The oil of joy.
Recommended Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3
A woman in South Carolina pulled into an auto shop for an oil change, but on the way home her engine light came on, and the car stopped running. It turned out the shop employee had installed the wrong filter. It fell off, causing the oil to drain from the engine.
The joy of the Holy Spirit is the oil of a healthy heart. Guilt is the wrong filter in our life. When our joy and gladness drain from our mind, we need to pull into the divine repair shop for a tune up. When we recognize and confess our sin, God restores the joy we have in our relationship with Him.
An old hymn says, “Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.” Ask the Lord to look under the hood of your heart. Is there a bad habit? A hidden sin? Have you neglected His Word? Developed a hardened heart? Damaged a relationship? The Lord knows how to give much needed tune ups to our heart.
May the oil of joy cycle through your spirit today!
The joy of the Lord is your strength, and as your Master was anointed with the oil of gladness in his work, so must you be.