On January 28th I wrote a blog entitled, "I have my anointing oil, now what?" Within that blog I asked for you all to share the post with your elders, pastor(s), and ministers so that a conversation could being. I am so happy that Pastor Reginald Arive so graciously submitted a response! Thank you Pastor Arvie! Head on over to Amazon to purchase his book, “Worship With A Purpose,“ and be sure to follow him on FB at Reginald Arvie Ministries.
Check out his response below.
When we see oil used in scripture, specifically the Old Testament, it was to establish on earth what was already established or announced in heaven. When God made a decree in heaven, He caused someone on earth to hear his instruction and apply oil to consecrate the object or person for the will of God. For instance, when God determined that David would be King of Israel, He instructed the prophet Samuel to take oil and anoint David’s head. 1Samuel 16:11-13
To consecrate means to set apart or bring into alignment. So, what was spoken and determined in the heavenly realm was then brought in alignment on earth by applying anointing oil. After David received his anointing, the bible says that the Spirit of God came upon him from that very day forward. It is a comforting feeling to know that you can draw a spiritual line of defense around your possessions and the people connected to you.
Oil was also used by shepherd to apply to the head of the sheep. This is why David, a shepherd by trade, used the metaphor in Psalm 23 “He anointed my head with oil.” The reasons for oiling the sheep ranged from greasing the horns of the males to keep them from hurting each other, to getting rid of ticks and other parasites. However, the reason that piqued my interest some years ago was when I read that oil was applied to the head of the sheep because the fragrance of the oil repelled flies that were known for laying eggs in the nose of the sheep. If the fly entered the sheep's nose, it would release larvae that would infect its nasal passages. The sheep would soon become so irritated and infected that they often kill themselves by banging its head in distress.
Doesn’t that sound like the attacks of the enemy on us? You know. Just like a fly, He hangs around looking for a place to enter our lives and infect us with issues that drive us to the point of...
Well, the shepherd would anoint the head of the sheep with oil and the slickness and fragrance of the oil was a repellant to the enemy. I mean the flies.
In December of 2020, the Holy Spirit directed me to pray and bless anointing oil for thirty-one days. During that time i prayed prayers of spiritual warfare. I believe spiritual warfare is the theme of the oil that was blessed during that time. As the days counted down, the bottles of oils increased. People heard and began to send their oil and I prayed over them for three hours for thirty-one days. As I returned their oils to them, all were anxious; some were intrigued; most had questions like the ones in this blog. So, here are my two cents on “Anointed oil.”
1. I have my anointing oil, now what do I do with it?
- You should pray. Trust God that as you apply the oil, change will happen and your life
will never be the same again.
- You should expect. Apply your oil in confidence and Faith in God. Know in your heart that the God you serve is a miracle worker and you are a recipient of His awesome power.
2. How do I use my anointing oil?
- Well first, you should know that your anointing oil is not magical nor powerful within itself, but is a symbol of the presence of the Holy Spirit and the power of the blood of
Jesus Christ wherein is the efficacy. Anointing with oil is an outward demonstration and declaration of Godly truths.
- Anointing oil should be applied by smearing a small amount. The word anoint means to smear, rub, or spread. So, when I pray and anoint others, I apply the oil by smearing the shape of the cross on the person’s forehead. The same applies to furniture, doorpost, vehicles, etc. I always anoint my hands before prayer; I anoint my right ear, thumb, and big toe before every preaching assignment as God instructed Moses to anoint Aaron in Lev. 14:28.
3. Why do I need anointing oil?
- The anointing oil gives access to whatever and wherever it is applied. It’s like putting a target and telling God “This belongs to you. You can dwell here.” Whatever you anoint with oil comes in alignment with God’s word in heaven. It also creates a line of defense against hell.
- When you apply the oil to yourself it becomes a point of contact for God to touch you. It also becomes a mark to inform the devil of his restrictions from you or whatever you have anointed.
4. Can I add anything to my anointing oil?
- Most people use extra-virgin olive oil for anointing oil. I typically use the ingredients mentioned in Exodus 30:23-24. Myrrh, Cassia, Extra virgin olive oil, and I personally like a hint of frankincense in my anointing oil. However, any oil will work as long as it has been blessed.
- You may choose to add essential oils to the extra virgin olive oil to create a more pleasant fragrance; After all, we cannot deny their therapeutic benefits.
5. The Bible says something about Cassia, what’s that, and do I need to put it in my anointing oil?
- Cassia is spiced oil extracted from the bark of a cassia plant. It closely resembles cinnamon bark. It is also one of the main ingredients that God instructed Moses to use to make anointing oil. Some people believe it is no longer a necessity, but I just believe if God mentioned it, then it’s worth doing.
- In Exodus 30:22-25, God provided Moses with the ingredients and measurements for anointing oil. (God chose a mixture of bitter and sweet ingredients to create the oil called anointed.) I thought about it and life is also like that. If you want to be anointed you must be willing to balance the bitter and the sweet that comes your way. I often say when you see someone who is greatly anointed, please know that they have also been greatly afflicted.
6. Do I need to say anything when using it? If so, what?
- Yes. You should always say what God’s word says. (James 5:14-15 NLT) “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing
you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. An if you have committed any sins. You will be forgiven.”
- Did you notice the instructions from James? The sick should call for the elders to come and pray over them. This is important because the sick should certainly call on elders that know how to pray. They will pray over you while anointing you with oil. Healing and deliverance are not our responsibility but invoking the name of Jesus in faith while rubbing oil is. Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you cannot see.
7. Where do I apply it?
- Apply your oil where ever, upon whatever or whoever you desire the presence of God to dwell. As you apply the oil, you are placing a spiritual bullseye on the object for the Spirit of God to impact.
- Starting on the outside of your home, apply the shape of the cross above the entrance doors as well as the doorways to each room in your home. Be sure to anoint the head and footboards of the beds, & anything else that the Spirit of God brings to mind while you are praying.
- Other Ideas: Anoint blankets to wrap the children in when they are sick. Anoint pillows to lay your head upon to keep your mind functioning with the thoughts and downloads from the Holy Spirit. Anoint your shoes before you walk out the door so that your steps are ordered and you are always in the right place at the right time. Anoint your wallet because you certainly want a bullseye there!
- In Exodus 30:26-30 Moses was instructed to apply the oil to the furniture and vessels in the temple as well as the heads of Aaron and his sons.
8. When should I use it?
- The Bible actually gives various occasions when oil is necessary, such as anointing and ordinations of Kings and priests as well as anointing those that are sick.
- Honestly, your oil can be used each time you pray. In Matt. 6:17 Jesus instructed his disciples to anoint their heads with oil daily when they fasted.
9. Does it have an expiration date?
- Your oil does not expire. However, if you are a regular user of your anointed oil, you will run out and need to bless your new bottle.
10. Can I share my anointing oil with others?
- I’m a little perplexed on this. On the one hand, we should want to spread the blessings of God with others. In that case, I see no harm in sharing my oil with other believers.
- However, I would be mindful of who wants to share their oils with me. (I wrote a book that explains this in detail)
11. Who needs to anoint my anointing oil? Can I do it myself?
- There are religious and denominational views concerning this. In some denominational settings, there are guidelines that limit the consecration of oil to being performed by a member of clergy.
- I personally believe each individual can have a personal relationship with God rendering them able to bless the oil.
12. Why extra-virgin olive oil? Can I use any other type of oil?
- Olive oil has scriptural and historical significance. It is the oil that God instructed Moses to use as a base to make the holy oil. The fragrant oils Myrrh, cinnamon, and cassia were added to the olive oil.
- Any oil will work as an anointed oil as long as the oil has been blessed.
13. Does the brand of extra-virgin olive oil matter?
- No. The brand of oil does not matter. However, I’ve found that better quality extra-virgin oil as a base oil is less sticky in long term and mixes better with the fragranced oils.
14. People sell anointing oil, is it right for them to do that?
- It depends on their motive. Personally, I do not think it is wrong to sell oil. However, I choose not to sell the anointed oil I have prayed over.
- Although the anointing is not ours to neither sell nor give, some may sell their oils to cover the cost of added ingredients, packaging, shipping, etc.
Reginald Arvie Sr.