Unction or Emotion? – by Roberts Liardon

Posted on August 11, 2012
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I’ve had prophecies for individuals that I wanted to give right then. My soul said they needed to hear it, but in my spirit I had no release to give it. So I had to wait.

We must learn the difference between emotion and unction. You do not give a word from God without the unction. An attempt to move in the Spirit by emotion will pull you out from the correct timing of God every time. Learning and operating with the unction in our spirit will keep us in step with His timing. We must speak out of the unction of spirit, not the pull of emotion.

The Greek word “charisma” means an unguent, or a smearing with oil or a salve, and it is usually translated as some form of the word “anoint.”1 The scholars who translated the King James Version of the Bible used “unction” as an English translation of “charisma” only one time in the entire Bible.

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

—1 John 2:20

“Unction” simply means “anointing.” Do not give a prophecy to anyone unless you have the anointing from the Holy Spirit to do so. There must be a divine stirring inside of you. It is not based on an emotion. It is not a “good idea” that would make the person feel better. That unction from God literally draws it out of you, for it is the unction, or anointing, that brings the prophecy forth in power.

Sometimes I have a prophecy in my spirit, and I walk into a meeting where the people seem to be really rejoicing, praising God, and ready to receive. But there is no unction on me to give forth the word. Then I go into another meeting where it does not look as if anything is happening, and boom! There comes the prophecy.

I used to wonder why God would give it to those people and not the ones at the earlier meeting. Then I began to see that only God knows the heart and level of maturity. His prophecies are meant to begin a work immediately when they are received.

One of the fivefold offices is that of a prophet. Prophets must be very sensitive to the timing of the Holy Spirit. If they are not aware of the timing of God, they can get involved in self-inflicted or self-caused persecution by releasing and doing things without an anointing or before the proper time. Prophets are very aware of what God is doing today and in the future. Just because they have the ability to “see” what God will do doesn’t mean it is time to announce it or to try to cause it to happen. It is of utmost importance that prophets remain sensitive to the timing of God.

Some time ago, I became so tired of hearing “dead” prophecies. I thought if I heard another one, I would scream. Dead prophecies are exhortations out of someone’s soul. They may be heartfelt, but they are not words from God and should not be given forth as such. No matter how good they sound or how scriptural they are, there is no anointing to prophesy on those words. If people are learning how to operate in the gifts or in the prophetic office, that is one thing. But some people have given out dead prophecies for years.

The unction gives you power to speak out the word of God in a high-ranking force. It carries weight and rearranges the thoughts and the direction we walk. Our emotions say that an exhortational prophecy means “pat me,” but biblical exhortation means to urge, admonish, push on, and warn.

The apostle Peter wrote that in old times, men of God spoke by the Holy Spirit, not by the will of men. (See 2 Peter 1:21.) The New Testament times or present-day times are no different. When a word is spoken in the correct timing with unction, it will come with weight, power, and force. The Holy Spirit knows the perfect time.

We must learn not to give forth a word just because an auditorium is full or the conditions seem right. It would be easy to release a word from the Lord when excitement runs high, but we must train ourselves to let the Holy Spirit lead us, not the excitement level around us. The unction within will direct us to the appointed time.

Unity and Corporate Prayer – by Roberts Liardon

Posted on July 22, 2012
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If any member of Grandma’s family faced a situation where he or she couldn’t seem to pray through to victory, another family member was called and they prayed in agree­ment until the battle was won. It is the same in the body of Christ. When one family member hurts, we all hurt until we pray the situation through to victory.

We have agreed together in prayer until everyone’s bills were paid. We have stood together until we saw answers to prayer. We have hounded heaven’s doors until God answered. I believe sometimes God must have said, “Let’s answer their prayers so they will be quiet!” We knew how to be persistent in prayer, which is one of the keys to a successful prayer life. Confession is important, but it must be reinforced with prayer to be effective.

I am convinced that corporate prayer, unity, and love are God’s design for the entire body of Christ. Only in this manner will we overcome some of the hurdles we face in this day and hour. God is calling men and women to use power and discernment—sharpened through prayer. Then, every­where we walk, we will tear the devil up.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. —Jude 20-21

I believe Grandma knew these verses very well because when we came home from school, she would take us in a room, shut the door, and say, “Now, hit your knees. I want to hear you pray in tongues loud enough for both your ears and mine to hear.” Why did she do that? Although it seemed weird at first, that attitude strengthened us in the boldness of the Lord.

If we did not pray loud enough, she would say, “I can’t hear you!”

That is how to train your children in the ways of the Lord. That is how to teach them about the realm of the spirit. Teach them to discern a demon from an angel. In prayer your children learn to know the voice of God from a human or demonic voice.

Grandma knew how to raise children, and she knew how to build churches. She would head up prayer groups and teach them exactly as she taught me. She would set the example of how to pray, and she would correct in love when someone got in the flesh. As a result, the power of the Holy Spirit cleaned up both the individuals and the church.

Common Love for Jesus by Roberts Liardon

Posted on November 24, 2011
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Oral sent her a long letter about his ministry, along with a little booklet he had written. Evelyn wrote back eagerly, certain that this was confirmation of her initial feelings for Oral. They continued to correspond during the following months. From Evelyn’s responses to his letter, Oral grew certain that she was the one for him. God was drawing their hearts together through their common love for Jesus.

Roberts Liardon tells us that the only thing left was for Oral and Evelyn to meet face-to-face and confirm that their relationship was truly from the Lord. One weekend in September 1938, Oral decided to drive the six hundred miles from Oklahoma to south Texas to meet Evelyn. Knowing how serious Oral was about this girl he hardly knew, Mama Roberts insisted on accompanying him!

She knew that the gifts bestowed on her son meant that he needed the prayerful support of a godly wife, and she wanted to make certain that his decision was the right one. Nevertheless, it had to have appeared strange for Oral to show up with his mother to meet a prospective fiancée.

Evelyn and her grandparents accepted the visit from both of the Robertses graciously, however. During that weekend, Oral and Evelyn talked a great deal and attended church together. They also spent a day alone fishing together on the Gulf of Mexico, but Oral quips, “All we caught was each other!”

By the end of the day, Oral knew that he had found the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Looking into Evelyn’s eyes, he said joyously, My huge, happy, hilarious heart is throbbing tumultuously, tremendously, triumphantly with a lingering, lasting, long-lived love for you. As I gaze into your bewildering, beauteous, bounteous, beaming eyes, I am literally, lonesomely lost in a dazzling, daring, delightful dream in which your fair, felicitous, fanciful face is ever present like a colossal, comprehensive constellation. Will you be my sweet, smiling, soulful, satisfied spouse?

A Legacy for Young Pastors by Roberts Liardon

Posted on November 3, 2011
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The C-130, nicknamed “Mercy Plane Zoe,” was even used for more than two months to bring relief supplies to the suffering Kurds after Des­ert Storm.

Roberts Liardon tells us that the mission was a success. Quickly, the Lord multiplied the work. God brought a Christian businessman named Don Tipton into Lester’s path. Tipton owned a large cargo ship, which he named “Spirit” and dedi­cated to the work of bringing food, clothing, and medicine to those in need under Sumrall’s direction. Where there were friendly ports and places where food could be distributed from the cargo ship, Don was there.

For Lester, this became the greatest step in his ministry: LeSea Global Feed the Hungry. This last branch on Lester Sumrall’s tree of life was to feed the hungry around the world as the Lord supplied the need, mostly through donations collected from churches in the U.S. He worked on this last project with great passion until the end of his life. He was delighted that “God’s people in a place of plenty had become an answer to the prayer of His people in places of need.”

In his later years, Lester became a prolific author, writing many books for the benefit of young pastors. He would generously give of his time to preach anywhere in the world whenever he was asked by another pastor. It didn’t matter if there were thirty people or three thousand people to hear him. He wasn’t there for the audience; he was there for the benefit of that pastor. When he would arrive someplace, he would insist on being picked up by the local pastor; he had no interest in spending time with anybody else.

South America’s Call by Roberts Liardon

Posted on October 25, 2011
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When Lester said good-bye to Howard Carter just a few days later, he somehow knew that they would see each other and resume ministering together when the war was over.

Lester returned to America, determined to continue to travel the world with the gospel message. He no longer had Howard Carter as his companion, but the desire to minister to the lost now burned even more brightly in his soul. Hearing of a great need for God’s ministry in Alaska, Lester crossed the United States and headed to the cold, barren frontier of America. He ministered there for several months, saddened that there were so few churches and so many saloons. In Alaska, he met many who were independent-minded and hardened to the good news of Christ.

Roberts Liardon tells us that Lester also traveled briefly through several provinces of Canada. For the first time, he heard of the work of a young missionary woman, Louise Layman, who had just left her native Canada to work in South America. His curiosity was piqued, but they had no opportunity to meet.

When the United States entered the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lester attempted to enlist as a chaplain in the army, but to no avail—there were no openings. He determined instead to continue to fight the spiritual war for men’s souls as he traveled throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America. Avoiding many of the larger cities filled with anti-American sentiment, Lester ministered to the impover­ished Indians in the rural areas of each country. He loved them with the compassion of Christ, and they responded favorably to a gospel of hope.

In Central America, Lester encountered much superstition and witchcraft as a result of a mixture of paganism and Catholicism. He preached the gospel with power and saw men and women set free and healed of various diseases. Winding his way through South America in 1942, Lester found himself at the tip of Argentina. In two years, he had traveled from the northernmost parts of North America to the southernmost tip of South America, bringing the light of Christ to all nations. Now, God had a new path to reveal to Lester on his road of ministry.

Start at the Bottom by Roberts Liardon

Posted on October 19, 2011
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With a bemused smile, Howard invited Lester to come to his hotel room to talk for a few minutes. They were accompanied by Stanley Frodsham, a Christian editor and friend of Howard’s. In the hotel room, Howard opened his prayer journal to reveal the prophetic words recorded a year and a half earlier over three thousand miles away on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dumbfounded, Lester listened as Howard questioned him about his interest in missions. When he asked Lester which country he was most interested in, Lester replied, “All of them.” Lester shared his vision from eighteen months earlier and the passionate call on his life to take the gospel message to the lost around the world. Thoughtfully, Howard asked him, “Are you willing to travel with me?” When Lester agreed, Howard responded immediately, “Then you’re the one!”

Roberts Liardon tells us that the prophecy had proven true. Lester was more than willing to go and thus formed a godly bond of friendship that would last for the next forty-one years.

Although they began with a simple plan that Lester would be the evangelist and Howard would be the teacher, God had so much more in store for them. He established a Paul-and-Timothy type of relationship that benefited both of them personally and spiritually throughout the rough and glorious parts of ministry alike.

Before departing on a journey that would be long and uncertain, Lester decided to pay a visit to his parents in Pensacola. George and Betty Sumrall welcomed their son home with great joy. During the years of Lester’s absence, his father had finally surrendered his life to Christ. With his years of anger and fighting behind him, George Sumrall spent the remainder of his days preaching the Word of God to anyone who would listen.


The Apostolic Anointing on Kensington Temple by Roberts Liardon

Posted on October 12, 2011
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Roberts Liardon tells us that George Jeffreys left a legacy for the body of Christ. He moved in a dynamic apostolic ministry throughout Great Britain, and a great por­tion of his apostolic mantle now rests on Kensington Temple in Not­ting Hill in London’s West End. In the years directly following Jeffreys’ death, Kensington Temple stood empty, with no congregation to call it home. The Elim Trust Corporation had purchased the property rights from the one remaining trustee, but they had no one to fill the pulpit.

In 1965, the Elim Executive Council asked Eldin Corsie, an Elim pastor, to take his small congregation of fifty members to the impressive Kensington Temple to start a new work. Corsie’s parents had been con­verted through Jeffreys’ campaign in Birmingham years before. After the long-neglected building had been thoroughly cleaned, the services began in earnest. Within a year, the congregation grew considerably. Corsie and his volunteers began to clean out the basement for expansion, and what they discovered ignited within them a passion for the miracu­lous for years to come. Stored under the floor of the main church were numerous crutches, wheelchairs, and leg braces that had been discarded following miraculous healings in the revival meetings held there. Faith for the miraculous and an assurance of God’s power coursed through the pastor’s spirit. Over the next fifteen years, Corsie built a church where freedom of the Spirit was welcomed, along with prophetic ministry and revivalist worship.

Kensington Temple continued to grow in its evangelistic efforts and miraculous results under the ministry of senior pastor Wynne Lewis from 1980 until 1991. A visionary and a skilled organizer who was also sensitive to the Holy Spirit, Lewis welcomed the opportunity to minister to the internationals who called London home. Through its outreach, Kensington Temple became a tremendous crosscultural center for be­lievers in Christ, growing from five hundred members to as many as five thousand. By allowing the individual cultures to meet in separate church fellowships and preach the gospel in their own languages, the Kensington congregation promoted a work that flourished. As he was led by the Spirit, Lewis would call for healing meetings in the church services, and people would be made whole.

Our Divine Healer by Roberts Liardon

Posted on October 6, 2011
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Roberts Liardon tells us that for members of mainline denominations who mistrusted claims of divine healing, Jeffreys included a quote from Martin Luther: “How of­ten it has happened, and still does, that devils have been driven out in the name of Christ; also, by calling on His name and prayer that the sick have been healed.” John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, was healed from tuberculosis and wrote, “When I was about seven and twenty, I began spitting blood and continued for several years. Eleven years after, I was in the third stage of consumption; it pleased God in three months to remove this also. This God hath wrought.”

Jeffreys included the testimonies of other church leaders who testi­fied to the effect of divine healing on their own bodies: George Fox, Quaker and founder of the Religious Society of Friends, who was beaten by a mob and then healed immediately of his injuries; Dr. E. Stanley Jones, world-famous missionary, who experienced divine healing in India and was therefore able to continue his missionary work; A. B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, who was completely healed from a lifelong sickness when he began to preach the fourfold gospel of Christ, including healing; and Andrew Murray, who entered a home for the sick, was taught about divine healing from the Word of God, and then was healed completely. Murray wrote, “This healing granted to faith has been the source of rich spiritual blessing to me. The Church possesses in Jesus, our Divine Healer, an inestimable treasure which she does not yet know how to appreciate.”

An Apostle/Evangelist by Roberts Liardon

Posted on September 28, 2011
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Jeffreys was a product of the Welsh Revival, which first brought him into the kingdom of God. Not only was the Welsh Revival respon­sible for his conversion, but it also influenced his vision of the body of Christ—and would do so for the rest of his life. In Jeffreys’ con­cept of the kingdom of God, revival was not to be considered a mere hope for the future; it was available to the church today. Jeffreys knew that God moved in power to bring peo­ple to their knees in repentance and new life, and he wanted to see the flames of that revival ignite the hearts of men and women all over the globe.

Roberts Liardon tells us that God placed Jeffreys in the apostolic office according to Ephesians 4:11. This office signi­fies a servant whom God sends out with the message of the gospel of Christ to those who live in areas bereft of God’s Word. Through signs, miracles, and wonders that accompany their teaching, they birth new churches. Jef­freys was a true apostle—he preached conver­sion and built churches.

Today, conferences with numerous speak­ers may fill various halls and conference centers, but Jeffreys, with his apostolic mantle from the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit, filled the Royal Albert Hall, the Crystal Palace, and Bingley Hall, among oth­ers—all by himself.

As such, George Jeffreys deserves to be recognized as one of God’s generals who was used to birth the Pentecostal movement in Great Brit­ain, as well as to help pioneer the healing revivals of the twentieth century.

In the late nineteenth century, to be poor in Wales often meant work­ing in the coal pits and succumbing to lung disease before the age of fifty. Thomas Jeffreys and his wife, Kezia, lived in Maesteg, Wales, where Thomas performed backbreaking labor as a collier in the coal mines.

Healing Victories in Lima, Ohio by Roberts Liardon

Posted on September 19, 2011
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In the summer of 1920, Bosworth was invited to preach at a revival in Lima, Ohio. The pastor had one simple request—that he would bring a message on the healing power of Jesus Christ for today. Accepting the summons as God’s will, Bosworth spent a great deal of time studying the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments, to learn more about the healing presence of God.

Roberts Liardon tells us that God had brought Bosworth back from near death from tuberculosis through His healing power, so Fred knew that Jesus Christ healed today. Healing for the believer was a part of the salvation message; it was includ­ed in the price Christ had paid on the cross. Now, Fred studied the Word closely to find as much scriptural support as he could for his messages.

Fred still had one nagging fear. “I said to the Lord, ‘But suppose I preach healing, and the people come, and they don’t get healed?’ And the Lord responded, ‘If people didn’t get saved, you wouldn’t stop preaching the gospel.’”12 With that, Fred went forth boldly to share the complete message of Jesus’ atonement.

The Lima meetings were held in a large tent during the hot evenings of August 1920. On the first night, Fred Bosworth stood at the podium and announced to the expectant audience, “I am convinced that healing of the body is just as much a part of the gospel as salvation for the soul.” He assured them that Christ longed to do for their “pain-wracked” bodies what He also wanted to do for their lost souls. Then, he made a bold proclamation: bring your sick and infirm—whether they know Jesus or not, God wants to heal them.

The congregation was electrified by this announcement, and many planned to return with their sick and dying loved ones. Bosworth emphasized that the saved and unsaved alike should bring the sick to be healed by a compas­sionate Christ. He offered hope that they could be well again.

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