The Holy Hulk Anointing

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.”

~ Acts 1:8

Our routine daily life is a very prominent part of being a witness for Jesus Christ. How we react to the small things is just as important as how we react to the big problems.

When I was a young boy I had a horrible temper that would manifest in certain situations. At one point, I scared myself when I discovered just what I was capable of doing while in a monster-like rage. After that, I scared myself even more deeply when I realized how far my angry thoughts were going to take me.

As a young boy, I cried out to God for help. I knew that I couldn’t overcome this anger-monster that was within me. This was my giant, my Goliath, that I desperately needed to–wanted to–conquer.

The passion that fueled my temper soon began to fuel my stand for righteousness. My passion wasn’t what was wrong, it was my motivation, my self-centeredness. When I focused my heart on seeking first the Kingdom of God, and on being Christ-centered, my passion then became the fuel for living a holy life.

Was I perfect? No. Am I perfect? No. But I am extremely passionate about God’s Will now instead of being passionate about My Will.

The Holy Spirit has led me in this internal change of my center, my core. He has led me and granted me victory over the anger-monster, this Goliath, for 40+ years now. I don’t have a temper that rages anymore, but I still have a deep reservoir of passion and strength that fuel my zeal for God’s Will.

My reservoir of strength and passion are maintained by the inflow of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Without Him, I still scare myself when I think of what I can be capable of without His power and His guidance to stay centered on Christ.

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Christ-Warrior Potential of Children

Every powerful Man of God and Woman of God throughout history started out as a child.

Your son or daughter [or even other children within your sphere of influence] as unlikely as they may seem some days, could very well be tagged by God for an incredible mission in His Kingdom.

Samson was just one of many whose lives are recorded in scripture that show how God, from even before the time of their conception, had prepared to use them.

“The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him…”

( Judges 13:24-25 )

Perhaps your children will be stirred by God to become:

  • A godly Parent to raise loved and nurtured children; or
  • A Business Executive to shine God’s light in a board room; or
  • A Preacher or Teacher of God’s Word in the church; or
  • A Nurse in an emergency room to care for those in life-and-death conditions; or
  • A Janitor in a school that needs a Prayer Warrior to intercede, praying onsite with insight, while working through the classrooms.

Never underestimate the Christ-Warrior potential of a child, regardless of their race, gender, or culture.

 

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The Palm of Deborah

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy… on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”‭‭

( Acts‬ ‭2:17-18‬ & Joel 2:28-32 )

This passage, found in both the Old and New Testaments, culminated on the Day of Pentecost and of course continues today.

Ladies, the short story of Deborah is a beautiful reminder of God’s desire to anoint not just men, but you too, equally.

“Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah… and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.

She sent for Barak… and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: “Go, take with you ten thousand men… and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I the Lord will lead… [the enemy’s] army… into your hands.”‘

Barak said to Deborah, ‘If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.’”

( Judges 4:4-8 )

Perhaps you feel there is no anointing for you, for whatever reason, or you just can’t identify it. What might be keeping you from discovering the particular anointing that God has planned for you?

Too young? Too old? Single? Married? Too rich? Too poor? Too busy? Too shy? Too disabled? You are “just” a woman?

Forget the voices that reverberate in your mind, having told you or scolded you that women are not among those whom God anoints for prophetic service or leadership.

Scripture, cover to cover, is full of women whom God anointed and used in the power of the Holy Spirit. He wants to use you for His glory too!

“… Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.”

‭‭( Acts‬ ‭21:8-9‬ )

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