Stick with What You've Got

Pastor Anthony LoCascio and Christina Li
2/20/18

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Heb 6:1-3 “So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. 2 You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.”

 

1 Tim 4:13-14 “Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.” 

 

God told Moses to lay hands on people. Something about that touch of a hand, something flows from one person to another. Something about the right hand, particularly, was understood by the patriarchs. Isaac, half blind, touched Jacob, laying hands on him, and he was blessed, even though it was stolen.

 

2 Tim 1:6 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”

 

You receive something when people lay hands on you. Keep it, stir it up.

 

Why is touch so important? Why do you think God instituted the ministry of laying on of hands?

 

In Acts 8, Philip was preaching to the Samaritans. Nobody had received the Holy Ghost yet. For accountability, Philip called Peter and John to come. When they laid hands on them, the Holy Ghost fell. It was so amazing that Simon the Sorcerer offered money for this same ability. Peter told him that even though he’d been baptized in Jesus’ Name, he needed to go back and repent. ‘Freely you have received, freely give.’ You can’t buy the Holy Ghost!

 

Acts 19:6 “Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.”

 

Lev 16:21 “He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness.”

 

This scapegoat is a type and shadow of casting our sins as far as the East is from the West. How do you cast these sins out? You lay hands and speak.

 

You transmit things through touch.

 

What things are transmitted through touch? What have you received through the ministry of laying on of hands?

 

If you pray with doubt or fear, don’t touch people! Pray with boldness and faith.

 

When people respect the man of God, it liberates the power of God. If you can’t receive, if you doubt, you can stop the flow of God.

God wants to use you to transmit something to somebody else. He doesn’t use angels. He goes through the church.

 

Mark 16:18 “They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

 

Picking up a snake will be by accident or drinking poison by accident, anything that tries to harm you, it will not harm you. They will lay hands on the sick and be healed!

 

There is power in the name of Jesus, when a man of faith lays hands on the sick, they will be healed!

 

If you want to keep that faith, you’ve got to stir it up and give it away. The principle of laying on of hands, the doctrine of laying on of hands is where impartation takes place, something from one spirit to another is transferred. Proximity and sort of mixing what you have with the faith of someone else, influence in the spirit, the connection is made through the laying on of hands.

 

(Be careful who you hang with because something is transmitted for good or for bad. You can influence one another spiritually for good or for bad. This can be anything from gossip to doubt to outright rebellion.)

 

Have you laid hands on others to pray for them? What were the results?

 

Cornelius was visited by an angel who told him to call for Peter. Why not the angel tell him? The church must tell you things an angel cannot tell you. Gospel messages, healing virtues flow through the church. His Words have to come through the church.

 

If Pastor can influence spiritually, pray for you and lay hands on you, God will flow and do the supernatural.

 

Something about the hands! We pray for God to lay His hands on us.

 

Elijah passed his mantle to Elisha.

 

1 Kings 19:19 “So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away.”

 

There was a transmission that took place when Elijah laid something on Elisha that he had touched and breathed on and sweated in.

 

You need the church. You can’t get something on a yoga mat on a mountain all by yourself. God wants to give you something through the church. There is a doctrine of the laying on of hands, God is going to transmit something to you. God will get the devil off your back once and for all.

 

Why is physical touch so necessary for unity? Why is it so important for us as God’s church to minister to one another and be in community with one another in unity with our Pastor and our God?

 

Num 27:18-23 “The Lord replied, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him. 19 Present him to Eleazar the priest before the whole community, and publicly commission him to lead the people. 20 Transfer some of your authority to him so the whole community of Israel will obey him. 21 When direction from the Lord is needed, Joshua will stand before Eleazar the priest, who will use the Urim—one of the sacred lots cast before the Lord—to determine his will. This is how Joshua and the rest of the community of Israel will determine everything they should do.’ 22 So Moses did as the Lord commanded. He presented Joshua to Eleazar the priest and the whole community. 23 Moses laid his hands on him and commissioned him to lead the people, just as the Lord had commanded through Moses.”

 

1 Tim 5:22 “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.”

 

Don’t be too quick to lay hands on somebody. Yet, Jesus touched the man with leprosy (a very contagious and deadly disease). The woman with an issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garments.

 

It’s dangerous to look a brother in the face and cut him off from your life, especially if that dude taught you Bible studies. If God wants to bless you, He might have somebody lay hands on you.

 

There are some places you don’t touch people, (head or wrist is usually safest). When God gives you something, stick to what you’ve been given.

 

Why is it important to not be too quick in laying hands on people? Why is faith so important in the ministry of laying on of hands?

 

Jer 6:16 “This is what theLord says: ‘Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’”

 

Col 2:6-10 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”

 

Stick to what you’ve got. Persevere. Be what God has called you to be.

 

A prophetic Word can fall on deaf ears and nothing change. Words can come and go and aren’t received, but something powerful happens through the laying on of hands. Somebody who has been in contact with God, who has been praying and fasting and living the way God wants them to live, can share what they’ve been given from God through the laying on of hands. Someone who is hungry for it can receive this.

 

What Spiritual gifts have you received that you need to ‘stir up’? What do you need to persevere in? What have you been given that you need to hold tightly to and share?

 

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

 

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