What kind of freedom do you want? By Joan Hutter

by Chauncey Hutter, Jr - July 3rd, 2010. Filed under: Marketplace.

I had a dream.

Not the kind of dream which raises the stump and podium and propels words that change nations. Though one day …

I had a dream in the night.  The kind of dream Joel prophesied and Peter quoted for his day.  I had a dream from the Lord.

Of freedom.

Of the Presence of God.

Of the profound existence of the Holy Spirit and His urgent desire for His people to know Him.

And, sadly, of the absence of the awareness of His powerful participation among us today.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

In the dream, I was preaching the gospel.  This is what I do, though I am not seminary-sent.  I was speaking and proclaiming the excellencies of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  I was emboldening the people of God by telling them the one thing whispered to me by the Lord in the dream.

“The Holy Spirit is your anointing.”

In the scene, I heard this phrase in my spirit, in my inner ear, the still, small voice I knew was the Lord.  I was speaking, or trying to get the message across, to every believer along the road, that each has everything he or she needs to do what God has called him/her to do.  But there were doubters.

Just as surely as songs of adoration filled the streets, the stench of unbelief wafted along this particular avenue.  No one had been told.  So some could not believe.

I went for my Bible.  I have several, in various interpretations.  I first picked up the NASB, which Kay Arthur suggested, and since I have been involved with Precept Bible Study locally for over a decade, I have enjoyed this version and work hard to wear it out.  In the dream, I picked up this Bible, my current favorite, my “go to.”  But I was stunned at what I found.

There was a hole in the book.  All the way through, there was a perfect circle, and I could not find the verse in 1 John that I was seeking.  I could not find the Holy Spirit’s anointing in that Bible.  So I ran to find my NIV.  That would have to do, I thought.  I found it and, same thing … the hole!  The circle.  The deletion of the 1 John verse on the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

I went for a third Bible.  Also worn, a hard back NIV Study Bible.  The circle hole began just beneath the cover and the same verses had been cut out.  Stolen. “The thief comes to steal …”

The Lord told me to go with what I knew.  He told me to tell the doubters what I knew and that I knew where the verses were and that they could choose to believe.  They would be set free if they knew this and believed.

I ran down the road to the stage and took the microphone.  People were everywhere, worshiping Jesus.  A worship team was singing and playing various instruments, and the music filled the streets.  I began to speak the word the Lord had given me.  “The Holy Spirit is your anointing!”  I kept hearing the words echo from heaven and in my heart.  People were everywhere, laying in the streets and pacing up and back.  I heard the phrase three more times and then I woke up.

“The Holy Spirit is your anointing.  The Holy Spirit is your anointing.  The Holy Spirit is your anointing.”

Awake, I reached for my Bible.  Yes, the NASB.  It is not the one with all the highlighting and underlining, so I have to work a bit to find that God-breathed phrase.  And this was a lesson to me. Get the Word and every reference you can into your heart.  You are going to need it!  Some won’t believe without the chapter and verse reference!  But even if you don’t, in the end, I mean, the end, the Word will still be the Word!  Living and Active.  So preach it!

I knew where this verse was; I knew to turn to 1 John, chapter  2.  The beloved disciple, the one who leaned on Jesus’ breast and was called higher (mount of transfiguration) and deeper (garden of Gethsemane, the cross, the tomb), the one who had witnessed the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and who had waited for the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit in that little upper room … this John … who had beheld the power and glory of the Presence of the Spirit of God upon a heart and the miracles that came with Him … this John … had the revelation of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit upon the life of a believer.

1 John 2:20: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One…”

1 John 2:27: “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you …”

(The Lord led me to verse after verse and here are a few:  2 Cor 1:21-22, Acts 10:38, Isaiah 61:1-3, John 14:16.)

I began praying over these verses and asking the Lord about His timing and why He whispered that phrase so many times in the dream.  Why was there a hole in all the Bibles?

“There is a hole in the pulpits,” was what I heard.   There is a hole in the teaching.  So there is a hole in the believing.

I brought the dream to our weekly prayer meeting and we began to pour out our hearts for Charlottesville, that every void would be filled with His Presence, with the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17).  There was a day when a large portion of scripture relating to the Holy Spirit and that which is supernatural was cut out of the Bible here in this town, and a new Jeffersonian Bible was released.

Today’s pulpits preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, but is there a void of boldness to proclaim the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst and in our innermost being?  Is there a relationship between what was cut out so many years ago, and the working of His might in our city today?

May it never be!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, and we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed, into HIS likeness, from one measure of glory to another.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

PRAY that the Holy Spirit would fill every VOID in this city, our nation, the churches and each of our hearts.

PRAY for the unleashing of the Holy Spirit – the anointing from God – in this community and in our homes, families, schools, universities, dorms, workplaces, and churches.  PRAY that each and every believer would do just that: BELIEVE!  PRAY that each and every believer would be filled to the measure of the fullness of God (Eph. 3:21).

PRAY for this freedom.  For this is liberty!  Pray and see whom the Lord will release across this city … in the marketplaces and the courtyards, on the playgrounds and in deep lines of traffic, in homes and in churches, in back alleys and along the most deprived streets and hospital rooms.

PRAY for this freedom, for this revelation to break out in our midst and remember the miracles of old.  Then preach it.  Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Pray for boldness to proclaim and honor the Lord of Glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

As Paul wrote to the Colossians, and as the Word still stands today and forever:

“Of this I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory … For this purpose I labor, striving with all HIS power, which mightily works within me.”  (Col 1:25-29)

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

So again, I ask:  What kind of freedom do you want?

I will tell you what I know.  The Lord has a certain freedom in mind for us all on this Independence Day.  It is the freedom of seeing and beholding the Lord of Glory and of living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

He wants us to know His presence and power, the very anointing of God, the Holy Spirit … that we may walk in intimacy as sons and daughters and that we may hear Him and know Him and keep pressing on to take hold of that for which He first took hold of us.  He wants us to live with purpose and meaning, to walk in freedom, the grave clothes unraveled from our bodies that we may run with perseverance the particular race marked out for each individual, each family, each business, each church, each city and each nation.  He wants us to shake off the former things and rise up to the greater things.  And He simply asks that we believe.  He has lifted the veil, and we will be like Him.

Believe!  “The Holy Spirit is your anointing!”  You do not need anything extra.  Now go and live in His power and presence, adoring Him and glorifying Him and doing the impossible, in His Name.  Get up!  Do the things He has put in your heart to do!  Do it with His power!  Don’t wait for someone to send you out.  Wait only for the Lord.  Wait for Him. “Wait until you receive power from on high.”

And that waiting is so good.  When we are waiting, we fix our eyes on the Lamb.  We worship the Lord in the splendor of Holiness!  We say: “Spring

up, oh Well!”  We allow that anointing rise up within so that when He says, “Go!” we will go in His power.

And His blessed anointing.

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One …”

“I will not leave you as orphans.  I will come to you…” (John 14:18) “The Helper … will come to you … I will send Him to you.”  (John 16:7)

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted, He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners … to comfort all who mourn … giving a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.  So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”  (Isaiah 61:1-3)

What kind of freedom do you want?

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