One year ago, January 2014, I wrote a blog titled A Little Oil Will Not Do in 2014 . This blog was picked up and published by Charisma News that month, and I was so glad that God used that blog to nudge the bride to prepare, buy oil now, ready your lantern now.
Just last night my nephew’s new bride gave me a lantern! What a gift–it inspired me (again) to focus my attention on the bridegroom and preparing for his coming.
Remember–the reason people don’t get into heaven is because the Lord says, “Depart from me, I never KNEW you.” It’s time to get serious about knowing our Savior. Please allow me to share some of the tools my husband and I are utilizing?
1. New Living Translation Chronological Bible–my first one! What a joy to read the Bible in the order that the events unfolded. For example, when I get to the book of Acts, if Paul is thrown in jail at some point the book of Galatians or Philippians will suddenly appear, because that’s when he wrote that book. Love it! Oh–and I’ll read the Bible through in a year because that’s the way it’s laid out. If you buy one now, you’ll catch up!
2. Audio Bible–Bible Gateway has an audio Bible you can listen to in several versions. While I am a visual learner and prefer to read, my husband is an auditory learner and prefers to either be read to or listen to sermons. He works with his hands, 10 hours a day, so today he listened to Daniel, all the minor prophets, and half of the Gospels as he worked! He used up only .13 gig on his cell phone data. That’s not much data usage at all, and it’s even less if your phone is connected to the nearby wi-fi. You simply go to the website on your cell phone (click above beside the number 2) and click on the chapter/book you want to read. Awesome!
3. Bible Gateway Word/Topic Search–Of course, you can get out your humungous Matthew Henry Commentary or Strong’s Concordance if you like, and it will serve you well. But it’s very convenient to search for words such as “oil” or “lantern” or “last days” in any version I want. The list of verses appear and I can copy and paste those verses into a Word document and study from that list. A wonderful resource! Click around the tabs at the top of Bible Gateway and enjoy.
4. Sermon Index–Listen to audio sermons by some of your favorite speakers! I listened to Corrie ten Boom last fall and was so enriched by her testimony and her directness. There are sermons there by the late David Wilkerson as well as Carter Conlon, the man Pastor David Wilkerson appointed to be his successor at Times Square Church in the early 2000’s. My mother and father always enjoyed Dr. Vance Havner–he’s in there, too!
5. Time–only you can find the link to your time. Give the bridegroom time. Fill your jar with oil now, so you will have plenty in the days ahead.
6. Journal–of course you don’t have to journal. But may I challenge you to do this just one time? Pick up paper and pencil and write down a praise to God and a question to God at the top of the paper. Listen. Write down what you hear. Or draw what you see in your mind’s eye. You won’t be disappointed! I just had someone ask me to come “speak” again, only they don’t want me to speak. They want me to bring paper and colored pencils and help everyone hear from God for themselves. Now that’s cool! (I’ll let all of you locals know the time and place of this event. You may want to join us in April).
That’s it! I hope there’s a tool listed here that is helpful to you as your pursuit of knowing God in 2015.
I’m cheering for you!