October 10, 2009
Oil and Fire
Oil and Fire. Follow my reasoning here. It's clear from scripture that the Holy Spirit is pictured as both oil and fire.
Zechariah's vision of a menorah, a lampstand with two olive trees beside it shows just one of those links between oil and fire, the Spirit and light. And that's why the Lord says, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord". Zechariah 4:6
In Acts 2:3,4 we see another connection when the Holy Spirit fills the believers and the flame rests on every head of disciples. The oil and fire.
One time John Wesley was preaching outside in a field in the cold of winter. He had a large crowd listening to him. Meanwhile in the warm cathedral nearby, the bishop had only a handful of people listening to him. He could take it no longer and went and asked Wesley why the crowds were gathered to hear him. Wesley's response was, "I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn!" There was an oil and fire connection here.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 says "Do not put out the Spirit's fire".
Oil speaks of fullness, source, power. Fire speaks of energy, light, ability, passion, purity.
My prayer today and everyday..."Fill me with the oil of the Holy Spirit, so the fire of God may shine through me"