Monthly Archives: May 2016

 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: James 5:14

I have spent a lot of time thinking about healing lately. What does the Bible say about healing? After a quick scriptural search, I found several popular verses on healing, James 5:14, being one of them. Well, this led me to consider “anointing with oil”. A practice that is interesting within itself. For there are contradictory beliefs on the topic of the use of oils in the Bible itself and the use of oil in today’s culture, by Christians and non-Christians.

Nevertheless, anointing oils that are made of naturally occurring material, such as plants and trees are referenced numerous times in the Bible. Including the 5th verse of the 23rd Psalms, Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Which leads one to conclude that natural sickness and spiritual sickness can be alleviated by the rubbing on of oil. Granted an assumption that may or may not be acceptable to everyone.

While the use of anointing oils is unquestionably a personal choice based on one’s individual relationship with God. I thought it would be beneficial and a teachable moment, to examine the oils mentioned in the Bible. Let’s briefly investigate the historical record of 12 essential oils, in order to grasp the source of each oil and how it was used in the Bible.

Colossians 4:14 affirms, Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, … While, Matthew 9:12, assert But when Jesus heard this, He said, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. From those two verses there does not appear to be a conflict between the use of a physician and the use of essential oils from the Bible. So, over the next 12 weeks, we will limit the scope of this investigation to just the nature of these essential oils and how they were used for anointing in biblical times.

Olive oil is not addressed directly in this series. The 12 anointing oils mentioned in the Bible that will be reviewed include: aloes, cassia, cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, galbanum, hyssop, myrrh, myrtle, onycha, Rose of Sharon, and spikenard. Taking these in alphabetical order, we will begin with aloes.

God Bless, I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. ~ Psalm 77:19

Parallel Verses of Psalm 119:133

  • Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. ~ New International Version
  • Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil. ~ New Living Translation
  • Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me. ~ English Standard Version
  • Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. ~ King James Bible
  • Establish my footsteps in thy word; And let not any iniquity have dominion over me. ~ American Standard Version

Often times I think of the possibilities in choice. As humans, we are free to choose. For there appears to be limitless options and outcomes for every action we desire to take. Or at least in thought, there are limitless possible outcomes. But the instance we choose, the precise second that we put our thoughts into action. Then the possibilities are no longer limitless, but are finite potentials that must travel an ordered path.

Now what does that have to do with establishing one’s footsteps in God’s word? Rather a lot, actually. When our footsteps are ordered in God’s word, then the path that we travel is a defined safe route to reach our appointed best destiny. So with each thought, which leads to a step, let us carefully consider the possible outcomes. We have no control over the past, the future has not yet arrived, for it is in the present moments that we must live and choose… always.

Therefore, let us choose wisely, because our thoughts become actions that determine our destiny, and today’s footsteps will affect tomorrow’s footsteps. For Romans 8:28, affirms… And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Hence, let our footsteps always be on the path that reflects Jesus Christ. In Psalm 37:23, we are told that The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. For these are the steps that lead to our best destiny.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ≈ Isaiah 40:31

The older we get, the easier it is to talk ourselves out of our dreams and to pretend that we don’t hear what “Thus says the Lord”. The smarter we become, the more we attempt to reason with God, especially, when His plan doesn’t align with our goals or the road gets rough. But, how wonderful, it is when we get the courage to proclaim … “Yes, I hear You Lord and submit to Your Will.”

This morning, I listened to a video recording of the speech that Tyler Perry, correction Dr. Tyler Perry, gave at Tuskegee University’s commencement ceremony. I was deeply motivated and wonderfully inspired. He shared words of wisdom for anyone, who had a mind to hear.

His words about one’s “intention” redirected my focus. His testimony on his “struggles” reaffirmed my dedication. His humility on the “challenges” of a seven-year journey to success, reinforced my strength. His attitude on “embracing” oneself, made me feel proud. His understanding that a “foundation” is not seen, but essential for endurance, inspired me. His statement on “recognizing” foes standing next to you, gave me courage. His desire to “give back” reflected his admirable character. And his call on “Jesus” revealed, the source of who he is in my opinion.   (Tyler Perry, Facebook post, accessed, May 10, 2016 https://www.facebook.com/TylerPerry/videos/10154409624928268/)

Thank you God that three years ago, on May 1, 2013, with a leap of faith, I applied to divinity school and now I am a candidate for graduation on May 14, 2016. Many didn’t see the vision, which You shared with me. Others questioned my good judgement. There were numerous times when I doubted, if I would make it. But on this day, a few days before graduation, I just happened to scroll down my Facebook page, see a video, and stop to listen. Maybe it wasn’t just happenstance…

Thank You, Jesus, for favor, grace and mercy. Please continue to encourage each of us, no matter our age, our circumstances, or what others think we deserve, as we abide in Your love. Let us never give up on ourselves or our dreams. Let us, keep believing in what “Thus says the Lord.” For, we can soar on wings of eagles, guided by the wind of Your limitless power. Thank You, for this new chapter, new journey, and new adventures.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. ≈ Proverb 24:10

Lord increase our strength that we may not be disturbed, when others try to delete our accomplishments from view. In order to try to hide from sight, honor, where honor is due. Let us know that You are God and Your favor is on our lives. For a burning flame cannot be hid under a dry bush.

God, we count it all joy when You redirect our paths and trust that all things work together for good because we love You. It is with anticipation that we grow in grace, favor, and prosperity, in spite of workers of iniquity. So it is with a joyful heart that we begin again, renewed, and empowered from the love of Jesus Christ. Looking forward to what we have yet to become. What still, we are to be.

And according to Your Word, whatever we ask, we receive, because we keep Your commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in Your sight. We desire to walk worthy, producing good works, as we grow in the knowledge of You.

Let us be like Joshua, that where we place our feet You will give to us and whatever we put our hands to do, You will prosper. Let us abide in Your love as our foes become our footstools. Then please, show mercy to all of us that love and honor You. That we may love our neighbors as ourselves. That we may recognize, through peace and harmony that the joy of the Lord is our strength and in You, we have all we need to succeed.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? ≈ Matthew 21:42

Lord… You’re my rock, my salvation, and my everything. As I looked back over my life – from where you’ve brought me from, I couldn’t stop praising You. Who would have ever thought… little ‘O’ me? I give You… God, all my praises, in Jesus name. Thank You for the Holy Spirit. I’m grateful. I’m blessed. Thank You for favor. Please grant a special blessing to everyone who watches the short video below.

The short video segment is part of the message that was shared with Zion Brush Creek Missionary Baptist Church, where Reverend Samuel Ezell is the pastor and Mrs. Shirley Ezell is first lady. Thanks to Pastor Ezell and the church family for allowing me the opportunity to speak the word of God with them. I mentioned Super Soul Sunday in the video, because I watch the program all the time and appreciate the messages that are shared by the guests. I’m thankful that Oprah Winfrey shared her personal story in one of the broadcasts. It was inspiring.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.