Keep Your Lamp Filled With Oil

Food for thought as we enter into rest this weekend

Real Christianity

           There is a constant theme in the teachings of our Lord Jesus. He is forever telling us to stay alert, stay awake, and fight against deception. He tells us to stay prayed up, fasted up, filled up, read up, and lit up. Not only must we stay in His written Word, we must always stay close to Him, the Living Word. Living for God is impossible otherwise.

         Any real believer can be deceived at any time. Our enemy is no slouch. He is a very powerful deceiver, and Christians who downplay this or do not take the Lord seriously will have no chance. The more one turns his or her Christianity into a kindergarten Sunday school class, the more likely he or she will never grow up.

         “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet…

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  1. “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” Luke 6:30 This is my God, my Jesus.

    “The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'” This is not my God, my Jesus.

    Honestly Mich the attached article scares me. The tone is authoritative – the tone of someone who feels he is speaking for God. They are dangerous. No one speaks for God. They used quotes to benefit the article – not something that impresses me.

    “5 Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you.’ and,

    ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    so that you don’t dash your foot against a stone.’”[b]

    7 Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’” Matthew 4:5-7”

    It’s pretty clear that even Jesus does not want the Bible quoted out of context. The very devil himself can justify his actions with Biblical quotes.

    The article reaks of creating an atmosphere of fear for purposes of controlling. This sucks. It is an old technique that I feel has driven as many people away from the Lord as it ever helped.

    The word “Love” -which for me is the central quality of God – is not mentioned once. Not once.

    “Therefore the answer is remaining in a state of real repentance, living by faith, praying always, fasting enough to get the job done, giving, and studying the Word.” Where’s the Love? Where’s the forgiveness? Where’s the caring? Where’s the “children of God”? I could go on for a long while like this.

    Anyway, thanks for the brain food Mich!

    1. Hi Paul, I can see this struck quite a nerve with you. In answer to your comment, I feel the following:

      Yes, many people pull scripture out of context and use it to fit into their preaching, I agree and it is a very dangerous thing to do. This scripture I don’t feel is out of context, these were the words of Jesus himself. The Parable of the 10 Virgins is a story about the return of Yeshua (Jesus, in Greek lol) returning. Yeshua being the bridegroom returning for his bride – the body of true believers. This parable is based on the 1st century Jewish wedding, D.A. Carson in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary describes the setting this way: “Normally the bridegroom with some close friends left his home to go to the bride’s home, where there were various ceremonies, followed by a procession through the streets – after nightfall – to his home. The ten virgins may be bridesmaids who have been assisting the bride; and they expect to meet the groom as he comes from the bride’s house…Everyone in the procession was expected to carry his or her own torch. Those without a torch would be assumed to be party crashers or even brigands. The festivities, which might last several days, would formally get under way at the groom’s house.”

      This is not about us giving freely to others, this scripture and parable is about the oil – being our faith and belief in God and us being ready for His return. Yeshua is warning those listening to Him to be ready as He could return at any time. The bottom line is when He returns, I cannot give someone who is not ready my faith and belief, this will be the responsibility of each individual. If they are not ready or have not led a life that honours Father, they will be left unprepared.

      Yes, God is love, but I also feel that the world has made Him into a very mushy, soft teddy bear God who just allows anything because of grace. This is where we get it wrong too. He is full of grace and love but He is also a God of standards, He set them and judges by them and He gives us the ability to follow them through His Holy Spirit. If we choose not to live by these guidelines, that have been put in place to protect us, and we live a life to please ourselves, we will reap the harvest of this, the basic law of cause and effect. We will be unprepared. The Bible is always telling believers to get their hearts in order – to follow, not the ways of the world but His ways.
      The 5 virgins in this story, where not prepared for the groom, they represent those that don’t live a life honouring God, with their faith firmly established on the rock solid foundation of His word (Yeshua), and the 5 that were prepared were not willing to sacrifice their ‘oil’, because if they did they would not enter into the wedding feast.
      I know that I am not prepared to sacrifice my belief and faith in God for anything, I choose Him first. Do I love and give to others, yes, without a doubt, because His word says we must love one another – but His word says first and above all else we must love Him, our one true and only God. He comes first for me and so I will hang onto my “oil” when the time comes, I know you will too.

      So where is the love and the forgiveness…right here right now, the time we have to hear the word and respond to it. God’s awesome grace is now – as we prepare ourselves for the day of His return. We have time – but are we using it as we should? Are we praying for those around us enough? Are we sharing His love, are we reaching out to the destitute? His word is the key – He tells us how to live and how to grow, He gives us the choice and when He returns what will we have done with what He has given us and how will we hold account and that is our love for Him.

      Very good brain food indeed. thanks for reading and responding Paul, this is a whole new post on it’s own.

      1. Thank you Mich. It had never occurred to me that the oil could not be given as it is faith and good deeds, etc in this parable. I reread matthew 25 – it also has a favorite passage of mine, regarding the servants given the talents. I still do not feel comfortable with the link – but I realize everyone has an individual perspective. I don’t see anything wrong with the content, but rather the way it is presented. Thanks.

      2. I agree we are all looking at it from a different perspective, and so I can so see where you are coming from.

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