“Then, six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” John 12:1-3 NKJV
Blessings as we wake up to this 12th day of January 2017, the number which established Christian authority by the 12 Disciples. Today as believers we have the opportunity to take a look at our inner man vs our outer man. Based on our devotional scriptures, Mary breaks an Alabaster flask, (Mathew 26:7 NKJV) anoints Jesus with the oil inside of it and wipes it off of him with her own hair. Mary shows us that her inner man has overcome her outer man or shell. She is broken, and we witness this by her humility and submission to the authority of Jesus as her savior.
As believers, our inner man must be released in order for us to obtain the fullness of God and the Holy Spirit. But most believers find this difficult because of our outer man. The outer man is our flesh. The outer man has desires that don't line up with our inner man. Our outer man has our mind divided along with our strong holds. The inner man is where the Spirit of God lives on the inside of us who believe.
Our inner man must be released on the outside for us to reach our full spiritual potential and fullness of God. The outer man blocks us from doing just that. The outer man can be visualized as the Alabaster Flask. The name "Alabaster" has value and was considered to be some of the best materials to use at that time. We are valuable to God but we have to be broken in certain areas first before the oil can be released. The oil represents your inner man. As the outer man becomes broken your oil or inner man is being released on the outside with your fragrance filling the World.
There are many ways that believers can be broken. Can you name (2) examples of something that needs to be broken in your life using this format?
• Accumulating changes:
o Going through a metamorphosis or many changes.
• Sudden change:
o Act of God.
o Something self-inflicted.
o Caused by someone else.
Call to action:
• Find a believer or an accountability partner to pray in agreement with you, for the breaking of these chains in your life.
• Prayer Scripture reference: Psalms 51 NKJV or NLT