A Precious Drop of
Anointing Oil

The Lord said to Moses,
"Collect choice spices-12 1/2 pounds of pure myrrh,
6 1/4 pounds each of cinnamon and of sweet cane,
12 1/2 pounds of cassia,
and one gallon of olive oil.
Blend these ingredients into a holy anointing oil.

Exodus 30:22-25;

NKJV says:
And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil,
an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer.
It shall be a holy anointing oil.

As I read this scripture I thought of the verse in Isaiah 53:4-5 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!

Not too long after I gave my heart to the Lord, I saw a vision of myself on a platform and I was leading worship. I knew in my heart what the Lord had shown me and I could see that He was opening doors in that direction. But, it wasn't until at least 10 years later that that vision began to come to pass. And what I went through in order to get there wasn't fun either. In fact it seemed that everything that happened was designed to make me feel as though that vision wasn't from the Lord, only vain imaginations at work. But I hung in there and often hid in the background.

We see leaders today and think in our minds that we want to do what they're doing. But they had to go through a process, just as we will in order to get where God wants us to be. Reading the word today, I see that there is a great price that was paid so that we could have the anointing. That cross that Jesus took up has to be taken up by us if we truly want the anointing.

I went in and looked up how the oils and spices were achieved for this special anointing oil. Please bare with me thru this study on the refining of oils and spices because through this we can profoundly see the hand of the Lord at work in our own lives.

First of all the olive has to be harvested at exactly the right moment or the oil isn't right. Likewise God knows when we're ripe for the harvest. The olive then has to be washed, just as we need to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus to wash away the filth of this world. Then the olives are gently poured from vessel to vessel and then bruised so that the meat of the olive will separate from the seed, as we are gathered together with those of the faith, being tossed and bruised which separates us from our fleshly ways. They are then put through a filtering process which removes the oil from the meat and seed, as we were bound by sin are set free from bondage to sin and death.

Following the first press, the remaining paste is still rich in oil and is squeezed two or even three more times. In these next presses they use other chemicals to retrieve the remaining oils and these oils aren't as pure as from the 1st press. What method the Lord uses to squeeze out these precious drops of anointing from our lives by the power of His Spirit it is done as our hearts are changed as we go through the Lord's press. Olives, like people, are not only of a variety of colors, but some produce "very little" oil although this is generally of a very "high quality". Others are more resistant and productive, yet maybe "less palatable."

Now, the anointing oil is then mixed with choice spices to complete this special anointing oil. It is so special that it is not to be reproduced for personal use. It was only to be used to anoint the different ones for service to the Lord. These spices themselves go through a process that is very interesting and I could easily see the parallel in it with the sufferings of Christ.

Calamus a sweet scent used in the most precious perfumes, its knotted stalk is cut and dried and reduced to powder as we are cut off from the things of this world. We learn to die to self so that Christ can live through us. The less of us, the bigger He becomes in our lives. Cassia is one of the principal spices used for scenting, prepared from the peeled bark from the tree.

With Cinnamon the pieces of bark are boiled to yield a fragrant oil and as we all know when the heat is turned on impurities come to the surface. When we face these things confessing them to the Lord and then drawing near to Him, He is able to remove our sin.

Myrrh -This was the gum or viscid white liquid which flows from a tree (must be peirced) a stake is placed in the trunk of the tree allowing the liquid to drain. It was a custom of the Jews to give those who were condemned to death by crucifixion "wine mingled with myrrh" to produce insensibility. This drugged wine was probably partaken of by the two malefactors, but when the Roman soldiers pressed it upon Jesus "he received it not" (Mark 15:23). (See GALL.) I can see that in my life every ounce of my own strength is being drained out of me. I am learning to let go of how I perceive what should take place and allow the Lord to bring His purposes to pass. As Paul states in 2 Corinthians 13:4-5; For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

This I do know, that when the Lord calls us and appoints us in positions of leadership, He will bring it to pass. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about us. He will part the waters for us in order to achieve the results He wants out of our lives.

Father, I thank you for the Anointing that you have placed on my life, I thank you that in every situation, You have been with me, loving me and giving me a hope for my future. I pray that these words with inspire and give hope to those who will read this and that their hearts will be lifted in praise to You. For you are our healer, comforter and counselor. And You are able to make straight the path that has been crooked in our lives.

In His Love
Karen Trevino

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