Healing: I Heard God Say, “The Oil Is Not In The Bottle”

One day, I heard the Lord say these words: “the oil is not in the bottle”!
It was an unusual statement, and yet potent with meaning.

And I believe it is a word for many today.

The oil of the Holy Spirit—in particular, His power to heal—is flowing.

It is not contained.
His power to heal is not confined!

The Father’s relentless love pursues and finds you.
There is no deterioration of soul or body, and no dark place, that is beyond His touch.

A Forgotten Bottle of Oil

It was 23rd February 2020, and a news report about COVID-19 caught my eye.

At that moment, I was reminded of John G Lake, who was used by God to bring healing miracles during a time of disease, a century ago—“Do it again, Lord!”

I went on to reminisce of the time I flew into Spokane, Washington, on a visit to my Mum and Stepdad, who lived nearby.

On my last day in the US, we visited the Spokane Healing Rooms ministry. [1]
I left with two bottles of fragrant anointing oil—both of which, I gave away.
It was now a decade since I gave the second of those bottles away. I had passed it on with a prophetic word, to a leader, with very little thought of it since! [2-4]

Yet at that moment in February, standing in my home, I felt a sudden desire to hold that bottle of oil in my hands again.

Longing for the Holy Spirit

The hunger I had in that instant was urgent.
The strength of it gripped me!

Of course, there is no special power in a bottle of oil —the power is in what that oil symbolizes.

  • The Holy Spirit and His anointing

God was stirring up a hunger in me for Him.

It had been months since I’d been in contact with fragrant anointing oil—and yet the following evening, I walked into our home with a gift, given to me that day.

It was a bottle of anointing oil. It was fragrant with rose oil.
This one was from Jerusalem.

The Oil Went on a Journey

As my husband Malcolm and I held that small bottle in our hands, we knew that somehow, it was a sign.
We had no idea of the trials that were to come.

A few weeks later, I the bottle of oil in my hand luggage to New Zealand, where I used it to pray for family members.

It was with me, during those long, drawn-out hours I sought to return home, through Australia’s closed borders.
It traveled with me when my flight was detoured via Christchurch, in the south.

Come to think of it, that bottle of oil has journeyed from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth!

Afterward, it sat on my shelf during our long months of lockdown, where I returned to it occasionally in prayer.

Not Confined to a Bottle

6 months after receiving the oil, the Holy Spirit again took me by surprise.

I wasn’t near the bottle; it hadn’t been on my mind—and yet He interrupted my thoughts with this statement:

“The oil is not in the bottle!”

To which I instantly responded, “No! The oil is the Holy Spirit, and of course, He is not confined to a bottle!”
I knew that all along. But a word from God holds great power.

Fragrant Oil in the Mantle

A desperately ill woman once said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (Mark 5:28, NKJV)

Today, you too can reach out, touch Jesus and receive healing.

“If only I may touch His clothes…”
The Psalmist describes fragrant oil in the Messiah-King’s garments (Psalm 45:7-8)

It is echoed in the declaration of the maiden in Song of Songs:
“Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth…” (Song of Solomon 1:3a, NKJV)

The name of Jesus is like fragrant oil poured out!

His reputation, the power of His name—all that His name represents. The essence of who He is!
Savior. King. Anointed One!

A Persisting Fragrance

Fragrant oil.
We see it in the anointing of Jesus, prior to His crucifixion when a woman poured out an alabaster flask of fragrant oil on His head. (Matt 26:7)

That oil would have flowed into His garments. The fragrance of it may well have lingered over His body, and been present as He was whipped and crucified.
For Jesus had said, “…in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.” (Matt 26:12, NKJV)

That day, it was our sin, that was borne in His suffering.
Our sickness.

Today, someone needs to know—God’s Spirit, now, is moving in power.
His healing is touching you.

Jesus’ willingness to heal has not changed.
His power has not been diluted.

The oil is not in the bottle!

The Message in the Bottle

small bottle of anointing oilPerhaps today, your need for healing is not of the body, but of the soul.

I treasured the gift of the oil, for its personal message.
For earlier in January, during a prayer retreat, my Bible had stayed open—the entire time—at a single verse:

“Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth…” (SOS 1:3a, NKJV)

It was composed by Solomon, a king enthroned in Jerusalem.
His bride-to-be laments her shortcomings. But as chapter two opens, she realizes, “I am the Rose of Sharon”.

Such is the transforming love of the bridegroom.
And such is the love of God, who will even chase down His weary daughter, with a message inscribed on a bottle of oil.

“Anointing oil from Jerusalem.
Rose of Sharon.”

The Bottle is Unstopped!

“The oil is not in the bottle!”

“Poured out” means active. It means available!

Receive His healing now.
And see by faith, the healing power of the Holy Spirit being released from you to others, as you pray.
For you are His vessel.

Indeed, you are His bottle—and He in all His fullness, is pouring forth from you.

Leave a Comment
Have you been touched by God as you’ve read this story, or do you sense his healing being released? I’d love to hear from you! Leave your testimony and prayer requests in the comments box below.

A Prophetic Parable
Recently, I’ve written about how God will use your story, to tell His story. He is a God of parables and symbols, who may, at times, use unusual ways and means to speak to us.
This week’s post is an example of these.
Related teaching:

I believe all prophetic insights, including those received by remarkable and supernatural means are to be tested and weighed up. See 5 Reasons Powerful Reasons to Test Angelic Encounters


Scriptures about healing for meditation: Acts 10:38, 1 Peter 2:24, Matt 8:16-17

[1] At that time, the ministry was located at the same street address where John G Lake had established his own rooms.

[2] I tell more of this story in a blog post from 10 years ago: The Power of a Prophetic Act 

[3] A snapshot of the history of the modern Healing Rooms founded by Cal Pierce can be found on the Australia site here.

[4] Anointing with oil is a physical sign of a spiritual reality, oil representing the Holy Spirit and His anointing. It is one of a number of ways we can pray for the sick, and it’s seen in the Gospels (Mark 6:12-13) as well as in the New Testament church (James 5:14-15).

Are you a discerner-intercessor?
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Over the past few months, I’ve been stirred to create some special classes (within the Prayer School) for prayer warriors who are discerners.
You may identify as a “Watchman Intercessor”.

These are the prayer warriors who are God’s Heavenly alert system.

Do you relate to any of the following?

  • You have an instinct to guard, protect or warn
  • Being a discerner, you perceive or see spiritual realities that others don’t see
  • You are highly sensitive to atmospheres
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© 2020 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

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34 thoughts on “Healing: I Heard God Say, “The Oil Is Not In The Bottle””

  1. “Receive His healing now.
    And see by faith, the healing power of the Holy Spirit being released from you to others, as you pray.
    For you are His vessel.”

    So incredibly timely yet again Helen, thank-you! May you be encouraged.
    I’d only finished praying “Lord make me a clean vessel that You can pour through to bring healing and anointing to….” naming individuals whom I know desperately need a touch of God in their lives both physically, emotionally and spiritually. Also, for governments locally, that God would give them wisdom not their own and would order their steps to truly help the people in these desperate times.
    My prayer during this pandemic has been that the Holy Spirit would go viral right across His creation and shine light into the darkest of situations, the very opposite of what the enemy desires.
    Holy Spirit flow freely! Your kingdom come here on earth as it is in Heaven. Your will be done in Jesus mighty name.

      1. I am on intimate terms with the Holiest , the Holy Spirit and He is working through me and the wife of my son, who works with a doctor, to find me a surgeon to heal a molar that I separated from my gum, and which now has an exposed nerve which is very painful. The Holy Spirit is constantly guiding, and counseling us to find the most direct remedy for my condition, and I really, really appreciate this of Him.

  2. Thank you Helen for sharing I have had echoes of healing being nothing to do with a thing a word an oil but all to do with the Holy Spirit and our words of acknowledgement the it is the Lord and only the Lord. Still slowly learning more in regard to healing thank you Father for you have sent the Holy Spirit to teach.

    1. yes that is so true Lesley! “and you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” The power comes with the Person and the Person is the power.
      We are all learning and growing together at this time, there’s so much more!

  3. Thanks for that lovely word Helen,
    This week, God told me to read John 12, where Mary anoints Jesus feet with nard. I’ve also just started studying Song of Solomon this week as I’ve felt led to do that too. Still mulling everything over and not sure what God is teaching me yet, but I wonder if this links in too somehow.

    1. Hi Em, we’re learning that the Holy Spirit speaks in unusual coincidences, You will know He is at work as He highlights what He’s saying in Scripture. Love that

  4. Amazing, Thank you for this precious message from God. I anoint myself daily with oil and this message was right on time because the anointing is not in the oil but the oil is an extension of faith.

  5. I normally brush through my emails in the early morning, deleting those I am not going to read. Today this one gripped me and caused a great stir within me. In prayer last night I was moved by the Spirit to place my husbands hand on my right breast had he prayed for I experiencing pain there. I did so without saying anything to him, but requested healing in my spirit unto Yahweh. As it read this my mind raced back to last night and the other night when I prayed for healing for my daughter. Then many things began flow into my heart, God was truly speaking to me and I felt the connection in the Spiritual realm, a desire for more of Him. Not only did I received my healing , I also recovered the flow of the Holy Spirit in me to incite healing in others as well as other areas of my life.
    I am requesting prayer for my daughter and myself.

    1. Hi Paulette, I’m praying for you and your daughter right now. Father, I thank you that you are lighting up, igniting Paulette’s faith. She will know that your miracle working power is in her and moving through her.
      We join together in Jesus name for the healing flow into her life and her daughter’s life. Complete healing now, the touch of God from head to toe, in the mighty Name of Jesus.

  6. Greetings Helen!Thank you for another uplifting post.I am an usher at my church,my pastor ordained me back at 2018 and 2019.Last week we had church planting at another township from wednesday until sunday,the rivival was for five days.On sunday my spiritual father was preaching about how he anointed us with oil from the goodness of his heart,now i thought that it’s like hes saying that everyone’s gift or calling came from him or his anointing oil.All i know is that i’ve been having the anointing since i was in my mothers womb.The first day i went into the church back at march 2017 he prophesied that i have the anointing for healing.Today he’s saying that he marked us with his oil from the goodness of his heart for the calling or gift.I have been thinking of leaving his church ever since i was treated the way i was treated for the past three and a half years.It’s like it pains him when we leave him and do a church planting ourselfs.What must i do?

    1. Hi Hilda, I can’t give personal advice on church or leadership issues, but I pray that you have wisdom and sensitivity, that you know the direction to take, and that you will discover wise counsel to help you make the decisions, in Jesus name.
      Gods plan for you personally is that you thrive, that you know you are empowered. That you flourish in the calling and the gift and the ministry, that which is in your very spiritual DNA, that God himself has deposited within you. As he spoke to Jeremiah, who was called from his mother’s womb. It doesn’t come ‘from’ leaders but it is certainly confirmed by leaders during our journey. He has a healthy space for you, Hilda. A healed space, and a way forward

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