Upon examination of the words value and oil, we can see both of these words at work in our daily lives. We understand that the definition of value as “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.” To understand the value of our oil, we have to understand our identity in the One who lives in us. Oil has natural and spiritual value. In biblical times, oil was used to anoint people for service, used in trading (2 Kings 4:1–38), and for healing as a few examples. In the natural, we know that oil is used primarily as fuel for cars, planes and the like.

When Jesus ascended, He left us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. John 14:26 tells us that: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. In Acts 1:8, Jesus says, “But ye shall receive POWER, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Acts 2:1–4 says: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. When we know that we have something of value, we tend to treat it differently that we would anything else. If we had diamond earrings, greater care and value would be placed on their safekeeping unlike a pair of cubic zirconia earrings.

When we assign value, we also assign power. We understand the energy and effort it took to obtain those items. There comes a respect that arises out of understanding the process of obtaining things of value. If we understand the power that resides in us, we would understand the value of our oil.

In order to value our oil, we need to understand that the price Jesus paid on the cross transferred His power to us. He tells us in John 14:12 that: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Do we really realize the magnitude of this scripture? Do we really realize what He accomplished in His short time on earth?

We minimize the oil when we contradict His commands, His indwelling power, and disregard our dominion. Examples include…I am so tired of the enemy….This is generational and I cannot help it…. I was born this way….I will always be poor….It is such and such’s fault….It was my upbringing…. And so on.

We minimize the oil when we do not consult and submit to Him in every area of our lives. The enemy loves this because he knows that you are not walking in your power. To understand the value of your oil means that you use the God given, Jesus sacrificed, and Holy Spirit indwelling power to stand against the darkness. It means falling out of agreement with the lies that have been handed to us over the years.

God wants you to know that He did not leave us powerless! You are not powerless over your situation. At the beginning of 2016, God gave me two pertinent messages for 2016, that can be considered evergreen. The first is that He is a limitless God. He said that our thinking was on too small of a scale. The creator of the universe is asking what we want- not what we need. Revelations 3:8 tells us that “I know thy works: behold I have set before thee an open door and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast no denied my name.” The second message is: He is coming to dispel the lies that have been spread in the Kingdom. The Bible tells us that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Your power cannot dwell in the grandma’s anointing or what grandpa said or what the Pastor said. The very fabric of this message dispels the lie from the enemy that would tell you that God is not there, that He is not listening, that He is too busy for you. These things all tie into the value of our oil. Will we believe that He will clear the lies, be limitless in our lives no matter what our current situation looks like?

Matthew 7:15–20 (MSG): 13–14 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life — to God! — is vigorous and requires total attention.

We devalue our oil and surrender our power when we look for shortcuts to God.

15–20 “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.

We devalue our oil, surrender our power and turn our discernment off when we do not look at the whole character of a person.

21–23 “Knowing the correct password — saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance — isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience — doing what my Father wills. I can see it now — at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

We devalue our oil and surrender our power when we think that we can circumvent the process of the Lord in our lives.

24–25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit — but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

26–27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

We devalue our oil and surrender our power when we think that we can circumvent the process of the Lord in our lives.

Our words have power. Their echo resonates in the earth and form our world- good, bad, or indifferent. God says that we are: Friends, Royal Priesthood, Adopted into the kingdom, eagles, warriors, and dominion carriers just to name a few things. These are the words that we need to believe and speak over our lives as our family members. The power of the Holy Spirit dwells on the inside of us waiting for us to decrease so that He can increase. There is no special permission or formula; just merely sincere trust and faith. In our family, our children have delegated rights, privileges, and favor based on who they are to my husband and me. There is nothing that they can do to remove who they are to us. If we give a child a car along with the keys and instructions, but they come to us and ask for permission to drive it, what in the world is that? We simply say, child…the car belongs to you. It is yours; stay in the parameters that we have set and have at it. And so it is in the Kingdom.

God has empowered us with the tools that we need to overcome every obstacle that life brings. He gave us permission, authorization, and legitimacy when He sent His son. His son’s departure led us to God’s rawest power- the Holy Spirit- to inhabit in us to manifest heaven on earth. It is only after we take hold of the fact of WHO lives in US that we realize the true, priceless- yet supernaturally powerful value of the oil that has been entrusted to us today. Walk powerfully in your journey, knowing that the God of the universe dwells in you. ❤

LaQuetta Holyfield Glaze is the published author of The Art of the Journey: The Reboot and Dear God, Where’s My Cut?. Her life passion is to nurture others into their greater purpose and life outside the limits of their imagination. LaQuetta has completed 22 years of Government service and is well known as a pioneering change agent whose dynamic leadership skills in customer relationships, problem solving and increased organizational value. LaQuetta and her husband Terance live in Florida and have two beautiful children. Visit LaQuetta at TheJourneyReboot.com.
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LaQuetta Holyfield Glaze is the published author of The Art of the Journey: The Reboot and Dear God, Where’s My Cut?. Her life passion is to nurture others into their greater purpose and life outside the limits of their imagination. LaQuetta has completed 22 years of Government service and is well known as a pioneering change agent whose dynamic leadership skills in customer relationships, problem solving and increased organizational value. LaQuetta and her husband Terance live in Florida and have two beautiful children. Visit LaQuetta at TheJourneyReboot.com.

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