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identified; and in this what happens is: God speaks; Moses lays hands on Joshua; and God takes something of what
is on Moses' life, and puts it on Joshua. Joshua arises to a new level of authority; so with the laying on of hands,
there can be an Impartation of Authority into your life.
Something happens inside you. You need to believe, for it to happen. You need to have faith, for it to happen; and
when God has commanded it to happen through the laying of hands, your whole inner life can come up to a new level
of authority in what you can do, in how you can operate, in the way God will work through you. This is why the laying
on of hands is such a wonderful thing to have happen - particularly when we have anointed men and women of God
The second area of Laying on of Hands is: Impartation of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Let's look in Acts 9. It's also
in Acts 8 - so go into the Book of Acts; and the Holy Spirit, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, was often imparted through
the Laying on of Hands.
Acts 8:17 – “The apostles laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit”. They knew they'd received the Holy
Spirit - they began to speak in tongues.
Acts 9:17 – “Ananias who's just an ordinary believer, a disciple of Jesus Christ, went his way. He entered into the
house where Paul was staying, and he laid hands on him; and 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 Ghost”. Notice
in verse 17 – “he laid hands on him”.
So two things happen - the first thing is that God has spoken to him, to go to find Saul. Now you've got to understand,
that's a scary thing to do. Saul has just been murdering all the Christians; and God speaks to an ordinary believer,
and said: this man, in spite of what you've heard, in spite of what you've seen, in spite of the stories, in spite of their
bad reputation, I see something in him that others can't see.
He said: I want you to go to his house, find where he is; and then lay hands on him, and speak over him. O ften we
can only see people through the eyes of their history. We know them in a community for what they are, and what
they've been like, but we need to see as God sees.
He sees your destiny. He sees within this murderer, a man who could change a generatio n. He sees within people
who others say are failures, He sees someone who could make a generational difference - and how did it happen?
He listened to the voice of God; he came and laid hands on him. As he laid hands and spoke, the Holy Ghost came
on him. Paul was filled with the spirit, and also he was healed. So the Laying on of Hands is used for imparting the
Holy Ghost. There is transference; an activation of something can happen, when there is faith for this to happen.
Here's a third use of Laying on of Hands – Romans 1:11. Paul has spoken, and he said: “I really long to come to you,
that I might impart to you some spiritual gift”. So impartation of spiritual gifts can happen through the laying on of
Look at these verses very clearly - 1 Timothy 4:14. Paul is writing to Timothy; notice what he says: “Do not neglect
the gift that is in you”. So Timothy has a gift, and it's in him. It's a charisma. It's a supernatural operation of God
(doesn't tell us what it is).
He says: “don't neglect it”. It was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of hands of the elder -ship. So notice
how he received the gift....
1) He's got a gift. 2) The gift is in him. 3) It was given to him; and it was given to him by a prophetic word spoken,
accompanied with the laying on of hands, and something entered his life. He was gifted; and could do things he'd not
Notice what it says in 2 Timothy 1:6. It says: “Here I remind you stir up the gift of God which is in you, through the
laying on of my hands. Now notice how it came - by impartation.