Do You Have Enough Oil In Your Lamp?


I’ve been thinking about lamps and oil. Yep, thinking again :) We love it when I do that, don’t we? All joking aside – the Lord asked me a serious question, “Do you have enough oil for your lamp?”

Matthew 25:1-13 tells the story of the 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom. 5 of them had a surplus of lamp oil, but the other 5 did not bring enough. Those that did not have enough left to buy more oil, and those who stayed were allowed into the marriage feast with the bridegroom. Verse 13 concludes the story “So you too must keep watch! For you do not know the hour or the day of My return” (NLT).

I saw a room filled with lamps of all kinds: oil, electric, wax, battery operated. As I looked closer I could see many of the lamps were not lit. I investigated and saw that they were either out of oil, the wax had melted, the batteries were dead, or the electrical outlet was no longer functioning. Walking around the room I began to see angels gathering up the non-working lamps and putting them into a very large container in the back of the room. Each lamp they picked up to move seemed to cause them great sadness, but they were diligent in their work.

I then went to inspect the burning lamps. They oil filled lamps seemed endlessly filled with oil, no chance they will run out, the candle wax lamps did not appear to burn down, the battery operated lamps were fully charged and the batteries were discharging slowly, and the electrical lamps were vibrating with the current. Each lamp had a vibrant glow that captivated and drew me in. There was warmth, safety and welcome in the lamplight. Even the angles brighted with joy as they moved about the room and into the light of the lamps.

Do you have enough oil for your lamp? Our Bridegroom is coming, and this vision/Scripture has a deep message. When we let the cares of this world weigh us down, when we put great importance on the message of man, when we allow our selfish desires and when we focus on distractions we cause our lamps to run out of oil. We lose the connection that provides the heavenly store of oil to keep us ready and watching for our Bridegroom.

We are the light of the world, we must not light our lamp and then hide it under a basket. We must set our lamp on a stand for all to benefit from (Matthew 5:15).

I heard the Lord say “Do you have enough oil in your lamp? Draw nearer to Me for replenishment, stay in sync with My Spirit and wait for Me. Do not hide your lamp, do not look to buy more oil. When you stay close to Me, your Source, you will have an overabundance of oil, enough to remain watchful. Your Bridegroom comes soon, will you be ready?”

We live in a day where it is ever imperative that we seek to hear from the Lord for ourselves, through prayer, praise, worship, reading His word and fellowship. We must continue to draw closer to Him and to remain in the shadow of His wings. Watch, pray and keep your lamp lit.

Shalom!

Today’s Declaration 8/21/14


Today’s Declaration:

“I prophesy to the dry bones in my life to live. I watch as they rise up and become covered with flesh. I then prophesy for breath from the four winds breathe on them so they may live again. My dreams are not dead, they have been rekindled and revived. My God is a reviver and a rekindler, especially when those seemingly dead dreams were originally His design.”

Dream living dreams today!

Shalom

Today’s Declaration 8/19/14


Today’s Declaration:

“I may not know what today holds, but I know Who holds today! This is the day the Lord gave me, I will rejoice and be glad. He is my light and salvation, I have no need to fear. Because He holds this day in His hand, I walk with confidence and boldness into my destiny!”

Walk with your head held high!

Shalom ♥

Lighthouse


I see a lighthouse on a very long pier. There is a storm whirling all around, the winds are fierce and the waves are high. The combined sounds of the driving rain, the raging wind and the crashing waves, deafen me. The storm rages all around, but the lighthouse stands firm. I can’t see anything but the lighthouse.

I see a lighthouse on a shorter pier. This time it is surrounded by green pasture lands, with rolling hills and a livestock watering hole in the distance. The water kissing the shores of the pier is crystal clear and very shallow. I can see large boulders on the sea floor, sharp and deadly, able to tear a hole in a boat. Then I look closer and I see a break in the boulders that would only be noticed if one was following the light from the light house. This break is large enough to allow a boat to go through without harm and to anchor at the end of the pier.
I heard the Lord say, “I AM your lighthouse. Though there are raging storms surging around you, lift your gaze to the pure Light of My Presence. Let My Light guide your steps, plant your feet where I lead you. I will guide you through the choppy and stormy waters, wind and wave do not stand a chance for I AM there with you. Come to Me, focus on Me and walk on the waves. Keep your eyes on Me and take My hand. Walk with Me on the water into the purpose I have for you.
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I AM your lighthouse when times seem peaceful. Even in peaceful times, you must stay alert and listen to Me. The enemy has set many traps to cause you to stumble, fall and break. Focus on Me, allow the Light of My Presence to illuminate the safest pathway to avoid the traps, and guide you to safety.”
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined (Isaiah 9:2 NKJV).
 
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).
 
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14:28-30)!

So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matthew 8:27)!

Despite what is going on around us, the Lord is clear on one thing – we must stay focused on Him. He is in control, and no matter what goes on around us, He makes a way for us to get through. This is not simply a word for us as individuals, but also a corporate word. There are many raging storms coming as well as pockets of peace, we must be steadfast in our trust and faith that God is God and we are not. We must remain connected to our source and focused on our Lighthouse.!
Shalom! ♥