GIVE ME OIL IN MY LAMP, keep me burning.

13May11

The end of the spring semester has come, and summer is here (the wedding in only 29 days away..hallelujah thank You Jesus). It is hard to believe I have already been ministering with the Lord as a Chi Alpha Campus Missionary for 1 full year! God has done amazing things on campus this year, and He is zealous to win the love and affections of young people in this generation. Last week we finished our final Wednesday Bible study of the semester at ICC looking in to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 as He gives a parable on cultivating intimacy with God in the final hour of this age.

Wednesday Bible Study @ ICC

Then (the end of the age) the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Mt. 25:1).

Jesus makes it clear that the end of the age paradigm and function of the kingdom of God and His people will be that of a coming Bridegroom. Jesus, the Bridegroom God, desires a pure and spotless companion. He is coming back with passion and fire in His eyes to remove everything that hinders love on the earth between Him and His purchased Bride – the Church. He is not a distant, angry and mean God who judges harshly, but a passionate Bridegroom who wants wholehearted affection and love, and will not settle for anything less.

2Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps (Matt. 25:2-4).

The parable of the wise and foolish virgins hinges around a simple principle – wisdom at the end of the age is not defined as having a lamp or ministry that sheds the light of Jesus, but by acquiring oil by actively connected to God in relationship. Each of these virgins had a lamp – which speaks of a ministry that brings God’s light to others. God’s warning is that the wise can become foolish if they neglect to continue to cultivate intimacy with Jesus.

8The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” 9The wise answered, “No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves. 10While they went to buy, the Bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with Him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us!” 12He answered, “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.” (Mt. 25:9-12)

George Seeking God in the Prayer Room @ ICC

“This passage is not a warning about losing salvation. Jesus neither knew nor recognized them as those who engaged with Him as the Bridegroom. When Jesus said, “I do not know you,” He was describing their lack of intimacy with Him, not their lack of salvation…The Jewish wedding custom involved celebrating for several nights (ideally seven nights for a wealthy family). Those closest to the married couple were invited on the first night and subsequently on the following nights. Only those who were ready by being close to the Bridegroom went in to the celebration on the first night and, therefore, the nights that followed. This (parable) speaks of those who will be prepared to be powerfully used by God in the end-time revival, culminating at the wedding supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9)” – Mike Bickle, IHOP-KC.

What a powerful challenge from the Lord to set ourselves apart to that which will remain and be rewarded! I was challenged, along with the students in Chi Alpha at ICC, to take this summer as an opportunity to seek the Lord and get oil in our lamps.

Grace and peace as you set your heart to do the same,

David


Prayer Requests:

God’s wisdom for the summer planning meeting with ICC students – Thurs. May 19th

Grace for each student over the summer to stay in God’s Word and living for His Kingdom

Monday Prayer Room at ICC – worship and prayer all summer Noon-3pm

Sunday Night Prayer Room at the Chi Alpha House – worship and prayer all summer 5-9pm

Weekly Discipleship with Dave and Chase on Fridays

God’s anointing and presence at Kailee and I’s wedding!!

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One Response to “GIVE ME OIL IN MY LAMP, keep me burning.”

  1. Awww I love your blog blessings on you and Kalie in 29 days!!


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