Bearers Of His Virtues – Pastor Chris
Sunday, August 6, 2017
And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me (Luke 8:46).
Acts 19:11-12 tells us that “…God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” Although the handkerchiefs carried the anointing, they couldn’t move around on their own. They had to be taken to the sick or afflicted, and laid on them. Upon making contact with those who were sick or afflicted, miracles happened: “the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”
If handkerchiefs or aprons, which have no intelligence, could do such mighty things because of the virtue that temporarily rubbed on them, the human body, which is actually designed to receive and accommodate the power of God will do much more. With its high level of intelligence and its communications and locomotive ability, the Holy Spirit indwelt human body becomes God’s mobile operational centre to shatter burdens, destroy yokes, and completely obliterate sicknesses, diseases, and infirmities. Glory to God!
In Acts 5:14-16, as Peter walked the streets of Jerusalem, people brought their sick and laid them along his path so his shadow could fall on them. The power and flow of the spirit is recognisable. Peter didn’t have to invite people to his shadow. The people acknowledged the presence of the Spirit in him when they saw the supernatural results it produced.
Blessed be God! We’re full of power and virtue, because we have the Holy Spirit! Through us, God communicates and transports His power wherever He desires. When we stretch or lay our hands on anyone, there’s an effusion of divine virtue. When we speak the Word, there’s an outflow of power and grace. We dispense the glory, because we’re God-carrying vessels: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit that resides and is fully operational in me. When I show up, burdens are lifted, and yokes destroyed. I’m a God-carrying vessel, and a dispenser of eternal verities. Blessed be God!
FURTHER STUDY: Isaiah 10:27 Mark 5:27-30
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Romans 9:1-29 Psalms 74-77
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 13:22-30 Judges 12
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