Fresh Oil

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“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord” (Phil. 3:8).

What a challenging weekend this has been. I attempted to take on all the concerns of my life all by myself. I wanted to fix everything that was apparently wrong in the natural life I was living by trying to fix matters myself. Having faith means walking in it. Believing God for the things hoped for and the evidence of the unseen. I had to surrender to the natural thoughts I had about my son and daughter never getting out of prison, I had to surrender the thoughts of being unsuccessful in fore-filling God’s purpose for my life, I had to die to the feelings of failing at being an instrument totally used of God to perform the spiritual duties He has purposed for my existence in this life. Lord, I pray you keep me from day to day, show me how to worship and surrender to all the harassing voices of darkness, feed me until I want no more of the natural life style here on this planet. I see myself as He does tonight based off being in community this weekend. I shut all the windows and doors tonight and got before my God and this is what He said:

This is the happy season of ripening cornfields, of the merry song of the reapers, of the secured and garnered grain. But let me hearken to the sermon of the field. This is its solemn word to me. You must die in order to live. You must refuse to consult your own case and well-being. You must be crucified, not only in desires and habits which are sinful, but in many more which appear innocent and right. If you would save others, you cannot save yourself. If you would bear much fruit, you must be buried in darkness and solitude.

My heart fails me as I listen. But, when Jesus asks it, let me tell myself that it is my high dignity to enter into the fellowship of His sufferings; and thus I am in the best of company. And let me tell myself again that it is all meant to make me a vessel meet for His use. His own Calvary has blossomed into fertility; and so shall mine.

Plenty out of pain, life out of death: is it not the law of the Kingdom?

Do we call it dying when the bud bursts into flowers?

“Finding, following, keeping, struggling,
Is He sure to bless?
Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs,
Answer, ‘Yes.”‘

Thank God for “The Holy Spirit” It’s Power Is My Comforter

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Hosea 14:5
The Message (MSG)
4-8 “I will heal their waywardness.
I will love them lavishly. My anger is played out.
I will make a fresh start with Israel.
He’ll burst into bloom like a crocus in the spring.
He’ll put down deep oak tree roots,
he’ll become a forest of oaks!
He’ll become splendid—like a giant sequoia,
his fragrance like a grove of cedars!
Those who live near him will be blessed by him,
be blessed and prosper like golden grain.
Everyone will be talking about them,
spreading their fame as the vintage children of God.
Ephraim is finished with gods that are no-gods.
From now on I’m the one who answers and satisfies him.
I am like a luxuriant fruit tree.
Everything you need is to be found in me.”
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My God is like the dew He was to Israel to me. I have been able to understand just a little better what is going on in my season of drought because of His wonderful spirit that’s upon my vessel. The god’s I once depended on are gone and He has filled that vacuum with understanding never to allow a void to occur. I have been made aware that the dew or “The Holy Spirit” is a source of freshness. It’s nature’s provision for renewing the face of the earth and His people life. It falls at night, and without it vegetation would die. It is this great renewal value of the dew that is so often recognized in the Scriptures and used as a symbol of spiritual refreshment. Just as nature is bathed in dew, the Lord renews His people. In Titus 3:5 the same thought of spiritual refreshment is connected with the ministry of the Holy Spirit and referred to as “renewal by the Holy Spirit.”

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Many Christian workers do not recognize the importance of the heavenly dew in their lives, and as a result lack freshness and energy. Their spirits are withered and droopy for lack of dew. Beloved fellow workers, you recognize the folly of a laborer attempting to work all day without eating, but do you recognize the folly of a servant of God attempting to minister without eating of the heavenly manna? Neither is it sufficient to have spiritual nourishment only occasionally. Every day you must receive the “renewal by the Holy Spirit.” You know the difference between your whole being pulsating with the energy and freshness of God’s divine life or feeling worn-out and weary.

Quietness and stillness bring dew. At night when the leaves and grass are still, the plants’ pores are open to receive the refreshing and invigorating bath. And spiritual dew comes from quietly lingering in the Master’s presence. I can remember not long ago when I was toiling in my own strength to obtain employment, I interviewed over 100 times for positions that I prostrated in prayer over only to be rendered the same results time after time. My anxiety level was high and my peace vexed after every attempt. Now that God has established my understanding and whispered into my quiet vessel I am not moved by toil and running after other god’s. It all came by way of seeking His presence and will for my life, It came by way of surrender to His all and my none.

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Getting still before Him is the key, for haste will prevent you from receiving the dew. Wait before God until you feel saturated with His presence. Then move on to your next duty with awareness of the freshness and energy of Christ. Dew will never appear while there is either heat or wind. The temperature must fall, the wind cease, and the air come to a point of coolness and rest-absolute rest-before the invisible particles of moisture will become dew to dampen any plant or flower. And the grace of God does not come forth to bring rest and renewal to our soul until we completely reach the point of stillness before Him.

Drop Your still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease:
Take from our souls the strain and stress;
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Your peace.

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Are you the “Oil of God’s Joy” In this Life?

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Colossians 3:12
New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

There is an old story of an elderly man who always carried a little can of oil with him everywhere he went, and when he would go through a door that squeaked, he would squirt a little oil on the hinges. If he encountered a gate that was hard to open, he would oil the latch. And so he went through life, lubricating all the difficult places, making it easier for all those who came after him. People called the man eccentric, strange, and crazy, but he went steadily on, often refilling his can of oil when it was nearly empty, and oiling all the difficult places he found.

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In this world, there are many lives that painfully creak and grate as they go about their daily work. Often it seems that nothing goes right with them and that they need lubricating with “the oil of joy”, gentleness, or thoughtfulness. Do you carry your own can of oil with you? Are you ready with your oil of helpfulness each morning? If you offer your oil to the person nearest you, it may just lubricate the entire day for him/her. Your oil of cheerfulness will mean more than you know to someone who is downhearted. Or the oil may be a word of encouragement to a person who is full of despair. Never fail to speak it, for our lives may touch others only once on the road of life. and then our paths may diverge, never to meet again.

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The oil of kindness has worn the sharp, hard edges off many a sin-hardened life and left it soft and pliable, ready to receive the redeeming grace of the Savior. A pleasant word is a bright ray of sunshine on a saddened heart. Therefore give others the sunshine and tell Jesus the rest.

We cannot know the grief
That men may borrow;
We cannot see the souls
Storm-swept by sorrow;
But love can shine upon the way
Today, tomorrow;
Let us be kind,
Upon the wheel of pain so many weary lives are broken,
So may our love with tender words be spoken.
Let us be kind.

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Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Romans 12:10

Ignorance and Money and Hate

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Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill

In my attempt to keep “Fresh Oil” positive and attractive I want to apologize if this post and it’s content becomes offensive in any way. The visual aids and artist selected to divulge my message is by no means a pivotal swing from what “Fresh Oil” represents.

Blessings of talent without maturity is shameful in and of itself. exploiting those of a lesser caste status due to your success is ignorance to me.

All peoples are struggling to blast a way through the industrial monopoly of races and nations, but the Negro as a whole has failed to grasp its true significance and seems to delight in filling only that place created for him by the white man.
Marcus Garvey

Even if Negroes do successfully imitate the whites, nothing new has thereby been accomplished. You simply have a larger number of persons doing what others have been doing. The unusual gifts of the race have not thereby been developed, and an unwilling world, therefore continues to wonder that the Negro is good for.
Carter G. Woodson

Here we find that the Negro has failed to recover from his slavish habit of berating his own and worshipping others as perfect beings.
Carter G. Woodson

How dare anyone tell us that Africa cannot be redeemed, when we have 400,000,000 men and women with warm blood coursing through their veins? The power that holds Africa is not Divine.
Marcus Garvey

I was black growing up in an all-white neighborhood so I felt like I just didn’t fit in. Like I wasn’t as good as everybody else or as smart, or whatever.
Halle Berry

I’ve always maintained that black people and women suffer from a presumption of incompetence. The burdens of proof are different. It just gets so tiresome.
Carol Moseley Braun

If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own.
Carter G. Woodson

In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us…. I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! … Your interference is doing him positive injury.
Frederick Douglass, The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro

It startled the nation to hear a Negro advocating such a programme after many decades of bitter complaint; it startled and won the applause of the South, it interested and won the admiration of the North; and after a confused murmur of protest, it silenced if it did not convert the Negroes themselves.
W. E. B. Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk, on Booker T. Washington

Let us in shaping our own Destiny set before us the qualities of human JUSTICE, LOVE, CHARITY, MERCY AND EQUITY. Upon such foundation let us build a race, and I feel that the God who is Divine, the Almighty Creator of the world, shall forever bless this race of ours, and who to tell that we shall not teach men the way to life, liberty and true human happiness?
Marcus Garvey

Negroes, as they enter our culture, are going to inherit the problems we have, but with a difference. They are outsiders and they are going to know that they have these problems. They are going to be self-conscious; they are going to be gifted with a double vision, for, being Negroes, they are going to be both inside and outside of our culture at the same time. Every emotional and cultural convulsion that ever shook the heart and soul of Western man will shake them. Negroes will develop unique and specially defined psychological types. They will become psychological men, like the Jews . . . They will not only be Americans or Negroes; they will be centers of knowing, so to speak . . . The political, social, and psychological consequences of this will be enormous.
Richard Wright, The Outsider

One day I realized I was living in a country where I was afraid to be black. It was only a country for white people. Not black. So I left. I had been suffocating in the United States… A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it anymore… I felt liberated in Paris.
Josephine Baker

The differentness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess. It is by the development of these gifts that every race must justify its right to exist.
Carter G. Woodson

The first point was we wanted power to determine our own destiny in our own black community. And what we had done is, we wanted to write a program that was straightforward to the people. We didn’t want to give a long dissertation.
Bobby Seale, Bobby Seale Interview


The depression brought everybody down a peg or two. And the Negro had but few pegs to fall.
Langston Hughes

The first point was we wanted power to determine our own destiny in our own black community. And what we had done is, we wanted to write a program that was straightforward to the people. We didn’t want to give a long dissertation.
Bobby Seale, Bobby Seale Interview

The needs of society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is the one who is offered only crumbs from his country’s table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast. Hence, the janitor who lives in one room but sports a robin’s-egg-blue Cadillac is not laughed at but admired, and the domestic of buys forty- dollar shoes is not criticized but appreciated.
Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The white kids were going to have a chance to become Galileos and Madame Curries and Edisons and Gauguins, and our boys (the girls weren’t even in on it) were going to try to be Jesse Owenses and Joe Lewises.
Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity…. We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Malcolm X

There is always a turning point in the destiny of every race, every nation, of all peoples, and we have come now to the turning point of Negro, where we have changed from the old cringing weakling, and transformed into full-grown men, demanding our portion as MEN.
Marcus Garvey, The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey

We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load.
Malcolm X

We who have been born and nurtured on this soil, we, whose habits, manners, and customs are the same in common with other Americans, can never consent to – be the bearers of the redress offered by that Society to that much afflicted country.
Richard Allen


We’ve always been proactive in having mentoring programs, having internships, trying to work with the unions so they can encourage more people of color getting into them.
Spike Lee

We’ve gone through the names-Negro, African American, African, Black. For me that’s an indication of a people still trying to find their identity. Who determines what is black?
Spike Lee

The Negro has loved even under severest punishment. In slavery the Negro loved his master, he safe-guarded his home even when he further planned to enslave him. We are not a race of Haters, but Lovers of humanity’s Cause.
Marcus Garvey


“Number one is that there is absolutely an abundance of African-American men in prison,” Kenneth Foy, a marriage and relationship therapist, told New Orleans news station WDSU. “Another is the drugs and alcohol … [and] the high numbers of Black-on-Black crime.”

With fewer Black men to date, some Black women consider dating outside their race. But social taboos prevent a lot of them from looking at other ethnicities as viable mates. Outside of that, some women simply want a guy that’s going to look like their family has always looked.

“Before my father was deceased, [my parents] were married for 43 years,” one single Black woman, Krystal Williams, told WDSU. “For me, I’ve always envisioned my family looking like them.”

And that’s the problem with this sort of thing: On the one hand, telling people to abandon their “type” in order to be pragmatic seems condescending. But the fact of the matter is that ignoring suitors of other races because of social stigmas is silly, and it won’t help the world progress.

Love truly is blind, and if your values and goals align with someone whose race is different from yours, who cares what anyone else has to say? Black women have empowered themselves so much by pursuing higher education and great careers. Now why not take the next step and get empowered in their love lives as well?

“Fresh Oil” We always need Replenishing to Stand

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“Prayer is the breath of the new creature.” – Richard Baxter

“When we go to God in prayer, the devil knows we go to fetch strength against him, and therefore he opposeth us all he can.” – Richard Sibbs

‎”1. Pray till you pray; 2. Pray till you are conscious of being heard; 3. Pray till you recieve an answer.” – Moody Stuart

“The Lord filled me with desire, and made me feel that I must be as much with Him alone as with souls in public.” – A.A. Bonar

“I should count the days, not by what I have of new instances of usefullness, but by the times I have been enabled to pray in faith, and to take hold upon God.” – Andrew A. Bonar

“Oh, that I had prayed a hundred-fold more.” Andrew A. Bonar

“We have found no means so much blessed to keep religion alive as fasting and prayer.” – Edward Payson

This is a topic of the most importance to me, because just for me Jesus died and rose on the third day and finish His work at Calvary. His death brought me a “Fresh Anointing”. How many of you reading this post can say you had enough “Oil” in your vessel to endure the challenges of life? How many of you can say you don’t need Jesus and what He represents to a fallen world? Is your testimony Jesus Christ and His blood? Today I am in need of a Fresh Oil anointing to face today’s trials and difficulties. I hope this is a word for you as it is for my wife and I.

Fresh Anointing

Our text is in Psalms 92:10. I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
David is speaking about a fresh anointing; a renewal.

David had been anointed as king of Israel from his youth. In I Samuel 16:13 Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him, and the Bible says the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.
What I am trying to say is that the Spirit had not departed David, but at times he needed a refreshing; a renewal.
We live in a time when many in the church have been anointed at one time they have received the Holy Ghost, but like David, Satan has come and the cares of this world have come and stormed their kingdom so to speak.

David’s own family had tried to take away from him what God had given him.
Friend, their is an anointing thief out there. Satan wants to stop the anointing of God in your life, because he knows that it is the anointing that destroys the yolk. But the Psalmist wrote in our text, I shall be anointed with fresh oil. That means he had already been anointed.

Everybody say, I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
I like what the prophet Micah wrote in chapter 7 verse 8. Rejoice not against me O my enemy: When I fall I shall arise; When I sit in darkness the Lord shall be a light unto me.
That old devil may have pulled you down, but you don’t have to let him keep you down.
I am writing to tell you today that there is refreshing and renewal in the Lord. In fact you can be renewed day by day. (II Corinthians 4:16)

I often think of Job. I like the last chapter. It says that when Job submitted himself to God and when he prayed for his friends, God restored. Job received twice as much as he had before.
God will not only refresh and restore, he will increase.
Turn to Acts chapter 2 verse 4.
Now turn to Acts chapter 4 verse 31.

You see Peter and John had met the lame man at the gate and Peter took him by the hand and God healed him. Then they began to preach the power of the name of Jesus, and the priests and leaders of the temple began to threaten them. When they let them go, they went and joined the other disciples and told them. They knew they needed more courage, so they prayed. A fresh anointing came and with it an increase. They received boldness and verse 33 says power and grace.
How do we get this fresh anointing? Well let’s look at the early church.
They gathered together in one accord in prayer.

Friend there is nothing like an old fashioned altar service with people coming down and bending their knees together in prayer and everyone seeking a fresh anointing.

There is power in united prayer. We need unity in our churches more than ever.
We see churches where this little group sits over here and this little group sits over there. This one won’t pray for that one. One won’t come up for prayer as long as the other is up there. Nobody is going to receive anything like that.
Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor.
You can’t carry around a bunch of dead things or things of death, things like bitterness, unforgiveness, and strife, and receive a fresh anointing. You have to lay those things down.
Job’s renewal came when he prayed for his friends. (Job 42:10)
Get self out of the way.

Isaiah 40:31 says, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
Stay at it!
Jesus told the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem to wait for the promise.

We are so used to fast food, drive up band windows and fast paced life styles that we don’t know how to tarry anymore.
The lady in Luke 15 who lost a coin, the Bible says, she did seek diligently until she found it.
Jesus asked his disciples one day, Would you tarry with me one hour?
Jacob wouldn’t let go until he got the blessing.
Repent. (Take out the trash)

Acts 3:19. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
No matter how great a move of God comes, if you have unrepented sin in your life, you are not going to be refreshed.
The Lord said in Ezekiel 34:26, There shall be showers of blessing.

Now if you think you don’t need refreshed or restored, or you aren’t sure, here is a 1 minute test.
The Fruits of the Spirit are: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
Are any of these missing from your kingdom?
God is calling. He is sending a fresh anointing. Do you want it?
Fresh anointing and increase.