Fast Wednesdays: January 19, 2022 – “The Oil of Joy”

Greetings Beloved!

As we begin the new year, we know many people are fasting, praying, consecrating themselves and drawing nearer to God, including me, along with some of my colleagues, prayer warriors, family, and friends. I have been deep diving into scriptures, mostly on fasting, and find myself excited about moving forward, in this area, with God’s grace, prayer, and, various resources and tools.

One scripture I newly dug into is Psalm 45:7 NIV “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” The oil of joy, just what does this mean? What comes to mind for you when you hear these four words? The oil of joy. What brings you joy? Do you let others steal your joy or do you steal your own joy?

Following is a blog I am sharing that shed quite a bit of light on the phrase and gave me quite a revelation on the subject.

Oil of Joy – Part 1 Psalms 45:7 | Light-N-side (lightnside.com) by Pastor Dave Rose

Joy is an experience from God.

Oil of Joy.  These words caught my eye and heart.  The verse say God had anointed this man with the “oil of joy”.  Joy is an experience from God.  Outward situations have no effect on the inner joy.  If the situation outside is dark, a secure and upbeat assurance of God’s presence fills your heart with assurance and hope.  This joy worships radiates outward making life brighter. It is seen by others who would like to experience joy for themselves. This Joy is not a selfish experience but enjoys blessings others receive. No jealousy or envy but rather a joined happiness sharing in blessings of others.

Oil of joy is a filter

This joy is like an oil.  It runs down into the places that would be rough and rugged in our daily life and lubricates them so there is freedom of movement and no frustrating friction. This oil of joy is a filter where all the input from the eyes and ears travels through. The darkness and valleys of death become places where the presence of God brings healing to yourself and others through your words. Although grieving may be a part of the day there is an intense awareness of how it could be worse. An appreciation of the Holy Spirit brings a thankfulness that has joy lapping at its edges. You just can’t keep joy out. It runs into every situation. 

I remember the testimony of a student and eventually a teacher in Teen Challenge. She said as she began the path away from addiction, she had asked God to help her, and I believe God anointed her with joy.  In every situation of her life, she would quote …  

1 Thessalonians 5:18-20 NIV “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, [19] speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, [20] always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God anoint me with your oil of joy.

I allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in me to prepare me for this joy.  I take my eyes off others and situations and look to you the source of all good.  Lord as we worship and at your time anoint our lives with this oil of joy.  Allow the lightnside to burn brighter and hotter with this anointed Godly fuel.  Amen.

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A second scripture that goes along with the one above being new to me, I meditated on this week is: Psalm 16:11 — The New International Version (NIV)11 You make known to me the path of life;you will fill me with joy in your presence,with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Note: You can actually purchase “the oil of joy” Amazon.com: Oil of Joy Anointing Oil 1/4 oz. Package of 2: Health & Household

Song:

This week I will repeat our song from last week. Primarily because I stumbled across one of the scriptures the song must be based on 2 Chronicles 20:15 New King James Version 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

How many of you find yourself like me, many times consumed by battles that are not mine, only to sometimes be reminded or remind myself, turn it over to God because this one is “above or beyond my pay grade or not in my lane.” Enjoy Yolanda…

Yolanda Adams: The Battle is the Lord’s

Reminder Note: This year let’s try to give every day and we will reap every day … (a smile, a kind word, an ear, time, patience, love, the right to be right, etc.).

Prayer: 

Master, Creator, Sovereign God – as we dedicate this year to you, we pray for wisdom, seek your guidance, declare and decree the year of harvest of abundance and overflow, invite the presence of the Holy Spirit, we will have visions and dreams of what you have planned for us according to our purpose, we reverse every negative word ever spoken against us, we challenge negative voices in our daily conversations, pray that we fully possess the territory you have sanctioned for us, pray for our family, friends, and neighbors globally, and continue to look for miracles, signs and wonders, daily, in your Matchless name, Amen.

Love, Joy and Peace,

Debra J. Fuller Ellis 

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial, and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance with: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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