Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. OíConnor Dec 23, 2002
Main Thought: To see the importance of growing in Love with Him!
All scripture herein are in either KJV or NIV versions
Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the Ten Virgins 1"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 7"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 9" 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' 10"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11"Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' 12"But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' 13"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Why have we gone to sleep? Deuteronomy 8:13-15 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.
What amazes me is Godís Wonderful Heart of Love and His desire to give to us. What angers me is how we tend to be lazy by nature in our response to His Love for us. We need to learn of the ďwholeness/completenessĒ of Godís Nature. What I mean is that God is not just a merciful God, He is also a Just God. He is not just the One from whom all things exist or begin, Heís also the One to whom all things will return or end. Heís not only the source of huge Galaxies and things too big for our minds to comprehend, but also the One whoís made the smallest parts of an atom and things too small for our minds to understand.
Iím so glad that God decided that after we sinned to close off the majority of our mind to us because we get so very proud with the little bit weíve got. Sometimes we canít see past the end of our own noses due to the pride in the gifts weíve been given. Itís very sad that when we havenít learned to die and continually die to our old nature daily, that we tend to begin looking at ourselves instead of from Whom all blessings have come.
People are no different today with all of the fancy technology and the www than we were via our first Mom and Dad, Adam and Eve. God Blessed Adam and Eve so very much due to that being His nature to, and Adam and Eve began to forget or take for granted from whom it all came and to whom it was all returning. So, when satan came on the scene and suggested they do things their own way instead of Godís, they listened. We seem to have life down to a fine science of crying out to God when we have needs, but once Heís met them we leave Him. What a shame that we donít cultivate a growing, loving relationship with Him each and every day He gives us the breath of Life to breathe while weíre here below.
Any act of love done only from the outward actions of man instead of from the heart are empty/hollow actions that are wasted effort. God desires a Living/Loving relationship with each and every one of us. Not some dry and dead relationship that is through our vain self-efforts that only tend to puff us up. Prayer is a door way into a walk of closeness with Him so long as we see it as such and donít start to focus on the praying itself. If we will learn how to humble ourselves and pray from our hearts and not from our heads, we will not slip into the same complacency or lethargic love that all of mankind does when the physical needs are met. They say you can boil a frog to death if you put it in a nice comfortable pan of water where the water is just the right temperature for it to feel right at home. So it is with our lives.
I recently had an annual physical and was blown out of the water when I found that my weight was pegging out the Doctorís scales! Here I am now 45 yrs old and in my youth never had to think twice about my weight for my metabolism did a good job of keeping me fit and active. Now that I work on computers all day and my metabolism has told me good-bye, my weight has slowly crept up on me until I was foolishly testing God by allowing myself to be so unhealthy. In a way, Iím kind of glad for this physical law that we have to deal with for itís a visual representation of how we need to be within the spiritual realm. For just as my weight and metabolism needed me to do something in order for me to be physically healthy, so too, it is with the spiritual realm.
We truly do need to wake up to the reality that Spiritual health just doesnít happen but we by Godís Grace need to make it happen. We also need to learn how to make lifestyle changes instead of putting on momentary disciplines such as diets in the physical realm or revival meetings in the spiritual and then slip right back into our own bad habits. God has been a wonderful loving Heavenly Father who has worked with me to gain back my physical health and by His Grace will continue the struggle to fight this fight for the physical bodyís sake. Yet, there is a greater battle that needs to be fought in each and every one of us. Itís the Spiritual one. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) And, just as physical exercise causes our muscles to tone and burn fat, so too, Christ Himself has made clear how we can tone our spiritual being and burn up the dross of slipping into temptation when He has said in the following verses; "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Luke 2:46 46"Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."
Why is that you think He said that ďyou will not fall into temptationĒ? Adam and Eve did, The Israelites who were blessed with the land flowing with milk and honey did, and so it appears America is as well with Godís Blessings upon our fruited plains. Christ who was and is God Himself would spend all night in prayer with His Father and if Christ who is God would do that, how much more should we learn how to spend time with Him in prayer? Praying when done from the Heart unto Him and not for ourselves has a way of lifting us up out of ourselves and placing our feet up over anything and everything this world can throw at us. Nothing else matters when youíre in His presence. For example look at Stephenís witness when they were stoning him as seen here in Acts 7:54-60 The Stoning of Stephen 54When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56"Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.
How does one become full of the Holy Spirit as Stephen and the wise virgins who had their lamps full of oil? By drawing near to the Source! Each life is given by God and each life will be responsible and rewarded for our own work. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) The foolish virgins did not enter into the wedding feast at the expense of the wise virgins. Each one made it in based on their individual choice to prepare their lamps properly for the cry of the Bridegroom.
Notice how Christ Himself invited people into the Kingdom He merely said Follow Me. He didnít fret Himself or worry whether His Life or His Words would bear fruit. He Lived His Life and Believed that the Words He Spoke from the Fatherís Heart would land where they would and that the good soil would receive it and flourish. So too we need to invite those along who would listen to His Heart but not preoccupy ourselves with those who are not hungry for God or His Word.
This race must be run with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strengths for in so doing we please the Fatherís heart and in return our hearts receive His Good Pleasure of Joy. Yes, America does need to awaken but the best way to have our nation wake up to the nearness of Christís shout from on High is for ourselves to become living firebrands of Godís Love. For in so doing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit will flow readily from our life as the oil in the lamps of the wise virgins. And as others see, letís hope and pray that they too will desire a Loving Close walk with Him bearing Fruits of Righteousness, Peace and Joy Unto His Glory, Honor, and Praise!
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