Summary: Steps to Walking Naturally in the Anointing – Part 3
"God opposes (resists - sets Himself against as a soldier in full battle armor resists the enemy) the proud but gives grace to the humble."
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (The secret to effective spiritual warfare!).
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble (means humbleness of mind, i.e. modesty) yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:6-10 NIV)
“Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” (Dan 10:12 NIV)
“…all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” (1 Peter 5:5 6)
God wants this move of the Holy Spirit to impart healing back into the church through the kind of ministry you're going to be establishing to have this work driven by humility and brokenness.
Those that humble themselves before God are exalted at the proper time. If you want to see the power of God move in healing, you must walk in humility before the Lord, not pride. Humility moves God!
The person who is humble before the Lord is willing to do what the Lord requires no matter what. He is not driven by circumstance, but every Word that comes out of the mouth of God.
Those who are coming for healing, restoration and salvation are coming to be touched by the Healer. When we humble ourselves before Him, it is like a hose. Pride turns the nozzle off, but humility opens it up so everything from heaven can flow through, but we direct it as the Holy Spirit leads.
We need to come to a place where we understand that the work in this ministry is not in what we do; it's in what God does through humble vessels.
We must learn the difference between independence and interdependence. We are so used to being independent and doing things our way. Independence is rooted in the fact that we think we own our life. Interdependence is rooted in the fact that our life was purchased by blood.
God wants to bring us to a place in the great move of the Holy Spirit, where men and women will realize that their life is worth giving for the lost and sick. You can't have your life and expect to pour out the power of God to touch their life.
We must come to a place where we begin to know that our life was purchased at the Cross and doesn't belong to us; rather, we are slaves to God.
There is nothing more wonderful than to serve God in this kind of work. What can you do that would be more rewarding than to see people set free?
These are the people who will walk in power because God gives grace to the humble.
Remember!: “God RESISTS the proud, but gives GRACE (favor)to the humble.” (James 4:6)
What this says to us is that this grace means that the keys to the kingdom of Heaven are given to those people who humble themselves! They will have the ability to move naturally in the supernatural anointing of God! When we begin to be transformed by the Word of God, then we will begin to walk in that kind of power.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.” (Eph 3:20)
The power that works in us is not our power, but rather, the power that Jesus talked about:
“All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth to the church” (Matt 28:18).
It's the power of God in us because if we are the body then we are to do the work. What employer would employ you and not give you the tools to do the job? God is no different. When He employs His people, He gives you the power to begin to move mountains and tear down strongholds and set the captive free
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think.” (Eph 3:20)
We don't have the ability to think big enough for what God can do through these people who choose to walk in the Spirit without measure, who will walk in resurrection power and in God’s presence, that is so powerful people will begin to see it on them.