When you have to go to work, or to church or drop your kids off to school, which way do you travel the most to get your destination? When you travel is it normally in the morning, the middle of the day or do you do travel mostly at night? When we are driving rather down our local streets, the parkway or expressway we will pass on average two to three vehicles stranded on the side of the road. The vehicles which are left behind by their owners have broken down because the vehicle had some type of battery, engine trouble or some other type of roadside assistance. However, there other types of vehicles that are on the verge of their engine seizing because the driver of the car has not changed their oil in over three thousand miles or more.
When you purchase a vehicle rather it is brand new, pre-certified or used it is always recommended by the maker of a vehicle that we have our oil change ever three thousand miles. When we are close to reaching the recommended mileage our vehicle, if it is computerized, will provide us a reminder from our oil change sensor light that time has come for a new oil change. However, if we fail to act on our vehicle early alert we cause the engine performance of our car to deteriorate over time. The same way that we are supposed to take care of our vehicles that we drive every day, we should also take care of ourselves spiritually by following the direction of the Spirit of God for our life. Our Heavenly Father placed the Holy Spirit in our lives so that He can help us to be a witness on how we have been transformed through the presence of Jesus Christ being with us. Our Heavenly Father has also sent the Holy Spirit in our life so that we do not deal with the challenges of today with yesterday’s anointing. Finally, our Heavenly Father, has poured out His Spirit upon us so that old men can dream dreams and young men shall see visions.
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil (Psalms 92:10).
The Holy Spirit
Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity who is God. Our God is a triune God. When God first declared that He would make man, the LORD God said to Himself in Genesis 1:26, “let us make him in our image and our likeness”. When the LORD spoke about man being made in our image it is a reference to the LORD as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament, we see a clearer picture of the full Godhead during the baptism of Jesus when He is baptized by John the Baptist. As Jesus was coming up from being immersed in the water of Jordan, the word of God says that the “Spirit of God descended upon Jesus like a dove”. As Jesus emerged from the water, all of those who witnessed his baptism heard a voice from Heaven declaring “this is my beloved Son who I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). It is during the baptism of Jesus that we see the God the Son which is Jesus, the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and God the Father speaking from Heaven all at the same time. The Holy Spirit would empower Jesus for the work of ministry that He would begin for the next three years of His life. The same way that the dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit, oil in the scriptures is a representation of the Spirit of God empowering the believer for the work of ministry as well (Psalms 133:1-2).
In the Old Testament when the Holy Spirit empowered men for the work of service that the Lord wanted them to until they had completed their mission. There were men in the Old Testament who were set apart for positions which had them standing as a representative of the Lord to be either a priest, prophet or king. The Lord would anoint men like David, Aaron, and Samuel the Prophet with the anointing oil to help the people to maintain and keep their covenant relationship with the Lord. However, when the Holy Spirit was given to men in the New Testament, the Spirit of God did not come upon men but men were filled with His presence which enabling them to be a witness to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father placed the Holy Spirit in us so that He can help us to be a witness on how we have been transformed through the presence of Jesus being with us. The Holy Spirit is also in the life of a believer to help teach them and to bring to their remembrance what God has said to them in His word. When there are times of uncertainty and we don’t know what the next move we should make, the Holy Spirit is there to lead us and guide us into all truth because He is known as the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13). In the Old Testament in the Tabernacle, the Lampstand and the oil kept the lamp burning continually day and night. In the New Testament, we are the light which is to shine before men and the Holy Spirit is the oil which we are filled by His presence so that all men would know that God is real in our lives (Exodus 27:20-21).
Fresh oil from the Father
Our Heavenly Father has also sent the Holy Spirit in our life so that we do not deal with the challenges of today with yesterday’s anointing. When the Apostle Peter and John had healed the lame man at the gate called beautiful, the move of the Lord was met by great opposition by the religious leaders. Both of the Apostles were brought before the men which threaten them to stop teaching and preaching in the name of Jesus. If they chose not to heed the warning of the religious leaders, the consequences of their defiance would be met by either being beaten, thrown in prison or worst being put to death. When the Apostles were released they went back to their company and told them all what had happened to them. Instead of complying with the threats of the religious leaders, the Apostle brought the matter before the Lord in prayer asking the Lord to grant them boldness and to be able effectively to witness to others about the resurrection of Jesus. As they prayer time intensified, the whole place was shaken and all those who were in the room were filled again with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles and those who had been in the upper room the first time did not rely on the last infilling of the Holy Spirit which they received on the day of Pentecost. This second infilling of the Holy Spirit teaches us that when we are faced with new struggles we cannot rely on yesterday anointing to help us have victory over new conflicts that we face today.
In Psalms 92:10, the Psalmist declared that “our horn shall be exalted like the unicorn and we shall be anointed with fresh oil”. Just as a car’s oil has to be changed every three thousand miles we too must have a fresh anointing of the Lord poured upon us so that our cup will be running over (Psalms 23:5). A vehicle which goes neglected by its driver will have internal damage done to which can cost the owner of the car hundreds to thousands of dollars in repairs. As blood is vital to our body and having water in a very hot environment is critical so having fresh oil from the Father is a necessity for our spiritual growth and development. The God we serve is the God of more than enough. Our God is able to take what we do not have enough of and make it more enough so that we are living in His overflow. To live in the Lord’s overflow is evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit is manifested through our character and us responding in a Christ-like and not reacting like the world. When we are confronted with a conflict as a result of doing what God has called us to do, the Lord has a fresh anointing available which will destroy the yoke of bondage of fear, intimidation, and offense so that people would know that our God is a good, good Father.
Dreams and Visions
A final reason why our Heavenly Father wants us to have fresh oil in our life is so that old men can dream dreams and young men shall see visions. In the book of Joel, the Prophet Joel by the word of the Lord prophesied to the children of Israel that the Lord would “pour out his Spirit upon all flesh”. He would also pour out His Spirit so that His “sons and daughters would prophesy and old men would dream dreams and young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28). This prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out to those in the upper room. As the Holy Spirit filled the Apostles and the one hundred and twenty who were there, when they all came outside those who heard them speaking in tongues were able to understand in their own language (Acts 2:1-11 and 16-17). As men receive salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they would also receive the ability by the Holy Spirit to dream dreams again and young men to have visions.
Dr. Myles Monroe once said in his book called Releasing Your Potential that “the poorest man in the world is a man who does not have a dream”. He would go on to say in that same chapter of his book that “the most frustrated man in the world is a man who had a dream but it never became a reality”. We are living in a time where we see men of every race are under attack by the enemy. We see men who are White, Black or Spanish, who are being incarcerated in prison serving either 10, 25 or life sentences with no possible chance for parole. Our men are being locked up at an alarming rate for committing violent crimes against women, children and against each other. Our men are losing their ability to dream and have had their vision taken from them in prison like Samson (Judges 16:21). The jobs which we once had that helped us to support our families have been taken away from us because companies have laid us off because they transferred our jobs to places like India. As men we desperately need fresh oil from the Father so that we can have the ability to dream God-inspired dreams. We need fresh oil from the Father so that we can have our vision restored so that the people who depend upon us will not perish but live (Proverbs 29:18).