Summary: Overflowing of the anointng is needed in our life. This is a three part sermon this is the first one - the depserate need for this great anointing.
Anointed to overflow John 7:37-38
The desperate need of an anointing in our life.
John 7: 37-38
37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ’From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ "
2 Kings 3:16-17 16 He said, "Thus says the LORD, ’Make this valley full of trenches.’ 17 "For thus says the LORD, ’You shall not see wind nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts.
Zechariah 4:2-2 He said to me, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; 3 also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side."
2 Kings 2:9 9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."
When Lawrence of Arabia was in Paris after WWI with some of his Arab friends, he showed them the sights of the city, but do you know what impressed them the most – it was the faucet in the hotel bathtub… They spent much of their time turning the faucets off & on… They were amazed that they could get all the water they wanted with just the turn of a knob…
As they were preparing to leave the hotel & return to the East, Lawrence found them in the bathroom with wrenches trying to disconnect the faucets… They thought if they took the faucets home with them, they would have all the water they wanted…
Lawrence had to explain to them that it wasn’t the faucets that provided the water, it was the massive reservoirs to which they were attached… So it is with the living water of the Holy Spirit which Jesus promised. Unless we’re connected to HIM simply going through some sort of spiritual motions will not get us anywhere!
Before we overflow we need to have the water.
Why do I need this anointing in 2007 .
1. The new level of growth needs a new level of anointing. 2 Kings 2:9
9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."
The new level of ministry where God is taking us needs new level of anointing. 2007 will have more challenges but I know that God will give us more anointing to overcome every challengers. You might be asking do I need this anointing in my life for the New Year. Yes my dear because we are getting closer to the coming of the Lord and Lord wants to use us for His glory, and also the enemy wants to works against us with new weapons and tactics. To overcome those challengers, we need a fresh anointing in this year.
2. No water without digging ditches. 2 King 3:16-17
When you dig ditches you will not wee any sign of water. But that is OK. Keep on digging, if God told you to dig. Do not need to worry about any sign, our result, you will not see any sign of water.
Digging is not easy – first of all there is not water – it is the dry ground need to be dig, there are stones need to be moved, there are rocks need to be cut.
Many of time people dig the wrong wells, They do not listen to the council of God,
Jeremiah speak about that in his book
When you dig ditches:
a. Make the valley FULL of ditches – do not limit when you digging ditches
b. You will not see any rain
c. You will not find any wind
d. You will not find any sign of move that can be identified by your natural senses.
e. By faith continue digging ditches..
3. No flowing with out getting connected. Zechariah 4:2-3
2 He said to me, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it;