Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Vibrant Untainted Light

There is something alluring about oil lamps.  The gentle glow they provide is inviting, warm, and comforting, and yet their light is bright enough to spill into each corner of the room.  Oil lamps have been around for many centuries.  The pictures below show how they have changed over time. 

The lamps change much; their styles and materials vary, according to cultural change.  There is one things that remains constant throughout their time journey - the oil.

There are many passages in the bible that speak of lamps, most of them in relation to God's people.  People are constantly changing, just like the lamps have over the years.  They look differently, speak differently and live differently, but one things remains unchanged; they are still fueled by the same oil, Holy Spirit.

To this day, you must use clean, fresh oil in your lamp.  Using clean fresh oil ensures that the light is strong and constant.  Using unclean, or old oil in your lamp has dual affects.

1. Firstly, there will be an odour.  If you continue to use old oil in your lamp, there is every chance the vapour it is emitting will cause everyone to vacate the room.  We must keep a fresh infilling of God's Holy Spirit if others are to be drawn to His light.  We cannot live on someone elses annointing, a past annointing in or even yesterday's a annointing.  The fresh oil comes from spending time daily in the presence of God.

2. Secondly, the flame will smoke and soot.  If you continue to use old oil in your lamp, the soot and impurities from the flame will dull the light being omitted by the flame.  On newer lamps, it will even soot up the glass completely.  Clean oil is essential to burning a clean bright flame.  

When was the last time you allowed God to renew the oil in your lamp?


Sarah said...

Tearing up ... God is soooo good. I hope you don't mind if I follow along with your journey. My youngest, his dream, to fly in the sky for Jesus.

Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious goodness.


Nicole Watson said...

Absolutely delighted to meet you Sarah. God truly is wonderful..that he brought you by to join our journey. As you will see I have also decided to follow your walk with God.

Splash around as much as you like. I look forward to getting to know you also.

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Paula Vince said...

What a wonderful analogy. I like the thought of stinky old oil causing people to vacate the room. When that happens, we could think to check our oil levels. I also love your photos and the thought of emitting a steady glow like a beautiful oil lamp.

Nicole Watson said...

Yes, I can't imagine how many times God has brought me to this realisation. It is also at the times when I find I have no inspiration to write, that I realise I have not been spending enough time dwelling in the arms of Jesus. The pictures really appealed to me too Paula. :) x

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