FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THE LOVE ANOINTING - my testimony
|Posted by Terry (terry) on May 27 2010 at 8:44 AM|
|THE LOVE ANOINTING >>|
Those who have heard me minister know how often I speak about the 'Love Anointing". It is one of my key expressions about the shift that took place in my life and ministry a few years ago. I can best describe the change like this:
BEFORE THE LOVE ANOINTING
I operated in the typical Pentecostal / charismatic fashion. Life and ministry was based on MY ABILITY to seek the Lord, learn the word, speak the right things in faith, walk in the Spirit, and live in victory. The focus was on moving in the anointing and power of God. As a pastor I worked as part of the "church industry" that helps Christians to learn to do this. Frankly, this approach hasn't produced an overcoming people.
AFTER THE LOVE ANOINTING
I shifted from my ability to walk in faith, to Christ Himself dwelling in my heart and His ability. This happened mostly by revelation and constant demonstration in healing ministry by my friend Bob Brasset. I realized that it was not my spiritual ability that mattered, but God's own love, which had been put in my heart. This love actually anoints and empowers my faith. I had been depending on my own spiritual works to move in the power of the Holy Spirit, instead of God's grace! Rather than focusing on moving in anointing and power, I found that if I focused on God's love for the people to whom I minister, then everything else follow. I had many humorous times as the Holy Spirit broke old habits and formed this way in me.
The Love Behind The Miracles
One time the Holy Spirit said to me "Terry, do you believe I will use you to heal someone even if you don't feel the anointing?" This threw me, because I often seemed paralyzed unless I felt the anointing for ministry. But the Lord began urging me to step out when I felt "stone cold". In astonishment I saw many healed as I simply focused on His love and obeyed!
On another occasion I was "trying hard" while ministering to a woman with MS in a wheel chair. Several of us were praying and commanding her healing and she kept going "ow, ow..." Finally I said to the others "just bless her" and I went off to talk to God. I felt like a failure and said "Lord, what's going on?" He immediately said "you're trying to heal her". I said, "Yes." I heard Him say, "Just tell her to get up and walk!" That seemed too easy. Could I just love her and tell her to walk? I went back and took her hand and said, "Get up and walk". She stood up and walked across the room. She did it so easily I asked her "could you do this before?" She said, "No, I could only take a few steps."
I marveled at what the Lord did. I had been working way too hard to make things happen, rather than entering God's love and just doing the great commission. God is shifting His people from the head to the heart, from our spiritual ability to His indwelling ability.
Blessings In Jesus
12. LOVE IS THE WAY FOR MINISTRY TO FLOW
WITHOUT LOVE I am a Clanging Cymbol
If I focus on ministry and gifts I will STRIVE. People will be unchanged
If I minister the Love Anointing Gifts and power will flow
• GOD IS LOVE & GOD LIVES IN ME
• THEREFORE GOD'S LOVE IS IN ME
• MY FAITH IS EMPOWERED BY HIS LOVE
• THEREFORE I WILL MINISTER GOD'S LOVE
• THEN I WILL OPERATE IN KINGDOM AUTHORITY