Depositing the love of God is a kingdom commission. We deposit the love of God with the anointing. Making a deposit isn’t the same as impartation. When we impart a thing it is for the purpose of activation. We are activating someone for service. Unlike the impartation, the deposit doesn’t necessarily activate someone for service. When we deposit something into another human being it’s the equivalent of sowing seed.
Opportunities to Deposit Love
There are always opportunities to deposit the love of God into others. After pouring the love of God into another human being, I come away from the experience with a sense of deep satisfaction. I know I have touched the heart of God and given someone hope or a renewed sense of self. It does my heart good to provide a person with an encouraging word, a shoulder to cry on, or even a financial blessing.
When the Lord impresses me to give a stranger some money, depositing the love of God is the motivation. The blessing of money positions me to speak specific decrees into a person’s soul, and most people are open to the gospel when they’re receiving a financial gift.
Secondly, when releasing a financial gift, the anointing of the Lord is transferred with the money. The anointing breaks yokes of oppression and bondage. It also remains on the money. The same is true for any item we transfer to another with prayer. The anointing is so powerful I release it on a lot of things I give to people. Jewelry, dishes, food and books are among some of the items I anoint with prayer before I transfer them to people. The anointing can be deposited on a litany of things we touch with prayer.
Depositing the Anointing
Most everything I give to people is prayed over before I release it. Some people aren’t ready to say the sinner’s prayer when I speak with them, but I can deposit the anointing on the things I give them. The power of the anointing breaks strongholds. It positions people for salvation and deliverance. The anointing can rest upon whatever we bless. Jesus, anointed by the Holy Ghost and power, carried the anointing in His clothes.
43 And a woman who had suffered a chronic flow of blood for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had left Me.”
47 Now when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and admitted in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace” (Luke 8:43-48, NASB).
The woman with the issue of blood understood this concept when she reached for the hem of the Lord’s garment. She knew by touching his clothes she would be well. She was delivered from years of agony by her courageous step of faith. Jesus felt the release of virtue from her touch; that virtue is the anointing and the Lord’s anointing also abides in us. We increase the power of the anointing by prayer and love.
People Respond to Love
Timing is everything. Sometimes people aren’t ready to hear a message on repentance, but they will respond to love. When we encounter a stranger, preaching salvation isn’t always priority number one. The woman with the issue of blood proves this: Jesus healed the woman. He didn’t rattle off a sermon when He discovered her need. Instead, He acknowledged her faith and set her free.
God isn’t lost on the world’s emotional and physical mess. He knows full well spiritual forces are at work keeping people oppressed and in bondage. It’s true people need a Savior, but they need to know they are loved. God is love and Jesus commands us to love. We prove we are His disciples by loving Him and loving people. No one converts from sin without love. It’s love that draws people into relationship with God. The Bible also says love covers a multitude of sins.
8Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the multifaceted grace of God (1 Peter 4:8-10, NASB).
Depositing Seeds of Kindness
Depositing seeds of kindness is an important way God reveals His love to the lost through us. During a crisis, the church places a lot of focus on getting people saved. While it’s most important to introduce people to Christ; without love, the introduction falls flat. Moreover, there’s no substance in preaching a person to death when they’re in dire straits. People in crisis need grace, not correction.
In the Book of Luke, Jesus mentions the error in ignoring the pleas of people in need (Luke 11:5-7). He also notes the failure in saying well wishes and prayers over providing people with sustenance (1 John 3:17). Jesus expects us to be compassionate in word and deed. There are consequences for saying no to people with a legitimate need we can fill (Proverbs 3:27). Saying, “May the peace of God be with you” while refusing to help a person laid waste and destitute is ungodly (James 2:15-16). Love requires action—inaction can hinder our own prayers (Proverbs 21:13).
Depositing Love Takes Effort
Praying ‘peace’ over someone is noteworthy, but it doesn’t put food in the belly or clothes on the back. Sometimes, more is required for helping people in difficult times. Doing more takes effort.
It takes effort to deposit the love of God. After tragedy or when someone is in serious need, it’s not enough to quote a Bible verse or two and send them off with a prayer. If we’re going to deposit the love of God, we have to be invested. Being invested means we donate our time, our goods and our money if that’s what is needed to express the love of God.
Some responses to needs are obvious. Currently, hundreds of people are without food, shelter, and clothing after tornadoes ripped through several states. Over a hundred people are dead and many others have missing friends and loved ones. The needs here are quite clear; but sometimes a person’s needs aren’t so obvious. If someone has a broken heart or they are distraught, filling the need can be difficult; but we have Holy Spirit to guide us. He shows us what to do, and we deposit the love of God according to His leading.
Holy Spirit is good at letting us know when to supply material things or when to minister to spiritual needs. It’s not uncommon for me to decree scripture over the spiritual needs of people I meet. It arrests dark spirits oppressing them making room for deliverance. Sharing passages from the Bible is powerful and pierces every situation. There will be times when sharing scripture is the best course of action no matter the circumstance. We can always deposit the Word of God if we have nothing else to give. Every Christian can fill that role.
Depositing the Love of God with the Word
Depositing the love of God with His Word is a powerful way to enrich a soul and fill a need. We deposit the Word of God by quoting scriptures, reading Bible passages, praying for others or making decrees. When milling about town for example, I think about possible encounters I may have with people while running errands. I think about whom I’ll meet and what I’ll say if the opportunity to pour into their soul presents itself. In my conversations with Holy Spirit, I’m seeking to deposit the love of God in a meaningful way. I want my encounters with people to leave them hungry for a relationship with Jesus.
It’s important to remember our words carry power and can manifest life or death (Proverbs 18:21). God draws people He can trust into delicate situations for this reason. When someone is lost and hurting, they need compassion and an encouraging word.
Encouragement fosters life and brings lost people to God. Making decrees from the Word shifts circumstances and opens doors to deliverance from oppression. Giving encouragement and making decrees are substantial ways to deposit the love of God into another human being. We can literally shift a person’s destiny when we speak the Word over them in love. Recently, the Lord used me to deposit words of life into a stranger.
The Old Man on the Bench
Driving home from an appointment, I noticed the gyro sandwich truck in the town square. Opting for a quick bite, I grabbed the parking spot in front of the art shop. The old man sat outside the shop on a bench eating a sandwich. I nodded and smiled at him as he took a swig of Dr. Pepper. I asked him if he was enjoying his sandwich and he made a remark about needing cash for food. Of course, I’m thinking, “You have food. You’re sitting there eating.” I returned to my car after placing my food order.
Almost immediately, the Lord prompted me to financially bless the man. I said yes but asked the Lord to give me a word for him. Knowing God would provide a word, I walked towards the stranger. Approaching him I said, “I almost never do this; the Lord doesn’t normally release me to hand money to strangers, but He wants me to bless you.”
As he accepted the money, a series of decrees and declarations poured from my mouth. I spoke life into his weary spirit and demanded his soul come into agreement with God’s best for his life.
I watched his eyes widen – taking on an expression I often see when the power of God invades a person. He began to speak doubt about God’s love for him and I replied with biblical truth. I don’t preach to people in these circumstances; I decree the Word of God and speak to that person’s destiny. Deeply wounded in his soul and feeling unworthy, he needed to know God loved him. (God always positions people for deliverance after encounters like these.)
You Will Never Be the Same
Under the anointing, I continued to deposit the love of God into his soul, gently pressing my hand against his chest. Holy Spirit spoke through me three times, “From this day forward you will never be the same.” It was the third time the phrase grabbed his heart and he became still, taking in what Holy Spirit was saying through me. I discerned he wanted to be a new man but clearly thought it was impossible.
The Spirit of God began to minister possibilities to the old man as I observed his changing disposition. Years of oppression were coming off under the weight of the anointing. He was receiving the love of God in that moment. Before leaving him I told Him to talk to Jesus. I said, “Have a conversation with Him. Talk to Him every day no matter what.” I hugged him and whispered in his ear, “Jesus really loves you.”
Depositing Love is Life-changing
Depositing the love of God is life-changing. I’m honored to be a vessel of kindness to a stranger. The Spirit of the Living God made a visit to that man and now he’s on the right path. I know good things are in store for him and God was pleased with my obedience. It was a special moment.
Depositing the love of God is probably the most important thing we do as servants of the kingdom. We should embrace opportunities to bless others as we’re able. When Holy Spirit prompts us to engage, we know He’ll provide the means and the anointing to fulfill the assignment.
My simple act of kindness revealed the love of God to a stranger who believed he was unlovable. His life will never be the same and I’m grateful I made the effort to share the love of Jesus with him in a simple yet profound way. Love changes everything.
©2021, What You Will
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