Seasons: The Horn and The Oil



Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,11


1 Samuel 16:1-3


It is important to understand the difference between the eternal and seasonal.
To create strife and destruction, the enemy doesn’t have to spend time destroying. The enemy only has to confuse you with what is eternal versus seasonal. You will end up doing his job for him due to confusion.

If you hold on to what is seasonal thinking it’s eternal, it will die in your hand.

Most of the ministry we do is to try to get someone to let go of a season. Most people feel like the seasonal is eternal. If the enemy can get you to think what is temporal is eternal, you will do his work for him and quit.

You let go of what you should have held on; and held on to what you should have let go.

The things that are seen are temporal. The things that are unseen are eternal.

Difficulties you face are not eternal — they are temporal and seasonal.

How long?

How long will you be staring at yesterday so much you can’t see your today and future?

How long will you mourn for Saul?

Samuel was not mourning for his own mistake or failure. It was the failure of what/whom in which he had invested his time.

There are moments in time when someone else fails and it feels like your mistake.

Some breaks are not the enemy. How long will you keep trying to fix what God’s trying to break? Sometimes people’s rejection is God’s sanctification. Why are you trying to restore what God released you from? Stop being angry and holding on to that which God released.

The past isn’t holding you; you’re holding on to it. You must let go.


If you don’t use your oil, it will turn rancid. Old oil is repulsive. Its attractive power will repel if left alone.

He brings you in to what you would have now and in to what you would have been. Bringing you in to where you should be.
He brings you in to what you lost before.

Some of you are trying to recover the old oil when we should be acquiring the new oil. Others of us are holding on to the old oil and anointing from yesteryear.

You are not responsible for the failures of others. Regardless of the amount of time and energy poured in to them.

The prophet is not responsible for not seeing the failures or rejection of those who have been anointed. The prophet is not a failure, but must continue his job of receiving the Word, proclaiming it, and providing God’s voice to the people.

  • It wasn’t your oil. It was just your pour
  • The horn represents sacrifice
    • came from the ram who laid down its life
  • Your horn never carries your oil
    • If you sacrifice is not used for your oil
    • Don’t be tired of your horn carrying someone else’s oil
    • Your oil will be carried by someone else’s sacrifice
    • not in you, but through you

The problem is not God’s oil on your life, but your willingness to use it properly. Do not hoard it. It will go rancid if not used, or not used in the proper amount of time.
The whole release of the next season of the Kingdom is stalled by holding on to a prior season.

I will pour in to anything that is empty before me

How long is last season going to feel like eternity? While you’re still mourning over Saul, I’ve already provided David. While you’re waiting on next to be provided, next is waiting on you. Are you open to what greatness is still lying ahead?

God doesn’t pour in to partial full. He pours in to an empty.