In the same hospital, some are passing away while others are birthing babies. In an airport, some are weeping seeing their loved ones leave while others are celebrating their loved ones coming home. At every crossroads, we can look for the intervention of the Lord. He causes U-turns, taking us in the opposite direction. He turns our despair into hope. Hallelujah!
When Jesus arrived at the gates of Nain with his disciples, a large crowd was recounting and rejoicing for the healings and miracles they had just witnessed. At this gate, they passed another group going the opposite direction. A widow was leaving the city, mourning for her son as his coffin was being carried out. It was a crossroad where compassion met sorrow and life met death.
Jesus breaks through, touches, and heals us. Even when we cannot call upon His name amid our tears, He hears what we cannot say, feels our pain, and moves with compassion. He is our healer and helps us rise out of our conditions. When we cross the paths of others, let us also take heed of them and be sensitive to their cry. We can bring consolation, hope and healing in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!
Luke 7:13-14 “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’”
The Holy Spirit moves through us in many ways including what I call the “Bypass” anointing. Sometimes in our day-to-day circumstances, when we will assume we hinder the Holy Spirit from moving through us because of our flesh. For instance, we may be upset and haven’t had time to shake the dust off our feet, or our bodies are weak or in pain.
For example, Smith Wigglesworth arrived home exhausted after a long, hard day at work when he received a request for prayer. He obeyed the call to go and pray for that person. He stepped forth, and the person was healed. God moves despite us. What matters is for us to always remain available to Him. It is He who is able.
When opportunities come our way to minister to others, we must rely on the Holy Spirit. We trust the Lord as we step forth in obedience and rely on the Bypass anointing. It’s in those times that the Lord bypasses who we are, to be who He is; bypasses what we cannot do to do what only He can do; bypasses the natural to release the supernatural. We walk by faith, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
The anointing of God destroys every yoke and releases us to move forward as we seek to walk in the freedom we have in Christ. One yoke it destroys is the spirit of offense. Holding on offenses holds us back. When we dwell on what is behind us, we are not free to lay hold of what is before us.
God’s will is to release us into our destiny with no strings attached. We can be free from restraining ties, and able to let go of everything that tries to hold on to us in a destructive manner. Offenses do come, but we do not grab them when they do. We must forgive, and by the anointing of God, move past all things that try to keep us stuck.
Our desire not to quench the Holy Spirit encourages us to pursue our freedom from offenses. Seeing the Christ in us, and in others, enables us to walk in love. If anything has happened in our past that is hindering our tomorrow, we release it to the Lord. He empowers us to do so by His grace and, as we do so, we are released to go forth, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 10:27 “It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.”
The Spirit of God is empowering us to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The anointing of God flows in greater measure through unity. Because of this and the greater works God has purposed to do through the Body of Christ, this endeavoring is increasing. The opposition that comes against some of our efforts only strengthens our determination.
Because of our power of agreement, our adversary’s primary plan is to divide, separate, or isolate the people of God. Instead of quickly battling one another, we must make an extra effort to stand together. With longsuffering (exceeding patience), we bear with one another in love. United in Christ, we walk in a fresh anointing for our calling.
As we pursue peace and pray for one another, we accomplish more than our natural minds can perceive. We keep watching, covering, looking out for, and protecting our brothers and sisters in the Lord. How grateful we can be for the love and peace of God that keeps us close to one another, united, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:1-3 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
As God brings healing to our souls, He frees us to be ourselves. He shows us how much He loves and accepts us just the way we are, and how He loves us too much to leave us that way. The Spirit of God transforms us from the inside out. Acceptance of His unconditional love transforms us. By His grace, this freedom to be enables us to do as God leads us.
When searching for unconditional love, people might put on masks because they fear not being accepted for who they are. They desire others to see them in a certain way, often based on what they assume others are expecting. Masks that hide who we are apart from Christ drop as we walk in our new identity in Him. Instead of hiding, we discover our divine potential.
The anointing of God brings freedom to the captives. We walk free from other people’s approval, acceptance, and affirmation; free from past mistakes; free from fear of our future; free from guilt, shame, abandonment, and rejection; free from sin, death, and oppression. Knowing the truth about who we are in Christ sets us free from who we used to be. We are free to be, from glory to glory!
John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”
Our freedom in Christ enables us to flee when temptation comes. Instead of so easily running into a trap of the enemy, we can rush to the Lord. We discern the cunning of our adversary. Aware that the enemy can disguise himself as an angel of light, prepares us to watch and flee; not slowly, but quickly. Like a deer facing danger, we leap away from hindrances.
We trust the leading of the Holy Spirit with each step we take. When He says flee, we do. No time for questioning. Immediately we obey. In some situations, we must flee, taking no time to think it over; even a slight delay can hinder our escape. We become stronger, saying no when necessary as we reinforce our boundaries.
In Christ, we are free indeed! Jesus is our fortress, our refuge and our strength. We move rapidly and run to Him. We long to reach and keep our place of safety in Him. It’s not fleeing because of fear; it’s escaping to absorb the protection we have in Christ. We are free to flee, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”