The Oil Of Joy
The Holy Spirit is referred to as the oil of joy.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3
In Psalm 45:7, He is referred to as the Oil of Gladness:
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
What this means is that He is the anointing for joy and gladness. Like an injection, He injects joy and gladness into the beneficiary.
What is the significance of joy and gladness? The Bible says that “a merry heart doeth good like medicine” (Proverbs. 17:22). Joy is an instrument that makes for a healthy body. A broken spirit, however, is said to dry the bones.
Any doctor can tell you that there are some diseases that cannot be traced, yet they exist. Most health problems come from a broken heart and not necessarily any traceable disease, and are chiefly responsible for “dry bones.”
The oil of joy guarantees a healthy life style; it is like medicine to the body.
Do not confuse joy with happiness. Happiness is connected with what you have, what you can see and touch; it is temporary. Joy, however, has its fountain in God. It is referred to as “joy unspeakable, ” undefinable. You can’t define the reason for it, but it is there. This is one of the cardinal missions of the Spirit of God.
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14
A wounded spirit inflicts unbearable afflictions, but when the Holy Spirit has His way, He looses the oil of gladness that puts an undeniable, unspeakable, perpetual smile on your face. The joy is such that you can’t explain or express why you are so excited on the inside. It wards off your
infirmities and sustains you. This is in line with Nehemiah 8:10:
…The joy of the Lord is your strength.
The joy of the Lord takes over your entire system and keeps it healthy, active and well. Show me a man who has escaped the realm of worries and anxiety, and I will show you a man who has the strongest immunity against all diseases and plagues.
Joy easily wards them off. When you have this joy in you, people can’t understand what it is that gets you so excited. It is more comfortable to be healthy than to be sick!
The Love Of God
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
The Holy Spirit injects the love of God into men’s hearts.
Love is what determines your access to revelation, as well as the level you enjoy; because the Bible says in Matthew 22:37– 40:
…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Except by an enabling force, it is humanly impossible to so love. The love being spoken about in the above Scripture is the proof that you love God
“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Love is the platform on which the laws and commandments function. When it is out of place, don’t expect Scriptures you have accumulated to produce.
This means that the love of God cannot be acquired through human means.
It is the ministry of the Holy Ghost to inject love into the hearts of men; otherwise, it will be mechanical, out of duress, by force and out of necessity, not willingly. By this act of the Holy Ghost, you come into the covenant fulfilment of Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
What can be more comfortable than to have all the things that men are struggling for added to you just because the love of God is supreme in your heart? It is this kind of love – a gift from the Holy Ghost, that prompted Paul
to ask, “What shall separate us from the love of God?” There is a way you love God that blinds you totally to your needs and circumstances.
I met one of our daughters in Canada sometime ago, and she tried to cast my mind back to our early days in ministry. She said, “I know how much you suffered when this church was starting.” It sounded like news to me, because I did not know that I suffered at all. Me suffer? I couldn’t see what I went through as suffering.
The whole church was using my toilet. I had to have my bath at 5 a.m. and make sure my wife had hers at 5:30, otherwise, the church cleaner would soon arrive and head straight for the toilet. The bedrooms had to be locked,
otherwise they would be mistaken for the office (the office was directly opposite the bedroom and the passage served as the sitting room).
There was no gateman, because there was only one gate and there was no money to pay the gateman. So I had to be the gateman, ensuring that the gate was always locked after everybody else had left. However, I couldn’t see those contrary circumstances, because there was something driving me on on the inside.
I would so often kneel down and thank God for giving me the privilege of serving as a worker in His vineyard. Until this daughter of mine mentioned it, I didn’t know that I went through such “hardness”. The Lord told me that it
was because of the love I have for Him.
The love of God in the heart is a bedrock; and it is a gift from the Holy Ghost. The Bible talks about “faith which worketh by love” (Galatians. 5:6). This means that whatever you speak, believe or act, without love it is
futile; and when faith fails to work, it results in frustration.
…He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 1 John 3:14
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15
Bitterness brings trouble, hatred is death; but the love of God is the answer to all. This is provided by the Holy Spirit, Who ensures your comfort.
Everything you say would only work when the love of God, which is the platform on which God operates, is abounding in your heart. Once injected with the love of God by the Holy Ghost, you get excited and you are relaxed about doing His will.