Subject: March 9th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

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For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Matthew 25.3, 4.

The foolish prepared no oil apart from what was already in the lamp. The wise have extra oil in their vessels. Oil in the lamp speaks of the Holy Spirit who dwells in every regenerated person. A Christian, even a beginner, has the indwelling Holy Spirit.

But oil in the vessel means more than the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; it speaks of being filled with the Holy Spirit. The indwelling Holy Spirit is received at the time of regeneration, but the filling of the Holy Spirit comes through continual seeking following the moment of regeneration. Each believer has the Holy Spirit, yet not all have the fullness of the Holy Spirit. People may not be able to detect whether or not we have the oil twice over; and we may indeed get by without any trouble today, but on that future day we will be found out. Are we willing to pay the price?

This daily devotional comes from the book 
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee.
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee