CRITERIA FOR THE OIL

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Bible in a year:  2 Kings 20:1-22:2, Acts 21:18-36, Psalm 150:1-6, Proverbs 18:9-10

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There are things that drive God away from a man’s life and once they are found in your life, no matter what you do, you cannot qualify for the anointing. There were things that God saw in Saul that made God regret making him king. Saul wasn’t a sinner in the sense of committing fornication or other sins we often consider grave. Saul was one of the finest Jewish products of Judaism but there was something in his heart that caused God to withdraw from him. The body of Christ is full of many people that are like Saul; God had rejected him, yet he continued to reign and there are many like David, anointed but not yet enthroned. You may be anointed without being enthroned yet because God is still taking you through His divine process. 

The Lord said to Samuel, “look not on his countenance or on the height of his stature because I have refused him (1 Sam. 16:7).” That statement tells us that God had met Eliab before this statement and Eliab had failed God’s tests. God did not say, “I am refusing him.” He said “I have refused him.” Note here that Eliab’s father presented him but God did not accept him. This is because there was something in him that God did not accept. In Genesis chapter 4, the two sons of Adam brought sacrifices to God, one was accepted and the other was rejected. It wasn’t because of the substance of their sacrifices even though some people have said it was because Cain brought vegetables and Abel brought animal that had blood. No, it had nothing to do with that because they brought the products of their work. Cain was a farmer while Abel took care of cattle, however, God was responding to their hearts. 

The same thing happened concerning Eliab. God said, “I have refused him for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.” This is where we find ourselves in a dilemma; we must strike a balance between things that attract God to our lives and things that attract men to our lives. We must not sacrifice the things that attract God to our lives for the things that attract men to us. I will rather have God with me and no man than have all men with me without God. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to pass your divine test and qualify myself for the best choice of God in my day and generation. Sanctify my heart and grant me mercy in passing divine tests in Jesus name. Amen.