Hold your hands up. . .what do you see?
Something to cover your mouth when you yawn. . .something to eat with. . .something to comb your hair with. . .something to help you work . . .something to help you play.
When God looks at your hands, He sees unlimited potential for blessings, miracles, and prosperity. We already have that authority as believers!
John 3:35 says:
“The Father loved the son and placed everything in his hands.”
When the soldiers came to take Jesus captive in the Garden of Gethsemane, the first thing they did was to bind his hands. Why?
. . .those hands had made mud, placed it on the eyes of a blind man that allowed him to see instantly.
. . .those hands took the five loaves and two fishes from a young man and fed thousands of people.
. . .those hands had been laid upon a great host of people who found His healing touch brought instant relief to their sick and suffering bodies.
. . .those hands stopped a funeral procession. . .touched the body of a young boy and gave his mother great joy and him a new life.
. . .those hands had resurrection power -- but so do yours.
John 14:12 says:
“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.”
In 2 Timothy 1:6 in the Amplified Bible we are encouraged to “. . .fan the flame of God through the laying on of hands.”
“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].”
God listed very specifically in His Word how we are to use our hands to save the lost, heal the sick, deliver the oppressed and finance the end-time harvest.
But it starts with each of us. . .realizing the power that He placed in our hands. . .
1 Timothy 4:14 in the Amplified Bible. . .Paul says:
“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, [that special endowment] which was intentionally bestowed on you [by the Holy Spirit] through prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands on you [at your ordination].”
The gifts are given by the laying on of hands through divine direction.
Romans 11:29 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]”
The “. . .gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
As a born-again believer, the gifts are yours. . .but they need to be stirred up. It’s time for you to move outside your comfort zone.
You are given wisdom through the laying on of hands.
Deuteronomy 34:9 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the Lord commanded Moses.”
What God did for Joshua, He will do for you because He is no respecter of persons.
The scripture also makes a powerful point in Proverbs 3:27 which in the Message Bible says:
“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.”
Here are seven keys to releasing the power within your hands.
Step # 1—There is something special about your hands.
Once again, hold both your hands straight out in front of you with your knuckles turned toward your face. . .now turn your hands over. . .so you are looking at the palms of your hands.
I want you to look carefully at your hands. . .they represent much more than skin and bones. They may reveal your age or the things you’ve gone through.
Your hands may be may calloused, rough, smooth, or even dirty. . .but God wants you to understand there’s something very special about your hands.
Deuteronomy 16:15 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.”
Step # 2—Your seven day assignment.
For the next seven days. . .before you go to bed at night. . .write down at least seven ways in which God has blessed you during the day. You can write more. . .but at least write seven.
Once the list is complete. . .go back over it. . .thanking God for what He’s doing in your life.
Each morning when you wake up. . .pick up your list and begin praising God for what He did in your life yesterday. . .as you lay before Him your expectations before the day.
Psalm 5:3 in the New International Version says:
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
During breaks at work or your lunch meal. . .review your list and Praise God for His loving kindness.
Keep your list for the next seven days in a place where you can easily retrieve them in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Step # 3—Please join me in this power prayer of agreement.
“Heavenly Father, in the strong name of Jesus, I ask that right now you help every person hearing our voices to take captive every thought and any high thing that would exalt itself above the knowledge of You. I bind every distraction, in the name of Jesus.
“Father, I ask that every blinder come off and every shackle of religious tradition fall down as those hearing our voice begin to see their hands the way you see them. We rejoice Father because our hands are an extension of Your hands. When we extend our hand, Jesus extends His. Thank you for letting us see this in our spirits. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Once again, I want you to place your hands out in front of you with your knuckles toward your face. . .now turn your palms to your face. Repeat this procedure two more times.
God has given us two distinctive ways of ministering the gospel to people.
The first is with our “voice.” We can speak forth the Word of God which can change a person’s life FOREVER.
We can speak to those things that are not as though they were according to Romans 4:17 in the Classic Amplified Bible which says:
“As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”
You and I know there is life and death in the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”
We also know that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the [a]superabundance) of the heart the mouth speak.”
The other way to minister to people leads us to the next step.
Step # 4—Release the power in your hands.
God wants us to clearly understand and visualize how we can touch people’s lives through our hands. The scriptures are filled with miracles which were performed simply through the laying on of hands as a point of contact.
In a quick review. . .I found 39 references to the laying on of hands. Here are seven categories for the laying on of hands.
First, the Holy Spirit is conveyed by the laying on of hands.
Acts 19:6 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And as Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke in [foreign, unknown] tongues (languages) and prophesied.”
Second, miracles of physical heading through the laying on of hands.
Scripture reveals 15 verses where Jesus laid hands on the sick or speaks of the power given to the saints for healing the sick. When Jesus laid hands on the sick ALL were healed. The Word of God indicates we can do the same. Here are three scriptures that cover what Jesus did and the power He left for the saints.
Mark 16:17-18 in the King James Version says:
“And these signs will follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Luke 13:11-13 in the King James Version says:
“And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no ways lift herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”
Acts 28:8-9 in the King James Version says:
“And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:”
Third, spiritual deliverance came through the laying on of hands.
Luke 4:40-41 in the King James Version says:
“Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with diverse diseases brought them unto him; and he [Jesus] laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he, rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.”
Fourth, the laying on of hands was also used to convey a spiritual blessing.
Matthew 19:13-15 in the King James Version says:
“Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Fifth, the laying on of hands was used to convey the spiritual authority for leadership.
1Timothy 4:14 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“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].”
Six, the laying on of hands stirs up the gifting that’s within you.
2 Timothy 1:6 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“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.”
Seventh, signs and wonders are conveyed by the laying on of hands.
Acts14:3 in the King James Version says:
“Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”
God listed very specifically in His Word how we are to use our hands to save the lost, heal the sick, deliver the oppressed, to convey strength, to convey the gifts of the spirit, to convey the Holy Spirit and finance the end-time harvest.
But it starts with you. . .realizing the power that is in your hands. . .
When we are obedient to God. . .He will bless all the work of our hands with every benefit bestowed upon us by His Son.
Your hands are desirable to God because you “remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant. . .” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
Step # 5—Look at your hands and say the following words out loud.
”These hands have the power to get wealth.”
“These hands have the power to heal the sick.”
“These hands have the power to set the captives free.”
Don’t ever doubt it.
God’s desire is to send salvation, healing, deliverance and the power to get wealth through our hands. But we must be willing and obedient.
God wants to use your hands. When you move in obedience to His perfect plan, then you are positioning yourself for a breakthrough miracle in your life.
Once again, Deuteronomy 16:15 says:
“The Lord. . .shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands.”
Have you noticed that “works of thine hands” appears in most of these scriptures? It’s the works of the hand . . .the power. . .that God releases into your hands.
Look at your hands. . .and speak the Word over them. . .manifesting what the Word of God says you can do.
Step # 6—Don’t talk about the laying on of hands. . .DO IT!!
Exodus 14:15 in the King James Version says:
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.”
As Israel was standing at the foot of the Red Sea with the enemy closing in fast, Moses cried out to God.
God then says to Moses “Why are you standing there looking to me? I have told you, everything you need is in your hand.
Go forward; stop standing around – get busy. God told Moses, raise your arm, take what is in your hand and stretch it out in front of you.
I personally like The Living Bible version of Exodus 14:15 which says:
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Quit praying and get the people moving! Forward, march!”
Too many times. . .we talk about what we’re going to do. . .complain about what we have to do. . .yet. . .never do anything at all.
We have in our hands God’s mighty Word with every promise, every instruction, every commandment, and stories of redemption that we can believe in and stand on.
God wants each of us moving forth through and with the power of the Holy Spirit.
So take what you have in your hand, His Word, God’s promise, the power of the Blood infused with the Holy Spirit and stretch it out in the direction you need to move in your life. Let God be God, and He will part the Red Sea in your life.
Sometimes stretching out and believing in what God has placed in your hand will lead you where you have never been before. You will not be walking in someone else’s footprints; you will be making your own.
You may be leaving footprints where they may have never been seen before in new path blazing through the obstacle that is in front of you, as God destroys the enemy that is behind you. So go ahead and move forward.
Everything you need is in your own hand; God has supplied you with all you need. So stretch out, your destiny is in your hand!
One last scripture. . .
1 Chronicles 29:12 in the New Living Translation says:
“Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.”
Step # 7—Never doubt the resurrection power of God flowing through your hands.
I was ready to write this seventh point. . .when the Lord directed me to stop.
He said “if my children do what the word tells them to do. . .they will never doubt the resurrection power of God flowing through their hands.”
Once again, Deuteronomy 16:15 in the King James Bible says:
“The Lord. . .shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands.”
Personalize this verse and make it real in your life:
“The Lord. . .shall bless <<Your Name>> in all <<his/her>> increase, and in all the works of <<his/her>> hands.”BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS