Keep Your Lamps Filled

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  1. “Keep your lamps filled with oil”…… I would like to share some Scripture from Hebrews 10……” 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

    1. Tammy quotes a Bible verse giving instructions on healthy vital organs of living a spirit filled life, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”

      Oil is often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. As Christians we have the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth and “anoints” us continually with His grace and comfort. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth” (1 John 2:20).

      Recently it has seemed our (Lily) prayer request for the healing needs of God’s precious children have cloistered into larger numbers. Often overwhelming the mind as to just how to effectively pray and show love and do good deeds as well as “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

      I am reminded by the Holy Spirit both in the church and in the larger sphere of human struggles we are canopied by our compassionate, loving and forgiving Lord.

      The Oil of truth prompts me to cloister with our beloved large church family together under this canopy:
      The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
      his mercies never come to an end;
      they are new every morning;
      great is your faithfulness.
      —Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

      I give thanks to each of you that have paused under this canopy to offer your prayers on behalf of those that are suffering, struggling and need a gentle touch from the compassionate hand of Jesus Christ, the great Physician. When we are called and we have been anointed with the holy oil of love and good deeds to be love, peace and hope His mercies are new every morning.

  2. I would imagine we have read and quoted this (quote below) often….But, have we seen ourselves as “the lady with the Lamp.” It’s often easy to be in this portrait when pay scale and benefits are just right. That’s fine. Where are we when TV gaze is just our thing. Often not a thank you, follow up or even a thought of how The Holy Spirit used our minds, hands and oil to answer their need. Remember that has a reversal, History records Nightingale’s lamp. Eternity is following and recording the deeds of our lamps! Keep oil and flame aglow in 2020!

    “During the Crimean war, Nightingale gained the nickname “The Lady with the Lamp” from a phrase in a report in The Times:

    She is a “ministering angel” without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow’s face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds.[29]

    The phrase was further popularised by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1857 poem “Santa Filomena”:[30]

    Lo! in that house of misery
    A lady with a lamp I see
    Pass through the glimmering gloom,
    And flit from room to room.”

    1. This verse that Sara quoted from above seems to resonate through the ages up to the current moment.
      “Lo! in that house of misery
      A lady with a lamp I see
      Pass through the glimmering gloom,
      And flit from room to room.”

      God bless and care for the many hospital workers now throughout the world who are attending to the all those sick and in need of medical care for various reasons during this global pandemic.

  3. Tammy quoted and Sara re-emphasizes, “24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”.

    As I read through Sara’s ‘Wordsmith’ words I thought of how much insight, encouragement, guidance and hope they provide.

    And I was reminded of a scripture I read this am from one of my devotionals; one that Sara referred to and wrote quite a bit on in the blog, “2020 desiring community, create it vs waiting at the shore”…“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

    I think Sara’s gift of ‘words’ is an example of a lamp filled with oil that fulfills Psalm 119:105 for many that are “suffering, struggling and need a gentle touch from the compassionate hand of Jesus Christ, the great Physician.” And I feel that this “oil of truth” helps, encourages, and enables us here at the Lily to be able to pause and “cloister with our beloved large church family together under this canopy:” … to offer prayers.

    1. Thank you Debi for acknowledging the God given gift that hopefully identifies just who I am. I find much spiritual comfort in knowing I’m not hiding my light under a basket but rather letting it shine so others will glorify Our Heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16 I truly love my Word gift and marvel how The Holy Spirit directs the Wind Words,

      Jesus is the light and so are each of us that are His follows. The spiritual gift given when in action gives light, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.Ephesians 5:8 ⁸For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the LORD. Live as children of light.., 1 John 1:5-7 ⁵This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. ⁶If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. ⁷But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.“

      We need to give our light and receive others as they give light. So exciting! Don’t you just love how life looks when we cloister in fellowship/town? “ You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. ” Matthew 5:14

      Remember the children’s song? Give me oil in my lamp to keep me burning? Then it would be give me joy? Love etc to keep the burning, burning until the break of day!

  4. I love when The Holy Spirit teaches us in signs, symbols and words. Since 1/1/2020 I have heard from source after source these words:
    “ “Come to the Table “of perfect love that casts out all fear and anxiety. Here is more than enough! All the fullness of God is here. When you come to this Table, greed motivated by fear will forever be inappropriate and unnecessary. Repent of it. When you come to this Table, all exclusion, hate, and vengeance must be left in God’s keeping. Come now; come, and count on God’s generosity toward all.” (Gayle Carlton Felton)

    —Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table

  5. “Come now; come, and count on God’s generosity toward all.” (Gayle Carlton Felton

    As I thought about the Table and this thought Sara quoted, it reminded me of so many different ‘Tables’ that Jesus set or joined….from eating at house’s like Levi’s and Zaccheus’s to seasides and outdoor places.

    When He was with the 5,000 who had followed Him to a remote place, (Matthew 14), He not only compassionately healed the sick but wanted to make sure no one left hungry from the Table. His disciples apparently did not share this view…seems they may have had “greed motivated by fear” (quoted above). Their response to Jesus wanting to feed them was, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.… “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.”

    But Jesus had the answer for including all at this Table resulting in “They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”

      1. I read in Matthew 14, and verse 21 says: “The number of those who are was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” NIV footnotes for this verse says: “ The text states that there were 5,000 men present, besides women and children. Therefore, the total number of people Jesus fed could have been 10 to 15 thousand. The number of men is listed separately because in the Jewish culture of the day, men and women usually eat separately when in public. The children ate with the women.” As Sara mentioned above…”A crowd!”

  6. I love the song, “Give me oil in my lamp, keep it burning, burning.” And “This Little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it shine.” As a teacher to young children, I noticed first that the lamp of oil was being held by a child and I thought about the scripture, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14. And also in Isaiah 11: 6 ……And a little child shall lead them.
    No questions of the Lord just, Jesus Loves ME!

    1. Rena, in staying with your thoughts on the children I’m reminded parents and teachers have a vital part
      in training a child in the way of salvation.

      “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NLT) This is a great promise. Directing children in the way they should go means, first and foremost, directing them to the Savior. Discipline is an integral part of raising godly children, for we know that the “LORD disciplines those He loves” ( Proverbs 3:12).

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