teach than they are at other times. Sometimes the prophet is more anointed than he is at other times. There are areas and degrees of anointings.
In Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit came upon three types of people — the prophet, the priest, and the king — to enable them to function in their respective offices. But the Holy Spirit wasn't in any of them during that dispensation as He is in ours.
Did you know that David was anointed to be king of Israel, but he also was a prophet? The anointing of the prophet was upon him.
Remember those two prophets in the Old Testament, Elijah and his successor, Elisha? Elisha asked for — and received — a "double portion" of Elijah's anointing. That doesn't mean there are two Holy Spirits — there is just one.
What Elisha called a "double portion" we could term a "double measure" of the anointing to stand in the same office. Such a measure of anointing would not be available to someone not called to that office. They wouldn't need it. (For example, if you're called to be a pastor, you don't need the prophet's anointing. Elisha was called to the office of prophet, however.)
How To Get a Mantle
When I was among the Baptists, we didn't hear much about the mantle falling on anybody. I don't think the mantle was on many of us. But when I got over in Full Gospel circles, I heard quite a bit about it, because they know so much more about the anointing.
I can tell preachers how to get the mantle of any
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ministry they want, because you can see the answers right here in the story of Elijah and Elisha.
1 KINGS 19:19 19So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of
Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before
him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him,
and CAST HIS MANTLE UPON HIM.
This mantle actually was a symbol of that particular office. It stood for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It showed that the Holy Spirit was coming upon Elisha, but it wasn't the actual anointing itself. It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and the power of God.
The mantle will envelop an individual and he or she will minister under the anointing that goes with whatever their office or calling of God is.
The word "mantle" means a cloak. Sometimes in ministry, when the anointing comes on me, it seems like a cloak is coming down over me. It feels like I might be wearing an overcoat — yet I'm really not. But the power of God — the anointing — so envelops me that I'll feel that way.
1 KINGS 19:20
20And he [Elisha] left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and
said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother,
and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back
again: for what have I done to thee?
Elijah was saying, "Just go on back and forget it." In other words, "If you're going to put other things first, no matter how legitimate they may be, you're not going to enjoy the fullness of God's anointing."
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Elisha didn't go back and kiss his parents goodbye. He took a yoke of oxen, killed and cooked them, and fed them to the people. "Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him," verse 21 says.
2 KINGS 2:1,2
And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah
into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha
And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee;
for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto
him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not
leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
Notice how closely Elisha followed Elijah. Elijah even tried to convince him to wait behind. I think the Lord tries people sometimes purposely. Through Elijah, He tried Elisha. He wanted to be sure that Elisha was made of the right stuff before this anointing came on him. Elisha replied, "As the Lord liveth. .. I will not leave thee. "
Finally Elisha arrived at the place where he could get what he wanted. Elijah said, "Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee." And Elisha responded, "Ipray thee, let A DOUBLE PORTION OF THY SPIRIT BE UPON ME" (v. 9).
What he meant was he wanted a double portion of that anointing of God to stand in the office of prophet. God anoints men and women to stand in certain offices. And some can be more anointed than others.
Elijah said, "Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, ifthou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee.... " (v. 10).
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2 KINGS 2:11-13
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked,
that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses
of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up
by a whirlwind into heaven.
And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father,
the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw
him [Elijah] no more: and he took hold of his own clothes,
and rent them in two pieces.
He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him,
and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan.
Elisha stayed right with Elijah and was with him when he was taken. Notice that before Elisha took up Elijah's mantle, he took off his own clothes and tore them in half. Then he picked up that mantle and put it on, for that mantle covered a person's whole being.
Reading on through the Old Testament, you'll find that usually the mantle they wore was really the skin of an animal. Over in the New Testament it speaks about John the Baptist and his dress. It says that John the Baptist was hairy. That doesn't mean he was physically so; it means he wore one of these coats of skin.
The story continues in the next two verses:
2 KINGS 2:14,15
And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him,
and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of
Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they
parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.
And when the sons of the prophets which were to view
at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest
on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed them
selves to the ground before him.
It wasn't just the mantle — the hairy coat — that
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divided the waters; if it had been, everyone could have parted waters, because they all wore skin coats — it was the anointing that did it. That's why the sons of the prophets said, "The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha."
So Elisha did see Elijah caught up into heaven and he did get a double portion of the anointing to stand in the office of prophet. And if you'll read the Bible account of his ministry, it's recorded that he did twice as many miracles as Elijah.
By studying his story, we learn something about getting the anointing. Elisha stayed right with Elijah. He didn't let the prophet out of his sight. He followed him closely. The same spirit got hold of him.
You see, that same anointing — or that same spirit — will come by ASSOCIATION, ENVIRONMENT, and INFLUENCE.
Did you ever notice that those who work closely with me have the same anointing on them that I have on me? In fact, there are some anointings in some ministries that have left me — I don't even have them anymore. My workers got them! That's absolutely the truth. But that's the way you get anointings.
Smith Wigglesworth's Mantle
Frequently when some great man or woman of God passes off the scene, like Elijah did, you will hear preachers say, "I wonder upon whom his mantle will fall?" We've all heard that said. But just because we've heard something said and have repeated it often doesn't make it so! Something isn't so just because we thought it was so.
I want you to see something here that can hinder you
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from entering into the blessings God wants you to have.
In 1947,1 picked up a religious periodical and read that Smith Wigglesworth had gone to be with the Lord at age 87.1 felt a great loss. I remember I went into my church and fell across the altar. I didn't know the man personally, but I had read about him constantly, actually wearing his books out, until something from him rubbed off on me.
You feel an emptiness — a vacuum — when a man of God of that caliber leaves — a man who had had 23 people raised from the dead in his ministry.
People asked, "I wonder on whom his mantle will fall?" In my ignorance, I, too, thought that the mantle is the anointing, and it would fall at random on somebody.
But that's not correct. The mantle symbolizes the anointing. Furthermore, the mantle is not decreed to fall upon some particular individual — and it doesn't. The mantle doesn't even come to you that way!
How, then, did Elisha get Elijah's mantle and a double portion of the prophet's anointing? He followed Elijah closely. As we saw earlier, you get the same anointing by association, environment, and influence.
No doubt you'll be led of the Lord to follow certain ministries, but there are certain things that ministers need to be warned about in this regard. I'm in my 49th year of ministry. You stumble upon a few things in 49 years.
If you are going to follow somebody, be sure they are following the Lord. If they get off a little — just a little — don't follow that. Learn faith from them, but don't follow them too closely.
Third, if you want the same type of ministry someone else has, follow that ministry closely. If the desire for it is in your heart, it's usually because God put it there. But that mantle will not fall on you automatically, like ripe cherries off a tree.
In the days of the Voice of Healing organization, which flourished during the great Healing Revival, I watched some of those ministries. God sent me to some ministers to tell them not to do certain things — but they went ahead and did them anyway.
They started following a certain person, and then that person missed it — and I saw his followers miss it the same way. I saw this happen to several men. Some of them died at exactly the same age that the man they were following had died. You see, they followed him too closely. You might learn something from them.
It's like something I heard P.C. "Dad" Nelson, the founder of Southwestern Assemblies of God College, say in the spring before he went home to be with the Lord. (He died in the fall of 1942 at age 74.)
Dad Nelson was talking about John Alexander Dowie, a Congregational minister who had a healing ministry long before all of ours. Dowie got a revelation of divine healing from Acts 10:38 while pastoring down in Australia. Later he came to the United States, settling in Chicago. He founded Zion, Illinois, as a Christian city. Gordon Lindsay was born there. Dowie laid hands on him when he was a baby.
Brother Lindsay, who headed the Voice of Healing and founded Christ for the Nations, got some copies of Dowie's publication, Leaves of Healing, and published some of his
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sermons. Brother Lindsay also wrote Dowie's outstanding biography, The Life of John Alexander Dowie.
The incident Dad Nelson related concerning Dowie had to have happened before 1907, because Dowie died in 1907 at age 60. Dad Nelson was still a Baptist pastor at the time of the story (he didn't get the baptism with the Holy Spirit and enter the healing ministry himself until 1921).
Dad Nelson said, "I saw Dowie in the presence of six of us denominational ministers and five medical doctors. The doctors had brought in a woman who had a malignant growth on the side of her face.
"It looked like a giant eggplant — blue-purplish — and it grew inside her mouth and covered the whole side of her face. It was almost as big as her head. Doctors couldn't treat it, it was so big. In those days what they would have treated it with was poisonous, and the woman might have absorbed too much of the poison.
"I saw Dowie, in the presence of six of us denominational ministers and five medical doctors take hold of that malignant growth, say, 'In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!' — and strip it off of her face. The doctors examined her face immediately and said, 'That's baby skin. That's newborn skin on the whole side of her face.' "
Then Dad Nelson added, "You can follow Dowie's faith, but you can't follow his doctrine!"
In his latter years, Dowie had missed God.
Some will ask, "Can you be wrong in doctrine and strong in faith? " Certainly. We've seen that in the lives of Dowie and others. You need to realize that a person can be right in his heart and wrong in his head!
That's why you need to be careful about whom you follow — especially in the ministry. A young man who
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follows another man closely will make the same mistakes the older fellow got into. Learn something from him if you can, but like Dad Nelson said, "You can follow his faith, but you can't follow his doctrine."
More than once I've seen people in marvelous, legitimate ministries get off. And I've seen the same thing happen with the pastoral office. Of course, people are always talking about somebody who failed. (I like to follow somebody, bless God, who didn't fail!)
Knowing you believe in divine healing, somebody will say, "Now, Brother So-and-so had a healing ministry, and he died at an early age, and then Brother So-and-so died, too."
I always say, "I don't know why he died. That's not my problem or any of my business. I'm not his lord and master. That's between him and the Lord. I'm not following him anyway; I'm following the Lord."
But if I wanted to follow somebody's example, I'd take Smith Wigglesworth. He lived his life out, praise God, and died without sickness at 87.
Another good example was a minister who was a Baptist until he got baptized with the Holy Spirit, spoke with other tongues, and preached divine healing.
I had heard a number of rumors concerning his death, but then I visited his daughter while holding meetings in her state. I came to find out that when this gentleman was 93, he announced at the breakfast table one morning, "It's time for me to go home."
His daughter and wife (who was considerably younger than he) decided he must be getting senile and didn't realize he already was at home.
His daughter told me, "Momma and I finished the
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dishes and went into the sitting room. He was sitting there in the chair and said, 'I told you all I'm going home today. There's Jesus — goodbye!' "
Sitting in the rocker, he took off. I believe I'll follow him closely, hallelujah!
Remember what Paul said:
1 CORINTHIANS 11:1
1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
It's all right to follow people as long as they are following Christ closely.
Chapter 12 Yielding to the Anointing
I'm convinced that the more we yield to the Spirit of God and are taken over by Him, the more results we would see.
Demons take people over against their will and manifest themselves through them, but the Spirit of God will not do that against your will.
Why can't we be more yielded to the Spirit of God? I know one reason for me is that I get over into that realm sometimes and get afraid. It's not like a fear of snakes or cyclones; it's a holy fear, a holy awe. I get over into that realm and get afraid I can't get back.
I think that's what happened to Enoch: He got over there so far he just went on over, body and all!
I don't know about your experience, but moving in the realm of the supernatural — stepping out of the natural — is not the easiest thing to do. However, if we'll learn to yield to the anointing and not be afraid, mighty things will happen.
One man who learned to do this was Smith Wiggles-worth.
I never heard Smith Wigglesworth minister. If I'd have known about it, I could have, because he was in Dallas in 1937 while on his last trip to the United States. That was the year I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and I lived just 32 miles away, but I didn't know he was there in Dallas for three night services at the First Assembly of God Church.
I quote from his writings frequently. Someone once asked me concerning Ms book Ever Increasing Faith, "Do you understand that?"
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"Yes, I understand it," I said. "He speaks my language!"
One pastor said, "I've read that book five times, and I haven't understood what he's talking about yet."
It's difficult to understand if you're not over there in that realm.
An elderly minister in California told me of hearing Wigglesworth preach in Southern California. He said, "Sometimes when he started out, he just wouldn't make sense. He stumbled around. Then the Spirit of God would come on him. It would startle the congregation. You could see it. His countenance would change, and the words would just flow out of his mouth. It looked like he'd turned into another man."
Wigglesworth went to work in a factory when he was 6 years old. They didn't have child labor laws in England then, so he never went to school a day in his life. His wife taught him to read.
I remember Donald Gee, one of the leaders of the Assemblies of God movement in Great Britain. I heard him preach when he was in the United States in 1939. He spoke of Wigglesworth.
Wigglesworth didn't belong to any particular Pentecostal group; he preached for all of them.
Brother Gee said, "We would always have Brother Wigglesworth preach every year at our general conference. We wanted to expose our young ministers to his prophetic anointing so they could learn how to yield to the Spirit of God."
Wigglesworth spoke for them in 1947, just a few weeks before he went home to be with the Lord at age 87. He spoke of Romans 8:11, "But if the Spirit of him that raised
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up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [He'll quicken, quicken, quicken] your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."
I think there's something over in this area that we'll lose if we're not careful. The old-time Pentecostals would pray until they got the unction or anointing to deliver a message. I think they had something we don't realize sometimes.
We say, "We're people of faith. We'll just start out." That's good only if you have made the right preparation.
Chapter IS Peculiar Anointings
If we're not careful, those of us in what is called the "faith ministry" get rather spoiled, wanting only one type of ministry. We need all types of ministry. We need to learn to appreciate all types of ministry.
Pastors need to expose their people to all types of ministries, realizing that God uses people where they are, and recognizing and appreciating the anointing that is upon them.
I'm convinced God is going to use some people in peculiar ways in these days, but they first must be sure the unction or anointing is there. If it gets the job done, praise God for it. That's what counts. Recognize it and praise God for it, wherever it is.
When I first came into Full Gospel circles, a man with a peculiar anointing came to our church. I had never seen anything like his ministry. Because it didn't "fit" me, I was disgusted.
The first time I saw him, I thought, Oh, my! I hid my face, I was so embarrassed. I said, "O dear God, it's time to give the altar service, and here the man's dancing. Nobody will get saved!"
Yet when he gave the altar call, people started coming down every aisle to get saved. I sat there and wept, saying, "Lord, forgive me. O my God, forgive me!"
When I became a pastor, I invited Old Dad Smith to hold me a meeting in every church I ever pastored but one. As a matter of fact, I wasn't in a church very long before I would have him come.
This fellow was strictly an evangelist. He just preached the Good News that Jesus saves. That's about as far as
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Do you know what his anointing was? He'd dance people to the altar. Old Dad Smith would give an altar call dancing!
When I first saw him, he was 63 years old. He held me a meeting when he was over 70, too.
My first impression was, Well, he might reach a few uneducated folks. But he reached educated people! Lawyers, bankers, doctors, and judges would get saved, and in one place the mayor of the town got saved. He danced them down to the altar. The anointing was upon him. You could see it when it came upon him.
Yet he'd start out in the natural. He'd say to his daughter, "Inez, strike up a tune." Inez would strike up a tune, and he'd start dancing in the flesh. He might dance that way for a little while, but then you could see it: The Spirit of God would hit him. The anointing would come on him. It was so phenomenal the crowd could see it, too. Sinners would gasp. They could see that something had come on him suddenly.
It was light. It was powerful. It was a blessing. It would draw people to the altar.
(There is a secret involved here: Dad Smith would start out dancing in the flesh and then the anointing would hit him.)
I didn't attempt to imitate him, however. If you go out and start doing something just because somebody else is doing it, it won't work for you.
Now, Dad Smith didn't know a thing in the world about
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faith, but that was all right. He was getting more people saved than I was, and I could teach his converts faith after he got them into the kingdom. That wasn't his ministry anyway. His ministry was getting people saved.
He could have revivals when nobody else could. He could get people saved when nobody else could. Back then if you got half a dozen saved and three baptized with the Holy Spirit, you thought you had a landslide. Dad Smith always would have more results than that.
I'll tell you, we don't need to turn our noses up at anything God's doing. If it's bringing blessing to people and getting them saved and baptized with the Holy Spirit, thank God for it.
I read in the Old Testament where God used a donkey once. I always get great blessings from that. I think, // He could use a donkey, He surely could use me!
Let God use you the way He wants to. Quit trying to be like somebody else.
God will anoint you for whatever He has called you to do, but He anoints some people to minister in special ways, too. Some of us are anointed with special anointings, and such anointings on ministries bring forth marvelous results.
I'm bringing this up because I believe some extraordinary things are going to happen before long. I want to prepare you for them so you won't miss them or draw back from them simply because you haven't seen anything like them before. I want you to be ready to move with God.
One New Testament example concerns the Apostle Paul:
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And God wrought SPECIAL MIRACLES by the hands
So that from his body were brought unto the sick
handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from
them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
We saw that Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to stand in the fivefold ministry offices.
He also was anointed to minister healing. When the woman with the issue of blood touched Him, power went out of Him — power that He was anointed with. What kind of power was it? Healing power.
But Jesus didn't always just lay hands on people, and people didn't always touch Him. He ministered to people in various ways.
One time He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle, rubbed it on a blind man's eyes, and said, "Go, wash in the pool ofSiloam . . . He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing" (John 9:7).
Do you think Jesus did that because He laid awake nights trying His best to think up something different? No, He was suddenly anointed by the Spirit of God. God will use people in different ways.
On another occasion they brought a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment to Jesus. The Bible says Jesus put His fingers into the man's ears, spat, and touched his tongue. "And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain" (Mark 7:35).
Why do you think Jesus did that to him? Did He think, Well, I spat on the ground and rubbed it on the blind man's eyes. Ill try it here and see if it works? No, He didn't make
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a practice of that; there aren't that many references to it. Still, I'm sure He did it more often than the Word of God tells us, because the anointing was there to do it. And when it's done under the anointing, it works.
The Bible only tells us a little of what Jesus did. John said, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written" (John 21:25).
I don't minister in all the ways that Jesus ministered; I never spit on anybody! Yet somebody might minister that way and that might be the only way they'd minister, because their anointing is there.
One of the founding fathers of the Assemblies of God movement told me personally of such a case while we were talking along these lines.
He said, "In the early days of the Assemblies of God movement, there was a minister I knew personally who did this and I've never seen anybody who had the success that this man had — none of them! I was in Wiggles-worth's meetings; I was in Raymond T. Richie's meetings; I was in Charles S. Price's meetings; I was in Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's meetings; I was in all of the Voice of Healing meetings — but I've never seen anybody who had his success.
"Of course, he didn't minister to the multitudes; he was a country fellow, a farmer who had gotten saved. He never preached anywhere but out in the country in country school houses. Back in those days the country was full of people.
He continued, "Very seldom would a person fail to get healed in his meetings. I was standing right by his side,
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and he'd always spit on them — every single one of them. He'd spit in his hand and rub it on them. That's the way he ministered."
He said, "They brought a fellow up to him once — I was standing only five feet away — and he was a grown man, 40-some years old. His left arm was just like any other person's, but his right arm was a little ol' arm just eight inches long hanging off his shoulder. That man spit in his hand and rubbed it on that arm and I saw it grow right out the same length as the other and the hand grow the same size as the other."
This brother said, "If something was wrong with your head, he'd spit in his hand and rub it on your forehead. If you had stomach trouble, he'd spit in his hand and rub it on your clothes and on your stomach. If you had something wrong with your knee, he'd spit in his hand and rub it on your knee. And all the people would get healed. Why? God told him to."
You can't argue with success. None of us minister in all the ways Jesus ministered, because we don't stand in all of those offices, but we may minister in some ways He ministered.
Several times the anointing has come on me to do unusual things while praying for the sick. Sometimes I go along five or six years between times.
The first time it happened to me was in 1950. I was preaching in Oklahoma. A woman came forward for prayer. She said she was 72, but she looked like she was about to give birth to a baby. Of course, she had a tumor.
She had been operated on twice in Oklahoma City, but the tumor had come back the third time, and the doctors wouldn't operate again. They said, "We feel you'll live
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longer if we don't operate on you anymore. You'll probably live another few years."
She told me, "Eighteen months have passed, and you can see this huge tumor."
"Well," I replied, "isn't it wonderful that we have inside information? Himself took our — and your — infirmities, and bare our — and your — sicknesses. Healing's yours."
"Yes," she said. "That's right. Healing's mine, and I'll be healed, too."
I started to lay hands on her to pray when the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Hit her in the stomach with your fist."
On the inside of me, I said, "Lord, You're going to get me in trouble, going around hitting women in the stomach with my fist! I don't believe I much want to do that!"
Well, if you get to arguing about it, the anointing will leave you — it will lift from you just like a bird flying away after sitting on your shoulder. It left me.
When it left me I thought, Well, I'll go ahead and minister with laying on of hands. I laid hands on her again and the anointing came again and the Word of the Lord came again: "Hit her in the stomach with your fist."
I decided I had better stop and explain that to the crowd before I started doing it. So I told them what the Lord said, and I punched her in the stomach with my fist. And God and hundreds of people are my witnesses that that stomach went down like you'd stuck a pin in a balloon.
And she gathered her dress up around her and said, "Why — why — why, it's gone!"
I said, "It sure has."
She looked at me sort of startled and said, "I don't
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know where it went."
I said, "I don't, either."
Where did it go? Thank God, it just went.
That was my first experience along that line. But I didn't go around hitting people in the stomach with my fist from then on just because I had the unction that one time! Without the unction, nothing would have happened, and I might have gotten into trouble.
Through the years, the Lord has said to me several times, "Hit them." I've never hit anybody yet without their being instantly healed.
Several years ago we were ministering in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Spirit of God led me to call out somebody who was very hard of hearing in one ear. When the man got down to the front, the Spirit of God told me to hit him.
I hit him on the side of the head, and it popped like a gun went off. Some people asked him about it later, and he said, "I have no knowledge of it. It didn't hurt. I thought he tapped me lightly." But his deaf ear was opened.
And then — and I don't know why I said it — I suddenly had the unction to say, "Run down the aisle." He turned and ran down the aisle. He hadn't run in 20 years.
As this man was changing clothes later, preparing to come to the next service, he called to his wife, "Look, look, look!" All of his varicose veins had completely disappeared.
Now, you can't ordinarily get people healed simply by having them run down the aisle, but when the unction's there — when the anointing's there — it works, glory to God!
Not long ago I was teaching in the afternoon at our
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Healing School, and just as I came to the close of the service I saw myself hit somebody in the back, right over their right kidney, with my fist. All I saw was the back of the person. Whoever it was was wearing blue jeans, so I thought it was a man.
I spoke that right out: "God wants me to minister to somebody. Your right kidney doesn't function at all and the left one not much, but it's the right one that's failed."
A woman came down front. She had on those blue jeans I had seen. I said, "Now I'm going to do what I saw myself do." I didn't know a thing in the world about her or her condition, but I hit her in the back with my fist right over that kidney.
She was a RHEMA student who was being treated at the City of Faith. Her doctors were very worried about that kidney and had scheduled a biopsy because the kidney wasn't working. But when she told them what God had had me do, her Spirit-filled doctor said, "We'll just wait, then, on the surgery." She never did have the surgery; that kidney started functioning again.
I saw that in the realm of the Spirit. A lot goes along with the anointing of the prophet. Thank God for the anointing.
I believe we're going to see some things over in this area of anointing that we haven't seen before.
A black preacher called it "the ointment." In the Old Testament they talked about the ointment, which was a type of the anointing.
Somebody asked this preacher, "What's that you keep talking about? What is it?"
He said, "Well, I don't know what it is, but I know what it ain't. " And I concur with him, praise God. We
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may not know altogether what it is, but we know when it ain't. And it's quite obvious sometimes, not only in our preaching, but in our singing and our ministering, that it "ain't."
God wants to raise up a mighty spiritual army in these days, equipped with His power and His Spirit, that He can place His anointing upon.
Seek the Lord concerning your own ministry. Are you where He wants you? Have you got the anointing upon you that you should have to stand in that office? Or are you just a hanger-on?
Do you have a desire to do something for God, but you don't know where your place is, and you think, Well, I'm working for the Lord, so that's fine ? But it's not fine. Did He call you or not? Is the anointing on you?
Chapter 14 The Healing Anointing
There is a healing anointing.
I Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
HE HATH ANOINTED ME to preach the gospel to the
1 poor; he hath sent me TO HEAL" (Luke 4:18).
Acts 10:38 also refers to Jesus' anointing to heal: "How GOD ANOINTED JESUS of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: WHO WENT ABOUT doing good, and HEALING all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
I got people healed after I was saved and had the Holy Spirit dwelling in me. I didn't have the baptism of the Holy Spirit yet — I didn't know about it.
I myself had been healed by acting upon the promises of God, not by being ministered to by somebody who was anointed. I had been healed reading Mark 11:23,24: "When ye pray, believe that ye receive. . . and ye shall have... ." (v. 24).
I taught people what I had learned: that you can be
1 healed through faith and prayer. I knew nothing about
^ ministering with an anointing to heal, although I knew
h something about preaching with an anointing. When I
= prayed for people's healing, I never felt anything. Nothing
j went out of me into them.
h The Pentecostals I began associating with knew a
depth in the Holy Spirit that I didn't know, and they
•< waited for something supernatural to happen. When it hap-
pened, someone got healed, but if it didn't, they didn't
a know how to teach people to believe God and receive by
5 faith alone.
= I just went along ministering by faith, basing healing
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on the promises of the Word of God, and getting people healed on a regular basis. (Smith Wigglesworth said, "There's something about believing God that will cause God to pass over a million people just to get to you.")
Even after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, I still wasn't conscious of any anointing to minister healing. I still ministered to people through faith and prayer, laying hands on them in faith.
I'd been baptized with the Holy Spirit for about two years before I was conscious of an anointing or transfer of power that sometimes would go out of me into other people. We can be conscious of a flow of anointing because the Holy Spirit — the life of God — is in us, and can be ministered to others.
It's a matter of how much faith you have: little faith, little results; more faith, more results. I think that's the reason I had more results than many Pentecostal ministers even before I was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Any believer — layman or preacher — can lay hands on the sick, because healing belongs to them; it was purchased for them at Calvary. We are authorized to pray — we don't need any special leading — we're already instructed to do so. The Bible says, "These signs shall follow them that believe... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17,18).
Thus, people today can believe the Word and be healed of anything without any special manifestation of God's miraculous ministry gifts or spiritual gifts. On the other hand, some are anointed with the healing anointing.
How Jesus Ministered Healing Notice that Jesus ministered healing with an anointing
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of heeding power. We can learn something about that healing anointing in Mark 5, the story of the woman with the issue of blood.