Volume 47

E. Michal Gayer
November 2013 – Volume 47

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“They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:18)

The Anointing and Faith

Author, Teacher and Evangelist E. Michal Gayer

In our last lesson we began talking about characteristics of the anointing and we pointed out that the anointing can be tangible (capable of being felt) and it can be stored. Let’s look further at the distinctiveness of the anointing by observing that the anointing is also capable of being transmitted. The power inherent in the anointing can be ministered from one person to another as in the laying on of hands. Jesus commanded in Mark 16:18 that believers, “…will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” In the laying on of hands, the anointing from God that is upon one person flows from that person to the one being touched in a manner similar to how electricity flows from one source to another. When the healing anointing is received, it has the power to drive out sickness and disease and effect healing in the person being ministered to.

A related effect of the anointing is that when some people experience the anointing coming upon them, they are overpowered and “fall under the power.” They literally fall down forward, backward or sideways. For the most part “falling” due to the power of God is a side effect of God’s glory. When Paul experienced the glory of Jesus, he was struck down and fell to the ground (Act 9:3, 4; 22:6-7). Both Daniel and Ezekiel fell under the power of the Spirit (Dan. 10:7-9, Ezekiel 1:28). Now, we must be cautious here because the Bible does not use falling under the power of the Spirit as a measure of spirituality. John 18:5, 6 relates a case when evil men fell in the presence of Jesus.  It reads, “Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Then–when He said to them, “I am He,”–they drew back and fell to the ground.”

Along the same line of thinking, not all people who fall under the power of the anointing are transformed or changed. In this same example, the men who came to take Jesus away to be crucified remained unchanged. For the most part, we should acknowledge falling under the power of God as one potential aspect of experiencing the anointing but be cautious about how we interpret it. Some people will receive from God during such an experience and others will not. It depends largely upon the individual’s faith walk with the Lord and the reason the anointing is being made manifest in the first place. The combination of faith mixed with power is what facilitates healing.

There is an important thing for us to remember as we summarize all of this. We said that in “person” Jesus was, is and always will be the Son of God but that when He was here on earth, He laid aside His power and glory to become a man. During His earthly ministry, Jesus ministered as a man and not as the Son of God. The power evident in His healings and miracles came from being anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and with power. It was by, through, and under the anointing that He ministered.

Now, although Jesus had the power to heal, the Bible makes it clear that in Nazareth, His hometown, He could do no mighty work there. Why? Read this from Mark 6:3-6 as the people reasoned, “Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon?  And are not His sisters here with us?” And they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.  And He marveled because of their unbelief…” He could do no mighty work there because of their unbelief. Was Jesus anointed to heal? Yes, of course He was. What prevented the people from receiving from Him at that time? Their unbelief did.

The account of the woman with the issue of blood also demonstrates the point that faith is essential in activating the anointing. Luke 8:43-56 says, “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.  And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ “But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” We see here that many people crowded around Jesus and came in physical contact with Him but only one person drew that power of the anointing from Him. When the woman touched Him, power flowed from Him into her. Healing resulted. From this we can note that when the anointing is present, it just does not automatically heal every who comes into its presence. It must be appropriated. When Jesus said the woman’s faith made her well, He was pointing to faith as the appropriating agent which facilitated the healing or activated the anointing. It is necessary to tap into the anointing by faith.  When the power of God is mixed with faith, healing results. It is faith that activates the anointing.

It is possible for someone to experience the power of the anointing in their flesh so that they shake, twitch, jerk, tremble, weep, cry out and fall because of the awesome power of God that is upon them but still not be healed. Why? Because unless the person responds to the anointing by faith to receive of it benefits, the results will just not be there. A sinner can listen to a highly anointed teaching but if he does not move by faith to receive Jesus as his Savior, he will not be saved at that time. It is the same for healing. The power of God can be great but if faith is not present, in all likelihood, that person will not receive healing at that moment. People need to respond by faith to the Holy Spirit. Faith puts the anointing to work to produce results. The person needs to have faith in the healing power of God in order to get results.

We need to learn how to walk by faith and yield to the power of God’s Spirit, His Holy Spirit anointing in our lives. When we are able to do that, His power will effect change.  It will cause sinners to be saved, people in bondage to be set free and sick people to be healed.