Keep the Fire Burning
If you want to see mighty things happen in your life and the lives of others, the fire of the Holy Spirit must burn strong. Keeping the anointing burning brightly is like stoking a fire, so it continually burns hot.
A fire can die down until it’s a bed of faintly glowing embers. You have to get close to it before you can feel any evidence of heat. Eventually, it will go out if no one adds fuel. However, if you put kindling wood on a bed of glowing embers, you will soon have a roaring fire and feel the warmth once again.
The same thing can happen in your life. The anointing “fire” of the Holy Spirit can die down like a bed of embers without fuel. The Holy Spirit doesn’t leave you, but the anointing isn’t as strong as it was. When you allow the fire to wane in your life, it means you’ve probably neglected to fuel yourself with prayer and meditation in the Word.
If the anointing of God is no longer evident, you can speak all day long, and nothing will happen. But if you begin to fan the flame, it will grow and consume you once again. Then when you speak God’s Word, things will start to happen in your life. It depends on how much you fuel the fire inside of you so it can grow and glow to the glory of God.
Are You on Fire?
In the crises of life, it’s easy to tell who has the Word abiding in them. Those who speak the Word without any anointing on it are usually the ones who give mental assent to it. They agree with the Word, but they have not taken the time to put it in their hearts. When they speak, power is not released. There is power in the anointed Word of God!
I will never forget the evening my family stood around my grandmother’s bed as she lay dying. We watched as she drew her last breath and went to be with the Lord. The entire family began to cry in grief at her passing.
It needs to become a colossal truth, one that you incorporate into your life daily—you can speak God’s Word of power and anointing.Kenneth W. Hagin
I began to hear a rumbling as someone spoke—slowly and quietly at first, and then it started to get louder. I realized that my dad was quoting the Word of God. Scriptures began to flow out of him: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (1 Cor. 15:55; Ps. 116:15).
Of course the family was sad—we were going to miss my grandmother. But as those words came forth, the sweet Presence of the Holy Spirit came into that room and calmed everyone’s grief. Even the nurses commented, “There is a different atmosphere in this room than we’ve ever experienced when someone has just died.”
What made the difference? God’s anointed Word. That Word has the power to bring comfort and help in times of stress and difficulty. The right and privilege to speak God’s Word with authority to effect change—whatever that situation might be—belongs to every member of the Body of Christ. If you are born again, that privilege belongs to you.
Staying in the Spirit
Many times during the tests and trials of life, you tend to rely on your “natural thinking.” But if you’ll keep your mind renewed by God’s Word, you’ll be able to stay in the Spirit during those difficult times. Don’t feel guilty or let the devil condemn you if you get over on the natural side. We have all experienced that.
When you realize that you’re thinking, talking, and reacting out of the natural man, do not remain there. Get back in the Spirit—that’s where you win and maintain your victory. If you will meditate on the Word and take the time to hide it in your heart, things that used to cause you problems will begin to fade away.
God’s Word has power and authority that cannot be resisted. Joy and happiness can fill your life. You can receive everything He has promised in scripture. All the promises of God already belong to you through your inheritance in Christ.
The Love Secret
Another secret to speaking the Word with power is to be full of the love of God—that is practicing a lifestyle of His love on a daily basis. Sometimes it requires sacrificial giving or loving, even when it hurts. “God so loved the world, that he gave” (John 3:16). He also “so loved” that He forgave.
When you allow God’s love to operate in you, you can freely forgive others too. It can be difficult! Loving someone when there’s no apparent change in circumstances tests your love walk. As you practice walking in love, you learn to forgive those who have wronged you or who continually mistreat you. When you learn how to let God’s love flow to others through forgiveness, you can pray for them and be a godly witness.
It needs to become a colossal truth, one that you incorporate into your life daily—you can speak God’s Word of power and anointing. What is it that you need from God? Dare to put His Word to work in your situation. Nothing on earth can resist God’s anointed Word!
Maintain the anointing through prayer and meditation. Stay in the spirit. Walk in love. It will bring you into a new arena of living! As you continue to put God’s Word inside your heart, you will be able to rise and speak words that will unravel and demolish the problems in your life.
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Faith in Action
Pay It Sideways
If you’ve heard of paying it forward, you know it’s the opposite of payback. It is “an unexpected, undeserved kindness.” As you walk in victory, “pay it sideways”—share it with those around you.
You don’t have to live a life dictated by circumstance. God gave you the authority to speak His Word with power so you can experience for yourself that the Word works. Now go out and set other people free!
Kenneth W. Hagin
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