The Power Connection

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8

Signs and wonders are a result of the workings of the Holy Spirit. He is the producer of miracles on the earth. This explains why, although you are by the new birth a miracle worker, your identity never becomes a reality until the Holy Ghost comes upon you. It is impossible to separate signs from the operation of the Spirit of God.

The man Moses was miracle personified. He was miraculously delivered from Pharaoh's wicked edict at birth, and God's Word also lets us know that working inside the mighty prophet was the spirit of God.

And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
Numbers 11:17

Whatever miracles we saw Moses do were actually done by the Holy Spirit. Jesus' life is another evidence that the Holy Spirit can shoot a man into realms of the miraculous. I believe that as a young Jewish boy, Jesus attended the synagogue faithfully. He was dedicated, but not distinguished. It was not until He returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit that the miraculous began to find expression through Him naturally.

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
Luke 4:14

Consider Jesus' disciples also. They were all timidly and cowardly hiding away in the upper room after Christ ascended into heaven.

But on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Ghost descended upon them and their ministry exploded! It was the coming of the Holy Spirit that launched them into realms of "notable" miracles. He brought them out of hiding, into the limelight. When they healed the lame man at the Beautiful Gate, the world took "knowledge" of them.

As a Christian, you can remain in hiding in the "upperrooms" of business, ministry, career, etc, never experiencing distinction until the Holy Ghost comes. Until He comes, you cannot become a sign.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1 Corinthians 12:7

And John 2:11 says concerning Jesus

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

We can therefore safely conclude that Jesus' miracles began with the manifestation of the Spirit. He could not manifest forth His glory until the Holy Spirit came.

Measures Of The Spirit

And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankcles.

Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
Ezekiel 47:3-5

The Spirit connection, as has been been mentioned, is the beginning of your manifestation, but there are measures of the Spirit. The different measures determine various degrees of manifestation.

We begin with the new birth. It is impossible to say, "Jesus is Lord" without the conviction of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians.12:3). Then you take a step further into the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Once you are convicted of sin and are born again, you are qualified to be immersed in the Holy Spirit, which is baptism. That was why on the day of Pentecost, when the people asked, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:37-38). There is a baptism that follows repentance.

When I gave my life to Christ (I was led to Christ by an Evangelical), I was told that I was complete and did not require the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I agreed with all I was told and so I suffered along with them.

However, one day I was praying and found myself saying, "Holy Spirit, if You are anywhere, come to me now, because I am not sure of this thing." And I was filled with the Holy Ghost. I spoke a strange language, yet it was very refreshing, and I knew it had to be from God, because the devil does not bring comfort to anybody. So many great men are still locked up in that doctrine today, and as a result remain practically powerless.

The next measure of the Spirit is the anointing. It is also called unction and is a divine enabling. Looking at the life of Jesus, we see that although He was born of the Spirit, yet He could not manifest forth His glory until He was anointed with the Holy Spirit.

He was known as the Carpenter's son for thirty years, without any outstanding accomplishment until the anointing came. The Holy Spirit is the fountain for the miraculous. That was why Jesus could not get started in ministry until He was anointed by the Spirit.

But when the anointing came, Jesus was in a crowd someday and asked, "Who touched me?" Peter said, "Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?" But Jesus said, "Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me." (Luke 8:45-46)

That virtue Jesus talked about also means unction. In other words, virtue went out of Him to effect a sign somewhere. It therefore follows that once there is a flow of unction, there is bound to be a manifestation of signs and wonders.

The Apostles could not break forth into the realm of the miraculous until they were first filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. As a result of that infilling, they healed a lame man at the Beautiful gate in chapter three. In chapter four, they desired an increase in the measure of the Spirit upon their lives, so they prayed:

...And grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:29-31

The result of that prayer is recorded in chapter 5:12:

And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.

The result of the anointing of the Holy Ghost upon their lives was an explosion of signs and wonders!

But there is another realm and measure of the Spirit. Jesus revealed it when He said:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
John 14:12

But how shall we do greater works than He did except we have access to the source of signs as He had. Jesus had the anointing of the Holy Spirit without measure and that accounted for His unique ministry (John 3:34). If we are to do the works He did, and greater, it means we must have access to the immeasurable anointing that He had.

Ezekiel 47:3-5 paints a graphic picture of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Verse five describes the immeasurable realm of the anointing

Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

You also have access to the anointing of the Holy Spirit without measure. When you have this understanding you will find yourself working signs at will.

Someday, I was going into the church auditorium, when a man who had sustained spinal injuries in a motor accident some years back and who had been wearing a lumber jacket since then touched the flowing gown I was wearing. The moment he did that, unction went through the gown into his back and healed him.

Another woman could not defecate without medical assistance. One day, at the Healing School, I left my coat, instructing anybody looking up to God for healing to touch it. This woman touched the jacket and felt something loosen inside her. She immediately went to the toilet, and for the first time in thirty-eight years could defecate by herself!

These manifestations are not gimmicks to bring people to church. No, they are divine proofs of the flow of virtue.

Friend, the manifestation of the Spirit is your ticket to manifestations. This is why you must desperately desire an increase in the measure of the Spirit upon your life, because the greater your measure, the greater the degree of your manifestation.

Your Access To The Spirit

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Proverbs 1:23

The principal access to the anointing of the Holy Spirit is purity. God will not anoint a man beyond how clean his vessel is, because it could spell his destruction.

That is why until a man turns at the reproof of the Lord, it is never his turn to enjoy an increase in unction. Does anyone put new wine into old wine bottles? No, else the bottle will bursts, and the new wine is wasted (Luke 5:37).

Jesus, who was anointed without measure, got to that level because He knew no sin. The unction upon Him was a function of His consecration (Psalm. 45:7). Apostle Paul was a man of a strange order of signs, and he was also the most outspoken apostle against sin.

Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
1 Thessalonians 2:10

Until your love for righteousness increases, your level of unction can never increase. Going on a forty days fast is not a substitute for purity, neither is crying and weeping for the anointing. It is your consecration that determines how far you go in God.

Do you want to live a life of signs and wonders? Then you must be prepared to step out of sin. I am not just talking about obvious sins like adultery, but hidden sins as well; sins of the heart, a filthy mind, etc.

Friend, you are the initiator of every change in your life. You can leave the ordinary realm to the miraculous, if you embrace this word of righteousness. I have observed that until righteousness is in place, you will never have an increase in anointing.

The Holy Spirit wants to come to you, but He is not permitted to come into dirty vessels. You must first consecrate yourself, then are you set to receive Him.

Remember Ezekiel 47? I believe that the Holy Spirit takes a man to the level that his consecration allows. If He takes you ankle deep, and you clean up some more, He takes you to the knee level. If He observes that you have cleaned up a little more, He takes you to the loin level and on to the river level. You must get there!

People have cried for the anointing, not knowing that what controls the increase in levels is one's degree of consecration. For instance, you cannot be lying, cheating and living in adultery and expect an increase in unction. Rather, you will have an increase in affliction! You have a responsibility therefore, to clean up your life.

God is not a respecter of persons. He has said, "The manifestation of the spirit is given to everyman to profit withal." The anointing is equally available to all, but you decide how much of the Spirit you receive, by your degree of consecration.

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