Purge me with hyssop……

Written January 20, 2015

Sometimes one feels God’s presence in a very palpable way. 

I had been introduced to healing oils of the Bible through a class with Mary Brewington, a Young Living Oils distributor and instructor.
Tonight I worked with a young lady on Steps 6 and 7 of her Twelve Step program.  The Scripture for Step Seven is Psalm 51: 7, 10
“Purge me with hyssop, and I will be clean; cleanse me, and I will be whiter than snow…..Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
We had talked through the key points of willingness to be changed, surrender of one’s character defects to God, and Paul’s scriptures on “putting off” the old nature and “putting on” the new nature from Colosssians, Ephesians, and Galatians.  We had reviewed her personal list of self-acknowledged character defects and the attributes of godliness with which the Holy Spirit would replace them as she surrenders herself to his refining work in her life.
Then we were to say a prayer together.  She had asked me a few days ago what hyssop was, as she studied this scripture and step.  Tonight I showed her.   I brought out a small bottle of YL hyssop oil that I had in a pouch in my purse.  I asked her to read the label and smell the fragrance.  As we said the prayer together, I anointed her with hyssop and reminded her of the Scripture she had memorized and the cleansing work of the Spirit in purging the old nature and creating the new nature in her. 
She was touched by this act of consecration, anointing, and prayer.  She has made great strides over the last five months and now, with this further understanding of what God is at work doing in her life, I expect to see even more progress.  She now has a better understanding of hyssop, too, and its use in a spiritual act of submitting oneself to the cleansing, transforming work of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. It was a blessing to use hyssop oil to seal this prayer for transformation in this young lady’s life. 
                                                                                                                Cathy Byrd
                                                                                                                Christian Educator and Life Recovery Counselor
 

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