These words by Todd Bentley really spoke to me this morning. If we are going to change our world we need to remain in God’s presence, be filled with His Spirit and pray continually. Quite a challenge when the world is filled with distractions and pressures but………
BE A BURNING, SHINING LAMP!
Jesus said, “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning” (Luke 12:35). How many of you want to be a burning, shining lamp? If that’s you, here’s the key. The key to be the burning and the fire is the oil, pure oil—Exodus 27:20, 21:
“And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.
In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.”
I’m talking about the Holy Ghost here, the anointing; and the key here is the oil. And where did Aaron and his sons tend the oil? It was in the tabernacle of meeting – which is a prophetic picture of being in the presence of God from evening until morning; not letting up.
Now let’s look at Exodus 30:8 to get some insight into what’s going to help us light the fire as well as maintain and sustain the blaze and bring the increase of the anointing— “And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.”
Here we see Aaron at the tabernacle of the meeting in the presence of God in prayer burning incense. What does the incense represent? It symbolizes prayer and the incense was ‘perpetual incense.’ Perpetual means lasting forever or for a long time; continuing without interruption; constant [Webster’s New World Dictionary]. In the context of this definition, the anointing of God’s Spirit comes as you take care of your ‘lamp’ and as you pray continually. Without taking care in prayer, your lamp will go out. Continual prayer will keep the oil and the fire! That’s what’s going to keep the light of the Holy Ghost and revelation. Stoking the fire by prayer is yet another big building-block!