Sons Of Fresh Oil

Exodus 24:12… “Come up to me into the mount, and be there” (KJV).

Zechariah 4 gives a detailed account of a vision the prophet had been shown. It was a vision of two olive trees whose oil dripped into a golden bowl that symbolized the work of the Holy Spirit through men who have been touched with fresh oil. The prophet asked questions as to the meaning of the vision and was told in verse 14, “Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth” (KJV)… or as the Bible margin reads, “the sons of oil” or “sons of fresh oil,” taken from a root word meaning “servants who produce light.”

Numbers 11:8 talks about the manna having the taste “of fresh oil.” God’s provisions are marked with the taste of fresh oil. It was not something manufactured by man. Manna came directly from heaven and needed only to be consumed. John 6:33 teaches that “Christ is our bread from heaven” and that our consumption of Him will sustain and minister life to our souls. He is “the Son of fresh oil.”

Psalm 92:10 tells us that King David positively stated, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (KJV) or “I have been anointed with fresh oil.” David goes on to tell us that fresh oil is found in the presence of God (vv. 12-15). It is there that the righteous flourish.

Exodus 24:12 reads, “Come up to me in the mount and be there.” What a challenging word for our day–“Come and be” and come out as a “son of fresh oil.” After the “come and be,” Moses became a servant with fresh light for the people.

Matthew 17:1-9 tells us of Jesus selecting Peter, James, and John to “come with him into the mount.” The glory cloud covered them, and Peter, led by his flesh, wanted to do, to build, to make “three tabernacles.” But the Father’s will was to “come and be” and to hear His Son.

In His presence you will become a “son with fresh oil.” Just prior to His ascension, Jesus commanded the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. After ten days of intense waiting, the fire fell, the wind blew, the glory descended, and the one hundred and twenty became “sons of fresh oil,” servants producing light. In Exodus 24, those who didn’t “come and be” camped at the base and constructed their own golden calf (idol). They produced a “god” of their own making because they couldn’t wait. The disciples of Jesus who did not come into the Mount were not able to cast out a demon who had possessed a boy (Matthew 17:14-18). Today, most leaders have no time to “come and be.” They are too busy with “come and do,” and “come and build,” and their work shows it in sameness, tameness, and lameness.*

There is a need today for “sons of fresh oil” producing light for this harried and distressed world. “Come up into the mount and be there.” Come up and enjoy Jesus. Be consumed by Him, and leave with His reflection. Leave as a servant who produces light. What a challenge…

Pastor George Belobaba

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*See “Fixed Liturgy,” published June 7th, 2014.

The Owner’s Stamp

Galatians 6:17… “For I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (KJV). Moffatt’s translation reads, “The Owner’s stamp of Jesus.” What a great phrase. The marks which Paul talks about were the marks of the Owner, Jesus. The likeness of Christ was borne by Paul in his body, soul, and spirit. The owner’s stamp is simply the outer sign of something that is stamped within you. A good prayer to say would be, “Jesus, put your stamp in every cell of my body. Stamp your likeness (image) in me, O Lord.” Let’s look at some of the “brand marks of Jesus” (character traits)…

1) The forgiveness of injuries… One of the greatest prayers Jesus said was, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34, KJV). Are you wearing this stamp? This mark goes deep… very deep. It means that when Christ’s likeness (brand mark) is on you, you will never again retaliate or hold resentments. It means that hatreds will never trouble you again.

2) No more self-pity… Jesus said to some women on the way to His cross, “Weep not for me” (Luke 23:28). There was no self-pity in Christ’s brand. A lot of folks have the tendency to feel sorry for themselves when something serious happens to them. The Owner’s mark reads, “No self-pity.”

3) Maintaining joy in spite of things that happen… If you follow Jesus, you will experience deliverance from fear. You will be happy when you have troubles to face. What a great “brand mark” to have stamped in you. Joy, in spite of what has happened. Gloom and doom are not longer part of your life. Why? Because you bear the Owner’s stamp of joy.

4) Courage… Not the desperate courage of the battlefield, but the quiet courage that grows daily, the courage of facing life, the courage of saying “no” when tempted to do evil, the courage that speaks the truth even though it may alienate you from friends. “Lord, stamp Your kind of courage in me.”

5) The power to take it… When things happened to Jesus, He could take it. Life has many challenges. Troubles will come, but can you take it. Some can’t handle troubles, so they turn to anger, hate, resentment, pain killers, or whining.

6) Of compassion and mercy… Jesus was sensitive to everyone’s needs, hurts, hunger, and desires. Christians should be people who care. This likeness of the Owner must be branded on every Christian.

7) Jesus gave Himself… This was His crowning mark. He cared enough to give, not only of Himself, but Himself. Christians will give money, goods, time, talents, words… but very few give themselves. The Owner’s stamp included, “I give myself too.”

The Owner’s stamp? Paul said, “I bear the Owner’s stamp in my body.”

Are you stamped with His brand?

Pastor George Belobaba

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Making The Right Decision In Your Time Of Crisis

I was browsing in the Word recently and found twelve Scriptures that contain the words “though” and “yet” in the same verse. The word “though” means “despite the fact.” The word “yet” means “at this time” or “for the present.” Times of crisis come to all of us. This is the Word of the Lord for you at this time.

Job 13:15… “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (KJV). In other words… despite the fact I might be killed, I will trust in God. Or, though I am exposed to increased calamities, I will meet them by trusting God.

Job 19:26… “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (KJV). Or, despite the fact that my body may be destroyed by disease, at this present time God will vindicate me. Despite the fact my body is wasting away, in my living body I will see God at work.

Habakkuk 3:17-18… “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (KJV). Despite the fact that things look bleak right now, I will rejoice in the Lord.

2 Samuel 23:5… “Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant” (KJV). David was on his deathbed. David’s children were not walking with God, but at that time God made an everlasting covenant with him. There is always hope. God will remember your prayers for your children.

Ezekiel 11:16… “Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come” (KJV). Despite the fact that God’s people are scattered, God will be our sanctuary.

1 Corinthians 4:15… “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” (KJV). Despite the fact there are ten thousands of preachers, your own pastor is special to you.

2 Corinthians 4:16… “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (KJV). Despite the fact you may be getting older, God will renew you daily.

2 Corinthians 5:16… “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more” (KJV). Despite the fact that I can’t see Jesus in the flesh, I see a resurrected Jesus sitting at the right hand of God, interceding for me.

2 Corinthians 11:6… “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things” (KJV). Despite the fact that some of the teaching sounds harsh, the truth is clear and fresh.

2 Corinthians 13:4… “For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you” (KJV). Despite the fact that we are weak, we will live with the power of God in us.

The Word of the Lord brings life…

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Fear Of The Lord And The Five Things It Hates

Proverbs 8:13… “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate” (KJV). The New Living Translation reads, “All who fear the LORD will hate evil. That is why I hate pride, arrogance, corruption, and perverted speech.”

The fear of the Lord is a great Bible truth. The word “fear” in our text means “awe, reverence, respect.” The first time the words “fear of God” are found is in Genesis 20:11. Abraham came to a place called Gerar (which means “halting place, drag-off place,” to “chew the cud,” or mentally going over and over the same things). Abraham said, “The fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake” (KJV). Abimelech did not fear God. Where there is no fear of God, it’s a “drag-off place.” People get “dragged off” away from righteousness and away from hundreds of other things too. Notice the five things that the Lord hates. We are to hate these things too.

EVIL refers to the physical things that can hurt you–adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, great grief, harm, heavy hurts, mischief, misery, sorrow, trouble, vexing, and wrong influences. Evil includes everything that can spoil your life. The first lesson that the devil taught Eve was that evil was good, and that it wasn’t as bad as God said it was. Our human body is the creation of God (Psalm 139:14), and God intends for us to keep it from spoiling. The fear of God hates all evils that spoil your life.

PRIDE AND ARROGANCE refer to all the things that can hurt your spirit, cause it to swell, disregard others, be insulting and overbearing in conduct and speech, and be haughty, proud, impudent, lacking in modesty, and cocky. God hates and despises everything that spoils your spirit. The seat of pride is your spirit. Pride is the worm in your spirit. There is no such thing as decent pride. Paul closed all his epistles with “The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” The fear of God in you protects your spirit.

THE EVIL WAY refers to your course of life, your actions, deeds, conduct, your walk, and the road you tread. It includes your conversation, your customs, and the influence you project. The evil way is filled with unrighteousness; it corrupts your life. God hates it. Proverbs 21:21 reads, “He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour” (KJV).

THE FROWARD MOUTH refers to perverse lips, speaking to do fraud or to cheat someone, and speaking lies. The fear of the Lord speaks truth. The mouth is the outlet for what is in the heart. The mouth can be an outlet for sin or for righteousness. Proverbs 6:12 says, “A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth” (KJV). A naughty man is an instrument of unrighteousness. He is often vocal about it. He desires mischief, he sows discord, he is a pest to society, and he brings about his own ruin… that ruin often comes suddenly and without remedy. God hates a froward mouth.

If you have the fear of the Lord, you too will hate these five things. If you don’t, they will ruin you.

Reverence for God is wisdom… Learn and listen. God wants to save you.

Proverbs 19:23… “The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil” (NASB).

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Word God Gave You

THE SIX TESTS YOU MUST GO THROUGH

Matthew 13:19… “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom. . .” (KJV). The Lord is interested in the growth of His Word in you. There is a difference between the “word of the kingdom” and just an ordinary sermon. The word of the kingdom is the word the Holy Spirit gives. In Matthew 13, four men received a word. The first one’s heart was hard and when the word was given, he couldn’t understand it, so the devil ate it up. The second man failed because when persecution and trials came, he listened to the word of others and not to the word given by the Lord. He let others take away the joy that the word of the Lord brought to him. The third man was so busy with making money and with the cares of this world that he let those things choke the word that was given. The fourth man understood the word that was given and success came. When the word of God comes, it’s not always smooth sailing. God is going to test your character through a variety of tests. Using Joseph as an example, let us see the six tests you will experience before the word is fulfilled.

Psalm 105:17-19… “Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them — Joseph, who was sold as a slave. There in prison, they bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his word, the LORD tested Joseph’s character” (TLB). Genesis 37-41 is Joseph’s story. Chapter 37:5-11 records the word the Lord gave to Joseph in a dream/vision about his place in God’s plan for Israel. He told it to his family. Jacob rebuked Joseph but observed the words; his brothers envied him. Note the six tests that Joseph went through. The word God gave was tested in Joseph’s character.

1) The test of misunderstanding… The family misunderstood. They formed a conclusion without thinking it through. The devil will eat up a misunderstood word. God didn’t tell you to feed the devil. Did Joseph speak of the word too soon? Remember, Joseph was only about seventeen years old. His character was not fully developed. To pass this test, don’t give your vision out too quickly. Take care of it. Feed on it and it will sustain you; hold it in your heart and it will prosper you in time.

2) The test of ridicule… “Behold this dreamer cometh” (Genesis 37:19, KJV). There is always someone who will ridicule the word God gave you. “Who do you think you are?” The word “ridicule” means “exposing a word to laughter and mocking,” or “making something good an object of laughter.” A “word obeyer” is always a thorn in the flesh of a “word forsaker.” To pass this test, keep holding the word in your heart. The word God gave you is always greater than the word of ridicule.

3) The test of adversity… Genesis 37:20-28… The pit experience–misery, distress, misfortune, fear, and not being wanted anymore. People will separate you from themselves. Joseph wanted to please God, but his brothers wanted to please themselves. God took Joseph away from his brothers’ hatred. To pass this test, keep true to God. Trust in God. Let faith in what God has said rule you.

4) The test of persecution… Genesis 39:1-23… The story here is the dungeon experience. Joseph was persecuted for practicing good morals (Proverbs 21:21, 22:11). “I did the right thing and was persecuted for it.” The word “persecution” refers to being harassed in a manner that causes injury and suffering. People often lie about you because you did the right thing. To pass this test, keep a good spirit within you when you are blacklisted and gossiped about. Don’t let a little suffering destroy your faith in God (Matthew 5:10, 1 Peter 2:19-23).

5) The test of someone else’s false word… The test of a contradicting word (Genesis 40:14-23). People will say one word and do another thing. The chief butler acted in a contrary way at first. Joseph had believed that the butler would tell the king (eventually he did, but only when a crisis demanded it). To pass this test, don’t trust people’s word over the word God gave you. God knew where Joseph was.

6) The test of time… Genesis 41-47… Joseph was about 17 when God gave him the word. Now he is 30 years old. The king of Egypt had a dream and the butler finally told the king about Joseph. Joseph, a man filled with the Spirit of God walked into the word that God had given him.

Joseph passed each of the tests put before him and God’s word was fulfilled.

Pastor George Belobaba

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A New Song Arising, Pt. 2

(Continued…)

God has ideas for church. Note Psalm 51:16-17… “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (KJV). Many in the end-times scattering have a broken and contrite spirit. They do not have the robotic spirit that millions of churchgoers have. Proverbs 15:8 and Hosea 6:6 teach that you can go to church as often as you like and do your religion (sacrifices), but if your heart is unchanged, your worship is meaningless. Matthew 12:7 teaches us that a religious service without mercy (the meeting of human need) is rejected by God.

Many preachers are very defensive about their local assembly, and so they should be, but they also do not see the depth of apostasy that has crept into their midst. They preach against the churchless believer. Is it because they can’t get at their tithes and offerings? Are they jealous of the churchless believer because of their liberty? Are the believers who move by the Holy Spirit a threat to their authority? Many people in the end-times scattering are not easily deceived. They are the Lord’s servants, who are called by Him and sent out by Him and are not tied down by unanointed leaders. Wherever they go, God’s grace is in them, and the Holy Spirit dispenses His grace through them. They are scattered and sown by the wind (the Holy Spirit).

This scattering that I am seeing may be that the Holy Spirit is driving believers out of dead churches into a place where they are being made ready for a fresh awakening that our land needs right now. There is a fresh song arising. These scattered saints are finding their way into higher places in God, feeding on His Word and being enlarged by the Holy Spirit. Many leaders today imagine that nothing can be done unless it is done through their local church. Their mentality seems to be that the anointing doesn’t abide in the churchless believer. Many scattered believers do not like to be without a church home. They know that it’s not an ideal situation, but it is better to sit out than to be systematically stifled or destroyed by the “drip-feeding” that many assemblies offer. The people of the end-times scattering would love to be part of a real loving, teaching, vibrant fellowship, but they have no desire to join a system that imprisons them and holds them in bondage, a system that puts you in a place to be ruled but not nurtured and protected.

The future is bright. There’s a new song arising with the oil of joy He’s anointing His children. The music He gives sets the nations free. I believe, if I have heard the Spirit correctly, the present-day scattered believers are at a turning point in history, in the forefront of perhaps a great revival that is upon the horizon. With the present local assembles being in a powerless stance, the Lord will use the scattered believers in His own way, in His own time, and on His schedule. Something marvelous is happening, if you can see prophetically. The scattered believers will fill the churches of tomorrow. We are in the end times. The Lord’s fan is in His hand. He will abandon the deadly form of “churchianity” and bring out something extraordinary to challenge the evil society in which we live. Is there not a cause (1 Samuel 17:29)?

This message is written to encourage the scattered believers. This is not a message to encourage those believers who leave good sound churches free from deception. This scattering that I am speaking of is not a destructive thing, but a positive fresh wind of the Spirit to recover some of the precious treasures of Scripture that have been hidden for years and years underneath layers of church dust. Old Testament history tells of many potential leaders who were hidden in the backwoods by God. Then, in His time, a fresh wind arose and the land received the change.

Pastor George Belobaba

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A New Song Arising

1 Peter 1:1… “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout . . .” (KJV; see also James 1:1; Acts 8:1; 11:19).

I was meditating on a news report that church attendance was down. The word “scattered” came to my spirit. This word means “to spread abroad” or “to distribute into foreign lands.” It is taken from a word meaning “to expand by scattering” or “dispersed like seeds carried about and sown by the wind.” Today, it’s a known fact that many genuine spirit-filled believers are not attending church. Being without a church home is not an ideal situation. What is happening? Is there an “end-times” scattering that perhaps will usher in a fresh visitation of the Spirit? There are so many saints around bursting with the anointing, yet churchless. The scattering (because of persecution) that Peter talks about was a big event in early church history. The scattered saints paved the way for the spread of the gospel into regions abroad. They were scattered as seeds sown by the wind (Holy Spirit).

I was in a meeting ready to minister the Word, when a chorus was sung which confirmed to me what the Spirit was saying to my spirit. “There’s a new song arising in the hearts of His children; / A new song arising in the heart of His own. / A song of hope, a song of peace. / The sound of liberation, the shout of victory, / The hymn of praise, the new song of God. / Many will see and fear / And put their trust in the Lord” (“New Song Arising” by Hosanna). Today there is a new kind of scattering taking place. Many people are churchless, but hungry for Jesus, and hungry for the Word that comes from Him. I am not talking about a negative scattering by “fad” followers, or by those disgruntled, or by those tossed by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14, James 1:6). Many good saints are scattered by the Spirit and are being sown. Preachers call them isolationists, extremists, backsliders, rejects, and has-beens. Some folks teach that if you miss going to church you will miss out on the grace of God. What they probably mean is, if you do not attend our fellowship you will miss out on God’s grace. It is true that God has ordained fellowship (Acts 2:42-47), but what is called “church” or “fellowship” today is far removed from what was ordained in Acts 2:42-47. Some teach from Hebrews 10:25… “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (KJV). This was not a rigid command to go to church, or else. The context of this verse, and the following verse, is referring to those saints who abandoned their faith because of persecution. It was never meant to be a blackmailing tool to put fear in the hearts of the believers. Many preachers have become “control freaks” who hurl Hebrews 10:25 in the faces of believers if they miss a Sunday or two. If this is so, it’s a poor vision for a church.

I am aware that there are some folks who hop from church to church, but that is not what I am dealing with here. I am talking of a scattering of those who love the Lord deeply and want to be part of a genuine Holy-Spirit-filled fellowship. I am talking about believers whose hearts are right, but they do not fit in with those who just want to attend church, making a show of being in church, but walking away untouched by God. Anyone can attend church, turn up at a building, sing the songs, close their eyes when prayers are said, listen to a sermon, and then go home. Going through the motions of church is not God’s idea of church.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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