The Oil that Sustains Us

February 10, 2015

Matthew 25:1-13
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6″At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7″Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9” ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10″But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11″Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12″But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
13″Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

The Oil that Sustains Us

Virgins are symbolic of those who have been made pure before the Lord. They all have obviously had an experience with the Lord and are aware of His imminent coming. The lamps are the illuminated lights of God’s Spirit within us. What keeps that light burning is the oil. The oil is the Holy Spirit, but it is more than that. It is the Holy Spirit worked out through our lives in experience.
In Leviticus 24:2 the Lord tells Moses, “Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.” This oil was created through a process of beating or pressing. This is the in working of the cross of Jesus Christ in our lives. We are beaten and pressed as we press into Christ. Through our walk we experience tribulations, trials, persecutions and difficulties. It is as we walk through these hard places in the faith of Jesus Christ that the precious oil of the Holy Spirit is formed and stored up in us. The wise virgins know that if the relationship with the Bridegroom isn’t there, then the oil will not be there either. The oil has flowed out of that relationship of walking in faith and obedience.
The foolish have received the fundamentals of the faith, but they have not pressed into the relationship to really know the One to whom they professed to give their hearts. They have gone about life eating, drinking, giving and taking in marriage. It is life as usual. In other words their relationship is shallow and without substance and depth. They have chosen to remain babes when they should have grown into maturity. The things of the world and the cares of life have occupied their time and their hearts. As a result they have not bought the oil with the price of experience and relationship in walking with the Lord. Now that the time of the midnight hour has come they have been found wanting. Now it is too late to go out and buy the oil, for the Lord has opened the door to the ones who have come to truly know Him in an intimate way, not just from a distance through the teaching of others. The hour has come and they can’t ride in on the coattails of those who have stored up the oil and prepared for this hour. By the time they get what they need the door is shut and it is too late to enter into the Bridegroom. His reply is, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
Religion is the oil of the foolish virgins. It is merely man’s search for God. It is merely head knowledge and outward works to appease God. God doesn’t want our sacrifices, He wants our obedience and He wants our hearts. Relationship with Christ is what will bring forth the oil of His Spirit as we walk through the hard and difficult places and come to know Him as our Redeemer and Deliverer in every situation.
Hear the word of the Lord. This is the hour for you to be storing up the oil. The midnight hour is soon approaching and you better have the oil of His Spirit and Life worked and stored up in you if you want to enter in. If we have been half-heartedly serving the Lord, it is the time to repent and give Him our whole heart, mind and soul. We must walk in the truth of His life if we are to have the oil to see us through and keep our lamps lit in the greatest hour of darkness. We need this oil if we are going to go the distance and hold fast the course. We must make Him the priority of our lives, for His kingdom is come and it must be established in us. Let us come to Him and give our utmost for His highest.

Blessings,
#kent

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Ephesians 1:18-23
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

The Prayer to Understand Who We Are

Paul is making a spiritual declaration over the body of Christ in this prayer that I believe aligns itself perfectly with God’s will and design. God already knows who we are because He called us into who He is. Our problem is that most of us don’t have a full revelation of who we are in Christ.
This scripture came into my thoughts as I was praying it this morning. It began to hit me again how powerful and bold this statement is. More than anything, Paul wants the body of Christ to grasp this revelation of our inheritance as the saints of God, that we would really know what God has called and set us apart for. Beyond that, God’s incomparable great power that is compared to God’s mighty strength when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.
In Ephesians 2 and other scriptures God reveals to us that we also have been raised up in Christ. Ephesians 2:6-7 says, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” So this same power that God demonstrated in Christ Jesus, He demonstrated in us, because we are “in Christ”.
Where is Christ? “and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” All that Christ is, where He reside, His purpose, His power, His strength, His love, His dominion and all of His attributes reside in us, because, “God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Have you ever thought of yourself as being “the fullness of Christ”? That is what the Word declares about us who make up His body. I am in awe every time I read that scripture, because it so blows me away.
Is that how we see ourselves? Not likely, but it is how God sees us. This why God has revealed why identity, position and purpose in Christ is so important for us to know as the body of Christ. It is hard for us to walk into the fullness of who we are if we don’t know who we are, where we live and what our purpose is.
God is telling us through Paul that He has put some awesome and powerful things at our disposal because we are in Christ.
Now when we look at our own lives what we often see is our impotence, weakness and failure. What God has given us is not something that we can produce or conjure up. The only way that it is manifested is as we walk in the light of who we are in conjunction with the timing and the will of God.
When we understand this, we understand how crucial it is in this hour to be walking “in Him”. It can’t be just spiritual knowledge of truth. Paul is praying that the eyes our heart may be enlightened with the revelation of the hope that He has called us too. There is a day this hope is becoming manifest in the reality. That begins with us laying hold of who we are in Christ and by His mighty power that lives in us, walking that out our identity, position and purpose day by day as the Holy Spirit gives us direction and the empowerment to do so.
Pray this prayer for yourself, your loved ones and the body of Christ. Pray until the full impact of this scripture comes into manifestation and fullness throughout the body of Christ.

Blessings,
kent

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