Working with Oils
Posted by Debbie Piper - Associate Minister, Coaching & Equipping on May 8, 2009, 15:48
on Matthew 25:1-13
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in Scripture is often used to represent the Holy Spirit. Oil in biblical times,
much like today, was an important component to life. Used in cooking and in
providing light, oil was a precious commodity then, as it is now.
shows that the Holy Spirit is essential to the spiritual life. In Genesis 1:2,
He is present at creation, hovering close, at work to bring life and shape to
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was
over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit
of God was hovering over the waters.
Spirit empowered Israel’s leaders—elders, judges, priests, prophets, and kings—to rule lead well, and gifted
ordinary people to serve the Lord (see Exodus 31:3, Numbers 11:17 and 27:18,
Judges 3:10, 1 Samuel 10:10 and 16:13, etc.) Even Pharaoh recognized the Spirit
of God at work in Joseph (Genesis 41:38). God’s Spirit spoke through the
prophets, testifying to God’s work and of one who would come in the power of
the Spirit (Isaiah 42:1, Matthew 12:18).
to the New Testament, the first mention of the Holy Spirit is found in Matthew
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His
mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together,
she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
Genesis, where God is creating a new earth, this time the Spirit is at work
creating the very life of God in Mary’s body.
next appearance is in Matthew 3:15 at Jesus’ baptism, identifying Jesus
publicly as the Son of God—
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the
water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. (See also John 1:33.)
as the Spirit of God was active in Jesus’ life, Scripture tells us that the
Spirit is active in our lives, calling us, creating new life in Christ, teaching
and guiding us along the way—
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can
enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.—John 3:5
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you
another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him,
because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with
you and will be in you.—John
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all
things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.—John 14:26
When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from
the Father, the Spirit of truth
who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me….—John 15:26
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be
my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
Warning: Scripture also cautions that
it is possible to limit the Spirit’s work in our lives and to grieve Him through
our choices (1 Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 4:30).
Just like you
check the amount and condition of oil in your car, maybe it’s a good idea to
check the condition of your relationship with the Spirit.
life-giving oil of the Spirit of God been poured into your life?
Therefore I tell you that no
one who is speaking by the Spirit
of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is
Lord," except by the Holy Spirit…. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or
Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.—1 Corinthians 12:3, 13
Is the Spirit seen in the ways you now live your
life for the benefit of others?
Now to each one the
manifestation of the Spirit is
given for the common good.—1 Corinthians 12:7
your mind now set on what God desires? Are you led by Him? Does your life give
evidence of Spirit-controlled attitudes and actions?
the following verses on www.biblegateway.com
or in your Bible to see what a life characterized by the Spirit looks like—
Corinthians 2:4, 13
Are these familiar
passages to you?
frequently are these qualities evident in your life? What would your friends
and family say?
your life recently has revealed the presence of the Spirit?
can you do if you find that the oil is running low in your life and it needs
replenished? How do you make sure that you aren’t guilty of the same misguided
thinking of the Galatian believers that Paul wrote to, saying—
Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain
your goal by human effort?—Galatians
First, understand that the spiritual life takes focus on living in step with
the Spirit of God—
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature…
Since we live by the Spirit, let
us keep in step with the Spirit.—Galatians 5:16, 25
…the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.—Galatians 6:8
Then ask yourself a few questions--
What are you
doing to build up the life of God in your life? What spiritual habits are you
practicing to keep your focus on nurturing and fanning into flame the life of
does Scripture reading, study, meditation and memorization play in transforming
What is your
prayer life like?
With whom are
you developing an honest and intimate spiritual relationship that encourages
one another to grow in faith?
How are you
living life to benefit others?
Now respond to what God is saying to you about these things. What is the Spirit leading you to do to re-engage? What do you need to do to allow Him to replenish your supply of oil?
the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that
you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.—Romans 15:13
pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through
his Spirit in your inner being…—Ephesians 3:16
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