Topic: The Power Is In You [Saturday, July 8th]
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38).
Out of ignorance, many people think that what they need to fulfil the will of God and produce lasting results is more anointing. So they pray, “Lord, I need a double portion of the anointing.” But there’s nowhere in the Scriptures where God promised to give us more anointing. Many have misunderstood the anointing to mean something totally different from what the Bible actually teaches.
First, the anointing is the symbolic consecration. When someone is anointed with oil like it was in the Old Testament, that’s the symbolic consecration. But more importantly, the anointing is the effect of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, for the Christian who already has the Holy Spirit to ask for “more anointing” is a contradiction. Why ask for the effect when you have the real thing? The Holy Spirit is the real deal. He’s the power of God, the power giver, and He lives in you in His fullness.
You received the Holy Spirit, not as a fluid; water, smoke, cloud or gas, but as a person. When He took up His abode in you, it was with the totality of His being. Therefore, the anointing, which is the effect or result of His presence in you, should be oozing out of you. In John 7:38, when Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, He didn’t say, “Upon you shall flow rivers of living water”; rather, He said out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Don’t ask or pray for more anointing to fall on you; what you need is the flow of the Spirit. That is, how to let what’s inside you flow out! You can stir up that power to flow through you more by speaking in tongues and meditating on the Word.
Dear Father, thank you for your Spirit who has taken up His abode in the quarters of my heart. I’m imbued with supernatural powers, graces and glory, which overflow from within me to my world. Righteousness, peace, joy, and excellence exude from me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: || John 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) ||
|| Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. ||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 19:8-41,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 7:18-35,