Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a sermon at Grandma’s house by Preacher Clark, early 1969.
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Preacher Clark taught us that God never anointed anybody to do anything that he could do without that anointing. Jesus anointed his disciples “with power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Mt. 10:1). There was no way that his disciples could have cast out demons and healed people without that anointing. Everything Jesus sent his disciples to do, they could not do in themselves. And I am convinced that everything Jesus sends men to do today, they cannot do without the anointing of the holy Ghost.
In his message, Preacher Clark said, “It’s impossible to do the things Jesus sent his disciples to do.” And then he quoted the oft-overlooked verse from Peter: “If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability that God gives.”
The hundreds of divisions that exist among God’s people today are the direct result of men ministering without the ability that God gives. Jesus told his disciples to pray that God would raise up laborers for the harvest. He was, in effect, telling us to pray that men would receive an anointing from God to labor in His vineyard, that people would be delivered not only from sicknesses but from the plague of men ministering to others with their own wisdom and power.