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Preaching, Teaching, And Counseling Under The Anointing.

If I could share something with anyone, especially young ministers, this is it. Let's examine the effectiveness of preaching, teaching, and counseling under the anointing of the Holy Spirit versus doing the same without Him.


Preaching:


**With the Holy Spirit:**

- **Scripture:** Acts 2:37 - "When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?'"


Illustration:** Consider Peter's sermon on the Day of Pentecost. Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, his words pierced the hearts of thousands, leading to their conversion and baptism. The Holy Spirit gave Peter boldness, clarity, and authority, resulting in a profound spiritual impact.


Comment:** Preaching under the anointing of the Holy Spirit brings about conviction, transformation, and genuine repentance. It's not merely the eloquence of words but the power of God working through those words that brings change.


**Without the Holy Spirit:**

- **Scripture:** 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 - "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power."


Illustration:** Imagine a well-crafted sermon delivered with excellent oratory skills but lacking the Spirit's power. It may impress intellectually but fail to touch hearts or inspire lasting change. The message becomes a lecture rather than a divine encounter.


Note: Does your church give Lectures or Life Changing messages?


Comment:** Without the Holy Spirit, preaching can become a mere transfer of information rather than a transformative experience. It may/will lack the spiritual depth and divine authority that compels listeners to respond in faith.


Teaching:


**With the Holy Spirit:**

- **Scripture:** John 14:26 - "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you."


Illustration:** Jesus often taught with authority that astonished listeners (Matthew 7:28-29). As the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit illuminates the Scriptures, providing insights and understanding beyond human wisdom.


Comment:** Teaching under the anointing of the Holy Spirit leads to a more profound revelation and understanding of God's Word. It empowers the teacher and the students, fostering spiritual growth and discernment.


**Without the Holy Spirit:**

- **Scripture:** 2 Timothy 3:7 - "Always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth."


Illustration:** Consider a theology class taught by someone who relies solely on academic knowledge without the Spirit's guidance. Students might gain intellectual knowledge but miss the heart and spirit of the message. They learn facts but don't experience transformation.


Comment:** Without the Holy Spirit, teaching can be dry, academic, and lacking in spiritual vitality. It may fail to connect with the hearts of learners, leaving them informed but not transformed.


Counseling:


**With the Holy Spirit:**

- **Scripture:** Isaiah 11:2 - "The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord."


Illustration:** Think of a counseling session where the counselor is guided by the Holy Spirit, who provides wisdom, discernment, and empathy. The counselor can speak directly to the heart of the issue, offering hope and healing through God's truth.


Comment:** Counseling under the anointing of the Holy Spirit brings divine wisdom and comfort. It allows the counselor to see beyond the surface and address the root causes of issues, facilitating true healing and restoration.


**Without the Holy Spirit:**

- **Scripture:** Proverbs 14:12 - "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."


Illustration:** Consider secular counseling, which relies on human understanding and techniques. While it may provide temporary relief or coping strategies, it often lacks the spiritual depth needed for complete healing and transformation.


Comment:** Without the Holy Spirit, counseling can be limited to human wisdom, which may not fully address individuals' spiritual and emotional needs. It risks missing the deeper issues and the trustworthy source of healing found in Christ.


Conclusion:


**Opinion:**

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is crucial in preaching, teaching, and counseling. It transforms these activities from human efforts into powerful ministries that bring genuine spiritual change. The Holy Spirit provides the wisdom, insight, and power needed to effectively minister to others, ensuring that the Gospel's message is heard and experienced.


In my extensive experience, I have witnessed the profound difference the Holy Spirit makes. Whether delivering sermons that cut to the heart, teaching that enlightens minds, or counseling that heals broken spirits, the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit are indispensable. Without Him, our efforts are like trying to light a fire with wet wood—ineffective and frustrating. But with Him, even the simplest acts become infused with divine power and purpose.

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