It’s true! Attempting to do things the way we did yesterday does not necessarily work today. We see that in every aspect of life.
God’s word says “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19a (NIV) There are fresh years ahead, fresh things in the Kingdom for all of us to encounter, learn, explore, absorb, dream, launch, and share. Fresh is a key word.
We have the Light of Jesus burning within us. We are His temple, carrying His oil in which all the attributes of God the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are combined. The oil in our lampstand illuminates Jesus. But do you ever feel you just need a Holy Spirit boost? Do you sense you’d like a fresh oil change and your wick trimmed?
In the days of ships burning oil lamps, a lamp trimmer daily drew fresh oil from a reservoir so the flame would be clean and bright.
In Old Testament days priests would enter the Tabernacle twice daily and trim the wicks of the lamps. The wick influences how a lamp burns. It was soaked in pure olive oil, representing Holy Spirit, then relit. Coming from the seven lamps in the Temple was a perpetual light, the Presence of God, and the fragrance of Heaven.
There’s a prophetic unction moving throughout the Body of Christ now. We are ready to discover and move in all that Papa God has for us.
It’s okay if we’re longing for that refreshing. We don’t need someone else’s oil. Each of us has our own journey to the Throne of God to ask for fresh, replenishing oil. David did. “Your anointing has made me strong and mighty. You have empowered my life for triumph by pouring fresh oil over me.” Psalm 92:10 (The Passion) The disciples did. “And the disciples were continually filled (throughout their hearts and souls) with joy and with the Holy Spirit,” Acts 13:52 (Amplified) The Greek imperative tense is used in Ephesians 5:18. “…be filled with the Spirit” meaning a continuous replenishment, an ongoing and repeated filling.
Be encouraged. Some ‘old school’ teaching says being filled once is enough. But Papa God is so willing to fill our lamps and trim our wicks again and again, whenever we ask. We have a good, good Father who loves us deeply and unconditionally. He is delighted when we come to Him saying “More Daddy!”