Fresh Oil

"...anointed with fresh oil" - Psalm 92.10b

An on going theme in my heart since October has been this precious thought on the anointing of Christ and it's power in the believer's life. David understood the importance of the anointing and the consequences of functioning without an anointing. David before he was king of Israel was anointed 3 times: First, by Samuel at Bethlehem (1 Sam. 16:13). Second, by the men of Judah (2 Sam. 2:4). Third, by the elders of Israel (2 Sam. 5:3). This meant for David a sacred consecration to be king though he was not yet king; God anoints and the anointing abides way before there is a visible recognition before people. The anointing for David also meant 2 other things; enabling for the call before him to be king and the enduing of the authority and power to carry out his task as a king after God's own heart. Right after the first anointing by Samuel, 1 Sam 17, David slays the giant Goliath.

The child of God is anointed in his seating with Christ the Anointed One (Lk 4.18; 1 Jn 2.20,27), but unless that anointing is manifested as it was in Mat 26.7 there is no fragrance, no power, no ministry, and no blessing from our lives. For that to happen the vessel must be broken, the believer's life, as in the calling of Paul the apostle in Acts 26.16-18, must be poured out before the Lord Himself. The anointing is what breaks the yoke of bondage - Isaiah 10:27, it is not sin or life or anything else that breaks a man or a nation - only the precious anointing of the Spirit of Christ that breaks the slavery to sin and the flesh. That is why the vessel must be; it must be broken - 2 Cor 4.7 - that the priceless life of the Savior may be a fragrance to all in the room around us. If the anointing is not released moment by moment in our ministry than the giant Goliath is not slain and God's people will remain in captivity.

To function without an anointing in the work of God is certain destruction. We experience the anointing and manifest it when we are rightly aligned to the Anointed One Himself - Ps 133. That alignment and submission comes only by understanding the words in Jn 19 - "It is finished". To that measure we kneel at the cross, lose our soul-life Mat 16.25, and exchange our life for His; is the measure we walk in the sweet fragrance of grace and the yoke is broken off the neck of God's people. That's what missions is in short; walking in His Anointing - Act 10:38 Ampl. "...God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him."

Here I am posting a worship song by Klaus Kuchn & Kari Jobe that has ministered to me much in recent days. May it bless you as it does me.

Here is a video of a recent trip we took, 14 bible college men, 2400 miles, 3 states, 5 days 35 hours of driving. preaching, door knocking, preaching, prayer, outreach, fun, food, fellowship. Wow, what more can be said...

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