[14/02/2021]

The Anointing Continues – Ps Bruce Claridge

Episode Notes

Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

Pastors’ Kerrin and Tegan, Dave Doolan, Jake Blabey and I led people in focused prayers with an emphasis on breakthrough for families, businesses, souls, outreaches and supernatural moves of God in 2021.

People were saved and lives were touched. New folk were in Church and others returned, confident in the COVID-19 precautions taken for all ages.

Today, I want to bring you all with us on this journey of breakthrough and let you be a part of that anointing that was present in last week’s service.

Today’s message will be a bit different and I am believing for some great testimonies.

If you wish, have some oil available as we follow the biblical direction to pray for the sick.

James 5:13-18 (NIV)

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you ill? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Firstly, let me share a prophetic word God gave me which I shared with the Church during that anointing service:

  1. At Connect Church we have just moved into a new building: I felt God say that this is a marker in the sand in a time of “shifting sands”.

A place where truth is declared regardless of what is happening outside the walls of our Church. A place that does not follow the trends of secular culture and a place that refuses to be dictated to by a “woke (alert to justice in society) culture”.

A place where Jesus is declared as Saviour and soon coming King. Truth is a person not a focus on the latest secular or religious trend. Truth is Jesus.

This new building is a place that is a sign of a new season, a season of miracles.

This demands a mind shift from expectation of fellowship and Church as we now know it, to a sense of expectation of miracles and a growing sense of awe. Just as in the book of Acts.

Acts 2:42-44 (NIV)

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

The corporate sense of awe and expectation will come from personal consecration.

“devoted themselves”. What does this mean?

It means prayer, it means purity of living, it means stewarding God’s creation and protecting and being a vital part of his Church.

It means living the life God intended you to live. Personal consecration. It means prayer. It means living the life that God expects us to live. Holiness, prayer, stewardship and service to the Lord in our Church.

You are anointed to see miracles in your own life and of those close to you.

Are you believing for a miracle for you or people within your circle? Anoint them with oil, lay hands on them and pray for the miraculous. The prayer of faith will raise them up.

  1. The 2020’s forced periods of isolation have caused many to wrestle with their faith, commitment, many making negative decisions in that time of isolation. There have been much internal wrestling and turmoil where priorities and destinies for generations to come have been forged. Decisions you make today will affect the generations to come.
  2. Psalm 37 A season to find your delight in serving the Lord and as you do to watch Him “give you the desires of your heart’’.
  3. You are anointed to take big steps of faith, to be a vital part of a fresh move of God as you personally “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”.

Pray for promises long believed for. A promised land to enter and battles to be won to take your inheritance. There are big steps of faith needed.

Pray for an anointing to wage war and bring down strongholds to enter in and receive your promises.

What is it that you are believing for? What promises have you had locked away in your heart?

Get a pen or use your smart phone or tablet to write down what you are believing for in 2021. Take your time. Write down anything that you are believing God to do in your life – loved ones, financial security, faith to believe God.

Let’s pray and believe God.

John 3:16 (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Suggestions for discussion

  1. What does personal consecration mean to you?
  2. Are you beginning to see miracles in your own life?
  3. Can you take big steps of faith and believe for the promises that God has given you?