As I read Scripture and spent time in the Lord’s presence this week, He brought the parable of the 10 virgins to my heart. If you need a reminder of this parable, click this link.
The overall message of the story appears to be about the signs of the end times, particularly when you look at chapter 24 where Jesus tells many parables about these days to come, but what really impacted me was the part about the oil in the lamps. 5 foolish virgins let their oil run out, whereas the 5 wise ones kept their oil burning.
The Lord explained to me that the oil in the lamps is a metaphor for the oil (Holy Spirit) inside of us. The reference to female virgins in the parable doesn’t exclude you if you are male or female. If you have the Holy Spirit in you, then you have his oil burning in you. And according to this parable, it is possible to let that oil burn out.
God’s made it clear to me that the secret to keeping the oil burning (staying full of His presence) is to spend time with Him, not just praying, which is great, but talking with Him and letting Him fill you up with His presence.
The oil’s main purpose is so that you can really get to know the sound of his voice.
He says in Mathew 24:24
24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Anyone who doesn’t know his voice won’t know when they’re out of oil and they’ll be an easy target for deception.
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