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The Anointing Breaks the Yoke

by Wayne Dailey,
Senior Pastor, Bethel Revival Center

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The Anointing Breaks the Yoke

by Wayne Dailey
Senior Pastor, Bethel Revival Center
43 Norwood St.
Everett, MA 02149

Acts 3:1-3
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

We look at this and can see that Pentecost brought something. The disciples had stayed in Jerusalem, as Jesus had told them to do, waiting until they were endued with power from on high. And now we see that, when the promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, they weren't afraid to step out and do what the Lord had given them to do.

They were going to do what came naturally? No, they were going to do what came spiritually. God gave them something in that upper room that they would find flowing in their lives to work through them.

And today, as in that day, we find there are many who need healing, many who need deliverance. There are always those who are crying out for God to help them. And we should want and desire that the Lord would use us to help those in need, that they could find the answer they need in Jesus.

The Gifts of God Are for You

Know that the gifts of God are for us in our day. And here Peter and John are about to find out some of what God did up there in that upper room. They came out of that room with the power of God in their lives.

Acts 3:4
And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

Something is going to happen here. It would be wonderful if we could, somehow, go back in those days when Jesus was here upon this earth and follow Him for three years — or follow one of those who were with Him during those years. The power and blessing of God was able to minister and move, day after day, bringing forth such blessing.

When they were walking with Jesus, Peter and John were among those who had been sent by Him to preach the gospel and heal the sick.

Luke 9:1,2
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

And now, after the day of Pentecost, they were kind of on their own. Jesus had ascended into heaven, and they had to depend on the Spirit to lead them forth, and to anoint and use them.

Acts 3:4,5
And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

This lame man could have had a hard time realizing there was help for him in his crippled state. Nobody would want to be in this man's place, in this man's condition. He was unable to care for himself, and he was carried daily to lay at the gate begging for money.

Acts 3:6
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

They were willing this day to impart to this man what God had given them.

God Wants to Use You

Now, what about us who are born again? I think we ought to look like we have something, we ought to act like we have something from God in our lives that He would have us to use.

It takes some a while to see or to sense that God has put something in their lives. God wants to use us. He chose the Church as His means to work through in reaching out. Yes, when Jesus ascended into heaven, He left the church to continue His working:

John 14:12
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

We have something, and if we don't see any evidence of it in our lives, we ought to earnestly seek God to give us the gift, or gifts, He wants us to have in our lives.

Listen, there's nothing God can't do, nothing He can't accomplish, nobody too sick for Him to heal, nobody too broken up for Him to put together. There's nobody God can't take care for, no need He can't meet. We need to look at Him in this light: There's all power and all might in Him.

There's a heart in God . . . a willing heart. He has those gifts He wants to use in and through His people: but the church must come to the place of recognizing that this is what God has given to meet our needs and to minister through us to meet the needs of others.

If God is able and if He has chosen to work through His people, then we ought to think deep in our hearts that we are one of those He has chosen to work through.

This is the purpose of the gifts of the Spirit, that through them God can work through the lives of His people. The gifts bring the power of God and the blessing of God into us in a manner where He can work through our hands and through our mouths.

The church ought to be an active place where the full blessing of God and the full restoration of spiritual things can be evident. Yes, the church ought to be a busy place, a place where the manifestations of God are very common.

I don't see any place where God took the gifts away, where He took His power away. Oh, there are many places where His power hasn't been evident for years, where they have not witnessed the gifts of the Spirit in operation.

We can't sit down and think that God no longer does these things. Recognize that He still moves in this manner when His people will enter in and be in expectation.

God's Anointing Does the Work

Acts 3:6
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

I wonder how many times Peter saw Jesus take someone's hand and tell them to get up and walk — or just told them — and, suddenly, they were miraculously healed and began to walk.

There was no lack of anointing in Jesus, no lack of power. There was nothing He couldn't do.

Acts 3:7
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

Now, you can see the Holy Ghost at work here. Peter did something — and so did the Holy Ghost. Did Peter heal this man, or did the Lord heal him? It was the gift of God, the working of the Holy Ghost by His anointing.

It's the anointing that breaks the yoke, the anointing that brings deliverance. This is what we want to see: the anointing working through us to meet the needs in others.

This man's feet and ankles were healed immediately. He could get up on his feet for the first time in his life because of the anointing. The Holy Ghost took over and brought deliverance.

I like to think about the things one would expect to see when God goes to work. You never know how one will respond to the power and blessing of God.

The Gifts of God Are Spiritual Tools

Acts 3:8
And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

He started leaping and praising God for what He had done for him. This miracle was meant to accomplish something more than healing for this man. This miracle was a tool, called the gift of miracles, and it can be a meaningful tool in the hand of the one who has been given this gift of the Holy Ghost.

Through this tool God works, using it to His honor and glory. And here in Acts this tool went to work for that purpose.

Acts 3:9-10
And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

This man was destined to bring blessing that day to those who saw him walking and leaping and praising God. They knew he had been laid at the gate day after day, and when they saw him rise up, they were filled with wonder and amazement.

Acts 3:11
And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

This has gathered a crowd who, no doubt, had gone to the temple that day for the daily afternoon prayer meeting.

God knows the time to work. Here was a crowd of people gathered at the temple, and here was the lame man who had lain day after day at the gate to beg alms of those who were entering in. We are told that Peter and John were on their way to the temple at the hour of prayer, but on their way they stopped to minister to this man.

The people saw what took place and came closer to see what happened, filled with wonder and amazement.

What happened? God was at work. And Peter was going to seize the opportunity here to preach his second sermon under the anointing of the Holy Ghost.

Know that preaching under the anointing of the Holy Ghost is as great a miracle as anything else God does. It's something that goes beyond the preacher. Anointing is not something we have of ourselves. When someone preaches under the anointing, they're not any different than they were before they began to preach. It's that the Holy Ghost has come to work in and through him.

How He is able to bring anointing to accomplish His purposes, to cause you to do things you never would do in yourself.

The Yoke Represents Bondage

Be conscious of this: What we need is the anointing of the Holy Ghost. It's the anointing that breaks the yoke.

The yoke is figurative of bondages that are in the lives of many people. They are yoked to sicknesses, yoked to disease, yoked to problems and troubles, and they need to be loosed. The anointing is what they need. That's what will break the yoke in their lives.

The yoke in this man's life at the Gate Beautiful was the infirmity in his feet and ankle bones, preventing him from ever standing on his feet and walking. He had to be carried to the gate daily, laid there to beg alms. He was a total cripple, a hopeless case.

But this day was different. God was about to use this man. He would use his troubles and do a great work through the anointing.

An Opportunity to Preach

Acts 3:12
And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

Peter took the opportunity God had given him. It may have been time for prayer meeting, but this would be different than all the other prayer meetings. A multitude of people would gather to see what was taking place here, and Peter began to preach. He brings this point to light, "Why are you looking at us as though we made this man to walk by our own power or holiness?"

These works are done through man, not by man. They are done by the power and anointing of the Holy Ghost working in and through man.

Peter was being led of the Spirit here, and he was going to say the right things, those things that were needful.

Acts 3:13
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

Peter was getting right down to the real issue. This crowd had been partakers in the death of Jesus, in His crucifixion. They had delivered Jesus up to die on the cross – to crucify Him!

God wasn't going to let this just pass by. He was going to speak to these people right up front. If they were going to get saved, they first were going to feel convicted.

Pilate, in his own mind, didn't see any fault in Jesus, didn't see any reason Jesus should be crucified. He knew they were wanting Jesus killed because of their hearts of envy against Jesus. The high priest and his whole crew were envious of Jesus. They could not match Him in any way. They couldn't match Him in the wisdom of His words; they couldn't talk Him down, though they tried over and over to tempt Him to say things He shouldn't say.

Jesus was always on top. The might, the power, the works, the great fame of Jesus spread. All those mighty works that He did! Those works weren't done in a corner. Those works caused His fame to spread abroad, and these people knew that. This multitude Peter was preaching to had witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and saw this day that His works were still going on.

Jesus has ascended into heaven, yet His works are still going on. This is a great witness that God had raised up His Son from the dead to ascend into heaven — and now, through the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, the works of Jesus are continuing on.

Acts 3:14
But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you

That's like a slap in the face! Pilate had let them know that each year a prisoner would be released at the time of the Passover. The people would let him know whom they wanted released, and he would let them go free.

That day a choice was given to the people: Would it be Jesus of Nazareth or Barabbas? The multitude cried out for him to release Barabbas and crucify Jesus. They desired a murderer to be released and the Son of God to be sent to Calvary to die. How blind they were.

A few people can surely motivate a crowd. There's a crowd at the stadium and a team wins. Before you know it, a few get everyone whose team lost in the mood to burn cars, break windows and hurt innocent people.

What happened? What brought them down this road of being so destructive and wild? Incited by just a few!

And this multitude had been incited that day to demand the crucifixion of Jesus: "Crucify Him! Crucify Him! and release the murderer."

Acts 3:15
And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

The apostles were witnesses of Jesus that day, bearing witness that He had been raised from the dead and that His works continued on with the same power and anointing that was at work when He was upon this earth.

The Anointing Is the Same Today

Acts 10:38
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

It's that same anointing we need today. That same anointing has to well up in us if we're going to work the works of God today. It's the anointing of the Holy Ghost that God gives to break the yoke. By that anointing this man was made whole when Peter took him by the hand, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth he told him to get up and walk.

The anointing is the same no matter who it is working through. It's the anointing of the Holy Ghost; it's His power at work.

Luke 4:16-21
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

All the things that the anointing will do! There's a work for that anointing to do and accomplish.

Now, the Spirit wasn't given to Jesus by measure (see John 3:34). We are given a measure of the Spirit of God. We who have been filled with the Spirit have been given a measure of anointing to well up in us and work through us.

That anointing can increase. That infilling of the Spirit of God can increase in our hearts and lives. The more anointing we have, the more God works through us to break the yokes.

That anointing in your life is the gift, or gifts, that work in your life. The anointing activates the gifts and causes them to operate.

Here in Acts the crowd gathered amazed at what they had seen, wondering in their hearts. And Peter is still preaching to them. He's wanting them to have the yoke of bondage broken in their lives that they could be saved.

The Name of Jesus

Acts 3:16
And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Understand that there's a power and unction that God works in. One thing is clear here: It's in the Name of Jesus through faith in His Name. The anointing flows when you minister in the Name of Jesus. God will honor that Name.

Philippians 2:9-11
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

There's not a knee that will not bow at the Name of Jesus, not a tongue that won't confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I don't care how wicked or how much of a God hater someone has been: Their knee will bow and their tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

We're talking about the glorified, risen Christ and His Name. He had been given the Holy Spirit without measure when He was upon this earth.

Now, take it to heart and know that there is power in the Name of Jesus. Calling on His Name can save your soul.

Acts 4:12
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

In the realm of God working in Acts 3, Peter started out in the Name of Jesus. He put out his hand to this lame man and commanded him in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to rise up and walk.

You can't take that out of this verse and expect to see results. It's in the Name of Jesus! And when Peter preaches to the gathered crowd, he states that this miracle occurred because of that Name, through faith in that Name.

It wasn't just Peter saying the Name of Jesus, but putting his faith in that Name. And you can put your faith in Jesus' Name as you call on Him, or you can fail utterly by calling on His Name without having faith in His Name. We see example of this in Acts 19:

Acts 19:13,14
Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

These seven had seen the power of God at work through the Name of Jesus, and they took it upon themselves to do the same, calling over one who was possessed with devils the name of the Lord Jesus . . . whom Paul preaches. Evidently they didn't know Jesus personally but had seen that Paul had power in using that Name.

Acts 19:15,16
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

It wasn't enough to see the power Paul had over evil spirits in the Name of Jesus. They first needed to know Jesus for themselves, putting faith in His Name.

Now, you who have put your faith in Jesus to the saving of your soul, you possess the ability to use His Name in faith.

Use the Name of Jesus Reverently

We shouldn't use His name lightly. In fact, we are commanded not to take the name of the Lord in vain (see Exodus 20). We should not take His name lightly. Lots of people use the Name of Jesus lightly, throwing His name out in their talk without thought of who He is. There's no sincerity in what they say.

Over and over you hear people say, "Oh, my God! My Lord! Jesus Christ!" without any thought of what they are really saying, of whose name they are declaring. They just use His name as something to say. They might as well cry out someone else's name, for all the power there is in using the name of the Lord in vain.

Listen, there's power in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. That power is released when it is used with faith in His Name. That Name is mighty and that Name is powerful. Peter clearly states how this miracle took place: And His Name through faith in His Name made that man whole.

If you take this to heart, embracing it and believing it, you will know there is a way you can get through to move the hand of God.

In the course of a given day, how many times do we use the name of Jesus in a meaningful way? I don't believe in using His name lightly. If I'm going to use His name, I want it to have some meaning behind it. If I'm going to call on Him, crying out His name, I want to know that He hears and will respond.

Here in Acts, Jesus had ascended into heaven, yet through faith in His Name He was present to move in behalf of this man, manifesting the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit.

Now, do you have a yoke in your life that needs broken? You've prayed and prayed, yet it is still there. That man's yoke was broken by the anointing. You've got to be very firm in your resolve to get that yoke broken.

God's Works are for God's Glory

The Scriptures would show us how that yoke can be broken. It ought to be for the purpose of bringing glory to Jesus. That man's yoke was broken and it glorified the Lord.

God told me that He would work mighty works for the sole purpose of bringing glory to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God. God will not give His glory to man. If you want a little glory for yourself in what you do, then you will be a glory robber. Some are used of God only to get up and boast about what they did: how God used them because they're so spiritual. They take the glory and leave nothing for the Lord.

Don't you take glory for anything. It's His glory. One thing you can do is glorify Him by speaking out what He did, how mighty He is. Don't steal His glory, as though what happened was through your power and your might.

Now, this miracle of the lame man was not just for his benefit; it was a tool to win souls. There were a lot of people who would get saved this day.

Acts 3:26
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Acts 4:4
Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached a sermon that brought about three thousand souls into the kingdom, and here we find that about five thousand were saved. God used this miracle to bring a multitude to the Lord.

To bring such multitudes to the Lord is a wonderful thing, but so is bringing that one soul to the Lord. If each of us won one soul to the Lord this week, the churches would be filled with new souls praising and worshipping the Lord.

Live in Expectancy

In conclusion, let's know that there's the power, there's the gift of God, there's faith in the Name of Jesus, there's a manifestation of the anointing that breaks the yoke. Let's live in expectancy, expecting God to break yokes through the anointing. There's too much in our way of looking for help without that expectancy. We get prayer, and then later on get prayer again. It's not, "I'm going to get healed; I'm going to get the answer." No, it's just, "I'm going to get prayer." That's not talking faith. That's not expecting the answer. Prepare your heart to receive the answer, not just to have prayer. Build up your faith in the Word:

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

God is willing. It's His desire to have every yoke broken. Look into the Word at those Scriptures that build faith, preparing yourself to have that yoke broken once and for all. And then go to the Lord with expectancy, giving Him all the glory when the answer comes and the yoke is broken.

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