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Day Two – Laying on of hands of Spiritual leaders

 

Day Two

Meditation: Laying on of hands of Spiritual leaders

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-12

Before a detail study of our meditation today, I want us to have an overview of the various messages in today’s reading.

1. As a believer you are reminded to stir up the gift of God in you without fear but with boldness and soundness of mind and spirit because God has not given you the spirit of fear but of boldness and a sound mind.
2. As God has not given you the spirit of fear but of boldness, you should therefore not be ashamed of testifying of Jesus, not be ashamed to share in the sufferings for the gospel and not be ashamed when you see anyone suffering for the gospel us Christ
3. God has called us for his own purpose and grace and he did this even before time began and for this purpose he has saved us. You should therefore seek to serve that purpose for which a god has saved you and called you.
4. Apostle Paul found the purpose of God for his life, which was to be a teacher and apostle to the Gentiles and he was fully committed to it, willing also to suffer for it and without shame. Every Christian also needs to discover God’s purpose for his life and commit to it, suffer for it and fulfill it without shame.

Our main meditation today is on verse six of our scripture reading. It deals with one of the ways by which a Christian can be imparted with spiritual gifts and empowered for effective service in the kingdom of God. This is through the laying on of the hands of spiritual leaders.

The ministry of laying on of hands by spiritual leaders is a means of spiritual impartation of the gifts of God and grace for ministry. This includes impartation of grace and anointing during ordination of leaders and ministers and commissioning of people into ministry. Apostle Paul affirms this as a Christian doctrine in his letter to the Hebrew Church.

Hebrews 6:2 NKJV
[2] of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

It was therefore a practice of the early church to lay hands to impart the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to impart grace and anointing for spiritual service.

Apostle Paul however cautioned that we should be careful with the ministry of laying on of hands so that we don’t lay hands suddenly on people especially when it comes to ordination of people.

1 Timothy 5:22 NKJV
[22] Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.

New converts, new church members and everyone in church should be given time to mature and be properly investigated before they are commissioned openly into spiritual assignments or ordained through laying on of hands. This will reduce or totally eliminate the chances of ordaining novices, immature leaders, people of questionable characters, drunkards, trouble makers, fighters, immoral individuals etc as deacons, elders, ministers or pastors in our churches. If such people are mistakenly ordained, we should not hesitate to remove them if they refuse to change.

In verse six of today’s scripture Paul asked Timothy to put to use the gift of God in him which was imparted when Paul laid hands on him. Receiving and putting to work imparted gifts is an act of faith. You believe you have received when hands are laid on you and thereafter you stir up the gift and put it to work. This is part of Paul’s instruction to Timothy.

To stir up means to set in motion, to instigate, provoke, arouse, fire up, ignite, wake, inflame, evoke etc
It indicates an action which the individual who has the gift inside him must take. This is the act of faith.

James 2:17-22 NKJV

[17] Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. [18] But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. [19] You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble! [20] But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? [21] Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? [22] Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

From this study we can see that exercising the spiritual gifts which you believe you have received from God is through the act of faith. If you believe you have received the gifts of God and you don’t provoke or arouse them to use, then your faith is dead, for faith without works is dead.  It is your responsibility to boldly stir up the gifts in you.

What are the gifts of God that we can receive and stir up when imparted through the laying on of hands?

We can receive healing, the in-filing of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, grace and empowerment to function more effectively in the service of God and any or all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit recorded in  scriptures excluding the gifts of men ( apostle, prophets, evangelist, teacher and pastor) which is a calling by God into a ministry office and the gifts of men by Him to the body of Christ and is not just the gift of the Holy Spirit which is imparted into men.

The gift of men to the Church
Ephesians 4:11 NKJV
[11] And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

The following scripture is a combination of the gift of men and the gifts of the Holy sprit to men.
1 Corinthians 12:28 NKJV
[28] And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

Other gifts of the HolySpirit to men
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NKJV
[7] But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: [8] for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, [9] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, [10] to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. [11] But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

Whatever the gift of the Holy Spirit which you desire, you have the responsibility to believe you have received and then to stir it up and put it to work.

It is important to note that after the disciples of Jesus received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts Chapter two, we have several instances where the apostles used the ministry of laying on of hands to impart the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to commission or ordain people into ministry.

Some of these instances are as follows:

1. Ananias was sent by God to lay hands on Apostle a Paul for healing and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 9:17-18 NKJV
[17] And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” [18] Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

2. Apostles Peter and John were sent to Samaria to minister the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:14-17 NKJV
[14] Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, [15] who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. [16] For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. [17] Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

3. Paul and Barnabas released for ministry and God’s calling.
Acts 13:2-3 NKJV
[2] As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” [3] Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

4. Timothy’s laying on of hands by the elders and Apostle Paul.
1 Timothy 4:14 AMP
[14] Do not neglect the gift which is in you, that special inward endowment which was directly imparted to you by the Holy Spirit by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you at your ordination.

2 Timothy 1:6 AMP
[6] That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the gracious gift of God, the inner fire that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands with those of the elders at your ordination.

From our study today, we learn that you can desire and be imparted with spiritual gifts after which you have a responsibility to stir up and use the gifts. You also have to exercise faith in God and in your spiritual leaders when they lay hands on you in order for you to be imparted with the gifts of God and or grace and anointing for Christian service. When hands are laid on you for impartation or ordination, you have to receive that impartation by faith and begin to walk in the new grace and anointing with boldness and assurance of faith.

As a minister or spiritual leader you should also lay hands in faith knowing that the gifts of God, his grace and anointing are imparted on pimple through the laying of your hands.


Prayers

1. Give thanks to God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the grace and anointing for ministry which He has made available for us.
2. Give thanks to the Lord who has saved you and called you according to his own purpose and ask the Lord to help you to discover and stay in his purpose for your life.
3. Give thanks to the Lord because he has not given you the spirit of fear but of boldness and a sound mind.
4. Pray that God will enable you to stir up His gifts in you and grant you boldness to make use of them for the benefit of his church and to his glory.
5. You don’t yet have any of the gifts of God manifesting in your life, ask God to show you which gifts would be more useful for the work He has called you to do for Him and that He should put strong desires in your heart for the gift(s).
6. Pray that the ministry of laying on of hands will work in your life and ministry to the glory of God.

Faith Confession
1. I declare with boldness that God has not given me the spirit of fear but of love and of a sound mind, therefore I shall not fear but be bold always in Jesus name.
2. I declare that without fear I will stir up the gifts of God in me and I will use them for the work of God and to the glory of God.
3. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ and I shall not be ashamed to take part in the suffering for the cause of the gospel.
4. I know and declare that I am called with a holy calling by God who saved me according to his purpose from the foundations of the world.
5 I declare in Jesus name that I will pursue God’s purpose for my life and live my life daily for this purpose. Amen.
6. I know whom I have believed and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Memory verse
2 Timothy 1:6 KJV
[6] Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

 

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