Leave it to the Federal Aviation Administration to reinforce a foundational principal for flowing in the supernatural. If you have ever flown in an airplane, you know that before the plane taxis down the runway for lift-off, a voice comes across the public-address system with flight safety instructions. During these instructions, you will learn about the importance of wearing the seat belt, where the exit doors are, how to find the doors in the event that the airplane loses its lighting, how the seats can be used as flotation devices, how to obtain oxygen in the event of an emergency, etc.
When talking about the flow of oxygen, the flight attendant always emphasizes the importance of placing the oxygen mask upon yourself as soon as it falls from the overhead bin. The instructions given are, “Before you assist a child or another passenger, place the oxygen mask upon yourself first.” Did you get that? Before you can attempt to help anyone else, you have to take care of yourself first.
The Book of Acts New Testament Church must have known and followed these instructions. This is shown in Acts 3 when Peter and John are confronted by the beggar. Upon hearing the beggar ask for money, Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee …” The answer to the beggar’s problem was already abiding within Peter and John. In other words, they didn’t have to pull aside and work up something before addressing the need. The anointing was waiting to be released!
Listen, before we walk into a ministry situation, we need to heed the FAA’s instructions. We need to take care of ourselves first by filling ourselves to overflowing with God’s precious anointing and Spirit. Yesterday’s anointing won’t take care of today’s needs! The fresh infilling of God’s Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and a fresh anointing (Psalm 92:10) will enable the “such as I have” to be exactly what is needed.
The Book of Acts is waiting to add another chapter telling about the Holy Spirit’s works in and through you. As you are filled to overflowing, know that spiritual chains will fall off, spiritual eyes will open, destinies will be charted when you walk into your classroom. To quote T.D. Jakes, “Get ready, get ready, get ready.” It will come to pass!