Un-Twisted Part 5: Laying on of Hands
Hebrews 5:12-6:3 (MSG) By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one . . . The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” [repentance from dead works] and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!
The laying of hands was a custom of the Jews that dated back to Genesis. The laying on of hands was used to impart the blessing and anointing of God. Isaac laid hands on his children and pronounced various blessings on them (Gen. 27), and it literally changed their destinies.
Acts 28:8-9 (New Life) The father of Publius was sick with a stomach sickness. Paul went to see him. He prayed and laid his hands on him and the man was healed. Because of this, other people of the island who were sick came to Paul and were healed.
We are to touch the lives of those around us and impart blessing. There is something in you that can change the world around you!
When we hear “the laying on of hands” we often think ceremonies (baptism, setting in church elders, etc.), but the Bible more specifically focused on personal ministry.
Isaiah 10:27 (Jubilee Bible) And it shall come to pass in that day that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be consumed [destroyed] in the presence of the anointing.
God’s anointing has the power to set captives free!
2 Corinthians 1:21 (NKJV) Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.
Personal ministry is an important part of personal growth and development. Much of our personal growth occurs as we minister to the needs of others.
Galatians 2:20 (DIST) I consider myself as having died and now enjoying a second existence, which is simply Jesus using my body.
You Are Anointed
Acts 3:2-8 (NIV) A man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful . . . . When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk.
You have to know God’s anointing is in you. And you have to know that you can impart that anointing to others.
7 Ways to Touch Lives and Impart Blessing
- Live your life as an example. Model the way.
- Believe in people. See people through the eyes of faith.
- Nurture people. Help people grow and develop.
- Listen to people. People need to feel heard.
- Enlarge people. Help people see their significance.
- Take the journey with people. Do life with them.
- Empower people. Bless them and release them.
The laying on of hands was used to impart the blessing and anointing of God generationally. It’s NOT just about placing hands on someone’s head. Its about living a reproducing kind of life.
I dedicate this message to the amazing small group leaders that do this every day!