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GOD-TRACKING IS KEEPING YOUR LAMP FILLED WITH THE OIL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
by Dudley Anderson
10/05/2018 / Devotionals
Imagine an old hurricane oil lamp. It’s comprised of a small tank to contain the oil and a glass cylinder, encompassing a cotton wick. The wick is placed in the holder and extends down into the oil. The wick then soaks up the oil, which is the fuel that burns, producing the light the lamp provides. If the oil runs out, the wick begins to burn. Provided there is oil in the tank, the wick will not burn out.
One of the greatest threats we face in the 21st century Westernised world involves burnout. Burnout is a psychological term referring to long-term exhaustion and reduced interest in work. It is defined as a state of extreme physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, characterized by a decrease in motivation and performance. Burnout has been assumed to result from continual occupational stress. However, there is growing evidence that burnout is caused by many factors. A recent study showed that about 90% of burned out workers meet diagnostic criteria for depression. Thus, burnout is related to depression.
There is an old song we used to sing back in the mid-1970s: Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning, burning, burning. That lovely old chorus was talking about charging our lives with the Holy Spirit to keep us burning. In the Old Testament, fragrant oils were used to anoint men for service. When Samuel anointed David to be king of Israel, we read that the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. Therefore, the anointing of oil has become synonymous with the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
If you’re feeling depressed today and burned out due to emotional or physical stress, may I encourage you to seek the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You do not need to be in church ministry to enjoy the anointing; the Spirit can anoint you for service in every-day life and work. The scriptures tell us that it is the anointing that will break the yoke of bondage. The Holy Spirit is your Counselllor and your Comforter. He is also called your Helper. Holy Spirit is God – God with you. His anointing will break that yoke of depression and burnout, if you will only keep your lamp filled with the Holy Spirit.
So, if you wait on the Lord and seek the anointing of the Holy Spirit on all you do, you will run and not be weary; walk and not faint. Keep your lamp filled with holy oil, that your wick will not burn out.
God-tracking is keeping your lamp filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit
DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
I rest in you, Lord, and wait on you to renew my strength
“Dear Lord, I feel so weary. Work has taken its toll on me over the past few months and years. I feel completely unmotivated and defeated. However, I realise that it’s not by power or might that I will get my zeal back; it’s only by your Holy Spirit. So, dear Holy Spirit, I ask you to fill me up again. I pray for a baptism in your power and presence. I seek the oil of joy and ask for your anointing on my work, my rest and my relationships. I choose to put my faith in your plans and purposes and acknowledge you in all my ways. I rest in you, Lord, and wait on you, Lord, to renew my strength. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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GodTracker is produced by Sure Reality Media.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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