Oil For the Light ( C.H. Spurgeon)

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Exodus 25:6

Oil for the light.

My soul, how much thou needest this, for thy lamp will not long continue to burn without it. Thy snuff will smoke and become an offence if light be gone, and gone it will be if oil be absent. Thou hast no oil well springing up in thy human nature, and therefore thou must go to them that sell and buy for thyself, or like the foolish virgins, thou wilt have to cry, “My lamp is gone out.” Even the consecrated lamps could not give light without oil; though they shone in the tabernacle they needed to be fed, though no rough winds blew upon them they required to be trimmed, and thy need is equally as great.

Under the most happy circumstances thou canst not give light for another hour unless fresh oil of grace be given thee. It was not every oil that might be used in the Lord’s service; neither the petroleum which exudes so plentifully from the earth, nor the produce of fishes, nor that extracted from nuts would be accepted; one oil only was selected, and that the best olive oil. Pretended grace from natural goodness, fancied grace from priestly hands, or imaginary grace from outward ceremonies will never serve the true saint of God; he knows that the Lord would not be pleased with rivers of such oil. He goes to the olive-press of Gethsemane, and draws his supplies from Him who was crushed therein. The oil of gospel grace is pure and free from lees and dregs, and hence the light which is fed thereon is clear and bright.

Our churches are the Saviour’s golden candelabra, and if they are to be lights in this dark world, they must have much holy oil. Let us pray for ourselves, our ministers, and our churches, that they may never lack oil for the light. Truth, holiness, joy, knowledge, love, these are all beams of the sacred light, but we cannot give them forth unless in private we receive oil from God the Holy Ghost.

Guard Well Your Brand

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Guard well your brand

The Jesus brand

Though in the world

Not of the world.

Stand out for good

Eat God’s food.

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Rise after a fall

And press on like Paul.

Let His word rule

Let His Spirit rule

Ooze His fragrance

In His remembrance.

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Let out the love

In all your move

Let your light shine

Be not full of wine

Let Jesus reign

Sunshine or rain.

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Be Spirit led

And Spirit fed

Think God’s thought

Guard your mouth.

Speak God’s mind

Mind your mind.

Go where He leads

Do what He bids.

Praying always

Even in a maze.

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Reach for the lost

Out in the frost

Out in the cold

Go. Go. Be bold!

Shine your light

In His might.

Stand in the fire

Get off the mire

Be separate

And considerate.

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Know you’re different

So make a difference

Be excellent

Not repellent.

Be passionate

And compassionate.

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Believers Are Salt and Light

13   “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14   “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15   Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matt5:13-16

Colossians 3: Not Carnality but Christ

1     If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

2     Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3     For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

4     When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

5     Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

6     Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

7     in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

8     But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

9     Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

10   and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

Character of the New Man

12   Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

13   bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

14   But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

15   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

16   Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17   And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

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Walking in the Spirit

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16   I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17   For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

18   But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19   Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20   idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21   envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23   gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Gal5:16-23

Romans 12: Living Sacrifices to God

1     I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2          And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Rom12:1-2

Ephesians 5: Walk in Love

1     Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

2     And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

3     But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

4          neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

 

14        I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.John17:14

15   Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!

16   Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”

17   But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18   Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

19   Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

20   For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1Cor6:15-20

Be Holy

14   Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

15   And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

16   And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ” I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

17   Therefore ” Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

18   ” I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.”

2Cor6:14-18

©Fenny West2013

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