(A Key Secret)
By Pastor Bimbo Animashaun
I want to speak a bit on A MAJOR KEY and CORE SECRET to tapping into the anointing upon men, and I will give a bit of my background in engaging and interacting with the anointing of the Spirit upon those whom God has placed over me to follow in ministry.
You see, there’s nothing “mysterious” about the things of the Spirit; they follow a divine process, pattern and procedure, and if adopted diligently and intelligently, you get the same results.
Permit me to say that in my few years of being in ministry, I have discovered (and my discovery bears witness to the veracity of God’s Word) that THE ANOINTING YOU’RE NOT “EXPOSED” TO DOES NOT REALLY RUB ON YOU.
The anointing is upon MEN and their CALLINGS, so if you EXPOSE yourself to whatever MEDIUM through which they dispense their anointing, chances are that it will rub on you.
This morning, I just want to talk about A MAJOR CHANNEL AND MEDIUM through which the anointing is dispensed through men – THEIR WORDS.
You see, WORDS ARE NOT ORDINARY. The WORDS that men speak are a supernatural medium through which the ANOINTING upon their lives is coveyed and administered to you.
So, when you expose yourself to the WORDS of men (whether spoken or written) with an attitude of honour, their OIL will rub on your life.
Words are spirits, and they release spiritual forces.
Jesus once said:
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU, THEY ARE SPIRIT, and they are life.
Also, Dr. Luke captured this in the Book of Acts:
While PETER YET SPAKE THESE WORDS, THE HOLY GHOST FELL on all them which heard the word.
Again, we read in Isaiah:
Seek ye out of THE BOOK of the LORD, AND READ: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, AND HIS SPIRIT IT HATH GATHERED THEM.
So, whether SPOKEN or WRITTEN, words are spiritual forces!
In the Book of Job, we’re told the same thing:
HOW FORCIBLE ARE RIGHT WORDS! but what doth your arguing reprove?
You will have to ABSORB THE WORDS of those you follow in ministry for their OIL to rub on you. WORDS and OIL are organically inseparable.
Words are filled with the anointing of the Spirit. I don’t care how you claim to follow someone in ministry, if you’re not EXPOSED TO THEIR WORDS, there is a limit to which their OIL will rub on your life.
To break this down a bit, you have to listen to their tapes, read their books, watch their videos or stay directly under them to learn – YOU CANNOT CIRCUMVENT!
Many times, you see people (especially young ministers) claiming to be following So-and-so in ministry, yet there’s no semblance at all, and you wonder if they’re really following the people they claim to be following.
You see, when you begin to trivialize the words of those whom God has set over you in ministry, you’re already “backslidden”, not in terms of being outside of Christ but in terms of heart disconnection – your heart is disconnected from them.
As good as THE MARTHA MINISTRY is, it should not be at the expense of THE MARY MINISTRY.
Okay, someone is asking what’s the difference between THE MARTHA MINISTRY and THE MARY MINISTRY?
The difference is in this Scriptural passage:
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called MARY, WHICH ALSO SAT AT JESUS’ FEET, AND HEARD HIS WORD.
40 BUT MARTHA WAS CUMBERED ABOUT MUCH SERVING, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and MARY HATH CHOSEN THAT GOOD PART, WHICH SHALL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HER.
Now in the context of ministry, what’s the Martha ministry?
It means you minister to the man of God. Give to him. Sow into his life. Partner with his ministry. Minister to his daily necessities – and ALL OF US SHOULD DO THAT.
But friend, as good as those things are, you must not do them at the expense of THE MARY MINISTRY i.e. EXPOSING YOURSELF TO THE WORDS OF THE MAN OF GOD, whether SPOKEN or WRITTEN.
I believe that’s clear Sirs and Mas? In the Bible, those who really carried the anointing on the previous generation were those who were exposed to the words of men in that generation.
I will give three examples here. You know; we always talk about the fact that Joshua became Moses’ successor but the whole process didn’t start that day.
Joshua had been following Moses faithfully and also serving him (sometimes he would also follow him to the mountain) but this aspect of listening to the words of Moses was not taken for granted, as commanded by the Lord.
After Israel’s victory over Amalek, God commanded Moses to REHEARSE everything in the ears of Joshua for the sake of the future.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, WRITE THIS FOR A MEMORIAL IN A BOOK, AND REHEARSE IT IN THE EARS OF JOSHUA: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
You see, God is not dumb; He’s too intelligent to make a gaffe.
Any Associate Pastor who is too big to SOAK IN THE WORDS of his Senior Pastor on a daily basis cannot handle certain assignments in ministry, and that’s THE PURE FACT; THERE’S NO NEED TO PLAY TO THE GALLERY HERE!
In contemporary parlance, we would say that Joshua had been listening to Moses’ tapes and reading his books.
So, he didn’t just wake up one day to carry the spirit upon Moses – Deut.34:9.
We also realize that the twelve apostles were exposed to the WORDS of Jesus (Read the Gospels). Little wonder the OIL on the Master rubbed on them.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.
Again, we know that Timothy had access to the words and teachings of Paul according to 2 Tim 2:2 and 2 Tim.3:14, and he also had the privilege of bringing back his books, parchments and “suit” from Troas.
2 TIMOTHY 4:13
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
Therefore it’s not a magic wand; there’s a process and procedure, and that is CONSTANT EXPOSURE to the words of those above you in ministry.
Let me give a little background of my experience along this line. As a young man (and I’m still a young man), I was exposed to tapes and materials early in ministry.
I read books written by my spiritual father, Pastor Peter O. Morakinyo in the 80s like “The Unbeatable Israel”, “Passion For The Muslims”, “Ile-Ife From The Spiritual Point Of View” and also books he wrote later like “Jesus Revolution In Nigeria” and some of his other materials in ministry.
I also had the privilege of sitting under him and had countless times of one-on-one tutelage which have really paid off for me in ministry.
Shortly after I finished from secondary school in the year 2002, I was officially ordained into ministry on the Ist of December of the same year, and then in 2003 and 2004, I wrote UME (as it was callled then) so as to study Communication and Language Arts (CLA) at the University Of Ibadan but I couldn’t gain admission until I entered Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife later by divine orchestration.
But you see, friends, during those times I used to go to University of Ibadan, I would branch at a bookshop at Agbowo Shopping Complex opposite the school gate and buy Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin’s tapes (audio cassetes as at that time).
I would listen consistently to Dad Hagin’s tapes and read his books voraciously.
Currently I have thousands of Dad Hagin’s “messages” that I listen to virtually everyday and almost all his books – God told me early that He’s my “PATTERN” in the teaching ministry.
I also sent money to one of my friends in Lagos to get all E. W. Kenyon’s books for me at Oshodi – about seventeen books if not more.
At another time, I personally went to Bible Wonderland, Pen Cinema, Agege, Lagos and got twenty-nine books, most of which are Dr. Frederick K. C. Price’s, and other books of his I got elsewhere.
In one day, I bought forty books by Bishop David Oyedepo, aside his other books I had earlier.
Also, I went to Garden of Victory, Christ Life Church Headquarters in Ibadan and also their Osun State headquarters at Dada Estate, Osogbo and got many of Bishop Francis Wale Oke’s books in addition to tapes, other books/materials and numerous editions of their Sword of the Spirit magazine I had earlier.
When I was privileged to be invited by Daddy, Bishop Mike Bamidele to preach a few years ago, I got virtually the available books written by him and I consistently watch Word Of Victory online.
There are many many other authors I read after and also listen to, e.g Finis Dake, Derek Prince, Lester Surmall, Kenneth Copeland, Gordon Lindsay, Creflo Dollar, Dag Herward Mills, Andrew Wommack, Mike Murdock, Jerry Savelle, and many many others.
Dear Friend, the bottom line is that you don’t sit down somewhere and wish that the anointing will jump on you; YOU MUST GO FOR IT.
Jesus said to GO YE RATHER TO THEM THAT SELL AND BUY FOR YOURSELVES:
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: BUT GO YE RATHER TO THEM THAT SELL, AND BUY FOR YOURSELVES.
By God’s Grace, I have met several people who read our materials or heard me teach and they can immediately discern a link with Dad Hagin.
Well, before Dad Hagin laid his two hands on me in a night vision on Monday, 14th of January, 2008, I had been SOAKING IN HIS WORDS for a few years.
Therefore friend, locate your teachers. Locate your tutors in ministry. Locate your mentors by the Spirit. Soak in their words.
Don’t let anybody lie to you or deceive you. The things of the Spirit are not MAGICAL; they are PROCEDURAL.
I have heard several testimonies of great men and women of God along this line too. Don’t ROB yourself; let the anointing RUB on you.
Remember, we can’t do this ministry work in the energy of the flesh but in the strength and power of the Spirit.
May the Spirit of God quicken your heart and mind to discern the measures of oil and portions of the anointing reserved for you in destiny and may you step into the best of God for your life and ministry in Jesus’ Precious Name.
I trust this is a blessing Sirs and Mas?