Trimming our Lamps

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man comes.”  Matthew 25:1-13

The five foolish virgins began to live outside of the Holy Spirit’s domain when they took no oil with them.  They were slothful and yet they religiously trimmed their lamps.

Sadly, many foolish Christians today who are religiously trimming their lamps but lack oil. They are bound by the compulsion of the law of sin and death because their faith is placed in the trimming of their lamps.  The irresistible urge to behave in a certain way cannot be overcome.  Their religion is steeped in superstition and mysticism.  Instead of the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus which requires faith in Jesus and His finished work, their yamakas, prayer shawls, rosarys and traditions of man have become the law that sets them free from the law of sin and death.   These laws will not free the Believer from the law of sin and death but will indeed keep them bound (Romans 8:2).

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:14-16

This may come as a surprise to many “mature” Christians but I want you to know dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is for us as well…not just the sinner.  The finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross paid our sin debt AND gives us dominion over sin.  It frees us from the law of sin and death DAILY.  We deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Jesus DAILY.

Religion will have us trimming our lamps even though they lack oil but the Gospel of Jesus Christ will compel us to follow Him for Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.  Shemitahs, harbingers, blood moons, 40 days or 12 steps will not evoke us to follow Jesus but instead seduce us to follow man and their vain imaginations.

22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”  Matthew 7:22-23.

Hear me friends, the Lord does not recognize our religious and foolish “lamp trimming”, He responds to our faith in Him…without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man comes.  Are your lamps full of oil or are you trimming an empty lamp?  The answer is between you and God…prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

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