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By Bart Nelson

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(I heard a speaker this summer who made it a point to call Holy Spirit and not refer to Him as the Holy Spirit. This is the name we are given to call Him. I am trying to change my vocabulary, though she did not make it a specific point. I believe it is too easy to think of Him as an ‘It’, an impersonal force, rather than what He is, an intimate part of the Trinity and our lives.)

When Jesus sent out the 12 (Mt. 10) and then the 70 (Lk. 10), they were to preach, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and cast our demons. Mt. 10.1 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Lk. 10.1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them,  “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Likewise, we are told to do the same in Mk 16.15 And He said to them,  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.


Supernatural ministry is to be naturally a part of our life and ministry. This study will help us learn how to move into that mode. 1 Cor. 1.26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. Paul said there were not many wise, noble, strong, etc. -- why? So God gets the glory. 1 Cor. 2.1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. He says his ministry was in power not persuasion. Why? -- so folks realize God is involved. It's not someone who is good, wise, fine speaker, but God. Where God truly is moving, it will be obvious because He will do things mere man cannot. Again, we are going to look into how to live in that supernatural flow in our lives.

There are many pictures of Holy Spirit in the Word. Some of the symbols of the Holy Spirit in scripture are: Wind - breath of lives - Gen. 1.2, 2.7, Eze. 37.9, Jn. 3.8, Acts 2.2, Fire - Is. 4.3-4, Zec. 4.2-6, Mt. 3.11, Lk. 3.16, Acts 2.3, Dove - Mt. 3.16, Jn. 1.32-33, Water - Is. 44.3, Jn. 7.38-39, Tit. 3.5, and Anointing Oil - Ex. 29.7, 30.30, 1 Sam. 16.13, Ps. 45.7, 133.2, Is. 63.1, Zec. 4.2-6, Lk. 4.16-21, Acts 10.38, Heb. 1.9, Jam. 5.16, 1 Jn. 2.20, 27. Notice a common thread – all of these pictures or symbols, if left to themselves flow unrestrictedly. Our goal should be to allow Him to come and do what He wants, in, through and around us, not restricting Him in anyway.

The goal of this teaching is to explore some of the principles of ministering in Holy Spirit anointing. It is not necessarily exhaustive, but it should give a good springboard for thought. One vessel of clay or pipe touching, praying, talking or ‘ministering’ to another vessel of clay or pipe doesn’t do either any good. It is only when one vessel or pipe has Holy Spirit flowing through them, imparting what God wants imparted, does the other vessel or pipe any good. Let’s all seek to be anointed vessels or pipes.

Here's a definition of the anointing that I like: Holy Spirit acting on the Word of God within us to release the power of God through us.

Ø      The following verses talk to us about our insufficiency and God’s ability. This is where we must start. Without this start, we can not proceed. Rom. 7.18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 2 Cor 2.14-16 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? We are not sufficient for the ministry God has called us to; we must rely fully and wait as long as necessary for Holy Spirit to move us.

2 Cor. 3.3-8 Being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was. How will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? One of the main hallmarks of flowing in the life of Holy Spirit is putting no confidence in the flesh. As Paul stated so well here, we are not adequate in ourselves. Only by allowing Holy Spirit to flow through us will life be imparted, rather than flesh and death.

2 Cor 4.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. The treasure is in earthen vessels. ALL ministers of whatever type are earthen vessels. The key is the yieldedness, faith and dependence on Holy Spirit, not the vessel. I struggle with my earthenness, but God doesn’t. It’s all he has to work with, and it doesn’t bother Him a bit!

2 Cor 12.9-10 And He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. It is only when I truly embrace my weaknesses and recognize myself as weak that I will really experience His power.

Phil 3.3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Ø      Jesus shows us in John the revelation of His source of ministry—absolute and total dependence on guidance and empowerment of the Father. Jn. 5.19 Then Jesus answered and said to them,  “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. Jn. 7.16 Jesus answered them and said,  My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 8.28 Then Jesus said to them,  “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.” 12.49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 14.10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 17.7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

Ø      Then He shows us what we are to do 14.12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. – even GREATER works -- the definition for greater is: greater, larger, elder, stronger, more.

Ø      Lastly He shows how we have the same source that He did 14. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 15.1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 16.7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. 26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; 27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.

We should have the same testimony as Paul and Jesus! The two bullets above can not be just part of a creed or doctrinal belief. They must be revelatory rhema in our lives, almost a desperation for God, because without Him, nothing of value can happen.

Ø      We are a three-part being. 1 Thes. 5.23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are a spirit, that has a soul that lives in a body. 2 Cor. 5.1-4 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. I believe one of the reasons we have struggles in our body and soul (mind, will and emotions) is so we will learn to live in and rely on the spirit realm. 2 Cor 12.9-10 And He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. God is teaching me to use those struggles as a reminder that I live in and focus upon the natural way too much, and on the spiritual way too little.

See, when Jesus was on the cross, the second to the last thing He said was, "It is finished!", Jn. 19.30. He completed the work He needed to do. Salvation was complete, healing was complete, prosperity was complete, gifts of the Spirit were complete, authority over the enemy was complete, anointing was complete, justification, sanctification and holiness were complete, the work was all done, complete, accomplished, finished. Now, we need to come into relationship with Jesus to receive the rebirth of our spirits. Then, we have all of this on our account, it is real in the spirit realm and spirit man. Our spirit man was crucified on the cross, our natural man must pick up its cross and die daily. Our spirit man was sanctified wholly, our natural man is being sanctified. Our spirit man has total victory over the enemy, our natural man needs to resist, rebuke, and renounce him and his works. The works of the flesh are, no kidding, in the flesh or natural man and the fruits of the Spirit, amazing as it is, are in the spirit realm. Stress is in the natural, rest and refreshing are in the spiritual. Entertainment is in the natural, worship and meditation are in the spirit.

Ministry, then, in the spirit, really, is simple. Once we are able to focus on the spiritual, get the natural out of the way, the spirit flows and so does the ministry. We need to die to what our senses tell us and then rest in the spirit. The anointing, authority, gifts of the Spirit, love, everything we need are right there, waiting. Every promise of God is Yes and Amen in Jesus. So every promise you can think of are in the spirit realm ready to be picked up and used. It is so easy, yet hard to convey because it is so contrary to our natural life. I am not talking about mustering up faith or anointing or whatever. It is much more like opening a door to another dimension. I know that sounds so weird, but that is the best way to descirbe it. We need to learn to get in the spirit, stay in the spirit, and never get out.

I know that last paragraph sounded New Age or Eastern, but it is not. There is a reality out there that is MORE real than what our senses pick up on. It is where angels, demons, the Godhead satan, our spirits and eternity all reside. It was here and will be here long before and after anything could be seen, touched, heard, smelt or tasted. It's just that we were born, grew and live in this sense world. Even most Christians have no idea about the spirit realm other than in creed. But it is there. It is there for us to use, take advantage of and pull things out of for others. Check out Paul's lingo on it: Eph. 1.15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power  Eph. 3.14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. See what I mean? there is so much more out there that we can't pick up on the net, MTV, MP3, or DVD. It makes all the thrillers and 'out there' movies seem quite tame.



























And I guess that's the point. To minister to people who absorb all that data and imagery, we need to tap into, no live in the spirit realm daily and speak and minister out of it daily to those around us. They need to realize there is a world out there that is worth living and dying for, that we all can experience daily, not just for a special few, once and a while.


Ø      Mt. 11.25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mk. 4.18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.  Phil. 2.14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 2 Tim. 2.19-21 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Heb. 12.15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 1 Jn. 1.9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We need to keep our pipe or vessel clean. We dare not allow sin, whether things done or undone, block the flow of Holy Spirit. Hurts done to us, which can bring unforgiveness, resentment, or bitterness, slow or stop the flow. A critical or cynical spirit can also obstruct the flow.. Likewise worries, cares, fretting and fearing and deceitfulness of riches can choke the flow. If we are ‘carrying’ other’s burdens, this is as dangerous a blockage as carrying our own.

Ø      Gal. 3.2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Faith is key in the life of the spirit. We can never earn it by works. As the following verses show – God has fully equipped us. 

Is. 55.11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Rom 8.11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in me, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to my mortal body through His Spirit who dwells in me. 1 Cor. 2.12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. Eph. 3.20 Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. Col. 2.9-10 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and we am complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. 2 Tim. 3.16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Heb. 4.12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 1 Jn. 2.20, 27 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know.  As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. Jude 1.20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, Praying in the Spirit (tongues) is a way to build up our faith, which, in turn, allows Holy Spirit to flow easier in our lives.

Ø      Nevertheless, we are to ask, seek, knock, thirst, fast and wait for it: Gen. 1.2-3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Spirit creates form, form doesn’t create Spirit! We need to wait on Holy Spirit to move, the Word to speak before we take action and move.

Is. 40.30-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Lk. 12.11-12 Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities do not worry about how or what you should answer or what you ought to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. Holy Spirit will give us exactly what we need when, whether in ministry or trouble. Is. 44.3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. Mt. 17.18-21 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Luke 11.9-13 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. "Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? "Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" John 7.37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying,  “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Seeking the baptism or gifts of Holy Spirit, we won’t be disappointed by something evil. When we are in a position of needing or desiring to minister, we need to ask, seek, and knock for Holy Spirit to move through me in any way He chooses. Waiting for Holy Spirit is part of the key to flowing, He will answer, but we must wait for it!

Ø      1 Sam. 2.18 But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod. 1 Sam. 3.1, 19 Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 2 Kin. 3.14-16 And Elisha said…but now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, “Thus says the Lord…’ 2 Chron. 29.11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.” Mal. 2.5-6 “My covenant was with him, one of life and peace, and I gave them to him that he might fear Me; so he feared Me and was reverent before My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, And turned many away from iniquity. Acts 13.1-3 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Here is another key to effective flow of the Spirit – worship. As Samuel ministered first to the Lord, God let none of his words fall to the ground. Elisha requested music before he prophesied. God’s charge to the priests and Levites was to minister first to the Lord and then for Him. Malachi also shows this priority. It is as we worship that the flow of the anointing is released.

Ø      Zech 4.2-7 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lamp-stand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ We are to be pipes, allowing the anointing to freely flow. Gold pipes could not corrode, never slowing the flow. This is a picture of how we are to be, living in God’s nature, never impeding the flow of Holy Spirit.

Before we move on to some of the ways Holy Spirit may choose to move through us, I would like to sum up all the above points. We are to empty ourselves from everything that comes from ourselves and fill up with everything Holy Spirit has for us so that He can shine through us. It also implies brokenness. I love a quote reportedly from TD Jakes: "I won't allow someone to pray for me who is not broken." We need to live in this state as consistently as possible because we never know if the next person we see will be one He wants us to minister to. Jesus didn’t stop to pray and fast before casting out that demon that the disciples couldn’t do. He lived fasted and prayed up, ready for the ‘Father to use at any moment. As John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”Jn. 3.30

Ø      1 Cor. 12:7-11 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues.  But the one and the same Spirit works all of these, distributing to each one separately, as he desires. The manifestation gifts are some of the ways Holy Spirit can move through us.

The 'One Anothers are also ways Holy Spirit moves through us…

Love one another as Jesus loved – Jn. 15:12

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another – Rom. 12:10

DON’T judge one another – Rom. 14:3

Receive one another as Jesus receives us – Rom. 15:7

Admonish one another – Rom. 15:14, Col. 3:16

Salute one another with a holy kiss (our version of the hug) – Rom. 16:16, 1 Cor. 16:20, 2 Cor. 13:12, 1 Pet. 5:14

Serve one another – Gal. 5:13

Forbear (put up with) one another – Eph. 4:2, Col. 3:13

Forgiving one another, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs – Col. 3:13

Comfort one another – 1 Thes. 4:18

Edify one another -- 1 Thes. 5:11

Exhort one another – Heb. 3:13, 10:25

Consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works – Heb. 10:24

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other – Jam. 5:16 In Jn. 20.23 Jesus tells the disciples that they have the authority to forgive sins – not like God does, but, rather, proclaiming to each other the forgiveness that is already there. We need to hear that often.

Likewise, some of the names of Holy Spirit give us insight into how He might want to move. These are most of them: Spirit of Justice, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Wisdom, Spirit of Understanding, Spirit of Counsel, Spirit of Might, Spirit of Knowledge, Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, Spirit of Adoption, Spirit of God, Spirit of Your Father, Spirit of Truth, Spirit of Holiness, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of His Son, Spirit of Promise, Spirit of Revelation, Spirit of Meekness, Father of Spirits, Spirit of Grace, Spirit of Supplications, Sword of the Spirit, Spirit of Judgment, Spirit of the Holy Gods, Excellent Spirit, Spirit of Your Father, Spirit of the Living God, Eternal Spirit, Spirit of Glory, Spirit of Prophecy, Spirit of Burning, Spirit of Jesus Christ, Good Spirit, and Right Spirit.

There are so many, varied and different options for Holy Spirit to minister, especially considering that He often will use more than one of these and others. Let’s not limit Him to just a few, but allow Him to chouse.

Ø      Jn. 3.5-8 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." People moved by Holy Spirit can be (that should be everyone, all of us!) unpredictable at times. I didn’t say it, Jesus did. Argue with Him!

Gal 5.1, 13-18 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 2 Cor 3.17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Ø      Ex. 28.3 So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. Holy Spirit anoints us to perform ‘non-spiritual’ tasks as well!

There are opportunities to minister all around us. As we go about our daily life, at work or school, at the store or gas station, waiting in line, and at home -- Holy Spirit wants to reach out through us. We just need to be willing, available and sensitive to Him. He will move. We should also look for those opportunities in church as well as outside the church in nursing homes, prisons, hospitals, rescue missions, on the streets and even overseas.