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A New Season of Restoration - Aug 20, 2012

The church is entering into a new season. Many are about to experience great restoration and harvest in their lives.

John 10:10 declares: "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)" (The Amplified Bible). It may feel as if the enemy has come in like a thief and tried to rob, steal, kill and destroy. But I have a word from the Lord for you:


The thief has been found out!

"But if he is found out, he must restore seven times [what he stole]; he must give the whole substance of his house [if necessary—to meet his fine]" (Prov. 6:31).

After you have discernment about where and how the enemy has been stealing from you, you can rise up and use the authority God has given you as a believer. When the thief has been discovered to have stolen something, he must not only return what he stole but also give back seven times as much. He must give his whole house away if necessary to pay back the fines he owes.

The devil has a lot of fines to pay! In addition to having to give back seven times what he stole from you, he is having to allow us to plunder his entire house.

If he has tried to put depression and heaviness on you, get ready for seven-fold joy. If he has tried to put sickness on you, get ready for seven-fold health. If he has tried to put debt and lack on you, get ready for seven-fold prosperity and provision. If he has tried to put fear and anxiety on you, get ready for seven-fold faith. If he has tried to put bondage and addiction on you, get ready for seven-fold freedom.

It's harvest time! Lost years will be restored. God is a God of the second chance. He is about to restore to you the years the locust has eaten.

Some suffering is unjust. However, some of the suffering we experience is the result of bad choices we have made. Some of you today are reaping a negative harvest in your life because of bad seeds you have sown. When we make sinful choices, we are sowing negative seeds in our lives that will ultimately bring a bad harvest.


However, we serve a God of the second and third and fourth chance! If you will begin to sow good seeds in your life today, your harvest will change. God is in the restoring business, and many people are about to experience glorious restoration in different areas of their lives. We cannot always get back lost opportunities, but God is able to restore the years that were lost to you and cause the glory on your latter house to be greater than that on your former house.

Here is the word of the Lord for you in this new season:

Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before. And the [threshing] floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice [of the grape] and oil. And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten—the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame.
—Joel 2:23-26

It's harvest time. Your threshing floors will be full of wheat, and there will be an overflow of wine and oil in your life. Wheat and grain always speak of harvest, and the wine and oil speak of the overflow and abundance of the anointing of the Holy Spirit in your life. Years that were lost during past seasons of wilderness wanderings are about to come back to you and be replaced by harvest and blessing. Some of you will even experience an extension of your lives as lost years are restored!

To begin your season of restoration right now, pray this prayer:

Heavenly Father, I humble myself and repent for any bad choices I have made during the years. I ask You to bring full restoration into my life and restore my lost years. May the glory on my latter house be greater than that on my former. I command everything that was taken from me and everything that was stolen from me to be restored, in Jesus' name. I command the thief to repay seven times what he stole. In Jesus' name, I command every fine to be paid, and I empty the storehouse of the thief! I command the thief to restore seven times everything that he has ever taken from me, in Jesus' name. Father, I thank you for the abundant harvest and fresh anointing that is coming my way! In Jesus' name, amen.


About the author:
Matt Sorger is a prophetic revivalist who ministers the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit in conferences, prophetic healing revival services and miracle crusades throughout America and around the world. He also hosts pastors and leaders conferences to train and equip leaders in the power of the Holy Spirit. In his meetings, many are instantly healed and infused with greater passion for God. Learn more about him and his ministry at mattsorger.com.

Integrity for the Race - Jan 11, 2012

By Matt Sorger

God wants to develop His character in us so we can persevere for the long haul. Yet how he does it is often anything but easy.

We are not born with integrity. Integrity is something that is developed in our lives through the choices we make every day.

Integrity is an internal standard and conviction. It is having a sensitive conscience before God. The more sensitive your conscience is, the more in tune with the Holy Spirit you will be. As you follow your conscience, you will develop integrity in your life. True character and integrity are revealed in the choices you make when no one else is around.

Integrity is very similar to the process a horse goes through to harness its tremendous strength and power. Integrity involves a process of brokenness. But when we yield to this process, God’s power within us is able to reach its fullest and highest potential.

Just as it is vital that a rider builds a bond of trust between him and his horse to make the horse easier to train, so our trust for God enables Him to train us by His Spirit in the most productive and life-giving way. When we submit to God’s dealings in our lives, He gently breaks the areas of our stubborn wills that need to come under submission, and He empowers us to reach our maximum potential. As areas of self are broken, God’s power within us becomes harnessed to produce the greatest results through our lives.

The key is having a heart that can endure the test of extreme pressure and time. Many people are born with God-given strengths and abilities. They are graced and gifted by God with certain capabilities. They start out strong; they are sprinters who appear to be the ones who will finish first.

But when the test of time sets in and the pressure builds up from a long-distance race, their hearts burst. Their triumph ends in tragedy, taking many other people out in the process. The well-known healing evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman observed this and noted, “Whether life grinds a man down or polishes him depends on what he’s made of.”

Power for the Long Haul
God doesn’t want us just to start strong. He doesn’t just want us to be champions at short races. He wants to create in us the ability to run fast and hard for the long haul. He wants to undergird His power in our lives so that it will carry us all the way through to the end. Integrity is what will keep your heart strong and enduring. Integrity is what will ultimately qualify you to be a thoroughbred champion. It’s what will empower you to run your race and win.

We have been created to be vessels of God’s power. Developing a life of integrity is crucial to harnessing, maintaining and increasing God’s power in our lives. When we only focus on the gifts God gives us and neglect the process of cultivating a life of integrity, we can become disqualified in the process. Integrity will be our keeping grace! Integrity will enable us to carry God’s power for the long haul in our lives. Integrity is produced through brokenness.

Smith Wigglesworth, a man powerfully used by God in the healing ministry, testified, “Before God could bring me to this place, He has broken me a thousand times.”


Brokenness Brings Victory
Let’s look at how power is released through brokenness in a strategy the Lord gave to Gideon in Judges 7:16-22. In this portion of Scripture, Gideon divided 300 men into three companies. He put into their hands trumpets and empty pitchers with torches of fire inside them.·

When they got to the edge of the enemy’s camp, they blew the trumpets and shouted, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” (v. 18). When they blew the trumpets they also broke the pitchers in their hands, releasing the fire that was hidden inside.

In their left hand they held the fire; in their right hand they held the trumpets. When the sound of the Lord was released through their shout, the Midianite army turned on itself and fled before Gideon and his men! The battle and victory were won.

It’s interesting that both hands were occupied with a torch and trumpet. Neither hand was free to hold a sword. Why? Because the sword was in God’s hand.·

The principle here is simple. When the vessel is broken, the fire is released. Combined with the sound of the trumpet, the enemy is sent into confusion and defeated. When we are broken and release a sound of praise to God, our enemy is defeated. God’s power is released on our behalf through this divine strategy.

True brokenness releases the power of God in our lives. It enables God to fight our battles for us, so the enemy is completely defeated. True heart integrity comes as a result of godly brokenness.


Leading With IntegrityTwo men in the Bible clearly demonstrate the power of brokenness and integrity. Saul and David were both imperfect. Both made mistakes. Both sinned. One had his power taken from him. The other was able to maintain it in his life. One had integrity. The other did not. What was the difference?

Saul made a lot of mistakes as king. He fell into insecurity, jealousy, anger, hatred, pride, rebellion, fear of man and witchcraft. He was an imperfect vessel. Yet when he was first called by God, he was humble and lowly in his own eyes. But pride soon took over his heart.

When the prophet Samuel confronted his sin, Saul freely admitted it (1 Sam. 15:30). But in his next breath he asks to be honored before the people. Saul was not truly broken or repentant before God. He had a worldly sorrow. He was sorry that he got caught. He was sorry for the consequences he now had to face.

But he still cared more about his own reputation than he did about hurting God’s heart. His heart was not pure. It was not truly broken or repentant. He was still seeking honor before men.

A fellow minister whose ministry has substantially grown and who now reaches the masses told me about how his first pastor publicly shared from the pulpit that he was sorry for how he had been in the past. He wanted people to know that he had changed and was not the same person any more. Under his years of ministry there was a wake of wounded and hurt people left on the sidelines, including my friend.

For years his pastor had used control, fear and anger to manipulate the people he was called to serve. After losing a lot of people from his church he came to a place of brokenness. He wanted people publicly to know he had changed.

Then my friend received a private email from the pastor. In the letter he wanted to know why he hadn’t received more public recognition and honor from my friend. This email came at the same time he was publicly sharing his supposed brokenness from the pulpit.

Like Saul, this leader had a type of brokenness but still wanted public honor and recognition. It was not godly brokenness. We must be careful we don’t deceive ourselves about the sorrow we feel.

Let’s look at David’s brokenness. Like Saul, he made some bad mistakes when he was king. He committed murder and adultery. Yet God called David a man after His own heart. How can this be? How can a man who commits such horrible things be after God’s heart? When David was confronted for his sin, we see his response in Psalm 51.

David was not concerned about his reputation. He was concerned about grieving God’s heart and losing God’s presence in his life. His relationship with God was the most important thing to him. It was because of his godly brokenness that he did not lose the kingdom; nor did he lose God’s power in his life.

He sinned, but he received forgiveness through godly repentance. Even though he still faced consequences for his bad choices and actions, he didn’t lose his relationship with God or his authority and power. Godly brokenness brought restoration in his life.·

The integrity produced in David’s heart through his testings—including both the ones he passed and failed—caused God’s power to be harnessed, maintained and sustained in his life, maintaining his kingship.

David’s response meant everything to God. Even though he failed at times, he won in the end because he really had a heart after God. He allowed God to work integrity into his life.

Cultivating a repentant heart is the essential key to living a life of integrity. A broken and contrite heart will fully turn to God in weakness and receive God’s strength to change.·

Integrity is an internal conviction that no one else can give you. It has to come from within your own heart.·

My own personal goal in life is to be as transparent as possible so that the person I am in front of people is the same person I am in private. I can keep no secrets. My life is an open book.·

If I ever feel I have grieved God’s heart in some way, I have to get before God and pray until I feel my heart is clean. This constant sense of repentance and brokenness before God keeps me in His presence. It’s how I cultivate His presence and power in my life.·

As we cultivate a life of integrity through godly repentance and brokenness, we will harness God’s power in our lives for the long haul, enabling us to finish our race strong all the way to the finish line.

By Matt Sorger

Matt Sorger is a prophetic minister who takes a practical approach to successful Christia living. He travels nationally and internationally to minister the Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. His latest book is Power for Life (Charisma House), from which this article is taken. Visit him online at mattsorger.com.

Prepare Yourself for Change - Sep 7, 2011

By Matt Sorger

Rosh Hashanah is one of the highest holy days on the Jewish calendar. God works in times and seasons and never does anything haphazardly. Over the last 10 years since God first launched us into the prophetic healing ministry, I have noticed that each September has been spiritually a significant month for us. It was in September 2002 that our ministry was birthed, and with each September since God has brought a significant change and transition. September marks the first month of the original Jewish calendar, with Rosh Hashanah marking the first day of the New Year. The Jewish feasts and holy days mark important times and seasons in the Spirit. God still works in line with His original calendar.

A Time of Transition and Realignment Is Occurring
September, coming into the Jewish New Year, is often a time of transition and change. When the Lord brings change there comes a realignment of things, and a cutting away occurs. This brings a realignment of the body of Christ so that we are in the right place at the right time for the purposes of the kingdom.

I believe many in the church are entering a new season in their lives in which God is calling them to leave the old behind and step into the new. Things of the past that have impeded our forward motion must be left behind if we are to move upward in God’s purpose and call. It truly is a time when God is stripping and removing everything that would hinder our race in Him.

As we transition into the new we must understand what He is doing and what things He is requiring of us to leave behind. This transition will be different for each one of us depending on God’s unique plan and destiny for our lives. We must have an ear to hear Him in this season.


Be Careful Not to Copy Old PatternsGod is breaking out of the box. We must be very careful in this next season not to pattern ourselves after models of the past, even good models. We must not carbon-copy ourselves after patterns of ministry that worked in the last season. God is doing a new thing. To move into the new wineskin we must remain very pliable and sensitive to what God is doing and how He is moving. This will require a keen sensitivity to His voice and a boldness not to blend in and go with the flow. It will require a heart of total obedience and death to self.

Leviticus 23:23-32 speaks about the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. There is both historical and prophetic significance in each feast.

The first three feasts deal with the first coming of Christ; the last three look forward to His second coming. The feasts still hold great significance for us today. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17: “Think not that I have come to destroy the Law, or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

Colossians 2:16-17 also indicates that these feasts are a “shadow of things to come.” Things that have been concealed in the Old Testament have now been revealed through the life of Christ.

The Feast of Trumpets (Beginning A New Year Spiritually)Sept. 29, 2011, marks the day of Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets. It begins the spiritual New Year. This day begins the period known as the Ten Days of Awe and ends in Yom Kippur and the Day of Atonement.

During this festival the Jewish people pray for God’s forgiveness, for a good new year and for long life. According to Jewish tradition, this day is also the beginning of God’s annual judgment of humanity. During this spiritual season God is searching our hearts. It is a time to:

Humble ourselves before God and let Him search and judge our hearts. We must have a contrite attitude and repent of all sin.
Pray God’s blessing over the New Year.
Pray God’s blessing for a long and healthy life in Christ.
Jewish services on Rosh Hashanah emphasize judgment, penitence and forgiveness. A shofar is blown to call the people to a place of repentance of sin and to be awakened to holy service to God.

A movement of holiness and power.
During this season there is a call going out for both holiness and power. As we transition into the new season we will see these two very important streams running parallel to each other in the church—the stream of very deep holiness and the stream of extraordinary power.

The days of mixture are over when people have operated in the anointing in public and lived in sin in private. God is calling us to a higher standard, to a place of spiritual maturity. God is bringing the church into a place of true sonship. For this to happen we must experience His holy, loving discipline so we can mature into the place of holiness and power He is calling us to.

God is dealing with all mixture in the heart of His body, corporately and individually. There is a greater glory coming, and to hold its weight we must have a firm, strong foundation. As the power of God increases on the church we must have an even more solid foundation. God is taking all the mixture out so we can handle the pure power of the Holy Spirit.

We don’t always know what is in our hearts. If there is something that must be purged, God will purge it. Our part is to humble ourselves and let God search and cleanse our hearts.

Determine the direction for the coming year.
The position we take before God will determine the direction of the rest of the year. What we sow now will release a harvest for the coming year. Rosh Hashanah is known as the “Head of the Year.” Jewish tradition says it marks the anniversary of the creation of the world and is the day when God takes stock of creation. Just as the head directs the body, so God’s judgments on Rosh Hashanah direct the events of the coming year.

I shared earlier that it is very important what we sow during this season. The decisions and choices we make will set the course for the coming year. The seeds we sow now in our lives will determine the harvest we experience in the year to come.

When I talk about God’s judgment, some will jump on that and say: "Yeah! People are so sinful, God is just going to destroy the world!"

When I say judgment I don’t mean God’s destruction. God’s judgment is always redemptive, and His discipline is always in love and with encouragement. Correction that comes without encouragement is not from God’s heart. His discipline always encourages us to rise higher; it never discourages us nor knocks us down. That is usually the work of a critical, judgmental spirit.

A good time to take stock.
It’s a good time to go before the Lord and ask Him to search your heart and purge out everything that has crept in that could offend Him. As we move into the next season God has for us, the position to take is one of humility, searching and judging our own hearts so that we ourselves are not judged. It is also a time to pray for God’s blessing and favor on the New Year.


The Day of AtonementFollowing Rosh Hashanah are the Ten Days of Awe that lead into The Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement is the day the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies and apply the blood of the sacrifice to the mercy seat to atone for the sins of the people from the previous year. There was no barrier between the high priest and the full manifested glory of God.

I believe that as we humble ourselves before God and embrace the sacrifice of the cross in a new way in our lives, we will experience a depth of intimacy and communion with God deeper than we have ever known before. There will be no barrier between us and His glory, as we embrace the work of the cross. Humility opens the way for us to go deep into a pure communion with God.

It will be out of this place that we reap the amazing harvest that is awaiting us. Not only a harvest of God’s mercy and love in our own lives, but a harvest of global proportions as we see the heart of humanity turn toward God in this last hour. Get ready to move in His extraordinary power based in a life of holiness, humility and extraordinary love.

About the author:
Matt Sorger is a prophetic revivalist who ministers the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit in conferences, prophetic healing-revival services and miracle crusades throughout America and around the world. He hosts pastors and leaders conferences to train and equip leaders in the power of the Holy Spirit and is the host of his own television program. He is also an author; his newest book, Power for Life, releases this month from Charisma House. Learn more about him and his ministry at mattsorger.com.

8 Ways to Tap into God - Jan 21, 2011

By Matt Sorger

Learn ways to connect with God’s supernatural power.

I will never forget the moment a 12-year-old deaf girl stepped onto the platform where I was standing. I had been led to pray for deaf ears to be opened, and as God’s presence and glory filled the room, miracles began occurring all over the stadium.

My team brought this young girl up to testify. When they brushed back her long brown hair, I was astonished. She had been born without ears. Where her ears should have been, there were just little holes in the sides of her head. The anointing of God had come upon her when I prayed for deaf ears, and she felt a popping in her ears. At that moment, eardrums were formed on the inside of her head. Her hearing was opened for the first time in her life.

I knew the miracle had nothing to do with me. My part was simply to lead the people in worship until the glory of God came and then let God do the rest. That night in Mexico we saw many healed by God’s power, even several people who were crippled.
I had first witnessed the amazing healing power of God when I was 14 years old. But during the next several years I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t seeing more of that same power demonstrated in weekly church life.

I was tired of powerless prayers. When I prayed for someone I wanted something to happen! Combined with my frustration was an insatiable thirst and longing for a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Two things were happening simultaneously: God was making me dissatisfied with the status quo, and He was placing a spiritual hunger in my heart that drove me into hours of communion with the Holy Spirit.

During the last 20 years, God has taught me many things about living a life full of spiritual power. The most important thing is that walking intimately with Him and having a deep grounding in His Word are essential for Him to release tremendous power through us. I’ve been blessed to witness the demonstration of His power through me thousands of times in the lives of countless people.

Another thing I’ve learned about God’s power and gifts is that although they flow out of His grace and are activated by faith, personal preparation in the areas of character, integrity and holiness enable us to sustain a constant flow of His power through our lives.

However, we must always remember that He is the source, and it is by His grace that we are qualified to be partakers of His heavenly glory. It has nothing to do with our efforts or works. If it did, we could take some of the credit. Since it doesn’t, God gets all the glory.

He wants to develop our character so we will be grounded in Christ and will properly steward the power He pours through us. But you don’t have to wait until you are a mature Christian to allow God to use you. You can begin to operate in the Spirit the moment Christ enters your heart.

This was true in my own life. I experienced many encounters and many moments of God’s power during my early years as a Christian. Those encounters shaped who I am today.

On the following pages are eight secrets to operating in the creative, miracle-power of God. This is by no means a simple three-step process, but I do believe if you apply these principles to your life, you’ll see signs and wonders released through you on a daily basis.

1. Cultivate God’s presence in your life.
The more you can cultivate an environment that’s conducive to the Holy Spirit, the more of God’s presence you will carry. The more of His presence you carry, the more power you will have.

You cultivate this environment by spending time doing whatever it takes to have the person and presence of the Holy Spirit hanging out with you. Quickly confess and repent of the slightest leaning toward sin or spiritual darkness. Pray in tongues often. Cover yourself under the blood of Jesus. Meditate in the Word. Express worship to the Lord through song and prayer.

Constantly invite the Holy Spirit to be with you in evident ways as often as possible. Avoid anything that would grieve Him. You’ll find that as your life is filled with the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit, miracles, signs and wonders will be a natural overflow.

2. Cultivate God’s faith in your heart.
True supernatural faith flows out of the spirit and affects the mind—not the other way around. Faith defies logic and natural reality for a higher spiritual reality. It causes natural things to line up with what God has already accomplished spiritually.

We must live in the Word and constantly renew our minds. Faith is born from revelation in the heart. When truth is revealed to your mind and heart by the Holy Spirit through the Word, faith comes alive on the inside of you. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NKJV).

Soak your mind and spirit in God’s Word by constantly setting your thoughts on it, and the revelation of truth will produce supernatural faith in your heart. Heart-faith produced by the revelation of truth is the ultimate key to operating in God’s power, and the Bible tells us it comes from Jesus: “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]” (Heb. 12:2, The Amplified Bible).

3. Add action to your faith.
The power anointing comes for a reason and has an intended purpose. Isaiah 61:1 says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (NKJV).

The power anointing for healing and miracles will manifest only if you’re praying for sick people to be healed. You must be intentional in looking for opportunities in which this anointing will be needed. The Bible tells us, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). The power anointing is given to help other people in a supernatural way and in the process reveal God’s heart and nature to them.

Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged. Stay focused and tenacious. No matter what you see, set your vision higher, know and understand God’s will and truth, and allow His faith to move you to action. This action will release the power of God and produce the miraculous.

4. Passionately pursue spiritual gifts.
First Corinthians 14:1 tells us to earnestly desire spiritual gifts. I often lay my hands on my own belly during times of prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to stir up and manifest the gifts of the Spirit that are within me. Spiritual gifts of healing, working of miracles, words of knowledge and faith are all invaluable manifestations for the ministry of the miraculous. As you ask God to stir them up, He will.

The Greek word for the gifts of the Spirit is charisma, which Strong’s Concordance defines as “gifts of grace; a favor which one receives without any merit of his own.” You can’t work for or earn them. They are given freely by the Holy Spirit just as salvation is. You can have all of them—and the more you pursue them, the more you will have!

5. Practice prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:14-21 gives an account of the healing of an epileptic boy. The disciples couldn’t cure him, but Jesus did. When Jesus was asked why the disciples had no success, He said it was because of their unbelief.

It wasn’t a question of God’s will. Nor did Jesus focus on the boy’s faith. It was the level of faith in the disciples’ hearts. Yet He also pointed out that “this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (v. 21).

Prayer and fasting help to release God’s faith within us. It’s the faith that produces the miracle, not the fasting. Fasting and prayer in this instance serve as the passageway into the fullness of faith that exists in God’s heart. Again, it isn’t by our works, but by His faith and grace extended toward us.

6. Learn to hear God’s voice.
To operate in the supernatural we must develop a keen sensitivity to the person of the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t work the same way all the time, and we need to hear His direction for each situation.

Consider Jesus. He saw signs and wonders on a consistent basis in His daily life, but He never prayed the same way twice. Sometimes He laid hands on people; sometimes He instructed them to take a specific action; sometimes He did unusual things Himself such as spit in mud and put it into a person’s eyes. He was unconventional but completely Spirit-led.

The key is He did only what He saw His Father doing (see John 5:19). His ability to hear and see the actions of His heavenly Father came out of the time He spent with Him in prayer and communion. If you want to sensitize your spiritual eyes and ears, you must put yourself in a place where you can see and hear God.

This will often require you to pull away into a “deserted place” so you can place all your heart and mind on Him. When you exercise your spiritual senses by learning to listen and not just talk, you will be led by the Spirit to see wonderful manifestations of His power.

7. Associate with the anointing.
A major key for me in being brought to a new level of God’s power was learning that it was OK to go where God was moving. Some people think: If God wants to give me something, He can come right here into my room. I don’t need to go anywhere. Of course God can meet us in our own rooms, and many times He does.

However, that doesn’t negate the fact that you can literally “catch” the anointing by putting yourself in a place where God is moving. Find people and ministries that are carrying God and get around them. We learn from one another and receive impartation of power through association.

These corporate encounters with God do not replace your hidden devotion expressed in the place of private prayer. They simply add to and enhance your relationship with God.

I’ve been blessed to have been able to associate with some of the most anointed people on the earth today. My fellowship with them has not only stirred my faith but also released a transference of wisdom, revelation and power into my own life and ministry.

Anointed fellowship, whether from meeting with another person or from listening to anointed teaching CDs and videos, is crucial to cultivating the anointing in your life. Associate with God’s power by hanging out where He is.

8. Be motivated by love.
Love must be the foundation for everything you do. Without it, power can lead to pride and self-inflation.

Love is the greatest manifestation of God’s power. It was because of love that Jesus walked in total obedience. It was because of love that the power of sin and Satan were defeated.

Love is what motivates our faith (see Gal. 5:6). Love is what causes us to live in the Spirit. Love is the greatest virtue of all.

Without faith you can’t please God. But without love you can’t know Him at all. Love filled with truth is the ultimate spiritual weapon against sin, temptation, offense, disunity, sickness, oppression and spiritual corruption, and death. Love conquers all.

As you apply these principles to your life with God, expect to see His glorious power and anointing released in you and through you.

There is someone out there who is waiting for a miracle. They need God’s touch. Your life and obedience to God may be the missing ingredient!

Matt Sorger (mattsorger.com) is a revivalist who hosts international miracle crusades and conferences for equipping Christians in the power of the Holy Spirit. He first experienced God’s power at age 14 after seeing his mother supernaturally healed. While pursuing a degree in medicine, he was called into ministry.

The Revival of the Fear of the Lord and its Benefits - Aug 17, 2010

by Matt Sorger

One of the characteristics that will mark this fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit is a revival of the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is vital in order to live a successful and vibrant Christian life. It doesn’t rob the joy out of your life. In fact, it causes you to live your life to its fullest potential in God and releases supernatural joy, peace and prosperity!

There are many benefits to living a life filled with a healthy and holy fear of God. The true fear of the Lord is to hate all evil. It is to love everything that God loves and to hate everything that He hates. This standard and plumb line of righteousness and truth will keep you strong when you are tempted to compromise what is right. It will cause you to overcome in life and fulfill everything God has for you to be and to do. As we allow the Holy Spirit to do His deep work in each of our lives, we will experience every blessing that comes along with embracing the fear of the Lord.

Psalm 34: 9-15 declares “O fear the Lord, you His saints (revere and worship Him)! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear. The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek the Lord, none of them shall lack any beneficial thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you to revere and worshipfully fear the Lord. What man is he who desires life and longs for many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue it! The eyes of the Lord are toward the (uncompromisingly) righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” (AMP)

What a promise! During a time of economic uncertainty and financial strain, we can experience God’s provision and blessing and not lack any beneficial thing. Those who fear the Lord and depart from evil, they will live long, healthy, good lives. They will be filled with peace and will never lack or suffer hunger. The fear of the Lord releases supernatural provision and blessing during times of want.

Eccl 12: 13 also declares “All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man (the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun) and the whole duty of every man.” (AMP)

The fear of the Lord will cause you to keep God’s word and will be the root of character in your life. It is actually the foundation for your happiness, as seen in the Amplified translation. It will bring a divine adjustment to every inharmonious circumstance you could ever encounter. It brings peace where there is chaos, joy where there is depression, and blessing and provision where there is lack. The fear of the Lord will bring a holy alignment into every area of your life. Anything that is out of order that could bring pain and discomfort will be put back into right order. The root of the fear of the Lord will produce the abundant fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life.

In this hour where many are filled with fear and uncertainty, you can rejoice and rest in peace as you embrace the fear of the Lord and allow His provision, righteousness, truth and joy to fill your life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Sorger is a prophetic revivalist who travels throughout America and the nations of the world bringing a fresh word and a fresh impartation of God's Spirit through national conferences, prophetic healing revival services and international miracle crusades. He also hosts pastors' and leaders' conferences throughout the nations to help train and equip leaders in the power of the Holy Spirit. Matt carries a strong healing and miracle anointing with many instantly healed in his meetings. His ministry is also used to help spread the fires of revival and ignite a fresh passion in the hearts of believers to go deeper in their relationship with God.