Amen. Praise the Lord that as vessels, we are lamps unto God, we are here containing His Spirit as the Oil ( Rom 8:16), and day by day, we need to take the message of the 5 wise virgins and hold it close to our hearts. These ones are our pattern, they not only had the oil in their lamps ( in their spirit Prov 20:27) but hallelujah, they also had it in their vessels ( soul).
This very dear portion in Matthew 25 shows us that today, we need to be those giving the Holy Spirit a way INTO our soul, He should never be limited to just habitating our spirit, how He desires above all else to enter into our minds, our will, our emotions. In turn dear sister.... as He is able to transform and saturate all these inward parts of our being, we become those who are shining forth Christ. This treasure in our earthen vessel is no longer hidden, but burning and shining through us as a testimony to the fact that Jesus Lives, He is real, He is alive, He is able to turn us from darkness to light.
That you may be blameless and guileless children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as luminaries in the world
Holding forth the word of life, so that they may have a boast in the day of Christ that I did not run in vain nor labour in vain"
I just want to tell the Lord, that I want Him to permeate and saturate me with Himself as the Oil. That when others come into contact with me and all my brothers and sisters, that something of the Lord will rub off on others. That they will behold this One who is the Marvelous Light of the world.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired for a possession, so that you may TELL OUT the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His Marvelous Light!"
Daily we need to come to the Lord as open vessels, saying to Him that whatever He brings our way so that we can gain the " extra oil" in our soul, that we say AMEN to it. By denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following our Lamb wherever He may go, causes the Spirit to be released into our souls as the extra oil. I am so touched with how mobile the Lord desires to be in us. Moving back and forth from our spirit into our soul, always dispensing more of His riches into our being. This truly has a lasting impact on those that come in contact with us. It is here that they contact the Christ who lives in us and are able to be brought to God's salvation. May our lights continue to be burning bright.
Our oil continually collecting and our wicks trimmed ( Matt 25:7).
Its important that the wick of our " testimony" be always trimmed. The soot of an untrimmed wick is unpleasant and rather than fill the place with light it is filled with smoke. Many times we are, in our natural disposition, in our self and in our old man, very much a frustration to the Lord, how desperately these matters in our being need to be trimmed off and brought under the killing of the cross so that the blue flame of the Lord in us is bright and shining before others.
Even if we have the oil in our lamps and in the extra vessels, this STILL has to come out through the wicks. What kind of testimony do we have in our life and living before others truly determines whether the Lord has a prevailing way to shine or not. May our hearts be moved and opened to the Lord as He deals with us in this matter.
Grace be with all those who call upon the Name of the Lord here on the forum. When we call we receive the Person of that name. He is rich to those who Call. When we call we drink of the Spirit and gain Him as the extra oil in our vessels more and more.
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