[notice]By Henda-Marié Marais, Tour Co-Ordinator for Empowered 21 Global Congress in Jerusalem in May 2015. Click here for more info about the Holy Land Tour and to find out how to Join Us in Jerusalem in 2015.[/notice]
As we are living in the last days and with the soon expected return of the King of kings, Jesus Christ, each one of us needs to ask ourselves: How do I prepare for His return?
In Luke 12:35 – 48 Jesus tells a parable of men waiting for the return of their master. In this passage it is clear that part of the preparation is not only for men to” know the will of the master” but to “be watchful and to prepare themselves for His return.” Our lamps must be “burning and our waists girded.”
How do we fill our lamps?
To have burning lamps means that we and the ministries where we have been called to labour have enough oil to last in the possible delayed season before the return of Jesus Christ. It probably means that we will need to endure many trials, temptations, tribulations, false accusations and demonic onslaught in the last days. To overcome these trials and to be found faithful and not one that “falls away when tribulation and temptation comes” — we have to be filled with the Holy Spirit as a lamp is filled with oil. Only then can our lamps be burning brightly. Without enough oil we might give up in our preparation and not be ready when our bridegroom returns.
We need the Holy Spirit
We need the Holy Spirit to help us prepare ourselves for His return. We have to be filled continually by spending time with Him in prayer and fasting, getting to know Him through His word and then GO and do His will. Many of us, church leaders and church members, are so busy in the doing, but our lamps are not burning brightly and we are not preparing ourselves to meet our Master.
Before Jesus ascended to heaven He promised to His disciples that He would not leave them as orphans, but “He will send the Helper, the Promise of My Father, but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Not long thereafter, the Promise came to pass and the disciples – those who were waiting with one accord in one place — were empowered! They suddenly changed into bold men of God, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom. 3 000 people were born again, and many signs and wonders were done through the apostles. More than 2 000 years ago, Pentecost marked the birth of the Church and the world was changed forever!
In May 2015, we are going back to Jerusalem — to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, to pray for revival and to also be again empowered from on High — to know the Master’s will and to prepare ourselves for His return – to get oil, to make sure we have enough so that we can FIRST PREPARE OURSELVES and then GO and fulfil his last command: “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations!”