Immune to Fear

Immune to Fear


Slaying Dragons

The Anointing!

By Reinhard Bonnke
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The Lord’s anointed ones are full of active faith! They won’t back down to the voice of fear or the appearance of impending destruction.

We read in 1 Samuel 17, the story of David and Goliath. David saw Goliath and heard the blasphemies that came out of his mouth. Eliab listened with a sinking heart. Something different happened to David, though. The anointing of the Lord began to heat up within him. At that same moment, the hearts of Israel’s unanointed professionals became ice-cold with fear. Do you see the contrast? This has always been a notable distinction between the two, and it still is today… The anointing gives great boldness, making people immune to fear! The anointing makes the difference between an academic faith and a burning faith. Let me warn you—the one faith will always irritate the other.

Eliab undoubtedly had reason on his side, which left him weighing up the balance of Israelite and Philistine forces. He saw no other resources. Eliab was able to make professional assessments of battle situations, and he saw that Israel had no chance of winning. This professional officer mentally put himself next to Goliath for comparison and saw him as an awesome giant. David, in contrast, was a man of active faith and mentally put Goliath next to the God of Israel and saw the Philistine as a midget. It is amazing what transpires when faith and fear are contrasted.

David knew that he had the Lord on his side, and he felt a holy stirring and indignation within his soul. That was because of the anointing, which gave him resources unknown to others. His inner eyes of faith were upon the Lord. He did more than just hope and pray. God’s anointing made him hungry for victory, and he was excited with eager anticipation. The anointing was the “guarantee” of things to come.

Oftentimes, people act in response to a voice of fear that comes disguised as a voice of reason. However, for the anointed believer, it is only reasonable to view every unholy circumstance of opposition as insignificant, compared to our great and mighty God! Rather than allowing the challenging circumstances in your life and in the world around you to paralyze and intimidate you, allow them to stoke the fire in your heart. Allow them to embolden you and stir the anointing on your life. Perhaps in this season, as never before, you will discover the great resources God has invested into your life and the anointing He has given you. We will talk more about that tomorrow…

Source: (adapted from Evangelism by Fire pg. 163-164)

Slaying Dragons

Pick Up Your Weapons!

By Reinhard Bonnke

Where are our weapons? Paul wrote, “Stir up the gift of God which is in you” (2 Tim. 1:6). He instructed, “Stir up.” This word has to do with fire—the stirring up of a campfire to get the embers blazing. It means, “to kindle,” “to bring up to full flame.” Do not cool off! Stir up that fire! Use the fan on the dying embers. The word of God and the gifts of the Spirit are our weapons against the attack of the enemy.

These gifts are described in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.”

These gifts of the Spirit are our weapons, and the devil has done his best to stop Christians from using them. As valuable as natural gifts are, they can never take the place of Holy Spirit endued gifts, and more importantly, they must never be confused with them. For example, many churchmen and medical doctors have opposed divine healing. They have magnified the stories of those who are “disappointed” and who are not immediately healed. They have conveniently forgotten that doctors disappoint millions every day. Nearly everyone in the graveyard had been to a doctor first, yet nobody would be so foolish as to demand the closing of all hospitals! Others object to divine healing simply because some are not healed, and so they do not minister to the sick at all. This leaves everybody unhealed! Where is compassion, or obedience to the Scriptures? Some Christians have let their bow and arrows (their gifts, their spiritual weapons) gather dust in a corner because of critics. They lower their God-given weapons and accept defeat because of the fear of man. Others have been hurt, perhaps by remarks from fellow believers, and thus have dropped their gifts. They have “lost” them, though God never reclaims them, for “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29).

The Lord has never sent a saint into battle without a weapon. That is precisely why, before His ascension to heaven, Jesus told the apostles to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit. He knew that they would need to be endued with the power of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. The power of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts must be recovered to each and every believer. Hear the word of the Lord: Go back to the day and to the place where you left those spiritual gifts, and ask the Lord to forgive you. Do not be afraid! Do not despair; the gifts are still there, albeit dormant. Dry your tears of despair and sorrow, and take up your weapons again!

Source: (Evangelism by Fire. pg. 179-181)

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A Greater Anointing, by Benny Hinn

A Greater Anointing

by Benny Hinn

 Healing evangelist Benny Hinn leads crusades worldwide.   The cover photo on this Renewal Journal 14: Anointing is from his crusade in Kenya, East Africa, with police estimating over one million attending.

This article is reproduced from his pamphlet Seven Steps to a Greater Anointing.


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Many people pray like Elisha, “Lord, give me a double portion of Your anointing.”  Yet they do not realize the preparation that is involved for such a miraculous thing to occur.  Here are seven things that happened in the life of Elisha before God allowed him to receive “the double portion” anointing.

1.  Elisha faced the spirit of the enemy.  Elijah and Elisha confronted the same enemy – the spirit of Jezebel.  Elijah faced a demonic spirit through this woman that once caused him to flee for his life (1 Kings 19).

Who Is Jezebel?  The Lord told the church at Thyatira, “I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols” (Revelation 2:20).

It is clear from this portion of Scripture that Jezebel is the spirit of filth and fornication which we still fight even today.  Only by the anointing can that spirit be overcome.

2.  Elisha relied on God.  Before Elijah was taken up into heaven, Elisha declared his loyalty and devotion to God by repeating these words: “As the Lord lives” (2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6).

You’ll never receive God’s anointing until you learn to totally depend on the Lord.  Elisha had a wonderful role model in the prophet Elijah – the one who stood before the 450 prophets of Baal and declared: “Lord God of Abraham, lsaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and, that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word”  (1 Kings 18:36).  That’s when the fire fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice.

3.  Elisha learned how to serve.  Young Elisha was plowing in a field – it was seed time – when he was called to become the servant of Elijah (1 Kings 19:19).  He came from a well-to-do family – after all, they had ‘twelve yoke of oxen’ (v. 1 9).  And Elisha was obviously a hard worker since his family could have hired a servant to do the same job.

Plowing and praying go hand in hand.  Scripture tells us to “break up your follow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord” (Hosea 10:12).  The moment he committed himself to Elijah, he became his servant, not his slave.

Do you want the anointing?  Get involved in a church or a ministry and start serving.  When you serve you are sowing your life as seed for an anointing that one day will be yours.

Just before Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind, Elisha vowed that he would not leave the prophet’s side.  He declared, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you” (2 Kings 2:4).  He was saying, “As long as you remain anointed, I will not depart from you.”

4.  Elisha was a man of faith.  In the final days before Elijah’s departure, Elisha – over the prophet’s objections – stayed with him as he journeyed to four places: Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho, and the Jordan.  Each has a special meaning.

Gilgal is the place where faith begins.  That’s where the manna ceased and the children of Israel had to learn to live by faith and not by sight (Joshua 5).  For forty years they had seen a cloud by day, a fire by night, and manna on the ground.  Then it was over.  And so it is with us.  The anointing will not come on our lives until we begin to walk by faith.

5.  Elisha knew what it meant to be tested.  Next, they travelled to Bethel – yet Elisha still would not leave the prophet’s side.

Bethel is the place of trials and tests.  That’s where Jacob fled when he was running away from his brother.  He lost his family and his comfort – and was sleeping there with a rock for a pillow.  It was at Bethel that Jacob made a vow that if the Lord would allow him to “come again to my father’s house in peace, then shall the Lord be my God” (Genesis 28:21).  And so also, will we be tested before God will entrust us with His anointing.

6.  Elisha knew how to wage warfare.  The two men of God journeyed to Jericho – the place of warfare.  The place where Joshua had fought his greatest battle (Joshua 6).

Elisha became a man of war in the spirit.  He understood the power that belongs to every believer, that can unlock chains and open doors.  We need to realize that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds”  (2 Corinthians 10:4).

When the demons of hell come against you, stay strong.  Declare, “I will not let this thing bring me down; I’m staying until the anointing comes.”

7.  Elisha had a vision.  Finally, they journeyed to the banks of the river Jordan where the Lord tested Elisha’s vision.  Was it of man, or of God?  The prophet said to the servant, “Ask!  What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you.”  Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me (2 Kings 2:9).

Elijah responded, “You have asked a hard thing.  Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you.” (2 Kings 2:1 0).

In other words, “If your vision is clear, and your eyes are on things above, you’ll receive it!”  Habakkuk 2:2 declares “write the vision and make it plain.”

There are 3 keys to seeing a vision fulfilled.

1) It must be plain, meaning a vision cannot be cloudy or full of questions.

2) You must run to receive it, meaning your prayer life must intensify.  Walking is prayer – running is intensified prayer.

3) The vision is for “an appointed time.”  Wait for it.  Never give up.  Your faith is vital for the vision’s fulfilment.

Suddenly, the prophet was raptured – caught up into the heavens!  A chariot of fire appeared – yet Elisha could see clearly enough to pick up the mantle that was left behind.

He walked to the same river where he had seen the prophet Elijah use the mantle to separate the waters.  He said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” – and the waters of the Jordan were again miraculously parted (2 Kings 2:14).

Please prayerfully read in context the Scriptures I’ve shared.  I pray this teaching creates a hunger for a deeper walk with the Lord and that you will receive God’s precious anointing as you apply the Word to your life.

Reproduced with permission from the Benny Hinn’s Partners in Ministry newsletter, November 1999.

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CONTENTS:  Renewal Journal 14:  Anointing

A Greater Anointing, by Benny Hinn

Myths about Jonathan Edwards, by Barry Chant

Revivals into 2000, by Geoff Waugh

Book Reviews:

The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition by Vinson Synan
The God Chasers, by Tommy Tenny
Primary Purpose, by Ted Haggard

See also: Immune to Fear: Anointing, by Reinhard Bonnke

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