Yes. I believe impartation is a real thing. I’ve received that way too many times to discount it, and I’ve prayed for others receiving too many times as well.
But. I’ve never had a verse to confidently point to and say, “yep, it is written and there it is!”
I love it when Holy Spirit makes me think and go deeper. Shawn Hurley posted today 2 Tim 1:6 and I had to go back and dissect the sentence better.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the 👉👉 gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of 👉👉 fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim 1:6
That gift of God I have always read as the gift of the Holy Spirit. I’ve always read that verse as saying Paul laid his hands on Timothy and he received the deposit within of the Holy Spirit.
Well. That makes no sense because the within or union with Holy Spirit comes from the point of belief, and not the laying of human hands. Yet. The spirit UPON comes with the laying of hands.
So. In the laying of hands, what is the specific gift that Timothy received?
We go to the previous 2 sentences.
“As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere 👉 faith, a 👉 faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in 👉 you as well.” 2 Tim 1:4-5
In the laying of hands or impartation, Timothy received a gift of faith. The same gift his mom and grandma had.
Let me say this. When someone prays impartation over another person, what is received depends upon God and what God wants to do in that moment - not what we personally want to see happen.
I’ve seen people suddenly receive great power or great gifting, and I’ve seen people receive peace, joy, hope, boldness, patience, faith, or strength.
I remember a friend once prayed over me for impartation and I saw a flat bicycle tire being filled with air. I was receiving fresh strength and new stability. Yet I’ve also at times felt my entire belly move, or I’ve seen God place special things in my hands.
No matter what is received, we receive exactly what we need from God in that particular moment. Regardless, impartation isn’t to be disregarded and it certainly isn’t a shortcut to the character growth necessary for true maturity.
Peeps. Don’t chase the gift. Chase the giver. What you need, will manifest from within when it is supposed to.