Shepherds are supposed to take care of the needs of their sheep, and this is what our Shepherd always does. He has promised that all who hunger for Him will be filled, so if you are one of those hungry sheep, read on. This message is especially for you!
Psalm 23 contains a promise that when we make it through the valley, we go on to higher ground and a different level of anointing. After the difficult times David experienced, he had an increased revelation of the reality of God’s love and a deeper sensitivity to the presence of the Holy Spirit. How could that be? Instead of getting angry, bitter and distanced from God, he clung to the Lord and persisted in his worship. People often seek God much more when they are going through difficult times than when things are going smoothly. Although this is not an ideal situation, it positions us for promotion simply because we persisted in prayer and experienced the presence of God in a new way. Jesus said that those who hunger and thirst for Him will be filled (Matthew 5:6). Jeremiah 29:13 says that the Lord is found by those who seek Him with all their hearts. To have more of the presence of God, we have to want Him and seek after Him. He promises that when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. (James 4:8).
Friend, if you are longing for more of the Holy Spirit in your life, know that He feels the same way about you! God wants to bless you and fill you with His presence. He wants you to be close to Him and living in the Secret Place. He wants to anoint your head with oil. In Old Testament days, prophets, priests and kings were physically anointed with oil when they were appointed and this empowered them for the fulfillment of their calling. A horn of oil would be poured on the head of the person and it would run all the way down their person. The Lord wants to pour out His Oil on you so that it runs over and into every aspect of your life – your work, home life, health, and your walk with God, as well as the ministry, finances, relationships, etc. The Holy Spirit is longing to be an active part of everything we do. He stands at the door of our lives and waits to be asked into every room of the house. He longs to be one with us, and to have us know Him as well as He knows us.
When David said “You anoint my head with oil”, he knew that he had been raised up to another level in his walk with God. He had been filled and empowered. Because he could barely contain his joy and the wonderful sense of God’s presence upon his being, David declared “my cup runs over”. He was experiencing the overflow of God’s goodness upon his life! When God said through the prophet Joel that he would pour out his Spirit on all flesh, He meant it. In this end time hour, He is causing His sons and daughters to know the infinite heavenly outpouring which is changing lives and bringing back a lost generation to the heart of the Father. Friend, we were meant to have a cup that runs over – spiritually, materially, physically and there is a heavenly key to having an overflowing cup: Giving. The more you receive, the more you need to pass it on into someone else’s life and into the Kingdom, and this keeps the cup constantly filling up and overflowing. The Lord does not want you to just get by. He wants you to be more than abundantly supplied with everything you need, especially His presence, hallelujah!
I feel the Holy Spirit speaking to many precious people who are feeling very weary and dry. Recent battles may have left you feeling weak and empty, but Daddy God wants to anoint your head with fresh oil and pour out His precious presence upon you so that you will be charged again and filled with His fire. He asks that you yield yourself to Him and open your heart and life to the sweet saturation of the Holy Spirit, who wants to overflow you and touch lives through you. As you lift your hands, simply say “Holy Spirit come and pour Your sweet oil upon me and let it flow into every part of my body, spirit and soul. Help me to yield to You and be led by You. I need You!”
I pray today that God’s mighty presence will come upon you and fill you up till your cup overflows. I pray that His powerful holy Oil will flow into you from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, releasing you from every oppression and filling you with His zoe life. I pray that you will see His hand turning things around and making everything new. God loves you so much, and He is causing you to reflect the glory of His Son. Be filled with the Spirit and walk in His power, as He anoints your head with fresh oil, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 18 November 2014