Friday, July 29, 2011

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR: Trim Your Lamps!

"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.            (Matthew 25:1-13)

This parable in Matthew 25 is a warning to the entire body of Christ to be ready with your oil! This was not a warning to sinners. Each of these virgins was anticipating the Lord's return; none were atheists, or non-believers. They were all virgins who claimed to be awaiting the Bridegroom's arrival. But notice carefully that only half of them were truly ready.

In the ancient Temple era the Aaronic priests were in charge of lighting the lamp of God and keeping it burning. Their main responsibilities included trimming the wicks, refilling the lamp constantly with fresh oil, and making sure it never burned out. It is plain to see that parallel can be drawn between the priesthood of Aaron and the New Covenant priesthood of Melchizedek and Jesus. Both are responsible to keep the lamps burning!

If you are a Christian and are you feeling burned out? Then trim your wick by getting rid of the useless things in your life, that are nor needed and dig deeper into God's Word. If you are feeling like you are spiritually drained? Then wait on the Lord and ask Him for a fresh anointing. Wait on the Lord. Keeping the lamp burning (the light) of God is the responsibility of all true believers; we are the keepers of that light; so trim your lamp today and keep your lamp burning bright for the Lord. Let's be like the wise virgins, who were anxiously awaiting the Lord's return! This preparation should be on going, with the anticipation of the Lord's appearing at any time. The moral of this story teaches constant consecration and being ever so watchful for the Lords return. Sing out: "We are getting ready to leave this world".

Every believer should live as if the rapture could take place at anytime, even at a time when you would least expect it, in other words be ready. Many believers would like the Lord to come while they are at church and that may very well be for some, but for others it will be at the midnight hour when they think not. Be ready my brothers and sisters!

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