Fill Your Horn with Oil and Go
By Bill Vigue
“And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go,… (1Sa 16:1)
God needs us to move on with His plan. Here we have an example of a man of God who needed to be verbally kicked in the pants to get him going on with God’s fresh directions. Samuel, a prophet of God was slowed by sentimentality. Samuel was holding back because of memories and emotions. Remorse for sin is a sign of repentance and mourning for others has its place but mourning too long can become a dead work that holds people back from serving God.
Without the oil there is no anointing. God wanted Samuel to fill his horn barrel with oil and go anoint David as King. Israel needed a new and better leader but David first needed to be anointed. Christians of the new and better Covenant need to fill our earthen vessel with the oil of the Holy Spirit and go do what God has assigned us to do under His anointing. The Parable of the Five Foolish Virgins refers to Christians that did not maintain the anointing of the Holy Spirit’s. They let emotions, sentiments and their own ideals rule their lives.
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb 9:14)
Many don’t understand God’s wisdom in this miracle of purging our conscience from dead works. They don’t realize how important it is to get up and go. Many in the church are slowed by the will of others who prefer to keep people in continual remembrance of their past failures. They are not merely holding people back from moving on with God, they are hindering the work and will in the process.. If you allow people to exacerbate your past rather than “forgetting those things that are behind” (Phil 3:13) you will live without the anointing of God.
Truthfully, keeping yourself or people weighted down by the memories of their past is a sin. It is demonic and yet somehow it is a doctrine that has crept into the church leaving it weak and feeble in expressing the Great Commission and so Great a Salvation. God wants us freed from the weight of our sins. We have to appreciate God’s wisdom to “lay them aside”. (Heb 12:1) No one can serve God if their conscience is filled with the shame and condemnation of their sins. If you are always appeasing the will of people who insist you comply with their shallow rules and regulations, you are not walking in the light of this reality.
“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” (Col 2:13-14)
People who came to Jesus repenting did not remain under the weight of their sins. Jesus came to help the worst sinners get up on their feet and running their own race. The repentant sinners didn’t cry for ever. Jesus never left repentant sinners under condemnation. Daily and eternally, all who come, calling on Jesus, He repeatedly forgives and sanctifies. Then too He justifies them from every sin and all iniquity that the Law of Moses could not relieve them of. (Acts 13:39) It is an ever flowing, supernatural, miracle to have your memories of the past purged from your conscience. It is such a great work of love that some “despise” it (Acts 13:41) and “judge” themselves and you and I “unworthy” of it. (Acts 13:46)
Mary Magdalene reportedly had seven unclean spirits cast out of her and not one of them was mentioned against her. There is no indication that Jesus taught His disciples to keep a watch over her (or anyone for that matter) in fear that any of the seven unclean spirits might come back on her. Fear of such a thing, as any and all fear should not dictate our lives. That kind of fear is not from the Spirit of God.
It is not our Christian duty to keep people in their place by continually reminding them of their past. We are to “provoke one another to love and good works” (Heb 10:24) when we gather together. We are to remind each other what Christ had done for us not what the devil might do. We are to build each other up not tear each other apart.
So in Christ, and walking in the Spirit, not only is every sin cleansed but the very consciousness of sin is too. Satan has invaded our light with darkness. He is a spoiler through traditions and doctrines of men who have forsaken God’s word and replaced it with philosophies. (Col 2:8)
The key to victory over every addiction first starts with truth. The truth makes you free. (John 8:32) Truth brings with it an anointing that breaks the yoke. (Is 10:27)
Yes, the unclean spirit will seek to come back and if he finds you empty, merely broom swept and only a decorated believer they will regain some access. However, keeping ourselves filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit leaves no room for the unclean things. If you love God you will keep refilling your vessel with the oil of the Holy Spirit and He will thoroughly clean you time after time with the anointing. You will not just appear like a Christian, you will be one, think like one, live like one and you will be taught to overcome human sentiments. You will walk with the Lord in spiritual realities.
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