I recently shared on ministering in the anointing at our Fisherman’s Network meeting. Too often Christians become content by just attending a good church, receiving a good word, and enjoying the worship service. It’s way too easy to turn into just an observer and supporter and not be involved in the ministry of the Spirit yourself. I believe the Lord intends for each and every Christian to move in the Spirit. After all, Paul told all of us to “earnestly desire spiritual gifts”. Yesterday I talked about the importance of emphasizing the baptism in the Holy Spirit if you want to minister by the Spirit. Along with that we see the importance of saturating in the Spirit. Here is a quote from Acts 19 that describes the importance of saturation.
Acts 19:11,12 – This took place for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.
In a number of the early copies of the manuscripts of the book of Acts there was a foot note that said that these daily meetings conducted by Paul lasted from 10-4 each day for two years. Just think about that for a moment, Paul the apostle teaching, preaching, prophesying, and laying his hands on people daily for two years. No wonder the results were supernatural.
All of Asia Minor heard the word of God during those two years. Apparently the word had spread and many people came from all over Asia and heard God’s word and were filled with the Spirit. The results were that churches were started all over that region. It also describes pieces of clothing from Paul’s body that were sent out all across the region. The atmosphere of saturation apparently collected in Paul’s clothing resulting in many miracles all over Asia Minor.
The message for us today from this passage is quite apparent. In order to have a supernatural touch on our ministry we must take the time to saturate. Short, seeker friendly meetings will never allow for a supernatural flow to develop, much less equip others to minister in the power of the Spirit. I believe our world is ready for a demonstration of signs and wonders; begin to practice a lifestyle of saturation and the Lord will begin to work through you.