L. A. Marzulli
I had an encounter a few weeks ago while shopping at the Home Depot and I thought it would be a good time to discuss it now.
We read the scriptures and we believe they are the word of God—the real one. Our Bibles differ from any other book on the planet because they have a prophetic thread from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible is the inspired, anointed, word of the Most High God.
After Jesus died and then rose again, He admonished His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit, who would teach them all things. The Spirit of the Living God descended on those gathered in the upper room on the day of Pentecost and the church was born. Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Peter preached from the upper rooms balcony and 3000 people were born again that day and the Spirit of the Living God dwelt among men and women.
From that point on, in the Book of Acts we read about events where the Holy Spirit is prompting men and women to do and say certain things. Think about Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
So we see Philip telling the man the good news about the Messiah! He is being led by the Spirit of the Living God. He is being told to do something and he does it.
Now back to the story.
I was minding my own business in the Home Depot. I had a check-list of items I needed to buy by for this fence I’m building around our property. As I was walking down one of the isles I felt the anointing of the Spirit come over me. I began to pray. In front of me about 30 feet away was a woman who was talking to a man. They were both Home Depot employees. I couldn’t hear what they were saying but I had a word from the Spirit of the Living God that I was to go and pray for her and heal her, specifically for the fever that she had.
I walked up to them and said, excuse me but are you sick? Do you have a fever.
The woman looked at me and nodded.
“Do you mind if I pray for you, I’m a pastor?
At this point the man turned and left without a word and the woman nodded again.
I gently put my hand on her shoulder and prayed. I knew in my spirit that God was healing her at that moment. I finished my prayer. She thanked me and I went about my business.
I met my wifey a few minutes later and told her what had happened. I was teary-eyed as I did so because of the anointing that God had put in my life and that He had allowed me to participate in His kingdom.
So the take-away here is this. We read and study the Bible—the Guidebook to the Supernatural—as it is our training manual, then we yield ourselves to the Living God, the God who is outside time and space and knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end. We make ourselves available in the most mundane of circumstances, as we never know when He will tap us on the shoulder and use us.
He’s good all the time and He loves to have us participate in bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth.