He Gives Us Pure Oil

Jeffrey Pelton

This evening begins the celebration of Hanukkah with the lighting of the first of eight candles. The miracle that occurred over 2200 years ago is a picture of the light that has illuminated our hearts—a light of purity and a light of the miraculous.

We pray as Paul did in Ephesians 1:18; that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened—“filled with light”—that we would know the hope of His calling and His glorious inheritance in us, and that we would understand the greatness of His power to us who believe. This power is like the mighty strength He exercised when He raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:19-20).

This is a work of grace in our hearts and our lives. It is our Lord’s mighty power at work in us. We don’t earn it; we don’t cause it to come to us through effort. We posture ourselves humbly; yielding, trusting, believing that He is true and faithful, and that His Word is true. He will fulfill His purposes and promises in our lives. He is the Alpha and Omega—the beginning and end, the initiator and perfecter of our faith (Revelation 1:8; 22:13; Isaiah 44:6; Hebrews 12:2).

He faithfully began a good work in us, and He will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). This work unites us with our Bridegroom, creating worship and faithfulness within our hearts, that we would be the “five wise virgins” with our lamps full of oil (Matthew 25:1-13), purified by the Holy Spirit, watching with the eyes of our hearts wide open and full of light.

The darkness of our present age is no match for the burning devotion—fueled by pure oil—that the Lord Himself is producing in His family. Just as the Maccabees refused idol worship and refused to be intimidated by the enemies of God, so we too enter the temple of the Lord to worship, to set aright those things that have been displaced, and to receive a miracle of power and devotion placed within our hearts by the One who performs miracles.

We need the oil of the Holy Spirit within us to keep our light burning in the night season until the return of our Bridegroom. His truth shines more purely and brightly within our hearts, and the light we release to others—bringing the light of hope to their darkness—will continue to grow in authority and power as we have yielded and find ourselves united in one spirit with the Lord.

This will display the true light that lights every man (John 1:9) and will release the power of the Holy One to restore us, our families, and our lands.

(Day 32: The Yielding)


A Time to Rise and Shine


By Kathi Pelton

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”  Isaiah 60:1-2

Tomorrow night the Jewish festival, Hanukkah, begins. This is also known as the “Festival of Lights“. The origin of this festival began over twenty-one centuries ago when The Holy Land was being ruled by the oppressive Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks). At this time, a small band of faithful Jews (known as the Maccabees) defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth and drove these Greek oppressors from the land. The Holy Temple in was recovered and rededicated to the service of God.

When they went to light the Temple’s menorah they found only enough olive oil for one night that was still pure (the olive oil used to burn the lamps had to go through a purification process). But miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

This is an accurate picture of what the body of Christ has been going through. The enemy has been oppressing God’s temples (sons and daughters). He has stolen what rightfully belong to them and oppressed them in their own land.

But God has been having small remnants of Believer’s go forth in faith (at His direction) to stand in His truth in the
midst of this demonic oppression. They have the spirit of the Maccabees that understand that though they are small in number they have the might of the Lord’s Heavenly Army at their backs. They have gone forth and declared His name and His might before the powers that have sought to oppress God’s people. There are small bands of “Maccabee-type” movements all over the world who have been rising up against this great oppressor to see what belongs to God returned and to lift up His name above every other name.

Meanwhile, the Spirit of the Lord has been preparing and purifying His sons and daughters to be pure oil that will burn bright in days of darkness.

This Hanukkah season is a significant time to see God’s people arise from the grip of their oppressors and reclaim what belongs to the Lord. Once again light will come to these temples and a re-dedication to be temples of the Lord will take place.

Take time this Hanukkah season to rededicate your life (your temple) to the Lord and to ask Him to pour the pure oil that He has prepared into the lamp of your life. He is the Light of the World and you are the lamps that are to carry this great Light.

During this Festival of Lights let us arise and shine for the Light of the World has come to dispel darkness and freedom from oppression!

Hanukkah Blessings!
Kathi Pelton

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