of God as clearly revealed in Scripture is vital to our relationship with Him and to the success of the Church. God does not fill His Book with trivia, nor does He waste words or make unnecessary statements and He has much to say regarding who He is.
Re-read the book of Acts as if you have never read it before. Read it with new eyes. This is Pentecost as God gave it through the heart of Jesus. Strive for this. Contend for this.Teach the people to pray for this. For this, and this alone, will meet the necessity of the human heart, and this alone will have power to overcome the forces of darkness.
Our Potential--A Glorious Future
We are excited about what God is doing in His Church worldwide and believe that no price is too great to pay to be part of this move of His Spirit. Our cry is--More Lord! If you want to walk on water, you must first get out of the boat. This is the time for action. God is calling forth water walkers, who are ready to give all they have to set the captives free.
The Bible teaches that when the Lord returns, we will be like Him. The Holy Ghost residing in us will reveal the same attributes through us that He did in the Lord Jesus. This belief forms the cornerstone for our lives and ministries.
We believe that the Lord would not have commissioned us to do the works that He did without adequately equipping us to do those works. Now it is time, as Lake said for us "to set our sights high and refuse the traditions of men who say that it is impossible to do as Jesus instructed us."
In the last one hundred years we have seen the restoration of holiness and the return and manifestation of healing power as well as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the operation of the gifts of the Spirit This generation is now coming to understand our righteousness, authority and dominion, as we learn who we are In Christ and understand His abundant provision for us, in our covenant with him. All of this is essential to the church and yet no one by itself represents and sustains Apostolic Ministry. We must cease our focus on the phenomena of God and become absorbed in His person. Apostolic Ministry in a true apostolic church will be defined and realized as individuals become, in reality and experience, the habitation of God.
John G. Lake showed us that the "genuine Christian is a separated person-separated forever to God in all areas of life: body, soul, and spirit. This absolute consecration is the real secret to the successful Christian Life. A Real Christian is truly a 'Christ-man' or 'anointed-one,' revealing the secret of life and communion with God, received into the entire being through the Holy Spirit"
It is one thing to receive anointing or gifts from The Lord; it is altogether different to become the literal dwelling place of The Manifest Presence of God. This Empowering Presence carries us to new levels of understanding scripture. Powerful and revelatory sermons and teachings emerge from this faith and anointing as we allow the Holy Spirit to unfold the mysteries of the Kingdom. We gain the capacity to inspire faith in the hearts of those that hear us and become people without compromise, both in our lifestyles and in the Spirit's revelation of the word.
"The secret of Christianity is not in doing but in being. It is in possessing the Divine Nature of Christ and His Empowering Presence to the extent that we become reflections of His character and our message will be characterized by the demonstration of the Spirit's power."
—John G. Lake
A Teaching Ministry
We recognize and uphold the importance of sound, practical teaching of the Word of God. His people are destroyed because of their lack of knowledge. The Lord wants us to be strong in faith, knowledgeable in truth, empowered by His Spirit, walking in love. We see God raising up an army of believers in these last days. Part of our vision is to prepare soldiers for battle providing the basic and advanced teachings needed for victorious living and effective spiritual warfare.
Our focus is on greatly increasing the level of maturity and effectiveness of the average believer, equipping them to win the lost, heal the sick and deliver those bound by chains of darkness and sin. Walking in new realms of anointing and power, they will be enabled to meet their own practical needs as well as the needs of those around them. We want to help Christians know the reality of the New Creation and understand who they are in Christ, comprehending and exercising their righteousness, authority and dominion as God intended.
A Word about Divine Healing
Much confusion exists today on the subject of divine healing. Our view is simple. We believe the 53rd chapter of Isaiah holds the key to our redemption physically as well as spiritually.
Our salvation is provided for in Isaiah 53:6, which declares that "...The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." We see this clearly explained by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21 'For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
In Isaiah 53:4 we read, in the original Hebrew, "Surely he hath borne our sicknesses and carried our pains." This verse provides for our physical healing. This also is confirmed in the New Testament in Matthew 8:16-17 where it records that the healing and deliverances performed by Jesus were done "that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the Prophet, saying, 'himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.'"
Just as we believe God laid our sins on Jesus, and as a result there is salvation for us, we must also believe Isaiah when he tells us in the same passage that because our sickness, disease and pains were laid on Jesus, there is healing for us.
The Word of God is a seed that, when planted, will produce an abundant harvest. Because we cannot believe beyond our actual knowledge of this Word, we must first understand God's Word for the provision of healing, blessing, prosperity, etc. before we can possess the manifestation of it. For this reason, we teach the principles of the Apostolic Faith to produce in those who hear, the prevailing faith that becomes the substance of things hoped for and is evidenced in the manifestation of things not seen
The New Reformation
Since the reformation days of Martin Luther, the Lord has brought a progressive revelation of truth to the church. This unfolding of restored understanding of himself and His Word is for the purpose of returning His Church to her original anointing, authority and mission. As God restores the foundational gifts and ministries there comes a shift in our understanding and doctrine.
While there are no new revelations, there is restored understanding of the scriptures. Luther's comprehension of salvation by faith was not a new revelation. It was there all the time, but the church had lost sight of it. God uses men such as this to call the church back to forgotten truths. We believe the reformation is not over. The greatest restoration is happening now!
Vision for Ministry
Every man and woman in Christ has a purpose and a destiny to fulfill. In the tradition of E.W. Kenyon and John G. Lake, our vision is for a supernaturally empowered church that reveals the living Christ. Our message is salvation for the whole man—spirit, soul and body. This Gospel of the Kingdom must be demonstrated with power, for only the power of God can meet the needs of this generation.
We desire to lay hold of the lifestyle of Empowered Christianity modeled by Lake, Kenyon and others, as we carry this message to the nations. We believe that the way to do this is to fully enter in to this type of life while supporting, encouraging and training others to do the same. The vision of discipling the nations must replace the concept of world evangelism. The ultimate goal is not simply five-fold ministry, but equipped saints who do the work of the ministry in the power of the anointing.
Our faith is constantly being focused by the Holy Spirit. We are believers; not doubters and we are in search of answers, not questions. We desire to be doers of the Word, not hearers only. We want our lives to be a testimony of his faithfulness.
Dr. Larry Yates is a Minister, Author and Bible Teacher and with Doctorates in Theology, Religion. and Ministry. He is President of Cypress Bible Institute and Seminary in Mineola, TX as well as on the Board of the International Apostolic University-London, in the UK. Additionally, he is a member of the International Apostolic Council.
We desire not only to see believers live victoriously, but to help them become rooted and grounded enough in God’s Word to reach out and teach others these same principles