The Glory Dissipates

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Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:13-15

Biblically, oil can be used in a symbolic way during healing ministrations. Notice I did not say holy oil or anointed oil. I said oil. It symbolizes the presence of God that heals. The presence of God through the prayer of faith heals. The oil is merely symbolical. That is why some people use it symbolically and some people do not. There is no record of Jesus or Paul using oil. They were super anointed and laid hands directly on people to effect and actualize healing.

Many ministers pray without oil and people are healed while some use oil symbolically and people are healed. However, it is the anointing and presence of God that heals the sick. The power or anointing flows from God through the human spirit. If the minister is not anointed, there will be no healing regardless of the symbolic oil. Power belongs to God and we must give honor to whom honor is due.

The anointing dissipates and dissolves or melts away. Usually I see the anointing descend from heaven in form of cloud. If that anointing is on a garment or oil , it will typically dissolve within hours, then the minister will still have to seek God’s face daily for the renewal of the anointing. The glory and presence flows from heaven because God lives in heaven and visits earth. Earth is His footstool.

That glory cannot be caught and locked up, in-prisoned or trapped in a bottle of oil. What an insult to God for people to think they can do that. That is the method of idol worshippers, witchdoctors, fake pastors, false prophets, sorcerers and magicians. God said that we should not worship Him the way that pagans worship their gods.

Do not worship the LORD your God in the way that these people worship their gods. Deuteronomy 12:4

Christians need to know the difference between the operations of God and the operations of demons. Idol worshippers lock up and attach demons or powers to physical objects or words and they become charms and enchantments that work for them every time and at will. They control demons and even if they commit the worst abomination and sin, the power works for them. The glory of God departs and cannot descend in an unclean and sinful environment.

There is abuse when people, keep oil at home permanently for healing on demand and attribute power to it by calling it holy or anointed. God is the only one that is holy and Jesus our Lord is the only anointed one. Has the oil taken the place of Jesus? Power belongs to God and flows from God. It flows from the throne of grace.

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:13-15

It is wrong for people to keep oil, cloth, and other objects permanently in their homes for healing, protection, prosperity, deliverance and favor on demand. They keep them as temples for God’s power to live in. They then call the oil holy and anointed. They are just like those who kneel down in front of statues. They are like statues, worshipping statues – the dead worshipping, communicating and fellowshipping with the dead.

People who keep the oil at home and use it anytime they need favor are idol worshippers and spiritual thieves. You can be a spiritual thief without knowing it. It is caused by darkness and spiritual blindness. Typically, the oil idolizers will no longer set out time to seek God’s face but depend on the oil. They have rejected God for magic and idols. How can they seek God’s face and renew the anointing daily when they have a spiritual robotic power and machine that they can control at will? God cannot live in a bottle of oil. Anything can be abused.

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.” Acts 17:24

The anointing dissipates and does not last for a full day on any object, like I said earlier, I usually see the glory of God in form of cloud when it descends and I see that glory dissipate after some time and dissolve. If it was possible for the glory of God to last up to a day or more than a day in oil or any object, Jesus would have been blessing and anointing oil and giving it to people to use when they needed favor or healing on demand. He would have sent a bottle of oil or cloth to the Centurion’s servant. We are not greater than Jesus so if Jesus did not do it, we must not do it.

Jesus and Paul practiced person to person ministrations and sick people were brought to them or they went to meet the sick people. Jesus also spoke words of power, authority and faith that could heal beyond distance. He gave spiritual commands and orders to situations and sicknesses and they obeyed regardless of distance because the anointing was upon Him.

Paul was not the one that sent His handkerchiefs and it was not a practice and pattern of worship. Because Paul was constantly anointed and in the presence of God, people intelligently knew that cloths that He had used still had the glory of God on them to heal but that glory would dissipate after some hours. There is no record of them idolizing Paul’s handkerchiefs and keeping them at home as mantles for healing on demand anytime forever and ever.

If people had been able to get hold of Jesus’s handkerchiefs or cloths, the glory would be on them because He was constantly anointed but that glory would dissipate after hours, that is why Jesus was constantly going to lonely places to pray and renew the anointing daily. He did not share out His garments, handkerchiefs or bottles of oil. The glory flows through the human spirit.

If cloths, oil, and other physical objects are kept permanently for healing on demand and at will, that is an error and a false practice. It is magic, witchcraft and sorcery. A woman touched Jesus’s garment and got healed but there is no record of Jesus or Paul giving out their cloths for people to keep in their homes permanently for healing. They still went to the Apostles and prayed when they needed favor from God.

God’s mercies are new every morning. The anointing must be renewed daily, in the place of fellowship, waiting upon the Lord and seeking His face. There is no alternative – there is no other way.

May we reject idolatry and falsehood and glorify God always.




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  • I agree that we should not worship oil, statues, or have any false gods or idols. Religious symbolism is powerful and I think that is why Jesus taught in parables. The symbol of anointing someone with oil which is consecrated for the healing of the sick, like you say, is not where the healing comes from. That comes from the power of God. For the person who has requested this blessing and anointing of the oil, I think the physical part of the anointing process with that physical symbol of the oil can add witness to God’s love for His children. It is all through His power and love. The oil is no different than any other object used in teaching us about God’s power and love. If we recognize that, that all that we posses, even our very lives comes from God, I feel confident that we will please our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ.

    • laurabon

      Thank you so much for the very insightful and informative contribution. “ Even our very lives come from Him.” That is so profound and true – everything comes from Him including our lives. The oil is just like any other oil but symbolic.

      May God help us to please Him always by putting everything in the right perspective. Blessings 🙏❤️❤️❤️

  • Good points about oil and cloths, etc. Precisely why I don’t ask prayer team people to pray over oil. It’s just oil and we are anointing in obedience to scripture. Blessings!

    • laurabon

      Thanks a lot for the inspiring and informative contribution. Yes, it’s just oil and it is symbolic. Grace and blessings to you always 🙏❤️❤️❤️

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