Your Hands Are Conductors

“…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:18

Jesus is the one who told His followers to lay hands on the sick to minister healing in His name. In Jesus’ ministry, physical contact brought transference of power, or anointing. The same will happen for those who represent Him today. The Holy Spirit resides on the inside of us. The power of the Holy Spirit will flow through our hands as conductors of His tangible, flowing power.

Here are a few Bible examples of the laying on of hands in the New Testament:

Acts 5:12 says, “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people…”

In Acts 28:8,9 we see where Paul laid hands on someone sick with a fever and the man was healed.

In Hebrews 6:1-2 the laying on of hands was a doctrine the early church. It was for healing, but also for ministering the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 8:17 Peter and John laid hands on Philip’s converts in Samaria and they received the Holy Spirit baptism after their salvation experience.

In Acts 917 Ananias was sent to Paul, laid hands on him, and Paul was both healed and filled with the Holy Spirit.

The laying on of hands was also used when anointing was needed for a specific ministry. In Acts 6:1-7 hands were laid on the team for the anointing to minister to widows. In Acts 13:2-3 hands were laid on Paul and Barnabas to be sent out to preach in other regions. In I Timothy 4:14 Paul wrote Timothy, a young pastor, to stir up the impartation he received by the laying on of hands.

The exciting infallible truth is that the power of the Holy Spirit is within us, and our hands our conductors of His power to heal, anoint, and perform miracles. With our hands we make physical contact so the power of God can be transferred from the Holy Spirit within us to the person being ministered to.

Application: The more we are obedient to operate together with the Holy Spirit, the more the anointing will increase through serving. Spend time with God in His presence, be led by the Spirit, and be obedient to lay hands and minister His anointing. You will grow as you go!

Show Us How It’s Done

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, we went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38

Jesus spent about three years ministering on the earth before He went to the cross as a ransom for the sins of the world. In those three years Jesus made the Father known through how Jesus ministered. In those three years Jesus also demonstrated how to minister to those who followed Him. There are many things we can learn from reading about Jesus’ ministry in the Gospels. Here are three specific principles:

Jesus made it clear that it was the power of the Holy Spirit that made His ministry possible. That power was tangible. In Mark 5:24-34 a woman grabbed the edge of His clothing as a conductor of the anointing (see Acts 19:11,12). There was a group of people crowded around Jesus, yet Jesus perceived that the power of God had moved through Him to minister to someone. This is why Jesus said, “Who touched My clothes?” Jesus was able to perceive the flow of power because the power was tangible. Like Jesus, we need God’s power to minister to others.

There is another occasion where Luke wrote that the power of the Lord was present to heal them. If the power was present in this moment, then we know there were times when it wasn’t present, or manifested. The word present in the Greek language means that it “entered in (Luke 5:17).” This same Greek word was used for traveling from one place into another place. The power of God can flow in and out. In the preceding verse it says, “He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” Praying is more than talking with God; prayer is having communion with God in the spirit. Prayer is basking in His presence. Prayer is letting the power of God rub on us. Like Jesus, to have the power present, we should spend time with God in the spirit.

Also, Jesus would come into physical contact with people to transfer the anointing. For example, he put His hands on these people: in healing a leper (Matthew 8:1-4), healing a fever (Matthew 8:14-15), healing the blind (Matthew 9:27-31), raising the dead (Mark 5:41), healing the deaf (Mark 7:32). In healing another blind man, Jesus touched Him twice, giving the man a double dose of God’s power (Mark 8:22). Like Jesus, we should make physical contact with people to transfer the anointing. Thankfully, Jesus is our teacher and the Holy Spirit is our helper! Let’s minister His power so God can get the glory!

Application: Read Luke chapters 3 and 4 and note how Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit before His earthly ministry began.

Let Him Flow

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

The anointing of God is tangible. Even though spiritual things are usually invisible to our human eye, it doesn’t mean that they are not made of a substance. God’s power is substantial, palpable, touchable, and detectable. We can sense God’s anointing from our spirit. When something that is spiritual becomes something experienced in the physical, we say that it has manifested or become evident. You don’t have to feel God’s power in order to receive from it, but you should understand that it is tangible.

In II Corinthians 4:7, the word “treasure” in the original Greek language means “an inexhaustible supply of riches.” The treasure is the Holy Spirit and His power, or anointing. The power of God should be regarded as the treasure it is. We should not only hope for it, but we should also seek the Holy Spirit and pursue the anointing in our lives and services.

In this same verse, the word “earthen” describes a material that is so fragile that if it is handled to roughly it will break and fall to pieces right in your hands (Rick Renner). This word describes our earthly bodies. The Holy Spirit resides on the inside of each believer.

The word “excellence” means “a throwing beyond” and it has been translated “far more, exceeding, more excellent, beyond measure, and abundance.” The Greek word is hyperbole, made up of two root words. The first is hyper and is used in Ephesians 3:20 for exceedingly. The second is balio and it means “to pour as a liquid, without reservation.”

The Holy Spirit is a spirit that moves. The anointing or power of the Holy Spirit is something that flows like a current of electricity. Therefore, we should be aware of Him and His power and learn to move with Him when He moves. He will move in you and through you to minister the power of God to the people around you.

In Psalm 62:11 it says, “power belongs to God.” We don’t own the power, but we are invited to be a vessel for the power to flow through. God is our Father, our Creator, and our loving authority. Therefore, when the Holy Spirit is moving, our objective is to follow His lead. He includes us in what He does and what He has. God can do great things with us and through us, pointing people to Him and the power of His love.

Application: Read John 5:1-4, James 5:14, John 3:8 and write down illustrations that are used to describe the anointing and how it moves.

The Anointing and You

“I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh, your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” Acts 2:17

Jesus was anointed by the Anointing, the Holy Spirit. The name “Christ” literally means, “anointed one.” After Jesus rose from the dead, instead of staying much longer on the earth, He ascended back to heaven. There was a reason for His departure – it was not to leave His disciples on their own. It was not to abandon the world He recently died for. He left because human beings could now be born again, made righteous in spirit, and could receive the same Holy Spirit He had. Instead of one man ministering the anointing or power of God, the anointing could rest on dozens, hundreds and eventually thousands of those who would represent Him. They would be anointed ones, known as “Christians.”

The Bible says that the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh, meaning He was given to everyone – men, women, young and old. Later it was revealed to Paul and to Peter that the Holy Spirit was also for different races, not just the Jews. God is looking for vessels He can pour Himself through. He not only loves us all, but He also qualifies us all.

God wants to use us as a container of His anointing and power. Whether we are male or female, young or old, Jewish or other race, God not only loves us; He values us equally. In Luke 10, we see a Samaritan helping a Jew that had been robbed and beaten. I don’t read where the Jew resisted the help from a race that was considered a “half-breed” by the Jews of that day. We shouldn’t discriminate against others or ourselves based on the ideas of culture rather than the truth of God’s Word.

God also qualifies us as a vessel, even though you are not perfect. There are two ways He does this. The first way is positional. When we accept Christ as Lord, God says we’ve been made righteous. This is not our doing; it’s His doing. He positions us in Christ, in right-standing with Him. This qualifies us for being a vessel of His anointing.

God also helps us to walk in righteousness. The more consecrated we are to spending time with God in the spirit, the greater the anointing can flow through our lives. Let go of the failures of the past, feelings of guilt or shame or fear, temptation, religious pride, or whatever may try to hold you back. God’s anointing is for you!

Application: Sometimes we discriminate against ourselves based on self-perceptions of worth or imperfection. We need to learn the freedom we have in Christ and believe God’s anointing will flow through us.

Meant for Great Things

“The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you.” I John 2:27

 

If you’ve ever felt like you were meant to do something great, it’s because you ARE! Your Daddy is the creator and originator or all power, all wisdom, and all things good and true. He made you to know Him, experience Him, and operate together with Him. Jesus said we would do greater works than He did because of the Spirit of power He sent.

His tangible power is referred to as “the anointing.” His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is also referred to as the Anointing. The Holy Spirit is the power of God, and He possesses the power of God. When God created the Universe, it was in partnership with the Holy Spirit. God gave the command, and the Holy Spirit carried it out. When God raised Jesus from the dead, it was the Holy Spirit who brought the Savior up from the grave. When you give your life to God through the redemption Jesus Christ provided, that SAME SPIRIT comes to reside inside of you. If that is unfamiliar to you, understand that spiritual matters are known from our spirit, the innermost part of who we are. As we develop spiritually, we learn to recognize the Holy Spirit, to perceive what He is communicating, and to realize when and how He is manifesting His power.

Not only does the Holy Spirit offer to reside; He also offers to empower. If we are willing, Jesus will immerse us in the power and fire of the Holy Spirit. We call this the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is a separate experience from the new birth. To receive it, it must be asked for. The Holy Spirit will never push His power on you.

Here are a few characteristics of the anointing:

  • The power of God is spiritual. It can manifest and change what is natural.
  • The power of God is tangible. It has substance. When you are spiritually perceptive, you can experience it. I have sensed God’s power falling on me like a blanket. I have sensed what was like a fire move through my hands and other manifestations.
  • The power of God flows. This tangible substance moves from God, through us, and touches others.

Jesus wants you to have power to live this life and to help others. Value the Holy Spirit and you will experience the supernatural power of God.

Application: The more we give ourselves to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, the more we are aware of spiritual matters. Spend some time with God today. Ask Him to manifest His anointing through your life.