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17. Steps to the Anointing in your Household

�NOW [living] at Caesarea there was a man whose name was Cornelius, a centurion (captain) of what was known as the Italian Regiment, 2A devout man who venerated God and treated Him with reverential obedience, as did all his household; and he gave much alms to the people and prayed continually to God. 3About the ninth hour (about 3:00 p.m.) of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God entering and saying to him, Cornelius! 4And he, gazing intently at him, became frightened and said, What is it, Lord? And the angel said to him, Your prayers and your [generous] gifts to the poor have come up [as a sacrifice] to God and have been remembered by Him. 5And now send men to Joppa and have them call for and invite here a certain Simon whose surname is Peter�� � Acts 10:1-5 AMP.

7 Steps to the Anointing in your Household:

Step 1: Give offerings to God:

�A devout man who venerated God and treated Him with reverential obedience, as did all his household; and he gave much alms to the people and prayed continually to God.� - Acts 10:2 AMP.

The story of Cornelius is the story of a man who miraculously received the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  He was selected from his town, Caesarea, and Anointed with the Holy Spirit. The passage in the book of Acts gives us a glimpse into the life of this special person who received the Anointing.  The first step in the progression of Cornelius� Anointing was the fact that he gave to the Lord.

�He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.� � Proverbs 19:17 AMP.

Being gracious to the poor was Cornelius� chance to give something to God.

��Your prayers and your [generous] gifts to the poor have come up [as a sacrifice] to God and have been remembered by Him.� � Acts 10:4 AMP.

These prayers and acts of giving to the poor caught the attention of the Lord. The angel informed Cornelius that is was his generous gifts and prayer that arrested the attention of God. The Anointing that you seek and the help that you desire can be acquired when you learn this great act of worship.

Step 2: Give offerings to the poor:

�A devout man who venerated God and treated Him with reverential obedience, as did all his household; and he gave much alms to the people and prayed continually to God.� - Acts 10:2 AMP.

Giving to the poor is a special form of giving that is precious to the Lord. You will discover that most Anointed people have a strong ministry to the poor. Ministering to the poor does not remove poverty from the earth. Giving money to the poor does not usually solve the problems of poor people.  That is not the issue here.  God loves the poor and Anoints people who love them.

5 Supernatural Benefits of Ministering to the Poor:

David, the Anointed Psalmist knew that people who remember the poor would attract the power of God. David prophesied that those who helped the poor would be: (1) delivered and (2) kept alive.  He declared that they would be (3) protected, (4) blessed and (5) strengthened, because they remembered the poor.

�BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is he who considers the weak and the poor; the LORD will DELIVER him in the time of evil and trouble. 2The LORD will PROTECT him and KEEP HIM ALIVE; he shall be called BLESSED in the land; and You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. 3The LORD will sustain, refresh, and STRENGTHEN him on his bed of languishing; all his bed You [O Lord] will turn, change, and transform in his illness.� � Psalm 41:1-3 AMP.

 

Who wouldn�t want these blessings on his ministry?  No wonder Cornelius received one of the most precious outpourings of the Holy Spirit recorded in the Bible.

 

Step 3: Pray:

��and prayed continually to God� Your prayers and your [generous] gifts to the poor have come up [as a sacrifice] to God and have been remembered by Him.� � Acts 10:2, 4 AMP.

The next step to Cornelius� Anointing was prayer. Scripture tells us how Cornelius� prayers attracted God�s attention. Prayer has always been a key to the Anointing. No one comes into the presence of God without praying. One of the only prayer topics Jesus taught us to pray was to pray for the Holy Spirit.

�If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him?� � Luke 11:13 AMP.

If you desire to be Anointed, pray specifically for the coming of the Anointing. Ask God to give you the Holy Spirit. Ask God to bless your ministry with His presence and power. Keep praying the same thing for years and your prayers and alms will come up before God and arrest his attention.  He will send an angel to you to guide you and bring you to the place of the Anointing.

Step 4: Obey visions:

�When the angel who spoke to him had left, Cornelius called two of his servants and a God-fearing soldier from among his own personal attendants. 8And having rehearsed everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.� � Acts 10:7-8 AMP.

The next step to the Anointing is to obey heavenly visions and dreams. Most of us have dreams and visions, which we do not obey. If we were to obey the visions and dreams that God gave us, we would experience the Anointing. Sometimes your dreams seem vague and hazy. You think to yourself, surely, the visions and dreams of world-famous Anointed men of God must have been clearer. We all have vague and unclear dreams and visions from the Lord. The drive to obey these visions is the drive towards the Anointing.

You will become Anointed as you obey the visions and dreams that God gives you. Each vision and each dream will take you one step closer on the journey to the Anointing. Cornelius obeyed the vision and encountered the Apostle Peter. Peter also obeyed a vision and met with Cornelius. This opened a door for Peter to preach to Cornelius. Whilst Peter was preaching, Cornelius and his entire household received the Anointing. As you can see, one thing leads to another until you are standing in the river of the Anointing.

Flow with your dreams! Flow with your visions! They are God�s instruments encouraging you along the road to the Anointing.

Step 5: Break necessary traditions:

In order to be Anointed, traditions had to be broken. Peter was not given to mixing with Gentiles.  However, in order for the Anointing of the Holy Spirit to be released, the lifestyle of Peter had to change.

�And there came a voice to him, saying, Rise up, Peter, kill and eat. 14But Peter said, No, by no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common and unhallowed or [ceremonially] unclean. 15And the voice came to him again a second time, What God has cleansed and pronounced clean, do not you defile and profane by regarding and calling common and unhallowed or unclean.� � Acts 10:13-15 AMP.

There are new things that God has in store for your life. People who cannot be guided into new things often do not receive the Anointing. Anointed people often wade into unchartered waters.  Do you want God to use you? You may have to do some new things you have never done before.  You may have to go to places you�ve never gone before.

Step 6: Obey the man of God:

�Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is surnamed Peter; he is staying in the house of Simon the tanner by the seaside.� � Acts 10:32 AMP.

And he ordered that they...� � Acts 10:48 AMP.

The next step to Cornelius receiving the Anointing was to be obedient to the instructions of the man of God. Just like dreams and visions, the commands of a man of God gently prod you further down the road to the Anointing. One day, you will operate under a strong Anointing and people will listen to you and obey your commands. However, if you do not obey the instructions of the man of God, you are simply sowing the seeds of rebellion for your future.

Step 7: Listen to the Word of God:

�While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who were listening to the message.� � Acts 10:44 AMP.

Cornelius and his household were listening to the preaching of the Word of God when the Holy Spirit fell on them.

Ezekiel declared that the spirit entered into him when the Lord spoke to him:

�And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me and set me upon my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me.� � Ezekiel 2:2 AMP.

Anyone who exposes himself to the preaching of the Word of God will become Anointed.  The Word of God is God! God is His Word and His Word is Him!

�IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.� � John 1:1 AMP.

So, in closing: simply STAY IN THE WORD OF GOD, and you will abide in the Anointing of God!

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