Part 3 continued. . .
Emblems of supernatural power
2 Kings 2 vs 8: “Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.”
The mantle describes the authority of an office one holds, it’s a symbol of position one holds. A mantle is not necessarily a physical garment, it can be heavy enveloping by the Holy Spirit.
The purpose of a mantle is to clothe, envelope as well as define one’s ministry.
Exodus 14 vs 15-16: And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
“But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
The staff describes the leader’s authority in leading and governing. The staff shows power conferred on a leader.
Zechariah 3 vs 5: “And I said, Let them put a clean turban on his head. So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.”
A crown is a symbol of authoritative power. Crown is a sign of exaltation (promotion).
A crown is a sign of a reward based on achievement or appointment.
It is a sign of enthronement. It is a sign of dignity and honour. It is a sign of competence and power to command.
Revelation 7 vs 2-3: “Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God.
“And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea saying, Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
A seal symbolises a leader’s fitness for service. A seal says the leader is tried and tested, refined and equipped for ministry. A seal provided safety, security and approval. It is a guarantee of genuineness and sincerity in ministry.
Philippians 4 vs 3: “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
The yoke describes the grip of God upon His servants. It is a symbol of servitude.
A yoke stabilises a believer to a divine cause. It allows God to steer His servants in the direction He wants. Once yoked the power is released.
How to activate God’s power from a leader (tapping into the anointing)
We need to recognise the operations of the gifts of God upon a leader.
1 Samuel 9 vs 6: “And he said to him, look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man, all that he says surely comes to pass.
“So let us go there, perhaps he can show us the way that we should go.”
Saul’s servant said the prophetic gift in Samuel’s life operated accurately and honourably. There must be the same degree of accuracy and honour upon the prophet.
It was by the recognition of the operations of the gift that Saul was able to connect and activate the prophetic gift in Samuel’s life.
We need to show honour to the leaders whom God has appointed
1 Samuel 9 vs 7: “Then Saul said to his servant, but look, if we go, what shall we bring the man?
“For the bread in our vessels is all gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?”
It was the norm for the people to bring a gift to a servant of God. This was not to pay for the prophetic word, but it was an outward display of honour.
Today, this act has been commercialized by false prophets who exploit the people of God.
It is, however, a divine principle to give honour where honour is due.
This resulted in the release of the prophetic word.
1 Samuel 9 vs 27: “As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul.
“Tell the servant to go on ahead of us. And he went on. But you stand here awhile, that I may announce to you the word of God.”
We need to recognise the character of God’s servants
1 Samuel 9 vs 6: “And he said to him, Look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he says surely comes to pass.
“So let us go there, perhaps he can show us the way that we should go. Those that declare the word of God should be people of honour.
“When one walks in honour, God brings more illumination, growth and blessings and that triggers God’s power.”
We need to recognise the life producing power on God’s leaders
After Elijah had raised the widow of Zarephath’s son we read Kings 17 vs 24: “Then the woman said to Elijah,
“Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is the truth.
“When we recognise the grace upon our leaders and the anointing upon them, the supernatural takes place.”
We need to serve God’s servants more so by serving in the House
2 Kings 3 vs 11: But Jehoshaphat said,
“Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?
“So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said
“Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”
If one has to be great in the kingdom of God, servant hood is key. Elisha was recognised as a servant of Elijah despite having performed great miracles. He poured water on Elijah’s hands. Elisha earned a reputation of having been one who served faithfully.
We need to recognise the anointing upon a person
The law of recognition is key to receiving miracles from God via his servants.
John 4 vs 19: “The woman said to Him Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. The Samaritan woman only received from Christ after recognising the anointing upon Him Sir I perceive. . . ”
John the Baptist recognised the anointing upon Christ, he said in John 1 vs 34: “And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
And later on in Matthew 3 vs 17: “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying.
“This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Once the anointing is recognised divine power is activated.
Five attitudes towards God’s power
We need to seek the power of God. Luke 4 vs 2: “being tempted for forty days by the devil.
“And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.”
Luke 4 vs 1: “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.” Christ sought the power of God with prayer and fasting.
We need to be aware of God’s power. Mark 5 vs 30: “And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said who touched My clothes?” Christ was aware of the operation of God’s power in His life.
We need to be anointed with God’s power. Acts 10 vs 38: “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Good works are done by those anointed.
We need authentication through God’s power. Acts 2 vs 2: “Men of Israel, hear these words Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know.”
Christ had the seal of divine approval (he was a man attested by God through the supernatural).
We need to release the power of God. Acts 4 vs 33: “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.”
The Apostles had tremendous grace when it came to releasing the power of God.
Acts 19 vs 11-12: Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.