The Press Olives of our Hearts

You can’t lose your call or your talent, for they are irrevocable according to Romans; but the anointing must be treasured. King Soul was still the king, but the Anointing of God was removed out of His life for His insisting in sin and lack of reverence to the things of God.


Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.” (Exodus 27:20) NIV

            You can acquire knowledge by going to seminary, reading and studying many books. However, the anointing can only be acquired in one way and that is through pressure, pain, suffering and hardship. Many settle for the head-knowledge and techniques on how to make it look like they have power. The anointing is what breaks the yoke; it is the very presence of God in what we do; it is the power to say no when we want to say yes and to have the courage to say no when society says it is ok to say yes. It is the power to bring life in the middle of death and light in the midst of darkness. It is the pressed down oil that kept the lamps burning back in the book of Exodus; it is the pressed down life that brings forth God’s glory in our present day.

            You can’t lose your call or your talent, for they are irrevocable according to Romans; but the anointing must be treasured. King Soul was still the king, but the Anointing of God was removed out of His life for His insisting in sin and lack of reverence to the things of God. What a tragedy for us today, having access to such power, but enjoying the satisfaction of a worldly way of approaching the things of God. Power, we need power and that power can only be found in God’s anointing. Sad to say, but some don’t even know the difference between the anointing of God and just plain talent; sad to say, but some don’t even know the difference between a motivational speaker and a man or woman of God. I say, keep the lamps burning, keep them burning, for we are the light of the world only if we walk in the light that shines from the pressed olives of our hearts.

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

4 thoughts on “The Press Olives of our Hearts”

  1. Hermano,

    Thought about you as I read thru Ecclesiates. There is a time for everything. In the book “A Twentieth Century Testimony”, the author states “…. I look back on experiences that at the time seemed so desolating and painful. I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained. …. If it ever were possible to eliminate affliction from our earthly existence by means of some drug …… the result would not be to make life delectable, but to make it to banal and trivial to be endurable. This, of course, is what the Cross signifies. And it is the Cross, more than anything else, that has called me inexorably to Christ.

    Doug

    P:S: And I thought that I would be able to shield you (and/or me) from all this. How funny……………….

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