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. (Judges 14:6)
The Holy Spirit anointed Samson. Samson was able to tear city gates off of their hinges under that anointing! People tried to understand how he could do the things he did. Samson was an ordinary man who did not look any different from any other man. It was the Holy Spirit that enabled him to do the things that he did.
And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness. (Luke 8:26 – 29)
Here we see the account of the Gadarene demoniac. The demons that possessed him empowered him to break chains. He had supernatural strength, and no one was able to keep him bound. The Holy can provide much more power than any demon!
There are many examples of the Holy Spirit anointing people to do great deeds throughout the Old Testament. He would come on them, and they faced giants, overcame enemy armies, and one man was even able to slay over one thousand men in a day.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee. (Exodus 31:1 – 6).
The Spirit of the Lord came on the artisans of the Tabernacle provided them wisdom to accomplish their tasks. He taught them how to work with silver, gold, and brass to form the articles of worship. The Holy Spirit can amplify our talents and abilities if we yield them to Him.
I have met people over the years who played instruments supernaturally by the anointing Spirit of God. Other people have supernatural giftings to learn languages. The Holy Spirit will give us supernatural abilities to accomplish things that He leads us to do. Most Christians will never tap into His anointings and instead will spend their entire life struggling due to a dependence on their talents and abilities.
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. (John 14:17)
The Holy Spirit is with everybody, and He is not involved with every person. There is a vast difference between having with us and having Him in us. The disciples did not have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit within them before the crucifixion of Jesus. They ran in terror when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus as a result!
After the resurrection and outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were different men. The Holy Spirit changed them from timid and fearful men to bold preachers. Three thousand people converted to Christianity at the end of Peter’s first sermon (Acts 2:41)!
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
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.
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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. (Acts 2:8-13)
Here we see Peter standing before the same men who, just months before, had terrified him. The Holy Spirit had filled him, and he was a different man!
John 14, 15, 16 contain an account of the last words spoken by Jesus to His disciples the night before the crucifixion. There are five discourses about the Holy Spirit in these three chapters recorded in His last words.
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