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MARK 5:25-34

  1. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood
    twelve years,

  2. And had suffered many things of many physicians, and
    had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but
    rather grew worse,

  3. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind,
    and touched his garment.

  4. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be

  5. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried
    up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that

  6. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that
    VIRTUE [the Greek says "power"] had gone out of him,
    turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my

  7. And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multi­
    tude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

  8. And he looked round about to see her that had done this

  9. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what
    was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told
    him all the truth.

  10. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made
    thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

When the woman touched Jesus, it says that "virtue" went out of Him. Actually, the Greek word is always translated "power" elsewhere. Power went out of Jesus into her — there was a transfer of power.

What caused that power to go out of Him into her? Her faith. He said, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee

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whole . . . . " (v. 34).

We see a similar passage in the 14th chapter of Matthew's Gospel:

MATTHEW 14:34-36

  1. And when they were gone over, they came into the land
    of Gennesaret.

  2. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him,
    they sent out into all that country round about, and
    brought unto him all that were diseased;

  3. And besought him THAT THEY MIGHT ONLY
    as touched were made perfectly whole.

Although this does not say that power went out of Jesus, it strongly infers it, because we know what hap­pened in Mark 5.

Now let's look at Luke 6:

LUKE 6:17-19

  1. And he came down with them, and stood in the plain,
    and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude
    of people out of all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the sea
    coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to
    be healed of their diseases;

  2. And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they
    were healed.

  3. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there
    went VIRTUE [or power] out of him, and healed them all.

This power that went out of Jesus not only healed the people of diseases, but the Bible says it healed people with unclean spirits. It was healing power. This sounds familiar to language used in the Acts of the Apostles:

ACTS 19:11,12

11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

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12 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.

Here again we see people being healed of diseases and being delivered from evil spirits. The Bible says in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. We can learn something about this healing power from these Scriptures.

First, we can be anointed with healing power as God wills, but we can't anoint ourselves. (If we could, we'd all be anointed.) God anoints some people to heal just like He anoints others to preach, teach, and stand in various offices.

Notice that we can't anoint one another. The Bible says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth" and "God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul."

The healing anointing is the power of God. It's the same Spirit; it's just a different anointing. It feels different.

The best way to describe it is to liken it to a coat. If size 32 long fits you, you would be able to get into a size 40, but it wouldn't fit you exactly. You might even put on a size 48, but it would look like an overcoat on you.

Sometimes when the anointing comes on me it feels as if I'm wearing a coat — it's as if somebody threw an over­coat on me. Then, after I have ministered for a time, I've felt it lift like a burden. It has seemed to fly away.

You can't continue to minister healing to the people the same way after the anointing has lifted, so what do you do?

I tell the people, "Well, praise God, the Bible's still so. I won't lie to you — I can't minister with the anointing

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anymore tonight, because the anointing has lifted. But I'll tell you what: Faith in God's Word always works. I was healed that way. I'll minister to you like that in faith if you want hands laid on you."

You can minister to people in faith without any anoint­ing. I've seen people healed of incurable cancer and other conditions just sitting back there in the crowd. They believed the Word that was preached and believed God. They didn't particularly feel anything; they just released their faith. And, of course, God answered their faith.

Doctors predicted one such fellow would be dead in a month. It's been four years, and he's still alive. His doc­tors can't find a trace of cancer; he was healed by faith alone.

On the other hand, in the same services the Spirit of God has suddenly moved on me and I've done things I didn't even know I was doing. In ministering under that anointing you can get so far under you don't know what's happening around you, because you're moving over in the realm of the Spirit. I minister both ways, but right now we're studying about ministering with and under the anointing.

Second, this power is not only a heavenly materiality; it's a tangible substance. "Tangible" means perceptible to the touch, capable of being touched.

It has to be tangible, because Jesus knew the moment it flowed out of Him. He was aware of an outflow.

It has to be tangible, because the woman with the issue of blood was aware of receiving the power. There was a transmission of power from one to the other.

That woman did not touch Jesus' person, for He said, "Who touched my clothes?71 His disciples replied, "Thou

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seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?" (Mark 5:31).

There's no telling how many people touched His clothes. We read in verse 27 that the woman had come "in the press behind." That means the people were pressing in on every side — pressing up against each other. Yet this power didn't flow out to all of them; it only flowed out to this woman.

Third, the healing power is transferable or transmit-table: It will flow from one person to another, mainly by touch, such as by the laying on of hands. We saw in Luke 6:19 that ". . . the whole multitude SOUGHT TO TOUCH HIM: for there went virtue [or power] out of him, and healed them all."

How Healing Power Is 'Stored'

Another way the healing anointing is transmitted from one person to another is by the application of a cloth or handkerchief to a sick person's body. We need to realize that this healing power is capable of being "stored" in cloth, as it was in Jesus' garment and in the handkerchiefs of Paul, as we saw in Acts 19:12.

Evidently Jesus' clothes had absorbed that anointing, and it flowed out to the woman when she touched His robe. Evidently that's what happened with Paul when he laid his hands on those handkerchiefs. The anointing he was anointed with flowed into those cloths and they became "storage batteries," so to speak, of that anointing or power. Then, when the cloths were laid on the sick, the diseases departed from them, and evil spirits went out of them.

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But God did it all: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth, and God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. Jesus said of His own ministry, "...the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (John 14:10). That same power accomplished the same results in Paul's ministry when those cloths were laid on the sick.

We will elaborate a little on this point. Often, in our narrow thinking, we do not allow God to do everything He wants to do, because we imagine things have to be done in a certain way.

For example, many believe demons or devils always have to be discerned and cast out. The demons weren't discerned or cast out in the Scriptures we just studied, were they? Not in either case, yet the people were delivered. That just happens sometimes.

People have come up to me in the healing line and said, "I think maybe I have a demon."

I answer, "What difference does it make? The same power that will drive out sickness will drive out devils. That power went into you when I prayed. Forget it and go on faith; you're delivered."

That's the trouble — people go by what they think in­stead of by what the Bible says. Of course, if you're operating in faith without the healing anointing, then you do have to speak the Word, but it doesn't say anything about Jesus' speaking any Word at all in the sixth chapter of Luke: "And they that were vexed with unclean spirits... were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue [power] out of him, and healed them all" (vv. 18,19). That means all those with diseases and evil spirits were healed.

In my own ministry, I've seen any number of alcoholics

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healed, and I didn't know one of them was an alcoholic. In fact, some of them didn't even come up for prayer for their alcoholism; they came up for healing, because when you drink too much the alcohol affects your liver and you get ulcers. (There's no doubt in my mind at all that alcoholism is a demon.)

I've had any number of people tell me, "Brother Hagin, when you laid hands on me, that anointing came into me, and I was delivered from alcoholism."

One such testimony came from a man who had been an officer in the U.S. Army. He had been in three govern­ment hospitals and three private hospitals. "I took the cure for alcoholism," he told me, "and came out drinking."

He was a man nearly 60 years old. He said, "I remembered when I was 13 years old I knew the Lord. I knew the story of the Prodigal Son, so I got down on my knees and prayed, 'Dear Lord, I'm coming home, just like the Prodigal Son of old, and I ask You to forgive me.' "

He said, "I know the Lord took me back. I had peace in my spirit. It felt to me like a 2,000-pound weight rolled off my chest. But my body still was bound with that alcohol demon. I couldn't quit drinking."

A friend invited him to one of our meetings, and he went. He hadn't been to church in years, and he didn't understand what was happening in the service as people lifted their hands and prayed as one, right out loud.

The church he had gone to as a youngster was quiet and conservative. He told me later, "Then you started that healing line and nearly everybody you laid hands on fell on the floor, and that startled me. I said to my friend, 'Well, I'm going down there because I need help desperate­ly, but I'm not going to fall like the rest of them!' "

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He told me, "The next thing I knew, I was getting up off the floor. I don't even remember falling. Two out­standing things happened to me: First, when you laid hands on me, something like electricity went all over me — warmth went all over me. It was a great spiritual experience. I got closer to Jesus. It made me love Him more. Second, that alcohol demon I was bound with all those years left me. I've never touched another drop. I've never even wanted another drink!" Thank God for the power of God — the anointing.

Healed And Delivered

People with all kinds of demon activity — people who had been mixed up with spiritualism and the occult — all kinds of demon manifestations — have been set free the same way after coming forward for healing. They didn't even have deliverance in mind.

One person said to me, "I came because I had stomach trouble and I wanted to get healed. I not only got healed, but since that power came into me, I've never heard another rapping on the wall in the nighttime. I've never heard any more voices. All that activity stopped."

Thank God, the diseases "departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them." For there is a power that is greater than the power of the devil. There is a power that's greater than disease and sickness. It is the power of God.

How does this power operate? Jesus is anointed with it, but how are you going to get that anointing over to someone else?

The anointing will manifest in various ways. John G.

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Lake compared it to electricity. He said, "Electricity is God's power in the natural realm, but the Holy Ghost power is God's power in the spirit realm."

Electricity flows, doesn't it? So there is a similarity, because this supernatural power also flows.

After men discovered electricity, they had to learn the rules and laws that governed it. They finally learned how to get electricity to flow. They learned that not just anything — not just any metal — will conduct electricity.

And I've learned from experience that not just any material or substance will conduct God's power. We have seen in Scripture that that anointing will flow right into cloth, as it did into Jesus' clothes and Paul's handker­chiefs.

Even though paper has some of the same ingredients in it, I never have been able to get that anointing to go into paper, leather, or any other substance. But it will flow into cloth. Why? I don't know. In the same way, I don't know why every kind of material or metal will not con­duct electricity, but it won't.

We can say, however, that the Holy Spirit power flowed out of Jesus into the woman with the issue of blood. We could use a scriptural terminology and say that the Holy Spirit power flows like water, because Jesus Himself said:

JOHN 7:37-39

  1. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood
    and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me,
    and drink. [When you think about thirst and drinking, you
    think about water.]

  2. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out
    of his belly shall flow [out of his innermost being shall flow]
    rivers [that's water, isn't it?] of living water.

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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.)

Back then, Jesus couldn't have used the illustration of electricity because it wasn't known. People wouldn't have known what He was talking about. But they did know about water and about water flowing.

A Transferable Power

So the Holy Spirit flows like electricity or water. It will flow from one person to another. Therefore, this power — this healing power — is not only a tangible substance and a heavenly materiality; this power is transmittable or transferable.

It can be transmitted from one person to another, or transferred from one through another.

Evidently Jesus did that when He called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them power:


1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, HE GAVE THEM POWER against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all man­ner of disease.

The Word of God says in John 3:34 that Jesus had the Spirit without measure, so when He sent forth the Twelve, He gave them power. Where did He get this power? We saw in Acts 10:38 that "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power."

Often, even in ministry, something is transferred from one person to another. The Word of God says in the 34th chapter of Deuteronomy that Joshua had the same spirit

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of wisdom that Moses had, because Moses had laid his hands on him:


9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of

wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him ....

Evidently some of that same spiritual wisdom and power Moses was anointed with was transferred to Joshua by the laying on of hands, for the power of God is trans­ferable.

In Luke 10:19, Jesus said to the Seventy: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." I know the Greek word here is also translated "authority," but whether it's authority or literal power, Jesus is sending them out to do the same works He did: He healed the sick and cast out devils with the power of God.

Are His disciples going to do these things with human power? No, if they could do that, they'd already have been doing it.

Jesus authorized and evidently empowered His disciples to go out and heal and deliver people. In Mark 9, we see that in their journeys they ran into a fellow whom Jesus hadn't empowered, yet he was casting out devils by faith. They forbade him to do so, and came back and reported this to Jesus.

But Jesus said, "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me" (Mark 9:39).

This fellow was casting out spirits in the Name of Jesus, and he didn't even know Him. He was a stranger

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to Jesus. Jesus didn't know him, and He hadn't called him. He hadn't said, "I authorize you. I give you power." This fellow had been in some of Jesus' services and he had faith to cast out devils. Notice he was casting them out through faith. When the disciples ministered, they did so with the anointing.

You can produce the same results by faith that you can with the anointing. There's no use being divided on the subject.

Some people who minister under the anointing know nothing about faith. That was one of the major problems we had in the days of the great Healing Revival here in the United States in 1947-58. Almost all of the healing evangelists were ministering under the anointing — the power of God — but some of them knew very little about the Bible. (They made some of the most stupid statements concerning the Bible you ever heard in your life.)

Most of the ministers involved in this movement belonged to the Voice of Healing organization. We always had a convention at Thanksgiving. At our 1954 conven­tion in Philadelphia, I said to some of the brethren, "When all the rest of these fellows are gone, I'll still be out there ministering." They're all gone except one or two of us, and I'm still ministering.

Why? Because I saw the difference between minister­ing under an anointing and ministering by faith, and I minister both ways.

What happened to the others? Preacher after preacher got sick themselves. These were men who had been mighti­ly used of God to do marvelous things, but they ministered only under the anointing. Some of them came to talk to me after they got sick.

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One man said, "This anointing — this gift or whatever ministry I've got — will work for other people, but it won't work for me." (The anointing is always there to minister to somebody else.) "Why won't it work for me?" he asked.

I said, "God didn't give the ministry of the apostle to minister to the apostle. He gave it to minister to the Body of Christ. You're going to have to get healed like the rest of us — by faith — or else do without it." He looked at me like he'd seen a ghost.

"Well," he said, "I guess I'll do without it, because I don't know anything about faith."

I said, "You ought to have been listening when some of us who do know something about it were preaching and teaching. Just because you're anointed to do something doesn't mean you know everything."

I'm thinking of another fellow. One night they brought five adults from a school for the deaf and dumb to his ser­vice. All five were instantly healed. He laid his hands on a blind woman. Instantly her eyes were opened. Another person came in on a stretcher. Her doctor had given her up to die. She was instantly healed.

Yet the preacher didn't know a thing in the world about the Bible when it came to faith and very little when it came to healing. I nearly fell off my seat one night at one state­ment the poor fellow made. And then he got sick.

The anointing would come on him, he'd minister under it, some of the greatest things you've ever seen would hap­pen, and then the anointing would lift.

The anointing doesn't remain on you in manifestation, because you'd wear out physically. You couldn't stand it. It's like getting hold of a live electric wire — you couldn't hold on to it forever.

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I've had such a strong anointing on me that I've vibrated — I've shaken physically under it. Even my eyeballs jumped! I've had such a strong anointing on me that I couldn't even see the crowd. They thought I was looking right at them, but I didn't even know they were there, for I was over in this other realm.

I get more results when I get over there, but I don't stay over there, because I can't stand it. My body's still mortal, and I can't stand it.

I've had to say to the Lord, "Lord, turn it off! Just turn it off! I can't stand it. I can't take any more!"

Some time ago we were having dinner with friends in the ministry, and we were talking about the healing anointing.

This evangelist said, "Through the years, I've always woven in and out of the healing anointing — I haven't always had that anointing on me — but in recent times it has come back on me.

"Sometimes I'm sitting here in the living room at night, talking to my wife, and when I get up to go to bed and step into the bedroom, it's as if I've stepped into a room full of glory. It's just all over me. I can hardly stand it. It's the anointing — the healing anointing. I have to say, 'Lord, turn it off. I can't take any more.' "

I know exactly what he's talking about. Physically, you just can't take it. Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure. If I get a little too much measure of it, I can't stand it.

The Spirit Without Measure

The reason Jesus could have the Spirit without measure is because His body was not mortal.

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Yes, He could be tempted in all points like we are, because He was human, all right, but He was like Adam was before he sinned. Adam could be tempted — but before Adam sinned, his body was neither mortal nor immortal. (On the other hand, Adam did need to sustain that human body by eating.)

If Adam's body had been mortal, it would have been subject to death — but Adam originally wasn't subject to death. The Word of God says that death affects you when you sin: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Rom. 5:12). Death didn't pass on mankind until after Adam had sinned.

This is the reason Jesus couldn't be killed until He was made sin for us. Jesus said, "No man taketh it [His life] from me, but I lay it down of myself" (John 10:18).

Once an angry mob was going to throw Him off the brow of a hill at Nazareth to kill Him, but He slipped through their midst and disappeared (Luke 4:29,30).

Then, in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He took upon His spirit nature our sins and our diseases, His body became mortal, and they could kill Him.

But in all His earthly ministry, Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure. Just imagine: Jesus had the Spirit without measure, and it could flow through Him and not particularly bother or affect Him!

Let's go back to the illustration Dr. Lake gave that electricity is God's power in the natural realm. Physically, you can take a little electric shock and sometimes a little static electricity. You feel it and shake it off. It doesn't affect your body. But if you grab hold of a lamp that's got a short in it and that power hits you, you jump and

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holler! You can't stand there all day holding on to that lamp. In fact, even 110 volts will kill you under certain circumstances. And if you move up to higher voltage, it will fry your hide!

I can stand only so much anointing, and I can't stand it for very long. There are times I feel as if I'm going to fall down — it seems my legs are going out from under me. My hands tingle. My arms tingle. Sometimes my whole body tingles. Sometimes the anointing in the palms of my hands burns like fire.

When the Lord appeared to me in that first vision on September 2,1950 in that tent meeting in Rockwall, Texas, He touched the palms of my hands with the finger of His right hand, and my hands began to burn as if I were holding a coal of fire in them. It wasn't just a warmth — they felt as if they were burning.

For three days and nights my hands burned until I'd catch myself rubbing them, trying to get a little relief.

The thing that was special about this anointing was the added dimension. It's the same anointing, except a dif­ferent measure. It's the same Holy Spirit — there's only one Holy Spirit. (There are a lot of spirits in the world, but they are demon spirits. We're not interested in them, and we're not afraid of them, because we have authority over them.)

Jesus said, "If that leaves you, fast and pray until it comes back." So if the anointing wanes, III do a little fasting and a little extra praying, and it will come back in force.

A Special Anointing He said, "Kneel before me," and I knelt before Him.

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He laid His hand on my head and said, "I've called thee and have anointed thee and have given unto thee a special anointing to minister to the sick." Then He said, "Stand upright on thy feet. You understand this is not the only way to minister healing to the sick."

I replied, "I know that. I've been doing it differently for years." And we talked about the different ways.

Then He said, "This anointing will not work unless you tell the people exactly what I told you."

Why would He want me to say that? There is a prin­ciple here. We saw it in the story of the woman with the issue of blood. Notice what Jesus said to her: "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole." Faith has something to do with healing.

Some will say, "Well, I thought it was that anointing — that power — that went out of Him that healed her." Yes, that's sometimes true, but it's your faith that makes you whole.

How did the woman get faith? Why would she have faith in Him or in the anointing He was anointed with? In Mark 5:27,28 it says, "When SHE HAD HEARD OF JESUS... [she] came in the press behind, and touched his garment, For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole."

Jesus told me, "This will not work for you unless you TELL the people exactly what I told you." Why does He want me to tell you? So you can believe it.

He said, "Tell the people exactly what I told you. That is, you tell them you saw me. Tell them I spoke to you. Te\\ t\vem \ \ai& tYve imger oi my right Yvand in. t\ve palm of each one of your hands. Tell them the healing anoint­ing is in your hands."

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Jesus' Sense of Humor

Then He smiled — I can see Him yet, how He smiled — and said, talking about the anointing in my hands, "The anointing is not in your feet — I didn't tell you to lay your feet on anybody. The anointing is not in your head — I didn't tell you to lay your head on anybody. It's in your hands." And He grinned when He said that. I believe He has a sense of humor, don't you? (I know so.)

"Tell them that I told you to tell them that if they will believe that — that is, believe that you're anointed — and will receive the anointing, that power will flow from your hands into their body and will drive out their sickness or their disease, or will effect a healing or a cure in them. " (Notice He called it "that power" this time instead of call­ing it the anointing.)

I began to minister with that anointing. In January 1952, I was holding a meeting in Port Arthur, Texas. In those days, after I'd preached and given the altar call, I'd send people to the prayer room to be saved and I'd put others in a prayer line to be healed and filled with the Holy Spirit. I'd sit on a chair on the platform and lay hands on them as they went by. I'd spend time with each of them, talking to them individually. We had 25 to 50 people a night in the prayer lines in those days, so we could take the time to do this.

One night I was sitting in the chair ministering when suddenly a stronger anointing came on me. One can be more or less anointed to minister healing, preach, or stand in any office. We're talking about ministering here.

The Personal Anointing Every born-again, Spirit-filled believer has a measure

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of the Spirit and anointing within, John 2:27 says, but this "personal anointing" never will be increased. There's nothing in the Scripture that indicates you can have a double portion of your personal anointing.

Yes, Elisha had a double portion of what Elijah had, but that was an anointing to minister.

As I was sitting in that chair, it felt as if somebody threw something over me. I could feel it in my whole being — it was as if someone had thrown a cloak over my shoulders. It was vibrating through every part of me — I knew it in my spirit. I also knew it wouldn't last long, because I couldn't physically stand it that long, so I leaped off the platform and ran by the people in the healing line, touching them on the forehead as I ran by.

I was so overwhelmed by the Spirit that the pastor had to tell me later what I had done. I remembered starting to run, but I couldn't see anything, even though I had my eyes wide open. (It's difficult to describe spiritual things.)

The Ordinary Anointing

Everyone I touched fell under the power (that had only happened once or twice to me as a pastor). Suddenly that anointing lifted from me. I looked around and saw all those people lying on the floor. I returned to the platform, sat down, and finished the healing line with what I call the "ordinary anointing."

Later the pastor told me I had laid hands on 34 people. He said, "About 17 of them had come to get the Holy Spirit, and they were lying there on the floor talking in tongues. Most of them are members of my church. That astounds me — I've never seen anything like it — because

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some of them were chronic seekers; they'd been seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit for years."

That didn't happen again until September 1954, when I preached the three Sunday services in the First Four­square Church of San Jose, California.

At the close of the morning service, I dismissed the people and said, "You come back this afternoon and we'll lay hands on believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit and we'll lay hands on the sick to be healed."

That afternoon we had the people who wanted to be filled with the Spirit to stand on one side and those who wanted healing to stand in another line. The pastor and a minister friend were ministering with me. Just as I started down the line, the anointing came on me. Again, it was as if somebody had run by me and had thrown a cloak on me. I could feel it all over me. Again, I knew it wouldn't last long because I could not physically stand it, so I started running and touching people with my finger. (I didn't take time to touch them with my hands.)

I was caught up in that glory, and they told me everybody I touched fell. Then that anointing lifted from me. I couldn't have stood it any longer.

That stronger anointing has come on me four times in the past 20 years.

In September 1970, while my wife and I were in New York State, the Lord instructed me to return to Tulsa and hold a seminar. Our offices then were in Brother T. L. Osborn's old office building on North Utica. We had a little chapel in there that would seat 300, so we'd hold a seminar now and then.

The Lord told me to have a Healing Seminar at night and a Prayer Seminar in the mornings from October 11-18,

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1970. He said, "Teach on intercessory prayer." (Those messages were later made into the book The Interceding Christian.)

'That Stronger Anointing'1

He told me what to teach on in every service. "When you come to Wednesday night," He said, "speak on special ministries and special anointings. Relate your experience of what I said to you 20 years ago when I appeared to you, and then lay hands on the people.

"And when you lay hands on them, that stronger anointing that has come on you four times in the last 20 years will come to abide. This will be a new beginning for you. You see, you've never done what you should have done with the healing ministry."

(I've been running ever since then, trying to keep up with what God's doing. It takes all my time and effort to try to keep up with Him!)

Six weeks before that 1970 seminar I had a vision of people lying all over the front of that little auditorium and up on the platform. I knew what was going to happen, but I didn't tell a soul. I didn't want to be accused of causing it or influencing it somehow.

When I started laying hands on the people during that seminar, they started falling everywhere. The anointing on me was strong.

After ministering that night, I wobbled around like a drunk. I couldn't get to my car unaided, much less drive it home. Somebody had to drive me home and help me out of the car. They got me in a big recliner, but it was two hours before I got back to normal and could get up out of the chair and walk.

142 Understanding the Anointing

This is one reason I get away from the crowd in heal­ing crusades. The anointing seems to settle down in my legs like that and I can't walk.

Also, when I'm ministering under that anointing, I'll tell people, "Don't talk to me." You see, if I get back over in the natural, mental realm, I'll lose the anointing. So I don't want people to touch me or do anything that would bring me back into the physical realm. I want to be left alone.

My wife and the people who work with me in the crusades tell me things that happen in the healing line that I never know happened (that doesn't mean I'm uncon­scious). Sometimes funny things happen, and they'll start laughing, but if I were to be aware of it and laugh with them, I'd lose the anointing and would get back over into the natural.

I always have a measure of that anointing — always. And I can begin talking about it and it will come into manifestation to a lesser or greater degree. Often the palms of both my hands will start burning.

Making the Anointing Stronger

I can make the anointing come on me stronger by doing certain things: a little fasting, a little extra prayer, a little extra waiting on God, although I don't always have time to do that.

This brings me to another thought: / have found that when I have a stronger anointing, I always have more instant healings.

I've had great success in the past, and still do, minister­ing to people with cancer, but only a few persons over a period of years were instantly healed.

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