It is interesting to note that Jesus spent thirty years
of His life preparing for three and a half years of
ministry. Today people go to Bible seminaries and
prepare three years for thirty years of ministry. There
must come preparation.
You are always in continuous preparation for the
next phase of what God has for your life. I know in my
own life that even after the encounter I had with the Lord
in July of 1979 until the present, I am still in preparation
for what God has for my life and ministry. I am not
satisfied with what we are doing and I know that there is
more that is available. I want to push higher and deeper
into the things of God.
Smith Wigglesworth said that the only thing that
he was satisfied about was the fact that he was
dissatisfied. We don’t ever want to get to the place of
lethargy and complacency, satisfied with where we are.
Otherwise we will never press in to what God has for our
life and ministry.
Dissatisfaction with where you are now will cause
you to arise and press in to what God has told you to do.
It is time to get off your blessed assurance and start acting
upon the Word of God. Start doing whatever your hands
find to do and then the anointing will increase.
Different Kinds of Anointings
We see that in the Word of God there are different
kinds or types of anointings given to man. Ephesians 4:7
says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according
to the measure of the gift of Christ.” The word grace
means enablement, ability, or anointing. We have already
seen in chapter one that the anointing is the supernatural
equipment to get the job done.
In Luke 4:18, 19 Jesus said, “The Spirit of the
Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that
are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
There Is an Anointing to Preach
Any preacher will tell you that the anointing to
preach is like a fire shut up in your bones. You can’t get
rid of it. When the message burns deep in your heart, it
has to come out and it does so with great power.
I think the greatest characteristic about preaching
is the unction by which the message is delivered. Some
think that shouting is preaching. Well, you might get
excited and shout when God’s power fails on you ¾ I
know that I do ¾ but it really has to do with the unction
to preach. God anoints your tongue and makes it as “the
pen of a ready writer” (Psalm 45:1). You begin to speak
as an oracle of God.
The scripture also says, “Is not my word like as a
fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the
rock into pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29). God’s Word, when
preached under an anointing, will bring conviction and
bring a change in the lives of the hearers. Sermons are not
meant to be enjoyed; they am meant to be adhered to.
Reprove, Rebuke, and Exhort
The Apostle Paul, in speaking to Timothy, said,
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and
doctrine” (Second Timothy 4:2). I want you to notice he
says, reprove – which means to admonish or to advise.
Then he says, rebuke – which means to reprimand; and
then, exhort ( which means to encourage, to urge.
Two-thirds of preaching is reproving and
rebuking and one-third is exhorting. One of the problems
we have in the Church today is that many preachers
would rather preach around an issue than address the
issue. The Bible says in the last days, men would “heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall
turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
unto fables” (Second Timothy 4:3, 4).
The Art of Persuasion
If we study the ministry of Charles Grandison
Finney, we find that he was not only criticized because of
the manifestations in his meetings, but also because of his
method of preaching. When he spoke about sinners,
instead of saying, “they,” he would say, “you.” He would
speak about hell in such a way that people would be
shaken in their seats. In every message he forced a
The art of preaching is not so much homiletics
(three points and a poem), but rather the ability to bring
people to the point of a decision. King Agrippa said to
Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian”
Charles Finney was a lawyer prior to entering the
ministry. When he entered the ministry, he used his
ability to take a subject and present it as a legal case. He
would preach as though he were standing in front of a
jury and needed to convince them. At the end, he would
demand a decision from them.
This was his success in the ministry during an age
when there was no radio, television, or amplifiers and
microphones. He won about five hundred thousand
people to Jesus. It is said of his converts that about 85
percent stayed true in their faith. In comparison to
modern-day evangelism, we find this figure is extremely