You Shall Receive Power
By Pastor Benny Hinn
If there has ever been a moment in history when the body of Christ and the world at large needs the power of God and God's people are desperate for His anointing, it is now. You see, the anointing is the power of God in operation.
It is the bondage-breaking, miracle-working, healing, life-changing power of the Holy Spirit working through a human vessel.
I believe that you are one of those human vessels through which God wants to display His power. I believe there is a mighty call of God and an anointing upon your life. I believe the Holy Spirit wants you to walk in the fullness of His power in everything you do and that He wants to manifest His miracle-working power through you for the benefit of others and to the praise of His wonderful name.
We must have the power of God, the anointing. As believers, at the dawn of the twenty-first century when the days are growing darker, we know how to share the light of God's love and the blessing of His power with the world around us. The powers of evil in the earth seem to be working overtime these days, and we can only defeat them with the power of God. Again, we must have the anointing.
We must perceive it spiritually and understand it as best we can with human minds; we must know how to move and function in it so God can use us to His maximum glory, to our maximum potential, and to the maximum benefit of those to whom we minister.
I have developed this Web page to help you understand what the anointing is and how it operates. I pray this material will bless you with everincreasing confidence to move in God's mighty anointing.
You Shall Receive Power
Acts 1:8 promises: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you."
This promise is essential to understanding the anointing
When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we are in God's presence. But God's presence is not the same as His anointing. God's presence is His glory and His person; His anointing is His power.
In Hebrew, the word "anoint" is mashach, which means "to rub in." The Greek word is chrism and means "to smear." When we receive the anointing, we are, in a sense, "smeared" with His power, which means that He is not only upon us but within us, as oil would be rubbed into and absorbed by the skin. Simply put, the anointing is God's power. It is the manifestation and the result of his presence. Without God's glory, we will never have His power. At the same time, the power without the presence will destroy a person; it will become an enemy.
So we must have the presence with the power. The glory is given as long as a person is faithful. The power is the gift we receive as a result of the glory of God. Thus, a person can lose the glory and keep the power (for example, Sampson and Saul).
Knowing God's Ways
Moses said: "I beseech thee, shew me thy glory" (Exodus 33:18).
How did God respond?
"And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will be no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the father upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and fourth generation." (Exodus 34:5-7)
From the passage above we see:
- 1. God revealed His person.
- 2. God revealed His divine attributes (who He is).
- 3. The glory of God equals the presence of God equals the person of God.
It is God's presence that transforms our hearts. We come to know His ways as we spend time in His presence.
In Psalm 103:7,we read that God "made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel."
Moses knew the ways of God, while Israel knew His acts.
- 1. God only reveals His ways to those who know Him.
- 2. Moses was transformed to know God's ways. His ways are connected to His person/glory/presence. Those who know His ways will never walk away.
- 3. God's acts are connected to His power. Those who only know His acts may walk away.
God says in Isaiah 55:8-9: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
To know God's ways is to know God. Moses was allowed to know God, and knowing God reveals His ways. The ways of God are not revealed to those who do not know Him.
Let's look again at Moses's story in Exodus. He says to the Lord: "Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence" (Exodus 33:13-15).
We see here:
- 1. Now God promises His presence.
- 2. Knowing Him is knowing His ways, His presence, and His attributes.
- 3. Once we know His presence and His glory, we will lose sight of ourselves.
God's glory is not manifested in the physical body. The glory is not felt or experienced in the fleshly realms, but only in the heart, in the spirit of a person. What we feel is God's power. The glory cannot be felt or described, only known. Moses did not simply want to feel God; he wanted to know Him.
Do you want to know the Lord today in the power of His might? You can! All you have to do is call upon the name of Jesus. As you walk in fellowship with the Lord, He will reveal Himself to you. Never seek God's gifts always seek His presence. Don't seek to be anointed. Seek the anointed One.
Please visit back often. I will continue to share marvelous truth with you from God's Word regarding the anointing. Do you seek an encounter with God? Do you long to understand the glory and the presence of the Most High? We find a wealth of riches in Him. All we must do is ask, seek and knock.
You can discover the treasure in His Word and be used mightily of His Spirit today. Don't wait to enter into the deeper walk with the Holy Spirit that you've longed for. As you do, you will experience the anointed power available to believers spoken of in Acts 1:8.