A Pot of Oil
Listening to the news media, the world economy is suffering the weight of debt. From what I hear, student loans are still a heavy burden of debt for students to pay. Then, I’m still hearing that the debt of home mortgages are still crushing home owners with “re-finance” options, or lose the house all together. Still, I’m hearing of the heavy credit card debt that is weighing credit card users with a heavy burden. Debt taken on in this world is not so easily forgiven. Filing for bankruptcy, having credit card “charge-offs,” and forgiveness of student loans actually mars a person’s credit rating for a very, very long time! There is also a sin debt, Satan is the creditor, and he loans specifically for the purpose of soliciting your service to him. The Holy Ghost frees us from the sin debt through the Cross of Christ.
Eve was subtly deceived into encouraging Adam to bite into that debt of sin, which was sooo tempting, pleasing, and desirous to have. Adam bought the whole ten yards and sunk himself so far into the debt of sin that he and Eve both lost their luxurious living in the Garden of Eden! Remember, the sin was disobedience to the Word of God, and disobedience to God is what separates us from God. It was not the fruit that Adam and Eve found tempting, but wanting to be equal to God was the temptation. Quite obviously, trying to achieve equality with God failed in disaster. Not only did it affect them, but as noted through their two sons of Cain and Able, Satan attempts to lay a claim to their whole family. Not only does Satan want to hold families into the bondage of debt, but he attempted to seize control of Israel as well as the Gentiles by putting them into bondage of sin. However, God is not dead! He is alive and we have a pot of oil in the House!
What do you have in the House? It might not be the wealth and resources of this world, but those things possess the ability to hold us as debtors to the nature of sin. Do we serve this world with what is in our House, such as with our thoughts, emotions, soul, and spirit; or do we serve God with the pot of Oil that exists within the soul and Spirit? Peter told the lame man that he did not have any silver or gold to give to him, (neither did he have any debt) but what he had he freely gives! Peter had the pot of Oil! With that Oil he lifted the lame man to his feet, and the lame man began to walk, leap, and to praise God. That is what a pot of Oil of the Holy Ghost will do! That Oil will pay the debt, the nasty debt of sin, and will set us free from the creditor called Satan who wants to hold us lame in servitude to him. With that pot of Oil we will begin to walk, leap, and to praise God.
A pot of oil is enough to fill every empty vessel in our little corner of the world and abroad, and still have Oil remaining within our soul and spirit! When we have the Holy Ghost in us, we want everyone nearby and abroad to know what Christ has done for us on the Cross. That is the work of the Holy Ghost, to bring us to the Cross where the sin debt is forgiven, and there is reconciliation to God. Within our soul and spirit we acknowledge that we will never be equal to God, never have His wisdom, knowledge, power, and universal presence. The only work the Holy Ghost does is the work of God through His Son Jesus Christ. Those who have that pot of Oil within their vessel, the vessel being the Temple of God, your body, wants to pour out that Oil into empty vessels everywhere! We want to pour out that Oil into empty vessels to enable others to pay their sin debt and be free from bandage to the world, the flesh, and Satan. We want to pour out, pour out, pour out, and pour out until we say, “bring me another vessel to fill!” When there are no more vessels remaining, there will still remain Oil in the vessel of your soul and spirit!
We are separate from the worldly desires that holds us bondage to debt, we are set apart from the lifestyles that keeps us in bondage to the nature of sin. By accepting what Christ did for us on the Cross, we inherit a pot of Oil, the Holy Ghost, to pay the debt of sin. We are redeemed to God and discover freedom through His Spirit.
“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou know that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.”
2 Kings 4:1-7