FRESH OIL

Num. 11:7,8 And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.
I often think of the revival meetings we conducted at a church in Costa Rica in 1995. It was a traditional Assembly of God congregation that invited me to do a week long revival with two meetings each day. That first service was a real challenge, there was a distinct religious apathy in the air that could be cut with a knife. I’ll never forget the giant vase of anointing oil on the pulpit. It became a picture to me of that particular church. The oil was old, rancid, and had a distinct smell about it. I kept thinking about the importance of fresh oil as I plowed through that first service. David said it like this, “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil”. Just like that church needed fresh oil, many of us become stale and need fresh oil upon our lives. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes it.
“Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord’s good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old hat will not suffice to impart unction to thy spirit; thine head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. To-day thou mayest be upon the summit of the mount of God, but he who has put thee there must keep thee there, or thou wilt sink far more speedily than thou dreamest.”
As for that church in Costa Rica, the lord was incredibly merciful to me in that very first service. In that very first altar call a young refugee girl from Nicaragua answered the salvation altar call. The Holy Spirit fell on her mightily and something vey powerful began that day. As she was praying to receive Christ, “FRESH OIL” fell on her. She began shaking, laughing, crying and fell out under the power in the middle of that traditional service. Fresh oil can change everything. Needless to say that was the last dry device we had that week. This young Nicaraguan became a lightning rod for the lightning strikes of God all week. Many young people came to Christ and the church was turned right side up for the glory of God.

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