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Good morning friends,

I have a question for you this morning, so, get your hot cup of coffee and your bible and lets see what God is speaking to us today.
 

God is wanting to wake up His church, us, His believers…

Look around and you will find that the Church is sleeping, just like all ten virgins slumbered and slept waiting for Christ. It is time to wake up the sleeping Church and start preparing for His soon return.

I am here to encourage you in your walk with the Lord Jesus. What are you looking for? Are you looking for someone to tell you that it’s ok to carry on sinning? I hope not, instead I hope you are seeking to further your relationship with Jesus Christ your Savior, no matter what the cost. I hope you know how to worship God in spirit and truth.
 

Let me ask you a question:

 

What is the purpose of our lives?
Did you answer correctly?
Did you say, “to serve, obey and glorify God?”

Then why is it we spend so little time with Him?

In Hebrews 12:6-8, we read,

 
6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.
7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.

 
God corrects those He loves, and if you receive correction, then you are a child of God. But if you are not willing to receive correction for the way you are living and reject God’s instruction and correction, then He might reject you.
 
We do live by the grace of God, but this is not an excuse to live in the world.
 
The overall and easily seen message of the parable is that Christ will return at an unknown hour and that His people must be ready.
 

Being ready means preparing for whatever situation that arises in our lives and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus at all times, while we eagerly await His coming.

 
As seen in the fact that all the virgins were sleeping when the call came indicates that it doesn’t matter what we are doing when Christ returns. We may be working, eating, sleeping, or pursuing leisure activities. Whatever it is, we must be doing it in such a way that we don’t have to “make things right” (get more oil) when He comes.
 

Being ready for Christ’s return ultimately involves us knowing that:

  • We must be born again through saving faith in Jesus Christ…His death, burial and literal resurrection from the dead
  • Saving faith in Jesus Christ will manifest itself in every aspect of our lives.
  • The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) will begin to show.
  • A desire for greater holiness and less sin will be apparent.
  • And a consistent looking for His coming will mark our lives.
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    One of the best passages articulating what saving grace, and faith look like in a believer’s life found in:

     

    Titus 2:11-14,

     
    11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
     

    Let us take a look at the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Bridesmaids, in Matthew 25:1-13

     
    1 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids[a] who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
    6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’
    7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’
    9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
    10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
    12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
    13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

     

    So we must ask ourselves, are we full of His oil?

     

    We notice that there are ten virgins that have a number of the same traits:
    and first

  • they all have lamps,
  • they all went purposefully to meet the bridegroom,
  • they all waited in the same place together,
  • they all became tired and slept,
  • they all heard the cry announcing the approach of the bridegroom,
  • they all arose and trimmed their lamps.
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    All of which indicates that all ten were of the same purpose and intent. In outward appearances there would be nothing to distinctively set one virgin apart from another. But in the story we see the big difference is that only five of them were ready to meet the bridegroom.
     

    Are you ready to meet Jesus today?

    We must really understand the word of the Lord in:
     

    Matthew 7:21-23

    , Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness”

    Jesus is always motivating us to live a Holy life by showing us that to live Holy we must be pursuing Him, keeping our hearts open to receive from His precious Holy Spirit, and to love and trust in Him.

    We need to make commitment to our precious Jesus, that we will live for Him and keep our eyes fixed on our eternal reward, which is eternal life with Him.

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