5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.
The Spirit of the Lord came on Samson and enabled him to kill a lion with his bare hands. This is the same Holy Spirit who is dwelling in the spirit of every Christian today!
Some people think Samson was a behemoth of a man. The only difference between him and other men was the anointing of the Spirit. It was this anointing that enabled him to tear the lion apart with his hands and to rip the gates of a city off of their hinges!
The Gadarene demoniac was influenced by unclean spirits. He was anointed with power that enabled him to break chains when people attempted to restrain him. This was a unholy supernatural strength imparted by the demons that had control of his life.
God’s Spirit has much more power He is able to impart into the life of a believer than any power demons are able to impart. There is no comparison! There are probably more than one hundred examples scattered throughout Scripture.
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
The Spirit imparted wisdom to the workman who built the tabernacle. Our talents and abilities can be amplified by the anointing at the workplace. This of course is conditional on our learning to look to Him for guidance in our day to day activities.
There are supernatural abilities available to be received. The Holy Spirit is standing by waiting to impart them to anyone who will look to Him in faith. Most of us though are so focused on putting in long hours to master our skills that we never turn to the Spirit.
Each one of is free to choose whether we will depend on our own natural talents and abilities or on the Holy Spirit’s anointing. He anointed Bezalel to build the Tabernacle and is waiting to anoint us to accomplish everything God has planned for our lives.
We may be called to work as a plumber, lawyer, or any number of other occupations. There is an anointing available to excel in whatever place God has planned for us to spend our careers! Regardless of what career God has called us into, our first step should be presenting our bodies as living sacrifices and renewing our minds with God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2).
The Old Testament is filled with accounts of people whose lives were completely transformed by the Holy Spirit when He came on them. Jesus’ disciples traveled with Him but did not have the Holy Spirit until He breathed on them to receive Him (John 20:22).
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Old Testament figures had the Holy Spirit on them and were able to accomplish amazing things that went defied natural laws. He was on them and today He is in us! There is a huge difference between having the Holy Spirit with you and having Him in you.
The disciples did not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them prior to the crucifixion of Jesus. This is the reason we see them running in terror (Matthew 25:6) at Jesus’ at Jesus’ arrest and Peter denying the Lord during His trial.
Everything changed on the day of Pentecost. The disciples received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and immediately they were bold. Three thousand people became Christians after hearing Peter’s first sermon! This was followed by an additional five thousand conversions in just a few short days after Pentecost.
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Peter had denied Jesus and was filled with fear of the people and leaders of Israel. He was arrested shortly after Pentecost but was a totally different person because of the Holy Spirit’s anointing. We see Him standing without any fear and boldly preaching Christ to the same leaders that had terrified him previously!
The key to Peter’s boldness is seen in the statement, “filled with the Holy Ghost”. It was the Holy Spirit that empowered him and gave him the boldness to stand before even the High Priest without fear. The men he was addressing could easily order him to his death but there is no indication that this caused him to hesitate in condemning them for crucifying the Messiah.
Peter was a totally changed man from the one who ran in fear not two months before the account recorded in Acts 4. He was filled with the same Holy Spirit that fills us today.
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