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got_oil_small 1I shared about frustration yesterday and after having some time i came up with kind of a summary. Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. It arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of individual will. The greater the obstruction, and the greater my will, the more the frustration is likely to be. When I have competing goals that interfere with one another frustration is sure to show up.

“He made ed ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made ed to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;”  (Deut. 32:13)

When the Holy Spirit comes upon me, takes the Word of God, reveals it supernaturally to me as His will, and empowers or strengthens me to perform it, it is like honey out of the Rock.

When i have both the honey and the oil together, it is called anointing.

1 John 2:27 says, But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do].

Isaiah 10:27 states that, “as for me, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which i received from Him abides [permanently] in me; [so] then i have no need that anyone should instruct me. But just as His anointing teaches me concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so i must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught me [to do].

The word anointing in the New Testament comes from the Greek word chrisma which means “ an unguent or smearing as of oil, or figuratively a special endowment of the Holy Spirit.”

God takes everything that comes from the Rock of Christ in me, the water, the honey, the oil, and He overflows me, saturates me, and soaks me in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”  (Psalm 23:5)

Anointing, can be defined as “God on flesh doing those things that flesh cannot do.” It is God doing those things only He can do, and doing them through an earthly vessel (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Since i am “in Christ,” there’s an anointing for everything i’m invited to do, regardless how small or how great the task. That’s what Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ (the Anointed and His Anointing) which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). He didn’t say “who strengtheneth me” but “which strengtheneth me.” He was talking about the anointing. The same anointing that enabled me to be born again will heal my body, help me succeed in business, and empower me to prosper spirit, soul, body and in every aspect of my life. (Luke 5:20-24.)

When this anointing occurs, miracles happen, bodies are healed, devils will flee, prophecies will be given, the Word of God is brought forth with power, and God is glorified.

When the anointing is manifested, it destroys the yokes of sin, addiction, greed, ignorance, and any thing else that tries to keep me from doing the will of God.

When the anointing is manifested, not only is the yoke broken and destroyed, but it is consumed by fire out of the Rock.

“For our God is a consuming fire.”  (Heb. 12:29)

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.”   ―     Steve Maraboli

Sitting in my chair, trying to find some comfort as sickness has invaded my physical space for a week. my head is in a fog, my eyes feel like they will pop out. As i sit there i realize i am monitoring my breathing, allowing enough air to keep things working but holding back so as to not irritate my throat and end up in a coughing spree. Then there is the cold and shivering of one moment and the hot and sweating feelings of the next. i could go on but, no matter how many words i post to describe my plight it won’t express the misery i am feeling.

Going home early, deciding to rest and by rest i mean watching television and if i nod off, no problem. Unlike most of the civilized world our home does not have cable television nor internet. Hard to imagine, right? Television comes on to the last channel we watched the night before but today it is blank. Blank as in no picture. NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Click to the next channel, no picture. How is this possible you ask, my question exactly. Click again and there it is. That is kinda-sorta. The picture is there but is choppy. We have an HD antenna, not on the roof, but high up in a window. It’s not as though i have not had to deal with this situation before, as it happens EVERYDAY! i have to get up and move the antenna but, i don’t want to get up, i am so tired of this., I am frustrated!

Steve Maraboli’s words, “It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration” come to mind. i think i was very clear, i wanted to rest by watching television. So are his words true? As i ponder that question i come to realize that my frustration is not really with the television, the antenna nor my rest being interrupted. my frustration comes from a dissatisfaction of what i do not have. It’s an internal matter. Steve is right…  there is an area of my life that is lacking clarity.

My usual thought, “it’s ridiculous that at our age and as hard as we have and still do work that we can not afford cable and internet.” People on welfare have it. Grumbling, complaining, frustrated, to the point that i spoke these words, “This is the most frustrating thing in my life.” And as quickly as i spoke there seemed to be a response, “really?” Then the rest of Steve’s words, “Those emotions are poison to any living goal.”

I see how that can be true. my frustration (lack of clarity) is actually picking at my relationship with God. my goal is to love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. It’s not a God thing that we do not have cable or internet, it’s a financial thing. But that being said i find that in most cases if i or most Americans want something we make a way to get it. Been there and done that so on this one it is i who is holding fast to not spending $50 to $100 a month on cable and internet as well as sign a two-year agreement. So why the frustration? Lack of clarity just as Steve suggested.

James 1:6-8 says, It must be in faith that ed asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as ed is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [ed is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [ed thinks, feels, decides].

Getting Honey out of the Rock would be to adjust my desire versus adjusting the antenna. True clarity comes By Sucking Honey out of the Rock!

Honey – Knowledge ,knowing the deeper things of God. Understanding, realizing what they mean. Wisdom, discerning how they apply to my life.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????ed, to the extent that you learn to drink the honey of the Lord, you will experience His manifest Presence – and in His Presence, fullness of joy abides (Psalm 16:11)!

Manifest: readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain

To the extent that i learn to drink the honey of the Lord. Deut, 32:13 says, “He made him/ed ride on the high places of the earth, that he/ed might eat the increase of the fields; and He made him/ed to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;” 

Let me begin by breaking some of this down. The word suck, in the Hebrew is yanaq, and it refers to the sucking of a baby when it is nursing. When God “made him suck honey out of the rock,” The Word is describing the action of making a baby nurse.

The word honey is a symbol for knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and strength.

Rock is the Hebrew word cela, translated rock, refers to a crag or a cliff – a place under which i may find safety, shelter and security. This type of rock protects, it does not crush. This rock covers and shields.

Proverbs 24:13-14 says, “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.”  (Pro. 24:13-14)

To me this says, that, having the knowledge of God revealed to me, understanding what that knowledge means, and then having the wisdom to know how that knowledge is to be applied is as sweet to my soul as honey is to my taste.

A favorite verses for me has been Proverbs 24:3-4 “Through wisdom is an house (a life, a home, a family) builded; and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 

Knowledge is knowing the deeper things of God. Understanding is realizing what they mean. Wisdom is discerning how they apply to my life.

Jesus takes the written (Logos) Word of God, breathes upon it with the breath of the Holy Spirit, and changes it into the revealed (Rhema) Word of God for my exact moment.

For me this is what being a Disciple is all about. It is not just missing hell and going to Heaven. It is not just learning about God and keeping it all to myself. It is about effecting change; change in my life and yes… hopefully in others. Jesus said to Peter, “When thou art converted (changed), strengthen the brethren.” i shared earlier that Honey is a symbol for knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and with those three things comes strength.

King Saul commanded his armies to not eat any food until they had captured and defeated the fleeing Philistine army.

“And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.”  (1Sam. 14:24)

Saul’s son Jonathan had not heard his father’s commandment, and when they came upon a field that had honey in it, Jonathan ate a little of the honey, his eyes were lightened, and his strength returned.

“Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.”  (1Sam. 14:29)

No one else ate the honey, and the lack of food and strength caused disastrous results that day for God’s people.

Many enter the chamber (garden) to meet God while they are still emotionally out of breath. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time some are not willing to give.

But for me… i must do today what others will not do so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.